Faculty/Staff

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Bio Picture Sean Eden
Guitar Instructor
Sean Eden was a member of the acclaimed New York band Luna, who released 7 studio albums, several EP's, a live record, and toured nationally and internationally for 13 years. Luna also composed music featured in the scores of several films, including Sideways. Rolling Stone magazine described Luna’s album “Penthouse” as one of the “...

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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...

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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...

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Bio Picture Eamon Kenny
Guitar Instructor
Eamon Kenny is a guitarist, vocalist and composer from Montclair, New Jersey. Encouraged by his father, a composer for television and radio, Eamon has gone on to become a musician well versed in many styles. He has played venues all over the tri-state area with various pop/rock cover bands, and is also the leader of his own jazz trio. In addition...

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Bio Picture Aliah Sheffield
Vocal Instructor
There’s no question about it: singer-songwriter Aliah Sheffield has always loved music. For her, it isn’t just a “thing” she does, it’s a way of life. It’s in her blood; her heart; her soul.   Born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aliah has always been a singer. Her musical influences cover a wide range—Deniece Williams...

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Bio Picture Dayn Viglione
Guitar/Bass Instructor
Dayn Viglione is a guitar and bass instructor with nearly 10 years of playing experience. Shortly after picking up the instrument, he formed his first band at the age of 16. Since then a year hasn't gone by where Dayn wasn't actively involved in a live-performing band. While well-versed in an array of theoretical music concepts,...

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Bio Picture Kathleen Ackerman
Vocal/Guitar Instructor
  Kat has been playing guitar for 11 years and singing for what can be described as a lifetime. At the start of her career she both sang and played guitar for her church choir, and soon found herself playing and touring with multiple bands, one being The Radio Speaks. Kat was also “a one woman show” for two years, performing original...

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Bio Picture James Stivaly
Guitar Instructor
Bio coming soon

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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....

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Bio Picture Tom Frustieri
Drum Instructor
Tommy became fascinated with the drums at the age of five. LDB (Little Drummer Boy) was his first influence. The passion LDB brought to his brilliant performance touched young Tommy in a way that made the big toe stand up in his booties… He had found his “Special Purpose.”  From there it was a steady diet of The Monkees, Archies,...

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Linda Everswick
Saxophone Instructor
Bio coming soon

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Bio Picture Meredith Borden
Vocal/Keys Instructor
Meredith Borden has been pursuing the art of singing since she was a young girl growing up in Central Massachusetts where she got her start singing extensively in school and church choirs. Borden went on to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, with a focus on opera under...

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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...

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Bio Picture CHARLIE HUNTER
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-...

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