Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Princeton’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.
SINGING AND KEYBOARD TEACHER
Andrew Chojnacki is a voice and keyboard teacher at School of Rock. He is currently studying voice, music education, and music theory at Westminster Choir College. He plays keyboards and sings in Us & Them, one of the premier Pink Floyd tribute bands in the greater Philadelphia area. The core ideas behind his voice teaching involve taking classic principles such as diction, resonance, and breath support, and incorporating them into a great performance with excellent stage presence. Keyboard students can expect to learn a lot of music theory in their studies, and will be able to take basic chords and scales and incorporate them into improvisation and performance. Above all, Andrew strives for each of his students to have fun singing and playing music, and he takes pride in any kind of improvement shown, no matter how significant.
Billie is a nonbinary, New Jersey based musician and the general manager at the Princeton location. After graduating from the Princeton School of Rock in 2011, they began teaching and directing at the Doylestown, Philadelphia and Princeton locations, but Princeton will always be their home. With their background in performing, music production and knowledge of music history, they are glad to have been able to continue to give back to the program that did so much for them over the last decade. Knowing what the program can do for students, Billie strives to maintain a community of inclusiveness for young musicians in Mercer County, just as it was for them growing up by creating a curriculum made up of diverse music and artists for both learning and discussion.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Chris "Crisbie" Baker is a professional musician, multi-instrumentalist and music instructor based in Cherry Hill, NJ. For over a decade Chris has been teaching and playing stages all over the states and overseas, including multiple international tours with rock artist - Eric13 (of Combichrist). Primarily a lead guitarist, Chris has recorded with numerous artists/bands including DMC of Run-DMC. In addition to guitar, Chris plays bass, drums and sings. Chris is currently working on his first full length release for a brand new project called Ego Planet and plays guitar for The Way Outs.
Chris started playing music at a very early age starting with the saxophone and then moving to guitar and bass. He then went to School of Rock for years and participated in many shows. Chris performs with a variety of different bands and musicians that have allowed him to open up for such reputable acts such as The Misfits, Plain White T's, Aaron Carter, Tom Keifer of Cinderella and David Cook. He also has been able to tour around the country and work with labels like Atlantic Records, Megaforce Records and 320 Records.
Assistant Music Director
Lexi Campion is a New Jersey based-multi-instrumentalist. Lexi has been drumming since the age of nine, and has since played in countless bands and ensembles.
She holds a degree in Music Industry with minors in Business Administration and Marketing from Drexel University. Lexi plays guitar and sings in Philadelphia based band Grayling, currently signed to 6131 Records.
Monika Ryan is a versatile vocalist with 11 self-produced albums out. Over the course of her 30-year professional career she has toured 3 continents and sung in large concert halls and small venues alike. She is a Voting Member of the Recording Academy and holds a BFA in Vocal Jazz from the esteemed New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. Her teachers include jazz legends like Sheila Jordan and teachers to the stars like Katie Agresta, teacher to Jon Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Sting, Cindi Lauper, Nathan Lane and more. Monika loves to teach and has both of her own children currently enrolled in the School of Rock Princeton.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Omar Elshafi has been a part of the New Brunswick and Rutgers University Mason Gross music scenes since 2016. He has been a member of multiple growing indie rock bands that have toured the east coast and has played prominent venues in NYC, NJ, and Philadelphia, such as the Mercury Lounge, PhilaMOCA, and House of Independents. Omar’s band featuring his own original music has also allowed him to travel and play festivals and college towns on the east coast. Since then he has been focusing on original composition and studying at Berkelee (class of 2022). He now has a large focus on Jazz and improvisation. The guitar is one of his greatest joys in life and he is looking ahead for what new experiences are awaiting. Omar is very excited to share his love of music with all of the wonderful students here at School of Rock.
Stevie Iannettoni has continuously played up and down the east coast for over a decade. Since joining School of Rock Cherry Hill at the age of 12, he has performed as a drummer, vocalist, bassist and guitarist for original projects, cover bands, jazz ensembles and more. Mainly a drummer, he has played and recorded for countless bands, piling up hundreds of shows, including a tour in Europe with Eric13 (of Combichrist) and even a 2011 Choice Musician Award from the Berklee School of Music high school jazz competition. Stevie was also the bassist for indie rock band Sonnder, which came with lots of radio airplay. He played on big stages such as Underground Arts (Philadelphia), Mercury Lounge (NYC) and even Festival Pier (Philadelphia) opening for The Struts. He can now be found providing lead vocals and drumming for The Way Outs, a cover band that plays all types of music in venues anywhere from the Jersey Shore to Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, FL. Looking to constantly write more songs, new original ideas are always in the works as well.
School of Rock is where music and learning come together
For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.