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School of Rock Nashville
3201 Belmont Blvd Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 730-5306

Location Specifics

We are located across from Belmont Animal Hospital and down the street from Martin's BBQ Joint.

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  • Monday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Nashville combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

School of Rock Nashville provides Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding areas with great music lessons taught by real, experienced musicians. Although students can learn everything from piano to bass, drums, and more, vocals, guitar, and keyboard are especially popular at School of Rock Nashville. Country music is well-loved in the so-called "Music City USA," although students here are exposed to a bevy of different styles like heavy metal, progressive rock, and alternative rock. Nashville has had music in its heart for decades, with great acts like Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley calling it home, and local venues like Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Exit/In, The End, Bluebird Cafe, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the War Memorial Auditorium hosting stellar talent over the years.

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program in Nashville for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Nashville's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Nashville have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Nashville are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Nashville who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Nashville
Ages 11-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Nashville is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Nashville Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Nashville music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Nashville's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Nashville music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Nashville
Ages 5-6

At School of Rock Nashville, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Nashville, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Age 11-18

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Nashville, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Nashville is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Nashville who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Remote student playing guitar

At School of Rock Nashville, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Adult music program in Nashville for students over 18
Adult Program

School of Rock Nashville's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Nashville is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Nashville.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Nashville Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Nashville.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Nashville
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Nashville House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Nashville's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at TN rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Nashville and the rest of TN. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Nashville

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Nashville

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Nashville, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Nashville is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Nashville guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Nashville's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Nashville, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Nashville venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Nashville offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Nashville guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Nashville

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Nashville is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Nashville we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Nashville, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Nashville, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Nashville. Unlike other Nashville drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Nashville, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Nashville drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Nashville

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Nashville offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Nashville, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Nashville teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Nashville, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Nashville.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Nashville

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Nashville offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Nashville and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Nashville, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Nashville students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Nashville, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Nashville

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Nashville. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Nashville, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Nashville area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Nashville Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Nashville area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Nashville music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Nashville, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Nashville, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Nashville’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.

Assistant General Manager Kelsey Roberts

Kelsey Roberts Assistant General Manager

Kelsey grew up in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago and moved to Nashville in April of 2020. She is currently a senior at Belmont graduating in May of 2022 as a songwriting major with a minor in music business.

Kelsey became a student at School of Rock in Plainfield IL when she was 14 years old studying voice and guitar. She quickly fell in love with performing, practicing, and creating music. She was a member of the School of Rock Performance Program and House Band for four years until she graduated in 2017. In high school, Kelsey was co-founder of pop-punk group California Killers where she wrote, sang lead vocals, and played guitar. Shortly after graduation, she began working at the School of Rock location in Geneva, IL as a studio coordinator, Vocal Instructor and Show Director while attending Waubonsee Community College. During this time, Kelsey performed many gigs at bars, restaurants, and events in the Chicagoland area as both a soloist and as part of a duo with guitarist Owen Szorc. After completing her associates degree, she said goodbye to her School of Rock Geneva family and moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting and a career in the music business. When Kelsey isn’t writing or performing music, you can usually find her on her couch cuddled up with her dogs!
Studio Coordinator Caroline Atkerson

Caroline Atkerson Studio Coordinator

Originally from Memphis, TN, Caroline moved to Nashville in May of 2018 after growing up in Bowling Green, KY. Music has always surrounded her in some way, from the local music scene in Bowling Green to going to family members shows growing up. Caroline started taking piano and singing lessons at age 11, and fell more in love with everything music. She continued her music education by completing the audio engineering and music business courses at The Darkhorse Institute. Nowadays Caroline enjoys going to local gigs, playing piano, singing, and trying her best to keep up with her engineering skills. Aside from music you can most likely find her taking pictures of her cats. Caroline’s favorite part about School of Rock is seeing how music can bring together total strangers.
Regional Director Sarah Bryant

Sarah Bryant Regional Director

Our lovely Sarah is a native of middle Tennessee and attended Belmont University, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music - Voice principle, with an emphasis in Music Business. Sarah was exposed to rock music by her father at a young age, and she has been very passionate about music throughout her life. She began taking classical vocal and piano lessons in school and proceeded to take lessons throughout her college career. Sarah's main genre of vocals is rock, and she is also trained in and greatly enjoys jazz, pop and musical theater.

