Bio Picture Matthew Sandoski
Executive Director

Matt began studying music at the age of 5, started his first band at age twelve (playing guitar and bass), and began working professionally in the music business at age sixteen. Throughout high school and college, Matt played in up-and-coming local bands while also diving head first into the production side of the music business. Matt has been touring nationally and internationally since 1997 with bands such as Citizen Cope, Alice Smith, Benevento Russo Duo, among many others.

In 1998, Matt graduated Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Music with an emphasis in Audio Engineering, while also studying jazz guitar. Using this degree as a launching board, Matt spent seven years as Mastering Engineer at the internationally renowned Airshow Mastering Studio in Boulder, Colorado. During his stay at Airshow Mastering, Matt worked on over 500 records, some of which were major label releases.

Matt's talent and passion paved the way to two GRAMMY nominations during his tenure as a Mastering Engineer, with a GRAMMY win in 2002. In 2006, Matt received an opportunity to return to his touring roots and hit the road with international touring artist Citizen Cope. This lead to four years of nonstop touring where Matt intimately learned the in's and out's of professional concert production. Matt still works as a FOH, recording, mixing and Pro Tools engineer in his spare time. In December of 2009, Matt and his wife welcomed the arrival of their first child.  Matt decided it was time to get off the tour bus and open the Montclair School of Rock so he could stay close to home with his son, who inspires him musically everyday.

Bio Picture John Ginty
Guest Professor

John Ginty loves an audition. As a drummer going into high school, he decided to audition for Morristown High School Colonials Marching Band, not as a cymbal player, which is what almost all freshman start out as, but as the quad player, a spot reserved for juniors and seniors. John won that audition, and for the next four years handled almost all of the drum duties at MHS including pit band, jazz band, jazz chorus, and orchestra. John was named Drum Captain of the Marching Colonials in 1989. He expanded his playing to include vibraphone, and became very proficient on the instrument. He graduated in 1990, winning the national Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, for creativity in improvisation in the field of jazz.

After graduating, John turned to the Hammond organ. An odd choice indeed, especially considering that his grandmother Honore was a church organist who passed away years before John was born. He was playing in local New Jersey cover bands, and began teaching drums and piano to students out of the local Morristown music store.       John played on many recording sessions in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles in the mid 90's, and one night got the call every musician dreams of.  " Jewel called on a Tuesday, and wanted to know if I could do MTV Unplugged on Thursday, and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE on Saturday. I ran all the way to the record store to buy her record! " 
    This was the start of a long line of success for John in the music business. John toured and recorded with artists such as NEAL CASAL, WHISKEYTOWN, SANTANA, MATTHEW SWEET, SHERYL CROW, BAD RELIGION, and was an original founding member of ROBERT RANDOLPH and the FAMILY BAND, in which John received a JAMMY award, two GRAMMY Nominations, as well as a GOSPEL MUSIC DOVE Award for Urban Album of the year, 2003. In that same year, John also appeared on the BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA's GRAMMY Award winner "Higher Ground". His discography now spans over a decade, and demonstrates his eclectic influences and unique sounds on the keys.

    In a simple twist of fate, one day while recording at Cello studios in Los Angeles, some friends in a band called MOONEY-SUZUKI were down the hall working on a movie soundtrack. They needed some keys, and "borrowed" John during dinner breaks to play piano and organ. The result was a movie called "SCHOOL OF ROCK"! You can really hear Ginty's Hammond cut through on the "big concert" scene at the end of the movie! 

   John has spent most of the last five years touring with CITIZEN COPE, in support of "the Clarence Greenwood Recordings", and "Every Waking Moment", two amazing records, where John not only played the piano and organ parts, but also did the string section arrangements. 

He now resides in Bernardsville, New Jersey and has his own recording studio "The Shark Tank". He fronts his own band, the Hammond organ driven "John Ginty Band", and he can often be seen "sitting in" with WARREN HAYNES and members of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, and BOB WEIR of the GRATEFUL DEAD.  After many years of touring the U.S.A. and Europe, John is settling down and taking a much needed break from the road. He is thrilled to bring his experience to the School of Rock in Montclair.

