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School of Rock Chapel Hill
1500 N. Fordham Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 338-1011

Location Specifics

Located in the old 501 Diner location, in front of Trader Joe’s and the East Gate Shopping Center.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Chapel Hill combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • Use of simplified rock instruments and hands-on, interactive activities

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-14

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Chapel Hill's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Chapel Hill have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Chapel Hill are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Chapel Hill who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 14-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Chapel Hill is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Chapel Hill Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Chapel Hill music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Chapel Hill's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Chapel Hill music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Chapel Hill's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Chapel Hill is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Chapel Hill. Adults students have a lot of scheduling flexibility and can choose from just private lessons, joining a group jam or both.

What To Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 Optional Weekly Group Rehearsal

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Chapel Hill Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Chapel Hill.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 8-18

The School of Rock Chapel Hill House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Chapel Hill's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NC rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Chapel Hill and the rest of NC. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Chapel Hill

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Chapel Hill, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Chapel Hill is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Chapel Hill guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Chapel Hill's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Chapel Hill venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Chapel Hill offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Chapel Hill guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Chapel Hill is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Chapel Hill we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Chapel Hill, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Chapel Hill. Unlike other Chapel Hill drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Chapel Hill, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Chapel Hill drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Chapel Hill offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Chapel Hill teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Chapel Hill.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Chapel Hill offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Chapel Hill and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Chapel Hill students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Chapel Hill. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Chapel Hill area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Chapel Hill Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Chapel Hill area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Chapel Hill music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Chapel Hill, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Chapel Hill’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.

Avery Linderman Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Avery Linderman is a guitarist and drummer in Chapel Hill, NC. He recently earned his BM in Jazz Guitar Performance from UNC Chapel Hill. As a young kid, his father bought him a drum kit and turned him on to great bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Steely Dan and many more. He began to avidly play drums and also started learning guitar when he was around 10 years old. Some guitar heroes that really pushed him towards his love for playing and improvising include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Randy Rhoads. In high school, Avery continued his passion for guitar and drums. He was drum captain for the Panther Creek drum line and played percussion in the wind ensemble. He also was the guitarist for the jazz band. Throughout college, he has made a shift to playing and teaching guitar full time. Avery plays guitar in numerous ensembles at UNC such as the jazz band and Charanga Latin band. Avery plays and teaches in the Triangle regularly. He performs solo guitar for events and plays in small jazz groups as well. He is also the lead guitarist for Centricity, a funk/soul band based out of Raleigh. Avery loves all kinds of music and wants to spread the passion to anyone interested in learning. He has always found joy in working with young musicians in all kinds of settings, and wants to continue sharing music and inspiring the next generation. He wants to show students that music can be the most fulfilling way to express yourself, and anyone can do it!

Chip GrawOzburn Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Chip GrawOzburn is a guitarist and songwriter originally from the cold northern farm valleys around La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has lived in the Chapel Hill area with his wife and two children for over 11 years. He has taught various guitar students on a one-to-one basis over the last 20+ years. He is extremely excited to teach and share his love of the instrument with the School of Rock community and students.

Chip began playing guitar in 1986 as a freshman in high school and immediately began playing in jam bands. While working towards his Associate degree in communications and broadcasting after high school, he frequented the music scene around the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Minneapolis gave him an opportunity to play a variety of styles from rock, reggae, and funk to acoustic styles. After broadcasting school, Chip built a recording studio (Citrus Productions) and worked with a writing partner writing songs and recording. He tightened up his guitar playing, learned to play some bass and became a studio rat, programming keyboards, drums and various other sounds.

Christian Cail Guitar Teacher

Christian Cail is from the small town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. He began playing guitar late in elementary school and had a singular interest in music throughout middle school, which eventually led him to attend the University of North Carolina School of Arts for high school. There he played in jazz combos, the UNCSA Jazz Band, a classical guitar trio and began to compose music. He was also surrounded by artists and young intellectuals, which had a major impact on his life. He currently attends UNC Chapel Hill for Music Composition and has performed with the UNC Chamber Singers, the UNC Gamelan Ensemble and in the UNC Jazz Combo. He also studied abroad in London and Florence, studying opera among other things in the Burch Honor Program. He also plays in several bands of varying styles of music from punk to avant-garde contemporary classical music. Christian enjoys composition and improvisation in many styles of music, from free improvised music to Renaissance, jazz, rock and blues. Some of his other interests include political economy, history and philosophy.

