Alyssa Warner Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Alyssa is a musical theater performer, singer, and dual degree graduate from William Paterson University in Music Business and Vocal Performance. She started studying music in elementary school within the Beacon City School District, playing both Trumpet and French Horn, and singing in chorus. She continues to explore various vocal styles including classical, opera, musical theater, rock, pop, jazz, and punk rock.
Alyssa has experience producing and directing shows, including projects with the Metropolitan Opera, the Concerts for Young People Series with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and an 80s Rock Concert Fundraiser which featured Daryl McDaniels from Run DMC and MTV VJ Mark Goodman. Alyssa has taught voice and keys for several years and is excited to be a part of the School of Rock Beacon team!
Dane Farley Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Dane is a guitar teacher, touring performer, and music producer with over a decade of experience. He has played many styles of rock, metal, progressive, and indie music, experimenting with a wide variety of instruments including 7 and 8 string guitars. Beginning his musical journey at only nine years old, Dane began learning about songwriting alongside performance, touring with original music by the time he was sixteen.
Dane has played in a number of bands, both original and cover, and played over two hundred shows. Dane has also written and produced hundreds of songs and soundtracks, a number of which have had international listeners. As a teacher, Dane has worked extensively with instructing both technical skill on the guitar and understanding the concepts of music past simple song memorization. Dane has experience with students as young as five years old, and has worked with students on the spectrum. Dane is very excited to be working with students at School of Rock Beacon, NY, where he hopes to see the community of performance grow.
Dylan Fau Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Dylan Fau is a performer, songwriter, and educator of a variety of styles, genres, and cultures of music. He has a degree in Music Education from Montclair State University where he also studied classical guitar. He has performed everything from pop, to gospel, to heavy metal and brings that same spirit of open-mindedness to his students at School of Rock Beacon NY.
Jared Nelson Drum Teacher
Jared is a drummer, guitarist, and music producer based in New York’s Hudson Valley. He has been playing drums since he was 9 years old and graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Jazz drum set performance. During his undergraduate career, Jared became one of the most sought after drummers in the Mid-Hudson region, performing all over the area with a multitude of musical ensembles including loud and fast punk bands, middle-eastern psychedelic rock, blues power trios, large funk outfits, small jazz combos, pit orchestras, and pop cover acts. Jared recently completed a month-long tour in Belgium with Upstate New York blues legend Jonny Monster. Though he has dabbled much in jazz and funk, Jared’s roots are deep in the Rock world, drawing most of his early influence from bands like Led Zeppelin, Green Day, The Clash, The Doors, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. After teaching informally for several years, Jared is excited to be a drum instructor at School of Rock in Beacon NY.
Ryan Perrone Keyboard Teacher
Ryan Perrone is a multi-instrumentalist with an extensive background of jazz theory and improvisation training. He has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old and has picked up trombone, trumpet, and sousaphone along the way. He received his degree in Jazz Performance at SUNY New Paltz. Ryan is in multiple performing groups with stylistic genres such as funk, R&B, jazz, rock, reggae, and countless others. Thanks to Ryan’s experience with many instruments, he brings a unique perspective to School of Rock Beacon NY students.
Ursula Seymour Singing Teacher
Ursula Seymour is a singer-songwriter hailing from Mount Kisco, NY. She has a true passion for performing and has never stopped singing. Ursula graduated with a bachelor’s of music in music business and studied vocal performance at NYU Steinhardt. In college, she was Assistant Music Director of the NYU Mixtapes, her competitive a cappella group that won ICCA Quarterfinals and earned an award for outstanding choreography. Ursula is also an a cappella arranger and coach. She loved being the resident music director and arranger of the Pelham High School AcaPelicans. They excelled and learned to become an independent student-led group and now perform gigs all around the state. Ursula is proud to be an arranger, and she creates innovative and fun a cappella arrangements. She tries to bring that spirit to the classroom as well. At International Ivy Enrichment Camps, you would find Ursula teaching her courses A Cappella 101 and Digital Harmony (how to create split-screen a cappella music videos). Ursula’s original music can be found on all streaming platforms. She writes, records, and produces her own tracks. An energetic spirit with an empathetic nature, Ursula sings with a soulful, delicate, and authentic sound.
