Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Joe Alfano has been playing guitar for over two decades in various Westchester-based metal/rock/blues and cover bands. Joe also has been a music educator in NYC schools for 17+ years, where he shows his passion for all music to the next generation of musicians. Joe loves to play, write, produce and record all types of music. His favorite guitarists are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Slash, Page Hamilton, Diamond Darrell and Jimi Hendrix.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboards Teacher
Since the Fall of 2015, multi-instrumentalist Sean Lippin has been teaching students at School of Rock everything from guitar melodies and syncopated drum beats to how to passionately belt out their favorite songs and show tunes. At age 13, Sean was inspired to learn every rock instrument and write songs after taking lessons and listening to bands like Green Day and Blink-182. He then channeled his inspiration by pursuing his craft in various lessons and bands throughout high school and college.
A graduate of SUNY Oneonta’s Music Industry program, Sean has led several seasonal shows and summer camps at School of Rock, with a teaching prowess and insurmountable leadership skill set. He is capable of conquering the most difficult of challenges that may stand in a student’s way when it comes to show time.
Sean currently writes songs and performs with his band Nerd Salad, which has recently released their debut EP, “Your Father and I Aren’t Angry, We’re Just Disappointed.” You can catch Nerd Salad all over the NYC metro area, Rockland County and here in Westchester.
Brian Carter is a jazz/comp/theory music major from both SUNY New Paltz College and SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Fine Arts respectively. Carter has performed with Bernie Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Danny and Wilfredo Reyes, and Westchester luminaries Tony Cimerossi and Gil Parris. Brian is a dedicated educator and believes in the Thomas Edison adage, "Talent is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” His commitment to education can be summed up in his own philosophy: cultivate the talents in every child and they will shine. Carter has created the Kids for Drums after school program, which allows young drummers to learn technical rudimental techniques at a young age. This successful program has been run in Westchester elementary schools like Central School in Larchmont, Mamaroneck Ave. School, Chatsworth Ave. School, Ward School, Trinity School and The Groove Academy. Through all these endeavors, businesses and community activities, Brian has become a fixture in lower Westchester.
Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing and Drum Teacher
Elizabeth is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician playing and teaching vocals, guitar, piano, drums, and bass. She spent her childhood in upstate New York and studied vocal performance at Ithaca College and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music from CUNY Hunter College. Her two greatest passions are music and sharing that music through teaching others to become the best musicians they can be. She is able to see each child’s unique musical gifts and nurture those qualities for them grow towards positive life changing ways.
Elizabeth moved to New York City to pursue her career as a musician and has performed at many New York City music venues including, The Bitter End, Tammany Hall, Sullivan Hall and Rockwood Music Hall. Elizabeth has experience in teaching students of all ages and running groups.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Kris Wong has been playing music since he was 8 years old. He quickly became one of Westchester’s best youth violinists, and participated in the Westchester All-County orchestra and NYSSMA festival. At the age of 11, Kris was fascinated by the band Queen and decided to drop the violin in favor of guitar and bass so he could write songs. Throughout high school, Kris and his band Bloodline played stages such as the Chance Theater, Webster Hall, The Knitting Factory, and recorded a full length record. He then went to study at and graduate from the Berklee College of Music, where he performed for Megadeth, Victor Wooten, David Davidson and studied with professors such as Tim Miller, John Kellogg, Colin Sapp, and Joe Stump. Kris has been teaching since he was 14, and has taught in the suburbs of New York and Massachusetts. He has a passion for teaching music, and genuinely wants to see his students succeed.
A bonafide guitar lunatic, Tony Bellantoni has been playing professionally for over 25 years. As an artist, he has written and released three self produced albums, all 'glorifying' his love for Blues-Rock and Funk traditions. He has shared the bill with acts like Government Mule, (Allman Brother) Oteil Burbridge, Sonny Landreth, Marc Cohn and Scott Stapp of Creed. As a BMI composer, his music productions have been used in TV/Film placements including MTV, VH1, NBC (as well as commercial and jingle use). With a degree in music and production technology from NYU, Tony is determined to make sure his students are inspired to create and develop their own 'voice' on guitar! It's all about 6 strings and smiles!
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Gandhi was introduced at a young age to the world of music by his father, first taking piano and music theory lessons. By the age of 14, he started his journey in playing the drums.
Gandhi holds a bachelor’s degree in music with a dual major in contemporary writing and production and drums performance. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2009-2012). Since moving to New York, Gandhi has established his career both teaching and performing music. He has a great deal of experience teaching students of all ages and levels in private settings and music schools that include The Piano School of NYC, Bach To Rock, Rock Island Sound, and now School of Rock of White Plains.
Gandhi has worked on many different projects with a variety of bands and artists in a broad palette of musical styles/genres. Highlights include: Victor Maldo, Irka Mateo, Manny Cruz (currently nominated in the Latin Grammys 2021 for Best Merengue and Bachata album), Fausto Rey, Association of Dominican Classical Artists Orquestra (NYC), The Redeemed Christian Church of God (The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn), The Journey Church, and Music Pros (Wedding/corporate band).
