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Rockaway Arts Academy

Rockaway, NJ 07866 (map)

Lessons Offered

Bass, Composition, Drums, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboard, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

Are we the right music school for you?
We are proud to be Rockaway New Jersey’s fastest growing music school and teach all ages, all styles, and all ability levels. We have lessons for all the major instruments: Guitar, Voice, Piano, Drums, Bass, Ukulele and Rock Band Classes.

While you are here researching the best music school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming an Academy student and find out why we are New Jersey's number one choice for music lessons.

12 Benefits of becoming a Rockaway Arts Academy Student:

1. Guitar, Drum, Piano, Bass Guitar and Voice Lessons all in one location.
We are the only school in Rockaway, New Jersey that offers all of these popular instruments and classes: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Piano, Bass, Drum Set, Ukulele, various classes, and year round Rock Band classes in one location. We also have group lessons, ensembles, and recitals.

2. The most qualified and passionate teaching faculty in Rockaway.
All of our teachers have either college training, professional performance experience and teaching experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least two music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, and are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

3. A proven track record of excellence since 2003
Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or tow later it’s closed. Or local music stores provide music lessons as an afterthought with their retail department as their main focus.The Academy has a proven track record of offering quality music lessons in Rockaway, New Jersey year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by over 1,000 families for almost a decade.

4. A comfortable parent’s lounge for our clients
Our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent’s lounge with comfortable chairs, Wi-Fi, magazines and television with music and family friendly movies. We also have large observation windows on every door so that you can watch your child’s lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.

5. Fully stocked lesson rooms.
Our lesson rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio to offer soundproofing and large observation windows.

6. Recitals, performance, and recording opportunities
We are the only music school in Rockaway that holds its recitals in a 400 seat auditorium with over $350,000 of audio and visual equipment.

Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.

In May and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We also are continually adding other performance and recording opportunities for our students. Your child will love the opportunity to rock out on the big stage with a real rock band, play in front of their peers at local venues and get professional recordings of songs that they are working on. You are encouraged to bring your family and friends to the show and share in the fun!

7. Professional office staff to serve you.
We are the only music school in Rockaway that has a lesson and scheduling director dedicated to our customer service during our business hours.

Our friendly office staff is always ready to answer any questions that you may have and to make sure that you get the best possible customer service available. In addition to having a lesson director always at the desk, we also send out newsletters, quarterly progress reports and letters to keep you up to date on everything that is going on at the Academy.

8. We are conveniently located in the Boro Plaza on Route 46 in Rockaway.
Due to it’s central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Rockaway. Close to our school you will find great shopping, dining, gym and local entertainment. Although located in Rockaway we are only minutes from Dover, Denville, Randolph, Parsippany and all other ares near Morris County.

9. Student Discount Cards.
We are the only music school in Rockaway that offers students discount cards for their students which saves them money all throughout the year.

The Academy also sells music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music supply needs. Students will save up to 20% off on instruments, lesson materials, accessories and much more!

10. Picture Day
We are the only music school in Rockaway that offers a free picture day for their students.

Every year we host a free picture day with a professional photographer. This is a service that our student’s parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

11. Quarterly Progress Reports.
We are the FIRST and ONLY music school in Rockaway that offers quarterly progress reports for all of our private lesson students.

Each student receives a quarterly progress report that lets the students and parents know exactly what they are working on, what they need to improve on, and the goals that we have in the next upcoming months. This ensures that a student is guided clearly and that parents can help encourage the student through their music lesson career.

12. Month to month lessons.
The Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.

My Musical Education Background

The Rockaway Arts Academy offers music lessons in: Guitar, Voice, Piano, Drums, Bass, and Ukulele


That question is often asked by prospective students. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.

We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach.

A seven year old having their first guitar lesson will have very different needs than a fifty seven year old taking up piano for the 2nd time after having had lessons as a child.

The main reason to choose the Academy as your music lesson provider, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual.

If you enroll here for lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. At the first lesson your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child.

