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Team

TMMA has an expert team of skilled individuals who have had real world experience in the music industry. These team members provide our students with the highly skilled instruction they desire.

Jarrett Zellea

Jarrett Zellea brings a wealth of experience in music performance and production to the table. He has a BM in Music Education and Performance, has done graduate studies in theory and composition, and has a Masters degree in Jazz Performance.

Jarrett has worked on two  Grammy Award winning records as a composer, and musician. He has worked alongside greats such as Santana, Luther Vandross, My Chemical Romance, Howie Day, Jay-Z and Fall Out Boy. Additionally, Jarrett has over 15 years experience as the Director of Music in Beverly Hills, CA, Nutley, NJ, and Cedar Grove, NJ.

Jenny Zellea

Jenny Zellea brings an experienced and varied background in the development and production of some of television’s most successful live music events, reality shows, games shows, and sporting events.

She served as a Producer on Live Earth: The Concerts to Battle the Climate Crisis which brought together more than 150 musical acts in eleven locations around the world, (on all 7 continents) and were broadcast to a mass global audience through television, radio, and live internet streams).

Jenny has also served as a Producer on shows such as NBC’s Emmy Award-winning Fear Factor, ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and NBC’s Emmy award winning Deal or No Deal, proving herself to be a valuable asset in the entertainment industry.

Peter Bellomo

Peter Bellomo brings 15 years of experience in music performance and teaching in both the classical and pop genres. He has a Bachelor’s in Music Education/vocal performance from Westminster Choir College and a Master’s in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory.

Peter has been singing and playing instruments since childhood. He has performed with some of the leading orchestras in the country including Los Angelos Philharmonic, The Philladelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony in their respected venues; Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, NJPAC, PNC Bank Arts Center and The Kimmel Center.

Currently Peter is teaching High School Music in Clifton and looks forward to coming to TMMA to teach his love and knowledge in music to his talented private students. In his spare time he is also the leader/keyboard/vocalist of The Uptown Getdowns, a Professional Wedding Band www.theuptowngetdowns.com and Bass player for a NYC Gypsy Rock Group named Sylvana Joyce and The Moment www.sjandthemoment.com

Zac Bradford

Zachary Bradford has over a decade of extensive experience singing & performing for a range of audiences in the contemporary music genre. In 2012 Zachary completed a Master of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy, for which he was awarded the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence. He is equally comfortable performing in intimate settings such as jazz clubs, cafes & restaurants as he is in large venues such as theatrical productions, music festivals & corporate events. He has performed on stage with finalists from TV’s “The Voice’, “Idol” & “The X Factor”.  Zachary is an award winning music/vocal director, with music direction credits including “Songs for a new world”, “Camp Rock”, “Godspell”, “Spelling Bee”, “Guys & Dolls” & “Cinderella” amongst others. Zachary is thrilled to be apart of the team at The Modern Music Academy!

Bill Tortoriello

Bill Tortoriello has a Bacherlor’s Degree in Music Education with principle instruments of study being voice and piano from Westminster Choir College of Rider IMG_3254University.  He has performed chorally with major orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic, The New Jersey Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New England Symphonic Ensemble and The Trenton Symphony.  He has performed in world renowned concert halls including Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, NJPAC and many more.

While possessing over 15 years of performance and teaching in many genres of music including everything from pop to musical theater, to rock and R&B and beyond, Bill’s first loves musically are both Jazz and Classical music which he enjoys singing while also being able to play these styles of music on the piano, guitar and bass guitar.

Bill also plays regularly in a variety of wedding/event bands and is the keyboardist for many rock, jazz and pop groups throughout the state..

 

Dan Traglia

Dan Traglia is a recent graduate of the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University where he completed a degree in Jazz Performance.  During his time at William Paterson, he studied privately with Horace Arnold, Bill Goodwin and Kevin Norton. He was also an active member of several different large and small ensembles under the direction of current jazz icons such as  Mulgrew Miller, Paul Meyers, Chico Mendoza, Cecil Bridgewater, Bill Mobley, John Mosca, Rich DeRosa and Bill Goodwin.

Dan can be found freelancing both nationally and internationally with a number of artists in various musical settings. In the studio, Dan enjoys a blossoming career as a session drummer as well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule at Wayne Hills, Ridgewood, and Morris Hills High Schools as a Drum Instructor/Arranger since 2008.  He is currently the staff Drum Instructor at The Modern Music Academy in Montclair, NJ, where he teaches privately. Traglia’s most recent project, Deleasa & The Foundation, an up-and-coming pop – rock outfit, recently finished a Latin American Tour opening for The Jonas Brothers and are set for a full length release in the coming months, as well as further touring in 2013.

Justin Hernandez

Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of “If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live’s Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz trumpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and played in the All-State Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble several times. Justin was also a part of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, playing lead and the solo chair. He has performed nationwide and has had the opportunity to perform in clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, FatCat, Cleopatras Needle, Starland Ballroom, Highline Ballroom and Symphony Space. Justin has also toured with the International Vans Warped Tour all over the country and in parts of Canada. He has worked with people such as John Pattitucci, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Arturo O’Farril, John Pizzarelli, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Peter Erskine, Brian Lynch, Luis Bonilla, Jason Rigby, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Mcguinness and Mike Holober.

