It’s easy to learn music with music teachers in New Jersey. The 2012 award-winning teaching staff of Music Notes Academy includes artist teachers, performing musicians, college professors and public and private school music teachers who all have unique and specialized musical backgrounds.

Music Notes Academy music teachers are university and conservatory educated and degreed musicians who are committed to delivering educational excellence to all students through a comprehensive and sequential curriculum centered and focused towards each student’s learning styles, musical goals, interests and aspirations.

Our goal is for our students to become proficient in their instrument and area of musical study. Students may pursue a love of music through our in-studio music lessons at our East Brunswick or Whitehouse Station, New Jersey locations. Our Director is involved in each teacher’s instructional approaches and offers guidance, support and training for teachers ongoing throughout their employment. Yes, our teachers are staff employees and not independent contractors.

Who Are We?

Music Notes Academy music teachers are university educated and degreed teachers, committed to teaching music comprehensively.
Students are going to learn music through a comprehensive and sequential curriculum centered and focused towards each student’s learning style, musical goals and aspirations.
Students are going to learn music with us. Our students are required to practice their instrument at home, in between their one-to-one music lessons at our East Brunswick or Whitehouse Station Academy.
We aim to see our students perform music and thrive musically. Whether it’s our Saturday Concert Series, Tuesday Night Concerts, Summer Concerts, Winter Concerts, Spring Student Recitals or our nationwide MAMTG Student Music Festival, performing is key to appreciating and excelling in the musical arts.

Staff Music Teachers

Mr. Sean, B.M.Chairperson of Band & Orchestra Instrument Studies ✰ Strings, Woodwinds & Brass ✰
Sean graduated from The College of NJ with a BM in Music Education. An experienced teacher of saxophone, clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello, Sean is also a conductor and artistic director for The Glen Rock Pops. A composer of merit, with seven completed symphonies, Sean has arranged music for bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists.

Sean, member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), his compositions and arrangements have been performed by high school and community orchestras. As a distinguished member of ASCAP, Sean has written scores for independent films. Sean has been on staff with Music Notes’ since 2009. Read Sean’s full bio on our Senior Staff page.

Mr. Stephen, B.A., M.A.T.Director of Education ✰ Piano, Guitar & Bass Guitar Teacher
Stephen, a Music Notes 2012 award-winning teacher, holds a B.A. in Music from Hamilton College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University. Besides playing piano and guitar, he also well versed in music theory, composition, music technology and audio recording.

Teaching children for over a decade, Stephen is a member of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and passionately believes that appreciating and understanding music is essential to leading a well-rounded life. Stephen has been on staff since 2011, and teaches piano, guitar and our Rock Band program. Read his full bio on our Senior Staff page.

Mr. Justin, B.M., M.M.Voice & Piano Teacher
Born in Sparta, Wisconsin, Justin, Tenor, began studying voice and piano at age 12, and he continued to study voice and play piano throughout high school. In 2011, he received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While there, he studied voice under Kristopher Irmiter and Jerry Helton. In 2013, he moved to Princeton, New Jersey to begin work on a graduate degree at Westminster Choir College. He was awarded his Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Voice Pedagogy in 2015. While at Westminster, he studied voice with Christopher Arneson and coached with Susan Ashbaker.

Justin has served as the head voice teacher for the Royal School of Church Music in America and their summer training camps for the past 5 years. Justin specializes in working with the changing adolescent voice and he currently works as the ABC choir director and Royal School of Church Music training manager under Tom Whittemore for Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, as well as a professional choral scholar with the choirs of Trinity Church. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about esoteric philosophy, baking breads and cakes and watching reruns of classic television shows.

Ms. Shruti, B.A.Voice & Piano Teacher
Shruti began her vocal training in Indian classical music at the age of five. She has been playing piano since she was nine and learned other instruments such as clarinet, viola and guitar.

