Our Instructors

Christopher Flaherty

Owner & Piano/Vocal Instructor

Christopher Flaherty

Christopher Flaherty has always had a passion for music, but an even deeper passion for instructing. Teaching all ages and holding a large studio of pupils in South Jersey since 2008, his students have gone on to professional fields in the performing arts. Mr. Flaherty’s students have been featured on T.V, film, made records, been granted University acceptance with scholarships, received high marks on Piano exams and have won many awards including South Jersey Magazine’s Top Solo Artist. His students can be seen performing on stages across N.Y, N.J, PA, and even Nashville, TN.

Growing up in a large, creative, and musical family, Christopher was able to learn music at a young age. To foster this creativity, his father, Kevin, would bring home new instruments that Christopher and his brothers would learn and teach themselves. At the age of 14, Flaherty began working at a local supermarket in order to pay for his voice and piano lessons. Studying voice with Forrest Munger (voice teacher of the Jonas Brothers) and Piano with Pamela Speck and Carl Helder. In 2007, he entered William Paterson University as a Voice Major under the direction of Steven Bryant. In 2008, he transferred to Rowan University changing his major to Composition and Music Theory where he began his studies under composer Dr. Harold Oliver. In addition to his mentors, Flaherty has taken Composition lessons with Bruce Yurko, Dr. Lynn Rodgers and Dr. James Castelli. Piano Lessons with Dr. Lydia Boguslavsky and Alexander Timofeev. Voice Lessons with Jon Garrison.

Christopher not only is a teacher, but also still a performing musician and active composer/song-writer. He’s performed in multiple countries and places here in the United States, and has also collaborated with many musicians on recordings.

Christopher is the owner of The Resonance School of Music, and teaches piano and voice in all styles Monday through Friday 3pm – 9pm.

 

Vincent Gattinella

Owner & Percussion Instructor

Vince Gattinella

Vincent Gattinella graduated from Rowan University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Composition studying under the direction of Dr. Harold Oliver, Dr. James Castelli, and Bruce Yurko. There he received percussion lessons from Dean Witten and Dean Schneider.  Before that he studied drum set under the instruction of Tom Callan for 4 years.  Vincent has played drum set/percussion in ensembles from elementary school through college along with marching band and jazz band. In addition, he has played drum set at open mic nights and special events across the southern New Jersey area. Vincent can play a wide spectrum of genres including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin and is always ready to challenge himself in order to improve his abilities. He has a strong passion for percussion and composition as a whole, one that he will continue for as long as he can.

Vince teaches Drums at Resonance School of Music on Tuesdays from 3pm – 9pm.

Kate Wyatt

Strings Instructor

Kate Wyatt started to play violin at 9 years old with Vera Bojko. She was the only string player in her school until she went onto Mainland Regional HS, where she was taught by Jack Griffin. In her senior year she was concert mistress in the school’s orchestra. While in high school, she played in the Atlantic Youth Orchestra and Rowan Youth Orchestra. She also studied AP music theory with Keith Hodgeson and joined the Tri-M music society, where she completed over 100 hours of volunteer service during her senior year of high school.

Ms Wyatt started lessons with Lenuta Ciulei at Rowan University in 2009 as a senior in high school. She then continued to study at Rowan University and was involved with the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) and went to the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) convention multiple times and partook in many music education workshops. While at Rowan, Ms Wyatt played in many chamber groups including: Rowan University’s string ensemble, orchestra and the musicum colligeum. While at Rowan, she continued her love for volunteering during her years at Rowan. She spent 3 years volunteering with All South Jersey auditions while also managing the orchestras during the rehearsals and concerts. She also managed the Rowan Youth Orchestra for 2 years and was the orchestra’s librarian.  In 2012, she first began private teaching at Resonance School of Music as the string teacher. She has also helped develop the curriculum for the Music for Little Mozarts program.

Ms Wyatt graduated from Rowan University in the fall of 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Just two weeks later, she began teaching strings in East Greenwich elementary schools.