"The most important thing to me is to have students understand the concepts that will always lead them to "love the audition" in everything they do in life.."

Bio Picture Kevin March
Creative Director/Drum Instructor

Kevin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.  His vast professional experience includes stints as a member of The Dambuilders (Atlantic/Elektra Records), Shudder To Think (Epic Records), and critically heralded indie rock heroes Guided By Voices (Matador Records).  He’s performed on recording sessions for Jeff Buckley, The Breeders, James Iha (original member of Smashing Pumpkins), and A Camp (featuring Nina Persson from The Cardigans), and on songs that were featured in such films as “Velvet Goldmine”, “Boys Don’t Cry”, “The Woodsman”, and the Jack Black hit “School of Rock”.  He also co-produced the 2013 album “Warned You” by NYC-based rock quartet The NowhereNauts along with Grammy-winning recording engineer Carl Glanville (U2, Jason Mraz, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson).

Bio Picture Philip Silverberg
Keyboard/Guitar/Bass/Vocal Instructor

How did Phil Silverberg get to Carnigie Hall? Practice, practice, practice of course! Phil was introduced to music at a very young age. His parents played a diverse selection of music in the house, and Phil picked up on it quick. He taught himself piano, and began learning music theory and classical piano techniques. He also took up saxophone at his school, an instrument he would continue to play all through his years at Lafayette College where he majored in music.
Phil found another avenue in the music business when he purchased some recording equipment, and began producing and mixing local NJ bands. That same year, he auditioned for Chambers Singers at Lafayette and won the Bass II position. The group toured extensively in Italy as well as performing at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall.
During the summers Phil worked as an audio engineer and stage manager for Live Nation working primarily at Blender Theatre at Gramercy, and The Fillmore in NYC. After graduating he partnered with friends and musicians to start their own recording label named The Dreamcatchers Life, where Phil functions as Co-Executive Producer, audio engineer, house instrumentalist, and songwriter.

   Now, Phil wants to help students at the School of Rock take it to the next level.
     " I sincerely believe that everyone should at least attempt to learn an instrument. For me it's an outlet like no other. To be able to connect with another human without uttering a  word is a priceless experience and to be able to pass that experience on to kids is invaluable. I believe that music helps create a bridge between people. Students that come to the School of Rock will be able to teach me as much as I am able to teach them.  My ultimate goal is to see these kids surpass me in every capacity.  If that is what ends up happening, then I've   done my job properly! "
   Phil teaches piano, vocals, saxophone, harmonica, and drums at School of Rock Montclair.

Bio Picture Mark Dollar
Show Director, Guitar & Bass Instructor

Mark Dollar is a guitarist/singer-songwriter/artist who has been celebrated for his work around the world. He has worked dilligently to perserve real music in the way of passion and talent. He currently resides in Montclair NJ, where he is as deep into his artistry as he has ever been before. He works as an in house studio guitarist to more than a couple of high-rate industry studios in the greater New York/ New Jersey area, such as Divine Mill, Tallest Tree Studios, Mozart Studios and others. His work has been under the naked ear as well, working with artists such as Pink, Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Omarion, Queen Latifah, Kool & the Gang, Whitney Houston, as well as many local artists in the area. With this deep of a resume, you might think that Mark is too busy to give it all back to the future guitarists of the world. However, Mark is thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock Montclair team! " A LOT of the stuff I have learned over the years isn't taught within music schools, and no price, no formal training can teach you how to FEEL." Mark Dollar is a perfect example of how School of Rock Montclair brings real, current working musicians to teach your children how to ROCK!