Music continues to surround Sarah outside of School of Rock with songwriting and producing for fun. She also frequents many concerts and music festivals with her friends and family around the country. Aside from music, Sarah loves cooking, hiking, and playing video games.

Sarah serves as our Regional Manager at School of Rock, continuing five years as part of the School of Rock family. Sarah’s top priority is that students can call School of Rock their second home and family, while learning to be the best they can be.

Angie McCreight Owner

Angie has loved music her entire life. One of her earliest memories is listening to artists like Elvis Presley, Elton John and more with her parents as a toddler. Angie started singing at the age of five, joining her church choir at the age of eight. In middle school, Angie was a member of the Ketron Singers who performed at the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN and continued to develop her vocal skills with private lessons. Angie continued to perform in high school with her jazz band and performed in the Tennessee All-State Choir, as well as at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts.

Angie continued her vocal training in college and participated in activities that allowed her to continue to perform. She went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology and worked in pharmaceutical research for over 20 years. In 2011, after leaving her career in the pharmaceutical industry, she and her husband Kelly decided to open the first School of Rock in Tennessee in the Franklin/Cool Springs area and opened the Nashville location two years later. Angie is very passionate about providing this outlet for young musicians and has also seen her own children participate in the program and become School of Rock AllStars. Every day is a gift when she sees the students get excited about their music and performing in live music venues, even when they get excited about just being in the building.
Regional Music Director Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi Regional Music Director

Steve Rossi brings many years of experience to the School of Rock as a seasoned performer. Steve has performed on stage with Rock legend and guitar virtuoso, Peter Frampton on his North American tours, as well as other well-known artists such as vocalist extraordinaire Taylor Dayne, 80s Rock legends Cinderella (North American tours), 60s Rock n' Roll pioneer Gary U.S. Bonds, and many other high profile bands and artists across several continents. He has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Arsenio Hall Show" and NBC's "A 70s Celebration" with Taylor Dayne. Steve has also appeared with headliners The Bee Gees and other notable 70s artists. Other appearances include Solid Gold with Gary U.S. Bonds and on MTV's "The Grind." Steve's album credits include Stevie Wonder, John Kay, Steppenwolf and various other artists. He is an independent composer/producer of music for television multimedia. Clients include ABC/Disney, AE, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon Networks and The Travel Channel, as well as various other corporate and independent clients. Steve scored two seasons of "Surprise by Design," hit home improvement series on Discovery Channel, and is currently composing and producing original, in-program music for "Good Morning America." He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Franklin and serves as the Regional Director of Music Programming for our Franklin, Nashville and Mt. Juliet locations.

Cole Thannisch Vocal Programming Director

Cole Thannisch is a graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music. Playing piano since the age of 4, guitar since the age of 11, and singing since the age of 14, Cole has spent the vast majority of his life as a performer in several capacities. He garnered years of experience working as a vocalist, instrumentalist, accompanist, teacher, band director, composer, artist and producer on stage and in studios. Cole’s life revolves around music 24/7.

Beginning as a voice teacher in the spring of 2016, Cole first directed the Warped Tour Show in Summer 2017 and went on to become School of Rock Nashville’s Music Director in October 2017. Cole now serves as the Director of Vocal Programming for our Nashville, Franklin, and Mt. Juliet locations. Cole’s mission is simple - to drive School of Rock’s program forward to become an elite performance program for young, aspiring musicians in Music City while using real-world examples and experience to prepare students for the life of a working musician.

