Hector Murrieta 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.
David Parks Drum Teacher
A career-musician for over 25 years, David’s professional career began at the age of 18 touring with The Van – Dells. This experience would catapult him onto the country and rock music scene in Nashville, Tennessee, playing 3 to 4 gigs each day in the city’s legendary venues. Soon he joined ranks with touring artists and his professional experience grew to consist of live and nationally televised appearances (including New Year’s Eve in Times Square and The Grand Ole Opry), recording sessions and touring of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Working with Casey James (of American Idol), David has also performed live and in-studio with artists: Jason Michael Carroll, Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Tommy Skeoch (formerly of Tesla), Henry Lee Summer, LoCash, Craig Wayne Boyd, Steel Magnolia, Ty Herndon, The Beat Daddys and Little Milton.
David is the Co-founder of The Nashville Drummers Jam (an annual event held in Nashville, Tennessee to honor legendary drummers and raise funds for charities), David’s reputation and hard-work have grown the event to garner notable alumni, such as: members of the band Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Ray Luzier (Korn), Troy Luccketta (Tesla) and Pat Torpey and Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big). Participants who have contributed to the event are Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Phil Collins , Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland and many others.
David is also the co-founder of the band Resist & Bite, an original rock group that has gained international recognition with the 2020 release of their debut single and video: The Myth I’m Livin’. Working with renowned producer Michael Rosen, Resist & Bite recorded their first album early this year. The album is set to release in 2021.
Seen in Modern Drummer, Drumhead, and DRUM! magazines, David is also sought after as a guest on numerous podcasts for his in-depth knowledge of the craft and music industry. His extensive background ranges from performing in the marching band drumline as a teen, to playing local shows, arenas, stadiums and studio sessions all over the world.
An instructor for over 20 years, David has taught beginner, intermediate, advanced, adult and professional students. Requested by elementary music teachers, high-school band directors and professional artists alike, he tailors each lesson to the student’s level to help propel them to the level they wish to reach. Students enjoy a fresh and down-to-earth approach, one that encourages them to ask questions and creates an environment where they feel empowered to achieve their goals.
Mason Daugherty 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.
Austin Bartle Guitar Teacher
Austin Bartle has been playing music for 11 years. He became interested in playing music at 15 years old when he borrowed his older sister's ukulele out of boredom. By his 16th birthday, one of Austin's friends offered him an electric guitar and amp in exchange for his birthday money - a deal that he happily accepted. A friend of his taught him the intro riff to Enter Sandman and from there he began a self-taught musical journey. Eventually he tackled music from bands that he enjoyed and he quickly moved on to writing his own music as a method to learn.
At age 24, Austin auditioned for the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media and was accepted into their guitar performance and music production program. For 1 year, he spent every day in classrooms learning from professional musicians about scales, chords, theory, and sight reading. In performance class, he learned how to play and cooperate with a band in a variety of styles like rock, funk, jazz, soul, progressive rock, and pop. Austin completed the guitar performance program and spent the next year in school learning how to record, engineer, produce, mix, and master music at a professional level from professionals that worked with huge stars like Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Ludacris, NSYNC, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira.
During Austin's two years of school, he studied extensively with three private teachers who truly took his guitar playing and musicianship to the next level. He created the artist name Bartalien and released an album, Historical Successor. Austin is looking forward to spending time practicing and developing everything he was taught and to continue writing his own music, go gigging, teach others, and continue learning from every musician that he can!
Justin Van Wagenen Drum Teacher
Justin is currently studying Music Education with a specialization in jazz drumming at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM). He also gigs with several original bands with genres spanning from reggae to pop.
Stephen Schwarz Drum Teacher
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.
Justin Martin Guitar Teacher
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.
Allison Moll Singing Teacher
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.
Eric Mayleben Drum Teacher
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!
Kevin Patrick Bass Guitar Teacher
Kevin Patrick is a well rounded, and experienced bass player that has been playing around the Greater Cincinnati area for the past seven years. He has worked with many groups from various genres including the Tyler Moore Band, Amy Sailor Band, Ethan and Joey, Jersey Joe with Steel Away, and Crocodile Smile. His work with these groups has allowed him to learn how the music industry operates while also perfecting his craft with over 150 public performances each year. Some of his notable performances include opening up for artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, and Parmalee. Kevin can also be seen performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Cincinnati every month, where he has been able to perform and record many commercials on the Cafe stage.
Kevin started studying music in specialized performance schools when he was 15 years old. In 2015, during his junior year of high school, Kevin was accepted into the music performance program at Butler Tech School of the Arts. During his time at this school, he was able to develop enough skills to continue his studies into the collegiate level. Kevin currently attends Northern Kentucky University with a major in music education with an emphasis in Jazz bass. He has had the pleasure to study both electric and upright bass with some of best educators in town such as Mr. Bill Jackson (Jazz) and Dr. Ian Saunders (Classical). Kevin currently teaches students of all different grade levels and abilities, serving as Assistant Music Instructor in the Boone County Public Schools.
Lindsay Travis Singing Teacher
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.
Chris Robinson Guitar Teacher
Chris is a self-taught musician and songwriter that has been playing guitar and bass for over 20 years in the Cincinnati area. Born into a musically rich family, he was surrounded by all types of music throughout his upbringing. The electric guitar is his first true love but acoustic music will always have a special place in his heart too. Chris has played in many bands over the years such as the folk/americana group, Young Heirlooms. He also had a short stint with the platinum award-winning Indie rock group, Walk The Moon. In addition to many other genres, he’s performed in a handful of tribute bands as well. He hopes to share his passion for music and guitar with the students of School of Rock Northern Kentucky!