Jimmi KaneOwner, General Manager
When Jimmi Kane started bouncing on his rocking horse right on beat to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It," his dad thought quickly and put some drum sticks in the four-year-old’s hands. Without any formal training, Jimmi quickly taught himself to master the drums. By the time he was 15 years old, he was a regular on stage in and around his hometown of Saugerties, NY.
Jimmi's career as a professional drummer has allowed him to record and tour the country with artists such as Krista (RCA/Jive Records), Thieves and Villains (Victory Records) and The Morning Of (Tragic Hero Records). He currently leads the east coast cast of the award-winning punk rock drum troupe, Street Drum Corps, where you can catch him banging on oil drums and pounding on kegs in the electrifying spectacular Blood Drums every weekend in September and October at Dorney Park's The Haunt or Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest.
Suzanne's love of music began as soon as she was old enough to speak. After listening to the Original Broadway Cast recording of "Annie" on repeat for what seemed like years, her mother decided it was time to to take the five-year-old to a vocal instructor. Suzanne's show tune repertoire soon evolved beyond "Tomorrow" and, eventually, she began singing and acting in local stage productions, such as "Gypsy" and "The Music Man." Then, one fateful seventh grade day, Suzanne discovered KISS. At that moment, rock and roll seeped into her bloodstream and there was no turning back.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Suzanne worked in all facets of the music industry, from radio to publicity to concert booking, before taking time off to start a family. Now, ready to get back into the world of rock and roll, Suzanne, along with her husband, Jimmi, jumped into a business that will give them the satisfaction of teaching new generations to love and appreciate music.
Bruce GatewoodGuitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Drum Teacher
Bruce Gatewood was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. He started playing guitar at age six, and developed his musicianship by learning how to play other instruments and styles of music. He furthered his musical journey through college, earning a B.A. in Music. Bruce has been performing on stage and recording his entire life. He has recorded and performed with a multitude of acts such as Roadside Alibi, Joe Colledge, Atello, Deodato, ELO part2 featuring Jose Feliciano, Delores O'Rirodan and Angelo Badalamenti to name a few. He is currently an in-demand studio musician and live performer, as well as being an advocate for early childhood musical education.
Matt AblesonGuitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Vocal Teacher
Matt grew up in a house with a family of musicians and started playing piano at a very young age. In his early teens, Matt picked up his dad's guitar and began teaching himself by ear. In 2004, Matt began studying music theory and composition under Ron Frangipane, as well as classical guitar with Celso Machado and several other Brazilian, master level, classical guitar players. From 2005-2010 Matt studied music theory and composition at Montclair State University. Throughout the entirety of his education, Matt also taught privately, as well as at various different schools and academies. During this time period, Matt also played in multiple touring bands as a guitar player, pianist and singer. Matt's teaching philosophy is to use composition as a tool to fine tune lesson plans to fit every student's strengths and weaknesses, which will maximize the impact of every lesson.
Maggie CallahanVocal Teacher
Maggie Callahan is a vocalist with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Moravian College, with a focus in voice pedagogy and diction. While she is trained to sing opera and art songs, she has a passion for singing rock, musical theater, folk, jazz and pop. With over five years of teaching experience, she uses her classical background to teach students how to sing any genre with proper breathing and safe vocal techniques. In addition to teaching, Maggie performs regularly in the Lehigh Valley and NJ area with bands, musical theater productions and professional choruses.
Rod RiveraGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Born in a musical home, Rod’s father was a classical folk singer/guitarist and his mother was a semi-professional opera singer. Rod started his musical journey at the age of four, singing with his parents. He picked up the guitar at the age of seven and was taught by his father. In his early teens, he attended a music academy in Puerto Rico where he learned classical, Flamenco, rock guitar and music theory.
Rod has 30 years experience as a professional musician, performing, recording, composing, teaching, touring and producing. He is the founding member of international Christian metal recording artist Rivera Bomma, featuring members of Symphony X, Hades and the Rock of Ages Band. Rivera Bomma is currently celebrating 16 years together.
From Flamenco to rock, Latin fusion to classic heavy metal, Rod’s guitar work and music has been admired by fans and music professionals all over the world.
