Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Baton Rouge’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.
Hana Hart Studio Manager
A professional singer from Plaquemine, LA, Hana has 17 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has sang for all of that time as well as worked in the movie industry as an on-set and post-production sound engineer, and as a Project Manager for a creative agency. Putting her knowledge of business and music together, she has remained the co-owner and lead singer of local cover band The Anteeks for the last six years.
Her singing career has led her to sing in venues all across the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York, and as a supporting act for artists such as Huey Lewis and the News, Ronnie Milsap, Cowboy Mouth and Irma Thomas.
Robert Holden Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Robert began learning to play guitar at age 12, and after studying under local legend Stan Campbell, he moved to California to study guitar and music business/production at the Musicians Institute. During his time there he studied under some of the world's most successful studio/gigging musicians, gaining insight into a wide variety of styles. After studying and playing in bands around Los Angeles as well as recording for film, television and other musicians, Robert moved back to Louisiana for the rich and vibrant music scene of the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas. He has recorded and played shows at venues and festivals all across the Southeast with styles ranging from jazz and funk to rock, bluegrass and everything in between.
Eric Scherer Drum Teacher
From St. Louis, Missouri, Eric Scherer is not your average musician. He started studying music at the age of eight years old with various amateur and professional musicians. With these 20-plus years of instruction, Scherer has refined his technique and musicianship, taking it upon himself to perfect the canon of musical literature that previous masters confronted. The result of this labor is a string of successful performances, along with audience and critical acclaim.
Scherer received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University, studying primarily with Dr. Shane Mizicko. He studied with world renowned percussionist and composer Blake Tyson at University of Central Arkansas, earning a Master of Music degree. Furthermore, Scherer served as a graduate teaching assistant and was selected to record with Tyson on his debut album, "Firefish: The Music of Blake Tyson." Currently Scherer is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University, studying under percussionist and composer Dr. Brett William Dietz. Scherer is an adjunct professor of percussion at Southern University - Baton Rouge and drum instructor at School of Rock Baton Rouge.
Dakota Civello Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Born and raised in the heart of Louisiana, he picked up the love for music at the early age of three. From a family full of accomplished musicians, lessons were given by his grandfather Randy Civello, a Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Member. The love for music grew stronger as he grew up and started gigging professionally at age 15. He's opened up for artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Bad Suns. His original band Circa Amore has toured all over the southwest region and have released two EPs. He is also a member of The Rougaroux, a swamp/funk recording group including musicians/producers such as Marc Broussard, Brian Brignac, Sonny Landreth and Rob Fraboni. Not only is he a gigging musician but also a
recording engineer and producer, recording Louisiana-based bands at Civello Studios.
Taylor Chellew Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Taylor Chellew's first introduction to music was from receiving a bass guitar for Christmas when he was 13. After learning The Beatles and Metallica songs, he then started playing acoustic guitar and chords while his grandfather played piano. After playing and performing in countless amounts of cover bands and original bands, Taylor finally landed with Baton Rouge's Booze and Butcher's Dozen, playing lead guitar. An avid supporter of original music and art, Taylor loves to perform and loves the Saints. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Baton Rouge.
Tyrus Pendergrass Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
At the age of four, Tyrus Pendergrass received his first drum set, setting the path for the rest of his life. Raised in a family stout with musicians, he was immersed in a vast array of musical genres, from bluegrass to rock n' roll and gospel to jazz. His earliest onstage appearances began as early as 10, playing drums for youth ministries and revivals. At the age of 12, he began playing the guitar, followed by the piano at age 14. He went on to play for the drum lines at both Denham Springs and Live Oak High School. He was named drum captain in 2007-2008. After graduating, he started performing in many of the venues South Louisiana has to offer, opening opportunities to share the stage with, as well learn from, some of the boot's best musicians. Tyrus currently plays with the following bands/artists (as well as serves as a hired gun for others): Jam Cracker, The All Out Band, Common Folk and Corban Barnes. He is a bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Baton Rouge.
Philip Vincent Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Philip Vincent began his formal music studies by learning piano with Beverly Holt and Katherine Tobey. He has a Bachelor’s Degree of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University with a concentration in piano, studying under Dr. Kenneth Boulton. He has performed many times, both solo and collaboratively. Currently, he is the accompanist at First United Methodist Church in Gonzales, and has been teaching music for over five years.
Philip began his voice training in high school, singing in multiple school and honor choirs, including all-state honor choirs and the St. Joseph Cathedral Choir. He studied voice with Skip Harris, and currently sings with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. Philip has been playing bass for almost 15 years in multiple bands. He currently plays as a full-time member of two bands of varying styles. He is a bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Baton Rouge.