It’s easy to learn music with music teachers in New Jersey. The 2012 award-winning teaching staff of Music Notes Academy is comprised of 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 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 staff work with each student to become proficient in their preferred 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 Spring 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
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 & Guitar, Piano 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. Matthew, B.M.E. Guitar Teacher
Matthew recently graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. He learned from Vic Juris, Stephen Benson, Sylwia Kloc and Darren O’Neill. He is versed in Jazz, Classical, Folk and Rock guitar. In addition to musicianship, Matthew teaches note reading, improvisation, accompaniment and music theory.

During his time in MSU, he served on the board of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) chapter and started his own classical guitar trio performing at venues including the Montclair Art Museum and Kasser Theater. He believes that through a curriculum based on the fundamentals of musicianship, student interest and professional repertoire, any student can be successful in music.

In his spare time, he loves cooking unfamiliar foods, watching great movies and reading. His unbridled passion for music keeps students of all ages interested and vested in working hard and enjoying each lesson!

Mr. Porter, B.M.Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Dobro & Mandolin Teacher
Mr. Porter has studied music at Hampshire College and Rutgers University with such great musicians as Jack Pezanelli, James McCutcheon, Vic Juris and Marty Ehrlich.

He teaches guitar, bass guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin and piano. He is equally comfortable in the classical, jazz, rock, folk and popular idioms.

As a teacher, Porter focuses on the fundamentals of musicianship and performance techniques. He believes in learning these essential skills through the music that is most exciting for the student. Porter’s students learn how to play songs and how to be well-rounded musicians through Music Notes Academy’s curricular approach to teaching music.

Learn Today, Play Tomorrow®

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.