Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Columbia’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.
Allison is a mother of three, and a lifelong multi-instrumentalist (primarily violin/fiddle) who taught strings and played rock and country music in bands for twenty years, before spending some time focusing on her other passion: food. As the owner of a small family grocer and music venue, she enjoyed hosting events and concerts and has now come to rock out with us at School of Rock Columbia as General Manager. Allison studied Elementary Education at the University of Maryland and Arts Administration at New York University.
Tabi has experience in both music education and rocking out. She picked up the guitar at the age of three and has been in love with the experience of music ever since. Tabi has experience playing and performing various genres and styles of music, including indie, folk, rock, blues, and soul. She began performing her original music live in 2016 and has since rocked stages including Songbyrd Music House, the Fillmore Silver Spring, and many more. Tabi began teaching in 2017 and joined the School of Rock Columbia team a year ago as our Studio Coordinator. She now serves as our music director, a guitar and bass teacher, and a self-identified School of Rock Columbia hype woman.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Eric considers music both a hobby and a passion. Eric has been playing guitar for over 10 years and has received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Maryland College Park. He plans to graduate with a bachelor’s in music education in spring of 2022. Eric has been playing in pop punk/metal bands since junior year of high school as well as written a fair share of original music, and has been invited to play gigs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Eric has sung with the UMD Chamber singers in places like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Eric considers music one of life’s greatest pleasures and is excited to teach a new generation of musicians, help people discover it for the first time, maybe rekindle a lost flame.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Alex is currently a senior at the University of Maryland studying music performance. He has been playing the piano for over 15 years, performing a wide variety of genres such as classical, jazz, and rock. After years of being classically trained, Alex started exploring jazz/rock piano in high school, and has participated in jazz ensembles throughout college. His biggest musical influence is his mother who taught him everything he knows about piano from the earliest years. Alex has been teaching piano, clarinet and saxophone for over 4 years, including internships in Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George's county public schools. Alex considers music one of life's greatest joys, and can't wait to share his love for the piano with his students!
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Kathleen is a professional keyboard player and singer with experience in many different bands and musical groups since the age of 17, and is a coordinator of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Washington DC chapter. She also plays guitar and ukulele.
She currently plays keyboards and sings lead and harmonies in three groups in the DC area: two classic rock/variety bands, and an oldies duo. She’s previously played venues in San Diego, Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Alaska and Calgary, Canada, sharing the stage with many amazing musicians.
Kathleen is also a songwriter and independent artist. She plays showcases in the DC area, and has attended numerous NSAI song camps, coordinator training sessions and workshops in Nashville; has also pitched songs to publishing companies and secured two single song publishing contracts. She’s recorded her original songs at various studios in Nashville, and her music was featured in Cohesion Theater’s Baltimore performance of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, and their Political Cabaret.
Gideon is an active singer and voice artist who came to School of Rock Columbia from Boston, MA where they worked at the Berklee School of Music’s Career Center. Gideon’s teaching guides students to build the skills necessary to be independent, confident singers and focuses on not losing sight of the joy and fun that comes from powerful, free singing. Gideon holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory and is a practiced jazz, contemporary, pop, folk, opera, and musical theater vocalist.
Patrick has a lifelong passion for music. Patrick has been playing the drums for over 13 years, beginning with learning from the best drummer he knows — his father. Over the years, he has gathered experience playing various styles of music live, including rock, jazz, funk, and Latin, performing anywhere from Church picnics to Merriweather Post Pavilion. Patrick hopes to pass down his love for rhythm to all of his students at School of Rock Columbia!
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