Music Director, Guitar Teacher
Hector began playing the guitar when he was 14 years old. He practiced both acoustic & electric guitar for some years before focusing mainly on the classical guitar for several decades. His first lessons were with private teaches & later at the Ollin Yoliztli Conservatory & The Escuela Nacional de Musica, UNAM, both in Mexico City. Afterwards he got a degree from The Royal College of Music in London, UK. He also took masterclasses & lessons with some of the most prominent classical guitar performers of our time, amongst them Manuel Barrueco, David Tanenbaum, David Russell & Gonzalo Salazar.
This path allowed him to perform as a solo concert artist in several countries such as UK, USA, Mexico & Cuba, & also to record 3 classical guitar albums, to great success; “De Oriente a Occidente”, “Entre Senderos” & “Ascension: Music Of the Baroque” which include works written by classical contemporary & baroque composers such as J.S. Bach, E. Krenek, L. Brouwer, H. Villa-Lobos, W. Walton, C. Chavez & others. His experience in this field also includes playing duets, in guitar orchestras & different instrumental combinations.
His curiosity for the electric guitar & other types of music never went away. In 2013 he created, alongside dancer/choreographer Dora Hagerman, an interdisciplinary company called “Komorebi”, where he performed original works created by them both. These works mixed contemporary dance, video & original music written by Hector & other composers. They performed in many different art festivals & countries such as Japan, Argentina, Spain, Canada, Indonesia, USA, Cuba & Mexico. In the midst of all this, Hector recorded an electric guitar album with works by classical contemporary composers Steve Reich (USA), Jacob TV (Holland), Elliot Fisk (USA), Tristan Murail (France) & Alex Shapiro (USA).
Around 2013 Hector started creating & writing his own music, leaning into improvisation too & using all the elements available through his multiple experiences, releasing in 2017 his first album of original music, “Of City Blurs”. He’s also written several works for piano, harpsichord, violin, chello, bagpipes, electric guitar, synths, African marimbas, orchestra, etc, such as “Letters From Northern Skies”, “Baroque suite Op. 43 & 44”, “12 Canons for Dora Hagerman”, “String Trio Op. 5 Dawn”, “Scopes”, “Songs I Sing While I Go On a Downward Spiral”, “Clouds Under a Japanese Sky”, & a large etc. His music has also been performed by other artists now.
Hector has also enjoyed teaching throughout the years. His biggest goal as a teacher is to wake up & nurture the curiosity to learn through many methods, make the students realize how music plays such a vital role in human life, everyday activities, the transcendence of practicing/playing music & the benefits it brings to our own lives.
Ashby’s love of music runs deep. He got his first electric guitar at age 12 and hasn’t looked back. He’s never played professionally, but has spent years playing in groups with friends for fun. He sees music as the world’s most easily accessible and ubiquitous form of therapy. The world needs more music - and musicians! - which is why he finds managing a School of Rock so gratifying.
Ashby graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in acting. He grew up in the Cincinnati area but moved to Chicago shortly after college where he lived for 15 years, before moving back to Cincy in late 2019. Before joining School of Rock, Ashby directed business administration and office services for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in Chicago, where he spent 7 years sharpening his management skills. Ashby has been with School of Rock NKY since we opened in April, 2021. He has great expectations for the future of our school and is eager to watch our school and our students reach new heights!
Hannah grew up with a love of music. She started playing piano at the age of 3 and studied clarinet, violin, and vocals during high school. She was featured on her first full-length album at the age of 15 and has continued working on musical projects since then.
Hannah studied jazz vocals and piano during her undergrad before needing to step back for a few years due to a muscular-skeletal disease. Despite her medical issues she continued to work on her degree and career and now holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and Music.
School of Rock has been a part of Hannah’s life since she was a member of the opening staff at School of Rock Mason. Hannah can be found playing covers with an acoustic duo and is always working on a musical project.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Arriving from Texas, Kat has played the keyboard for over a decade. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Studies from A&M University-Central Texas and her Master of Music Theory from Texas State University. Now pursuing her Ph.D. from CCM, she is excited to join the local community.
As a teacher and a disabled musician, Kat strives to inspire other musicians and students to follow their musical passions no matter their disability or age. Whether your goal is to learn that cool song you heard on the radio or prepare for the stage, she is here to help!
