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Our Team

Experienced instructors from the best music programs in the country!

Julie Keefe
Julie
Keefe
Studio Administrator
Rider University
Piano, Drums
Fiona Apple
The Dear Hunter
Between the Buried and Me
Death Cab For Cutie
CHON
Gillette, NJ
Millburn, NJ
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Julie graduated from Rider University in 2017 with a degree in communications and advertising. She has been an active member of the New Jersey music community since college. As a percussionist, Julie spent two years as a member of Fusion Core, a non-profit drum and bugle corps, and is currently a member of the Princeton Brass Band, a British-style brass band based out of Central Jersey. As an educator, Julie works with the front ensembles at Morris Knolls High School and West Milford High School during their marching band and indoor percussion seasons. BOOK WITH JULIE
Sal Montalvo
Sal
Montalvo
Teacher
Kean University
Piano, Guitar, Strings
Paul McCartney
L.V. Beethoven
Billy Joel
Eric Clapton
Bill Evans
Millburn, NJ
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Sal is a New Jersey native and a graduate of Kean University Conservatory with a B.A. in Music with a concentration in piano and composition. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, he has had experience performing in various venues across the Midwest, New England, and other various regions across the U.S. as guitarist, keyboardist, and lead singer in various musical projects. Apart from teaching and composing, Sal also currently works as a music minister, choral director, and church organist at various local parishes.
Jennifer Fischer
Jennifer
Fischer
Music Therapist, Teacher
Berklee College of Music
Music Therapy, Piano, Guitar, Voice
Regina Spektor
Laura Marling
Jenny Lewis
Pink Floyd
Radiohead
Millburn, NJ
Online Lessons
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Hi, I'm Jen!

I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's degree in music therapy, and became a board certified music therapist in 2015. I became a certified Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017, after attending the Neurologic Music Therapy Institute at the University of Toronto. As a music therapist I have experience working with various populations with a range of diagnoses, however I specializes in working with children and adults with special needs. I have studied voice, piano, ukulele and guitar for over 15 years, focusing on folk and classic rock music. As a music teacher I work with many young students on instrument proficiency while incorporating songwriting into lessons as a therapeutic tool. I joined the So i Heard team in 2016 as a music therapist, as well as a piano, voice, and ukulele teacher.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

I think the best way for a child to learn is for their musical interests to be front and center. A typical lesson is flexible - generally revolving around what the child wants to learn - but will always focus back to music fundamentals. I often use other instruments like drums and xylophone to teach music theory concepts, and motivating games to keep the child engaged.

My Advice For Students

I would say that music is fun, but that it can sometimes be challenging! The key is to keep trying, and through practice you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

My Favorite Local Places

Nature walks and hiking trails Coffee shops

My Music

I write and perform my own music, which is available on Spotify and bandcamp!

I am also in an all-girl band called Boy Band, also available on Spotify.

Gabe Marr
Gabe
Marr
Teacher
Berklee College of Music
Piano, Guitar, Drums
Clyde Stubblefield
Squarepusher
Steely Dan
D'Angelo
Thelonious Monk
Millburn, NJ
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Hi, I'm Gabe!

I've been teaching, performing, and composing in the NYC area since graduating Berklee College of Music in 2013. While I studied composition and production, I quickly found teaching to be the most rewarding aspect of my musicianship. Music served me well as a child, helping me develop discipline and focus I didn't find elsewhere- and offering my students the same opportunity is pivotal to my teaching philosophy. I'm currently completing a Master's in Music Education at Hunter College in Manhattan.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

I always aim to spark a student's curiosity, and then give them the tools and the mindset to pursue their curiosity independently. While rote memorization can be a useful tool in our arsenal, I strive to focus on the ways we can understand music conceptually and critically.

My Advice For Students

Follow the music you're interested in! Muscle memory, and technical ability are vital, but if you don't have a musical goal in mind it'll be much harder to push through those practice frustrations.

My Favorite Places of Inspiration

Teachers often overlook how informative the internet can be as a platform for musicians. Videos on theory, video lessons, live performances- I wish I had these resources when I was growing up!
Diego Bussenius
Diego
Bussenius
Teacher
Berklee Online
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Music Production
James Yancey
James Jamerson
Paul McCartney
Tom Jobim
Herbie Hancock
Millburn, NJ
Online Lessons
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Hi, I'm Diego!

