Meet our amazing teachers!
Frank has been an instructor at the Bill Wright School of Music for nearly 10 years, In the words of one of our students mom, “I would like to use this opportunity to tell you also, how Arthur is doing great with the drums, thanks to your school. I went to listen to SMS Jazz Band last month, and it was fantastic! I was really impressed! Frank is “kind, helpful and inspirational” in Arthur’s words. He is really a wonderful teacher. Thank you for sharing your talent and your love of music.”
Fred Van Keuren
The Bill Wright School of Music is proud to announce the addition of Fred Van Keuren to our teaching staff. Fred aka Dr. Fred is a great guy and his students love studying with him. Fred can be found performing on the drums and piano at many local venues. He has many years of experience under his belt and even studied with Elvin Jones who was one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time. Welcome Fred!!!!
Gail Frantz began taking violin lessons at 9 years old. Her early accomplishments were performing with the New Jersey All State Orchestra and The New Jersey Youth Symphony. Gail has a BA degree in music education from Montclair University. During these years, she studied with Oscar Ravina ( member of the New York Philharmonic). Gail’s performance experience includes weddings, theatres, church functions, picnics, house parties, restaurants and Atlantic City Convention Hall. Her previous performance experience includes a tribute band for Shania Twain called “Simply Shania” where she played fiddle on an electric violin. She also composed fiddle parts and performed them with a folk band called The Roosevelt String Band. She was honored to perform with Paul Prestopino (support musician for Peter, Paul and Mary). She currently performs with a country pop band called “Just Among Friends”. Gail’s teaching experience includes 26 years with the Franklin Township School District in Somerset New Jersey. She taught all grade levels including a modified Suzuki program to students in the first through third grade. Gail is currently working on an internship to become certified as a music practitioner. She resides in Lake Hopatcong with her husband Mark and a labradoodle “Rufus”.
Katlyn has been with the Bill Wright School of Music for 5 years, she teaches both singing and piano. She has her degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Delaware. Katlyn holds regular recitals with her students and is a very patient and encouraging instructor. Katlyn loves to perform and is currently playing in a band called “The Goods” they can be found performing all around Northern NJ. In the words of one of her many satisfied clients “Katlyn is an awesome vocal instructor and person”.
Christine’s main instrument is the Clarinet but she also teaches Saxophone, Flute and some brass instruments.
John Ellis has been an instructor at the Bill Wright School of Music for two years, teaching bass and guitar. After a music-filled childhood in Nutley public schools, John studied composition and guitar at Berklee College of Music. He studied electric bass privately with Kermit Driscoll. After college, John worked as a performer for a number of years, at weddings, private parties, restaurants and taverns, from Sussex County to Atlantic City, playing pop, rock, jazz, blues, and country. Around 1991, he made a career change to computer networking which evolved into computer graphics and web development, working long hours in the corporate world for the next twenty years. In 2006, after reading a news article about Bill Wright’s new studio, John studied guitar and bass with Jeff Gaynor, and later upright bass with Scot Hornick. He returned to performing with Bill Wright’s Guitarmaggedon and Jeff Gaynor’s band. John was the bass player in the house band at Arthur’s St. Moritz popular Monthly Blues Jam for over three years. John currently is in several bands that perform around Sussex County. He is excited to pass along to his students his passion for playing, his belief that anyone who practices can play, and his message that it is never too late to start.
Joy is our brass specialist. Her main instrument is the trumpet but she also teaches all of the other brass instruments as well.
Mike DiStasi Jr.
Mike teaches the Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Vocals, Keys and Electronic Recording Technique. Mike is a very encouraging instructor who likes to make the lessons as fun as possible.
Julianne teaches both Piano and Vocals, she received her degree in vocal performance from Montclair State University. She enjoys working with young children and is a very encouraging instructor.
Bill is the owner and founding member of the Bill Wright School of Music. He teaches Guitar and Ukulele. Bill believes that learning music should be fun. He enjoys teaching students their favorite songs and teaching them how to play lead guitar. He is well versed in the Blues, Jazz and Rock and specializes in teaching young guitarists how to handle High School and Middle School Jazz band charts.