Student safety is a top priority at ShamRock!
Our ShamRock staff has been well trained in abuse prevention through the Praesidium Academy to create a safe environment for everyone. Duty to Report, Abuse Risk Management and Social Media/Electronic Communication Safety are just some of the programs our team has completed the training on.
In addition, every staff member must pass a nationwide background check and is fully vaccinated. There are windows in every lesson room for all to observe, and also 24 hour security monitoring throughout our school.
Roy Van Tassel
Drums, Guitar, Bass
Roy Van Tassel is the Founder/Instructor of RVT Music. He is a dedicated, professional instructor and musician with 30 years of experience teaching comprehensive drum technique as well as being a successful live and studio drummer.
A knowledgeable, highly skilled technical drummer, he has studied under such drum masters Karl Latham and Jack Kuhn. He also has a rich musical education in a number of instruments and techniques including 2 years of classical guitar study under Carol Hamersma. Roy is a hands-on teacher with extensive experience tailoring fun and enriching lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Individual lessons center on proper technique, coordination, and music sight reading. His patient teaching style along with the comfortable learning atmosphere of RVT Music help students develop the skills they need for a rewarding life in music.
Beyond teaching, Roy has played drums for several notable original and cover bands from 1992 to present. He currently plays in WTF!?!, The Earthgrinders, and The Vinyl Attic. Past bands include Ghost Orgy, Suit of Lights and Screwhammer.
Voice, Piano, Beginner Guitar, Ukulele, Group Vocal Ensemble
Kristina Rigamonti joined ShamRock's staff in early 2016 when she was hired on the spot after giving a performance at a SR event. Kristina’s passion for music started at a young age. Coming from a musical background, she gave her first live performance at age 7 and began studying voice shortly after. Throughout the years she has picked up other instruments along the way.
In 2018 she graduated with honors from William Paterson University’s Music Department where she studied Popular Music and Music Management. During her time at WPU, she performed in various choirs and ensembles. She notes WPU’s “I Want My 80’s” shows as a highlight of her career, where she got to work closely with Lady Gaga producer, Rob Fusari, and Taylor Dayne (Tell It to My Heart).
Kristina’s favorite music to perform and listen to is Rock N Roll but she has a taste for a wide range of genres. She has performed in original bands in the past, but you can currently find her fronting local cover bands in the area. Outside of teaching music, she enjoys going to concerts, playing with her dog, and the outdoors!
Kristina strives to bring out the best in her students and loves watching them succeed. She is their biggest fan!
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele, Adult & Student Rock Bands
Zack Smith has been teaching lessons at Shamrock since January 2015. He started playing guitar at the age of 11 when he taught himself how to play Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones by ear. He is also self-taught on drums and bass. He was a student of Shamrock’s very first Summer Camp program in 2009.
Throughout high school he participated in jazz band, concert, and chamber choir. He went on to study music at William Paterson University and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Popular Music Studies and Music Management. There he was a member of the New Music Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, and Studio Ensemble. He was also lucky enough to have shared the stage with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels during 2 fundraising 80’s tribute concerts.
Zack has performed in original bands and currently plays in various local cover bands including AC fn DC. His favorite genre is Rock & Roll. Outside of teaching and playing music, he enjoys going to concerts and hiking with his dog Hannah.
Guitar, Bass, Drums
Vince Genella has been working consistently in the music business for over 25 years. Recording, performing, teaching guitar, and working as a clinician at trade shows and music stores all over the country. Over the years Vince has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some fantastic Artists such as Stuart Hamm, Larry Mitchell, Lou Pallo, Rob Balducci, Johnny Highland, Ace Livingston and Greg Martin.
As for influences, Vince admits his taste has developed into something far too broad to be identified by any single guitarist or style of music. This variety has given his style of writing and playing a depth and durability that does not fall apart after the third or fourth listen. His instrumental compositions are led by searing melodic technique and passionate, fiery leads through mature song-oriented hooks and progressions.
Currently Vince is recording his first solo CD, a collection of all instrumental guitar featuring some fantastic musicians
Over the past 25+ years as a teacher, Vince has taught hundreds of “kids of all ages” how to play guitar and bass, along with music theory. He has given over 50,000 individual lessons! He was the very first instructor at ShamRock.
Whether teaching, recording, or performing, Vince gets the job done and has a blast doing so! “It’s all about fun and the love of music. I’m grateful to be able to do what I love!”
Saxophone, Piano, Oboe, Voice
Chloe is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. With an organically soulful sound, she effortlessly blends pop, jazz and R&B. While she has found her true love in writing and performing pop/soul music, the influences of jazz and classical musical are what make her a musician’s singer-songwriter. Her jazz experience and education have provided her with access to the best young musicians in the country. These award-winning jazz musicians make up her band, Chloe Bee & Co.
Chloe's been writing and performing since she was 13 when her original song “Hardly Breathe” won the MusiCares® Teens Make Music Contest. The song was also a semi-finalist of the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). She was selected as a vocalist in the prestigious 2017 GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session choir and played with the best young jazz musicians in the country in performances throughout GRAMMY Week, including the GRAMMY after-party and Entertainment Tonight.
