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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Ahwatukee’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Phoenix music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

Singing Teacher

Megan Baskerville Singing Teacher, General Manager

Megan brings a good balance of rock n’ roll and business experience to the table. She worked for Starbucks for over eight years, five of which, she was the Store Manager of a high-volume location. She also spent time opening new stores in new markets in the panhandle of Florida. But music has been a constant in Megan’s life from the time she could walk. Megan has been the front lady of bands of many genres: country, rockabilly, ska and punk. She’s had the opportunity to open for national acts as well as share the stage with some country greats. Currently she is the lead vocalist in the soul-inspired band Aunt B. Megan got her start at the Minnesota School of Rocks and moved to AZ with her husband Shane to open up the Arizona schools in 2012.

Shane Baskerville Music Director

Shane has been working at School of Rock for over a decade. He’s been a touring musician since his teens and cut his teeth in the MN/WI punk rock ska music scene of the 90s. He’s toured with Chevelle, Social Distortion, Papa Roach, Slightly Stoopid and many more! He also beat out hundreds of guitarists to play with 80s hair metal icons Poison for a VH1 special. Eventually, Shane went to music college at McNally Smith College of Music in MN. Shane started working for School of Rock in MN in the spring of 2006. He moved down to Arizona in 2012 to open the three AZ locations with his wife Megan.

Brandon Biallas Guitar Teacher

Brandon has over 15 years of experience playing a variety of musical instruments, including the guitar, bass, ukulele and mandolin. After receiving formal instruction from veteran teacher Norris Lewis at Milano's Music in Mesa, he formed his own instrumental jazz funk/fusion band called Something Went Awry, which led to an opportunity for his band to open for legendary jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan at the Elephant Room during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas back in 2014. These days, he plays guitar in a folk rock band called The Banter and plays bass for punk/funk band Hostile Work Environment, both of which feature ex-members of Something Went Awry. Brandon has also occasionally filled in on guitar and bass for local bands like Paper Foxes and Fayuca. He prides himself on loving and listening to all kinds of music, which means he’s happy to teach anything, no matter the genre. He lives for sharing his love of music with students and exposing each other to wide varieties of new music in the process.

Salah Moharram Guitar Teacher

Born in Mesa, Arizona, but raised in Cairo, Egypt, Salah picked up the guitar at 10 years old after listening to the greats such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, and hasn't put it down since. Growing up in the east gave him an ear for exotic melodies and dissonant chords that add a certain flavor to both lead and rhythm guitar sections. Since then he has played guitar and bass in a variety of bands with styles ranging from thrash and heavy metal to pop and jazz fusion. His personal heroes are Marty Friedman, Jake E. Lee, Chet Atkins and Robby Krieger.

Zach Kasmer Guitar Teacher

Zach started playing music at the age of 13. He has been playing for 10 years and is a former student of School of Rock Scottsdale. He had small projects with friends from school in his first couple years of playing but didn't get serious about playing until he found School of Rock. There is where he learned a plethora of playing knowledge in a structured environment. He's taken some minor college classes (Theory and Aural Perception) at Mesa Community College, but his primary knowledge has been taught to him from the wonderful teachers he had at School of Rock Scottsdale. He currently plays for local metal act Sicmonic and has played numerous shows opening for acts such as Sevendust, Hed PE and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. The band's sound is influenced by many genres and styles of music, ranging from rock to jazz, bosa nova to flamenco and from country to instrumentalists. It was only natural for him to come back and start teaching alongside his former teachers at School of Rock.

TJ Friga Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

TJ Friga has been performing and studying guitar, bass and singing around the valley for nearly a decade. Set to graduate ASU in December 2015, you can currently find him playing in the Tempe bands Playboy Manbaby and Instructions. As members of these groups, TJ has been featured in national and local media ranging from "Modern Guitar Magazine," CMJ Music Blog and a string of regular appearances in "The Phoenix New Times." In teaching, TJ emphasizes songwriting skills, fundamental theory and proper technique as the means to become a great and creative player. Outside of music, TJ is a die hard Phoenix Suns fanatic and pursuer of fine sushi and ramen.

Jenny Weintraub Studio Coordinator

Jenny has worked in educational programming for the past 14 years and has been playing piano (to varying degrees of seriousness) for the past 21. She has experience in various local music projects and though she rarely plays live anymore, her piano is still one of her best friends. Jenny’s favorite thing about music is how it has the power to help people connect -- with what's inside themselves, and with the people and things around them. She loves being able to a play a part in bringing music to our community!

Josh Rumsay Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Josh's singing and bass playing experience has spanned nearly every genre over the last two decades. Currently, he is the bassist and backup singer for Nomada, a Spanish ska-punk band. Prior to that he was the lead singer for the alternative metal group Mechanical Men. Overall, he's seen just about everything the local scene has to offer. He also has over 20 years of choral experience, including rock choirs, church choirs and high school all-state choir. His bands have opened for Ratt, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Madball, Earth Crisis, Alien Ant Farm, 40 Below Summer, Panteon Rococo, Inspector, Reveille, B-Foundation, Slaughter, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and many more.

Rachel Murray Singing Teacher

Rachel Murray was lead singer for the all-girl band The Rebel Pebbles who were signed to EMI/IRS Records, where they released their LP "Girls Talk." Rachel has 30+ years of experience in the music industry and she continues to work as a recording artist and performer, composing songs and/or vocals for various television shows, projects and movies. Rachel is a diverse performer and a consummate professional and she brings incomparable talent and infectious high energy to any project she is a part of. Rachel is professionally trained in the Elizabeth Howard vocal method. She plays guitar, has a general knowledge of music theory and songwriting composition and is a member of BMI. She has stage training and has also worked as an actress and model. Before joining School of Rock, she gave personal vocal and performance lessons for 15 years and most recently was the vocal coach for a middle school rock band in Lake Arrowhead, CA. Rachel loves working with the kids at School of Rock where she has discovered her passion for teaching vocal theory, stage performance and helping her students to discover their own hidden talents. She also recently hosted the very successful vocal workshops at our Ahwatukee and Gilbert locations. Rachel brings enthusiasm, fun, creativity, a love for music and a lifetime of experience to share with all of our students.

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