Rebecca Levin Singing Teacher, piano Teacher
Rebecca has been singing since day one, raised by musical parents along with her five younger siblings. Local community choirs and her high school honors choir provided the stepping stones to a lifelong love of performing.
Rebecca's most memorable experience was touring with the Rock N' Roll Chorus as a freshman in college, singing a cappella rock covers and opening for artists including Jefferson Starship and Kenny Loggins.
As part of the William Paterson University class of 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, voice and piano, Rebecca is incredibly excited to have this opportunity to share the power of music with students of all ages and skill levels.
Kaia Bergsohn Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Originally from Long Island, Kaia Bergsohn has been in the world of music from the age of 11, when she started playing guitar along to bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden. Soon enough she would find her musical calling in piano and keyboards, drawing influence from styles ranging from progressive rock legends of the 70's. Some of her biggest influences range from bands such as Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake Palmer, Symphony X and Dream Theater. Having attended Five Towns College on Long Island to study jazz guitar and theory as well as Nassau Community College for classical piano performance, Kaia has since been independently and professionally reinforcing her skills. Kaia is also fully certified in various fields of audio engineering and sound design. She graduated in October of 2010 from SAE Institute of Technology in New York and considers audio recording and sound design to be a close second passion to playing and teaching music.
Dylan Drummond Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Dylan is a guitarist/bassist/songwriter who performs on world renowned stages such as The Stone Pony and ABC No Rio, as well as local DIY spaces such as Boontunes and The Meatlocker. His band Tula Vera plays original music that reflects his blues, rock, alternative and indie influences. With inspirations like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jack White and Radiohead, his music taste varies from day to day, allowing him to constantly expand his repertoire and knowledge of the music and cultures that surround him.
Amanda Fortemps Guitar Teacher
Heavily influenced by bands like My Chemical Romance, Pearl Jam and Nirvana from a young age, Amanda Fortemps was given her first electric guitar at the age of 12. With every new chord she learned, Amanda’s passion grew. Combining her passion for writing poetry and playing guitar, she soon began writing original songs. Amanda has played bass and guitar in various bands. Now attending college, Amanda has high hopes to discover new music, play local gigs across New Jersey and start recording her own songs professionally. A School of Rock Wayne alumna, Amanda has been a part of the School of Rock family for many years. Now as a staff member, she has the ability to share the joy of music in a whole new way. When she isn’t making music, Amanda enjoys hanging out with her dogs and creating art in every way. Her artwork and photographs can be seen throughout School of Rock Wayne. Amanda is a Little Wing, guitar and bass teacher, as well as a Studio Assistant at School of Rock Wayne.
Christian Rizzo Studio Coordinator
An avid listener and wannabe musician from before he can remember, Christian Rizzo nourished a love of music from before preschool. A piano player off-and-on from the age of four until the age of 13, a singer in the school choir and musical theater kid growing up, and a vinyl and CD collector as a young adult, Christian has never been far from music despite not being a musician himself. Christian is incredibly excited to be in and around a musical environment which prides itself on educating people who love music to unleash their inner performer at School of Rock Wayne. He is our Studio Coordinator. When he’s not at School of Rock, Christian is a student at Ramapo College in Mahwah, where he studies Spanish. In his free time, he loves singing along to whichever song is playing, hanging out with his two dogs and trying to speak (sometimes successfully) Italian, Spanish and French.
Hannah Comia Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Hannah Comia began studying classical piano at the age of six. When she began exploring vocal music, her love and passion for music strengthened immensely. A multi-instrumentalist, Hannah was involved in different ensembles within the Pompton Lakes High School music department. She went on to major in Classical Piano Performance and minor in Jazz Voice at William Paterson University. Hannah is no stranger to the stage, opening for Randy Brecker and Jeremy Pelt, as well as singing with the St. Mary’s Chamber Choir. Hannah has worked with Bill Charlap and Judy Collins, toured Europe as a part of William Paterson University’s Chamber Choir and participated in the university’s jazz vocal workshop. Hannah released her debut album “Blue” in 2018. Today, she is actively performing, recording and releasing music. Hannah is a Rookies teacher, piano teacher and vocal Instructor at School of Rock Wayne.
