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 IMG_0287Education/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 and Bass player for a NYC Gypsy Rock Group named Sylvana Joyce and The Moment

John Scozzaro

John Scozzaro is very active in the field of music education. Having taught each level of elementary, middle, and high school over the last 8 years, he has -8bc7834e05e962b2worked with students just starting out to students in the All-National band. Receiving his BA in Music Education from the University of Maryland, he studied with famed saxophonist Dale Underwood. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on Wind Conducting from William Paterson University.


John has worked at West Essex High School for the past 6 years as the director of bands. Their award winning concert, marching, and jazz bands have been featured in performance venues from Madison Square Garden to Central Park working with Grammy nominated bands. John has also served as the manager for the New Jersey All-State Band and is Co-Chairperson of the Essex County Honor Band. In addition to working with his high school he is an active private teacher teaching lessons on all instruments at all levels.

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 fromimage1 Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  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. Justin H Photo TptDuring 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.

Jaime Lee Maraviglia

Jaime Lee Maraviglia was born and raised in West Caldwell, NJ. Jaime graduated in May 2013 from Wagner College in Staten Island with a BA in Theatre JaimePerformance and a minor in Dance. Recent stage credits: Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story National Tour, Anything Goes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and Galt Macdermot’s Goddess Wheel. She started performing at a young age beginning with her dance training at the New Jersey School of Ballet in Livingston where she had the opportunity to perform as a Jr Company member in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and La Esmeralda with the professional NJ Ballet company. In high school she performed in JCHS and First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell’s theatre productions where she played many roles including Mayzie LaBird in Seussical, Yonah in Children of Eden, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Tuptim in The King and I.  Jaime is also an active Teaching Artist, and has choreographed/directed Youth Theatre in  local church, school and camp programs, and professional regional theaters, most recently at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. She is thrilled to be joining the team at the Modern Music Academy. She is currently teaching a Musical Theater Workshop class for ages 7-12 where students can ignite their passion for acting, singing, and dancing while learning the tools an actor uses to tell a story with the voice and body. 

Daniela Dipasquale

Daniela Dipasquale, is a lyric soprano. She completed two years at the Eastman School of Music and finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a Daniela 2014-11-17 at 7.23.26 PMconcentration in Vocal performance at Montclair State University. This past spring she was Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Montclair State University’s main stage production. This past summer she toured Italy performing solo recitals near Milan, and Lake Como. She also won a scholarship to intern at the Narnia Festival in Narni Italy where she worked with La Scala director Paolo Baiocco. She currently works as a section leader at the Saint Gabriel’s Church in Saddle River, NJ. 2007).   She taught at Backstage Performing Arts Center in Rutherford, NJ. (2012-2014). Daniela also trained in performing genres of Pop, Jazz and Broadway. Daniela has also worked singing funerals, and weddings. Her philosophy in teaching is to apply fundamental vocal technique to build and strengthen the support and the phonation of the voice. This technique will allow artists to transfer healthy, and connected singing in all different genres.

Quinn Blandford

Quinn was born in Kentucky, where he was involved in as many musical situations that his hometown of Frankfort and surrounding area could provide.qgbwebbiopic These situations included, marching band, community bands, concert bands, small and large jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, garage bands, even a civil war re-enactment group among others. He also began teaching private lessons and drumlines before leaving high school. After high school he followed his study of music to the University of Louisville, where he earned a Bachelor of the Arts with a Jazz Emphasis, continuing to perform and teach in as many percussive settings as possible. Quinn then further pusued his education by moving to New Jersey, where he earned a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree from William Paterson University of New Jersey. He currently resides in New Jersey and performs and teaches in the New York City metropolitan area as well as abroad.

With regards to a personal philosophy on teaching, music first and foremost should be fun. Quinn’s approach to teaching is both traditional and modern. Traditional in that he believes that solid foundation of fundamentals and sound technique are integral to playing well. Modern in a sense that he doesn’t feel that there is one concrete method to follow, rather than apply a rigid, identical series of books/methods to every student, Quinn prefers to allow the interests of the student dictate how to proceed. This approach allows the student to explore their own creativity, and in turn challenging both student and teacher to evolve, improve, and grow as musicians, artists, and individuals.