Ms Wyatt teaches 4pm-9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Resonance School of Music.

Matthew Hunter

Guitar Instructor

 Matt HunterMatthew Hunter is a classical guitarist residing in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Matt has been taking private music lessons for 13 years, focusing on guitar for the last 9 years. He has a basic understanding of piano, bass, and trumpet, but concentrates on guitar including electric, acoustic, and classical. Matt is an accomplished musician and has studied the styles of rock and roll, country, jazz, and blues, in addition to classical. He received several awards during his high school years at Sacred Heart in Vineland, New Jersey and has been invited to play at both local and out of state venues.

Matt graduated from Cumberland County College with an Associate Degree in Music in 2011 and is currently in his senior year at Rowan University pursuing his Bachelors of Music in Classical Performance.

Matt teaches Guitar at Resonance School of Music Fridays 3pm to 9pm.

Andrew Prettelt

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Andrew Prettelt is a saxophone player currently living in Blackwood, NJ. His musical journey began when he was seven years old. His mother, who went to Glassboro State College as a piano performance major, taught Andrew how to read music and play piano for two years. In 5th grade, Andrew was introduced to the saxophone which he ultimately chose to study at college. He has studied saxophone privately with various teachers such as John LaPalomento, Richard Smith, Anthony Salicondro, Carl Cox, and the legendary Bill Garton.

Mr. Prettelt graduated from Rowan University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Music Education. There he participated in several of the university’s ensembles such as theRowan University Orchestra, Rowan University Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Summer Jazz Camp, and Saxophone Quartet. He is a classical saxophonist by trade but has been studying jazz in depth recently.

Andrew has used his passion for teaching music to assist Rancocas Valley, Absegami, and Overbrook High School’s marching bands. Mr. Prettelt also works as a substitute teacher where he has become the preferred sub in the Deptford, Winslow, Washington Township, and Black Horse Regional District for several music teachers. He has had several inspiring instructors throughout is life and he wants nothing more than to give to others what so many have given to him.

Andrew Prettelt teaches Saxophone at Resonance School of Music Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3PM – 9PM.

Arielle EganArielle Egan

Voice Instructor

Arielle began cultivating her vocal and performance technique in high school on the Woodstown High School stage as well as local theater stages and at Mannington Music School. She attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2013. She currently studies with renowned soprano Carolann Page. Ms. Egan is a teaching artist with Appel Farm in Elmer, NJ, and other such organizations, focusing on musical theater and opera. She teaches voice lessons privately, at Resonance School of Music, and at Mannington Music School. Ms. Egan is heavily involved with local theater both on and off the stage as a performer, musical director, and vocal coach.

 

Mark Nestman
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Electric & Upright Bass/Guitar/Clarinet Instructor

Mark Nestman is a classically trained musician and teacher at Resonance School of Music and The School of Rock teaching Electric and Upright bass, guitar and clarinet. His life long career in music started at the age of 7 with Helen Slavin in Rockaway, New Jersey and since then he has played clarinet, electric bass, upright bass, and guitar. Throughout his time as a musician, Mark has studied with Rob Hall in high school and Doug Mapp at Rowan University. Being a part of the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Musicals and the Tri-M Music Honor Society in High School shaped his abilities and honed in his interest in playing and being a part of the musical world. At Rowan University he achieved a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies for Upright Bass and played in the Jazz Band, Lab Band, String Ensemble, and Orchestra, as well as in many other ensembles.

Outside of academia Mark has written, recorded and played live for a multitude of groups ranging from folk and jazz to rock and classical. These groups have played in cities all across the country on tours and single concerts in places like New York City, Nashville, and Denver. Mark has taken all these influences and focused them into teaching to allow students the knowledge and capabilities to play in all styles of music masterfully. Theory and practice are an integral part of playing music and thus are implemented through these lessons.

Mark teaches at Resonance School of Music Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00PM – 9:00PM

 

 

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