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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'

Andrew Cowie

Andrew Cowie

Curriculum Coordinator

Andrew was born and raised on Long Island. His earliest musical memory was running around the house singing “Blue Suede Shoes” at age four. Since then he has developed into a multi-instrumentalist specializing in saxophone, flute and clarinet. Andrew has a BFA in Jazz Saxophone from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and currently resides in Brooklyn where he plays woodwinds, guitar and sings in multiple settings that range in style from rock, pop, soul, jazz to musical theatre. Andrew’s passion for music education has afforded him the opportunity to teach students of all ages. Whether it’s K-12 or an adult student, Andrew loves sharing his passion for music with others. This is his first time working with preschool students and Andrew is ready for the new challenge and excited to be part of the Preschool of Rock team!
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    9
  • Main Musical Influence:

    The Beatles
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Saxophone
  • Favorite Band:

    The Band
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Have You Seen My Shoes

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

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

Kelsey Gneiting

Kelsey Gneiting

Music Specialist

  • Age Started Playing Music:

    10
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Ludwig van Beethoven and Bob Dylan
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    Jimi Hendrix
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    A Little Breath In

Gaston Caballero

Gaston Caballero

Music Specialist

  • Age Started Playing Music:

    14
  • Main Musical Influence:

    My dad!
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    GUITAR!
  • Favorite Band:

    The 1975, John Mayer, Polyphia
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    The Goodbye Song

Dan Lehner

Dan Lehner

Music Specialist

Dan is a trombonist and educator living in Manhattan. He's been playing the trombone since the age of 13 and studied jazz at William Paterson University. Since moving to New York, he's played everything from salsa, jazz, video game music, opera, Punjabi wedding music, hip-hop and many many more, performing with artists like Norah Jones and Orrin Evans. He tours the U.S. and Europe with the band Karikatura, which was accepted to the '16-17 season of American Music Abroad (sponsored by the U.S. State Department) to conduct workshops and act as musical ambassadors to Haiti, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Chile. He teaches brass to students of all levels in New York and enjoys playing guitar, piano and singing in his career and free time.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    13
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Miles Davis
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Trombone
  • Favorite Band:

    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
  • 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

Richard Shepherd

Richard Shepherd

Music Specialist

  • Age Started Playing Music:

    16
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Prince and Jeff Buckley
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Piano
  • Favorite Band:

    My own!
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    When I'm Jumpin'
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