Jake Silvoy Drum Teacher
Jake Silvoy’s passion is inspiring students through the power of music. Jake has been playing drums for 11 years since studying under Ken Piascik. He performed in area, regional and all-state band all for all four years of high school, as well as in the New Jersey Youth Percussion Ensemble. Jake accompanied Kinnelon High School’s wind and percussion ensemble. A session drummer and percussionst for regional and national acts, he has performed at many venues, including The Meat Locker and New York City’s The Bitter End. Jake is a drum teacher at School of Rock Wayne.
Jamie Engels Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drum Teacher
A multi-instrumentalist and dedicated teacher, Jamie Engels has harvested a deep love for music from a young age. A piano player since the second grade, and a drummer since the fourth, Jamie began his singing career in his freshman year of high school. He then pursued and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at William Paterson University. As a member of the music group Blue Soul from the years 2009-2015, Jamie released two albums (their self-titled debut and “Lonely No More”). In the group, Jamie provided lead and backing vocals, drummed and was the primary keyboardist. He also helped to write and arrange most of the group’s original songs, and served as the group’s vocal producer. Jamie was the assistant conductor on William Paterson University’s Spring 2018 European Choir Tour, where he conducted and performed multiple pieces around Austria and Italy. Jamie is a drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Wayne.
Jonathan Royal Vocal Instructor
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Jonathan Royal grew up singing traditional contemporary gospel music at Fountain Baptist Church. He then moved to Boston, expanding his talents through formal training at Berklee College of Music, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music. While studying his own voice, he was heavily influenced by many artists, including Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway. Jonathan’s elastic tenor voice and huge presence enabled him to accompany Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, James Taylor, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams and Oleta Adams on stages throughout Boston. In addition to performing at venues such as the TD Garden, the Harbor Lights Summer Festival and the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Jonathan performs covers and original material with his band at nightclubs across the United States. He is a recording artist through his company, Seamless Soul Music Group, where he collaborates with popular artists. He also records music through Nashville’s ColorBlind Soul Productions. Jonathan is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Wayne.
Kat Reda Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Sharing a love for music is a priority for Kat Reda. Growing up in a household of professional musicians, it wasn’t long before Kat developed a love for music herself. At age three, she began to sing. At age 12, she picked up piano and guitar and began writing original songs. Kat has always been an active member of choir and band throughout her life. She was a part of her high school choir, Regional Choir, and now proudly sings in William Paterson University’s esteemed Chamber Choir. She has performed in many cities across Europe, Disney World and Disneyland. Kat has released her original songs on a self-titled EP (“Kat Reda”). Currently, she performs as the youngest member and lead singer of a cover band called On the Rocks, and is working on releasing a full-length solo album. Kat is a Little Wing and Rookies teacher, vocal instructor and Piano teacher at School of Rock Wayne.
Nick Spillert Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Nick Spillert fell in love with music at a very young age. He has been playing guitar since he was in seventh grade. His influences include Bring Me the Horizon, My Chemical Romance and Brand New. During Nick's senior year of high school he joined a local band called A Boy Named John as their new bassist. Since then the group has released an EP titled "Or So It Seems" and a full-length album "So We Live | So We Die." They have toured relentlessly up and down the eastern United States and have developed a dedicated following. A Boy Named John is working diligently to make this band their full-time career. Nick graduated from William Paterson University in 2018 with a degree in Popular Music Studies. During his college career, Nick interned for the Alternative Distribution Alliance (a Warner Music Group company) and for Iron Management (who manages artists like PVRIS, Tyne and birthday). He hopes to gain as much experience as possible from the music business to become a well-educated musician. Nick is a guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Wayne.
Noah Mabey Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Noah Mabey is determined to spread the joy that music has brought him to his students. Noah has loved all genres of music since he was very young, but his passion spiraled from seeing Black Sabbath for the first time in concert. The performance moved him emotionally and inspired him to begin taking guitar seriously. Noah continued to pursue his music through high school, studying music theory and participating in jazz ensemble,. After graduation, he went on to study Classical Guitar Performance at Bloomsburg University. Noah’s influences range from Megadeath to Miles Davis and everything in between. Noah performs with several bands, performing regularly around New Jersey and New York. Noah is a guitar and bass teacher at Schoo of Rock Wayne.
