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School of Rock Orangeburg
135 East Erie Street
Blauvelt, NY 10913
(845) 977-0275

Location Specifics

Across from Bailey's Smokehouse and next to Mia Cucina in Blauvelt.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Orangeburg combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Orangeburg, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
 
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Rookies music program for children in Blauvelt
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Orangeburg, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Orangeburg, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program in Blauvelt for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Orangeburg's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Orangeburg have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Blauvelt are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Orangeburg who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Blauvelt
Performance
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Orangeburg is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Orangeburg Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Blauvelt music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Orangeburg's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Blauvelt music venue.

Songwriting
Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Orangeburg, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Blauvelt is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Orangeburg who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Adult music program in Blauvelt for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Orangeburg's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Orangeburg is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Blauvelt.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Orangeburg Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Blauvelt.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Blauvelt
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Orangeburg House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Orangeburg's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NY rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Blauvelt and the rest of NY. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Orangeburg

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Blauvelt

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Orangeburg, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Orangeburg is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Blauvelt guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Orangeburg's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Orangeburg, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Blauvelt venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Orangeburg offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Blauvelt guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Blauvelt

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Orangeburg is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Orangeburg we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Blauvelt, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Orangeburg, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Blauvelt. Unlike other Blauvelt drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Orangeburg, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Blauvelt drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Blauvelt

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Orangeburg offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Orangeburg, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Orangeburg teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Orangeburg, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Blauvelt.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Blauvelt

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Orangeburg offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Blauvelt and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Orangeburg, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Blauvelt students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Orangeburg, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Blauvelt

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Blauvelt. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Orangeburg, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Blauvelt area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Orangeburg Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Blauvelt area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Blauvelt music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Orangeburg, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Blauvelt, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Orangeburg’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Owner, Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

DON SERAITA Owner, Guitar Teacher

Don's love of music was passed down from his parents at a very young age. Whether it was car rides with his Dad listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Elivs or accompanying his Mom while she played songs on guitar by Neil Young, The Eagles, and Cat Stevens; the music was never-ending.

When Don was about thirteen, he discovered bands like Green Day, Blink 182, Rise Against, and Yellowcard and it launched an entirely new drive of inspiration. Don had dabbled in guitar since the age of 9 but at age 14 was when he picked up his first electric guitar, got up on a stage in front of hundreds of people, strummed some chunky power chords, tasted the life of a rockstar and the rest is history.

Don has been performing at venues such as The Knitting Factory, Sullivan Hall, Trash Bar, Paper Box, Don Hill's, and The Bowery Electric with various bands, ever since he was 17 years old. He also recorded an EP with his post-college band, Suburban Drag, which is hosted on Spotify.

One of his favorite memories was working in the Rock Shop at the sleepaway camp he went to as a kid. He was tasked with giving one-on-one lessons to children ages 6-18 as well as working with bands that would ultimately put on a rock show for the entire camp. While seeing his campers successfully perform was rewarding in itself, the real reward came almost a decade later, when some of his old campers reached back out to him to express their gratitude for everything he had taught them. At that moment he thought to himself, "I wish I could have a career that gave me the same rewarding feeling that working at camp gave me..."

For the past 5 years Don was working in sales at various start-up companies in the digital advertising space. While he was adapting to a life in corporate sales, the pandemic pulled him in a different direction; a direction where he could combine his natural skills as a salesperson, his undying love for music, and the rewarding feeling that comes along with teaching others how to play and perform music that inspires them...School of Rock!

Michelle Gorman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Michelle Gorman is the General Manager at School of Rock Orangeburg. In addition to being the school's primary bass guitar teacher, she also teaches guitar lessons, vocal lessons, piano lessons, and directs various group rehearsals in our performance program. Before completing her BS in Business Management, she obtained her Associate's degree in Music.

Michelle has original music available on all streaming platforms including her latest single "Paper Doll". Her influences range from 90's punk and grunge to early 2000's emo and modern rock. She has been lucky enough to tour the East coast with various bands and play venues like Highline Ballroom, The Knitting Factory, CMJ, and The Meadowlands Fair.

Steven Viola Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Steven Viola is a classically trained pianist and vocalist. He has studied under both Yuka Yanagi and Frank Pavese and has graduated William Paterson University with a classical performance degree. With over twenty years of playing experience, Steven still studies with his original teacher, Mrs. Yanagi, and continues to improve his craft.

