About Big Beat Music School

We instill a passion for playing music for every aspiring student, keeping a positive vision and providing happy musical experiences throughout their lives.

A Music School for ALL Instruments, ALL ages & ALL levels!

Big Beat Music School has been serving Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey communities since 1983. Director, Joe Nevolo was performing in local and national bands and received recognition for his phenomenal drumming, which led to a large following of students around the state. After teaching drum lessons since 13 years old and performing as a young adult he decided to follow his dreams of being a full-time drum instructor by teaching all and any students eager to learn music.

Big Beat started small specifically as a drum studio and blossomed into a full fledged music school offering every type of instruction from vocals, guitar/bass, violin, brass/woodwinds, piano to its famous drum lessons. The more Joe saw his impact on students, their ambition, talent and their musical education the more he strived to build the business bigger.

Big Beat’s main focus has always been teaching. If students are not involved in our private instruction we always offer rental instruments for students in school band along with supplying merchandise in our shop.

Our goal at Big Beat Studio Music School is to help you reach your ultimate musical objective through the use of high-tech equipment and innovative instructional techniques. Our curriculum provides an opportunity to participate in special practice incentive programs, musical games, awards and recitals.

Big Beat Music helps students to develop their musical talents without limits in whatever direction they wish. We offer music lessons for all ranges of of skill and experience, and can custom tailor lessons to you or your child’s needs.



The Benefits of Becoming a Big Beat Student


We are a one stop shop for all of your music lesson needs.
At Big Beat Studio Music School we teach music lessons for multiple instruments including: guitar, bass, piano, drums, vocal lessons, and violin. As a parent this versatility saves you time and money on your child’s music lessons. Your children can each take lessons for different instruments all in one location at our Neptune location. Big Beats diverse team of music teachers have the skills and knowledge to help nurture your child’s musical development.

We have a proven track record.
Music Director Joe Nevolo and Big Beat Studio Music School are internationally recognized as one of the top Music Schools. Joe has been performing both locally and nationally as a drummer since he was 13 years old. His passion for music is infectious and he has impacted countless students musical abilities over the years.

Lesson rooms that are built for success.
Our lesson rooms are fully stocked with everything you need including, amps, drum kits, pianos, and more. All students have to do is bring their instrument and come prepared to learn. Our professional studio makes the perfect setting for quality music lessons.

Big Beat Annual Showcase.
Each year our students have the opportunity to perform and showcase their musical talents in our annual showcase. Our showcase is beloved by parents and students alike!

We are conveniently located in Central Jersey.
Big Beat Studio Music School is centrally located in Neptune City NJ, our school is convenient to all areas of Monmouth and Ocean County NJ. We also offer at home lessons for those students who don’t have the ability to get out to Big Beat.



See what parents and others are saying about their experiences with Big Beat Music!

Some of our students have gone on to perform with World Renown Artists including; Steven Tyler, Elton John, Skid Row, Monster Magnet, Nicole Atkins and Overkill as well as many notable local area bands such as Holme, ASAP, Cats, Matt Wade Band, Moondoggie, and many others! Additionally one of drum students went on to win the “World’s Fastest Drum Competition” in Anaheim. That Rocks!

Over the year students have traveled from all over the state of NJ as well as parts of Pennsylvania and New York to take music lessons at Big Beat Music School. Our success has been built on the success stories of all of the happy customers we have taught over the years. Don’t take our word for it, see our customer testimonials below. To give a testimonial about your experiences with Big Beat Studio Music School feel free to contact us.

After trying several guitar teachers, my son then went to Big Beat Music Studio and came out more enthused than ever, playing parts to his favorite song after the very first lesson! Big Beat Music has mastered the art of instant gratification. I highly recommend them!
— Kevin Buell ( Guitar Technician for Bruce Springsteen since 1983 )

“One day my son, Adam, who is 16 and has Autism started playing chop sticks on the keyboard at home. That’s when I first realized he liked piano! That’s where my journey began…

I live in Aberdeen, NJ and called music schools all around my area. We tried a few of them out, but it didn’t work out well at all. So, I continued my search for a music school for Adam and found Big Beat Music in Neptune City. It was clear after a couple of visits that I had found THE school for Adam!

Adam has been taking piano lessons with Michele for over 2 years now. He looks forward to them every week and is doing fantastic! He loves it there so much that he asked if he could also take guitar lessons. He started his lessons with Scott who was absolutely fantastic with him. We will be continuing the guitar lessons also! I have to say that the entire staff at Big Beat Music is wonderful and sweet. If you are looking for a music school, this is your place!”

~ Rochelle Leventhal

Big Beat has brought a huge amount of joy to my family! We love being part of it!
— Deedee Montanaro

“I can’t say enough about Big Beat Music studios and their teachers. When all other studios said my 1 1/2 year old was too young to teach, they gave him a shot. His skill is beyond his age and Joe is helping him flourish.

I didn’t realize just how famous Joe was until a few weeks into lessons either so to have a teacher who really knows what he’s doing is a major inspiration for my son. Jerry also has been great with my son as well teaching him guitar. He is super patient and understanding of his limits as a toddler. We will be picking up lessons again with him when my son has a bit more attention span to allow someone to teach him beyond what he wants to do. =) I have to brag a little about Paul as well since he is an old friend who I have had the privilege to hear play piano for many years and he is a great teacher.

The receptionists are super helpful and the whole staff is just so encouraging. When everyone kept telling us “he’s too young”; “wait til he’s older” they all welcomed him into their studio and only 4 weeks of lessons he’s already doing drum rolls across the whole drum set and various other moves I don’t have terms for since I don’t play drums myself =) I can’t thank this school enough and I cannot wait to see how my son progresses.”

~ Tara Verzella

I’ve learned more here in a few months, than I’ve learned from other music studios is a whole year.

“On behalf of the Spring Lake Heights School District I would like to personally thank you for the great presentation you made to our seventh and eighth grade students. Your friendly and professional manner created an atmosphere in which the students were excited to take an active role in the learning process. Your style, talent and energy along with your lesson on the important points for being successful in life created an excellent presentation”

~ Susan L. Greco - School Psychologist

Big Beat Studio has amazing teachers. My teacher motivated me and gave me the confidence and support to compete in the World’s Fastest Drumming Competition
— Dan Prestup - Winner of the World's Fastest Feet 2005

“I was bringing my son to another music studio closer to my home until I attended Big Beat Music Studio’s awesome Annual Showcase, which blew me away! Now, all three of my children are attending Big Beat Music Studio”

~ Joe DiBiase

Lessons at Big Beat are so much fun! The lights and the professional equipment make me feel like I’m on stage
— Ashley (Age 13)