Learn from critically acclaimed and award-winning music professionals.

Master Classes are an opportunity for students to engage with professionals who have had successful careers in the music and recording industry. See guests perform, hear about their trials and tribulations of their career and participate in a Q&A. 

Upcoming Master Class Guests

MERCH CAT: Wednesday, September 25 at noon

Vanessa Ferrer launched MERCH CAT so that emerging artists and their business teams can sell their merchandise directly to fans. In July of 2018, Merch Cat launched MERCH CAT FAN, a connected direct to fan app to help artists further capitalize on the artist-fan connection. 

Merch Cat

Sandy Gennaro: Monday, September 30 at noon

Sandy Gennaro has toured the globe and recorded with world renowned artists: Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Monkees, Michael Bolton and more. He created the acronym B.E.A.T.S (belief, enthusiasm, attitude, tenacity, and service) which lists the set of ingredients that have kept him “beating the drums, and beating the odds” throughout the years. 

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Former Master Class Guest  


AfroBear is a four piece Soul-Ternative Rock Band, infusing elements of Reggae, Hip Hop and Blues music. The four members moved in together with the sole purpose of creating and recording new, original music. The band is known for their tight grooves and electric live shows. Read how students produced their concert.

Linda Lorence Critelli 

Linda is a music executive and Songwriters Hall of Fame board member who was recognized in 2014 by Billboard magazine as one of the leading women in performing rights. 

Chris Martin and Craig Thatcher

Chris is the owner of Martin Guitars, Nazareth PA and Craig is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who has been entertaining audiences with his exciting brand of blues/rock music for over 35 years. 

Allan Slutsky

Allan produced the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, released in 2002 which won two Grammy® Awards in 2003.

Helen Bruner and Terry Jones 

Helen and Terry are Grammy® nominated duo, producers and songwriters who have worked on projects for Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and Redman and Method Man. 

Daryl Burgee and Doug Grisby

Daryl is a producer known for The Irregulars and Doug has produced, engineered, and performed on tracks starring Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Kyle Minogue and more. Read why Daryl and Doug encourage connections and chemistry.

Pablo Baptista 

Pablo is a master percussionist who has performed, recorded and toured internationally for 30 years with the biggest stars in rhythm and blues, jazz, Latin, pop and gospel. Read more about Pablo's extensive career.

Pablo Baptista

OddKidOut (Butch Serianni)

OddKidOut is a 22 year old West Philadelphia-rooted, LA-based, drummer and producer. He has worked with Grammy® nominated engineer/producer David Ivory, soul singer Jaguar Wright, members of Digable Planets and he released three projects under his own label imprint, OddKidOut Records, before catching the attention of Skrillex.