Jodelle Boorady

Jodelle is a voice teacher, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (piano, voice, accordion, ukulele) and a certified Music Hat smilingTogether™ teacher.  She holds a B.S. in Communications from Ithaca College (concentration in music & Media/TV/radio/audio engineering & electronic music).  She studied with Linda Benanti (Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti, Anne Hathaway), at The Linda Benanti Voice Studio in Kinnelon and is a certified teacher of the Linda Benanti Vocal Technique™.  Her roles as a performance coach, songwriting coach, and private vocal instructor have helped her students earn roles in musicals, win awards and pursue careers in music.  Endorsements include Hohner accordions and Korg keyboards.  Songwriting credits include 2 CD releases of original compositions (“The Adventures of Jodelle” and “Better Than OK”), credits on several indie artists’ CD releases, various music industry compilations as well as placements for indie film soundtracks. Songwriting awards and recognitions include the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Billboard Magazine, Performing Songwriter and Keyboard Magazine.  Performances (solo and backup musician) include various prestigious venues, festivals (CMJ, SXSW), radio and television appearances in the US and Europe including Spain and Germany.

Mat Birmingham

From jazz to folk, rock, blues, and pop, guitarist and vocalist Mat Birmingham consistently proves he can perform in almost any rockwood music hallscenario.  His lyrical approach and diverse repertoire keep him busy throughout NYC & the Tri-State Area.  He has performed at major music venues, weddings, private & corporate events, and restaurants.Additionally, Mat’s patient attitude and wealth of musical knowledge make him an in demand guitar instructor in NJ.Mat is a graduate of the University of Vermont’s Jazz Studies program where he was awarded the Yandell Prize for achievement in guitar performance.  He began his musical studies on classical guitar at age 11 and after witnessing a life changing performance by Dave Brubeck began his journey into the world of jazz.  Always listening and absorbing, Mat’s style is reflective of artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Jim Hall.

Jeff Little

Active in the New York City/North Jersey area music scene for the last 10 years, Jeff Little has developed a reputation as an Jeff Little picendlessly adaptable performer and teacher, performing with every type of ensemble from original bands and songwriters to jazz bands, musical theater pit bands, and classical orchestras.  He has 9 years of experience teaching lessons on guitar, piano, bass, cello, ukulele, and percussion, both privately and at music studios throughout the state.
  Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the Cali School at Montclair State University, having studied jazz with Bill Moring and classical with Linda McKnight. A partial list of the artists he has worked with includes Joey Pero, Chris Opperman, Ben Rauch, Jack Bender, David Maglione, the One More Once Big Band, Bog Iron Bloom, Craig Kierce, Christy Paige, Dean Shot, Frog March, the Gas House Gorillas, Justin Brown, Mark Kilianski, the Somers Dream Orchestra, Watson, Stephanie White, Wycliffe Gordon, Rufus Reid, Alan Ferber, and Conrad Herwig.  Jeff is very excited to join the MMA staff and also to be performing on his first European tour this fall.

Mauricio de Souza

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a professional drummer who easily performs most styles of music. With a IMG_8102aprofessional career spanning 23 years, de Souza has performed in numerous rock/pop cover bands (Beatles, Pearl Jam, Rush, Metallica and countless others), jazz/Brazilian jazz groups, and professional orchestras. De Souza studied with world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello and classical percussionist Ney Rosauro. He holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance (which includes classical percussion studies) and a teaching certification (K-12). He has been an educator for 10 years, teaching students of all levels and ages. Internationally, de Souza has performed numerous times as a guest percussionist with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro in his hometown.   As a band leader for his jazz/Brazilian jazz groups, he has produced, arranged, and released two commercial albums, featuring guest artists Mike Stern (guitar) and Marc Copland (piano). Highlight performances with his groups include appearances at Blue Note Jazz Club (NY), NJPAC, Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, and TV appearances in Brasília and New Haven (CT).


Anthony Freda

FB_IMG_1441223450923Anthony Freda has a Bachelors of Music from Montclair State University where he focused on performing classical and contemporary music with various ensembles as a percussionist. Anthony performs with many different original artists in New Jersey and New York such as Cat London, Rich Aveo, and many more. Anthony is the drummer for the Billy Stone Band which is an entertainment band in Hank Lane Music. He also is the drummer for Groove Street Entertainment. His musical influences include artists such as Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Steve Jordan, Bernard Purdie, James Brown, Bob Marley, Jojo Mayer, Now vs Now, Quest Love, Dave Grohl, Steve Gadd, and many more. Anthony is very excited to be a part of the staff of MMA.