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School of Rock Somerville
1 West Main Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 231-8300

Location Specifics

Behind Wells Fargo Bank.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Expand your musical knowledge at the School of Rock in Somerville and surrounding areas, including Hillsborough and Bridgewater with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Students can enroll in keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, singing, songwriting or drum lessons in a supportive and encouraging learning environment. With our revolutionary music program, students can rock out on major stages like the New Jersey Balloon Festival, an annual three-day event in Readington, New Jersey where the kids have played on the same stage as Styx, Bare Naked Ladies, The Band Perry, Plain White T's, Pat Benatar, and George Thorogood to name a few.

Programs we offer

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

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Somerville'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 Somerville 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 Somerville are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Somerville 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 Somerville
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Somerville 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 Somerville Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Somerville music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Somerville'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 Somerville music venue.

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 Somerville, 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 Somerville is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Somerville 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Somerville'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 Somerville 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 Somerville.

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 Somerville 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 Somerville.

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

The School of Rock Somerville 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 Somerville'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 Somerville 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 Somerville

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Somerville

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Somerville, 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 Somerville is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Somerville 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 Somerville'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 Somerville, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Somerville

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Somerville 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 Somerville we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Somerville, 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville. Unlike other Somerville 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 Somerville, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Somerville 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 Somerville

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Somerville 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Somerville

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Somerville 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 Somerville 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Somerville. 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville 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 Somerville Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Somerville 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 Somerville music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Somerville, 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 Somerville, 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 Somerville’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.

 Music Director, Owner Dante Cimino
Dante Cimino
Music Director, Owner
Dante Cimino is a long-time (16 years+) School of Rock staple, having worked with the original Paul Green school, and going on to manage three schools of Rock (Philadelphia, Doylestown, Princeton, and now Somerville). An accomplished musician and Sony Records recording artist with bands like Dandelion and Rudy and Blitz, Dante is no stranger to knowing what it takes to be a great rock musician, and his teaching prowess and relationship with his students is legendary in SOR circles. Dante took up the Music Director position at the Somerville School of Rock in November 2021, and has truly helped shape the school's culture from day one.
General Manager Megan Greenberg
Megan Greenberg
General Manager
Megan has been involved with the School of Rock since 2007, beginning as a student at age 13. Over the years, she picked up a multitude of instruments including guitar, keyboard, vocals, flute, and ukulele. Thanks to her training both at School of Rock and after, she’s gone on to play bass and sing in countless bands and has had the opportunity to work and surround herself with some of the greatest musicians in the world. She went on to teach and direct both privately and at School of Rock until settling in behind the desk as GM at Somerville.
Robbie Skorge
Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Robbie Skorge is a multi-instrumentalist performer, teacher and composer from Somerville, NJ. His main instrument is keyboards, which he actively plays with the bands Ross Griswold and the Second Line, Woke Robot, Wig Party, Castle Lane and more, spanning genres from rock, funk, New Orleans and R&B to Afro-Peruvian jazz fusion and electronic music. He’s also the music director for Antioch Baptist Church in East Orange, NJ.

Actively using Ableton Live to perform and compose, he is a sought-after music programming guru, able to teach and solve complex audio and midi setups for live bands and music producers. This is in addition to teaching piano, drums, guitar and bass. He enjoys teaching multi-instrument students to share overlapping concepts among the different instruments, and helps students record their own musical projects. Some of his music has been featured on Comedy Central, and he hosts a funk and jam band jam at Roxy and Duke’s in Dunellen, NJ every second Thursday of the month.
Seth Choynake
Vocal Instructor
Seth Choynake has always sang since he was young and has been in choir for most of his school years. He took vocal lessons from the outstanding professors at Raritan Valley Community College. Seth has been playing piano for almost four years under the instruction of well-renowned musicians amongst the New Jersey community. He continues to perform original music and covers at various venues throughout the state. He is excited to share his passion for music with the young musicians of the future. He is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Somerville.
Brendan Healy
Drum Teacher
Brendan Healy is a a drummer/songwriter from New Jersey. He has toured all of the country and has a life full of musical experiences playing all different styles. He is currently recording a second album with his band American Grim. Drumming and songwriting are his passions in life. At School of Rock Somerville he gets to share his experiences and help mould the musicians of the future as a drum teacher.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Paul Nagy
Paul Nagy
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
A New Jersey native with nearly 6 decades of experience in the music industry, ranging from performance to sound reinforcement to sales, service, and collecting musical instruments (specializing in the electric guitar), Paul’s advice is often sought after by area professionals on the purchase and collectability of various musical instruments.