Bio Picture Maurice Watson
Drum Instructor & Show Director

Maurice Watson is a diverse, and talented drummer hailing from Newark, NJ. With 20 years of performing and recording experience under his belt and only in his 20's, music has been a commitment in his life from a very early age and it shows. Cutting his teeth with family members in the Newark gospel music scene, he developed a polished, yet rough and hard-hitting style which has found him completely prepared to tackle ANY musical endeavor he has come across. He attended Franklin Pierce College (now, University) in New Hampshire and began drumming for Metalblade/Blackmarket recording artists Deadwater Drowning as well as a host of other Metal and Hardcore Punk projects all around New England. He rubbed elbows and played shows with many bands he loved and respected, such as Suicide Silence. It was during this time, that Maurice took proper instruction from Brooklyn, NY's multi-instrumentalist Nathan Davis to sharpen his skills in Jazz, other Percussion, etc. Years after graduating Maurice found himself back home in NYC/NJ with a new set of skills and ready to start work on Rock/Pop band Aliens with his long time cousin, best friend, guitarist and collaborator Mark Dollar. Maurice also found himself in session work for artists in the greater New York City area, sharing stages with the likes of Trey Songz, hellogoodbye, Keri Hilson, Ludacris, and many more.

Bio Picture Thomas Nadolski
Guitar/Bass Instructor & Show Director

Tom’s love of music began as a diaper-clad toddler in Jersey City, listening to his dad play The Beatles on accordion.  After years of attempting to wrangle the accordion he was fortunate to find an old acoustic guitar in the basement. Since then he has never put it down. Self-taught for the first 5 years (with the assistance of a single Mel Bay book) Tom enhanced his education at New Jersey City University where he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music theory, sight-reading, ear-training and music technology.  From 1991 to the present he has been involved in numerous rock bands and has performed in clubs all over the New York/New Jersey area including CBGB’s and The Bitter End. No job is too big or too small for Tom, and he has played guitar in every conceivable situation, ranging from dressing up as a cow for Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in NYC to playing at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina for 30,000 people.
His love of music lead him to the audio field working as a live sound engineer and a recording engineer. He worked at the infamous Chung King Studios in NYC where he recorded countless artists including Blondie, Talib Kwali and Mos Def. A "full-circle" moment occurred at Chung King where Tom had the pleasure of teaching Jack Black how to play “Stairway To Heaven” on guitar during a session for a commercial spot for the “School Of Rock” movie. 
Despite Tom’s love for performing, few things can compare to sharing the gift of music and his 20 years of knowledge with any one who is willing to learn. He thrives on the satisfaction of unlocking the joy of music for students, and specializes in turning mistakes, or “happy accidents”, into Teachable Moments.
Tom is thrilled to be part of the School Of Rock in Montclair, where he is part of a fantastic team that shares his love of musical gift-giving and strives to help each and every student find their own inherent and individual musical voice.

Bio Picture Steve Murphy
Drums Instructor & Show Director

A Native New Yorker who has worked with:

Groups/Artists; Trans Siberian Orchestra, Alan Parsons, Jack Bruce,
Todd Rundgren, Mark Farner (from Grand Funk), The Turtles, Micky  
Dolenz (from The Monkees),
Dave Mason (from Traffic), Dee Snyder (from Twisted Sister), John  
Entwistle (from The Who),
Steve Lukather (from Toto) and many many more.

Producers/Engineers:  Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti, Alan Parsons,  
Eddie Kramer, Paul O'Neill and many more.

Has performed in over 40 countries worldwide, at such venues as:   
Madison Square Garden (NYC), Giants Stadium (NJ), Citi Field (NY),
Miller Park (Milwaukee), The Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), The  
Paramount Theatre (Asbury Park NJ), The Kremlin Palace (Moscow),
Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City), The Astoria (London) and many many  

Has also been featured in several nationally televised commercials as  
well as feature films.

Steve Plays:
Canopus Drums
Sabian cymbals &
Vic Firth drumsticks

Bio Picture Lewis Robinson
Vocal Instructor

Lewis Robinson never fails to captivated audience with his warm outgoing personality, extraordinary vocal skills and his compelling performance style. A specialist in vocal and stage performance for over 30 + years, Lewis brings his experience from theater, being a singer songwriter, to coaching and directing his students at the School of Rock Montclair. As and educator in the Montclair, NJ, elementary school system, he brings his love and knowledge of music and dynamic performance energy to the students and faculty alike.


An accomplished and studied drummer, Lewis Robinson has also thrilled audiences worldwide as lead vocalist with his own band singing jazz favorites, R&B and original compositions.

He has also received directorial awards from Italy and has performed and recorded numerous radio and television ads.


