Oakland, NJ Music Instructors

Amanda Real Brave Audio
Amanda Hamilton

Amanda Hamilton holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education/Performance from William Paterson University as well as credits towards a Masters in Music Education. She has been a vocal music director in the Verona Public Schools for more than 20 years, mainly working with the middle school and high school levels.

She has taught in the summer music program, served as the musical director for many of the middle school musicals, directed the high school vocal ensembles, accompanied the elementary choirs, has had many students accepted into the North Jersey Region and All State Chorus, and has taught many piano and voice students. She is looking forward to working with students at Real Brave to achieve their musical goals.

Amy Real Brave Audio
Amy Jisun Ahn

Amy Jisun Ahn started studying piano at six and grew up singing in various church choirs. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in law and music theory, as well as two Master’s from Queens College and the Graduate Center in music composition. Her chamber and orchestral compositions have been performed by Cygnus, the InterComteporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Second Instrumental Group, among others.

She has performed in a variety of concerts, ensembles in musical venues in New York City as a classical, jazz, theatre, pop pianist and vocalist while working as a professional accompanist and arranger. She loves to perform in a variety of genres and to improvise with other instrumentalists in jam sessions.

She focuses on her students’ favorite music and helps them build their own repertoires so they can learn to freely express themselves with passion and joy. She regards her job as instructor to be a guide on the students’ own musical journey.

George Real Brave Audio
George Schaefer

George grew up in Oakland and began studying drums at 10 years old, playing in the local circuit for a few years. He put the sticks down when life started cookin’, raising a family and developing a professional career in medical sales.

As the career progressed and the family grew, George realized that his love of music and playing never left him and it was time to rekindle his real passion. In addition to taking up intensive drum instruction which continues to this day, George shook off the rust at local blues and rock jams in the northern Jersey area.

Currently George holds the drum chair in 3 local bands, playing covers and originals throughout the metro area. He has shared the stage with Big Brother and the Holding Company, John Mayall, Michael Burks, Ian Matthews from Fairport Convention and Ray Manzarek from The Doors.

His mission as an instructor at Real Brave is to create a fun and relaxed teaching environment with students, stressing fundamentals and using musical examples, allowing them to develop the skills to play drums in any musical situation!!

Joey Real Brave Audio
Joey Hochgesang
Bass, guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano (beginner)

Mary Hochgesang
Bass, guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano (beginner)


Jeremy Roberts
Guitar, violin, viola, piano (beginner)

Kevin Real Brave Audio
Kevin Bagar

Kevin Bagar is a Bergen County native who has played music for his entire life. He holds an Associate’s degree in general music from Bergen Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies from William Paterson University with plans to continue towards a Master’s in Arts and Teaching. Music has always been his first passion, with education as a close second.

Kevin is a multi-instrumentalist with years of experience teaching composing and performing in various styles including classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, latin, and bluegrass. While the guitar is his forte, he is also proficient on bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, saxophone, and flute.

Having given private lessons since he was in high school, Kevin is excited to be a part of the Real Brave Audio team to help guide the next generation of musicians.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Practice Pad Software
  • Concerts Twice a Year
  • Family & Attendance Discounts