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School of Rock Cresskill
50 Piermont Rd.
Cresskill, NJ 07626
(201) 568-7625

Location Specifics

Parking and entrance are located in the back of the building! We are attached to Energy Fitness and next door to CVS Pharmacy.

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  • Monday: 12:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 12:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM

Music programs at School of Rock Cresskill combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

School of Rock is happy to serve Cresskill and surrounding areas with quality music lessons from real, practicing musicians. We teach everything from singing to piano, bass guitar, drums, and even guitar horns. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their skills in a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Our Cresskill location is an excellent spot for budding musicians to graduate and then go on to perform at one of the thousands of music venues in New York City.

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program in Cresskill for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Cresskill's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Cresskill have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Cresskill are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Cresskill who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Cresskill
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Cresskill is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Cresskill Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Cresskill music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Cresskill's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Cresskill music venue.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Cresskill
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Cresskill our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Cresskill, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children in Cresskill
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Cresskill, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Cresskill, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Cresskill, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Cresskill is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Cresskill who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Cresskill, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Adult music program in Cresskill for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Cresskill's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Cresskill is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Cresskill.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Cresskill Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Cresskill.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Cresskill
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Cresskill House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Cresskill's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NJ rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Cresskill and the rest of NJ. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Cresskill

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Cresskill

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Cresskill, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Cresskill is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Cresskill guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Cresskill's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Cresskill, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Cresskill venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Cresskill offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Cresskill guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Cresskill

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Cresskill is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Cresskill we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Cresskill, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Cresskill, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Cresskill. Unlike other Cresskill drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Cresskill, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Cresskill drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Cresskill

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Cresskill offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Cresskill, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Cresskill teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Cresskill, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Cresskill.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Cresskill

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Cresskill offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Cresskill and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Cresskill, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Cresskill students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Cresskill, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Cresskill

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Cresskill. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Cresskill, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Cresskill area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Cresskill Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Cresskill area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Cresskill music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Cresskill, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Cresskill, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Cresskill’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Sarah Kapilow Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Sarah Kapilow started her music career with guitar lessons at the age of 10. She took these lessons for five years, and then added bass, piano, drums and vocal lessons by the time she had graduated high school. During high school, she formed her first band named Leighton in which she sang, played guitar and wrote the band's music. After high school, she went to NYU's Steinhardt School to receive a degree in Music Technology in 2012. At NYU, she took private vocal lessons for two years as well as Music Theory I-IV, Aural Comprehension I-IV, Music History I-IV, Keyboarding Skills I-IV and other music electives. While she was a student at NYU, Sarah also formed her second band named McCalister in which once again she sang, played guitar and wrote the band's music. The band made three EPs together, toured throughout the Northeast, and performed at notable venues like Webster Hall and The Barbery before parting ways in July of 2015. In addition to being a full-time NYU student and musician, Sarah worked frequently as a live sound engineer for venues like Roulette, Webster Hall and Trinity Grace Church, and was appointed Head Sound Engineer for Pascack Valley High School. After graduating from NYU in May of 2015, she immediately started working at School of Rock Tenafly as a voice, guitar and piano instructor.

Jeff Biegel Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jeff is a versatile, technically-trained musician with experience in performing, recording, teaching and producing a variety of musical styles. He specializes in bass guitar and upright bass, but practices and performs with piano, guitar and cello as well. Whether in the pit band, studio or touring throughout the country, Jeff displays continuous dedication and pure enjoyment from his work. Through his role as a Personal Assistant to popular bassist Christian McBride he displayed a working back-end knowledge of the music industry. Jeff has also proven his front-end performance abilities through touring with Macy Gray and continues to do so with Four Celtic Voices. He proceeds to promote himself as a professional in regards to being a teacher and performer, but is eager to learn new skills.

Devon Perez Singing Teacher

Devon got her first gig in 1987 as a Gerber baby, landing her first role in a commercial on a Spanish television network. At age nine she was classically trained by opera singer Renee Corienne. She gained local recognition with her voice and competed in the televised NJN Hispanic Youth Showcase and numerous talent shows. She is currently signed to Platinum Star Entertainment Sony as a songwriter and writes for various artists. She feels music is the universal language and can heal people one lyric at a time.

