Dylan was introduced to music at an early age after discovering Iron Maiden and Metallica, picking up the guitar at age 15, and has loved rock and metal ever since. After high school, he attended South Plains College where he received his associate's degree in Commercial Music and a Music Business Certificate.
Dylan also received his bachelor's degree in Professional Studies in Guitar at Berklee College of Music in 2021. While attending Berklee, he spent his time studying under Joe Stump (Alcatrazz, Solo Artist), Scotty Johnson (Paul Gilbert, Ford Blues Band, Dick Dale), and Shaun Michaud (Event, Fates Warning touring guitarist).
Dylan has opened up for artists such as All That Remains, Periphery, Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist, Firewind), and Vinnie Moore (Alice Cooper, UFO). Dylan has been a part of the School of Rock family since 2013.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Luthier
Much like the Beatles and Pink Floyd, John’s birthplace and passion for music began in the United Kingdom.
His Scottish parents—one a graduate in physics and the other a classical musician—would inspire him with musical artists such as Beethoven, Queen, Andrea Bocelli, and the Cranberries. His mother playing Moonlight Sonata while he sat playing with his Lego bricks are still some of his oldest memories.
John moved to Sweden when he was 4 years old, and then North America when he was 9 years old. On one faithful Christmas morning, he picked up his first electric guitar and began taking music lessons in Chester, New Jersey. Needless to say, on that Christmas morning, John’s destiny was forever changed.
In high school, John enrolled as a School of Rock student. During his curriculum he started joining bands with paying gigs, studied at Berklee through scholarship programs, and after graduating with Honors in Music Theory and Orchestra with Double Bass at Mendham High School, he became a School of Rock alumni.
John went on to study Music Therapy and Psychology through the Jazz Guitar Performance Program at Montclair State University, as well as receive a Master Luthier Certification at the Summit School of Guitar Building and Repair in Vancouver Island, Canada with an internship at Jakobsson Guitars in Umeå, Sweden.
He has worked with Breedlove Guitars as a Quality Control Specialist alongside instruments for the likes of Dave Matthews and built mandolins with Weber for artists such as Keb Mo.
John is a luthier, instructor, and performing artist with an avid musical career. Through his dedication to the art and cultivation of music, John has now come full circle to provide that same dedication toward teaching and nurturing his students at School of Rock Highlands Ranch.
Singing Teacher, Little Wing Teacher
Elena has lived in Highlands Ranch, Colorado since she was 4 years old. Like a lot of kids, she had an interest in music and singing and participated in choir, but wanted something more. Elena wanted to play the kind of music she liked and the instruments she enjoyed. She came to School of Rock in 2014 as a middle schooler and continued for six years until she graduated from the Performance Program in 2020.
During her time at the School of Rock, Elena participated in many local shows and successfully auditioned for the House Band. As a member of the House Band, she traveled to Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, played at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and at Red Rocks here in Colorado! School of Rock helped shape the person Elena is today and she hopes to do the very same for her students!
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Ryan has been classically trained in piano his whole life, focusing on the works of Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninov. He also has taught himself guitar, violin, drums, and bass. Ryan has played professionally in venues around the country and studied music composition and fine arts at the college level and beyond. With a passion and driving interest in music, audio production, and acoustics he is a great person to learn from at any skill level.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Ryan is a School of Rock graduate himself, having been a student for ten years. During his time as a student, he had the opportunity to attend a Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, California. Ryan loves listening, playing, and teaching music of all different genres, and he specializes in classic rock. He is an active member of the Denver music scene with his band, Project Murphy. Ryan is a bass teacher and guitar teacher at School of Rock Highlands Ranch in Colorado.
Mike has been a part of School of Rock for 15 years as a former student and currently a teacher. He is a two-time School of Rock AllStar and has played at Red Rocks and Lollapalooza on multiple occasions. Mike is an active member of the Denver music scene with his band Jr. Rabbit with a fellow School of Rock instructor. He has been teaching drums at School of Rock for over six years.
Christian has been playing drums since he was 3 years old. He grew up going to shows and playing in bands in the Midwest hardcore scene.
Christian is self-taught and has played in bands ranging from psych rock to metalcore. He is currently in a band called Spiral that is a part of the Denver scene. Christian is also a bodybuilder and a certified personal trainer.
Drum Teacher, Rookies Teacher
Scott started playing drums in the fifth grade as part of the school band. Actually, he just played the snare drum for two years while learning to read music. In the seventh grade, Scott made a bet with his dad that if he could stay the first chair in the band all year (involving periodic playing tests), his reward would be a drum set. When that new drum kit was acquired, he proceeded to strap on the headphones and learn every song that came on the radio for many decades.
Scott studied percussion for a year at the University of Kansas before switching to commercial art and eventually got a bachelor's degree in media arts and animation. Since he was 17, Scott has been actively playing in various groups ranging from spoken word accompanied by improvised background music to your basic rock band to concept-driven performance pieces involving music, dance, and projected visuals.