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Learn From The Pros....

 

562 429 7682

 
 
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Located in Long Beach, California, The "Rok" Music Academy and Studios is the preeminent place for artists young and old to learn, play, and perform music with Industry Professionals.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION * Guitar lessons * Bass lessons * drums lessons * Vocal Lessons * piano Lessons * recording lessons * audio engineering * professional recording studio * Performance coaching * band coaching * artist development

Inspiring and creating the future of music one person at a time.

 

 

Phone

(562) 429 7682

 

Location

5465 Carson, Long Beach, CA 90803

Hours

M-F 1pm–8pm and by appointment
Saturday 9am–4pm and by appointment
Sunday by appointment

 
 
Fun Jamming with local Parisian band "Presteej" at the steps pf the Famous Sacre Coeur in Paris!

Fun Jamming with local Parisian band "Presteej" at the steps pf the Famous Sacre Coeur in Paris!

Upcoming events: Fall 2016

Every last Sunday of the Month Live Performance @ Wahoos Fish Tacos Long Beach 5-8pm

Sunday September 11, The Rok performs at Seal Beach Pier for their Art Festival from 10-11am.

November 22nd Jacos World" movie Premiere W/ Rob Trujillo @ The Ace Theater Downtown LA 7-pm

October 25th Wahoos Fish Tacos performance Long Beaqch Ca

Di Piazzas October 14th, 2015 with The Rok Allstars! Long Beach Ca

May 24, 2015 Wahoos Fish Tacos Long Beach ROTLB rocks Wahoos!            Long Beach CA

Friday June 26th ROTLB rocks Parkview Village 5-7:30 @ ROTLB                    Long Beach CA

April 26 Sun       Wahoos Fish Tacos                                                                   Long Beach CA

The "Rok" Music Academy - Long Beach, is located near the corner of Viking Way and Carson St.,  directly across from Heartwell Park.  It's within walking distance of Long Beach City College.

The "Rok" Music Academy - Long Beach

5465 Carson St.

Long Beach, CA 90808

 

Trust us, you've got what it takes to be a rockstar, sign up today for your first lesson! Rock!

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Anthony Castiglia

Piano, Guitar, Recording and Production, Composition and theory

Greetings, inquiring musicians! My name is Anthony. I have been a musician for 18 years, and I have been a music instructor for about 8 years. I began my musical journey by taking guitar and piano lessons at a local music store in my hometown of Morris County, New Jersey. I immediately took to music and decided that it was what I wanted to do as a career.  I began my higher education as a music major at the County College of Morris in NJ. After graduating with an AA in Music 1190 (Theory and Composition) I transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where I achieved a BM in Film Scoring and Video Game Scoring Summa Cum Laude.   In the interim, I have taught and tutored many students in a variety of musical subjects such as piano, guitar, bass, music theory, composition, arranging/orchestration, ear training, synthesis, orchestral mock-up, and production. Some of my students were able to achieve performance awards and merit such as NJ's Break ultimate band competition. As a private music instructor, I endeavor to get my students excited to learn about music and teach according to the student's needs and interests. It doesn't matter if you come in wanting to learn classical, jazz, rock, pop, show tunes, film or video game music. There is always a curriculum to help you explore the gears of what makes those styles work, and I am more than happy to help you get there. The only tools you need are a curious mind and determination. 

Greetings, inquiring musicians!

My name is Anthony. I have been a musician for 18 years, and I have been a music instructor for about 8 years. I began my musical journey by taking guitar and piano lessons at a local music store in my hometown of Morris County, New Jersey. I immediately took to music and decided that it was what I wanted to do as a career. 

I began my higher education as a music major at the County College of Morris in NJ. After graduating with an AA in Music 1190 (Theory and Composition) I transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where I achieved a BM in Film Scoring and Video Game Scoring Summa Cum Laude.  

In the interim, I have taught and tutored many students in a variety of musical subjects such as piano, guitar, bass, music theory, composition, arranging/orchestration, ear training, synthesis, orchestral mock-up, and production. Some of my students were able to achieve performance awards and merit such as NJ's Break ultimate band competition.

As a private music instructor, I endeavor to get my students excited to learn about music and teach according to the student's needs and interests. It doesn't matter if you come in wanting to learn classical, jazz, rock, pop, show tunes, film or video game music. There is always a curriculum to help you explore the gears of what makes those styles work, and I am more than happy to help you get there. The only tools you need are a curious mind and determination. 