My love for music began at a young age when my father would share his love for funk music with my brother and I. He loved the music of groups like Parliament and Jamiroquai and it rubbed off on me at a young age. In my teens I would teach myself how to play different instruments through instructional books/DVDs from the public library and playing in bands with friends; but I had been studying for a career in architectural design. After high-school, I felt that my heart was completely in music, so I abandoned architecture and got a job to pay my way through Berklee Music for Music Production. Since graduation, I have been recording local acts from Rock, Pop, to Hip Hop and investing all the revenue back into the studio. This has taught me many valuable lessons about the entire music production process; from having the first idea of a song to officially releasing it to the world and every step in-between.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

While teaching music lessons, my main goal is to cultivate a love for music that carries through the years. Like English conveys ideas, music is a language of emotions, and I hope to instill the desire to speak that language to all my students. By flexing our creative muscles through constant creation, the theory and the technicalities become a goal for the student to facilitate the expression of music they feel inside.

My Advice For Students

To learn any language we must immerse ourselves in the world of that language. My advice is to immerse into the world of music by listening, studying, practicing, and playing as often as we can. We become what we do, so if we play music everyday, we are music.

My Favorite Local Places

So i Heard Music, and not just because I work there! It's honestly a very inspirational place to see all my colleagues and their pupils achieves so much. Besides that I'd say my house.

My Music

I am currently establishing a record label where all my future projects will live. Stay Tuned! www.protunerecords.com
Fabian Omobono
Fabian
Omobono
Teacher
The Collective School of Music
Piano, Guitar, Drums, Music Production
Toto
Tommy Igoe
Deep Purple
Simon & Garfunkel
Nirvana
Millburn, NJ
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Hi, I'm Fabian!

I started playing music when I was 6 and to be honest I hated the lessons, they were too strict. It was only at age 11 when bought my first Album (Nevermind), that I started becoming passionate about music. I started playing in different bands with friends. When I was 14 I joined the Band Westbound and together we toured Italy and the rest of Europe for about 10 years. After high school I got into the Music Conservatory of Trento. In 2013 I moved to NYC to study at the collective school of Music and pursue my professional career as a composer and session musician.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

I usually ask the student and parents what they expect from studying music. I adapt the lessons to the students needs and try to make the time we spend together as fun and productive as possible

My Advice For Students

Well every student is different, but there's something true for every level: the more you practice the more you will enjoy playing your instrument.

My Favorite Local Places

Definitely NYC. The amount of musicians you can meet and collaborate with is just overwhelming

My Music

Currently I have my own music Production company where I compose music for Movies, Video Games and Advertisement: www.fabianomobono.com
Gabriel Ivanov
Gabriel
Ivanov
Teacher
Berklee College of Music
Piano, Guitar, Music Production, Music Theory, Songwriting
Thomas Newman
Sam Smith
Brian Culberston
John Williams
Dropkick Murphys
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Gabe!

I was always interested in learning to play an instrument. When I was seven years old I began taking classical piano lessons. I stuck with classical lessons until high school, when I began to branch out into other styles including: pop, jazz, contemporary, and cinematic. I became especially interested in cinematic music and decided to pursue this in college. I graduated with a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in 2017. Since then, I have worked on multiple student and independent films. I also have worked as a freelance composer in New York City writing music for television commercials.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

Music can and should be an enjoyable hobby to have and develop for the rest of your life. I give my students control over their lessons. I am only interested in teaching the types of music and techniques my students are interested in. This is key to having fun and finding the motivation to keep practicing.

My Advice For Students

Don't be shy about expressing your likes and dislikes to me during the lesson. Remember, this is YOUR lesson. We can steer each one in the direction you are excited and curious to go. I am most interested in helping you achieve your musical goals.

My Favorite Local Places

The Raptor Trust bird rescue in Millington by the Gillette location. The Paper Mill Playhouse. The closest Dunkin' to Millburn or Gillette. Best way to start the day!

My Music

Most recently I have been focused on writing music for commercials. I think it is very interesting as it challenges you to write in just about every musical style there is while trying to keep it to only 15 or 30 seconds long.
Sarah Bain
Sarah
Bain
Teacher
James Madison University, Westminster Choir College
Piano, Voice
Lucia Popp
Florence & The Machine
Renata Scotto
Fleetwood Mac
Jimmy Buffet
Millburn, NJ
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Hi, I'm Sarah!

