At the Staten Island School of Rock we believe in creating leaders. Giving children the tools they can use to build confidence is our goal. The way we do this is by teaching your child how playing an instrument takes time, practice and commitment; the very building blocks of a leader. And we happen to have incredible teachers here to do just that.
In 2004 I started the Staten Island School of Rock out of necessity. As a guitar teacher in Brooklyn I created my own way of teaching music. Before computers were available for recording, I would create studio backing tracks to accompany my lessons. This would help me teach my students how to play with other musicians.By creating these backing tracks for them, my students would incorporate what they learned to actual music. Call it Karaoke for your guitar if you will. Musicians came to me from other music schools and other music teachers with the desire to learn how to play with other people; to learn how to write songs and join a band. What better way to do this then to setup a band for them. This recorded backup band would teach my students how to play with a drummer, how to play with a bass player, a keyboard player and rhythm guitar player.
Well this idea worked. Within weeks of picking up an instrument, my students were starting bands! It worked so well that I soon had no more availability to take on new students. At that point I began teaching my students how to teach…the same way they learned how to play. This technique took off. In 2004 I opened the Staten Island School of Rock on Amboy Road in Tottenville. Eight months later we outgrew our music school and moved to Ellis Street to a bigger facility. Two years later we moved to an even bigger space in Great Kills. And now we added the Stage Left Musical Performing Arts Center. Stage Left Music was built solely to expose our students to a real Rock n Roll experience. Anyone enrolled at the Staten Island School of Rock has full access to Stage Left. What better way to get ready for that big show but to practice on a full stage with lights and a full PA system?
So what are you waiting for? Call now (718) 984 6988 and give yourself the gift of music. We look forward to meeting you! And hey…Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World!
At the Staten Island School of Rock we host Rock Shows every other month. Our teachers coordinate songs with other musicians taking lessons at the Staten Island School of Rock. Bands are formed and our students get to perform in front of an audience. Some musicians experience this for the first time. We found that these performances build confidence in our students. Many times, after these performances take place Rock Bands are formed. Our Rock Band program exists today simply because our students absolutely love performing live. Each rock band is supervised by one of our teachers. Songs are written and students get to host their very own Rock n Roll shows. In fact, the band Giffords Lane was formed with four students who met at the Staten Island School of Rock. They met when they were 9 and 10 years old. Four and a half years later they are still playing. If you’d like to learn more about the members of Giffords Lane, visit their website.
Meet Our Teachers
Scott Siller Manager
Scott is one of our senior music instructors and actively manages the Staten Island School of Rock. Scott has been playing music for over 30 years and specializes in acoustic and electric guitar. Scott also provides beginner piano and drums as needed. His friendly methodical approach to teaching helps new/young students feel comfortable getting started and helps them realize their musical abilities with lots of positive reinforcement.
Dani Bauso Vocal Coach
Vocal teacher. Dani started singing at five years old. She has trained with professional vocal coach Phil Triolo for six years. Interests include different styles of rock as well as musical theater. Currently singing in a rock band, influences include Alanis Morisette, Melissa Ethridge and Gwen Stefani.
Louis Adipietro Guitar/Bass Coach
Louis Adipietro is our resident electric and acoustic guitar instructor. Like many of his students, Louis starting playing guitar at age 10. Louis’s musical education dates back to Wagner High School where he played in the guitar ensemble program. Louis brings with him many years of live playing experience. These experiences are passed on to his students who perform live four times a year during at the Staten Island School of Rock Concerts!
Danny Bradley Drum Coach
Danny has been a drum coach at the Staten Island School of Rock for over five years. Danny brings years of teaching, performing and recording experience to his students at the Staten Island School of Rock. Danny studied drums at Berklee College of Music as well as The Drummers Collective in NYC. Danny continues to tour with his band PushMethod and can be seen playing shows throughout the New York City area.
Robert Seidor Piano Coach
Robert Seidor, professional pianist/vocalist based in New York, grew up in Michigan. Studied both piano and voice since the age of 8. He has performed in colleges and venues throughout the Midwest. Participated in Middle and High School Solo and Ensemble earning Superior Ratings for 7 consecutive years. With 7 years teaching experience is now an instructor at Staten Island School of Rock.
Nicky ‘Stixx’ Taormina Drum Coach
Nicky started taking drum lessons in 2004 at the Staten Island School of Rock. Nicky is truly a home grown teacher who has learned from the Staten Island School of Rock Alumni. Nicky was taught by Dima for years and is now giving all of that knowledge back to his students. Nicky brings with him a tremendous amount of experience. Nicky has extensive experience recording and touring. Nicky is the drummer for the band Giffords Lane , together over six years and has played over 200 shows!
Elyssa Silverman Vocal Coach
Elyssa discovered her passion for music when she began piano lessons at age four. She started taking guitar lessons at the Staten Island School of Rock in 2011 and took on vocals soon after. As an instructor she aims to get her students as excited about music as she is. In addition to teaching she is a part of the Rock Band program. Elyssa’s band Ultravylet got their start in this program and have played a number of shows around the borough.
Joe ippolito is a Staten Island School of Rock trained Rockstar! Joe has been playing and performing for 8 years and has graduated to be our newest guitar mentor at the Staten Island School of Rock, where being home grown is so important as a mentor! Joe is a student at Laguardia Performing Arts High School and is experienced with the rigorous audition process needed to get in. He loves Rock and Roll, the Blues and Jazz, and is well versed in Music Theory. Schedule your lesson with Joe today!