Paul Singh Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Paul Singh is a multi-instrumentalist with a contagious love of music. After graduating from Seton Hall University with a minor in Guitar Performance in 2010, he immediately got busy performing with bands in the local New Jersey music scene. Being a member of A Boy Named John (piano, guitar) and The Company Kept (vocals, guitar) has taught Paul that the most important parts of playing music are to find the right people, take everything as a learning experience, and, above all, to have fun. Paul often performs with multiple bands around the country. Inspired by his love of helping others and working with children, Paul is pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Montclair State University. Paul is a guitar, bass and piano teacher and a vocal instructor at School of Rock Wayne.
Teresa Marinuzzi Drum Teacher
Teresa Marinuzzi has had a love for music for as long as she can remember. At the age of 13, she began her journey as a drummer when she started teacher herself how to play. At 14, she found her way to School of Rock Wayne. Teresa has been a part of the School of Rock family ever since. After years as a student, she started work as a camp counselor. Now, Teresa is a drum teacher and studio assistant at the school. Formerly drumming for punk band Atomic Minds and currently drumming for alternative band Shutter, Teresa has performed at many venues, including the New York City Marathon. Currently, Teresa is performing, recording and releasing music with Shutter while studying music at William Paterson University.
Rachel Miller General Manager
Rachel Miller was raised on music. A classically trained vocalist, Rachel started playing keyboard at two years old, guitar at three and writing original music at seven. As she grew, her love for music did as well. Over the years, she also learned to play bass, ukulele and the drums. After being in a variety of bands, Rachel began performing as a solo singer-songwriter artist. She has performed at many notable venues throughout the Northeast, including the 2012 Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, The Bitter End in New York City and the side stage at Wantagh’s Jones Beach Amphitheater. She has performed at events alongside artists including Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, My Chemical Romance, All-American Rejects, Nickelodeon’s Drake Bell, Aaron Carter, Gavin DeGraw, Train and The Script. After earning her Associates Degree in Vocal Performance in 2016, Rachel joined the School of Rock Wayne family as a multi-instrumental instructor. Passionate about the community, she became the school’s General Manager in 2017. In 2018, she graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s in Music Studies. An award-nominated songwriter, she has written songs for Image Comics and an upcoming Nintendo game. Rachel is actively performing, recording and releasing new music.
Vic Hughson-Wilkins Drum Teacher
A versatile drummer since the age of ten, Vic Hughson-Wilkins was classically trained as a member of his school band. By high school, he had already performed as a part of the jazz band at prestigious venues such as Columbia University, as well as several music festivals across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. During high school, Vic performed with various rock and metal bands. Currently, he is a member of the experimental punk rock group Psychodynamic. Vic is a drum teacher at School of Rock Wayne. He specializes in teaching drum students the fundamentals of playing, as well as improving students’ speed, power and complexity.
Will Getz Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Will Getz has been playing guitar since he was seven years old, studying many styles of music including rock, blues and classical. He has performed with many bands in the Tri-State area, providing support for many established artists including Tracii Guns from the original Guns N’ Roses lineup at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Will is currently studying Sound Engineering Arts with a Classical Guitar focus at William Paterson University while pursuing a performance career with his band. He is a guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Wayne.
Wyatt Rydlewski Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Wyatt Rydlewski is a multi-instrumentalist performer and educator with a specialization in bass and guitar. The first time he picked up an instrument was an electric bass at the age of 15. Quickly falling in love, he devoted every moment of his time to music for the next few years, soaking in as many ideas as he could get until finally choosing to make it a career. Now, Wyatt is actively performing in a number of musical acts with freelance session, musical direction, arranging and live work daily. Wyatt completed his studies at County College of Morris for Music Performance under the tutelage of the world class performers and educators Dr. José Bevia and Joe Bilotti. Now he continues study under the prolific New York studio and jazz bass player Evan Marien. Wyatt's teaching philosophy relies on its flexibility to meet the needs of each individual student. He understands that each student has his/her own tastes and goals, and takes joy in helping them to find their learning momentum at a pace that is comfortable for them. He believes that creativity is paramount in a student’s development. Wyatt covers a multitude of musical skills while allowing students’ creativity to flow uninhibited. The most important factor for a growing musician is confidence; after they realize their potential, the momentum picks up and doesn't stop. Wyatt's energetic and passionate spin on music education appeals to any student and helps to ignite that same flame in them. When Wyatt isn't exploring music, he enjoys nature walks, floral design, archery and petting animals. Wyatt is a guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Wayne.