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Preschool of Rock

About P.O.R.

Mommy & Me Music ClassesEnrichment ProgramsBirthday Parties • and More!

 

Preschool of Rock is redefining music education for the young child by inspiring creativity, confidence, and freedom through caring role models, innovative curriculum, culturally diverse instruments and hip music.

Preschool of Rock offers music classes, shows and enrichments that are a ‘roof raising’, music based, educational experience for families and schools. Our use of live, original music, culturally diverse instruments, dramatic play, props, movement and storytelling enlighten and entertain.   Our students are encouraged to participate at any level at any pace. Children learn the basic “how to’s?” and “why’s?” pertaining to music. We encourage investigation, discovery, and creativity.

Preschool of Rock Locations

Hoboken, NJ (Downtown)

 

Metuchen, NJ

 

Hoboken, NJ (Midtown)

 

Montclair, NJ

 

Hoboken, NJ (Uptown)

 

Westfield/Scotch Plains, NJ

 

Hoboken, NJ (Saturday)

 

Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY

 

Jersey City, NJ

 

Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

 

Madison, NJ

   
 

 

 

 

The Origins of P.O.R.

While participating in music programs with his children an inspired father decided to create a music program based off of the true rock roots of his musical experience as well as his youth growing up in a musical family. A musician himself, his mission became finding new ways to offer children a refreshing musical experience filled with education and fun.

Free creative expression coupled with infectious energy and a love of all things musical gave birth to some something new, exciting, and different - PRESCHOOL OF ROCK!

Preschool of Rock's music and classes continue to support the growth of the young child. The program consistently evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of our growing little students!

Meet the Founder

Michael Napolitano

Michael Napolitano

Founder/Director

Michael Napolitano is the founder, and director of Preschool of Rock. He performs, composes, produces, and engineers all of the music for Preschool of Rock and Michael & the Rockness Monsters. As a child, Michael quickly found himself immersed in music, attending rehearsals and gigs with his father (a professional drummer). Michael and his two brothers are exceptional drummers and were perhaps the first Preschool of Rock students ever!

Michael’s childhood experiences with preschool music have aided in his pursuit of reaching children with the power of music and drama at their own level.

MICHAEL AND BLUE MAN GROUP: After 10 years in the Blue Man Group organization, Michael was hired by Chris Wink (Co-Creator - Blue Man Group) to pioneer a music program at The Blue School in NYC. Michael's experiences with the Blue Man organization, traveling the world, and collaborating with world renowned artists and educators, has had a major impact on Preschool Of Rock's props, instruments and recordings.

  • Age Started Playing Music:

    18 months
  • Main Musical Influence:

    My Daddy!
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Drums
  • Favorite Band:

    Black Sabbath
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    The Family Song

Meet the Teachers

Trey Bandy

Trey Bandy

Company Manager

Preschool of Rock is very happy to introduce its newest member, Trey Bandy. Trey is originally from South Florida, but moved to New Jersey in 2006 to attend Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, where he currently resides. Trey is an avid music lover, who attends concerts frequently. Some of his favorites artists are Dan Croll, St. Lucia, and The Beatles. He is also a huge sports fan, and holds seasons tickets to the New York Red Bulls.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

  • Main Musical Influence:

    John Popper
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Harmonica
  • Favorite Band:

    Keane
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    When I'm Jumpin'

Mat Birmingham

Mat Birmingham

Music Specialist

Mat is a versatile guitarist, vocalist, and composer whose passion for music extends to all aspects of his life. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and received his B.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Vermont. Mat knew he had found his calling after seeing the late Dave Brubeck perform at NJPAC as a child. He has performed extensively as both a solo artist and member of various bands. Mat has years of experience teaching people of all ages how to play guitar and is pumped to be able to spread the joy of music with Preschool of Rock!
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    8
  • Main Musical Influence:

    James Taylor
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    Radiohead
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    I Play Music

Andy McCarthy

Andy McCarthy

Music Specialist

This musician, actor and composer born and raised in New York is educated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production at Hofstra University. Andy is an active touring musician and a teacher's assistant at the New York Film Academy. He plays guitar and sings in two bands out of Brooklyn, NY. His primary source of inspiration are his younger siblings. Andy enjoyed many years of playing music for his family, and it transcends into a fantastic approach to children's music. Hearing and playing music was an important part of his upbringing. Now, being able to give that experience to others is just about the coolest thing he can imagine doing!
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    12
  • Main Musical Influence:

    The Beach Boys
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    The Beatles
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Who are You?