Credits include; 

Amen Corner, directed by Phil Black, written by James Baldwin 

Broadway @ Nederlander theater NYC.

Red Sneakers, directed by Liz Swados, @ The Perry Street Theater,NYC.


Dancin in the streets, directed by Billy Wilson

Fords theater in Washington DC

Next Move theater in Boston Massachusetts:


Blues In The Night 

South American tour.  with blues singer Ruth Brown:


European musical tours of 

West side story, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar:


The Rocky Horror Picture Show,

 American University of Paris,France:



Eric Schwartz
Piano/Keys & Guitar Instructor

From an early age, Eric always had an interest in music.  He took piano lessons growing up, but it wasn't until halfway through his time at Lehigh University that he decided to make music his career, and he hasn't looked back.  He majored in music composition with a minor in music industry. While at Lehigh, he also studied jazz guitar under the renowned Bob Devos and played in several rock and jazz bands.  During his senior year, he composed a piece for the LU student orchestra.  After graduation, he took his first professional composition gig writing a piece of music for a show on Cinemax.


Eric also has experience as an audio engineer.  He interned at Trout Recording, where he learned from Bryce Goggin (Phish, Herbie Hancock), and currently works part time as an assistant engineer at Gater Music with Larry Gates.  In addition to his studio work, he travels the country as road manager for the oldies band, The Hit Men.  His passion project is his own band, Go Man Go, in which he plays guitar and keys.  They recently released their first record independently.  Eric was the lead producer and engineer.  He is excited to share his knowledge of keys and guitar with the students at School of Rock Montclair.

Bio Picture Vincent Mott
Drum Instructor/Vocal Coach/Harmonica Instructor/Show Assistant

At age 7, Vincent Mott already knew he was destined for a life in music, taking drum lessons once a week, which lasted through his high school years. In 7th grade he and fellow classmates formed a small pop-punk band called Let Me Down and enjoyed small but significant success. Vincent was involved with every aspect of the Music Department, which included concert band, marching band, jazz band, and choir. He enjoyed the roles of drum line leader in marching band for 2 years and section leader in choir. He was constantly in and out of various local rock bands in the area, lending a hand when needed.


Vincent further pursued his dream by attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, playing in various bands including a popular jam band called Rack ‘Em Lets Go, and graduated with a B/A in Music with a concentration in Songwriting. In 2013 Vincent moved back to NJ and started his own band, Hott Mott’s Rhythm & Blues Band, singing and playing blues harmonica. He also free-lances as a drummer with various singer-songwriters including Garrett Gardner of NBC’s “The Voice.” 

Bio Picture Josh Bertelli
Guitar Instructor


Josh was lucky to acquire an old PA system and drum set early on in his life which led to a love of performing and writing music.  He switched to the guitar before high school where he and his friends formed an original rock band inspired by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Phish.

During his senior year of high school, Josh had a music theory teacher that eventually led Josh to Berklee College of Music to study classical composition.  This is the first time Josh realized the amazing influence a teacher could have on a student!  Josh was addicted to listening to classical and jazz and was inspired to compose, write songs, and record his own music.  Being inspired by the amazing teachers at Berklee, Josh then went semester after semester, summers straight through, until he graduated 3 years later.

Arriving back in New Jersey, he continued making music and started teaching guitar where he took lessons as a child.  Josh then went on to obtain his Masters degree in Music Education from Montclair State University.  Throughout he has been playing many gigs at places such as Maxwells, Arlene’s Grocery, Pianos, Mexicali Live, and the Dewey Beach Jam Fest.  His bands, The Fantastic Vibrations, Mr. Pants and the Adventure Soundtrack and Turn on the Galaxy have always thrived in original music and improvisation.  He has written and co-written an abundance of songs and performed them on the drums and guitar.   He has also recorded over 20 complete albums of original music in his personal studio.

Combining all the elements of music and music education he has learned throughout the years, the School of Rock is the perfect environment for Josh to teach exactly what he truly loves!  Now, a father, watching his daughter learn, play, and discover music is one of the greatest moments of his life!