I graduated from Westminster Choir College with a Masters in Voice Performance and Pedagogy and received my Bachelor’s in Music from James Madison University. I teach voice and piano and also performs as an opera singer. I have recently been seen onstage with the Children's Philharmonic, Winter Harbor Music Festival, Bethesda Summer Music Festival, Middle-Saxony Opera, and Princeton Opera Company. I have also performed musicals at The Fort Lee Playhouse and Dogwood Dell Summer Theatre. Though I perform mostly classical music, I love singing and playing in a variety of genres including rock, folk, pop, and Disney.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

I think students learn the most when they are interested and engaged with the material they're working on, so my primary goal is for my students to have fun! I try to tailor my approach to the learning style and goals of the student. With my advanced students, we concentrate on the nuances of technique and with my beginners, we play games and incorporate familiar songs to build musical literacy and curiosity.

My Advice For Students

Don't be afraid to make mistakes! Making music is messy sometimes and that's what makes it fun. I'm happy to work with you no matter what point you're starting from!

My Favorite Local Places

There are so many amazing venues for the arts in this area but a few of my favorite companies are The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Tim Schwerdt
Tim
Schwerdt
Music Therapist
Berklee College of Music
Music Therapy, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Music Production
Led Zeppelin
Muse
Gojira
Rage Against the Machine
Stevie Wonder
Gillette, NJ
Millburn, NJ
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Hi, I'm Tim!

I grew up playing and exploring as many instruments as possible to get a feel for the language and nature of music. As an informed multi-instrumentalist, I pursued an education in the Recording Arts in order to understand how to be a producer and engineer. My explorations taught me that a huge passion of mine is relating to others on a more personal level. As such, I furthered my education to become a Music Therapist. My life mission is to help others achieve their goals through music.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

I like to ask students to share with me the type of music that most interests them. Preferences guide the learning journey every day and can especially inspire us to continue persevere through difficult challenges.

My Advice For Students

Listen to music every day. Find out exactly what appeals to you and what doesn't so you can talk to a teacher or mentor about how to best help you along your musical journey.

My Favorite Sources of Inspiration

I find inspiration from being in nature and with people. I love meeting new people and helping them along their musical journey anyway I can. I go to concerts about three times a month to discover new artists, and support musicians I already listen to. Movie and Video games are also hugely important sources of music. I find myself exploring YouTube for content from all around the world to share with others.
Jeremy Freeman
Jeremy
Freeman
Teacher
Wesleyan University
Piano, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Music Production, Music Theory, Songwriting
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Steve Wilson
Radiohead
The Strokes
The Punch Brothers
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Jeremy!

I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018 with a degree in Music. I have always been obsessed with rock music, and after playing classical piano for several years as a kid, I began to dabble in guitar and drums at age 13 after becoming inspired to pursue music from my obsession with Guitar Hero and Rock Band. After playing guitar, bass, and drums in several pit bands and rock bands throughout high school and college, as well as studying and performing a variety of music ranging from avant-garde jazz to West African music at Wesleyan, I pushed my composition and songwriting abilities in my senior year of college. Working with a 13-piece band and performing on guitar, bass, mandolin and vocals, I wrote a progressive rock concept album, arranged it for performance, and recorded and released it as the capstone project for my music degree. Since graduation, I have been playing lead guitar in my band, The Racquets. We have written, recorded and released our debut EP, and have been supporting it with performances in New York City. My music experience also includes interning in marketing and publicity at several major labels, sound designing a short film, performing for students with cerebral palsy and starting a music program at an after school program and camp.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

While music lessons traditionally focus on memorizing pieces and drilling scales, my lessons focus on developing students' music theory skills, instrumental technique and practice approaches, so they can take on musical challenges with confidence. These skills are then guided towards songwriting and composition on instruments and in recording software. My goal in teaching is to help students discover a passion for music, provide them with the tools to explore their creativity, and above all, have fun!

My Advice For Students

Practice regularly (frequent, rather than lengthy practice) - Playing music is like learning to walk or talk. The more days you pick up your instrument, the better you will get! Even if you only play for a few minutes each day, you will get really good! Remember that music is supposed to be fun! Even exercises that seem boring can always be turned into fun creative opportunities!

