Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Zionsville’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.
Steve began his musical career at age 16 playing with bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Rush. Okay, it was air guitar, but he was a rocking pretender from an early age. Actually, if you fast forward 30 years... Steve saw the idea for School of Rock and wished it would have been around when he was young. After seeing his children take endless lessons with no motivation, the idea of getting kids on stage with School of Rock just made sense. With a sports background and having coached youth sports for many years, the idea of School of Rock was natural to him: individual lessons (practice), group rehearsals (team practice) and the show (the game). "I've always wondered why some people 'make' their kids take an instrument just because they think it's a good idea to learn an instrument. You don't hear of anyone making their kids take a sport and never playing on a team or in a game. Why make them take endless lessons with no chance to perform?" As the owner, Steve challenges his team to make sure we are enriching kids' lives in everything they do: lessons, shows, camps or just having cheese bread.
Nick started playing drums at the age of 10 and has never been more passionate about anything since. Due to a serious medical condition that developed at an early age, he had to drop out of school to focus on his health. During this difficult time, Nick turned to drumming as his primary coping skill and literally played 6-8 hours a day for several years. In addition, he studied under local drumming virtuoso Tony Medeiros for a decade and with national jazz legend Rob Dixon for three years at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; Nick remains good friends with both of them to this day.
Nick has participated in many different drumming events through the years, from playing many local jazz gigs at the Chatterbox and The Jazz Kitchen to making it to the regional finals in the Guitar Center Drum-Off competition three years in a row. He also made it as a top 100 finalist in the 18-and-under category for the Modern Drummer Undiscovered Drummer competition two years in a row which receives thousands of submissions from all around the world.
When Nick discovered the amazing music program at School of Rock, he applied for a drum instructor position at the Zionsville location, which he held for just over a year before being promoted to Assistant General Manager at the Fishers location. He is back at the Zionsville location to lead the school as General Manager. Though Nick now serves the school in a managerial role, he still gets to share his love of music and drumming with every student who comes through the door and he couldn’t be happier!
Bryan Nellems is a highly accomplished professional musician, educator, and life coach with a wealth of experience. Bryan has a passion for teaching and has successfully guided and mentored numerous students throughout his career. His expertise extends across various musical genres, including rock and jazz fusion. He firmly believes that music is a universal language that can be learned and appreciated by everyone.
In 2012, Bryan obtained certification in music production and recording from the prestigious Music Industry Workshop in Chicago. During the same year, he was honored to be awarded two gold medals at the World Choir Games held in Shanghai, China. This recognition further propelled his musical journey, leading him to win gold and silver medals in Europe and Cincinnati. Bryan is a dedicated professional who continues to inspire and empower others through his music, teaching, and coaching.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Now a full-time musician, Ethan found his passion for music when he was very young. Eager to get onstage, he formed a band with his friends at the age of 13 and hasn't looked back since.
In the last decade, Ethan has performed in over 200 live shows with approximately 20 different musical groups. He currently gigs in and around Indiana with his psychedelic rock group, Pushing Daisey's Band.
With influences such as Stevie Wonder, The Grateful Dead, and The Meters, Ethan loves to branch out and experience all genres of music.
Nick has been a resident of Indianapolis his entire life. Elvis kicked off a love of music, but after his passing, Nick started listening to his friend's music—Kiss, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, AC/DC, etc. Ace Frehley got him into guitar, and after hearing Eddie Van Halen, Nick put all his time into learning the instrument.
Nick has been performing and teaching since the early '80s and is currently playing with Groove Town and Mississippi Raglips at venues all over the Midwest. He is excited to have the opportunity to teach the next generation of guitarists.
Bass Guitar Teacher
Ben was born into a musical family and was exposed to many different genres and styles; he developed an interest in playing music at a young age. Starting with piano and trombone and then later switching to guitar and electric bass, he quickly developed an interest in jazz and eventually bought an upright bass.
Ben continued his pursuit of music education and has now had the privilege of learning from some of the best bass players and teachers in Indianapolis, learning to play everything from rock to country to classical. Being a full-time musician, Ben now plays with many different bands across the state and loves teaching bass to pass the gift of music onto the next generation.
Maya "Sloane" Harris was born on a Phish tour and has been singing ever since. After her first talent show performance at age 8, Maya continued her pursuit of music by joining school and synagogue choirs and jazz bands before following her passions to Indiana University, where she earned her Rock and Roll History degree. While in college, she joined the award-winning ensembles Hooshir Jewish A Cappella, the IU African American Choral Ensemble, and the IU Soul Revue. She even took her talents off campus to experience more jazz and rock ensembles to supplement her daily studies.
Maya has always believed deeply in the developmental, social, and cultural power of sharing music and displays that belief in everything she does. When she is not working with the amazing kids in the School of Rock Rookies program, Maya is performing with local rock bands Sloane Ranger, The Strays, Pigeons of Market Square, and Devil's Jade.
Jhair is a dynamic drummer who was born in Colombia. He honed his rhythmic prowess through studies and performances in Colombia and Argentina.
Having immersed themselves in classic rock, Jhair draws inspiration from iconic bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. This diverse background is reflected in their drumming style, blending rhythm patterns with energetic beats.
Beyond stage performances, Jhair is excited to be sharing their expertise at School of Rock in Zionsville. Eager to inspire the next generation of drummers, Jhair brings a wealth of experience and a rhythmic flair that promises to resonate with aspiring musicians.
School of Rock is where music and learning come together
For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.