Bass Guitar Teacher
Mason Daugherty is a bass teacher who's been playing professionally in a myriad of genres since 14. He holds a degree in Jazz Bass from Morehead State University and is currently pursuing his Masters at CCM. His expertise includes both electric and upright. He is very excited to be joining the team at School of Rock.
Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher
Sam comes from a musical family and learned how to play drums and sing at the annual Gorman Family Christmas Jam. Sam studied voice and drums at Denison University, graduating in 2013. He still plays with several classmates from Denison. Sam likes to make and keep it FUNKY!
Growing up in a musical household, Keith has been exposed to music of all genres his whole life. He began playing bass at the age of 7 but switched over to guitar and saxophone about two years later. As he experienced and learned more within the classical, rock, and pop genres, he landed his first professional gig at 12. In his early teen years, he began playing slide guitar, electric guitar, and lap steel. During this time, he began studying with midwestern blues guitar phenom Paul Holdman, who taught him extensive guitar theory and techniques. His father, a fellow musician, also taught him advanced music theory. He began to get more serious with woodwinds as well, diving into bari saxophone, flute, and later contrabass clarinet. This all lead to him playing in the Indiana All-State Band and the Indiana All-State Honor Band in back-to-back years. In Late high school, guitar once again became his primary focus when he began studying jazz guitar with the world-renowned guitar player, instructor, author, and editor Sandy Williams. With Sandy’s guidance, not only was he accepted to play in the Indiana All-State Jazz Band, but was accepted into every music school he auditioned to with multiple scholarships. He accepted the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music’s offer, where he is currently finishing his undergraduate in Jazz Studies under the direction of Brad Myers. Keith has marketed himself as a “hired gun,” playing with various one-off shows as well as being an in-demand sub-guitarist. He has also done extensive pit theater work with the Indianapolis branch of the Summer Stock Stage Company and The Rick Weil Theater Company. Currently, he plays with Bluewater Kings, Monte, The Interstate Commerce Commission Organ Quartet, My Exact Style, Philadelphia Phil, and Friends, as well as various jazz groups, one-off shows, and record dates. He also has toured around the Midwest with various acts, including Rosewood Coast. He has a passion for teaching that developed in high school when he became an instructor of woodwinds at a summer camp his junior year. He began teaching at various music stores around the Cincinnati area before finding his home at the School of Rock. His biggest goal as a teacher is to open students’ eyes to how impactful music is on human life, to expose them to many different genres and subgenres of music, and to further their love and understanding of music.
Ethan started playing drums when he was 12 years old, and fell in love with all things music and percussion through participation in his high school ensembles. This prompted him to pursue a career in music via the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received the CCM Honors Scholarship upon entry. During his studies, he performed in a variety of ensembles in and out of school, and gained considerable experience in genres such as Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Rock, Salsa, and Hip Hop. During school, he joined indie rock outfit Sylmar, and has been performing around the US with them for 3 years. He also performs in the Cincinnati area with a variety of artists such as Microbat, La Formula, Bernardo Lopez, Nathan Gittleman, Hyssop, Jenna Reel, and many others. Ethan has been teaching for a collective of 3 years, and his teaching philosophy is one that strives for excellence through fun and inspiration. He believes that in order to really achieve new heights on an instrument, students should be encouraged to follow their own unique interests and be themselves.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Jake Kolesar is thrilled to join the School of Rock team! An active member of the Cincinnati music scene, he plays bass in the local indie rock band The Earthly Delights and in the jazz guitar duo YesterSwing. Specializing in keyboard and guitar, Jake has recorded original music and performs regularly as a solo artist. As a teacher, he strives to cater to the unique goals of each student, focusing on the styles that they are most interested in learning. Jake is also passionate about teaching songwriting, improvisation, and music theory.
Justin has been trying to pick out a melody on any instrument you put in front of him since grade school, eventually settling on guitar and bass in his early teens. A series of fun if ill-fated garage bands developed throughout his college years and beyond, accompanied by further study of all the guitar’s possibilities across different styles. As time wore on, collaborative musical endeavors unfortunately had to be placed on the back burner, but Justin still spent his free time exploring jazz, expanding his keyboard playing, and mining the depths of music history through internet and record bin alike.