 

Alison Balletta

Alison Balletta holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied under Metropolitan Opera tenor, Neil Rosenshein. She has been a performer in New York City for the past 10 years where she specialized in the development of new works. While her formal education was in classical music, she has performed in all genres including pop, jazz, film, and musical theater.
She has performed at venues throughout the city such as Symphony Space, Riverside Church, The Kirk Theater, 45th Street Theater, Manhattan Children’s Alison BTheater, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The Bleecker Street Theater, and The Duplex, among others.
Some of her favorite roles include Julie Jordan (Carousel), Grace (Annie), Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Lady Larken (Once Upon a Mattress), and Emma (Jekyll and Hyde). She has also been a part of several world premieres, including the title role in Safari’s Song with Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas, and up and coming composer David Levinson’s new musical Bathory.
In addition, she is the creator of The Modern Music Academy’s new program, Tiny Tots Rock. Her teaching experience includes teaching voice, piano and dance at several private performing arts academies, and hosting musical theatre workshops at public and private schools for over a decade.

 

 

 

Tom Veldran

Tom Veldran has been working in Video Production and Graphic Design since the mid-90s.  Born with a desire to tell stories, Tom’s interest in video started tom_photo from early childhood seeking out visual outlets in which to express himself. From drawings, to audio, to video, and music, Tom is always looking for new ways to share, explore, and encourage others with his imagination and visual storytelling techniques.

 

Tom has a bachelor’s degree in Video Production and Music from Ramapo College in NJ and a Graphic Design degree from the Art Institute of Seattle.  He has worked on various award winning documentaries, as well as comedy sketch, commercial advertising and music videos.

Dane Alexander

Dane Alexander is a saxophonist who grew up in Florham Park, New Jersey. He began at age 8 with piano lessons and by age 10 was giving recitals featuring IMG_3228both classical and contemporary repetoire. Around the same time he began clarinet lessons. He picked up the saxophone at age 15.

Dane is an active player and teacher in the New York Metro area. He earned a B.F.A in Jazz and Contemporary Music at New School University and studied with some of music’s finest performers and teachers. Cutting his teeth in New York City afforded Dane the opportunity to play with a number of groups which helped expand his playing to include many different styles. Some of those are jazz, pop, rock, Jewish music, funk, avant-garde, and classical music.

In addition to saxophone, Dane also plays and teaches flute, clarinet, piano, and guitar.

 

 

 

 

Brian Abbott

Guitarist/composer/educator Brian Abbott has been professionally active in music for the last decade. He holds a degree from Berklee College of Music where he IMG_3243studied guitar with Dave Tronzo and Chris Buono. Brian also studied composition with Marti Epstein and Etienne Rolin and with Sarah Weaver he studied electronic music and the live composition method of Soundpainting. Over the years he has been active in rock music, experimental pop, jazz, free improvisation, electronic noise, and contemporary classical composition, among others, always with an ear towards what is new and interesting. When teaching, Brian balances the lessons between teaching students the fundamentals of their instrument with educating students about what they are musically interested in, be it pop music, or speed metal-polka. He believes it is the combination of technical work and respecting the student’s interests that creates a successful music lesson environment.

 

Daniel Plante

Daniel J. Plante is a producer, song writer and musician. He started to produce at a young age and interned as an engineer at several top studios throughout Newdanielplantestudiopic Jersey. As an intern he received hands on experience in using professional recording equipment as well as DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) like Protools, Reason, Logic and Ableton Live. He is a signed producer/writer with B-Room Publishing and has engineered and produced sessions with top songwriters including 3x Grammy Nominated writer Phillip Taj Jackson. ( Wrote songs for Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Kelly Rowland, Vanessa Williams, Trey Songs), Autumn Rowe (“Alexis Jordan, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, The Saturdays, Estelle, Cher Lloyd”. He has also produced songs for Mariah Carrey’s singer Trey Lorenz and Jarret Cotter who wrote (Jay Sean, “Down”) He assisted and engineered rehearsal sessions for several major musical acts such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Dream Theater, Rob Thomas and Alicia Keys. He has also worked with several top musicians including Steven Mostyn (Bass player with Alicia Keys) Brocket Parsons (Keyboard player with Lady Gaga) and Jerry Barnes from Chic. He is the producer behind the EDM act “The Mavrik”. Remixes under The Mavrik went to #1 on Soundcloud and The Mavrik has had records that have charted in the top 40 on Beatport. In August of 2012, Daniel landed his first major placement with Japan’s superstar Koda Kumi. Koda has sold more then 15 million physical records in Japan alone, making her the 18th best selling solo Japanese female artist of all-time. He produced the single “Watchu Waitin On” that was released on Koda’s “Beach Mix” Album. The album went to #3 on Japan’s Oricon sales chart and sold 44,357 copies. A year later Daniel landed his next major pop placement “Grotesque” with Ken Hirai and Namie Amuro. It was finally released in April of 2013 in Japan. Namie Amuro was named “Queen of Japanese Pop Music”. According to Music Station, Namie is the 12th best selling artist in Japan, with 31.21 million copies sold as of this date. Daniel produced the single for them “Grotesque” that went on to sell over 51,000 copies, charting on Japans Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #4. It is certified RIAJ (download) GOLD. It also charted to #4 on the Oricon Singles chart, #3 in TWN East Asia, and #17 in TWN. Daniel has pending joint publishing deals and future Japan placements to be announced and is also in the studio working with upcoming acts signed to Capitol and Sony records. He loves to teach and hopes to inspire upcoming producers.

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