Richard Espinal

Richard Espinal

Music Specialist

Whether it be guitar, bass, piano, singing, or drums, Richard has always had a hand in music. Starting at a young age, he began practicing, performing and composing. He is an active musician currently recording, writing and performing with multiple acts in NYC. A kid at heart, Richard enjoys lighting a musical path for others.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    5
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Avant garde
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    Pyramids
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Lemonade Stand

Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

Music Specialist

Brian is a musician of many hats, but of one goal: to share the power of music. As a child, Brian was introduced to classical piano. He studied music vigorously in and out of school. Later on, he taught himself how to play the bass, drums, & guitar. Eventually, he was accepted to and graduated with a Bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music. Brian sings and plays with different bands around the country, performing at weddings and other events.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    6
  • Main Musical Influence:

    D'Angelo
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Piano
  • Favorite Band:

    D'Angelo and The Vanguards
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Who Are You

Justin Turk

Justin Turk

Music Specialist

Justin is singer/songwriter trained in the arts and teachings of artist development by Cari Cole in NYC. He is also a professional performer for weddings and corporate events. This well rounded multi instrumentalist has performed a large number of major venues to the likes of 25,000 onlookers. His passion started as a young child who loved to make up and recreate songs at the age of 5. As a father of two there is nothing he enjoys more then sharing his love of music with his children and all of those that he can inspire.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    As a Baby!
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Father
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Voice
  • Favorite Band:

    The Beatles
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    And We Dance

Pamela Steebler

Pamela Steebler

Music Specialist

Born in Canada, raised in Brazil, and now a New York based singer/songwriter, Pam Steebler’s passion is to show love through music to people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and has performed all over the world. She loves being a part of Preschool of Rock and is very thankful for the opportunity to bring smiles though music.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    5
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Father
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Voice
  • Favorite Band:

    The Beatles
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Robot Song

Pedro Barquinha

Pedro Barquinha

Music Specialist

Pedro Barquinha is a 23 year old composer, songwriter, drummer, mandolinist and singer. He grew up in Lisbon, Portugal. There he studied drums and music from an early age. In 2010 he moved to New York City to attend the prestigious The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. There he studied under great musicians such as Kirk Nurock, Robert Sadin, Mark Guiliana, Gregory Hutchinson, Jeff Hirschfield, Amir Ziv, Ari Hoenig, Reggie Workman, etc. Pedro currently leads his own band, The Leeway with whom he performs regularly around New York City. The group has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, Bluegrass Today, The Bluegrass Situation, Publico and many more. Pedro also continues to perform regularly as a drummer in many different groups as a sideman. Pedro's currently writing new music for several projects including The Leeway, and playing shows on drums and mandolin.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    10
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Mahler, Bernstein, Bob Dylan and Thomas Ades
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Drums
  • Favorite Band:

    Punch Brothers
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Shake Around

Jenn Hyjack

Jenn Hyjack

Music Specialist

Jenn Hyjack recently returned to her home state…the Garden State! She received her BA from Rutgers University and MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School. After working in television production for many years, Jenn found the much more rewarding and joyful job of playing music and teaching children. She has taught at preschools and daycares throughout Brooklyn and NJ. Jenn produced, wrote and starred in her own kids TV pilot, Boom Chicka Boom. She loves family jams with her husband and son.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    5
  • Main Musical Influence:

    My big brother!
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    The Replacements
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Pancakes
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