Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Williamsburg’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.
Kate Koenig Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Kate Koenig is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music journalist based in Brooklyn. She's been singing since she could open her mouth and grew up learning trumpet, studying classical piano under Gary Goodman and teaching herself rock on acoustic guitar. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Music with a minor in Audio Production at SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York. There, she studied piano, guitar and drum set, performed in multiple ensembles (including a Frank Zappa tribute ensemble), and arranged, composed, directed, and transcribed several pieces for big band and mixed ensembles. While studying abroad in Italy, she formed a mixed ensemble of local professional musicians.
Since graduating, she has taught at School of Rock's Upper East Side location. She has also directed a youth rock band program at St. Francis of Assissi in Mt. Kisco, and briefly apprenticed as an instrument repair tech at Music Inn World Instruments in New York's West Village. From 2016 to 2018, she worked as editor of "Music Alive," a classroom music education magazine for middle schoolers, as well as a writer and associate editor for its sister publication, "In Tune Monthly."
Along with being a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Williamsburg, she interviews professional musicians, writes feature articles, reviews guitars and edits music notation for "Premier Guitar" and "Acoustic Guitar Magazine." She recently released her debut album as a singer-songwriter, "Haircuts for Barbers" (for which she wrote and performed parts on the harp, koto, mandolin and Irish penny whistle!). She has performed solo and with her trio at New York's Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall. When teaching music, she focuses on discovering the quickest way to help a young musician realize their personal connection with and strengths in music.
Brielle Liebman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Brielle Liebman is a singer-songwriter originally from New Jersey. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in music from William Paterson University, where she studied performing, songwriting, music theory and ear training. While in school, she ran ensembles nearly every semester, and worked on arrangements and performances with these ensembles. She has been writing melodies and lyrics ever since she can remember, but started taking her craft seriously around age 13. She has been a dedicated singer and guitarist since then, and has been playing professionally (with bands and solo) for around eight years. She has held residencies at restaurants, as well as played The Stone Pony in New Jersey and New York City venues including Rockwood Music Hall. Most recently, her focus has been collaborating with other songwriters and co-writing as much as she can with other writers and producers to make various kinds of music. As a teacher, she has taught at four School of Rock locations throughout the years, as well as private schools and private lessons. She has worked as an instructor, ran Little Wing, Rock 101 programs and Rookies, and was a show director. Her main focus is working with her students to develop knowledge and skill on their chosen instruments, as well as cultivating creativity so that her students may one day become artists as well. She loves finding out what inspires each student and meeting them there to build their musical foundations. She is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, ukulele teacher, songwriting teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Williamsburg.
Christian Cepeda Guitar Teacher
Christian Cepeda is a professional musician and instructor from Long Island, NY. He received his Bachelor's degree in 2012 from SUNY Purchase in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of the world-renowned Fred Hand. After graduation and moving back to Long Island, Christian started working at another School of Rock location. It was here his passion for teaching flourished, along with his desire to start making music in the local scene.
From indie-rock to progressive punk to soul-funk outfits, Christian's musical experience is as eclectic as his interests. In 2018 he had the pleasure of working as musical director/composer for a musical run at The PIT for SketchFest, one of the nation's largest and New York City's Premier sketch festival. Ever the versatile musician, you can even find him performing as a one-man band at a monthly Brooklyn comedy show as he improvises beats and tracks using his guitar and Ableton software.
Through his studies he's channeled his passion for jazz, education in classical music, guitar pedagogy and experience in teaching contemporary music to gain a multifaceted understanding of the guitar. With an understanding that allows a readiness for any musical situation, this is exactly the kind of level of comfort he wishes to pass down to his students so they can be their best, uninhibited musical self. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Williamsburg.