My Favorite Local Places

The Great Swamp near Morristown. The Orange Reservoir (next to the Boathouse and Turtle Back Zoo) The Wellmont Theater in Montclair (where I saw my first concert).

My Music

I play lead guitar in an indie/garage rock band called The Racquets. Our band started at Wesleyan University, playing intimate house shows to college kids. Since graduation, we perform in New York City and have recorded and released our debut EP, The Racquets, which can be found on Spotify and most other major streaming services.

I also wrote and recorded a rock opera with a friend for my senior capstone project at Wesleyan. Lyrically, the album is from the perspective of a person exploring the highs and lows of friendships, as well as the role that speech plays in all of this. The album was designed to be heard as a whole, in order of the track list. The instrumentation is vast, containing vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano, synthesizers, electronic production, mandolin, violins, violas and cellos. This album can be found on Spotify and most other major streaming services as well.

Jacob Feldman
Jacob
Feldman
Teacher
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Piano, Guitar, Music Production, Songwriting
The Interrupters
Halestorm
Jimmy Eat World
The Lonely Biscuits
Lord Huron
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Jake!

I'm a passionate rock musician with a specialty in guitar as well as music production. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Music Production and Industry from Ramapo College in 2019. My prior experience includes touring the country with my band Callout as well as recording 2 full studio albums. While my speciality is guitar, I have a passion for music theory and the piano as well. My philosophy for teaching is making learning music both fun as well as informative through various interactive methods. I believe that a strong foundation in music theory, combined with the excitement and passion for learning an instrument is what leads to a knowledgeable and well rounded musician. In my lessons I highly encourage learning the basics of music theory while reinforcing these concepts through learning songs as well has a various assortment of technical and musical exercises.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

Each of my lessons are broken down into three parts, technical warm ups and exercises, music theory, and learning songs that you want to learn. I begin each lesson with a technical skill to help improve your technique and overall understanding of the instrument. We'll then move into a small section of music theory for each lesson. I strongly encourage learning the basics of music theory as it opens a world of possibilities for your instrument. Lastly, we'll work on songs that you WANT to learn so that you can feel comfortable in your own musical improvement and be able to show others what you've learned.

My Advice For Students

You can learn absolutely anything on any instrument as long as you PRACTICE and STICK WITH IT. The first few months of learning something new can be frustrating, but is incredibly rewarding in the long run. It's important to practice consistently each day, even if it's not for a lengthy amount of time. Learning how to be a good guitarist comes from training both your ear and your hands. Practicing consistently will help build muscle memory and eventually, playing your instrument will become second nature.

My Favorite Local Places

I love the local venues around New Jersey, especially Starland Ballroom, Boontunes, and Allstar Music Empire.

My Music

Responsive collapse (by row)

I've written two records and have performed around the country with my band Callout.
Mariah Kaplan
Mariah
Kaplan
Teacher
Rutgers University
Piano, Voice, Music Theory
Roberta Flack
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
The Beatles
Richard Strauss
John Adams
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Mariah!

I graduated from Indiana University where I majored in voice and psychology. Since then I spent summers with the Summer Voice Festival in NYC where I performed the role of Polly Peachum in the Beggars’ Opera and the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigeux, France where I performed the role of Rosita in the opera, Un Mari a la Porte. I have focused more on my teaching and received my masters from Rutgers University in 2019, majoring in music education. I currently am a cantor at Christ Church in Ridgewood, NJ and am in the Harmonium choral society.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

A typical voice lesson starts with warm ups. Warm ups are essential to sing at your healthiest and best level. After that we sing through what song we had as homework. After we sing through the song we take the trouble areas and look at them with more detail. It’s all about having fun and learning!

My Advice For Students

Students should look at music lessons as a form of relaxation through art. It does not need to be stressful if we put in the practice time. The more we practice, the more we have fun while playing.

My Favorite Places Of Inspiration

I am inspired by my surroundings. While writing music I have found inspiration while sitting in the back yard of my childhood home and even have found inspiration on my couch of my apartment. My imagination gives me all of the tools to write and play music!