 

John Merola

drums

Born and raised in a musical family, John Merola has been playing drums and performing since the age of twelve. John’s early years in New York City were influenced by the rock n’ roll days of the late 1950’s and 1960’s. His father was a studio and staff musician at ABC TV and the Copacabana affording John a rich and varied musical environment encompassing all styles of music from big band to jazz to rock n’ roll and everything in between. John Merola has played drums in a variety of musical situations for over fifty years. He owned his own record label in the early 1980’s in Denver, Colorado. He has been on five world tours entertaining our U.S. Military. He has performed at rock festivals, jazz festivals, country, bluegrass; you name it John has played it. Most recently, here in the Los Angeles area, John has performed with local jazz artists like, Barbara Morrison, including one of her studio albums, Thelma Jones, Sherwood Sledge, Warren Wiebe, Stephanie Haynes, Tierney Sutton, Gino, Derek Bordeaux, Jennifer Hart, Llew Mathews, Daniel May, Benjamin May, Todd Johnson, Karen Hammack and Ron Eschete. John has also worked closely with Mark Wood and Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band traveling to the Caribbean, Colorado, and northern California in this great musical group paying tribute to the music of Jimmy Buffett. No matter what the style, when you need a professional to come in and cover the gig, John is the guy to go to.  

Born and raised in a musical family, John Merola has been playing drums and
performing since the age of twelve.

John’s early years in New York City were influenced by the rock n’ roll days of
the late 1950’s and 1960’s. His father was a studio and staff musician at ABC TV
and the Copacabana affording John a rich and varied musical environment
encompassing all styles of music from big band to jazz to rock n’ roll and
everything in between.

John Merola has played drums in a variety of musical situations for over fifty
years. He owned his own record label in the early 1980’s in Denver, Colorado.
He has been on five world tours entertaining our U.S. Military. He has performed
at rock festivals, jazz festivals, country, bluegrass; you name it John has played
it.

Most recently, here in the Los Angeles area, John has performed with local jazz
artists like, Barbara Morrison, including one of her studio albums, Thelma Jones,
Sherwood Sledge, Warren Wiebe, Stephanie Haynes, Tierney Sutton, Gino,
Derek Bordeaux, Jennifer Hart, Llew Mathews, Daniel May, Benjamin May, Todd
Johnson, Karen Hammack and Ron Eschete.

John has also worked closely with Mark Wood and Mark Wood and the Parrot
Head Band traveling to the Caribbean, Colorado, and northern California in this
great musical group paying tribute to the music of Jimmy Buffett.
No matter what the style, when you need a professional to come in and cover the
gig, John is the guy to go to.

 

Michael Patrick Vitale

Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Singer/Songwriter

  Michael Patrick Vitale is 38-year-old-self-taught guitarist based out of Long Beach, CA.  In addition to having many years of experience teaching various styles of acoustic and electric guitar to all age levels, he is also an experienced singer/songwriter having released a full length album and an EP under the name Mike Vitale and one full length album under the name The Hawkline Monster in 2013.  We Create and We Are Created by The Hawkline Monster was funded partially by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012.  Michael has 19 years of experience teaching various styles of guitar ranging from Folk, Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin, Rock, Americana, Classical, World, Reggae, and Pop.  Michael graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of the Arts degree and participated in a two year music theory program at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA.  Michael learned how to read music from Joe Dykes, a Berklee School of Music Graduate, when he was 19 years old.  Vitale is an accomplished live performer having been nominated for Best Live Acoustic Performer twice by the Orange County Music Awards.  He performs his original music as well as covers under the name, The Hawkline Monster.  

 

Michael Patrick Vitale is 38-year-old-self-taught guitarist based out of Long Beach, CA.  In addition to having many years of experience teaching various styles of acoustic and electric guitar to all age levels, he is also an experienced singer/songwriter having released a full length album and an EP under the name Mike Vitale and one full length album under the name The Hawkline Monster in 2013.  We Create and We Are Created by The Hawkline Monster was funded partially by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012.  Michael has 19 years of experience teaching various styles of guitar ranging from Folk, Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin, Rock, Americana, Classical, World, Reggae, and Pop.  Michael graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of the Arts degree and participated in a two year music theory program at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA.  Michael learned how to read music from Joe Dykes, a Berklee School of Music Graduate, when he was 19 years old.  Vitale is an accomplished live performer having been nominated for Best Live Acoustic Performer twice by the Orange County Music Awards.  He performs his original music as well as covers under the name, The Hawkline Monster.

