Finding the perfect teacher for banjo, mandolin or ukulele lessons in South Jersey is easy at the NJ School of Music in Medford. Our degreed, professional and friendly instructors teach beginning music lessons to advanced music study. Styles of study can include classical, jazz, rock and pop. Please see below to read a bit about each of our teachers and as always if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 609-654-0060.
Caroline Kubach began guitar studies at the New Jersey School of Music in Medford, New Jersey. She received her Associate Degree in Music at Burlington County College. In May 2015, she graduated from Rowan University, Cum Laude, with her Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance studying with Joseph Mayes. Caroline graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Rowan University in May 2017. Caroline is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society.
Caroline has been called on to perform at various venues in the NJ/Philadelphia area including: Burlington County College, Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, Rowan University. She has also performed in master classes for Christopher Ladd, Rupert Boyd, and Antigoni Goni. In April 2017 she one of the headling performers at the Women of the Guitar Festival in Buffalo, New York. Along with performing a concert, she also gave a masterclass, judged a competition, and was part of a roundtable discussion.
Caroline performs in a classical guitar duo, Dulcet Guitar Duo. They have performed numerous times at Rowan University, at local events, for the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. They were also invited to perform at the 2016 NJMEA Classical Guitar Festival. Dulcet Guitar Duo has performed in master classes for SoloDuo, Christopher Ladd, and Celil Refik Kaya.
Caroline is the Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, a member of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and a member of The Guitar Foundation of America. Caroline has been teaching guitar, bass and ukulele lessons for five years.
Ukulele lessons with Caroline at the NJ School of Music in Medford are available Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Brian Rauch, banjo teacher at the NJ School of Music, received his MA in Music Therapy from New York University in 1980 and worked in that field for many years. He has been studying and playing music since he was a very young child, beginning with piano and trumpet before adding guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and harmonica. Brian is currently involved in four different musical projects performing as a soloist as well as in rock, bluegrass and blues. He has opened for Commander Cody, Savoy Brown and Annie Haslam formerly known as Renaissance.
Banjo lessons with Brian at the NJ School of Music in Medford are available on Saturday.
Matt began playing guitar at the age of ten. From age 10 to 18 he studied with Philadelphia based jazz guitarist Frank Butrey. Matt received a strong foundation in rock, classical and jazz guitar, as well as music theory, and composition. Matt completed all 4 levels of the rigorous music theory course at Settlement music in two years. Matt graduated from Temple University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in classical guitar performance.
While at Temple Matt studied guitar under the direction of Allen Krantz and had the opportunity to perform in a master class by Jason Vieaux. Other notable teachers Matt has had the opportunity to work with include: Dr. Cynthia Folio (Music Theory), Dr. Alex Brinkman (Music Theory), Dr. David Cannata (Music History), Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius (Conducting), and Dr. Steven Kreinberg (Music History). Matt took classes in digital recording, how to teach music utilizing modern technology and acoustics. Matt also performed in the Temple University choir at the Kimmel Center under the direction of Allen Harler.
Matt has been performing in bands since he was 14. Throughout high school he played in the band Jon Arbuckle. Most recently, Matt was in the band Super Consumers, which was based out of Philadelphia. Super Consumers were featured on radio 104.5's live at 5, played for over a thousand people at the Trocadero and had a CD reviewed by the Philadelphia Weekly. The Super Consumers were also featured on several online radio stations and their music can be downloaded from itunes or streamed from several other sites. Matt composed music and played lead guitar in the band. Matt has also had the opportunity to perform the Mahler 9th Symphony with the Symphony in C.
Matt's strengths in teaching include rock guitar, classical guitar, music theory, technique and sight-reading. He believes that all students should learn to read music, play exercises and scales as well as learn the basics for all styles of music in order to be well rounded guitarists/musicians. In short Matt suggests all students complete at the minimum, the first level of the method book he uses, basic music theory and scales, open position chords as well as bar chords. Once a student can play chords at a competent level Matt encourages students to bring in the music they want to learn. These songs are used not only for educational purposes but to keep students interested in playing guitar and having fun.
Ukulele lessons with Matt at the NJ School of Music in Medford are available on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.