177 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 596-4962
Alida received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Queens College. Her concentrated studies on voice and composition has also given her extensive training in piano and guitar. She's presently teaching piano, guitar and voice in the classical and rock/pop genre to students of all ages. She loves helping students find their "voice" in the literal and figurative sense in music. Her personal musical goals are in ethnomusicology. She currently gigs all over New York area with her small instruments group, Le Petit Pepinot as well as the Balinese ensemble, Gamelan Yowana Sari. Alida is trilingual in English, Spanish and French.
Liz is a teaching artist originally from Buffalo, NY. She specializes in music, dance, and theater arts. Liz has her BFA in musical theater from the University of the Arts and loves to use her musical comedy skills to engage with adults as well as little ones and really gets on their level of understanding and enjoyment. With Rock'Scool, she is a Play and Music Teacher and will be the Lead Teacher Trainer for other classes as they become available. Her music classes are chock full of fun and lots of energy where she follows the lead of the student’s imaginations. “Joining the team at Rock'Scool has been a rewarding and uplifting experience. I hope to see you and your young ones in my class soon!”
Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Deborah is an active freelancer and teacher with over six years of experience teaching violin lessons. She has performed in various ensembles in the city, including the Mimesis Ensemble and the Chelsea Symphony, with which she recently appeared as soloist. She earned a Master of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from NYU Steinhardt. Her teaching approach emphasizes musical understanding and creativity with the support of a comfortable and reliable technique. She has some training in the Dalcroze method, which she includes in her teaching.
Daniel is a guitarist who has studied music for 26 years. He attended Booker Visual and Performing Arts High School in Florida, where he studied classical guitar, music theory, ear training, and music history. He graduated from Florida State University in 2003, where he studied music business, recording and technology, and jazz theory and arranging. He has worked with 70’s funk stars in the studio, and live sound production for country artists. He currently teaches in the greater NYC/NJ area.
A lifelong student of the groove, Joey began playing the drums as a toddler under the tutelage of his grandfather, a professional big band drummer. At Hamilton College, he studied with renown jazz and funk bassist, "Doctuh" Michael Woods. Joey is versed in various styles of drumming including Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Pop, Soul and R&B. His individualized lessons ensure students develop a strong sense of time, build a rudimental foundation, learn to read drum notation and, most importantly, have fun!
At age 11 David Patterson started playing guitar. He completed his BFA in classical guitar performance, having studied the late John Sutherland, a student of Andres Segovia. He based himself out of Atlanta for fifteen years. There, he recorded and performed with Grammy Award Nominees The Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins. He also started amassing his recording catalogue - 81 CDs as of November 2015. David has composed several works for Theatre in New York (St. Anne’s Warehouse, La Mama Etc.), and continues to tour around the world. He has taught professionally for almost forty years, bringing his knowledge of “any style that’s required… from jazz to rock to Irish folk to dazzling classical”* to Rock'Scool.
*from Creative Loafing - Atlanta, Georgia
Andrea offers individualized voice instruction tailored to each student. There are no one-size-fits-all exercises, and students learn sound vocal technique and principals of healthy singing to develop the voice, the individual sound, and the very joy of singing. Andrea has earned Level I and II certification in Somatic Voicework™, an integrative method of vocal training based on voice science and vocal function. Andrea performs frequently in the New York area, and tours nationally and internationally. Her 2011 CD, "Parallel Lives," was included on several best-of-year lists, and 2012's "TranceFormation in Concert" was a Downbeat critics' polls best vocal CD selection.
Ching Wai Lo is a NYC based cellist, pianist, and composer. He is currently working toward his Bachelor's at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He is an active musician in the Metropolitan area. He has played with ensembles including the QC Orchestra, Nota Bene Contemporary Ensemble, and the QC Balinese Gamelan. An active teacher since 2009, Ching has taught students of all ages. He adapts to the student’s performance level and adjusts his teaching style to best suit the student. He incorporates different genres of music, songwriting, and composition in his lessons.
Suzanne is a stage director and musician with over 12 years of teaching experience. She received her bachelors in Performance on a scholarship to Chapman University. Recently, she earned her Masters in Theatre at the New School for Drama. She records music for independent films and has performed solo and in bands, including LA's Black Nile. Suzanne is great with kids and specializes in classical and pop styles, incorporating music theory, sight reading and ear training into all her lessons. Suzanne's favorite musicians include: Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Radiohead, Debussy, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Chopin, Aphex Twin, and Elton John.
David is a Canadian-born trumpeter currently residing in New York City. He studied and began his professional career in Toronto, and in 2000 he relocated to New York with a study grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. His debut album as a leader, “Circumstance”, was released in October of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. In 2010 he followed that up with “Anticipation” on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records label. David has a Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, and is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.
Alessandra is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, where she studied piano and voice. She has been performing on stage since age 11 in operas such as “Dialogues of the Carmelites” and “The Magic Flute” and has won a piano competition with the Royal School of Music in London.
A professional musician and teacher with over 10 years experience, Greg is an enthusiastic and patient teacher with excellent communication skills. Reliable and self-motivated, Greg is a singer/songwritier by trade. He loves to have fun with the students, instilling a profound and deep appreciation for music of all genres.
New York City native Eric Cooper began teaching himself cello at the ago of 12. Studying on his own gave him a deep connection with the cello. He has studied at the Manhattan School of Music and The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Stern Auditorium, Avery Fischer Hall, and Symphony Space, among many others.
Eric is currently a member of The Brandy String Trio, Brandy Chamber Music Society, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The West Village String Quartet, Ensemble Du Monde, and The Colour of Music Festival Orchestra.