We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, country, blues and classical.

Our teachers are all either university trained or have many years of professional and performance experience.

In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

Genres and Subjects Taught

GUITAR LESSONS & BASS LESSONS (for ages 4 and up)
Our guitar teachers teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical guitar lessons on electric and acoustic guitars. Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their iPod to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.

PIANO LESSONS (for ages 4 and up)
Our piano teachers teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you.

DRUM LESSONS (for ages 6 and up)
We have one of the most professional drum lesson rooms in Columbia, with state of the art sound proofing and a Roland drum kit for students to use. Our drum instructors teach rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues and many other styles. Drum language can be complex and our instructors will challenge any drummer with a wide variety of technical exercises designed to improve your speed and comfort. All drummers bring in their favorite drum parts to learn in their lessons and theory is encouraged. We have many drum students who play in local bands be it in rock clubs or their local churches. You do not have to purchase a drum kit to take lessons. Beginning students can learn with a drum pad and sticks for only $25.00. Students use our drum set at their lessons and do not have to bring anything except their drum sticks and a notebook.

VOICE LESSONS (for ages 5 and up)
Our voice teachers primarily focus on popular music. If you have always wanted to be a better rock, pop, country, jazz, gospel or R&B singer, then we have the right voice teachers for you. Voice students spend time each week doing physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, vibrato, tone production, enunciation and more. All voice students set goals with their teacher to work on sounding like their favorite recording artists, or if they prefer, to develop their own unique voice. We not only teach singers, but also local TV and radio personalities who want to enhance their speaking voices.

Throughout the year there are many different classes, clubs, and groups offered to help our students work and meet with fellow students in order for them to take their abilities to the next level. Some of the classes include: Theory, History of Rock and Roll, Basic Guitar, Songwriting, Home recording, soloing and much more! Our ensemble groups help students learn to communicate with other musicians and learn how to be in a real “band” situation, but with guidance from a professional musician. These classes are for students who have learned the basics and want to further their musical education and skills. We put students together with peers of the same age and ability level to ensure that everyone grows and learns at an appropriate level.

We have an annual Winter Recital and annual Summer Recital for our students to participate in. In our winter recital they will play traditional holiday favorites as well as mix them with popular songs. Our students play everything from Greensleeves to Trans Siberian Orchestra! The Summer Recital is usually a themed event like songs from the Beatles catalog, movie songs, a particular decade of music, and many other themes. We have a mix of solo performances as well as full band performances.

Our last recitals have taken place locally at the Rockaway Assembly of God church. They have a 400 seat brand new facility with stage, lights, and a high tech sound & audio visual setup! The church provides DW drums, Fender, Vox, and Ampeg amps as well. Bon Jovi would be jealous of the setup that we have there! It’s really something we look forward to and are proud to put our name on.

We promise… that when you attend our recitals… you will NOT be disappointed! It is a show worth seeing! We also do various performances at coffee houses, events, the mall, and other gigs throughout the year.

Lesson Rates

$24.00 per 30 minute private lesson held once a week.
Recommended for children, teens and adults.

$48.00 per 60 minute lesson held once a week.
Recommended for the serious student.

There is a one time registration fee of $25.00
*If you contact us and mention that you heard about us on (contact me) we will give you FREE REGISTRATION!


Ages / Skill Levels Taught

We teach students from ages 5 - 100.

We do make exceptions for some students and will be launching classes suited for younger children.

My Certifications and Awards

We strive to provide our students with the best music lessons you can find. If you visit our website and look at our testimonials page, you will see a few of our happy customers that are a part of our school.

My Musical Influences

We teach lessons of all styles. From Rock, blues, jazz, metal, to country. Our teachers are well versed in different styles of music and will be happy to learn a style that we do not currently teach. Our teachers are flexible and will teach you what you want to learn!

