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Student Rock Bands

Student Rock Bands

For beginners through advanced players, our student rock bands offer group performance opportunities. Over the years, Music Notes Academy rock bands have performed in concerts, recitals, battle of the bands competitions, local community events and student music festivals. Past highlights include our rock bands recording at the Barbershop Recording Studio in Hopatcong, NJ and performing live at Somerset Patriots Baseball Stadium in Bridgewater, NJ.

Our rock band program began in September ’08. It was an exciting time at Music Notes Academy. Bringing students together, holding auditions, developing bands and preparing for shows, festivals and recording sessions. We had rock band classes and rehearsals in Madison, NJ from ’08 through ’11. Starting with School Year ’11-’12 we moved the rock band program to our East Brunswick, NJ Academy.

-Brandon / Founder

Beginner Band


Advanced Band 1

Advanced Band 2

Original Band

Modern Band

Singer Songwriter


Beginner Band

Beginner Band will improve each student’s performance skills and techniques within a group setting. Instruction will focus on learning classic and contemporary rock songs, performance techniques, stage presence, collaborative musicianship skills and supportive performance skills under the guidance of a teacher.

Intermediate Band

A continuation of Beginner Band, Intermediate includes reading rock charts, studying the art of improvisation, learning advanced performance techniques and learning how a rock band functions and operates in today’s music industry. Repertoire will include songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today.

Advanced Band 1

Advanced Band 1 includes reading rock charts, studying the art of improvisation, learning advanced performance techniques and learning how a rock band functions and operates in today’s music industry. Songs will include covers from the 70’s through today.

Advanced Band 2

Advanced Band 2 includes improvisation, advanced performance and stage techniques and learning about the music business. Performs in a variety of events and records in a professional recording studio with an engineer and producer.

Original Band

Original Rock Band is a combination of performing rock songs, learning how to write original rock songs as a band and learning how to record using Pro Tools software. Students should have an interest in learning cover songs, writing songs and learning how to record their original music using Pro Tools with an instructor. This Band is for advanced-level students only.

Modern Band

An advanced-level band, students will learn and perform rock songs that are recently popular.

Singer Songwriter Band

Singer-Songwriter Band was new for the ’10-’11 school year. This band is for students who want to perform music by great singer-songwriters. Songs will be chosen and centered around the band members and singers. A great band for students who want to sing songs by contemporary and popular male and female artists. Like with all of our Rock Bands, our singers receive vocal coaching from our voice teachers. Sometimes we have guest speakers and visiting artists attend the rock band rehearsals.

All-Star Band

All-Star Band was new for school year ’10-’11. Interestingly enough, this band was developed specifically for one of our guitar students, Matthew. This band is for advanced-level students who want to focus on soloing, perform challenging repertoire by virtuoso musicians and want to showcase their chops. Centered around rock music, the curriculum included blues, progressive rock and Jazz. Music Notes Academy teachers performed with this band.

About Music Notes

Est. 2000

Music Notes Academy is a 2012 award-winning NJSBDC community music school. Music lessons and instruction – available for young children, adolescents and adults – are tailored towards each student within our music curriculum.

Music Notes’ curricular approach to teaching includes music reading and theory, musicianship skills, performance techniques, repertoire and songs. Students receive comprehensive music instruction from degreed and experienced music teachers. We offer structure and flexibility for our students which offers a great balance in music education.

Music Notes Academy is committed to the musical growth and development of each student. With the encouragement and support from teachers and parents, students can expand and improve their musical appreciation, comprehension of musical knowledge and performance skills while being challenged to reach their fullest potential.

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Music Notes through the years

Music Notes students have performed in concerts, recitals, assessments and exams. Students have won 1st Place at Festivals. Students have continued their musical journey collegiately, attending colleges and universities with scholarships.

Best music school ever! You will not be disappointed. My son has been here for 5+ years and loves it, owner and teachers are the best. 100% recommended.

-Susana from South River, NJ 

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I just wanted to say thanks again for setting up the (online) lesson. Sean was very helpful this evening and taught some interesting beginning techniques. I enjoyed working with him and look forward to next week’s lesson!

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Not sure if Brielle shared the news but she auditioned on xylophone and already got the email from her teacher, she made wind ensemble honors! Thank you so much for preparing her. This meant a lot to Brielle and I haven’t seen her so happy in a long time. Next up is drumline for marching band.

-Sandra, from East Brunswick, NJ

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I wanted to share with you – Rebecca may have shared with Mr. Sean. Rebecca told me the second week of the Broadway camp they were learning music and the instructor asked a question about the key signature. Rebecca answered to their surprise and came home absolutely elated that all that music theory Mr. Sean makes her do (that she complains about) enabled her to answer!!! That is part of my deep appreciation for the quality of your school!!

-Deborah, from East Brunswick, NJ 

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