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.
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.
Megan Greenberg Studio Coordinator
Megan has been involved with the School of Rock since 2007. She began as a student at the Princeton School of Rock when she was 13 years old and 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 played bass and sung in countless bands and had the opportunity to work and surround herself with some of the greatest musicians in the world. She went on to teach vocals both privately and at the Princeton School Of Rock for 5 years until she settled into the Studio Coordinator position in 2020.
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.
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.
Sofi Spatola SINGING TEACHER
Sofi started playing music at age 10 when she started taking lessons at the Princeton School if Rock. The SOR alumni also has training in choir and musical theatre singing. She has been teaching and directing at multiple School of Rock locations for the last 3 years and has a deep appreciation for this program having been in both student and instructor roles.
Monika Ryan SINGING TEACHER
Monika Ryan is a versatile vocalist with 11 self-produced albums out. Over the course of her 30-year professional career she has toured 3 continents and sung in large concert halls and small venues alike. She is a Voting Member of the Recording Academy and holds a BFA in Vocal Jazz from the esteemed New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. Her teachers include jazz legends like Sheila Jordan and teachers to the stars like Katie Agresta, teacher to Jon Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Sting, Cindi Lauper, Nathan Lane and more. Monika loves to teach and has both of her own children currently enrolled in the School of Rock Princeton.
Andrew Chojnacki SINGING AND KEYBOARD TEACHER
Andrew Chojnacki is a voice and keyboard teacher at School of Rock. He is currently studying voice, music education, and music theory at Westminster Choir College. He plays keyboards and sings in Us & Them, one of the premier Pink Floyd tribute bands in the greater Philadelphia area. The core ideas behind his voice teaching involve taking classic principles such as diction, resonance, and breath support, and incorporating them into a great performance with excellent stage presence. Keyboard students can expect to learn a lot of music theory in their studies, and will be able to take basic chords and scales and incorporate them into improvisation and performance. Above all, Andrew strives for each of his students to have fun singing and playing music, and he takes pride in any kind of improvement shown, no matter how significant.