Emma Steen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Emma Steen is a Westchester and NYC-based multi-instrumentalist. She has played bass, guitar, keys, drums and sung with numerous bands, including Prosody, The Mother Shipton Prophets’ Guild, Pandafan, Heart’s Story, One Man Vibe Machine and Green Tongue Twist, and has done session work for several solo artists. She taught at School of Rock NYC for two years, and has been working in the off-Broadway theatre scene for the past six years. She is now pursuing a B.M. in Studio Composition and a B.A. in Theatre at SUNY Purchase.
Joe Alfano Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Joe Alfano has been playing guitar for over two decades in various Westchester-based metal/rock/blues and cover bands. Joe also has been a music educator in NYC schools for 17+ years, where he shows his passion for all music to the next generation of musicians. Joe loves to play, write, produce and record all types of music. His favorite guitarists are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Slash, Page Hamilton, Diamond Darrell and Jimi Hendrix.
Sean Lippin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Since the Fall of 2015, multi-instrumentalist Sean Lippin has been teaching students at School of Rock everything from guitar melodies and syncopated drum beats to how to passionately belt out their favorite songs and show tunes. At age 13, Sean was inspired to learn every rock instrument and write songs after taking lessons and listening to bands like Green Day and Blink-182. He then channeled his inspiration by pursuing his craft in various lessons and bands throughout high school and college.
A graduate of SUNY Oneonta’s Music Industry program, Sean has led several seasonal shows and summer camps at School of Rock, with a teaching prowess and insurmountable leadership skill set. He is capable of conquering the most difficult of challenges that may stand in a student’s way when it comes to show time.
Sean currently writes songs and performs with his band Nerd Salad, which has recently released their debut EP, “Your Father and I Aren’t Angry, We’re Just Disappointed.” You can catch Nerd Salad all over the NYC metro area, Rockland County and here in Westchester.
Jim Heffernan Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
The new Music Director for School of Rock White Plains, Jim Heffernan, has had a long career in music and music education. He began playing guitar and cello at the age of eight. Since then, his life has been split between writing music, recording, touring, producing and teaching. Starting in Syracuse, NY in the late 90s, Jim began his touring career with Spark Lights the Friction. Jim moved to New York City in 2003 and began working at the post-production house Face the Music while starting his own record label and studio in Brooklyn. Between touring with several bands, playing drums, guitar and bass for other projects in the city and on the road, Jim began pursuing licensing work for television and film and has licensed music to such clients as Clarins, Garden and Gun, Walmart, Popular Mechanics and most recently Marvel Studios. He started the audio production company Time to Operate Productions, and composed the music for the off-Broadway musical "Dorian." He also wrote the songs and sound design for the Madonna bio pic "Physical Attraction." While working as a freelance musician, Jim has always valued the importance of music education. He started the Music Matters Program in the Lower East Side of Manhattan teaching young people guitar, vocals, recording and song arrangement. He spent the last two years as the Program Director for the Noel Pointer Foundation, managing music classes in over 30 schools around New York City. Jim excels at individual lessons for guitar, bass and drums, and has a passion for directing, producing and arranging new music ensembles of all ages.
Brian Carter Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Brian Carter is a jazz/comp/theory music major from both SUNY New Paltz College and SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Fine Arts respectively. Carter has performed with Bernie Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Danny and Wilfredo Reyes, and Westchester luminaries Tony Cimerossi and Gil Parris. Brian is a dedicated educator and believes in the Thomas Edison adage, "Talent is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” His commitment to education can be summed up in his own philosophy: cultivate the talents in every child and they will shine. Carter has created the Kids for Drums after school program, which allows young drummers to learn technical rudimental techniques at a young age. This successful program has been run in Westchester elementary schools like Central School in Larchmont, Mamaroneck Ave. School, Chatsworth Ave. School, Ward School, Trinity School and The Groove Academy. Through all these endeavors, businesses and community activities, Brian has become a fixture in lower Westchester.
Peter Rubin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Peter is a local musician, engineer and educator. He started playing music at a young age and picked up various instruments along the way before studying at the Berklee College of Music. He now lives in White Plains and plays regularly with his own group, Mood FM, as well as various other performing acts. Peter really enjoys the opportunity to share what he has learned through teaching. He believes the School of Rock approach is a great way to learn music because his own love of music was fostered by the ability to learn the songs he liked and trying to play them in a group setting.
Drew Fermo Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Over the past 14 years, Drew Fermo has followed his lifelong passion for music. A well-versed multi-instrumentalist hailing from the studies of seasoned players (Donald Vega, Will Cleary, Chris Anderson, etc.), Drew brings to the table exceptional aural abilities and performance skills that make his combination of advances in piano and bass guitar performance, teaching, session playing, writing and music directing unique in the industry. A people person and team player, Drew is a valuable asset to several music groups, studios and schools in the greater New York City area, consistently bringing his A-game to everything he does.
When serving as a teacher, ensemble leader and assistant director of music at School of Rock White Plains, Drew is equally passionate and occupied when it comes to educating new players as he is with his own performing career. Drew has taught privately for three-plus years and has worked with ensembles of all ages at the well-known Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT.