John Modano began music studies at the Wilson School of Music in 1963, focusing on piano and guitar. He studied with concert pianist Anthony Casario, who was a student of world famous pianist/composer Leo Ornstein. John spent time studying at the Neupauer Conservatory with pianist/composer William Schimmel, who performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also worked with James Barber, a professional jazz pianist. John graduated from Rutgers university in 1978 and began teaching in 1981 for all ages and levels. He has performed throughout New Jersey at private clubs, parties, receptions, and assisted living facilities. Through his teaching, John has developed a highly creative and personalized approach designed to tailor to each student. He also has experience with autistic and special needs students.
Louis Pettinelli is an accomplished music educator and performer based in the Tri-State Area. He has studied extensively with NEA Jazz Master Bassist Buster Williams, as well as Joseph Conyers and Douglas Mapp. Louis performs throughout the Tri-State Area in a variety of genres including classical, jazz, rock, and musical theatre. He has worked with musicians including Larry McKenna, Paul Bollenback, Dave Leonhardt, and more. Louis is available for lessons on all stringed instruments, as well as jazz improvisation and music theory lessons. He also teaches all brass instruments and beginner piano.
Matt Maraldo has been teaching drums in the South Jersey area for eighteen years. He received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His musical background includes performances with a wide spectrum of bands including rock bands, large classical ensembles, salsa groups, swinging big bands, and electronic dance groups on stage and in the studio. Matt’s most recent gig was touring with Grammy Nominated artist Memory Tapes in fifteen countries around the world. Matt considers music one of life’s greatest gifts and now plans to teach full time to share his joy.
Andrew Wysong is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music where he studied composition, music production, arranging, jazz guitar and bass. He studied guitar with John Babioin, Jim Kelly and Brett Wilmott. Andrew has over 7 years of teaching experience.
Andrew is also an accomplished performer, playing in venues throughout New York, Boston and Philadelphia. He has been the opening act of such performers as Snoop Dog! As a session musician and music producer, his work can be seen on the Billboards Charts. Andrew’s compositions can be heard on CBS, Telemundo, and CMT in America, as well as in TV placements in Europe, Australia, and South America. Styles Andrew excels in teaching are rock, blues, funk and jazz.
Patrick Van Belle is a multi-styled, solid, dependable drummer who can easily move from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk to hip-hop and back again. He plays hard softly, enhancing but never overpowering, demonstrating that sometimes less is more. A true artist that plays for the moment, Patrick believes that “You always play for the song.”
Drumming isn’t Patrick’s only passion. His skill as a teacher is crowning. Patrick began teaching in 1987. Patrick also instructs clinics at local High schools and music stores. When not teaching, Patrick is engaged in many creative activities. He keeps a busy schedule as a freelance artist, session musician, and touring drummer. He has worked with many wonderful artists like Platinum selling artist Dean Davidson (Britny Fox) and Grammy Award winning producer John Rollo(Whitney Houston, Joe Cocker). Currently, you can see him with Veteran Blues man Georgie Bonds ( Look out for the current PBS documentary “Georgie Bonds sings the Blues” featuring Patrick ) and local sax hero Eric Haltmeier’s Jazz trio.
Lori St. Maur is very friendly, enthusiastic and eager to share her music experience. She listens to her student’s aspirations, then adapts her teaching by tailoring her lessons to each individual. Lori incorporates music that each student enjoys, in addition to using the standard learning tools. She brings fun to the learning process. Lori specializes in ear training, providing in-depth theory lessons, giving the student an innovative, analytical and interesting approach to musical performance and study. This enables her students to execute more quickly, because of their increased musical comprehension. Her teaching encompasses a broad range of genres, using traditional method and technique books, as well as a large variety of sheet music and books. Lori has twenty five years of keyboard teaching experience, instructing beginners through advanced students. She is an accomplished professional keyboard player and vocalist, performing at corporate events, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and in major casinos and nightclubs.
Tony White has 25 years of teaching experience, many of his students have gone on to all district and all state levels of playing. His lessons include a full scope of basic technique; correct breathing procedures, reading, scales, theory, and correct posture and embouchure development. Typical lessons with Tony include help with school band and orchestral music, plus a personal plan for each developing student including classical literature, pop tunes, modern methods, jazz and blues. Tony’s resume includes performances with Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, The 4 Tops, Al Green, Billy Preston, Natalie Merchant, 10,000 Maniacs, En Vogue, and many others.
Peter Plaxa has been playing guitar for 17 years. He studied with Mark Ryan for ten years and Carl Filipiak for 2 years. Peter attended Towson University with a major in jazz guitar performance. While at Towson, he studied jazz guitar with Steve Herberman and classical guitar with Michael Decker.
Peter has played in many bands and has been performing since he was 14. Currently, he is working with the band All Tuned Up and performs regularly in the New Jersey area. Peter also works with Grammy award winning producer Vidal Davis where he has done studio session work for artists Vivian Green, Pras (The Fugees), David Correy (The X Factor), Kenny Lattimore, and Kindred the Family Soul.
Colin MacFarlane has a bachelors degree in music education, with a concentration in classical guitar, from Monmouth University. He also plays rock, jazz and pop guitar styles as well. While attending Monmouth, Colin also studied piano and drum set privately. He was also involved in the chamber choir and the chamber orchestra. Following the completion of his degree in 2011 and a semester of student teaching Colin received a New Jersey state teaching license. He worked as a long term general music and choral sub at Griebling Elementary school following graduation. Upon the completion of his long term sub term, Colin began teaching music privately. Colin also writes and performs music with his local original band Rexedog which has been active since 2004.
Bruce Santino attended the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (PCPA; now known as The University of the Arts) where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Bruce has taught instrumental music in the New Jersey public school system for 30 years, retiring in July of 2012. He has performed in many big bands in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Bruce has performed for such stars as Bob Hope, Bobby Rydell, Danny and the Juniors, Tony Martin, Al Martino, Al Alberts and the Four Aces, and many other stars throughout the years. Most recently Bruce has been playing in a Top 40’s band at events, clubs, and weddings in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas.