Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock South Hills’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.
General Manager, Music Director, Drum Instructor
Dan started his musical career with 5 years of piano lessons, focusing on classical music. At CAPA, he changed gears to drums and percussion, learning everything he could from local jazz great Roger Humphries. Eventually, he made his way into the All City Orchestra, playing a number of percussion instruments from snare drum to timpani.
While in college, Dan joined his first all original band, Scapegrace, and they played together for almost a decade, recorded two albums, played all over the city and opened for national acts. He also enjoyed playing traditional Irish folk music and played at a couple of local Irish Festivals. Now, he likes to spend time playing drums with Horehound and Victoria Fire, spending time with his wife and brewing beer.
Both of Dan’s daughters have graduated from SoR South Hills. Watching them develop into awesome musicians has been so rewarding and he is so glad
to be a part of it. He truly enjoys watching these great kids learn to play music. The stage truly is the best teacher and he can’t wait to see them up on stage for every performance!
Olivia started her musical journey at 12 years old with guitar, and eventually picked up a bass a few years later. After a few years of private lessons, she joined School of Rock’s performance program and became a House Band member. With her high school band, Wolfblud, Olivia played shows around Pittsburgh and got featured on the cover of a 2017 issue of the Pittsburgh City Paper and was interviewed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She also was invited to the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in LA where she played at the Whiskey a Go Go, played “Barracuda” with Nancy Wilson of Heart and “Mr. Brownstone” with Steven Adler of Guns n’ Roses. Olivia was also the first School of Rock South Hills graduate. She graduated from Capital University in 2022 with a BA degree in Music Technology.
Guitar Instructor, Bass Instructor, Keyboard Instructor
Since 2003, Greg has been teaching music, first as an instructor for adult and youth guitar classes at Community College of Allegheny County while a student, then soon after as a private teacher. He has been a member of Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO) since its inception in fall 2008, is co-founder of Midnight Vinyl Duet and currently writes/records/performs with Midknight Rose. He plays electric and acoustic, 6-string and 12-string, and nylon string guitars, in addition to bass (fretted/fretless), mandolin, ukulele and voice. Greg is a graduate of Duquesne University’s school of music, with a concentration in guitar and sound recording technology. There, he studied voice and sang in choir, and wrote arrangements for and performed with the Classical Guitar Ensemble and Electronic Chamber Group. Greg also holds an AS degree in Theatre. As an audio engineer, he has run sound for live events too. He is currently at the helm recording a forthcoming album from Midknight Rose, and freelances as a crew member for selected film and video projects.
Vocal Instructor, Keyboard Instructor
With nearly 20 years of experience in teaching music both privately and in classroom settings, Sarah arrived at School of Rock in July 2018. She has performed on violin locally with The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Savoyards and The Pittsburgh Philharmonic. She's also a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and co-founder of Midnight Vinyl Duet. Back in her hometown of Augusta, GA, she regularly performed with The Augusta Players on violin and viola, as well as recreated full-length Beatles albums with classic rock and soul outfit Number 9, while raising over $250,000 for local charities. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Music from Augusta State University, with a Violin concentration.
Guitar Instructor, Bass Instructor
Matt is a graduate of Mary Pappert School of Music from Duquesne University. He is currently the bassist for the band Colourshow, an indie rock outfit. He currently writes, records and actively tours with the band. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, going to museums and attending shows. He looks forward to helping students of all ages perform.
Jonathan Walters is a drummer from Natrona Heights, PA. Jon started playing the drums at age 14. Throughout high school, Jonathan performed and recorded with several of his original bands in the Pittsburgh area. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Jonathan enjoys writing and performing music with his current band Cig&Bee.
Conner is a former School of Rock student and House Band member. He has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old and graduated from Westinghouse Arts Academy for music performance in 2022. Playing many shows and musicals over the years with multiple bands he picked up drums, keyboard and bass as well. Some of his favorite bands and musicians include Van Halen, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and The Kinks.
Vocal Instructor, Keys Instructor
Sarah is a classically trained coloratura soprano with a background in opera and musical theatre, as well as contemporary experience as a singer/songwriter. With over 20 years of performance history and theatre credits, Sarah’s passion for the art form dates back to early childhood. Local performance credits include principal roles with Undercroft Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and the Pittsburgh Savoyards, as well as solo work with the Westmoreland Symphony and the Washington Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Sarah has also sung multiple roles as a young artist with programs such as the Miami Music Festival and Emerald City Opera (now Steamboat Opera). Sarah is beyond thrilled to join the School of Rock faculty and hopes to continue their endeavor to foster a love of performing in their students.