Emily Kramer Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Emily Kramer is a pianist and guitar player from Boca Raton, FL. Taught to play by her mother, Emily has been playing instruments from childhood. Her love for music expanded even more when she joined Concert Band as a french horn player and Jazz Band as the pianist (and later bassist) in middle school. After attending the local high school of the arts for music, Emily is now happy to be studying Music and Communications at UNC Chapel Hil. Throughout the years, Emily has played in rock bands, symphonic bands, and more, and she is excited to start teaching some amazing students to share her love of music.

Jake Harrison Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Jake Harrison is a guitarist and keyboardist with over seven years of teaching experience. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor's of Science in Music with emphasis in Recording Arts and has gone on to share his knowledge and love of music with students at multiple studios, including School of Rock Denver. A studio junkie at heart, Jake loves sharing his passion for music technology with his students and found a niche in Denver as one of the few keyboard instructors that would delve into synth design and more advanced concepts like MIDI and sampling, an ever increasing part of the modern keyboard player's job on the stage. Jake has had the privilege of teaching students in a wide range of genre, from jazz to metal to theory to songwriting and arranging, and he's always excited to help foster whatever passions students may have. Above all, Jake hopes to leave his students with not just the ability to play along with the band, but with the broader concepts of musicianship so that students can progress to be strong creative, communicative and cooperative minds wherever they go in life.

Jerry Renshaw Guitar Teacher

Jerry Renshaw is a Texas transplant. In his nearly 25 years in Austin, he played in bands that ranged from punk to metalcore to Americana twang-rock and country. He put in extensive time touring and recording in studios, as well as countless four-hour country gigs in dance halls and beer joints. Now living in Hillsborough, he plays in rowdy rock n' roll band The Lucky 13s as well as Western swing/jazz trio The Hill Country Cosmopolitans, and is a sideman for singer/songwriter Mike June. Renshaw's years of experience have given him a deep knowledge of theory and technique, which he pairs with a friendly and patient nature to teach young players. With years of instruction under his belt, he finds few things more satisfying than seeing a young player move ahead and shine on their instrument.

Justin Ellis Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

Justin Ellis is a multi-instrumentalist who has lived in the NC Triangle for the past 20 years. Primarily a bass player and vocalist, Justin spent his formative years performing in various school choirs, a cappella groups, marching bands, jazz combos, and musicals throughout high school and college. Since graduating from UNC in 2013, Justin has spent a good chunk of his 20s thus far riding around in vans playing clubs and music venues all over the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom,and even the Netherlands with a variety of rock bands. Currently, Justin plays bass for the Chapel Hill indie-rock band Happy Abandon, bass in the Atlanta dream pop group Easter Island and drums as part of the backing band for Durham singer-songwriter Al Riggs. Justin has shared stages and green rooms at home and on the road with such acts as The Mountain Goats, Cindy Wilson (of the B-52s), Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Mundy, The Love Language and more, and has performed everywhere from The Cat's Cradle to Carnegie Hall. Justin is a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Media Production / Music / History '13) and in his spare time enjoys hiking, exploring the Triangle's food and music scene, and writing, recording and performing his own music as Ravary.

Will Kitchin Drum Teacher

Will grew up in Greenville, North Carolina where he got his start reading music by playing in a middle school band. Like many kids who grew up in suburban areas, he learned his rudiments and developed his reading through his high school drumline. Being immersed in 90s alternative music, a huge part of his adolescence was spent playing in original rock groups. Will attended East Carolina University in 1999, where he studied percussion under Jonathan Wacker. He participated in various ensembles including the ECU Wind, percussion and a few music theater productions. In 2000, he was also fortunate to play in the WGI group Carolina Thunder Percussion Ensemble, led by Scotty Cells. Ultimately, though, Will gravitated towards jazz as his primary focus for his music degree. His concentration in Jazz Performance gave him the opportunity to study and interact with many world class musicians such as Caroll Dashiell, Paul Tardif and Stephen Riley.
Upon graduation in 2005, Will taught privately in the Greenville area and performed/traveled in local funk groups Dystonic and Blount Harvey. In recent years, Will has worked on cruise ships. In that setting, he has accompanied a variety of singers and instrumentalists, all while traveling the world. He has also lived briefly in the NYC area, where he accompanied plays for the STC, an independent theater group. When not working on cruise ships, he has spent most of his time playing jazz gigs and writing/recording music for his art rock/indie project Angel Boy Cow. As a teacher, Will attempts to show that the best and most compelling drumming is often made up of simple musical phrases. Mostly, he tries to make learning drums fun and inspire creativity for students of any age bracket or experience level.

