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.
Allyssa has had a soft spot for music since she was just a little kid, singing Disney songs at the top of her lungs. She still sings Disney at the top of her lungs, but music has played such a huge part in her life since her younger days. Allyssa has been a member of her school choirs since she was in fifth grade, then went on to perform as a vocalist with her high school's jazz band at places like Walt Disney World and in the Smoky Mountain Music Festival.
After attending Ball State University, she joined a local band and was fortunate enough to travel the country, singing her heart out.
Now Allyssa is so excited to be a part of the incredible team that makes up School of Rock. Not only because she gets to work around music, but because she gets to watch music take hold in a young person's life.
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.
Jhair (they/them) 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.
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.
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.
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.