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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

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

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

Gaston Caballero

Gaston Caballero

Music Specialist

As a child Gaston has always been surrounded by music. His parents were very influential in his musical upbringing. They made sure the house was always filled with singing and dancing. He and his two older brothers learned play along to music with their toy instruments. At the age of 12 he began playing piano and soon began to gravitate to many other instruments. He loves to rock out and share his energy and his love for music with others. Aside being a teacher at Rockness Music, he plays bass in a band with his friends! Gaston is always eager to learn more about music and play with new instruments and new musicians!
  • 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

Dan Vernam

Dan Vernam

Music Specialist

Dan started playing music early-on thanks to the support of his parents and his uncle who used to encourage playing music at family gatherings. While taking a traditional approach to learning music from classes and private lessons, Dan has always simultaneously pursued a light-hearted attitude towards music, playing funny songs and parodies from a young age. Though he has a BA in Music Performance from Bard College and years of professional playing experience, he still loves to tap into that side of himself during Preschool of Rock classes, while taking the opportunity to make a real impact on a child’s musical and educational development.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    8
  • Main Musical Influence:

    'Weird' Al Yankovic
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Bass Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    Ryan Adams
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Dance Party

Edd Duran

Edd Duran

Music Specialist

Edd considers himself lucky to have grown up in a household where the arts were always encouraged. Family gatherings often included talent shows complete with all sorts of silly acts to be performed for the family. Originally from Chile, he moved to the U.S. at age 10 and started studying music both in and outside of school. He began taking piano lessons, but soon decided to focus all his energy on playing the drums. He received a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Five Towns College, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from New Jersey City University. Edd believes in not taking himself too seriously, and is incredibly excited to be part of the Rockness Music team to spread his love of music!
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    4
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Everyone around me!
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Marimba
  • Favorite Band:

    Jack Johnson
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Have You Seen My Shoes?

Allison O'Braza

Allison O'Braza

Music Specialist

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Allison has an extensive background and love for music. She has been singing and performing since she could walk, with inspiration to do so from the musical group "The Spice Girls." She moved to New York City right out of high school to pursue her dreams of becoming a performer. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, and graduated from the conservatory program in musical theatre. Since then she is the lead singer of a pop punk band based in New Jersey, gigging regularly. She brings her upbeat, radiating energy to each of her Preschool of Rock classes, and truly loves to perform for, and inspire the students she teaches.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    3
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Hayley Williams (Paramore)
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Voice
  • Favorite Band:

    Paramore or Blink 182
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Shake it
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