Cat Yeoman General Manager
Inspired by Taylor Swift's glittery acoustic guitar, Cat picked up the instrument at the age of 9 joined School of Rock a year later. At School of Rock, she truly found her love for bass guitar and performing. Not only did she find her passion, but also a community of loving people with the same passion.
As a student at School of Rock, Cat joined the band, Fly Away Hero, while still in high school. The band recorded an EP, "Lost and Found," which debuted at #22 on the Alternative iTunes charts.
Cat primarily plays bass guitar, but dabbles in standup bass, guitar, and vocals. Some of her biggest inspirations are David Bowie, Joan Jett, Esperanza Spalding, and Jaco Pastorius.
Cat worked at the Dallas location as the Assistant General Manager for 3 years before stepping into her current management role. Cat lives with her four kitties: Ziggy, Fiona, Heidi and Giles.
Dalton Rapattoni Music Director
Dalton Rapattoni is a Pop-Rock singer/songwriter from Dallas, Texas, and most recently known for being one of the Top 3 finalists on the 15th and "final" season of the Fox Television hit show, "American Idol."
Dalton began performing at the age of 12 when he formed his first band, Fly Away Hero, which released two EPs. At 14, he was contacted by a casting director that discovered his band through YouTube and was asked to audition for a new act called IM5. The principles were Simon Fuller, Perez Hilton, and Jaime King. From over 30,000 nationwide auditions, Dalton was chosen for the group. Over the next four years, Dalton worked with many well-known producers, songwriters, and choreographers including Toby Gad, Harmony Samuels, Rock Mafia, Nappytabs and Meghan Trainor.
At 18, Dalton reunited with his childhood band, Fly Away Hero, who landed themselves at #17 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart after releasing a new EP titled "Lost and Found" that debuted at #22 on the Alternative charts and included their song "Hercules," written by Dalton, which remains the bestselling song on the EP. Dalton's latest solo album, "Nobodys Home," reached #5 on the iTunes chart in September 2017.
Dalton teaches vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboard.
Sydney Hefley Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Sydney is an accomplished vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She began her musical training at the age of 5 with classical piano lessons. She soon incorporated other instruments and is proficient on piano, vocals, guitar, and bass. Sydney is a formally trained vocalist and was a member of the prestigious Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas throughout her high school years. She had the honor to be chosen to tour England with the Choir in 2016.
Sydney attended the University of North Texas for two years after high school and continued with classical voice and piano studies. She has since attended Berklee College of Music Boston’s Online Master’s program as well studying songwriting and music production. Sydney has had a long affiliation with School of Rock Dallas, where she was selected for several summer tours as a student, and was brought on as an instructor as soon as she graduated high school. She formed the band Sweet Chaos, where she secured an Ernie Ball endorsement, while still a student with School of Rock and released a self-titled EP before the age of 16. She has since started a solo career as Sydney Harte and is continuing to release original material.
Sydney has had a long-standing love of music and is passionate about passing that on to her students.
Jake Tarpley Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Jake loves rocks--Minerals, Gemstones, Metals, and of course MUSIC! Being one of the first School of Rock students in the DFW metroplex Jake started rocking in 2008 at the age of 11. His long red hair made him stand out as he mastered his skills on the kit. Not satisfied to keep the beat in the background, he picked up guitar in high school and quickly joined the ranks of those who stand and perform. He has fond memories of all of his teachers, so he knows the important role a teacher plays in the development of a student.
To indulge his interest in earth science, Jake attended The Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Geological Engineering. Not entirely ready to trade his sticks for the pick axe, the musician in him found a like minded group of students and started gigging around Golden, playing mostly funk-influenced, improvised “jams”. While his foundation was clearly set in the classic rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s, with Red Rocks Amphitheatre a mere 10 miles away Jake discovered jam bands The String Cheese Experience, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, Phish, and Uhmphrey’s McGee who all trace their influences to the likes of The Grateful Dead. Regarding his current creative endeavor, Jake creates electronic music as a solo artist characterized by unique sound design, intricate grooves, and a strong influence on multi-cultural instrumentation.
Jake lives with his cat Yosi who tolerates his passions.
Ashton Hart Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ashton Hart is a Dallas-based Blues guitarist heavily influenced by functional harmony.
He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, where he studied both classical and Jazz music. Later, he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in performance on guitar and music
As an instructor, his goal is for each of his students to excel on their instrument of choice while also gaining a strong foundation in music altogether.
His influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, JohnnScofield, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Wes Montgomery.
Thomas McHargue Drum Teacher
Thomas began his journey playing drums at age 13. Growing up in the church allowed Thomas early stage time and helped form a love for performing. His signature style was shaped from years of personal drum instruction in various styles from funk to jazz to rock, and playing with different types of musicians allowed him to make his mark on the scene. Thomas is inspired by John Theodore, Dave Eltitch and Animal from The Muppets. From teaching swim lessons and coaching gymnastics, Thomas looks to bring his coaching expertise to forming the future of rock.
Milo Mount Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Milo Mount is a Dallas-raised guitarist. His passion for music began at an early age behind the keyboard. By the age of 9, he had turned his focus to guitar and was playing live at local restaurants and bars. Milo's musical influences have spanned all genres of music, from rock to classical, and even country-western. A well-written song will always get his attention. Milo attended the W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy and played in his middle school Mariachi band for three years and then in his high school jazz band for four years. However, throughout that time Milo’s focus was on developing his own band and writing original music.
Since the age of 12, Milo has played in many local DFW bands and has written original music for guitar, bass and keys for each. Milo was raised in a musical family, with both his father and grandfather being professional musicians. Under much of their guidance and influence, Milo was raised in full exposure to the music industry. He has played as a studio musician for many local artists, worked as a recording engineer and producer at Sessionworks, and helped write and co-write music for many artists.
Sarah Yaden Singing Teacher
Sarah is an experienced vocalist and performer. Her musical journey began when she started piano lessons at age 6, before expanding into voice and theater. During high school, Sarah was accepted into the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts where she studied voice and gained performance experience. Having received her master of music from the Eastman School of Music, Sarah performed significant roles in several main-stage productions during her time there.
She has also performed with Tidewater Opera Initiative, Prague Summer Nights, Symphonicity of Virginia Beach, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, and has been a featured chanteuse for several noted cabaret troupes and festivals in the northeastern United States. Sarah has also competed, and placed, in several vocal competitions: Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition, Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, and the Prague Summer Nights Vocal Competition. Always a travel-enthusiast and language lover, Sarah has performed on stages in England, Ireland, Tábor, and Prague. She has used those experiences to study new languages and different styles of music. Sarah loves teaching and performing all kinds of music. She uses her classical background to instill not only an excitement and passion for singing, but also sustainable techniques to develop a well-rounded performer.