 

Jannel Rap

Vocal, Piano, Guitar

 

Jannel Rap offers instruction in voice, songwriting, piano, guitar, ukulele and flute. She began her music career, singing at church when she was three years old, By eight years old she was playing the piano and writing her first original tunes. She toured the United States in her teens with a variety of bands and continued on to date with the Band-Clementine, The C Street Band, as a solo artist and in a duo with her son, Elijah  She majored in music at North Central University in Minneapolis. She received her teaching credential from USD. Some of her students have had their own TV series and featured roles in movies and record deals. Rap recorded nine albums and has shared the stage with or opened for: Sophie B Hawkins, Nickel Creek, Stevie Wonder, John Waite, James Valentine of Maroon Five, Loudon Wainwright III, The Yardbirds, Susan Gibson, Drake Bell, Lowen and Navarro and more...   She organized GINA Concerts, The Squeaky Wheel Tour for the Missing and The GINA Songwriter Contest, as part of the GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation. GINA was founded after the 2001 disappearance of her sister, Gina Bos. The Squeaky Wheel tour has been in over fourteen countries and most of the United States. GINA partnered with entertainers all over the world to highlight local missing persons at concerts and entertainment events. Thousands of missing people have been highlighted and hundreds that have been profiled have been found. She co-created and co-produced the TV series America Lost and FOUND with Jeffrey Casey. The tour has been featured in most major media outlets throughout the country, People Magazine, The Music Connection, Inside Edition and more...  

Jannel Rap offers instruction in voice, songwriting, piano, guitar, ukulele and flute. She began her music career, singing at church when she was three years old, By eight years old she was playing the piano and writing her first original tunes. She toured the United States in her teens with a variety of bands and continued on to date with the Band-Clementine, The C Street Band, as a solo artist and in a duo with her son, Elijah  She majored in music at North Central University in Minneapolis. She received her teaching credential from USD. Some of her students have had their own TV series and featured roles in movies and record deals. Rap recorded nine albums and has shared the stage with or opened for: Sophie B Hawkins, Nickel Creek, Stevie Wonder, John Waite, James Valentine of Maroon Five, Loudon Wainwright III, The Yardbirds, Susan Gibson, Drake Bell, Lowen and Navarro and more...

 

She organized GINA Concerts, The Squeaky Wheel Tour for the Missing and The GINA Songwriter Contest, as part of the GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation. GINA was founded after the 2001 disappearance of her sister, Gina Bos. The Squeaky Wheel tour has been in over fourteen countries and most of the United States. GINA partnered with entertainers all over the world to highlight local missing persons at concerts and entertainment events. Thousands of missing people have been highlighted and hundreds that have been profiled have been found. She co-created and co-produced the TV series America Lost and FOUND with Jeffrey Casey. The tour has been featured in most major media outlets throughout the country, People Magazine, The Music Connection, Inside Edition and more...

 

Jackson Snead

violin

Instruct Jackson is currently studying musical performance at California State University, Long Beach, being classically trained and learning Jazz and Rock as well. He immerses his life in music as it is his way of living.     Jackson has started playing the violin since he was 5, under the guidance of John Wang and his family, who has a long history in the arts. He is currently being taught under Moni Simeonov, who is a former student of Midori Goto. In Japan he is under the guidance of Hiroaki Watarai, a member of the Gunma Symphonic Orchestra.     Being able to fluently speak English and Japanese, he spends part of his time in Japan performing, and teaching students of all ages and levels. A couple of ensembles and orchestras he has played for include Ars Nova Sinfonia, FOOSA Philharmonic, Asia America Youth Symphony, California Honor Orchestra, and the Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory Orchestra.     He specially tailors his lessons for his students to make music learning enjoyable and efficient.

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Jackson is currently studying musical performance at California State University, Long Beach, being classically trained and learning Jazz and Rock as well. He immerses his life in music as it is his way of living.
    Jackson has started playing the violin since he was 5, under the guidance of John Wang and his family, who has a long history in the arts. He is currently being taught under Moni Simeonov, who is a former student of Midori Goto. In Japan he is under the guidance of Hiroaki Watarai, a member of the Gunma Symphonic Orchestra.
    Being able to fluently speak English and Japanese, he spends part of his time in Japan performing, and teaching students of all ages and levels. A couple of ensembles and orchestras he has played for include Ars Nova Sinfonia, FOOSA Philharmonic, Asia America Youth Symphony, California Honor Orchestra, and the Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory Orchestra.
    He specially tailors his lessons for his students to make music learning enjoyable and efficient.

Rebecca Bishop

Vocal, Guitar, uKULELE, Piano

 

Rebecca Bishop has her bachelor's in music: Vocal Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. There, she sang in the Chamber Choir, was the alto section leader of University Choir, and was the assistant director of Jazz N Tonic under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg and Christine Guter.  She has been studying voice with Dr. Katharin Rundus for 6 years and studied with Daniel Bishop prior to attending college. She sings many other genre’s of music such as classical, jazz, pop, R&B, pop and folk.   She has done professional singing on stages such as the Staples Center singing backup for the Rolling Stones and Josh Groban, to recording studios singing on movies such as Life is Love and Final Encounter. She has sung in the TED convention with the choral composer Eric Whitacre along with many different conductors throughout her professional chorus career. Rebecca has been singing for showcases around Southern California for labels such as Columbia Records, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, Jive Records, and Sony Music Entertainment. She is currently recording her debut album and will be releasing it in the near future. Rebecca has been teaching privately since she was 16. She currently teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele. She works with all ages. From 5-50 her students receive all of the knowledge she possesses of each craft.   She currently sings as the also section leader of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Long Beach under the direction of Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch. She is also the alto section leader and soloist of the Meistersingers of Orange County. You can find her debut album on iTunes and Spotify of all original songs. She hopes one day to share her love for music to the world.  