Chloe plays throughout the NYC area with her band Chloe Bee & Co., performs as a self-accompanied soloist, and is a vocalist in eclectic soul band, John the Martyr. She is also singer and piano player for several entertainment companies. In addition to her vocal and piano skills, Chloe is a talented oboe player, playing with both college and community symphonies.
Piano, Trumpet, Low Brass, Bass, Guitar
T.J. Marden (B.M. William Paterson University) has joined our staff here at ShamRock in the Fall of 2018. He began his studies on piano at age of five and along the way picked up multiple other instruments including the trumpet and electric bass. He began his interest in pop/rock music at age 11 and has participated in his middle school’s ‘Battle Of The Bands' program as a drummer, pianist, and electric bassist.
Throughout the later years he began to shift more towards jazz/classical music by the advice of his band teacher and chose to pursue it through college. But outside of that he has always found pleasure jamming with his friends along to artists such as Rush, the Chili Peppers, and the Beatles.
Today he is an active performer in Northern New Jersey on Tuba, Bass Trombone, Electric Bass, and Piano as well as choir director / music minister at Immaculate Conception RC Church in Mahwah. He finds that getting an exposure of all genres of music is very important in bringing out the best in his students.
Guitar, Girls Summer Camp Band
Emily Case’s passion for music began at a young age. She started playing guitar at age 7 and cello at age 8. While formally studying cello, she was teaching herself guitar. She began officially studying the instrument once in high school. Emily graduated from William Paterson University in 2018 with a degree in Popular Music Studies and has returned to WPU to get her MBA in Music & Entertainment Business.
Some highlights of her musical career include performing at Lincoln Center (NYC) in high school with her school’s chamber orchestra, performing with her band at Gramercy Theater (NYC) as part of the Dreamwalk Fashion Show, and being part of two fundraising concerts performing 80’s hits at WPU.
In addition to studying for her MBA, Emily currently plays for pop artist, Gina Royale and for R&B/Alt Soul band, Switch Mob. Outside of music, she enjoys kayaking and playing with her dog Milo.
Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Baritone, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Clarinet
Grant Sippel graduates from William Paterson University in May 2022 with a degree in Music Education(K-12). Primarily playing trombone since the age of 10 and falling in love with music, he now enjoys teaching lessons on piano and all school band instruments at ShamRock while also performing on Trombone, Bass Trombone, and Tuba in various groups and ensembles.
He has worked in the Pequannock Valley Middle School assisting Mr. Foth as a student teacher as well as at the Pequannock Township High School assisting the marching band as the brass/field tech. He will be completing his practicum at Wayne Hills High School spring 2022.
He enjoys teaching music and sharing his passion with kids because he believes that music is a great outlet for people in life. He is very excited to graduate and start his career teaching in a school setting.
Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Voice
Natalie recently completed her Bachelors in Instrumental Music Education from The Hartt School. She studied clarinet as her major instrument with internationally recognized soloist and clinician Ayako Neidich-Oshima, in addition to studying saxophone and bassoon with local woodwind doublers.
While at Hartt, she found her place as a theatre musician covering clarinet, saxophone, flute, and bassoon, as well as her voice as a music educator. Her honors Thesis focused on early childhood music pedagogy that encourages hands-on learning and improvising. Since coming back to New Jersey, Natalie has taught general music, choir, and woodwind sectionals to middle schoolers in the East Orange School District and performs throughout northern and central New Jersey as a woodwind and low brass ensemble musician.
As a teacher, Natalie's goal is not only to teach her students how to make music, but to teach why it is important for every individual to take part in a creative community.
When not teaching or performing, you can find Natalie on a hike or looking through a cookbook.
Jess has been at ShamRock for 10 years starting out as a student in 5th grade. She has taken lessons for voice, trumpet, guitar, piano, and flute. She was the lead singer in our longest running Advanced Teen Band, Uncontrollable and has won multiple Shammy Awards. Now she is a lead singer in our Adult Rock Band program.
Currently she works the front desk coordinating lessons and is a hospitality student studying at FDU.
Mason studied guitar and piano with both Zack Smith and Vince Genella at ShamRock for nearly 5 years. He received a Shammy Award in 2018 for Best Performance of an Original Song by the band Silver. He now works at the front desk as our lesson coordinator and is preparing to apply to college as a Music and Animation major.
Mason enjoys performing with the Pequannock High School Marching and spends his free time creating art in the digital realm.
Katie has been a student for nearly 10 years. She currently takes guitar lessons with Zack but has also studied saxophone at ShamRock. In 2019, she won the MVP Shammy Award and was the recipient of 2019 PTHS ShamRock Scholarship.
She currently attends SUNY Oneonta as a Childhood Education Major and is a teacher assistant to our Summer Camp programs, our front window artist, and event photographer.
Sam has been a student for 8 years. She currently takes piano and voice lessons with Kristina. She has won multi Shammy Awards throughout the years. She is also an Assistant Teacher of our Group Vocal Ensemble.
Bella has been a student at ShamRock for 6 years. She takes voice lessons with Kristina, is the lead singer in our Advanced Teen Band, Flip Thru, and is an assistant in the Group Vocal Ensemble. She has won 9 Shammy Awards.
Bella loves being on stage and enjoys writing her own original songs that she plans to record in the future!