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INSTRUCTORS

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CHRIS STIBOL

Drum/Piano Instructor


Chris has been drumming for the past 30 years and has a degree in music. Performing since the age of 10, he has trained in many different styles of percussion and is proficient on the drum set, marching drums, bells, and piano. Chris has been teaching for the past 17 years, his students ranging from 5 to 70. Many of them have gone on to do great things with their talents, including becoming members of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, reaching the Studio Band at Princeton Highschool, and becoming members of percussion lines at the college level. Chris approaches lessons with a fun attitude, ensuring students learn the core fundamentals while they grow in their own artistic abilities.

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JEREMY

Guitar/Piano Instructor


Jeremy has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has been performing in bands for the past 16 years. He frequently plays throughout New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Jeremy is a very dedicated teacher who brings his real world experience to his lesson approach. He ensures students understand the songwriting process by breaking down the song structure. By doing this and actively engaging students the “ins and outs” of a song, he gives them the tools to start writing songs of their own.

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JOSEPH

Woodwind/Vocal/Drum/Piano Instructor


Joseph has been teaching woodwind instruments for the past 16 years. He has earned a B.A. of music from Kean University. Joe has played in many ensembles including, NJMEA Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble, Kean University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Kean University Concert Choir and Orchestra. Joe keeps his students engaged and motivated by learning and dissecting popular songs, and making scale learning a fun competition/game.

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MARK

Piano Instructor


Mark has been playing piano since the age of 9.  Throughout college, Mark was involved in several ensembles including Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Music.  He has also provided musical accompaniment with the Kean Theatre Department.  In 2017, Mark graduated from Kean University with a B.M. in Music Performance degree.  Mark's favorite artists include ABBA, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, and R.E.M.  He also loves to play music from Broadway musicals and Nintendo video games.  Mark uses a hybrid of classical and contemporary in his lessons to ensure students that they learn the core fundamentals of music in a fun and festive atmosphere.

Grant

Drum Instructor

 

Grant has 28 years of drumming experience. He specializes in rock, rhythm and blues, funk, and zydeco beats. He is well known by the local music scene for his diverse and unique approach to the craft. His goal is for creativity to flourish, while maintaining a productive and friendly learning experience!

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ELLEN RENEE

Vocal Instructor

EllenRenee has been in the Performing arts industry since age 6. Started under Julliard trained professional. Sang and performed Professionally for many years in: Italian Operas, Classical & Standards Vocalist, New Jersey and New York (Radio City) stages, lead singer in 2 bands (Rock 'Midnight Rain' band & Wedding 'Touch of Class'), Atlantic City, elite restaurants, JBundy Master Illusionist Assistant, Singing recording Artist managed by Bill Deal, opened for Charlie Daniels band and L Jackson. Teaches & trains Novice through Professional levels: All genres of Music. Classical, Rock, Punk, Broadway. Former Director of 450 student Academy of Performing Arts over 10 years. She trained and placed many Artists in Lead Roles such as 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera' ON Broadway, top billing Artist performances on the  'Main Stage at Walt Disney World Florida', placed Rock Bands on many stage performances & venues, teamed with Sony Records professionals, her students were in commercials, print & appearances on major channels and she worked with Original Musical Artists that hit top charts. Teaches Singing, coaches vocalists, manages bands & musical artists.  
Long standing Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing. 
Is an agent through American Federation of Booking Agents of United States and Canada. Performer, Vocalist, Dancer, Choreographer, Educator. Mantra is strive for excellence in voice, stage performance & life.

EDDIE

Guitar Instructor

I have been a lover of the arts since I was a child. In high school I decided that music and performing was the world I wanted to be in. When I was 15 I got my first guitar lesson from a local player on an old BC Rich knockoff I built myself in middle school woodshop. I love rock n’ roll and blues. I am currently studying music at Mercer County Community College where I am also a member of the Jazz Band. I hope to share the same wonder and creative voice that the guitar and music gives me, with my students!

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SCOTT

Piano Instructor

Scott started his musical journey on the Hammond organ as his father was an amateur organist.  He went on to private classical piano lessons a few years later and slowly fell into a love of classical, jazz and rock music.  

 

He went on to play many establishments such as the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, NJ, Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick NJ and Nordstrom Department Store in the Menlo Park Mall, Edison NJ. both as a solo and with trio.  He continues to play around the tri state area for hotels, restaurants, senior centers and private functions. 

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NIKKI

Guitar/Bass/Violin/Cello/Viola Instructor

Nikki is a local musician/singer/songwriter with classical, punk, ska, polka, and metal roots.  While performing for over 25 years starting with the piano, cello, sax, trumpet, bass, and singing in bands, with orchestral, marching band, and punk spaces for outlets, Nikki found out that guitar was indeed the favorite instrument out of them all. With a diverse musical palette, Nikki aims to aid you on your own musical path, by providing tools, tricks, theory and philosophy to get you where YOU want to go.