Brett RossDrum Teacher
Brett Ross is a musician/percussionist/composer from Sussex County, NJ who has been working with School of Rock since age 19. Brett has studied under various teachers, both local and national, such as Leo Labarge, Karl Latham, Vince Cherico, Dennis Chambers, Kenny Aronoff, Mike Mangini, Vito Rezza, Horacio Hernandez, Giovanni Hildalgo, Simon Langlois and Mario DeCiutiis. He attended CCM where he studied music recording, advanced music theory, composition and proficiency with multiple instruments. He is versed in many styles, including but not limited to Latin, jazz, funk world, reggae/ska/dancehall/rocksteady, rock, odd-time, progressive, New Orleans-style funk and jazz, country, blues, bluegrass, drum and bass and ambient. Brett continues to play out almost every weekend in the tri-state area and beyond with multiple projects of all genres.
Paul GargiuloGuitar Teacher
Paul Gargiulo is a professional guitar teacher with many years of experience performing and teaching. He is adept in creative lesson plans for all ages and is very patient working with students young and old.
Chelsea CarlsonGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Chelsea Carlson is an award-winning singer/songwriter, Berklee College of Music alumnus and graduate of School of Rock herself, with over seven years of teaching experience. Since 2010, Chelsea has performed at nearly 100 venues throughout the northeast, including the Hard Rock Cafe, Bitter End and Stone Pony as both an acoustic soloist and in bands. In 2013, Chelsea was awarded Top New Female Act at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. Her debut album, "The Broken Road," premiered in "Songwriting Magazine" in early 2016. Chelsea now performs and releases original music under the stage name Carlsea.
Since she began teaching, Chelsea has taught over 80 students voice, guitar, piano, bass and ukulele lessons with a focus on cultivating creativity, musicianship and love of performance. It is Chelsea's goal to not only teach students how to be great musicians, but to provide them with the tools necessary to have a future career in music themselves. In addition to private lessons, Chelsea has taught preschool music at Long Valley Christian Nursery School since 2014, and is a former vocal lab instructor at Hunterdon Preparatory School.
Brielle LiebmanGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Brielle Liebman is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Wayne, New Jersey. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Popular Music from William Paterson University, where she studied songwriting and performance, as well as music theory, history and business. Over at the university, she was the chair of the Songwriting Guild and ran showcases and ensembles for her degree program. Her love for music began as a child, listening to The Beatles on vinyl with her father and sister as a weekend activity. She began singing and writing back then as well, writing lyrics and melodies that she and her sister would sing to entertain her family (though, she will admit, her songs have since gotten more mature). Since then, she has written in many genres, from hard rock to folk to jazz. She has played in her own band, as well as solo. Her most recent studio release, “Silver Lines,” gave her experience recording, arranging and producing as the project took many years to complete. She has played from New Jersey’s Stone Pony to New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, as well as held residencies at restaurants.
Matt ThompsonGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Matthew Thompson is a proud father and husband and has had an extensive career for over 30 years in musical performance, composition and education. He currently performs and records music professionally in New York City with a project named Zr. King. He is a singer and songwriter experienced in playing and teaching acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass and ukulele. He is also an accomplished singer and vocal instructor. He is also a practicing visual artist and oil painter with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Art History from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
His musical career began at the age of four, playing piano and singing at home. He began his performance career as a choir singer and soloist at the age of seven. Matthew has taught musical instruction for over 15 years to children and adults. He has also performed and acted in a variety of theatrical performances and musicals. He is passionate about creativity and sharing the joy of playing and learning music with all ages. Matthew is very honored and thrilled to share his love of music and creativity at School of Rock. He believes that music is a universal language that everyone can learn and enjoy.
Taylor GrantSinging Teacher, Piano Teacher
Taylor is a Vocal and Piano major at the County College of Morris. Taylor loves to perform and is excited to start bringing music into the lives of new youth who want to begin their musical performance career. Taylor is graduating in the spring of 2019 and transferring to Montclair State University, where she will study Music Therapy. She believes music has the power of healing and is excited to come into the world of teaching and bringing the power of music to others. Taylor is very passionate and always inspired by music. She loves to write songs and have jam sessions with her other musically inclined friends. Taylor hopes to be an inspiration to her students.