Paul toured as a sound engineer in the tristate area during the height of the 70’s club scene and has appeared with acts on the east and west coasts on guitar and bass. He is currently performing with his band “The Paul Nagy Project.”

Paul has been a music instructor for 45 years and is now teaching at the Somerville School of Rock where he has been a staff member for the last 8 years.
Show Director, Drum Teacher Mike Avin
Mike Avin
Show Director, Drum Teacher
Mike Avin is a percussionist, composer, and educator from Bridgewater, NJ. As Somerville School of Rock alumni, he vividly remembers what it was like to be a student trying to balance learning and improving on the instrument, learning material for performance and house band, school assignments, and other extracurricular activities. This shared experience with the current students has allowed Mike to develop a close bond with everyone he teaches and enables him to better craft a curriculum that suits
each individual student’s wants and needs.

As a drummer for 15 years, Mike has grown proficient in many different genres including Rock, Country, Metal, Jazz, Orchestral, and more. He graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in 2017 and was a member of the award winning and nationally
recognized BRHS Wind Ensemble and BRHS Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist. He was a snare drummer in the BRHS Drumline which consistently won “Best Percussion” awards in the USBands competitive circuit for the duration of his four years. After high school, he went on to earn his B.A. in Music Industry (Business) from Ramapo College of New Jersey. At Ramapo, he was an in-demand session drummer being consistently called on by students and faculty alike to play drums on many recording projects and served as a hired percussionist for the drama department and choral ensembles. Mike also spent four years as the section leader of the Ramapo College Concert Band and was a founding member of the Ramapo College Percussion Ensemble. Over the course of his career, Mike has shared the stage with internationally recognized bands, names, and ensembles including: REO Speedwagon, 3 Doors Down, Kansas, Don Felder, Tracii Guns, the New Jersey Wind Symphony, and many more at renowned venues like Lucas Oil Stadium, MetLife Stadium, Starland Ballroom, The Stone Pony, Highline Ballroom, The Javits Center, Carnegie Hall, NJPAC, and more.

As an educator, Mike has taught students as young as 5 and as old as 70. He takes a “new-old school” approach in the classroom, blending old school methods and subjects with modern technology and curriculum. Though he considers what a student’s music
tastes are, he exposes every student to Jazz, orchestral, Latin, Reggae, and rudimental styles of drumming. He demands for all his students to be well-rounded musicians and refuses to call his students “drummers” as he feels the word “percussionist” is a far more
fitting term. He ensures that all his students are taught universal musical concepts such as theory, aural skills, and musicianship; and that his students can all read and write sheet music. In addition to encouraging participation in all School of Rock programs, Mike also pushes for active involvement in a student’s scholastic music programs such concert band, jazz band, and marching band. The more time a student spends in front of a teacher and playing with other musicians, the better they’ll become.
Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Kylan Hillman
Kylan Hillman
Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Kylan Hillman has been a guitar teacher and voice teacher for over 7 years and a rock guitarist for over 14. After attending School of Rock as a student, Kylan got his Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Montclair State University. Kylan likes to mix a student-led approach with a steady repertoire of rock classics. That way students learn the foundational techniques they need as a rock musician while never being afraid to bring in music that’s more personal to them. Kylan currently gigs in the New Jersey area playing with cover bands at venues like the Ivy Inn, Maggie Murray’s, and the Dunellen Theatre as well as venues in the Somerville area.
Studio Coordinator Teacher Ally Charlton
Ally Charlton
Studio Coordinator
Ally is a singer and has been performing since she was 13 years old. Her primary influences are iconic female rock vocalists such as Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nicks. Currently, Ally sings in the local cover band Solar Candy while also spending time furthering her own solo project for which she accompanies herself on guitar, ukulele, and keyboard. Having had experience working with students with special needs, Ally likes to take a gentle approach with her students, finding what makes them most comfortable to sing in a way that suits their unique voice interests. One of her greatest passions is uplifting young singers and musicians.
Alan Benjamin Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Alan Benjamin
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Alan Benjamin is a guitar teacher and bass teacher at Somerville School of Rock, and is a multifaceted musician, music educator, composer, and audio engineer who specializes in the expansive genre of progressive rock. A founding member of the internally acclaimed prog band, Advent (whose album, Cantus Firmus, received a stellar review in Guitar Player magazine), Alan has also served as the production manager and technical director for the NJ Proghouse live music series since 2009. Beginning on piano at age three, he learned to master many different instruments over the years—including Chapman Stick™—and has focused primarily on guitar and bass since his teens.