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NICK

Drum Instructor

Nick was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in the neighboring communities across the Delaware River in Cherry Hill and Medford, New Jersey. After moving to Medford, Nicholas was accepted to Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, a prestigious private co-ed High School in the Tri-State area. While at Eustace, Nick won the Bishop Eustace Leadership in Music Award & The John Philip Sousa Award. The second being a national award to honor the top student in the high school band as it recognizes musicianship and outstanding dedication by one of the senior year members of the band.
Nick graduated from Rider University, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with Cum Laude Honors after successfully pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Minor in Film and Media studies.

Specialties: Rock & pocket drumming, jazz improvisation, compositional approach.
A veteran of the Greater Philadelphia Area music scene, Nick Santangelo has performed in several bands garnering several local music awards for his outstanding drumming. In addition to teaching, Nick frequently works as a session musician for recording artists of all genres.

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RIK

Drum Instructor

Rik received his first drum lesson at the age of six from his father Bob, also a drummer. Throughout elementary school and freshman year of high school, Rik played various percussion instruments in concert band & marching band. While in high school, he began drumming primarily in metal bands. Sometime around the mid-90's he co-founded a death metal band with his younger brother Zak. They still jam/write when possible. Since then Johnson has played in several other metal bands, plus The Beatles tribute band, Shabby Road as well as an 80’s Metal parody tribute called Headbanger. His earliest influences include his father, Animal from The Muppets & Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys). As an instructor, Rik encourages every musician to find their own voice & will help you get started with drumming!

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LISA

Vocal and Piano Instructor 

Lisa is a professional, classically trained vocal artist who is also a voice and piano teacher, as well as a coach in speech and theater. Lisa has performed internationally for opera houses, symphonies, and other art organizations. Lisa has experience in multi genres of music to include gospel, jazz, musical theater, jazz and pop music. Noted opera companies she has performed with include the Metropolitan Opera in New York, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Opera Company of Philadelphia aka Opera Philly, the Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, Denmark, Welsh National Opera Cardiff, Wales and many other internationally and domestically. Lisa has been engaged with orchestras to include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the LA Symphony in California, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Radio Filharmonisch at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Shanghai City Symphony in China among others. Additionally, Lisa has been the recipient  of many awards and grants to include the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Sullivan Award,  The Olga Forrai Foundation and the Joy in Singing Award. Her career has recently incorporated sharing music vocally in community, local and regional venues believing that everyone should have the gift of professional level music in their lives. Though including teaching throughout her 30 year career she is now more focused on sharing her years of applied knowledge to the next generation of musicians and performing artists. Lisa's professional training was completed at Westminster Choir College (now the music/performing arts college of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ).

JOE
Guitar/Bass Instructor




 

Joe has been playing for the past 20 years. He began playing at the age of 14. Since then,  Joe has been performing professionally all over the tri-state area and has been teaching guitar for  15 years.  Joe is fluent in many different genres of music, but his style is most influenced by metal and blues. Throughout the years, Joe has studied with many notable musicians in the area including local legend Ernie White, Paul Plumeri, John Bushnell and Joe Zook. Joe continues to perform locally with several bands as well as writing original music.

AJ

Guitar Instructor

AJ has been playing acoustic, classical and electric guitar for six years and is currently attending Mercer County Community College to study Music Theory. He mostly plays Jazz and Rock, but has played other many other styles including soul, classical and metal. His goal is to get his students to be creative and have fun playing, while learning the essentials and practicing in an efficient manner

ISABEL

Vocal and Harp Instructor

 

Isabel has been enamored with music and singing for over 15 years and has a decade of engaged experience in musical theater. Isabel was first introduced to harp at age 10 and has now been conscientiously studying and practicing harp for upwards of 4 years. She has performed in a multitude of bands singing and playing harp in the jazz and folk genres. She is currently studying at Mercer County Community College for a degree in Music Performance and is a member of the Jazz Band and Choir there. Isabel loves sharing the art of music and hopes to inspire her students with learning harp and voice!

CICI

Piano and Guitar Instructor

 

Cici started playing piano in the second grade and shortly thereafter fell in love with jazz. His love for playing has flourished into a long career in the arts on many different professional levels. Cici has a great deal of experience in many different musical mediums, from theater to choir to bands and ensembles. After leaving high school, Cici studied with The Young Americans College of The Performing Arts in California where he got the opportunity to work with kids all over the state, including teaching programs in juvenile detention centers. Now, Cici studies at Mercer County Community College with the goal of furthering his education and ultimately getting a degree in Music Performance. Though Cici’s main instrument is piano, he also has experience in performing and teaching guitar, and ukulele. Cici hopes to help his students find their own musical voice, placing a great deal of emphasis on improvisation and creativity in communion with more traditional teaching styles. He also strives to inspire a love of performing and general appreciation for music of all kinds in each of his students.

JESSE

Guitar, Bass, Saxophone and Drum Instructor

 

Jesse is a multi-talented musician hailing from a family of Juilliard-trained singers and has a degree in music technology. With an early start in music at the age of 9, Jesse has passionately pursued their craft, gaining proficiency in guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone. Their versatility and dedication have led them to explore various genres and perform in numerous bands, showcasing their exceptional musical skills and creating captivating melodies that resonate with audiences. With a keen ear for sound and a profound understanding of the technical aspects of music production, Jesse seamlessly combines artistry with technical proficiency, ensuring that their creations resonate with both musicians and listeners alike.

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