Service Area

Student Reviews

Rockaway, NJ

“How could you not love The Rockaway Arts Academy? The staff is SO friendly and knowledgeable AND talented! They know their instruments! This is the very first place I took guitar lessons at and I am extremely pleased with the results! I went from not knowing how to play guitar AT ALL, to playing full songs, knowing chords, and even writing my own music! They successfully taught me all the basics I need to know on my guitar. I am happy to say that I’m not just a vocalist, I am now also a MUSICIAN! I highly recommend The Rockaway Arts Academy if you are an aspiring musician looking to learn a new instrument or if you are already a musician and you are looking to brush up on your skills! Please do yourself a favor and book lessons here for yourself or someone you love!”

Rockaway, NJ

“I’ve been taking guitar lessons for almost 2 years now and I really love it! I learn new things every week and I look forward to being here!”

Dover, NJ

“The Rockaway Arts Academy isn’t all what you would expect from a music shop. Most places either ignore you when you come in or will tell you whatever you’d like to hear to get a sale. When you walk in The Rockaway Arts Academy it’s homey and honest. Everyone is super friendly and gives you great advice. I would know… I have been a student for a long time. That is where The Rockaway Arts Academy shines…its lessons. I had lessons for a long while and he gave me the tools and know how for success. The thing I like about having lessons is that he catered the musical experience to my needs and interests. Most music teachers have an agenda and outline of what a student MUST do. My teacher had tons of materials but did not once make me learn anything or take me a different route musically that I did not want to. He let me explore the way I wanted to and assisted me in my creative interests. My teacher helped me take my personal musical interests from interests to strengths and tools. I’ve gone on to do a lot of great things with the tools given to me as well. From playing out of the state all the time to inspiring people to do what they love. It’s been amazing and it all started because I decided to step into The Rockaway Arts Academy. No matter what your goals are in music or life or anything, there always has to be a start… a goal… and a future. So do yourself a favor and start pursuing your future now!

Rockaway, NJ

“The Rockaway Arts Academy is not your average place for piano lessons. It is the multi-dimensionality of The Rockaway Arts Academy that has kept me associated with it for over eight years now. I first met my guitar teacher when my daughters took guitar lessons from him and I actually started taking lessons with him as well. His easy going manner betrayed his strong business sense and understanding of what could best serve his customer base of students and musicians. I call The Rockaway Arts Academy multi-dimensional not only because they teach a number of different instruments, but because they also teach voice, songwriting, and performing. They also have stepped-outside of music to allow other local artists to display their visual artwork around the store. The Rockaway Arts Academy unselfishly serves the community and makes us all a little bit better.”

Denville, NJ

“Before I started taking lessons from The Rockaway Arts Academy, I barely knew anything more than the pentatonic scale and a couple of chords. After hearing about them from a close friend and seeing how well the lessons have helped him out, I decided to give it a shot. My teacher showed me everything from music theory to establishing my own style. Not only was he an amazing teacher but an incredible friend and someone great to talk to. The Rockaway Arts Academy helps avoid that plateau in your musical career and helps you keep growing at an exponential rate. I became 10 times the guitar player I was from going to lessons and practicing the material provided by my instructor. The lessons are pure gold and this place is the P90x of music lessons!

Rockaway, NJ

“I have been at The Rockaway Arts Academy for 7 years now. I started out learning simple notes and chords and worked my way up to full songs and awesome techniques I never thought I could have played when I first started! I love RAA because of their personal attention to my playing, which felt like I was being taught by one of my friends and made learning really easy. Without the help of my teachers at The Rockaway Arts Academy I couldn’t have become even close to the guitar player I am today.”

Rockaway, NJ

“My son has been going for guitar lessons at The Rockaway Arts Academy since he was 6 years old. He is 17 now and never once in all that time did we have to force him to go. This is a testament of how enjoyable his teacher and the staff make it. I myself was so impressed that I started taking lessons. RAA has taught me that you can teach an old dog new tricks. I may not be Eric Clapton but I can play quite a few songs thanks to them. I highly recommend The Rockaway Arts Academy’s services.”

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