Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Canton’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.
Jerry Heiss Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Jerry Heiss is a musician and songwriter from Ypsilanti, MI. A player of the guitar and drums since 2007, Jerry has over a decade of experience performing throughout the Southeast Michigan area. Jerry has experience playing a variety of different styles, including rock, metal and jazz. He received a certificate in Music Production from Washtenaw Community College. Jerry is currently performing as the vocalist/guitarist for his own band, as well as the drummer for another group. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Canton.
Chris Marek Owner, General Manager
Chris Marek is a former principal for both Plymouth-Canton and Wayne-Westland schools, but always dreamed of being in the music business. After more than 26 years in education, Chris retired and bought School of Rock Canton. A guitar player from Muskegon, MI, he has played since age 11. Chris quit guitar lessons early on after being forced to sight read "Hot Crossed Buns" when he wanted to play Led Zeppelin songs. He loves the School of Rock Song First approach, where students play songs they love and learn reading and theory along the way. Chris is the owner and general manager at School of Rock Canton.
Joe Jankowski Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Joseph Jankowski is a drummer/percussionist based in Detroit, MI. An active gigging and studio musician, Joseph has been on the scene since 2015. Joseph has experience in a wide variety of genres including, but not limited to, jazz, classical, country, R&B and rock. He has played on dozens of studio recordings and has experience as a touring musician. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music Performance at the Detroit Institute of Music Education. He is a drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Canton.
Alexa Gabriel Guitar Teacher
Alexa Gabriel is a musician from Northville, MI. She has an Associate of Science degree in Sound Recording Technology from Schoolcraft Community College and is currently attending Eastern Michigan University. Alexa is currently the lead singer and guitarist in her band, as well as the guitarist for another. She taught dance to kids from 2011 to 2017 and has been teaching guitar for two years. Alexa is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Canton.
Jonathon Meyer TEACHER
Jonathon Meyer is a guitarist, bassist, synthesizer/keyboard player, and songwriter from Canton, Michigan. He got started playing music while attending Salem High School through forming bands by playing guitar and bass with peers and by playing bass for the schools jazz band. In 2018 he graduated from Salem and in the same year, formed a band called Read the Sun. The band has currently completed two projects with Jonathon playing guitar and synthesizer titled "Music for Birds" and "Living Thru" as well as one tour in summer 2019 at the time of Living Thru's release. Jonathon is versed in playing the styles of Classic Rock, Grunge, alternative rock, Punk/Pop-Punk, Blues, Jazz, as well as psychedelic, progressive, and experimental rock.
Jordan Smith TEACHER
As a multi-instrumentalist, Jordan Smith has spent the majority of his teen-years and adult life refining his skills as a live performer, composer, self-promoter and arranger for his groups. Specializing in Rock, Funk, Blues, Soul and Electronic music, he is well versed in many of the genres present in western popular music. Picking up the bass at age 10 and quickly adding guitar to the list of instruments that now includes piano, drums, synthesizer and vocals, he teaches all the instruments that School of Rock offers lessons in.
Marquette Winston SINGING TEACHER
Marquette is a singer/songwriter, musician and recording artist from Detroit, MI, with roots in Rhythm and Blues and Rock. She has skills on the guitar and piano along with being a vocalist. She has been singing and performing professionally since early middle school and is now studying commercial vocal performance at the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME Detroit). Marquette teaches vocals, little wing and house band at School of Rock Canton.