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School of Rock Princeton
3570 Quakerbridge Rd
Hamilton, NJ 08619
(609) 890-7090

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  • Monday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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  • 11/28/2019: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Princeton, 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

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 Princeton, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-18

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Princeton'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 Princeton have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Hamilton are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Princeton 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 18-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
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Princeton 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 Princeton Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Hamilton music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Princeton'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 Hamilton music venue.

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

School of Rock Princeton'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 Princeton 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 Hamilton.

What To Expect

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 Princeton 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 Hamilton.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

The School of Rock Princeton 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 Princeton's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NJ rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

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 Hamilton and the rest of NJ. 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
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

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.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Princeton

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Princeton, 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 Princeton is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Hamilton 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 Princeton'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 Princeton, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Hamilton 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 Princeton 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 Hamilton guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Princeton 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 Princeton we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Hamilton, 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 Princeton, 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 Hamilton. Unlike other Hamilton 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

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 Princeton, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Hamilton 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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Princeton 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 Princeton, 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 Princeton 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

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Princeton, 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 Hamilton.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Princeton 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 Hamilton 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 Princeton, 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
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Hamilton 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 Princeton, 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

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Hamilton. 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 Princeton, 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 Hamilton 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 Princeton Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Hamilton 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 Hamilton music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Princeton, 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 Hamilton, 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 Princeton’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.

Billie Seeland General Manager

After graduating School of Rock Princeton Billie taught at the Doylestown, Philadelphia and Princeton locations, but Princeton will always be his home. After many years performing, touring, recording, engineering and releasing albums with his band True Will (along with many others) he is glad to be able to give back to the program that did so much for him.

Chelsea Simpkins Studio Coordinator

Chelsea is a fresh face for School of Rock Princeton. She is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College with a degree in Music Theory and Popular Music. Her love for music started in the fourth grade when she joined the school choir. Chelsea is so happy to continue being surrounded by music every day... even if it’s quite different than the operatic vocalists she’s used to hearing. Her background may be classical but her roots are rock and roll. Chelsea hopes to inspire School of Rock students to find the value and enjoyment in all genres of music.

Dante Cimino Regional Music Director, House Band Director, Seasonal Show Director

Dante has been playing drums for 32 years. He has toured the world with owner Mike Morpurgo and their band Dandelion. Dante has also shared the stage with bands like Radiohead, Rob Zombie, Gwar, The Ramones, Alanis Morrisette, Goo Goo Dolls, Red Kross and countless others. He has written and performed songs that have been featured in the movie "Brainscan," as well as popular shows like MTVs "The Real World" and "Beavis and Butthead." He has also recorded an album with Rudy Blitz with his good friend Chad Ginsburg from the band CKY. Dante's approach to his music direction and as a drum teacher is brutal truth. With this approach he has produced some of the greatest drummers School of Rock has ever seen and also some of the greatest shows. His approach to teaching drums is simple: use your ears. That’s how he learned and that’s how he teaches. He loves his job and the kids. Anybody who’s had an interaction with Dante has always walked away learning something, and at the very least gotten a good laugh.

Dave Cifelli Drum Teacher

Dave Cifelli, a graduate with Honors of the University of the Arts (BM Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance) has been studying music since the age of seven. Introduced to jazz music at an early age, Dave is recognized by his colleagues as having an extensive knowledge of music history and drum technology. By the age of 13 he was gigging regularly with musicians far beyond his age, and at 15 he took on his first private student. While in high school Dave was selected into the NJPAC Jazz for Teens program and was twice the first runner-up in the "Modern Drummer Magazine" Undiscovered Drummer Contest. While at UArts Dave worked with some of Philadelphia's finest, as well as his student peers, playing at many Philadelphia venues, most notably Chris' Jazz Cafe. Dave was also a teaching assistant and tutor during his undergraduate years. He has attended KoSA International Drum Workshops, Modern Drummer Festivals, and many other notable drum workshops and clinics, effectively studying with the who's who of the drum world.

Jeremy Blessing Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jeremy Blessing is a School of Rock graduate himself. Jeremy was one of the first students to enroll at the original Philadelphia school in 2001. He soon joined the ranks of the prestigious School of Rock National AllStars, performing regularly at such notable venues as the T.L.A., World Cafe Live and The Trocadero in Philadelphia, as well as the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. Through the AllStar program, Jeremy would go on to perform at the world renowned Zappanale Festival (an annual international tribute to legendary Frank Zappa, held in Germany) in 2003, and again in 2005. Jeremy set out on a comprehensive west coast tour, accompanying Frank Zappa’s own band members, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ike WIllis. Jeremy has performed on stage at the Sundance Film Festival with Alice Cooper to promote the release of the “Rock School” documentary. In 2005, Jeremy recorded a track with Ian Gillian, which appeared on the "Rock School" documentary soundtrack.

Michael Kordish Piano Teacher

Since the age of four, Michael Kordish has been composing and performing at the piano. His prolific performing career has included a wide array of genres and styles including classical, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, trance, fusion, Eastern/Indian, rock, progressive, avant garde and free-form. In addition to performing solo, Michael has performed with (or as a member of) The People, Digable Planets, Planet 22, Satchmo Filter, Saigon Slimm, I Yahn I Arkestra and Sfogato.

Megan Greenberg Singing Teacher

Megan has been involved with the School of Rock for almost 10 years. She began as a student at School of Rock when she was 13 years old. Over the years, she picked up a multitude of instruments including guitar, keyboard, vocals and ukulele. Thanks to her training both at School of Rock and after, she's been in countless bands and had the opportunity to work and surround herself with some of the greatest musicians in the world. After high school, she took vocal classes under the direction of Betty DeMonic and eventually Lamont Caldwell until she graduated. She's fluent in pop, classic and modern rock, and Broadway. Currently, she is a part of the Friday Nite Specials Cast, which shadow casts "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" every Friday in Aberdeen, NJ. Her favorite roles to play are Columbia and Rocky.