In addition to writing, recording, mixing, and performing with Advent, Alan’s musical experience includes recording a demo with engineer Les Paul Jr. and attending the Berklee College of Music (both at age 16), playing the major Philadelphia-area club circuit with Merlin on a full-time basis, and performing festival shows with the reformed incarnation of the legendary NJ-based progressive-rock band, Mirthrandir. Additionally, Alan has leveraged his passion for instrumental mastery and holistic musical knowledge in the roles of both guitar and bass instructor, inspiring students to achieve their absolute best throughout his decades living in central New Jersey.
Mike Idenden Drum teacher
Mike Idenden
Drum teacher
Mike Idenden is one of the newest members of the School Of Rock family, joining their crew of drum teachers. He is well-versed in all facets of the drumming world, having years of experience with mallet percussion, tympani, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, hand percussion & drum set. Mike has been playing the drums, as well as singing, since he was 8 years old, getting his start in school with percussion & in his church choir. During this time, he studied with, among others, Gerry Polci (of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons fame), Nick Cerrato, & Jim Neglia.

Over the years, Mike has taught one-on-one lessons, as well as spending 2 seasons instructing drumline with the marching band at Rutherford High School, under the direction of Don Baker, & 1 season as Assistant Band Director/Drum Line Instructor at Park Ridge High School, under the direction of Rick Popolizio. He has played in the pit for theatrical productions at Bergen County Community College, as well as Hackensack, Jersey City, Belleville & White Township public schools. He has also provided percussion accompaniment for the North Jersey Children's Choir, under the direction of Lourdes Armada, New Jersey All-State Choir, & the Mel-O-Chords, a Broadway-style singing group based out of the Montclair Operetta Club.

More recently, Mike has been drumming & singing with original acts such as Shelly Riff, & cover bands such as One Flight Up, Three Card Monte, Relapse, CatNip, & Modern Rewind, at venues like Willie McBride's (Branchburg), Green Knoll Grille (Bridgewater), Tim Kerwin's (Middlesex), The Rail at Readington (Whitehouse Station), & Michael's (Raritan). He is also attending Berklee College Of Music Online for songwriting & music production. Mike lives in Hillsborough, NJ with his wife & 2 sons.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Ben Carlsen
Ben Carlsen
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ben Carlsen is a Bridgewater local who has been playing guitar and writing songs for 15 years. Ben is both a guitar teacher and bass teacher at the School of Rock in Somerville and he likes to focus on a student's individual goals and aspirations. Whatever inspires you—electric, acoustic, rock, folk, shredding, songwriting, music theory, rocking out—Ben can help you get where you want to go and fast. He teaches with a lot of support and encouragement while also keeping you accountable to your goals. You can find Ben around the Northeast playing solo acoustic sets to bar patrons or rocking out with his PunkFunk power-trio, Nerve Damage. Ben has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and left it behind to teach and play guitar full-time.
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