It’s More Than a Music Class

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Education Meets Exhilaration

Rockness Music is redefining music education for parents who want their children to learn real-life values like responsibility, compassion, individuality, togetherness and respect in addition to the language, social and STEM development every music school touts.

Don’t mistake breaking the norm for breaking the rules. Our brand of rock is 110% positive, respectful and inclusive. We want parents, kids, teachers and program directors all to feel confident in our classes. That means maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment at all times. We turn up the music without turning up the volume.

Our History

Preschool of Rock is celebrating our 10th anniversary!

In doing so we have a new name that reaches all ages ROCKNESS MUSIC! We are still experts in the field of early childhood education. Now we can continue to teach our young ones as they grow. From Preschool to Highschool!

New to Rockness Music? Well here is how it got started ten years ago:

While participating in music programs with his children an inspired father decided to create a music program based off of the true rock roots of his musical experience as a youth growing up in a musical family.  A musician himself, his mission became finding new ways to offer children a refreshing musical experience filled with education and fun.

Naturally early childhood education became his primary focus.  Free creative expression coupled with infectious energy and a love of all things musical gave birth to some something new, exciting, and different – Rockness Music Preschool!
Rockness Music’s music and classes continue to support the growth of the young child. The program consistently evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of our growing students.

Rockness Music BIG KIDS! We offer group, individual and ‘in-school’ lessons for children 5-17 in kindergarten, grammar, elementary and high schools. We also offer group workshops including group Ukulele and Hand Drumming lessons. A wonderful way for older children to gain confidence, bond with fellow students and grow as budding musicians.

Michael Napolitano is the founder, and director of Preschool of Rock. He performs, composes, produces, and engineers all of the music for Rockness Music and Michael & the Rockness Monsters. As a child, Michael quickly found himself immersed in music, attending rehearsals and gigs with his father (a professional drummer). Michael and his two brothers are exceptional drummers and were perhaps the first Rockness Music Preschool students ever!

Michael’s childhood experiences with preschool music have aided in his pursuit of reaching children with the power of music and drama at their own level.

MICHAEL AND BLUE MAN GROUP: After 10 years in the Blue Man Group organization, Michael was hired by Chris Wink (Co-Creator – Blue Man Group) to pioneer a music program at The Blue School in NYC. Michael’s experiences with the Blue Man organization, traveling the world, and collaborating with world renowned artists and educators, has had a major impact on Rockness Music’s  props, instruments and recordings.

Meet our Teachers

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See What Our Parents Are Saying

"I have done a ton of other mommy and me music classes here and in the city and this by far blows them all away."

"Since coming to class he loves guitars, he walks around playing and singing. Thank you for the wonderful musical influence!"

"My nanny said the class was AWESOME! She keeps saying its so much more “fun” than all the other toddler music classes we’ve taken."

"Thank you so much! Finally a baby music class that rocks!"