Greg Enkler Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Greg spent the majority of the last 20 years playing bass in various Hard Rock and Metal bands in Austin TX. Having had the opportunity to open for bands like Anthrax, The Misfits, Type O Negative, Slayer, Staind, Machine Head and many others over almost two decades, he has ample experience performing live in front of crowds small and large.
Along with playing bass, his first instrument was drums, and he’s stayed with both instruments over the years. Learning in his basement and keeping up with drummers in bands kept him on his toes over the years.
Shelby Gillespie Singing Teacher
Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Shelby has been performing on stage for 15 years. Growing up, music has always been her favorite way of expressing herself, having begun learning the flute at the age of 8 and starting private voice lessons at age 10. When it came time to choose a career path, music, to her, was the only option. After getting accepted to The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Shelby never missed a chance to perform, whether it was in her choir, an opera, musical, band or in her competitive a cappella group. In 2018, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in music business, with a concentration in vocal performance, and began working as a Unit Leader for Long Lake Camp for The Arts. There, she realized how much she enjoyed influencing and guiding students one on one. This encouraged her to begin teaching private voice lessons during the school year. Not soon after, she became a substitute teacher in music for Pine Bush Central School District, spreading her joy of the arts to many more students. In late 2020, Shelby found herself joining the medical field as Assistant Director of Activities at Campbell Hall Rehabilitation. There, she got the chance to use her gift in a very specialized and therapeutic way, giving disabled and elderly patients a chance to express themselves and communicate in new ways. This has transformed her view of what music can truly do to help heal others. Presently, with a combination of music therapy and education, Shelby hopes to continue to spread her love of singing to people of all ages! Working as a vocal instructor at The School of Rock only encourages this further. To her, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing her enthusiasm for music become instilled in others!
Benjamin Lieber Drum Teacher
Benjamin is a multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter as well as a creative director for musicians and artists. He played in numerous national touring & recording acts, having done 8 full US tours & 10+ label-released studio albums. He has extensive experience in music business management and art direction for music release. First, the drummer from the Buffalo rock band, Head North, then to more recent years forming & fronting his own rock group, Marigold, on guitar and vocals. He's also run his own business as a creative director for bands & musicians the past 4 years, creating album artworks, music videos, and related visual accompaniments to artist’s releases.
Rose Stoller Singing Teacher
Rose Stoller is a New York based musician, performer, and educator. She merges her influence of contemporary jazz, r&b, the Laurel Canyon folk rock scene, Brazilian Popular Music, and ambient soundscapes into a corner of her own. Rose has worked as an actor and collaborator in various theatrical productions, both with her co-created production company, Rascal Arts, and with a variety of other companies. Recent involvement include The Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Florida), The Guggenheim Museum (NYC) and The New Harmony Project (Indianapolis).
John Smith Guitar Teacher
A born and bred New Yorker, John Smith’s musical journey began with the award-winning jazz big band at Martin Van Buren H.S., Queens, NY. From there he went on to study performance and education at Five Towns College and Long Island Univ. (Brooklyn Center) on a full scholarship. He has studied with Chuck Loeb, Ted Dunbar, Kevin Eubanks, Doc Powell, Rick Stone and Bob Mintzer.
John is a much sought after guitarist, producer, composer and arranger that has worked in the music industry for over 20 years. He has performed and worked with many gospel and R&B artists including: Heavy D., Dr. Jonathan Dubose Jr., Christian Jazz Saxophonist Mel Holder, Inger Reid, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Gary Anglin, CCC Music Group, Youthful Praise, Chrisette Michele, Vanesa Bell Armstrong and Baby Face, to name a few.
Performing worldwide, he has toured Europe and had the prestigious opportunity to play before the Pope in Bologna.
John has played in small intimate venues as well as to audiences of 300,000 presenting the same powerful, magnetic prowess that is his guitar playing. John’s talents have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Beacon Theater and the world famous Apollo Theater.
As the current Minister of Music for Faith Baptist Church in Hempstead, NY, he uses his gifts and talents to continuously build the music ministry. Working alongside his father and Pastor, the world renowned gospel music great, Rev. Joe L .Brown, John understands the significant role music plays in the Christian church. Prior to joining his father at Faith, John was Music Minister at Faith Exchange located in the bustling Wall Street area of New York City. Under his spiritual leadership and God’s guidance, the worship ministry grew from just 3 members to 27 members.
Whether he is playing with a full band, accompanying a choir, praise ensemble or doing a solo acoustic set, John’s musical presentations are explosive, and inspirational.