Arts In Music Academy takes great pride in the education and service provided to our dedicated students and their family’s. Each of our faculty members has extensive credentials and professional experience. Here, at AIM Academy we heavily promote continual education and professional performance opportunities for our staff. Our instructors focus heavily on proper execution/technique, commitment to creativity, appropriate performance quality, and constantly challenging their own as well as our student’s limits. Corrections, repetition, safety, positive reinforcement and style adaptation is our norm. We are incredibly blessed to have such a talented, caring, and professional group of instructors. Outside of being fantastic musicians, instructors, and performers, our teachers are simply incredible people and wonderful friends.
Seth Rheam – Drums
Drummer for internationally recognized progressive, metal band “East of the Wall” (Translation Loss Records), Seth Rheam has been studying drums for 20 years. Composing and performing music has brought Seth across the country and globe. He comes to us after a brief time with The School of Rock and countless years of writing and performing with some of the most well respected and notable jazz/progressive rock/metal/blues musicians in our area. Most recently, “East of the Wall” was featured as the April 2013 cover story musician’s magazine the “Aquarian Weekly”. Seth was born into music; as his parents spent several years touring and performing with the world famous “Glenn Miller Orchestra” and his grandparents can be found playing on famous records with Jazz greats; Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Parker, and The Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. Currently he is endorsed by, “Grover Pro Percussion, Inc; Silver Fox Drumsticks (Beststick.com)” and “The TRX Cymbal Company; Young Turks”. Seth looks forward to sharing his knowledge with his students and is humbled to help lead the Arts In Music section of AIM Academy.
Giselle Sera Josef – Piano and Voice
Giselle has been giving piano and voice lessons to young aspiring musicians for over five years. She graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a Bachelor in Music and English. While at the University she performed with Mark A Boyle’s Rutgers Choir and Barbara Retzko’s Voorhees Choir. During her colligate years she performed at various venues and was offered a contract at Sony BMG Philippines, which she declined in order to complete her degree. She is the Music Director of New Durham Chapel as well as a performer. Her umbrella of private instruction includes piano and vocal instruction in Broadway, pop, and classical styles. She strongly believes, the study of music is powerful, personal, and practical. Outside the studio, there are limitless possibilities to the gifts and talents music can unlock. Giselle is thrilled to instruct and bring the pursuit of music to life at AIM Academy!
Cranston Dean – Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Cranston Dean is a singer/songwriter from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. After studying at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia he has traveled across the country performing original music. Most recently Cranston released his first studio album and is currently developing his second. Offering Voice, Piano, and Guitar lessons Cranston looks forward to guiding AIM students to be the musician he/she strives to be.
Rolando Alvarado – Bass Guitar, Guitar, Drums, Piano
Rolando began his training at the impressionable age of eleven and studied under local bassist Bob Marriner. Studying with Marriner, Rolando was introduced to a multitude of musical styles, as well as the expansive Simandl books. Rolando earned his BA from NYU, where he studied composition with Slovenian composer Dr. Jerica Oblak and independently with bass legends Doug Wimbish and Trevor Dunn. After graduating, Rolando spent two years in Santiago, Chile playing with many of the city’s jazz fixtures, most notably saxophonist/composer Diego Manuschevich, while performing throughout the country. He has since returned to the states and now performs regularly throughout the tri-state area with numerous jazz and rock groups. Rolando is thrilled to be a part of the AIM Family and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with students.
Heather Postel – Voice, Guitar, Violin, Piano
Heather is a pop singer/songwriter from New Jersey with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Monmouth University. She has brought her catchy, “feel good” acoustic performance to a number of venues in the tri-state area and is currently recording and co-producing a pop album. She specializes in the instruction of guitar, violin, piano, voice and live performance techniques. Whether students are looking to sing a song by their favorite artist, further instrumental technique, or learn how to command a stage, Heather is excited to share her knowledge with her Arts In Music Students!