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THE NEW PARADIGM IN MUSIC EDUCATION


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THE NEW PARADIGM IN MUSIC EDUCATION



A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT APPROACH


These days, kids are practically born with an iPad in their hands. The goal of So.i.Heard House of Music is to teach students music in their own tech-savvy language, and to provide guided and tracked private music lessons in a fun environment that’s more like a music college. Students learn how to play an instrument, read, write, and record music, all within a fun, safe, and high-tech environment built for K-12. We teach piano lessons, keyboard lessons, drum lessons, percussion lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons, songwriting lessons, brass lessons, violin lessons, and more, in our Millburn-Short Hills, NJ studio. In addition to the Millburn-Short Hills area, we serve Maplewood, South Orange, Westfield, Livingston, Summit, Parsippany, and beyond. Book a consultation, or click here to learn more.


THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE FOR A K-12 STUDENT TO LEARN MUSIC.

BOOK A FREE PRIVATE CONSULTATION TODAY, WE’D LOVE TO MEET YOU!

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PRIVATE LESSONS


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PRIVATE LESSONS



ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION


All So.i.Heard students are enrolled in weekly private lessons with a consistent instructor. Since every student learns at a different pace, our facility operates according to the Kodaly Method for Music Education which takes into account differences in the ways and rates at which children learn.

All of our lessons utilize technology and recording software as a means of motivating students to practice at home.  Students learn traditional theory and techniques, and are given the chance to record their hard work once a piece is practiced up to speed. Through this method we've seen a dramatic increase in the motivation levels of our students.

We are also one of the only facilities in the country to teach real music production to the K-12 age group.  Production students must have at least 2 years of experience on any instrument.


So.i.heard STUDENTS CAN CONTINUE THEIR PURSUIT OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE INDEFINITELY.

 THERE IS NO LIMIT AT SO.I.HEARD.


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GROUP CLASSES


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GROUP CLASSES



A PERFECT SUPPLEMENT FOR YOUR PRIVATE LESSONS


Music is a social artform.  All musicians must eventually experience group interaction within their education.   At So.i.Heard, we provide a group class schedule for our private lesson students that allows them to explore their interests across a number of different musical subjects.  


MUSIC THEORY

Theory can be as dull as a dishwasher, but with our method we make it a fun and eye-opening experience for any student. Through group exercises, students explore the most basic concepts of theory in order to build a solid foundation for any future music endeavor. Rhythms, intervals, scales, and triads are pertinent to every music student and necessary for a complete understanding of music. Our Music Theory classes work as a perfect supplement to any private lesson, regardless of a student's instrument.  LEARN MORE

SONGWRITING

Today writing your own songs has never been easier. With the help of recording software such as Garageband and Logic, students apply their understanding of key signatures and chords by creating progressions for their own songs. Analysis of pop music harmony, melody, and rhythm will help students understand how songwriting really works and how it relates to music theory. Since songwriting requires a deeper knowledge of music theory, we require a teacher recommendation or meeting with a Program Director to place into the class.  LEARN MORE

ENSEMBLES

Let's make a band! There is no better way to master your instrument than to play in a group with your friends. Our ensembles bring everything you learn in your private lessons to a group setting. Three to seven-member student bands are directed on how to work as a team through fun exercises in group dynamics, visual cues, and creativity. Styles covered include pop music, classic rock, and blues. In order to "be in the band,” students need a teacher recommendation or an audition with a Program Director.  LEARN MORE

MUSIC PRODUCTION

On the "tech" side of music is the art of audio recording and music production. In these production classes, we explore how to use our ears to listen critically, learn important audio terminology, basic operating functions of Digital Audio Workstations such as Garageband and Logic, and explore signal flow concepts. If that all sounds too complicated, don't worry! We'll guide students through the whole process and have a bunch of fun doing it! This class really brings together everything you’re learning at So.i.Heard. Just think: once you learn your instrument, learn how to write songs, and have a blast jamming with a band, you can learn how to record it all and make your own albums just like the ones you hear on the radio!   LEARN MORE


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OUR TEAM


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OUR TEAM



SEAN KILLARY

OWNER

Education

Berklee College of Music

 Specialty

Guitar, Production

Influences

Foo Fighters
Kimbra
Circa Survive
T.R.E.O.S
Brand New


MAX FISHKIN

TEACHER

Education

Rutgers University

Specialty

Guitar, Piano, Brass

Influences

The Beatles
Miles Davis
George Gershwin
Radiohead
Ahmad Jamal

SAM MORGAN

OWNER
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Education

Berklee College of Music

 Specialty

Guitar, Piano

Influences

Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Underoath
John Mayer
Brand New


SAL MONTALVO

TEACHER

Education

Kean University

Specialty

Piano, Guitar, Strings

Influences

Paul McCartney
L.V. Beethoven
Billy Joel
Eric Clapton
Bill Evans

ERIN RITTWEGER

GENERAL MANAGER

Education

NJIT

Specialty

Running The Studio

Influences

Radiohead
Animal Collective
Local Natives
Pink Floyd
Arcade Fire


GABE MARR

TEACHER
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Education

Berklee College of Music

Specialty

Drums, Guitar, Piano

Influences

Robert Glasper
Squarepusher
Steely Dan
Mark Guilana
Thelonious Monk

GEOFF MUTCHNIK

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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Education

Berklee College of Music

 Specialty

Guitar, Production

Influences

Bon Iver
Death Cab for Cutie
Mew
Sufjan Stevens
Copeland


KARA CUADRA

TEACHER

Education

Montclair State University

Specialty

Woodwinds, Piano, Voice

Influences

Ian Clarke
Claude Debussy
J.S Bach
Eric Whitacre
Frank Ticheli


ELLIE KAHN

TEACHER

Education

Rutgers University / AMDA

Specialty

Woodwinds, Voice, Piano

Influences

Benny Goodman
Luther Vandross
Queen
Tito Nieves
Billy Joel


FABIAN OMOBONO

TEACHER

Education

The Collective School of Music (Italy)

Specialty

Drums, Piano, Guitar

Influences

Toto
Tommy Igoe
Deep Purple
Simon & Garfunkel
Nirvana


MIGUEL MORALES

TEACHER

Education

Montclair State University

Specialty

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Influences

Pierce the Vail
Paramore
Jason Mraz
Charles Mingus
Astor Piazaolla


BROOKE SLEMMER

TEACHER

TONY MOWATT

TEACHER

Education

Kean University

Specialty

Piano, Guitar, Voice

Influences

Elton John
Stephen Sondheim
Mozart
Pink Floyd
Frank Sinatra

Education

Berklee College of Music

Specialty

Voice, Piano, Music Therapy

Influences

Tracy Chapman
Michael Jackson
Coldplay
Fiona Apple
Lianne La Havas

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BOOK A FREE CONSULTATION


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BOOK A FREE CONSULTATION


In order to enroll, come down to our studio for a free tour and consultation!  While you can enroll over the phone, we highly recommend visiting the studio in person so one of our program directors can match your student with a teacher that is best suited for their needs.

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