Drew Kohl Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard Teacher

Drew is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He has taught lessons on piano, bass, acoustic and electric guitar for over nine years. He graduated with honors from the guitar program at the Atlanta Institute of Music. He was also accepted into the classical piano and music composition program at the University of Georgia. After studying at UGA he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue songwriting, performing and teaching.

Drew enjoys teaching beginners of all styles and intermediate to advance students on songwriting, music theory, rock, indie, folk, bluegrass and country styles. He has studied and transcribed songs from a variety of artists for students including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and CCR, as well as contemporary bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and Modest Mouse to name a few. He enjoys working with students and helping them play the songs they love.

K.C. Harris Guitar Teacher, Show Director

K.C. Harris moved to Nashville in 2018 to continue pursuing a career in music. He graduated from Berklee College of Music earlier the same year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music, with focuses on music business and American roots music. His music combines aspects of his favorite genres, including: rock and roll, country, jazz, bluegrass, and others. K.C. attended School of Rock in Vista, California from age 11 through high school, and is a first hand witness to what this program can do for someone that is passionate about music.

John O'Brien Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

John O'Brien has spent most of his life making music. At the age of 10, he began learning the saxophone and started playing music through school programs. Picking up guitar by the age of 13, he knew that music would always be an important part of his life and sought out every opportunity to perform. School programs provided performance opportunities in wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, marching bands, pep bands, pit orchestras, jazz combos, show choir combos and saxophone quartets. Still needing more, John would form his own bands outside of school. These bands would emphasize original material and range in styles from blues and jazz to rock, pop and metal. Over the years he’s played hundreds of shows all over the Midwest, recorded several albums, and had his music played on commercial radio stations in Chicago and elsewhere.
 Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Joey Burcham

Joey Burcham Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Joey Burcham started playing bluegrass guitar at the age of 4 in a small music shop in Southern Virginia. After moving to the suburbs of Washington, DC in 2011, he developed a love for live music and quickly expanded his arsenal of instruments and musical ideologies. Now, almost 20 years later, he uses his talents as a multi-instrumentalist both in the studio and on the road. After 5 years of living in Nashville, Joey has toured with notable nationally recognized country, pop, and rock acts, as well as engineered, mixed, and produced for dozens of bands, both domestic and international. Outside of music, you can find Joey playing PC games and watching videos on Youtube.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Mike DeVito

Mike DeVito Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Mike DeVito is a current student at Belmont University studying Audio Engineering, and a former long-time School of Rock Princeton student. His interest in guitar was sparked after playing Guitar Hero 2 for the first time, feeling inspired to pick up the instrument after hearing the bonus track Jordan by Buckethead. Mike began taking guitar lessons soon after through School of Rock in 2012, going on to play live shows across the country and refine his skills on guitar and bass in the process. Through the program, he grew a love for classic rock, metal, progressive music, funk and soul. Mike believes that there is always something to be learned from every genre of music on any instrument, from different ways to play an instrument to the music theory behind something that may sound strange or different. Mike’s favorite band, Hiatus Kaiyote, is a prime example of this. They combine elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop and anything psychedelic to make music that is truly unique. Mike’s band, GIRLS NIGHT, follows the same philosophy in order to create the funkiest music in Nashville, drawing inspiration all the way from Japanese City Pop to Funkadelic.
Guitar Teacher Blayne Dillon

Blayne Dillon Guitar Teacher

Blayne Dillon is a guitar teacher and show director at the Nashville School of Rock. Blayne is originally from North West Florida but moved to Nashville with his family when he was 14. Upon moving to Nashville, Blayne enrolled in the Franklin School of Rock. Studying at School of Rock helped Blayne improve his skills as a musician and performer, having attended the school for 4 years and as a member of the Franklin/Nashville School of Rock House Band for 2 years. While a senior in high school, Blayne also interned at the Franklin School of Rock where he assisted with Rock 101 rehearsals. After graduating high school, Blayne began attending Belmont University where he is currently studying music business.

