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Instructors

Bob Donzella

Bob is a producer,composer, songwriter and arranger whose work has brought him in contact with famed producer David Foster and songwriters like Babyface and George Benson, to name a few.  He has written and produced songs for J Record artists, Wyclef Jean, P Diddy’s “Making of the Band” and American Idol’s Anwar Robinson.  Bob has … Read more

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Bryan Brosen

Bryan has studied with several legendary drummers such as Gene Lake (performed with David Sanborn/ Cassandra Wilson) and John Riley (performed with Miles Davis/ Stan Getz). In 1995 and 1997, Bryan Brosen was voted “best drummer” at the Asbury Music Awards. Prior to joining our staff, Bryan taught both drums and guitar at several private … Read more

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Cassady Grablauskas

Cassady is a fantastic young talent and teacher who has been added to our staff beginning in 2018. She recently earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey. Prior to joining our staff she completed her student teaching a New Brunswick Middle School and South Brunswick High School. … Read more

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Cassandra Larossa

Having instructed Cassandra Larossa at Monmouth University, owner Jay Sweet knew that she would be a perfect addition to our professional staff. Cassandra is an extremely gifted pianist and musician and is currently finishing her final semester as a Music Education major. While attending Monmouth University, she has been an active member of the chamber … Read more

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David Reck

David Reck received his Bachelor of Music from Five Town’s College and has taught voice, violin, and piano at several popular New York studios. His fantastic tenor voice has been heard on stages throughout the Tri-State area. He has been featured in several theatrical performances and has performed as a soloist in New York’s Alice … Read more

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Erik Reynolds

​Erik is an energetic professional guitar instructor with over ten years of teaching experience.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Monmouth University where he studied with several fine instructors.  His main areas of focus are Rock and Classical guitar.  He has taught private lessons and several group classes at School of Rock … Read more

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Jay Sweet

Jay Sweet attended Berklee College of Music and studied Performance and Composition with several fine instructors. After receiving his degree from Berklee, he continued his education by attending Rutgers-Newark University where he received his Master’s Degree. Since then he has taught several classes at Rutgers-Newark University and Middlesex College. He has also published several articles, and … Read more

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Kevin J McMahon Jr

Kevin has been active on the local music scene for many years, playing in various original bands throughout his 20s at all the notable Jersey Shore venues. His concentration has been on drum set having studied with top level performers including Dom Famularo, John Favicchia, and Sweet Music Academy’s own Bryan Brosen just to name … Read more

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Lili Koblentz

Lili Klobentz is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  Lili has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with her primary in Voice. While attending Westminster, she was on the Dean’s list, and received a Dean’s award.  Lili performed in several different choirs while attending Westminster.  She has performed in Carnegie Hall, and … Read more

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Marianne Haggar

Marianne Haggar is a talented and experienced actor, writer and director.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, with an emphasis in screenwriting from the New School in New York.  Marianne also graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.  As an actress, she has performed in numerous Off Broadway … Read more

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Mark Chernoff

Mark Chernoff is a graduate of Rutgers University, Mason Gross school of the arts. Mark holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance with a concentration in saxophone and woodwind doubles. While attending Rutgers, he has performed with such musicians as Tom “Bones” Malone, Mike Smith, Charles Tolliver, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Richie McCrae, Don … Read more

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Mark Grayce

Mark Grayce is a multi-faceted educator who holds a Bachelor in Music Education from West Chester University.  While at WCU, Mark studied classical guitar under Glenn Lyons in one of the most highly developed studios in the Philadelphia area.  Mark is a member of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society for which he has performed in … Read more

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Mark Griffith

Mark Griffith is a recording artist, educator, and respected jazz historian. He received his Bachelors In Music Performance from William Paterson University’s Jazz Studies Program, and has spent his time since, touring the world doing the things that he loves: playing and teaching drums. Mark’s debut recording Drumatic. (Blue Jay Records) appeared on the jazz … Read more

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Matthew Lanni

Mathew Lanni earned his Bachelors of Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. While his main instrument is trumpet, Matt is incredibly versatile and is comfortable with students of all ages. He has worked for several years as a freelance musician and has played in various pit orchestras, classical combos and jazz bands. Prior … Read more

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Pamela Johnson

With over forty years of solo and choral experience, Pamela Johnson is one of our most experienced instructors. As a vocalist Pamela has performed in numerous settings including performances with The Garden State Philharmonic Chorus, and the New Jersey Bell Telephone Choral Society. Prior to joining our staff Pamela taught chorus and general music for … Read more

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Steve Minkewicz

Steve Minkewicz has numerous performing, recording, and teaching credits. He studied privately with Matt Dunne at University of Texas and with jazz great Rufus Reid. Steve also studied Music Theory at Ramapo College and attended Rutgers University. Previously he has taught for several years at Guitar Heaven in Georgetown, Texas and has worked steadily with … Read more

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Tracy Colon

Tracy Colon received her Music Education degree at Georgian Court University, and has also studied at Rowan University.  Tracy currently teaches Music Education at Lakehurst Elementary School for students Pre-K through 8th grade.   She has performed with several opera companies, community choirs, and has also been featured as a soloist at various other locations. … Read more

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Victoria Little

Victoria (Vicki) Little graduated from Rowan University earning a degree in Music Education with a specialization in voice. Vicki not only got to sing with the Concert Choir, but has toured throughout Europe and Italy with the performing ensemble. She is an active member of National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Central Jersey Music … Read more

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