rock music academy wolfpackPhoto: Rock'n Music Academy house band Wolfpack performs at the 2015 NJ Marathon. The Middletown music school is celebrating it's 10 year in business.

Middletown, NJ - Rock'n Music Academy in Middletown, New Jersey, is celebrating its 10thyear of bringing professional music instruction to students in and around Monmouth County.


Events for the year-long celebration include the Academy's 10thAnnual Spring Concert, which will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 3:00 pm. The concert will be held outside the Academy's studios located at 500 Route 35 South, Union Square, Middletown, NJ.

Rock'n Music Academy founder Howard Lee Edwards, Jr., a professional recording artist and Middletown native, launched his music school with the goal of helping students of all ages develop a lifelong passion for music by providing superior quality music lessons. He's maintained the same methodology since the day he opened – offering his students one-on-one music instruction from professional level instructors and the opportunity to reach their highest potential as musicians.

The Academy's staff includes professional musicians who also perform with their own bands, have toured with national acts, and who have won music awards in various competitions. Some instructors have taught at Rock'n Music Academy since the school opened in 2005.

“We've had students who started music lessons here at 7 or 8 years old, who learned and grew with the same instructor for many years, and then graduated high school to pursue opportunities in music,” Edwards said.

Students with notable accomplishments include:

  • Tristan Garrity, John Sheehy, Kyle Ward, who were all accepted to Berklee
    College of Music in Boston, MA.
  • Christina Buzzanco, winner of the 2014 “Top of the Top” award for piano soloists at the Monmouth Teen Arts festival, which recognizes high school classical music accomplishments.
  • Nicholas Landolfi, who was recently named assistant music director of  WSTR-FM, the radio station at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, NJ.
  • Matt Kessig and Deaglan Howlett, whose band Corrina, Corrina was signed
    to a local record label and has recorded two albums of original material.

Along with individual music lessons, Rock'n Music provides opportunities for students to perform in a group or band, including the annual concerts, jam sessions, instrument seminars, summer camps and recording programs. Advanced students can take part in the Rock'n Music Academy House Bands program, which includes a rigorous instruction and performance schedule. Rock'n Music Academy house bands have performed at a variety of charity and other events over the last several years, including Middletown Day, the New Jersey Marathon, and the Light of Day concerts at The Stone Pony.

The 10th  Annual Spring Concert will feature rock and pop performances by Rock'n Music student bands and solo acts. The public is welcome to enjoy this free event.