A native of White Plains, Christopher Keeler has been studying, performing and teaching music for the past 15+ years. After numerous years playing in public school bands, Chris began privately studying drum set at the age of 13. He went on to study music in college, completing a bachelor’s degree and performance certificate program from SUNY Fredonia, and a master’s degree in music performance from University of Massachusetts Amherst on a full tuition waiver. While at UMass, Chris taught undergraduate courses on percussion pedagogy and music history. Well versed in many styles of music, Chris specializes in Metal, Rock, Funk and Progressive Music. He also has extensive experience performing in Classical/Contemporary settings and knows his way around the orchestra. Chris has worked with students of all ages/ability levels, and has been invited to perform with Grammy nominated and award-winning artists such as Arturo Sandoval and Sō Percussion.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Teacher
Jonathan Bedard started out playing guitar at the of age 14 and started his first garage band within the year. Since then, he has become a self taught bass player and drummer. Jonathan has played in multiple original live music groups for the last decade and has played drums and bass for rising R&B/Pop star Marissa Detlor. He has played at venues such as Webster Hall in Manhattan and The Chance Theatre in Poughkeepsie. Jonathan graduated from The Art Institute of NYC and has used his skills to collaborate with other artists across all audio and visual mediums. Jonathan has a love for working with young people one on one and in a group environment. Jonathan loves to share his knowledge of music with others and is always excited to collaborate with new artists!
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
A native of the NYC/Westchester area, Ryan Polakoff has been teaching and performing music for over 10 years. After completing a bnachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ryan has performed all over the world including Italy, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, and more! Performing in bands of various genres such as rock, musical theatre, jazz and classical along the way. Teaching experience includes leading groups and private lessons at the SOR since 2021, NYC music academies since 2019, and a private studio since 2010! Ryan's love for music came at age 6 from a fun and engaging piano teacher. Ryan is determined to provide that same fun and engagement to all his students and inspire the next generation of musicians!
Jim has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He records and performs with various original and cover bands in the Westchester and NYC area, playing and performing songs from many different genres. Jim has taught music in Westchester private and public schools for over 15 years. His favorite drummers are Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Todd Sucherman, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Mikey Dee, Dave Lombardo, and many others.
Voice Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Ari P. has been playing music since the age of 10. He discovered his love for singing by emulating his favorite artists like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and James Brown. Ari has played in various rock and funk bands, expressing his passion for the music of the era. He has shared the stage with names like Living Colour, Blues Traveler, and War. Ari graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelors in Studio Composition. While attending, he adopted a heavy focus on arrangement. He believes that adopting different practices and techniques from different genre schools of thought is the best way to further an individual’s musical voice. He’s been teaching in the Westchester area for over 5 years. His passion for teaching music comes from the inspiration his teachers originally gave him.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Mike has been playing music since he was in third grade. Much to his parents’ dismay, Mike's first instrument of choice was the drum set. He played the drums throughout middle and high school in various school bands including the marching band.
Mike's love of music continued after high school when he began to expand his knowledge of jazz and rock while also picking up the classical guitar as well as the classical piano. Shortly after, he went on to achieve his Bachelor's in Music Performance from Hunter College and, subsequently, a Master's in Music Education from Lehman College.
Mike has been an educator in New York City for the past 18 years.
A guitar says a lot about who plays it, and his guitars have seen some miles! Chris’ passion is music and he delivers that passion to each and every one of his students. Chris likes to describe his teaching style as “Playing It Forward.” He grew up in the Hudson Valley and is a professional musician and singer-songwriter. Chris has been performing in the NY Metro Area most of his life and he leads his own original band, Tumbleweed Mile. He writes and produces his music and other up-and-coming artists as well. When he’s not teaching or performing, he is working on his next song in his studio. Chris is a guitar instructor at School of Rock White Plains.
Ravi has been playing the guitar since the 4th grade and started teaching private lessons at his home in the 9th grade. He has been an avid guitar player for over 15 years and continues to develop his sound and skills by challenging himself in many varied musical situations. Ravi began his journey by playing rock but quickly became enthralled with jazz, especially the improvisational aspects of it. He also found a passion for Brazilian music early in his career, which led him to explore harmony, melody, and rhythm on the guitar in a deeper way. Ravi graduated from The College of Performing Arts at The New School in NYC and is enthusiastic to share all that he has learned, both in school and on his own.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Rookies Teacher
Julie is one of our amazing voice, keys, and Rookies Program instructors at School of Rock in White Plains, NY. She graduated from SUNY Fredonia in May 2022 with a degree in music education, focusing on instrumental music. Though her primary instrument is the French horn, Julie is well versed in performing a variety of genres on keys, having performed with the Fredonia Jazz Combo as well as performing semi-regularly at her church on voice, piano, and French horn.
Additionally, Julie sang with Fredonia's University Choir and continues to seek new and exciting performance opportunities. She currently performs with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra on French horn and is always excited about learning and performing music of a variety of genres and seeing the connection between classical, rock, jazz, pop, and other genres. Julie is very excited to be shaping the next generation of young musicians and is committed to inspiring them to learn rock music and more of all decades and enjoy performing with others.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Alasdair is the guitarist, primary songwriter, and producer for the symphonic metal band, Dialith. With over a decade of playing experience, he is excited to be teaching the next generation of passionate musicians! Whether they are a beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn sweet ballads or death metal riffs, Alasdair is committed to helping guide each student to achieve their personal goals. Alasdair is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock White Plains.