My Music

Jonathan Donald
Jonathan
Donald
Teacher
NYU
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Music Production, Music Theory, Songwriting
Radiohead
Talking Heads
David Bowie
Debussy
Steve Reich
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Jon!

I come from a musical family, and have been immersed in music from a very young age. I began lessons in first grade, studying classical piano until high school, where I fell in love with indie rock and new wave music. At 15 I began teaching myself guitar and bass, and inevitably moved into the world of songwriting and production from there. I later went on to study Music Technology at NYU with a focus on recording and production, and produced records for a number of local bands before finding an even stronger passion in music education after graduation. Since then, I have also written, recorded, and produced an album of original songs, and have been composing music for short films. In my free time, I'm teaching myself how to play the drums: as a musician, you're never done learning!

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

My lessons are goal oriented, with a focus on physical technique and essential music theory, supplemented by ear training. It is important to me to challenge my students to overcome difficulties in a piece of music, and show them that they can accomplish anything if they set their minds to it.

My Advice For Students

What every teacher will tell you: practicing a little bit every day is always better than practicing a whole lot once a week. Our brains learn best with consistency and repetition! Learning music takes time. Take pride in your accomplishments, even if they seem small. The best thing my piano teacher ever taught me was how to listen to myself when playing. Listening, like playing, is a skill that takes lots of practice. There's always something new that you didn't notice before.

My Favorite Local Places

I'm a sucker for good food, and fortunately there's a lot of that nearby. St. James' Gate in Maplewood and Bay Leaf in South Orange are a couple of my favorites. I also enjoy stopping by my local music store, Finlay and Gage, in Maplewood, NJ.

My Music

I recently released an album under the name Tom Shape. All writing, lyrics, instruments, and production are done by myself. I'm currently working on a follow up.
Carmine Fusaro
Carmine
Fusaro
Teacher
University of Delaware / SUNY Buffalo
Piano, Drums, Music Theory, Songwriting
Billy Joel
Elton John
Ben Folds
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Beatles
Millburn, NJ
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Hi, I'm Carmine!

I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in music-education and Minor in Jazz Piano. While at the University of Delaware, my main concentration was drums/percussion. I studied drum-set, classical percussion, latin percussion and even steel pan! Most recently I earned a Master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo in music-education. My master's degree focused on Music Learning Theory which is an explanation of how we learn when we learn music. Based on an extensive body of research and practical field testing by Edwin E. Gordon and others, Music Learning Theory focuses on the teaching of audiation, Gordon’s term for hearing music in the mind with understanding. Through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) I hold certificates in teaching both Instrumental and Early-Childhood music. As an educator, I have taught everything from Kindergarten to High School in many different realms such as Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra, Choir, and General Music.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

My approach to every lesson I teach is to first and foremost get to know my students on both a musical and personal level. I like to understand from the beginning what my student's goals are and what they want to get out of studying music. When it comes to studying music, there are many different directions one can go in. Thus, I find it essential to be on the same page with my students from the very beginning.

My Advice For Students

I would encourage prospective students to consider what their interests are and what goals they want to achieve by studying music. I would also encourage students to make music with others in one of our band programs as soon as they feel comfortable doing so!

My Favorite Local Places

I'm a huge fan of being outside and specifically being outside at the beach in the summer months. I frequent Long Beach Island in the summer and enjoy relaxing on the beach as well as boating and fishing!

My Music

I have a YouTube page for some of my performances as well as one for my teaching examples. The performances vary, but mostly highlight my abilities in drums/percussion. My teaching examples highlight what I have done while teaching General Music.
Angelica Firetto
Angelica
Firetto
Teacher
Kean University
Piano, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Violin
Billy Joel
The Black Keys
The Backstreet Boys
George Frideric Handel
Tchaikovsky
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Angelica!