Craig Sasson Director

Craig Sasson is a dedicated guitarist, passionate musician and a seasoned songwriter spanning across the rock, blues and metal genres. A high-energy bandmate with a performance career that spans two decades, Craig has performed at The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Irving Plaza for FUSE TV and locally with CT’s Premiere Cover band Darik and the Funbags. Craig has recently relocated his family to New Jersey and has his feet firmly planted at School of Rock, sharing the magic and the language of music with the future of rock to come.

Mike Caminiti Drum Teacher

Mike Caminiti is a drum instructor from Westwood, New Jersey who has been playing the drums passionately for over 20 years. Mike started working at School of Rock in 2013. He immediately knew drumming would be his destiny at the age of nine while playing a friend's drum set. Whether it be concert band, jazz band, marching band, playing in the "pit" at school musicals or starting his own musical projects, Mike took every opportunity to be involved in drums during his school career. After graduating high school, he religiously continued to make music a part of his everyday life, from jamming with different musicians to session drumming to playing in local rock bands. Mike is a primarily self-taught drummer with a large catalog of style influences, ranging from classic rock, progressive, jazz, hip-hop, punk, pop and electronic music. Some of his most influential musical acts are Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Mars Volta, Miles Davis, King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra. He is able to play with musicians of all skill levels and various musical tastes while incorporating his groove into any melody. With his positive attitude and musical versatility, Mike has become not only a valued teacher at School of Rock but also a great friend to many.

Shawn Hajizadeh Drum Teacher

From the beginning, music was constant in the household of rising young drummer Shawn Hajizadeh, who would become fascinated by the music he heard at such an early age. His father was a prominent Iranian-born drummer, playing with famous Persian popular singers coming through the United States. Shawn attended Houston Community College, studying with the visually impaired master Houston jazz drummer, Sebastian “Bash” Whittaker. Bash became a serious mentor to Shawn, inviting him to his house for private sessions about the drums, music and life. In the fall of 2013, Shawn moved to New Jersey to finish his degree at William Paterson University. While attending, he has been instructed by Christian McBride, Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern, Vincent Herring, Bill Mobley, John Mosca, Horace Arnold, Dennis Mackrel and many others. Shawn graduated in May of 2016 and is eager to make a name for himself in the New York jazz scene.

Zach Sandel Drum Teacher

Zach Sandel is a drummer who's been playing for the better part of 15 years. Zach grew up playing with mostly rock and punk acts, but has since gained experience in various genres over years of touring across North America and Europe. Zach's experience as a working musician allows him to show his students what it takes to be the backbone to a solid live performance.

Gina Wille-Rajeckas Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Gina Wille-Rajeckas is a singer/songwriter from Montclair, NJ. Her passions include piano, voice, John Mayer and Taco Bell. She performs and releases original music under the name Gina Royale, which has allowed her to travel the country playing festivals and shows. She’s a recent graduate of William Paterson University, where she studied Popular Music, and Music and Entertainment Industry Studies. She is a vocal instructor, piano teacher and Little Wing teacher at School of Rock Cresskill.

Tom Monaco Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Michael Reid has close to 30 years of experience playing guitar and performing live. His musical journeys have taken him from iconic local venues such as CBGB's and Irving Plaza to some of the biggest music festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and everywhere in between. He has played lead guitar for multiple major label artists, most notably Regina Spektor and Matt White. Along the way he appeared on "The Tonight Show," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to name a few. In addition to focusing on music education at School of Rock Cresskill, he is an active session player and enjoys recording as well as music production. With a style that ranges from rock to blues and jazz, students can expect a well-crafted and meticulous learning experience through lessons with Mike, with personalized attention to detail and expedited musical advancement.

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Getting my son ready to go to school in the morning isn't always easy... but getting him to go to School of Rock is!

School of Rock helped my daughter grow.

My daughter is able to bond with others because of their similar interests! She is almost 16 now and has grown so much since she started at 11. She has developed a love for voluntarily helping the younger students learn and grow!

Learn From Real Rockers.

Geared to performance experiences, School of Rock builds confidence and stage presence. Instructors are well qualified in their respective instruments.

My son can try every instrument.

I like the fact that my five-year-old gets exposure to the drums, electric guitar and keyboard all at the same time. I also like that he is exposed to different genres of music than what he's used to.