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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!

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.

 

 

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