Riley Byrne Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Riley Byrne is a musical multi-instrumentalist, as well as a music instructor. He has been composing/producing his own music and playing in different bands around New Jersey for over 10 years. He studied Jazz Upright Bass performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Music Degree in May of 2015. Riley hopes to continue inspiring others to play music through instrumental music education while still pursuing performing live, composing music and producing records.

Chris Seeland Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Chris started playing music at a very early age starting with the saxophone and then moving to guitar and bass. He then went to School of Rock for years and participated in many shows. Chris performs with a variety of different bands and musicians that have allowed him to open up for such reputable acts such as The Misfits, Plain White T's, Aaron Carter, Tom Keifer of Cinderella and David Cook. He also has been able to tour around the country and work with labels like Atlantic Records, Megaforce Records and 320 Records.

Stevie Iannettoni Drum Teacher

Stevie Iannettoni has continuously played up and down the east coast for over a decade. Since joining School of Rock Cherry Hill at the age of 12, he has performed as a drummer, vocalist, bassist and guitarist for original projects, cover bands, jazz ensembles and more. Mainly a drummer, he has played and recorded for countless bands, piling up hundreds of shows, including a tour in Europe with Eric13 (of Combichrist) and even a 2011 Choice Musician Award from the Berklee School of Music high school jazz competition. Stevie was also the bassist for indie rock band Sonnder, which came with lots of radio airplay. He played on big stages such as Underground Arts (Philadelphia), Mercury Lounge (NYC) and even Festival Pier (Philadelphia) opening for The Struts. He can now be found providing lead vocals and drumming for The Way Outs, a cover band that plays all types of music in venues anywhere from the Jersey Shore to Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, FL. Looking to constantly write more songs, new original ideas are always in the works as well.

Brian Duckett Guitar Teacher

If it has strings, Brian probably plays it. Brian has been playing guitar and various stringed instruments for 35 years. His first guitar lessons as a teen involved rock, classical, blues and jazz. After taking all the music classes he could in high school, he got his bachelor's degree in Spanish at Penn State. At college, he had his first taste of performing live music with other people. Brian has played in numerous bands in the greater Bucks County, PA area for the last 25 years. His previous bands opened up for greats like The Wailers, The Radiators, Commander Cody, Black 47, Tommy Conwell and others. He was lucky enough to perform in a band with School of Rock Princeton's own Dante Cimino for a number of years. He has continuously been an encouragement to young and beginner musicians throughout his decades of musical experiences. After seeing his nephew and his friends' children performing in School Of Rock over the years, he knew one day he wanted to get involved and give some of his musical knowledge to the next generation of rockers.

Robert Trubilla Singing Teacher

Robert Trubilla is a brand new teacher here at School of Rock Princeton. He recently graduated from The University of the Arts in Philly with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a focus on jazz and other contemporary styles including rock, soul, R&B and pop. Some of Robert’s favorite artists to cover are Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Radiohead, Queen and Frank Sinatra. He also enjoys singing baritone in classical and traditional choir music. Robert currently performs mostly classic rock and other hits from the 70s-2000s in the South Jersey area. His passion for music started in fourth grade when he joined choir and played alto saxophone in band at Muhlenberg SD in PA. He continued to grow musically as he joined small group choirs, started playing tenor sax in jazz band, played a lead role in school musicals, and was selected to be a part of county, district and regional chorus. He likes to try out as many other instruments as possible. Robert teaches voice students but plays guitar and keys as well.

Chris Shepherd Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Chris Shepherd has been teaching music for over two decades. As a veteran instructor at School of Rock, he has taught in several locations throughout the country. He has been on the Princeton staff as a guitar instructor and show director for two years. Chris has a Master's Degree in Music Education, and has performed globally in a variety of touring acts as well as a solo artist and band leader. Some of his notable performances include concerts with YES, Robbie Krieger of The Doors and local legends Lotus, Disco Biscuits and WEEN. He has composed commercial music for companies such as Pepperidge Farms, Campbell's Soup and Hyundai. He was nominated as a music instructor for the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Mike Rosen Drum Teacher

Mike Rosen is a central New Jersey-based drum instructor with six years of teaching experience. He is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he studied Communications with a focus in audio engineering. He is a former drum student of Chris Thatcher from Streetlight Manifesto and is a frequent guest of Shore Fire Studios located in Long Branch, NJ. Mike’s approach to teaching drums focuses on patience, learning each individual student and keeping things fun. He understands the importance of knowing the fundamentals of drumming but also emphasizes that students need to know how to play with other musicians in order to become well-rounded drummers. When he’s not teaching, playing the drums or recording, Mike is pursuing his latest venture as an entrepreneur who recently started his own business.

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Amazing Things Happen.

Princeton School of Rock transforms kids taking music lessons into performing musicians. What sets this program apart is that students participate in weekly show rehearsals. The outcome isn't a recital but a full-fledged rock concert!

A Great Use of Talent.

School of Rock has engaged a staff of talented, capable instructors that really connect with the kids. Our daughter learned more in six months than in three years of school drum lessons and has become proficient on bass as well!

School of Rock Has Made All The Difference.

My son came in with several years of private guitar lessons under his belt, but had never actually played with other kids or in front of an audience. Not only has his playing improved dramatically, but he has acquired a stage presence!