I am a singer/songwriter, pianist, and producer. Music has always been a part of my life, as I remember listening to Billy Joel CDs in the car and dancing to the latest hits of my time as a child. In May 2020, I will hold a B.M. in Music Education from Kean University.​ Having the opportunity to study both piano and voice at Kean’s Conservatory of Music, I am a well-rounded musician that has performed at various concerts with the Kean University Choir in Enlow Hall as well as choir tours throughout the East Coast. In addition, I have performed in concerts with Kean's Percussion Ensemble and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. ​As an independent singer-songwriter, I produce all my music at my home studio. In May 2012, I became a finalist in the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Songwriting Competition. I performed my song "Just Trust Yourself" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, sending out a positive message and explaining the dangers of substance abuse. In 2014, I was invited again to perform "Just Trust Yourself" at the Red Ribbon Prevention Links Walk. I am also an artist - I paint with acrylics - when I'm not in the studio or performing.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

My typical approach to a lesson is to first ask the student the genre of music he or she is interested in. Once a genre is set, I have the student learn music from the method book and from my personal favorite website called 8notes.com. On this site, there is countless repertoire for any instrument of choice, and it labels difficulty for each song. I discovered this site several years ago when I needed free sheet music of a pop song for a singing competition. I also like to incorporate technology with the lesson, especially for vocalists. My current voice students enjoy singing karaoke and recording a cover to their favorite songs on GarageBand. For vocalists, pianists, and instrumentalists alike, I always incorporate music theory, such as scales, arpeggios, and chord progressions to the lessons.

My Advice For Students

Always challenge yourself! I tend to assign one or two songs that are a level above the current level of the student so that they can critically think about the structure of the music. I introduce the components of the song, such as the key it is in and the chord progressions that occur, so that students have a baseline and can practice with these first few steps.

My Favorite Local Places

Liberty State Park Red Mill Mindowaskin Park

My Music

I have released two singles to the world, "Thinking About You" and "It Should Be About Us," that are both available on Spotify. I have additional songs on YouTube!

Andrew Digrius
Andrew
Digrius
Teacher
Montclair State University
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Music Production, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet
Radiohead
Miles Davis
Billy Joel
Bela Bartok
Circa Survive
Millburn, NJ
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Hi, I'm Andrew!

I studied Jazz Performance at Montclair State University with a concentration in trumpet. While I was in my undergraduate studies I was able to meet six other musicians who shared a similar philosophy of creativity. We formed a band called Thank You Scientist and through that I was able to tour the country for 8 years. I was fortunate to have shared the stage with amazing bands such as Yes, The Dear Hunter, Coheed and Cambria, Periphery and many more! Although I was fully invested in the rock scene at the time, this did not stop me from composing and performing jazz around the New Jersey and New York scene. I was a part of the New York Youth Big Band in which I was able to play along side Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, Nir Felder and more. Over the years, I've strived to not pigeon hole myself into one style, genre or instrument in the pursuit of my expression. The theory knowledge learned from the jazz and rock scene helped me to excel in the learning of many other instruments which now gives me the ability to teach at a deeper and more concise level.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

Since jazz is my background, I emphasize the use of the ears in lessons. We do a lot of listening and ear training to better understand what we hear. This being said, I also love to play with my students so they get a good sense of what to sound like. I also love to work on songs and music that my students are listening to and make it as hard or easy for each individuals level. This being said, I do spend some time developing technique through scales, exercise books, and theory knowledge.

My Advice For Students

Make sure you keep your ears open at all times! Listen to yourself and the greats!

My Favorite Local Places

I love getting into the city and heading to the Village Vanguard and the 55 bar for jazz. But I also head to the Bowery Electric and the Knitting Factory to check out some up and coming rock music.

My Music

I recorded three records with my old rock band Thank You Scientist (7 piece prog rock band)

I currently play in a band called First Mountain

I also love pop music - check out this track I'm featured on!

Nick Peters
Nick
Peters
Front Desk, Teacher
Montclair State University
Piano, Drums, Music Theory, Songwriting
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kendrick Lamar
Mark Guiliana
Florence + the Machine
CHON
Gillette, NJ
Millburn, NJ
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Hi, I'm Nick!

I began learning Coldplay songs on the piano around the eighth grade. In high school, my friends finally convinced me to join the marching band after two years of me telling them I wasn't interested. I ended up really enjoying it, and went on to perform with a Drum and Bugle Corps for five years! I learned to play the vibraphone, then the xylophone, and finally the marimba. I discovered a deep love of music, and decided that that was what I wanted to go to college for! I graduated from Montclair State University in 2019 with a degree in Music Theory/Composition and an instrumental focus in Percussion. Since then, I've been working to develop my writing an playing abilities further. I love composing new music as well as arranging music in different styles and instrumentation.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

I believe in giving my students the resources and building blocks to learn and understand concepts on their own. This can help them to grow organically and not feel as if they are simply being spoon-fed information. I also love posing questions to my students to encourage critical thinking. I am a huge proponent of the fundamentals: a good foundation in technique and music theory can support the student as they grow into the type of musician that they would eventually like to be!