Rich Hoban Drum Teacher

Rich Hoban found the love of drums during fifth grade when a middle school band performed at his elementary school to recruit students for the following year. After that, Rich chose the drums as his instrument and it’s been love ever since. After winning the Best Up and Coming Youth Band at the New York State Fair and performing in front of audiences of 3,000 people, Rich went onto the Berklee College of Music and graduated from their Percussion Performance Program. Since then, Rich has toured and recorded with various jazz, metal and rock acts. Rich has also studied privately with some great teachers, including Gary Chester (New Breed), Butch Miles (Count Basie), Skip Hadden (Weather Report) and Joe Hunt (The Stan Getz Quartet). Rich has been teaching drums in Orangeburg for over 35 years and has been with School of Rock Orangeburg for four years as a drum teacher. He continues to play live, record in the studio and help us provide incredible drum lessons every day.
SCOTT FOSTER Singing Teacher

SCOTT FOSTER Singing Teacher

As a singer and actor, Scott has performed in 2 Broadway shows, 5 Off Broadway shows, recorded 7 Original Cast Albums, been seen on such shows as Blue Bloods and Shades of Blue, been in a Super Bowl commercial, and even was a voice on the Rockstar Games Red Dead Redemption 2. Through the last 15 years, he has also been a member of the Jersey cover band, Toy Canon, where he sung lead, played keys and rhythm guitar. The band has played various clubs up and down the Jersey shore, Manhattan and all over North Jersey. Toy Canon performs everything that is awesome- from the Stones to My Chemical Romance, specializing in Zeppelin, Van Halen, Journey, and any other really loud bands!

Scott loves rock and roll and enjoys passing on his knowledge to people who want to share in the awesomeness of rock and singing.
Toby Stone Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Toby Stone Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Toby Stone is a graduate of School of Rock and was a member of the Orangeburg school touring band from 2016-2019, before forming his own band where he rehearses, records, and performs original music, with his favorite venues being the Knitting Factory, the Stone Pony, and the Highline Ballroom. His experience at School of Rock as a student provided him the opportunity to study Jazz Guitar at a professional level, which he looks forward to doing throughout his higher education. Besides his first instrument of Guitar, he began learning every instrument he could get hands on, which includes Piano, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Drums, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, and Harmonica, having an intense appreciation for all types of music.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Mary O’Neill

Mary O’Neill Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Mary O’Neill is a multi instrumentalist and vocalist who has been actively playing and performing in bands since the age of 14. She homeschooled all throughout high school and is currently studying at Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, skateboarding, painting and drawing. Mary is heavily influenced by heavy metal and early punk music, but does enjoy a wide variety of music especially when it comes to teaching it. She hopes to bring out the inner performer in every child she meets and encourage them to pursue their dreams.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Robert Benaquista

Robert Benaquista Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist and a synesthete with absolute pitch, Robert Benaquista devoted his life to music since he was a young child. Originally self-taught on Piano and Guitar in his early teenage years, he eventually took formal lessons as he neared the end of his high school years. After high school, Robert enrolled in college at William Paterson University of New Jersey where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music in 2006. Since then, Robert has taught private music lessons throughout Northern New Jersey and lower New York State. In 2017, Robert became a team member of the School of Rock Orangeburg where he has since served as a Music Instructor on Guitar, Keys, and Bass for students of all ages. He eventually became a Show Director in 2019, directing shows for the Performance Program, the Adult Program, and, most recently, the House Band. All in all, Robert loves to inspire musicians of all ages to find their own ultimate enjoyment and personal fulfillment on their own lifelong journey of musical pursuit.
Singing Teacher FERESHTA RAMSEY

FERESHTA RAMSEY Singing Teacher

Los Angeles rocker Fereshta brings her knowledge of stage performance, mic technique, songcraft, vocal power, vocal arrangement, live production, band synergy and audience engagement to the Rock School.

