Since 2003, the Music Center has dedicated itself to finding the best trained instructors in the tri-state area.
There are approximately 10 instructors on staff with degrees in music from several of the finest schools in the country - New Jersey City University, Berkeley College of Music, NYU, UNC and Upsala College just to name a few. All of our instructors are in the performance industry, having played some of the most exciting venues in the area, as well as recording and publishing. This gives our students a first hand look at the music industry and indispensible insight into what it takes to become the best musicians they can be. Our instructors have highly developed technical skills and can gear the lesson to the type of music the student is interested in learning - from jazz and classical to Broadway and pop.
It has been our privilege to serve the Chatham community for over 10 years and our goal is to continue to grow and add more innovative and dynamic programs. We look forward to seeing you.
Nereide "Pete" Marks - Piano
Pete is a graduate of Upsala College with a BA in Music. She has worked and co-owned The Music Center since 2003. Pete has studied voice and piano since the age of 7 and has performed with the Richard Marks Trio throughout the tri-state area. She has performed at Don't Tell Mama's and Rose's Turn in NYC as well as numerous hotels and other venues. She is the daughter of Harry Noble Jr., composer of such hits as "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" and "Out of the East". Pete loves to teach young children piano and feels that one of the greatest and most enduring gifts you can offer your children is the exposure to the thrill and creative expression of music.
Jason DeGeorge - Guitar
Jason received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar from New York University. Being a serious student, Jason is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Collegiate Honors Society and the National Dean's List.
Professionally, Jason has worked and performed on many albums including, The Adventures of Jodelle, Break of Day, Light is Strange, Bringing in the Sun and Reason and Resemblance. Jason has many interests including reading, studying economics and political science. He loves boating, aviation, photography and spending time with his family and friends.
Herb Maitlandt - Guitar
Herb Maitlandt studied at Herbert H. Lehman College and privately with Sal Salvador, John Scofield and Dave Striker. He specializes in jazzfunk, funk, R&B, rhythm and rock guitar and is the co-author of Mel bay Publication's Dave Striker's Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method.
Herb has performed at venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Some of his numerous performing and recording highlights include performing with or playing at: Anointed, Anthony & The Camp, Art Porter, B'eat, Bernard Wright, Reggie Washington, Taylor Dayne, BET on Jazz, Madison Square Garden, The Howie Mandel Show and the Paramount Theatre just to name a few.
Herb values physical fitness and trains regularly in the Chinese Martial Arts. Yee's Hung Ga Kung Fu.
Huy Ho - Woodwinds
Huy Ho holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Montclair State University while studying a primary instrument of the saxophone with an independent study in conducting. He has taught in New Providence School District and Upper Saddle River School District. Teaching from grades 4-8 in these districts, Huy has directed concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and small ensemble groups. While performing in various ensembles on the saxophone, clarinet, and other woodwind instruments, Huy also focuses his attention towards conducting and directing ensembles. He is currently the pit director of New Providence High School’s annual musical production.
Richard Marks - Piano/Violin
Richard has a Bachelor of Arts in music from New Jersey City University. He has over 35 years of teaching experience in all styles (Classical, Jazz and Popular).
Along with his teaching, Richard has performed with his jazz trio at numerous venues throughout the tri-state area. He has also composed scores for several musical productions.
Emily Winona Uren - Piano
Emily has included music and performance in her life since grade school, whether it be with a choir, teaching herself the guitar or participating in performing art classes. It wasn't until she was 16 that she started playing the piano and she now holds an Associates in Music Performance from the County College of Morris. During her time in college, Emily has participated in many performances and studied privately in both composition and classical piano with Jose Bevia and Joseph Bilotti. She likes to conduct her lessons with an individualized approach, catering to each student's specific wants and needs. Emily believes that the benefits of integrating and expressive outlet, such as music are endless and includes the exciting process of learning a new skill set, all while fostering personal growth.
Shannon Frick - Voice/Piano
Shannon has had a love for music and theater since elementary school, and has pursued it ever since. She has studied voice for the past eight years since high school. Shannon graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Susquehanna in 2010, and is currently studying for get her post- Bac certification in Music Education from Caldwell University. Shannon has always been an active performer, being in operas and musicals such as Suor Angelica, Les Miserables, and I Love You Because.
Abel Mireles - Woodwinds
Abel Mireles studied at the famed Academia Municipal de Artes before accomplishing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at El Paso. His pursuance for a career in jazz has taken him to the New York area where he recently obtained a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from The William Paterson University. While studying at WPU he had the opportunity to work with legendary pianist and director of the program Bill Charlap, the great Cecil Bridgewater, pianists Aaron Golberg, James Weidman and Armen Donelian, and saxophonist Rich Perry among others. In the short period of one year Abel has had the opportunity to perform in clubs in New York City such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Jazz Club, Minton’s Play House, Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club (Winard Harper’s Band) City Winery, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill NYC, the Shrine, Silvana and Tomi Jazz, both as leader and sideman. Recently he had the opportunity to collaborate in the filming of a Christmas special for 2016 “An American Christmas with PJ Rasmussen and the Boardwalk Jazz Band” that aired nationwide featuring fresh and exciting renditions of America’s most beloved Christmas music along with new and original holiday tunes. In a short time, Abel’s illustrious career has taken him on the stage with many greats including: Bill Charlap, Winard Harper Band, Mark Dresser, Willerm Dellisfort Project, Larry Ham, Sean Higgins, Maciej Fortuna, Shaun Mahoney, Adrian Terrazas, Atomic Funk Project, among others.
Paolo Cantarella - Percussion
Paolo Cantarella is a New York based drummer and composer. While in high school, he won the NJ All State Jazz band chair and studied with acclaimed drummer Steve Johns. He received his bachelor's degree at New Jersey City University with a major in jazz studies. While a student at NJCU Paolo studied with Tim Horner, Mark Sherman, and Allen Farnham. In 2013, he received the Don Robertson scholarship from the New Jersey Jazz Society. While in college, Paolo also began playing gospel music in various churches around New Jersey.
In 2015, he became a church percussionist at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank NJ. Gospel music has been a huge impact on his life and performance aesthetic which led him to attending the Minister/Organist conference in Hampton, Virginia in 2016. Paolo has played and/or recorded with musicians such as Carlo De Rosa, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ohad Talmor, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Radam Schwartz, David Gilmore, Travis Reuter, Kaleta and Zozo Afrobeat, Nathan Hook, Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra, Bill Warfield, and many others. Paolo is currently studying with Dan Weiss who has greatly impacted his understanding of rhythms from a variety of cultures.