Rebecca Bishop has her bachelor's in music: Vocal Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. There, she sang in the Chamber Choir, was the alto section leader of University Choir, and was the assistant director of Jazz N Tonic under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg and Christine Guter.  She has been studying voice with Dr. Katharin Rundus for 6 years and studied with Daniel Bishop prior to attending college. She sings many other genre’s of music such as classical, jazz, pop, R&B, pop and folk.  
She has done professional singing on stages such as the Staples Center singing backup for the Rolling Stones and Josh Groban, to recording studios singing on movies such as Life is Love and Final Encounter. She has sung in the TED convention with the choral composer Eric Whitacre along with many different conductors throughout her professional chorus career. Rebecca has been singing for showcases around Southern California for labels such as Columbia Records, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, Jive Records, and Sony Music Entertainment. She is currently recording her debut album and will be releasing it in the near future.
Rebecca has been teaching privately since she was 16. She currently teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele. She works with all ages. From 5-50 her students receive all of the knowledge she possesses of each craft.
  She currently sings as the also section leader of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Long Beach under the direction of Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch. She is also the alto section leader and soloist of the Meistersingers of Orange County. You can find her debut album on iTunes and Spotify of all original songs. She hopes one day to share her love for music to the world.

 

Kai Reiss

Guitar, Drums, Bass, recording

  Hi I am Kai. I have been recording since 1983. I have played guitar ever since age seven. I have dedicated my life to music and to pursuing excellence. I also spent five years developing teaching curriculum that is available. I was also a youth pastor for over 10 years and I'm used to working with kids and teens. Music can have a very positive impact and influence in somebody's life.  I would love to help facilitate that. I look forward to working with you!

 

Hi I am Kai. I have been recording since 1983. I have played guitar ever since age seven. I have dedicated my life to music and to pursuing excellence. I also spent five years developing teaching curriculum that is available. I was also a youth pastor for over 10 years and I'm used to working with kids and teens. Music can have a very positive impact and influence in somebody's life.  I would love to help facilitate that. I look forward to working with you!

 

Brad Cummings

Bass, Drums

Owner Instructor Brad Cummings has been performing/recording professionally for over forty years with noteable Artists such as: Sting (co-wrote music for Vinx, whom Sting produced and played on), Pat Simmons (Doobie Bros)-played on his solo record "Take me to the Highway", Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Rita Coolidge, AJ Croce, Warren Hill, Patrick Bradley, Mike Grange, Burning Sensations, Stacy Q, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Derek Nakamoto, Keiko Matsui, Mindi Abair, Rick Brawn, New Country up and comer Liz Hill, East West, Nicky Holland (Tears for Fears), plus many artists I can't think of at the moment,,,it's been a long journey! Movie soundtracks such as: IMAX "Nascar Experience", Mira Max release "Guiniverre", Austin Powers "Spy Who Shagged Me"(w/Scott Weiland), commercial jingles for Coca Cola/Sprite, PIP Printing, Morongo Casino, Store Quest, and most recently recorded with Drum session legend Greg Bissonette (currently in Ringo Stars All Star Band!)...etc...Side note: I am currently playing at Disneyland's famous "Tomorrowland Terrace" (my old haunt back in the 90's) with the band "Radio 70"...

Owner Instructor Brad Cummings has been performing/recording professionally for over forty years with noteable Artists such as:

Sting (co-wrote music for Vinx, whom Sting produced and played on), Pat Simmons (Doobie Bros)-played on his solo record "Take me to the Highway", Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Rita Coolidge, AJ Croce, Warren Hill, Patrick Bradley, Mike Grange, Burning Sensations, Stacy Q, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Derek Nakamoto, Keiko Matsui, Mindi Abair, Rick Brawn, New Country up and comer Liz Hill, East West, Nicky Holland (Tears for Fears), plus many artists I can't think of at the moment,,,it's been a long journey! Movie soundtracks such as: IMAX "Nascar Experience", Mira Max release "Guiniverre", Austin Powers "Spy Who Shagged Me"(w/Scott Weiland), commercial jingles for Coca Cola/Sprite, PIP Printing, Morongo Casino, Store Quest, and most recently recorded with Drum session legend Greg Bissonette (currently in Ringo Stars All Star Band!)...etc...Side note: I am currently playing at Disneyland's famous "Tomorrowland Terrace" (my old haunt back in the 90's) with the band "Radio 70"...

 

Jonathan Eastly

vocal, piano, guitar, Bass, drums

 

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