INSTRUCTORS

CHRIS STIBOL

Drums/Piano Instructor


Chris has been drumming for the past 27 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 14 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.

JEREMY

Guitar/Piano Instructor


Jeremy has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has been performing in bands for the past 14 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.

VINNIE

Guitar/Bass/Piano Instructor

Vinnie has over 20 years experience playing professionally in bands throughout the Princeton, Philadelphia, and New York City region and is a student of jazz and classical performance. His approach puts a strong emphasis on fundamentals and music theory but also encourages students to be creative and uses examples of modern music to put those fundamentals to use.

JOSEPH

Woodwind/Vocal/Drum/Piano Instructor


Joseph has been teaching woodwind instruments for the past 14 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.

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.

DAVID

Drum Instructor


David has been an instructor at Stibol Music since 2016. He started playing the drums when he was eight and has been playing music professionally since 2013. During this time, he has supported several notable artists including Laurin Talese, Chill Moody, Taylor Kelly, and Hambone Relay and has studied with internationally renowned drummers JP Bouvet and Benny Greb. His background ranges from Concert and Marching percussion to Rock, Funk, Jazz, and RnB. Currently, David plays with an 8 piece funk band (The Do Rights), a 4 piece indie garage rock band (Young Puzzle), and plays cajon for up-and-coming country artist Madeline Smith. In lessons, he puts an emphasis on using the drums as a vehicle for creativity and expression. He encourages students to step beyond "what" they are playing and examine when, where, why, and how they play it.

ELLENRENEE

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.

Ernesto

Strings Instructor

Ernesto is a graduate in Jazz Violin Performance/Composition from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York) and Berklee College of Music (Boston), and in Classical Violin from the Conservatori del Liceu (Barcelona). Born in Alcoi (Alicante) Spain in 1986, Ernesto began studying violin at the age six in the Joan Cantó Conservatory of Alcoi. Throughout his violin study, Ernesto has been the recipient of multiple regional and international awards as recognition of his musical and academic achievements, including the Antonio Pérez Verdú Musical Studies Award, three consecutive years of scholarships from the Valencian Institute of Music, and the International Scholarships awarded by Berklee College of Music and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. As an educator, Ernesto shares a passion for all things musical. He holds a strong belief that music can change lives for the better, seeking to equip students with the performance, composition, improvisation and theoretical skills that will help them excel no matter which path they take in music.

SHARON

Piano/Woodwind/Vocal/Brass/Percussion/String Instructor


Sharon studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music and received her Degree in Theater and her Degree in Television and Radio Production at Mercer County Community College. Sharon has experience as a private instructor at the Summer Arts Institute at Rutgers University, Mercer County Community College, Newark Community School of the Arts, Lawrenceville Preparatory School, Pennington Preparatory School, St. Paul the Apostle Church/School, Emmanuel Midtown Music Studios in NYC, New Jersey Youth Symphony, Music School of East Brunswick, Mobile Music Instructors, Freehold Music Studio, Sweet Music Academy, Farrington's Music Studio, Music Tech Academy, Music & Arts, and the Very Special Arts of New Jersey at the East Brunswick Chapter.

Kevin

Woodwind/Brass/Digital Composition/Piano Instructor

Kevin has been a band director for 10 years throughout Pennsylvania and New
Jersey. Earning his undergraduate degree in music education from Kutztown
University of Pennsylvania and his masters degree in music education from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kevin has had the privilege to teach
students of various ages who have gone on to earn top seats in auditioned groups,
become a part of region and all-state groups and even pursued careers in music. In
addition, Kevin has been a presenter for NAfME, earned a Citation of Excellence
from the National Band Association, and has even been a top 25 finalist for the
Music and Arts Educator of the Year in 2019. When not teaching, Kevin plays
saxophone with various cover bands, blues bands, and rock bands throughout New
Jersey. Kevin enjoys helping students create and achieve their personal musical

goals in order to better themselves.

                    Will

Guitar/Bass Instructor

 Will has been playing guitar/bass for the last 19 years starting with guitar magazine and book tablature to learn rock songs to taking lessons himself to playing in the jazz workshop program in high school. During the last decade he has performed live, playing bass with a local Trenton thrash metal outfit which had afforded him the opportunity to open up for various rock and metal bands ( Protest the Hero / D.R.I / Swashbuckle and various others) as well as experience playing multiple small and large venues in the tri-state area. It is Will’s goal to not only teach you theory/ song structure/ lead ideas but to ensure you or your child is enjoying lessons and keeping interest in the instrument no matter what musical taste you may possess. It is Will’s belief that learning an instrument whether for fun or for a career is an extremely rewarding process and will carry over into other life endeavors giving you the confidence to feel you are capable of achieving anything you put your mind to.

Brad

Piano/Vocal Instructor

Brad has been singing since age 5 and taking voice lessons since age 14. He’s been
taking lessons and playing piano since age 7. In high school he decided to pursue music
professionally and upon completing high school, attended Bucks County Community
College, with the intention of auditioning to Temple University, which he did so in 2003,
and graduated in 2007 having majored in piano and minored in voice.
Brad began teaching in 2001 while attending college, and all throughout since, totaling
17 years experience. While classical style was emphasized in school, he teaches all styles
and genres of both piano and voice, tailoring the lesson to the individual students desire
and interests. He’s taught as young as 4 and as old as 80.

Stephen

Guitar Instructor

Steve has been playing guitar and performing for almost 40 years. He got his first teaching job at the age of 16 at a music store in Hamilton, NJ. Steve has a Master Certificate in Guitar from the Berklee College of Music. His band Once More, released their first CD titled Hate Me in 2019. 

 His approach to teaching is through a comprehensive method, using books as well as his own materials and techniques to help students achieve their goals. He teaches students of all ages. Steve’s musical interests include many genres of music but mainly rock, metal and classical. 

Tobias

Bass/Guitar/Drums

 

Tobias is a well-rounded musician. He began drumming at the age of two and is skilled at
playing the electric and upright bass as well as the electric and acoustic guitar. He has worked with students in the
Trenton Children’s Chorus for a number of years as the drumming/percussion instructor and as a private
bass and guitar instructor at the Thomas Grice Academy of Music in Trenton, New Jersey. Tobias has
performed as a member of the Honor’s Orchestra of Foundation Collegiate Academy and the Puerto
Rican Cultural & Classical Youth Orchestra. In his earlier years as a member of the Trenton Children’s
Chorus, he was a instrumentalist on drum set, Cajon and other percussion instruments and a featured
soloist. As a gifted vocalist, he landed a featured role in the Princeton Musical Festival’s 2014 production
of Porgy and Bess. He has performed at the United Nations for the swearing-in ceremony of former
United Representative Rush Holt, for the inauguration ceremony for Governor Chris Christie, at
Drumthwacket the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion, the 2016 Peace Train Tour and most prestigious
honor of performing at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Tobias is a
much sought after bassist in the area and he enjoys playing in several local churches and bands as a
freelance artist.

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