Lessons at Cranford Guitar and Music Center go far beyond just guitar lessons. All of our instructors are both highly educated and professional performers. We work hard to maintain standards of excellence in our entire faculty.
Our students are also given performance opportunities of the best kind. We offer our students annual performances as well as the chance to perform in local and regional events such as Musicfest and competitions. These are just some of the great experiences our students have to choose from.
Cranford Guitar currently offers lessons for Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Piano, Drums, Brass, Woodwind, and more. We can’t wait to have you join our family!
Joe Ferraro is the founder/owner of Cranford Guitar and Music Center.
Jared Paparozzi has been playing and studying music for over 20 years. Beginning on piano, his father Rob Paparozzi, helped give him the musical direction needed to pursue a career in music. At age 13 he began studying guitar and bass with multiple teachers, such as Glenn Alexander, until he reached college in which he received a B.A. at Kean University. He plays multiple genres of music ranging from jazz to rock. Jared currently plays with his rock group called The Downrights.
Rodney Marfil has a Bachelor’s of Music in Classical Piano Performance. He studied jazz piano with Blue Note recording artist Harold Mabern and classical piano with Solomon Mikowsky. He also attended Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Eubie Blake scholarship for ragtime piano. He has worked as a performing pianist for over 15 years. His first professional experience was playing standards and pop classical piano at Sears as a senior in high school. From 2008 to 2011, Rodney was musical director for the famed Second City improv theatricals boat co. out of Chicago and now regularly performs improvised musicals at The People’s Improv Theatre, The Magnet Theatre, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York. He has been teaching piano, guitar, drums and music theory for the last 6 years.
Josh Friedman is a New York based guitarist and audio engineer. Originally from New Jersey, Josh studied jazz guitar at the University of Miami. Since graduating, Josh has been involved in many projects, most notably, The Bliss Jockeys. The Bliss Jockeys are a rock band featuring a 7-piece choir; they perform regularly in and around New York City.
In addition to working as a guitarist, Josh is an in-demand audio engineer, working primarily out of Dubway Studios. Josh has extensive experience in tracking full bands, remote recording, and production audio.
David Mondragon has been playing music since he was 9 years old. He originally started on the clarinet and piano, then fell in love with the guitar at age 11. As a teen and young adult, Mondragon was a member of the hard rock/heavy metal band E.town Concrete, touring the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. The band's music videos were featured on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball, several Playstation videos games, and on a Budweiser commercial for the 2004 US Olympic team. Mondragon has since returned to school, completing his Bachelor's in music, studying classical guitar at Kean University.
Rob Backof has been studying and playing music for over 10 years with his musical tastes ranging from jazz and classical to progressive and funk. He began playing instruments at age 13 and instilled determination to always progress. He is also a well trained vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Rob currently sings and plays guitar in his band, Moon Men.
As a guitar instructor I have taught every week for the last 12+ years and can provide numerous quality references including the Rumson Country Day School where I taught their first ever guitar program for 3 semesters. I provide a solid education and instill music appreciation in all my students tailoring the lesson direction to meet each students unique, diverse needs while capturing their interest and imagination. I keep the lessons fun and inspiring maintaining a motivated and disciplined environment. Implementing exceptional communication, intelligence and a connection with each student, guiding them to learn and to grow musically and creatively.
As a guitarist spotlighted in Guitar World Magazine, I’ve played hundreds of live performances at venues like The Cutting Room in NYC owned by actor Chris Noth (‘Law and Order’). As a songwriter, I’ve had a theme song in the opening credits of the indie movie “Thin Ice” (2012) starring Oscar nominated Greg Kinnear, David Harbour (Stranger Things), Oscar winner Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) and Lea Thomson (Back To The Future). I’ve also had music on Showtime’s “House of Lies” starring Oscar nominated/Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle (Iron Man), and in the Emmy winning Nurse Jackie on Showtime. Also music on Discovery Channel, TLC, E Entertainment, VH1, MTV etc.