Shruti has been singing/learning western classical music since high school and additionally learned/performed jazz since college. For the past seven years she has written her own songs for concerts and short films and has performed in different places such as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, ABC Channel, Bhartavidya Bhavan and the United Nations. Shruti is an experience teacher of music and continues to perform for various events.

Mr. Benjamin S., B.M. Drum & Percussion Teacher
Since graduating with honors from the Berklee College of Music, Benjamin has enjoyed a musically diverse career as a performing drummer in the New York area. He has performed and/or recorded with Vintage Ego, V Blackburn, Vin Mott’s Rhythm and Blues Band, The New York Pops, The Metro West Symphony, Lezane Trapani, Craig Mitchell, Various Phillips Academy Broadway productions, the Boston Conservatory songwriter showcases, the New York Jazzharmonic Trio and the Alfabet Jazz Trio to name a few.

In addition to performing Benjamin is a teacher of drum set and percussion and has taught students of all ages and playing levels. He has always enjoyed helping his students improve their skills as student musicians. His approach to teaching music and percussion has always revolved around patience and understanding each student’s musical interests and abilities. Students of Ben’s have gone on to win local, county and state music auditions.

Ben is joining Music Notes Academy for the start of the ’17-’18 school year.

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Brandon Kurzawa, B.M., M.Ed. Percussion, Music Production, Piano, Guitar
Brandon Kurzawa started teaching music since 2000. Mr. Kurzawa has successfully prepared students for Jazz Band auditions, NJ Regions and All-State Auditions, music evaluations, student performances and has instructed percussion ensembles, rock bands and university master classes. Brandon was an adjunct professor of music production and audio engineering from 2007-2009.

Brandon studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rutgers University and a Masters of Arts in Education, specializing in curriculum, instruction and computer education from University of Phoenix.

Brandon recorded with singer Amanda Avila (2005 American Idol contestant, Smokey Robinson), acclaimed singer-songwriter Anthony Krizan (Lenny Kravitz, The Spin Doctors) and performed regularly as a freelance musician throughout the New York metropolitan area from 1998 through 2008 with singer-songwriters, Jazz musicians and rock bands.

In 1995 Brandon appeared in Promark Drumstick’s “Not Yet Famous Drummer” promotional advertising campaign which appeared internationally in Modern Drummer magazine and The Music Paper. Mr. Kurzawa, an award winning musician, was an adjudicator for student evaluations and New Jersey’s Teen Arts Festival and is an educational endorsee and contributor for Vic Firth, Inc., the largest manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets.

Recording credits include drums on Ansel Matthews’ Raised From The Dust and drums and percussion on John Sonntag’s 2006 critically acclaimed release Chasing Stars, which was number four in New Jersey’s Top Ten 2006 Releases by Courier News. As a member of Indie-Rock band Violet Truth, Brandon recorded drums and percussion and toured nationally in support of their 2000 release Candy Coated.

Brandon’s publications “Teaching Music, Teaching Percussion: A Balance in Curriculum” appeared in Tempo Magazine’s October 2006 issue and “Teaching Music: Music Majors, Choose Education” appeared in Tempo Magazine’s May 2007 issue. In 2007, Music Notes Academy and Mr. Kurzawa were recognized by Metropolitan Who’s Who for excellence, leadership and achievement in the profession of music education.

Mr. Kurzawa has instructed music at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), Kean University (Union, NJ) and was an adjunct professor of audio engineering and music production at Gibbs College (Livingston, NJ) from 2007-2009. In 2009, Brandon became a sponsored artist for Shine Custom Drums and a REMO HealthRhythms trained facilitator for drum circles. In 2012, Brandon and Music Notes Academy were presented with New Jersey’s Small Business Development Center’s Small Business Success Award.

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Learn Music. Play Music. Love Music.
We invite you to meet with our music director and learn how Music Notes Academy can be an excellent fit for you or your child. Call us at (732) 238-2828.