FACULTY

Patrick Lapinski

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Ukulele

Patrick is one of the owners of Noteworthy Academy of Music. He has a BA in Music Education with a concentration in classical percussion from William Paterson University. Patrick has been teaching drums, percussion, guitar, ukulele, bass and piano for over seven years while still performing in professional bands, musicals, orchestras and the Bethany church worship team.


Rebecca Lapinski

Voice, Piano

Rebecca is one of the owners of Noteworthy Academy of Music. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University and has been teaching voice, piano and acting for years. Rebecca has been seen performing all over the country in productions like "Ragtime", "Once" and "Alway's Patsy Cline". In addition to Rebecca's professional performing career and teaching, you will always find her serving on the Bethany Church Worship team.


Steve Monk

Woodwinds

Steve has been playing saxophone his entire life, studying at Brevard College and performing and teaching in various styles from jazz to classical. Steve has also received a BM in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College. Steve is one of the worship leaders at Bethany Church where he plays the sax, guitar and sings.

 

 


John "Drace" Dracy

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums

John has been studying and performing music all of his life, starting with the guitar and expanding to the piano, drums and bass from there. He has performed in bands and other ensembles around NJ and you can find John leading teams of musicians at Bethany Church. John has a heart to teach the next generation of musicians, which you can see as he leads middle school and high school musicians on the Bethany Youth Worship Team. In addition to his teaching and performing, John also has a sound engineering degree from The School is Audio Engineering. 


Erica Gibbons

Piano, Guitar, Voice

Erica Gibbons is a board-certified music therapist, obtaining her B.A. in Music Therapy and Voice from Montclair State University. She uses her guitar and piano skills in her therapy practice every day and is excited to share her skills with her Noteworthy students. Erica has worked with and taught individuals of all ages and has a passion and gift for working with individuals with special needs. 


Nick Sagnella

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano

Nick is entering his final year at William Paterson University studying in the prestigious Jazz program, focusing on guitar and performance. He has been performing professionally for over 10 years in various musical styles from jazz to rock and classical. When Nick is not performing, he is pouring his passion for music into his students here at Noteworthy! 


Curtis Jaeger

Piano, Strings, Voice

Curtis has been a student and teacher of music for years, but began his undergraduate education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a duel degree in B.A. Theatre Studies and a B.M. in Music, later transferring into the B.F.A Musical Theatre program at Montclair State University. He is an accomplished  accompanist, music director, arranger, and has tutored in music theory and aural skills on top of the instruments he teaches. Curtis has also been seen performing on stage and in pits all over the country..