David Joseph Owner

David Joseph is passionate about rock and roll. It’s been that way forever. His favorite teenage memories involve playing the drums with his bandmates. Almost 20 years ago he made Chapel Hill his family home. He loves the community and its vibrant musical scene. Opening a School of Rock in Chapel Hill is more than a business opportunity for him. It's a musical mission to give back.

School of Rock Chapel Hill is here to share the joy and passion of rock and roll music with our friends and neighbors! We hope to see you here soon.

Haleigh McGuire Assistant General Manager

Haleigh McGuire was born in Charleston, SC and was raised in Virginia Beach, VA. Her love for music started at a young age and has grown immensely since. From world-known musicians to local bands, she enjoys celebrating with them all. Her love for children began with her first job at a daycare center when she was a teenager and has blossomed in her work and home life ever since. Haleigh has a passion for customer service. She has been putting smiles on faces for over 11 years, culminating in her most recent role as Store Manager at Claire's. She is driven to bring happiness to everyone she meets. Haleigh and her husband moved to Durham in 2016, and continue to be in awe of the scenery and atmosphere of the Triangle. She is eager to start a new journey with the awesome School of Rock Chapel Hill community as the Assistant General Manager.

MK Rodenbough Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drum Teacher

MK Rodenbough is a multi-instrumentalist from Greensboro, NC. She spent most of her childhood and adolescence learning how to play just about every instrument she could get her hands on. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (American Studies major with a Music minor), she is now pursuing a career in music. MK loves crafting songs and finding new and exciting ways to have each instrument interact with one another. She hasn’t met a genre of music that she hasn’t liked, but she mostly plays music of the Americana, folk and rock genres. She views music as a means to connect with others and looks forward to bringing this perspective to each and every lesson and band practice. She is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

Jake Waits Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drum Teacher

Back in the 1990s Jake Waits started playing drums on his older cousin's kit by sneaking into the basement during holiday visits and stealthily learning how to beat Queen's "We Will Rock You" with brushes. Unconvinced there existed a worthier pursuit than music, he began to study percussion in his sixth grade concert band. His studies have since forayed into styles and techniques like rock, jazz, funk, folk, blues, metal, various hand-drumming, rudimental marching percussion, classical percussion and musical theater. Jake has had the good fortune to study and work under the tutelage of Matt Savage, Alan Keown, Lynn Glassock, Dr. Juan Álamo and Cameron Britt. In addition to teaching, Jake currently helps out at Schoolkids Records in Chapel Hill and plays drums for music projects Happy Abandon and the Tan and Sober Gentlemen. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

Darion Alexander Bass Guitar Teacher

Darion Alexander is a bassist living in Durham, NC by way of Youngstown, OH. His musical life began at the early age of 12, moving quickly from sousaphone to bass. Darion grew up around a lot of musical influences in his family, where their record player was a third parent. While in high school he played in the jazz combo, which opened doors for many gigs, including everything from funk to gospel to rock, and ultimately led him to corporate gigs and tours. His professional experience includes playing with Nile Rodgers, Vernon Reid, the Grammy-nominated group The Foreign Exchange, Rissi Palmer, Laura Reed and many more. Darion is thrilled about the opportunity to teach other people how to explore music as a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

Craig Johnston Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

As a rock guitarist, drummer and singer/songwriter, Craig Johnston has had the opportunity to play some pretty cool shows, meet some of his heroes, sign a record deal and learn how good The Beatles really were (and still are). A graduate from the School of Audio Engineering in Nashville, Craig was the head engineer at Bayou Recording in the heart of Music Row from 2004-2010 and produced hundreds of artist demos and independent records, and worked with some of country music’s biggest and best. His favorite artists/bands include the Foo Fighters, Dylan Leblanc, The Struts, Billy Preston, Marvelous 3 and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. In addition to being a drum teacher and guitar teacher at School of Rock Chapel Hill, Craig continues to write and perform music, work as a sports producer and show host for WCHL, and be a proud father to his four-year-old son (whose favorite artists are Paul McCartney and Butch Walker).

