School of Rock Charlotte’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Charlotte music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Dréa AtkinsGeneral Manager
Dréa Atkins, photographer, mother of two School of Rock students and a rocker herself, became the school's GM in October of 2017. Possessing a BA in Theatre, and having a long history of teaching children of all ages in the creative arts world, she brings an exciting energy to the scope of performance that is offered. Dréa has worked locally with Children's Theatre of Charlotte, The Possibility Project and Playing for Others. Mentoring teens and fostering a sense of confidence and growth in who they are becoming is a mission close to her heart. Creating a welcoming environment that brings the best out of kids, inspiring them to expand their comfort zone of what is possible is her daily goal. When not serving the school or taking care of her family, she can be found holding a camera or a microphone, singing her lungs out.
Magdalene CriswellSinging Teacher, piano Teacher
Magdalene Criswell is our school’s primary vocal instructor and studio coordinator. She is a School of Rock Charlotte graduate herself, an active member of the Charlotte music scene and a touring musician. She has had years of experience playing and taking lessons in various instruments, and studying the history and cultures surrounding rock music. She loves listening, teaching and playing all different kinds of music, but specializes in various kinds of alternative genres and performance. She teaches vocals, keys and bass.
Johnny WickerGuitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher, Music Director
Johnny Wicker, our Music Director and House Band leader, is a singer/songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Raised on a combination of early 90s R & B/hip-hop, alternative rock, classic rock and jazz, Johnny is an accomplished drummer who has played in various jazz and rock ensembles in the Charlotte area. Some of the ensembles include Bill Hannah's Vintage Dance Band: Covering Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Henry Mancini. In recent years, Johnny has increased his focus from the drum set to songwriting, vocals, guitar and percussion with Wicked Powers, an acoustic duo based out of Charlotte who have toured throughout the Southeast Gulf Coast areas for over five years.
Raised by musician parents, Dylan Gilbert's passion for music and songwriting developed at an early age. He began touring in high school and has since performed over 800 times across the US. Later his touring band morphed into the ecstatically possessed post-punk trio HECTORINA (who released their 4th album, "MUCK," in 2018). Within this time Dylan spent nine years studying composition, classical guitar and music therapy at Queens University and CPCC. Dylan has been called "Charlotte's true gem in the indie scene" by "Creative Loafing Magazine," and in 2016 he was granted an artist residency at Goodyear Arts, where he continues to make work and collaborate. This breadth of experience and passion fuels his role as a School of Rock instructor and director six years running!