Guitar of course remained a constant through it all, and through a strange confluence of life events that is best recounted in person he eventually began focusing primarily on solo acoustic finger-style playing. Over the past several years this had led to him learning dozens of popular songs across nearly every genre imaginable, developing a repertoire he is hoping to bring to performance in the very near future. In the meantime, he is also excited to get back to his electric guitar roots with School of Rock, exploring the myriad possibilities of the instrument along with the students he is teaching.
Eric's music career began when he convinced his 5th grade band teacher to let him switch from saxophone to drums. By the 7th grade, his band was playing atschool dances and pool parties. By the end of high school, you could find them playing at bars on Fridays & Saturday nights. Over the years, Eric has played in several local, regional, and national touring acts including Forehead, The Kelly Richey Band, Matt DeCoster, Chrome, DixZ Highway, Reeking Havoc, The Amy Sailor Band and 90 Proof Twang. He's enjoyed national radio airplay with his band Lorenzo, whose Hollywood Records' debut release was recorded at the world famous Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA and produced by none other than Kevin Churko (Ozzy, Hellyeah, Disturbed, 5 Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Papa Roach).
Eric's current band, 90 Proof Twang, is a southern Rock/Country band from Cincinnati, Ohio that formed in 2012. 90 Proof Twang released “Six Pack” in 2014 and "Poor Boy's Paradise" in 2015. You can hear “Baby, I Got This” from the new cd on the 99.3 Country Aurora, Ind., WAIF Cincinnati 88.3, Country 103 Gladwin, Michigan and Classic X Radio.com. They've been awarded "Best Country Band" by City Beat Magazine in 2015, 2017 and 2018. 90 Proof Twang plays about 100+ gigs a year and have shared stages with acts such as Blackberry Smoke, Craig Morgan, Chris Jansen, Jackyl, The Steel Woods and more.
Eric has been teaching students almost his entire music career. And once again, Eric is offering lessons at School of Rock NKY in Florence. Each lesson is tailored to match the students abilities and to fit what the student wants to achieve. Call today and schedule a lesson with Eric!
Andy comes from a long line of musicians and music teachers, including his grandmother, his uncle, his mom, and his dad. Andy watched his parents gig for years before picking up the guitar at 12 years old. He played in several bands in high school then took a long break while establishing a family and a career outside of music.
Andy continued to play guitar on his own before rejoining the gigging scene 10 years ago. He has a great interest in vocal and instrumental harmonies and how they work together. With a deep love of music and how it connects people across all ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc., Andy is excited to impart his love of music and his 30 years of guitar playing to a new generation of students.
Allison hails from the mean streets of NKY but has lived in NYC for the last 16 years. Music, especially singing, runs deep in her family DNA and she has been singing publicly since she was 4 years old. Most of her childhood she was known as the youngest of The Monroe Sisters and sang all over Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. Knowing her love of music and singing she joined any choir she could, her favorite being Show Choir and singing with her Jazz Band in high school which led to her getting to sing all over Europe when she was 16. Growing up a preacher’s kid she dreamed to grow up and be Amy Grant. She has performed on multiple stages, churches, clubs, bars and parks. She also enjoyed every musical she could audition for and loves winning lottery tickets to Broadway shows but tries hard not to sing along.
Allison most recently has served as the Creative Arts Director at Forefront in NYC leading bands and singers. As well as working on her own recording project, she also has had the privilege of singing BGVs on more than a dozen projects and loves working in recording studios. She loves the process of learning a song and working with multiple people to create a beautiful sound and emotion. No matter how long it takes. After working with a vocal coach in her late 20s she realized the great need for stretching her voice and confidence. She constantly talks about her high school choir director and music mentors that saw something in her she hadn’t and would have never seen herself. They pushed her to not only be a better musician but to see singing in a whole new holistic way. But she also credits 8 years of piano lessons and her oldest sister for her love of harmonies as she would always demand she sing the melody so Allison and her other sister had to find the harmonies. Now she loves teaching them.
Allison has a deep love and connection to singing and finds her joy and passion there. She believes music can bring people together like nothing else can. She and her husband and son have just returned to their roots in Cincinnati which is where they met and married. She has 4 kids all who are incredible musicians and loves singing with them. She had a dream to be the next Partridge Family so she is crossing her fingers that her son, Ellis, will be the drummer that will complete the band. And that they aren’t embarrassed to jam with her.
Jack has been surrounded by music for as long as he can remember. Growing up with parents that were heavy into artists like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and everything in between, he grew an appreciation for music very early on.