As front woman for over a decade, and a musician and poet for over 3 decades, she brings her know-how and love of music to the students, while also grounding them in the day-to-day habits and techniques that foster successful and extraordinary musicians.
Drum Teacher CHRISTIAN FENDER

CHRISTIAN FENDER Drum Teacher

Christian Fender is a School of Rock drum teacher and has been playing for as long as he can remember. In addition to the drum set, he is also well-versed in all percussion instruments as well as keyboard. Some of Fender's favorite songs are by Jimi Hendrix and Metallica. He is excited to meet new faces at the school as well as inspire passion in aspiring young musicians to progress with their individual instruments.
Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher Mary Ann Ivan

Mary Ann Ivan Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher

Mary Ann Ivan, a composer, conductor and musical director has over 30 years of experience as a musical director and pianist in musical theatre in New York City, primarily in the Broadway arena. With a BS degree in Music Education, specialization in Music Therapy/Psych Minor from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA, Mary Ann moved to NYC in 1993 where she received her MA in Music Composition from NYU. Studying privately with Joseph Church, musical director of Disney's The Lion King and The Who's Tommy, she began her Broadway career as a keyboardist-rehearsal pianist. She has played such shows as Tommy, The King & I, Jekyll & Hyde, toured with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and My Fair Lady, and has performed on Broadway in the Broadway production of “Jersey Boys” since the beginning of its run.

As an international Theatre Arts Educator, Mary Ann has been sponsored by the United States State Department, (2007) the Norwegian Embassy, (2013) Gündogdu Kolegi, Baskent University, The American Academy in Tarsus,Turkey, (2007-2011) The International School in Kampala, Uganda, (2013) and most recently the Leipzig International School in Leipzig, Germany. (Feb. 2019)

In addition; Mary Ann has written and performed musical theatre pieces with children and adults in adventurous lands such as Taiwan - musically directing, arranging, playing and conducting an all Asian-American Rock Musical (Making Tracks) with Producer Welly Yang of Miss Saigon fame and Pulitzer Prize, Tony award winning playwright Brian Yorkey, at the National Theatre in Taipei. Mary Ann has written a musical along side of Broadway playwright James MacGruder, (Mango Roses) which was performed by local talent in Kampala, Uganda; based upon a place known as Punishment Island, Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda in 2013, aided by the American Embassy, and the National Theatre in Kampala.

Having worked extensively in Istanbul, Adana, and Tarsus, Turkey- she created a Theatre Department at a privately run school in Adana, Turkey, under the auspices of Gündogdu Kolige’s (college) English department; creating original musical theatre (music, lyrics, and libretto) productions for the students to perform.

Beginning composing at age 15~ she now has over 500 songs, orchestral pieces, ensemble works and 13 musicals. She is also the founder of Village Jello Music Studios, West New York, NJ.
Singing Teacher Kennedy Carstens

Kennedy Carstens Singing Teacher

Kennedy Carstens was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and left to pursue musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Upon receiving her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and her minor in songwriting, Kennedy left Boston and headed to New York City. Between auditioning in the morning and shows at night, Kennedy began teaching private vocal lessons and group and private dance classes. Teaching is where she really found her community. Kennedy is excited to bring her expertise and love of performing to all of the students of School of Rock
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher TOM MONACO

TOM MONACO Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

As a long term resident of Northern New Jersey, Tom’s passion for music started during the second grade where be began taking lessons. During His private Guitar lessons, Tom knew he wanted to be in the Teachers chair.

Throughout his youth Tom began Performing in various Musical Pits, Instrumental/ Vocal Ensembles and Rock Bands. This had guided Tom to the Berklee College of Music where He earned a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. This developed his appreciation for both Music Education as well as the Studio Production Process.

Post Berklee Tom can be found wrenching on Bicycles by day, Teaching Guitar at School of Rock, performing at local restaurants and working in various Recording Studio throughout the area. As a music educator Tom‘s ultimate goal is to develop His students understanding of their material through the lens of music theory, music history as well as technically on their instrument.

All music is good music AND practice makes perfect!
Drum Teacher Dante Fotino

Dante Fotino Drum Teacher

Dante Fotino is a drummer from New Jersey. Beginning at age 11, Dante found his passion through the drums. As a teenager he attended School Of Rock as a student and learned a variety of genres and styles. Dante has toured around the United States and currently plays in a number of different bands. With years of experience on stage and in the lesson room, he is excited to help students on their musical journey.

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Reviews

A great program for anyone!

I brought my son to learn how to play guitar. He loved it and ended up playing in a Black Sabbath/Iron Maiden show here. Nothing is more rewarding than watching your kids do something they love!

My children play music together now!

I put my son into Rock 101 and he enjoyed it so much! A few weeks later we ended up bringing my daughter as well! Now they have something to do together and they love it!

What a great School!

I played when I was younger but the skills faded. Since being at School of Rock I'm jamming with other adults similar in age on awesome songs and I just have a blast.

I got so much out of it.

I just wanted to take lessons at first but then I tried their performance program and ended up doing a show with them. Definitely a cool experience.