Our Team

Lakehouse Music Academy has an outstanding team of managers and teachers who dedicate countless time and energy to the betterment of their students. Our managers and teachers all balance a commitment to education with real-world experience as touring/session musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and more. Please check out the bios below! 

 

Jon Leidersdorff Owner

SINGER/SONGWRITER, RECORDING ARTIST AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST ALBIE MONTERROSA IS THE FOUNDER OF DESOL, THE ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY BASED ROCK BAND WITH A LATINO SOUL.  DESOL GAINED NATIONAL TOURING SUCCESS AND RADIO ACCLAIM IN THEIR 10 YEARS TOGETHER. Read More

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Albie Monterrosa Music Director

SINGER/SONGWRITER, RECORDING ARTIST AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST ALBIE MONTERROSA IS THE FOUNDER OF DESOL, THE ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY BASED ROCK BAND WITH A LATINO SOUL.  DESOL GAINED NATIONAL TOURING SUCCESS AND RADIO ACCLAIM IN THEIR 10 YEARS TOGETHER. Read More

Eric novod Director of Education

Eric Novod is a New Jersey-based educator, writer, and drummer/producer. Since completing his Master’s Degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University in 2007, he has spent the last decade rooted in several musical worlds. Read More

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Juan O’Grady General Manager

Growing up with an eclectic taste of music and a hunger to recreate it, Juan Julio O’Grady knew he wanted to make music from an early age. Studying music throughout New Jersey as a youth, he eventually started teaching at many different music schools, including the South Hackensack Paul Green School of Rock. Read More

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Ray suhy Guitar | bass

Hailing from Biddeford, Maine, and currently residing in Red Bank, New Jersey, bandleader Ray Suhy is an accomplished and versatile guitarist whose playing style spans multiple genres. Read More

Emily grove vocals | guitar | ukulele

Emily Grove has had a varied and exciting musical journey, from high school choirs and coffeehouses to Berklee College of Music, to television appearances to tours in the UK and Europe. Read More

Rob tanico Guitar | bass | Piano

Originally hailing from Astoria,Queens,Rob Tanico started his professional musical career as a founding member of the New Jersey based acoustic trio, EMI/SBK recording artists MR.Reality. Read More

Julia whary vocals | piano | ukulele | guitar

Julia Whary has been teaching at Lakehouse Music Academy since 2014.  Read More

dan haase

guitar | bass

While still a young boy growing up in Lakewood, New Jersey; Dan Haase began to discover the beauty of rock and roll music via The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen. Read More

Raphael Klayman Violin

Raphael Klayman's violin virtuosity has taken him across much of the USA as well as to parts of Europe and Asia. He specializes in classical music but is very active in pop music as well and has worked with Ray Charles, Tony Bennet, Rascal Flatts, Regis Philbin and Clay Aiken. Read More

joe parella

Guitar | piano | songwriting

Joe Parella is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist in the band Deal Casino and currently residing in Asbury Park, NJ. Joe studied guitar and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been instructing at Lakehouse since the beginning. Read More

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mike roman

Guitar | bass | keyboard

Mike first picked up the guitar when he was 9 years old, solidifying music as his lifelong dedication. Throughout the years he also picked up keyboards, drums, bass, and singing which allowed him to further refine his craft. Read More

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PK lavengood Guitar | bass

PK Lavengood has spent most of the last 25 years as guitarist and sometime musical director for Nashville­ based singer­ songwriter John Eddie. Long acclaimed as one of the East Coast's leading roots­rock guitarists, he has also graced the recordings and stages of a long roster of other artists such as Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, Jo Wymer and Laura Crisci to name a few. An accomplished singer he can also be seen in solo and duo settings, with his long­running trio, PK's Band Without Fear and as John Eddie's guitarist and principal background vocalist. 

Prior to his move to New Jersey PK led Rods and Cones, one of the Midwest's top touring cover bands in the 80's. Although largely self­-taught on guitar, PK's early musical training included several year of playing piano, clarinet, electric and string bass. Relying on his ear and instinct, his style encompasses Nashville­-style hybrid picking and a strong slide approach, both in standard and altered tunings. All these years playing he has accumulated a massive songlist spanning the history of rock.  This serves him well in his teaching career which dates back to 1975!  With his easy­going midwestern approach and infectious enthusiasm for playing,  PK is one of the most versatile teachers around.