Jack joined band in middle school as a trombonist and he later switched to percussion because hitting things seemed fun. He continued with this throughout high school at Lakota West participating in marching band, jazz band, and their symphonic winds program along with multiple district honor bands and orchestras. Jack went to UC with the intention of studying music. However, things changed and he graduated with a degree in media production in 2022. Throughout his time in college, Jack met many people and started playing around again. Multiple projects later he currently plays in an Indy rock group called Los Chicos.
Los Chicos have a couple of singles and a full live album available on all streaming platforms and the group is set to release their first studio album on streaming in May 2023. You can catch Jack with Los Chicos at many different venues around Cincy, including bars, pubs, house shows, and more. Jack is excited that he gets to work with and inspire the next generation of musicians.
Stephen (pronounced Stef-en) Schwarz has been a drummer for what seems like his entire life. He started playing drums at the age of 10, when his sister and her band would leave their equipment he would sneak in and play their drums. Stephen’s parents finally got him his own drum set when he was 17 and he never looked back. He has been playing professionally since that time and still currently plays with three local bands. Stephen has played with some of Cincinnati’s largest touring bands including Prizoner, Relics & Bad Habit. He also owned and operated the best drum shop in the area. Stephen’s teaching style is a bit unorthodox as he is self-taught, but his technique and style are both well developed.
Bass Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Cameron Smith is something of a performing arts renaissance man, dipping his toes into all of the different artistic pools, but being careful to never fully submerge himself into any of them. However, he certainly comes close.
Cameron has been playing guitar since the age of 12, bass since the age of 16, keys since the age of 20, and singing throughout his whole life. He’s only drummed for 3 years, but he really likes it, and is hungry to learn more.
Born in Chicago, but raised in both Cincinnati and Northern Michigan, Cameron was homeschooled until college, where he moved to Southern California to enroll in the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts and earn his degree. Founded in 1962, The Young Americans were the first show choir in existence. It was here Cameron learned to sing professionally.
The Young Americans tour and outreach programs allowed Cameron to travel the world and work with thousands of kids of varying ages and backgrounds. He has toured in America, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Poland, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan (where he spent most of his time). He toured mainly as a singer and guitarist, but also did some tap, jazz dance, and hip hop, and even ran sound and lights!
Cameron has also worked two summers at the Boyne Highlands dinner theater as a performer and house bassist. It is the oldest dinner theater in America, with notable alumni including Marc Cherry, Stephanie J Block, Eden Espinosa, and Mark L Wahlberg. He also spent a summer working at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, where he taught and directed bands at the Rock Shop, where the band Maroon 5 formed. He was featured in the pit orchestras at FWF for the shows, Pippin, Theory of Relativity, Mean Girls, Zombie Prom, and Spring Awakening.
Cameron is proud to be teaching Guitar, Bass, and Vocals at School of Rock. He aims to help kids and adults achieve their goals, and to develop a voracious appetite for music, as well as a deep passion for on stage performance. He hopes to reveal to students the great strength they have within themselves and the impact that they have on everyone around them.
After 13 years in the Big Apple, Lindsay is returning to her midwestern roots! Cincinnati born-and-raised, she studied voice, musical theatre, and viola at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and earned B.A. from Northern Kentucky University's Theatre and Dance Department.
In NYC, she went on thousands (literally thousands) of auditions for Broadway, tours, and regional productions, attained membership in Actor's Equity Association (the professional union for performing arts). Favorite rolls include, Val in A Chorus Line, Laurey in Oklahoma, and under-studying (and going on for!) Sandy in Greece. Lindsay's classical training and musical theatre experience gives her a unique passion for vocal health and proper technique. Singing should be fun and never forced!
On her days off you'll find Lindsay chasing after her three young boys and teaching them the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody" (both the original and the muppet version). Favorite jams include CCR, Earth,Wind & Fire, and Sam Smith.
Bass Guitar Teacher
Kurtis started his music career at the young age of 9 years old. To prove he was serious, he had to learn bass lines on a classical guitar with four strings provided by his dad. In two weeks he had mastered a few of his favorite songs. With the victory of getting a real bass guitar, the inspiration took over. He knew that this was his number one passion in life. Kurtis has played in many original and cover bands in the area uplifting every project with a tight low end. He is great at teaching techniques used in slap bass, tapping, and much more. His main influence is Victor Wooten.