Blayne takes influence from a wide variety of genres including rock, blues, jazz, country, and bluegrass. Some of his favorite artists are the Allman Brothers, Brent Mason, Tony Rice, Tedeschi-Trucks band, Doc Watson, and Jimi Hendrix. Blayne also plays mandolin, harmonica, and slide guitar in addition to standard guitar.
Keyboard Teacher Laura Clough

Laura Clough Keyboard Teacher

Laura Clough is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from a small town in Upstate New York. She recently graduated Berklee College of Music with a degree in professional music with concentrations in songwriting and production. Although Laura grew up playing classical and jazz primarily, her influences include rock/pop/soul/R&B artists such as Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Jazmine Sullivan, and Earth, Wind & Fire. New to Nashville, Laura is getting her footing and playing in several bands (as well as her own) and continuing to write and produce for others. Growing up shy and quiet herself, Laura strives to help kids and teens open up their minds and creativity with music and have a great time doing it.
Singing Teacher Liv Zemer

Liv Zemer Singing Teacher

Liv Zemer is a singer/songwriter and Tennessee native who is thrilled to be part of the School of Rock team! Liv holds a B.M. from Lipscomb University and has spent her time in Nashville writing, performing, teaching, and collaborating with other local artists. Her musical experience encompasses rock, jazz, classical, country, and blues. A lifelong student, Liv is currently learning upright bass and is looking for someone to talk her out of trying yodeling.
Guitar, singing, bass guitar, and keyboard teacher Stacey Kelleher at School of Rock Nashville

Stacey Kelleher Guitar, singing, bass guitar, and keyboard teacher

Stacey Kelleher is a Nashville-based musician from Ossipee, New Hampshire. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Songwriting. With a career in music spanning her entire life, Stacey is a vocalist and plays guitar, keys, bass and percussion. Stacey is passionate about music education and encourages creativity in folks of all ages. She is also an instructor at School of Rock Franklin.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Ukulele Teacher Katie Lynne Sharbaugh

Katie Lynne Sharbaugh Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Ukulele Teacher

Katie Lynne is a singer-songwriter who recently relocated to Nashville, TN. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, she obtained her bachelors in Professional Music with concentrations in Music Production, Music Business, and Vocal Performance. Her music ranges from pop and soul to jazz and R&B, however her musical journey began at her summer home in Ireland where she learned to play Irish traditional fiddle tunes by ear. Since then, she has been classically trained in both violin and viola and frequently self-accompanies on piano.

In 2021, Katie released her debut EP, "Little Blue Beetle Volume 1" on all streaming platforms and has since been performing it around various Nashville and Boston venues. With another EP on the way, Katie aims to fuse elements of traditional and modern music through storytelling. Katie teaches singing, keys, and ukulele at the School of Rock in Nashville.
Drum Teacher, Show Director Noah Miller

Noah Miller Drum Teacher, Show Director

Noah started playing drums at the age of 13. He grew up in New York City and then later moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia where he went to the Main Line School of Rock. He participated in the house band and eventually became a School of Rock AllStar. He attended Belmont University, graduating in 2018 with a degree in commercial percussion with emphasis in the music business. Noah's favorite bands are Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tool and Jimi Hendrix.
Drum Teacher Drum Teacher

Dillon Johnson Drum Teacher

Kansas City native Dillon Johnson is a drummer, producer, and educator based out of Nashville, TN. Born into a family saturated by drummers it was only fitting that he would follow in their footsteps. At the age of 5 he discovered his passion for drumming and began his predestined musical journey. During his formative years, he studied under Dr. Dennis G. Rogers, Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at MWSU where he would learn the key fundamentals that would help shape the rest of his music career. Since moving to Nashville in 2020, Dillon currently maintains a busy teaching, playing, and session schedule.
Drum Teacher Scott Soifer