My Advice For Students

Discover what you like about music, and strive to learn more about it. Exploring new concepts and developing your taste can become a huge part of the fun! We have an incredible amount of music both past and present available at our fingertips. Even if you spent your entire life playing, you would never run out of things to learn. It may seem intimidating, but everyone needs to begin somewhere!

My Favorite Local Places

NJPAC in Newark, NJ Rockwood Music Hall in NYC The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

My Music

I'm a composer who loves percussion, electronic music, and minimalism. This is a recording from my Senior Composition Recital of a jazz piece titled "Frazil". It was written about ice crystals that form under moving bodies of water called "frazil ice."
Aaron Geusic
Aaron
Geusic
Front Desk, Teacher
Kean University
Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Music Theory
The Beatles
Patternist
Queen
Ben Platt
The Moody Blues
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
Online Lessons
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Hi, I'm Aaron!

I am currently finishing up at Kean University studying Music Education. My primary instrument is voice but I am a multi-instrumentalist who is proficient in guitar and piano as well. I have had various experiences performing both solo and in groups including but not limited to multiple performances with the Woodbridge Community Players (shows include West Side Story as a Shark, Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour and Cabaret as Herr Schulz), The Kean University Choir, and with my band "The Wednesdays." I teach voice, drums, music theory, beginner piano, and more!

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

My typical approach to teaching lesson's is as follows: I would greet the student, ask about their week and lead them in a short physical stretch. After stretching would be a short five minute warm up. At this point I would either introduce a new piece or review old music, having the student sing through the piece and making mistakes along the way. When finished, I would pinpoint any particular sections giving the student any trouble.

My Advice For Students

The one way to improve on your instrument is to practice everyday! It may seem impossible but all it takes is 10 minutes a day! You must be willing to put in the work to achieve greatness!

My Favorite Local Places

New York City in any theater M Uncle's front porch My Basement studio

My Music


Aaron also performs in a band called "The Wednesdays." Their music can be found on Spotify.

Rob Fragnito
Rob
Fragnito
Teacher
The Collective School of Music
Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice
The Beatles
Radiohead
Beethoven
Miles Davis
John Bonham
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Rob!

I am a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Drums, Piano, Guitar, Voice, and Music Production. I have been playing drums since I was 12 and piano since I was 8. I have performed in many different bands as a drummer, keyboardist and songwriter/singer. I have a lot of experience performing on stage and working in recording studios. I graduated from Music College in a degree in performance and music theory. I have been teaching for many years and love to share my passion and knowledge with my students. I have studied many different genres. From jazz and rock to classical and funk. I personally like to combine all styles and create music that is interesting and innovative. Also, having a good beat and catchy melody is most important! I think it's important to be influenced by many different styles and sounds. I look to instill this in my students and encourage them to think outside the box and explore different types of music that they normally wouldn't listen to.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

Whether you're a beginner or experienced I like to start slow and get a sense of the instrument. We do this through fun warmups! For me it's all about music so I also try to get a sense of what kind of music the student enjoys. Listening to songs and understanding what the musicians are doing is a great way to becoming better at your chosen instrument.

My Advice For Students

Remember music is all about having fun. Relax, it's okay to make mistakes. Actually making mistakes is the only way to get better.

My Favorite Local Places

Rockwood Music Hall Newark Museum Smalls Jazz Club QXT's Night Club The MET

My Music

I currently play in a band called Moon Rabbit Retreat. If this doesn't showcase my skill set,I don't know what will. In the band I play drums, keyboards and sing. It's easier than it sounds!
Angela Hendryx
Angela
Hendryx
Front Desk, Teacher
Wheaton College, Bard College
Piano, Voice
Roberta Flack
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
The Beatles
Richard Strauss
John Adams
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Angie!