Matthew Greenslade Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Matthew Greenslade is a North Carolina native singer-songwriter based right here in Chapel Hill. His primary instruments are guitar and keyboard but he is first and foremost a vocalist. He started singing early in his childhood, often harmonizing with his three brothers and performing in church. By the age of 11 he had auditioned and been accepted into the North Carolina Boys Choir. He went on to sing throughout high school, forming his own a cappella and barbershop groups. Arranging music and harmonizing became a passion for him during these years. In college he minored in Music while developing his song craft and making periodic appearances at local open mics.

After college he dug in on honing his keyboard and guitar skills while playing with Bevel Summers, an Americana and folk band based in Chapel Hill. As a band they recorded two albums and played shows all over the east coast, from South Carolina up to Vermont, notably playing one show in DC to an entirely deaf audience. Since then he has formed his own projects and is currently working on writing and recording a solo album. His experiences have given him a deep appreciation of harmony and for the ways melody and harmony work together to create the complex colors in each song. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of harmony, melody, music theory and vocal technique with other passionate, aspiring musicians as a guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

Charlie Garnett Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Charlie Garnett is originally from Hickory, NC and recently graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill. He has played guitar since his elementary days when he first found interest in music through bands like Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin. In high school he began to play drum set and joined the high school drum-line, playing the quints. During college Charlie began to study jazz guitar and funk bass, and performed in the UNC jazz combos for three years. Throughout high school and college Charlie performed in numerous bands with genres including progressive rock, funk, jazz fusion and folk. He loves to compose music and improvise, and finds solace in a good song. Charlie likes to share musical ideas, compositions and a love for sonic experiences with others. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

Knox Engler Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Knox Engler grew up in Chapel Hill. He began his musical journey at the age of four when he picked up the violin. Knox studied classical violin for over a decade, participating in a number of chamber and orchestral settings before making the switch to guitar. Knox officially started playing guitar at around age 10 and became fairly serious about the instrument not long after. Throughout high school, Knox played in several bands in and outside of the academic context while functioning as a teaching assistant in one of the less experienced jazz combos at Carolina Friends School. Knox went on to attend UNC Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance. He studied both jazz and classical guitar while simultaneously playing in a few bands in Chapel Hill. He was also fortunate enough to study abroad while at UNC on a music program that took place in London and Florence. The program exposed Knox and his peers to world class musical performances on a weekly basis. Knox currently works as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Chapel Hill, and is a full-time musician. While his formal music studies primarily concern jazz and classical music, Knox loves metal and progressive rock. He has immense respect and advanced knowledge of the many styles that coalesce to form the rock genre. Knox deeply enjoys writing music in the progressive rock vain. When Knox doesn’t have a guitar in his hands, he loves to play soccer and spend quality time with friends and family.

Aaron Futch Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Aaron Futch began playing bass at the age of 16 after seeing a need for it when most of his friends began picking up other instruments like guitar and drums. Soon after, Aaron was playing with the youth praise band at his church, performing and rehearsing on a weekly basis. Aaron went on to attend Georgia State University, where he received a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Music Recording Technology. During his time at GSU, Aaron studied jazz bass, as well as performed in a multitude of ensembles spanning many different musical genres. After graduating, Aaron worked in several studios in the Atlanta area and has performed in venues all around the country. Over the years, Aaron has been able to take up other instruments such as piano, guitar and drums to help him achieve his goal of always expanding his musical horizons. It is through his own love of learning that Aaron began to teach, to pass on the incredible gift of music. Aaron has previously worked at School of Rock Atlanta and School of Rock Issaquah, and most recently served as the Music Director at School of Rock Natick. Aaron’s hope is to help each student find their own creative, musical voice, whichever direction that may lead. He is also trying to learn from his students. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

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A positive and constructive rock community.

I like the way teachers and staff support students. You are all building a positive and constructive rock community through values and commitment.

Outstanding professionals and extensive knowledge.

The teachers have extensive knowledge of their instruments, music concepts and theory. They are all extremely friendly, supportive and non-judgmental. This is especially important to me as an adult.

I love watching them grow here.

What we love best, in addition to watching them perform songs they know and love, is the sense of community and camaraderie. It is wonderful to watch them grow, be inspired and inspire others.

Extraordinary Atmosphere.

The staff is extremely friendly and positive. The facility is convenient and very conducive to the kids learning. The gigs that are scheduled are in great locations and a lot of fun.