Scott Soifer Drum Teacher

Scott began taking drum lessons in Dayton, OH when he was 9, and didn't stop until he attended Berklee School of Music at the age of 21 as a performance major. He moved back to Dayton to teach full time, moved to Nashville in 2010, and taught at School of Rock Franklin. Scott toured nationally in American Pink Floyd, and performed in the Blues Rock duo Two Bit Charlie. He is currently drumming for the Grammy nominated artist, Jamie Floyd, and teaching martial arts. Scott prides himself on individualizing lesson plans for students in a way that is challenging and fun, while helping them find their own voice on the drums, learn versatility and achieve their goals.
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Brandon Gick Drum Teacher

Brandon Gick just recently moved to Nashville, TN in pursuit of new musical endeavors. He first joined School of Rock at the Zionsville location in Indiana, teaching various styles of percussion and drum set and we are so happy to now have him with our Nashville family. Brandon has been playing drums and percussion for the last fourteen years. He spent time in the music department at Ball State University studying orchestral percussion, as well as latin and jazz drum set. Brandon has played throughout the Midwest with rock fusion group Porch Kat (2018-2022) and looks forward to working with Nashville's youth.
Drum Teacher Max Wiltse

Max Wiltse Drum Teacher

Max Wiltse is a Nashville based percussionist, educator, and has been playing and performing for 10 years. Combining multiple styles of drumming into a unique blend combining groove, chops, touch, and phrasing. A wide knowledge of genres ranging from pop, country, rock, funk, to jazz, latin, and fusion, Max is able to learn music and adapt to new situations quickly.

Max is a graduate of Belmont University, where he learned to be a proficient and skilled musician. On top of learning the technical side of music, he has spent lots of time in preparation for gigs and rehearsals, music direction, transcription, charting, and recording. Spending a majority of his time in the studio, a fascination in sounds has allowed him to match any sound and styles a producer or artist wants.
Show Director Sydney Jackson

Sydney Jackson Show Director

Sydney is a Nashville Native and is currently studying music business at Belmont University. She has had the privilege of working at School of Rock after 8 years as a student at the Franklin location. She first joined School of Rock at the age of 11 as a singer and piano player and immediately fell in love with music. She hopes to make lessons exciting and make an impact on all of her students as her teachers have done for her.

Sydney hopes that in the future she will be able to focus on building a professional solo career and release music of her own. After graduating she hopes to work hands on in a studio as she develops her skills in producing and songwriting.
Dermot Berg Guitar Teacher

Dermot Berg Guitar Teacher

Dermot Berg first picked up the guitar at 8 years old after being inspired by playing Guitar Hero 3, and began taking classical lessons in Princeton, New Jersey. However, he became more interested in the Rock and Roll he was exposed to in Guitar Hero, and discovered the Princeton School of Rock, where Dermot became a longtime student. While there, Dermot was introduced to many of his influences such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen, as well as a wide array of classic and iconic music.

In 2018, Dermot moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. In 2022, he graduated with a Commercial Music Degree as a guitar principal, with an emphasis in Music Technology. Dermot also enjoys hip-hop, jazz, funk, and a variety of other genres. When not playing guitar or listening to music, he can be found playing video games and watching movies.
Drums Teacher David Blascoe

David Blascoe Drums Teacher

David has been playing drums for over 25 years and has been a full time professional drummer for 13 years. He co-founded the band Citizen Way and had two #1 radio singles and several other top 10 songs. He left the group in 2019 to pursue a full time career recording and touring with as wide a range of artists as possible, as well as sharing what he’s learned throughout his career with private drum students.

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They understand where each child is at and help them to achieve mastery of their instrument, whether it be drums, piano, guitar, bass, or their voice. They help the child overcome obstacles so they can reach their fullest potential.


Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.


We have two boys who are 10 and 12 and they both love the one-on-one instrument lesson with an instructor and then the band rehearsals, practicing music with same age musicians in a band setting.


My grandson is 12 and has autism. He has taken drum lessons since he was 4. School of Rock has given him an environment where he can blossom not only with his music but socially with other children that share his interests.