I am a graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program in New York, designed and led by world-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw. While at Bard I was featured as soloist with the Albany Symphony. Additional recital work included producing my own one woman show, Bond, and co-producing a recital of folk inspired music with my peers. This season I have been selected to participate in the Aquilon Music Festival’s production of Così fan tutte as Dorabella (understudy). I attended the Berlin Opera Academy in 2018 where I sang La Virtù in L’incoronazione di Poppea directed by David Paul. My awards include the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition as the 2016 Chicago Chapter Division Winner, the 2015 Midwest Region Honorable Mention, and the 2014 Illinois Chapter Division Winner. I am devoted to community outreach through recital work, and continue to bring music to audiences with limited musical exposure, having sung often for nursing home residents, middle school and high school students, and bringing an opera to a correctional facility with my colleagues at Wheaton. Most recently I performed works of Ives, Bolcom, Monteverdi and Rossini in recitals in New York.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

My goal in each lesson is to provide a fun space to explore music and gain new creative and analytical skills in the context of music. Each lesson is split between warm-ups and theory exercises such as scales on the piano, and then repertoire work such as pop arrangements or classical pieces from a work book. Vocal lessons similarly, begin with breathing and vocal warm ups before moving to a specific song in a genre of the student's choice. It's important to me that student's help select the piece or song they work on. In addition to reading music, arranging music and the technical execution of their instrument, I work with each student on communicating the meaning of the selection.

My Advice For Students

Pick one thing to focus on at a time! Music has so many amazing layers and components. It's very rewarding to have many small successes in your journey as musician. My other tip is to always have fun! If you can't enjoy the music you are listening to or working, try switching it up.

My Favorite Local Places

Local sources of inspiration for me are Cocoluxe in Gladstone has ome of the tastiest and most inspiring French buttercream you can find and the trails at Natirar. The Matisse room at MOMA in NYC, and the 18th century interior design rooms at the Met are also favorite inspiration spots of mine.

My Music

One of my favorite songs to sing was a signature song of my mentor, Dawn Upshaw. She introduced me to it and helped me bring it to life for the first time. This song has a special way of capturing the bittersweet feelings of anticipated change. You can see it below or on my website at www.angelahendryx.com.
Sam Morgan
Sam
Morgan
Owner, Teacher
Berklee College of Music
Piano, Guitar, Music Production, Music Theory, Songwriting
Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Underoath
Modern Baseball
Manchester Orchestra
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Hi, I'm Sam!

I am one of the owners and founders of So i Heard Music, but I am a teacher at heart. I started playing guitar when I was 5 years old, picked up piano when I was 8, and by the time I was in Middle School I knew that I wanted to go to college to study music. It has been my passion ever since. I grew up listening to classic rock, which evolved into hard rock and metal music by the time I was in high school. In college I fell in love with hip hop and classical music, and as a teacher I've fallen in love with pop. I really do love EVERY type of music. I started So i Heard Music to give kids in my community the music lesson experience I wish I had growing up. Our studios and hi-tech approach are unparalleled in the industry. I am passionate about teaching beginners, and watching them grow from somewhat curious to head-over-heels obsessed.

My Approach To A Typical Lesson

I am all about making sure the student has fun! I can teach the same techniques using a Justin Bieber song that I can teach using Mozart or Beethoven. My goals in a lesson are always to keep the student interested, and make sure they are having fun!

My Advice For Students

Practice as often as you can. Frequency is so much more important than individual session length.

My Favorite Local Places

The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ Goldbergs Deli Millburn High School The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ

My Music

Having spent most of my adult life teaching, my original music is mostly old projects from my playing / performing days. I recorded an EP with my rock band in college, "Attack The City." (fun fact: Sean Killary, the other owner of So i Heard played guitar in that band!) I also recorded on and helped arrange another EP for my late friend Paul Adler called "Pius."
Sean Killary
Sean
Killary
Owner
Berklee College of Music
Guitar, Music Production
Foo Fighters
Kimbra
Circa Survive
T.R.E.O.S
Millburn, NJ
Gillette, NJ
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Sean Killary graduated Berklee College of Music in 2010 with a dual major in Music Production and Music Business. After graduating Berklee, he started a recording studio in Boston where he produced a variety of musicians and albums. In 2012, Sean reconnected with a fellow Berklee classmate and band member, Sam Morgan, to create the plan that would become So i Heard Music. Outside of So i Heard Music, Sean is an avid outdoorsman and mountain biker and enjoys spending time with his dog, Ollie.

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