Bio Picture James Stivaly
Guitar Instructor

Bio coming soon

Guest Professor

Charlie Hunter is an American guitarist, composer, and bandleader.

First coming to prominence in the early 1990s, Hunter has recorded 17 albums. Hunter plays custom-made seven and eight-string guitars, on which he simultaneously plays basslines,rhythm guitar, and solos. Critic Sean Westergaard describes Hunter's guitar technique as "mind-boggling ... he's an agile improviser with an ear for great tone, and always has excellent players alongside him in order to make great music, not to show off."



Hunter was born in Rhode Island. When he was four his mom packed him and his younger sister in an old yellow school bus and headed west. After several years living on a commune in Mendocino County they settled in Berekely, California. Hunter graduated from Berkeley High School and took lessons from famed guitar teacher Joe Satriani. At eighteen he moved to Paris. Returning to the Bay area, Hunter played a seven-string guitar and organ in Michael Franti's political rap group, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In 1992, they were one of the opening acts for U2's Zoo TV Tour.

Since the debut of his self-titled Charlie Hunter Trio (which included John Ellis on sax and Jay Lane on drums) in 1993, Charlie Hunter has recorded seventeen albums. He co-founded Garage A Trois, a jazz fusion band with Stanton Moore and Skerik. He has collaborated with Bobby Previte for an ongoing project entitled "Groundtruther." He also recorded and toured for Bobby Previte's The Coallition of the Willing in 2006. He appears on acclaimed jazz bassist Christian McBride's Live At Tonic. On both The Coalition of the Willing and Live at Tonic he plays 6-string guitars. His earliest known released recording without unusual guitars is as a guest bassist for the band Sweet Potato from California's East Bay. The song "Crankshaft" can be found on the Ubiquity Records compilation Mo Cookin from 1994 and the song "Monkey Wrench" can be found on the Ubiquity Records compilation Still Cookin from 1995. He also played guitar on the track "Me and Chuck" from the Les Claypool and the Holy Mackeral album, Highball with the Devil, released in 1996.

Charlie played in the band T.J. Kirk active 1990s that merged the music of Thelonious Monk, James Brown, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. T.J Kirk is: Will Bernard - Guitar, John Schott - Guitar, Charlie Hunter - 8-string guitar and Scott Amendola - Drums. Three recordings of the time are called: T.J. KirkAugust 8, 1995, If Four Was One September 24, 1996 and Talking Only Makes it Worse released in 2005. Hunter contributed to three songs for D'Angelo's Voodoo (2000), including "The Root". Hunter has stated that the session for the song was the most challenging session he has worked on.

In the summer of 2007, Charlie toured with a trio that included New York keyboardist Erik Deutsch and New York/New Orleans drummer Simon Lott. This trio recorded the July, 2007 Fantasy release Mistico. In 2008, Hunter recorded his first self-release, Baboon Strength. Featured on the record are Erik Deutch on keys and Tony Mason on drums. Hunter returned to the studio in Fall of 2009 to record with drummer Eric Kalb.

In 2008, eminent clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg put together a project entitled "Go Home" with Charlie on guitar(s), Ron Miles (trumpet) and Scott Amendola (drums). The alternately funky, beautiful, spacious and deep compositions showcase all the musicians. The group performed at the Jazz Standard in New York from October 29 to November 1, 2009 with Curtis Fowlkeson trombone, replacing Miles on trumpet.

Hunter was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.

Charlie Hunter is represented by Tree Lawn Artists, Inc.


Charlie Hunter will be a monthly guest professor at both School of Rock Wayne and Montclair and we are very excited to have him!


Bio Picture Kevin Parker
Bass Instructor

Kevin Parker began playing bass guitar over 33 years ago for, little Stevie and gospel superstars. He is skilled as a bass and lead guitarist, composer and arranger. It has led him to perform with many great artists such as, Bishop, Walter Hawkins, Vickie Winans, Michael Bolten, Ray Charles, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Rev. Stephanie R. Minatee and The Jubiliation Choir, Alvin Darling and Celebration. Just to name a few. 

Linda Everswick
Saxophone Instructor

Bio coming soon