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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, experience for families and schools. Our use of live, original music, culturally diverse instruments, dramatic play, props, movement and storytelling captivate our audiences.   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/Garwood, NJ

 

Hoboken, NJ (Saturday)

 

Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY

 

Jersey City, NJ

 

Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

 

Edgewater, NJ

 

Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

 

Madison, NJ

 

 

 

The Origins of P.O.R.

While participating in music programs with his children, Michael Napolitano (founder) realized many music classes had too many similarities. A musician himself, his mission became finding ways to offer children a new and refreshing musical educational experience.

Once started on this path, the free creative expression, coupled with infectious energy and a love of all things musical, gave birth to some something new, something exciting, something different! PRESCHOOL OF ROCK.

Preschool of Rock's music and classes were an instant success and the program continues to evolve.

Meet the Founder

Michael Napolitano

Michael Napolitano

Founder/Director

Michael’s infectious energy and understanding of child development is embraced by families and educators alike. Napolitano performs, composes, produces, and engineers all of the music for Preschool of Rock. 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

Jeffrey Roberts

Jeffrey Roberts

Music Specialist

Jeff loves to play the drums, guitar and all different types of percussion instruments. He was born in Maine and grew up in New Jersey. Most recently he played drums and percussion for the off Broadway revival of 'Working' at 59E59 Theaters. Prior to that, he has toured with different Broadway musicals such as 'Shrek', 'Spring Awakening' and 'Hairspray'. Jeff holds a Bachelor's of Music from Rowan University in classical percussion and a Master of Arts in jazz drumming from New York University. He is thrilled to be a part of Preschool of Rock and to pass on music to the next generation. His favorite credit is his wife Christine.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    9
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Every Teacher I ever had...
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Marimba
  • Favorite Band:

    Blink 182
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Who are You?

Katie Ortiz

Katie Ortiz

Music Specialist

After being told at the age of seven that she was too young to begin voice lessons, Katie picked up her first instrument--the saxophone. She has since retired from her sax days but has a love for many other instruments including guitar, banjo, piano, and most of all, for singing. Katie grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, where she has many fond memories of sing alongs with her father. Katie wrote her first songs while in elementary school and has deep gratitude for her earliest music teachers who listened to every composition she brought in. It is this impact that has led Katie, now a singer/songwriter, to want to teach after studying Ethnomusicology at New York University. She knows that song is good for the soul and believes in the power of making a joyful noise! Katie is an active musician, fronting her band Young Monroe as well as singing with various collaborative groups all over New York City. When she isn't rocking out with little ones or performing onstage with her bands, she can frequently be found making music in one of NYC's parks or street corners.
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    7
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Blues and Folk
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    My Voice!
  • Favorite Band:

    Led Zeppelin
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Jump When I Get Up

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?

Corey Lewin

Corey Lewin

Music Specialist

Corey is a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist whose lifelong love of music began in his hometown of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Corey has been singing for as long as he can remember and started taking drum lessons at the age of 7. As a freshman in high school, he began learning to play the guitar and fell in love with it. After earning his degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University, Corey decided to follow his passion for music. He's always writing, performing, and recording original music. He draws influence from a wide array of musical styles and genres such as acoustic pop and progressive rock. When he's not playing his axe, Corey can likely be found obsessing over the Yankees and New York Rangers. He's thrilled to have the opportunity to share the gift of music and introduce children to all the wonderful things it has to offer!
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    7
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Too many to choose!
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    Coheed and Cambria
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Shake It

Stacy Basner

Stacy Basner

Music Specialist

Stacy Basner a singer/songwriter and guitar player grew up in Woodmere, NY. The youngest of 6 children she spent her youth entertaining the family and cheering on the Knicks and Jets! As a Brandeis University graduate with honors, a Musician’s Institute of Hollywood Encore Program student, graduate of Americorps Tell Me A Story program, a music instructor at Beth-El Zedeck Indianapolis, and founding member of the electronic rock group Finer with her husband Ethan James, Stacy has years of experience in music and working with young students in California, Massachusetts, Indiana, and New York. After spending the last two years on the road with Finer she is happy to be back in New York working with creative people and rocking out with awesome students!
  • Age Started Playing Music:

    10
  • Main Musical Influence:

    Elvis Presley
  • Favorite Instrument to Play:

    Guitar
  • Favorite Band:

    U2
  • Favorite Preschool of Rock Song:

    Robot Song
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