Scott Higgins General Manager
Scott Higgins’s love for music started early in his life. He started playing guitar when he was seven and performing with bands at 13. He is primarily a guitar player, but also plays bass and sings. Scott honed his management skills while attending the University of Cincinnati and managing local restaurants. Before joining School of Rock Cincinnati as our General Manager, Scott was a very active performer and loved recording music with his friends.
Scott started with School of Rock in 2012 as the Assistant General Manager at School of Rock Mason. In 2016, he was promoted to the role of General Manager. Scott’s passion for music and desire to share it are evident when you talk to him. He is committed to bringing the gift of music and performance to the local community.
Ryan Hickey Guitar Teacher
Ryan Hickey grew up in Cincinnati within the city’s west side. The development of proficiency, knowledge, performance and recording has been his focus over the course of years playing in bands and ensembles around the tri-state area. His accomplishments as a musician and artist are accompanied by a B.S. in Biological Sciences, an influence in his teaching style that prioritizes critical thinking and problem solving with respect to logical, physiological and mechanical perspectives. However, Ryan is not convinced that there’s a gene for blazing guitar solos, and would be happy to challenge the idea of natural talent with an effective teaching plan. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Cincinnati.
Kristen Kreft Vocal Instructor
Kristen Kreft is a singer/songwriter and front woman of her original band The Perfect Children, winner of the 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Best Blues Band, and seasoned backing vocalist both in the studio and with several local and regional bands. She combines her musical theater roots with folk, blues and rock n’ roll rawness, adding in the soul and nuances of jazz and R & B to round out her unique and powerful vocals.
While not on the mic, Kristen is a teaching artist using the power of music and creative expression to enrich the lives of children and adults of all abilities. Kristen is honored to be a private vocal instructor, teacher for the Little Wing and Rookies music programs, as well as general music teacher at Holy Trinity School in Bellevue Kentucky through School of Rock. She absolutely loves her job as a Performance Band Director at School of Rock Cincinnati. Kristen also teaches general music for pre-K through third grade at The New School Montessori, in addition to being a teaching artist with Skoolaid focusing on music and movement, creative expression and songwriting. She has previously worked with Dramakinetics and the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center as a drama and music and movement instructor. Kristen has designed curriculum for Skoolaid and the Cincinnati Arts Association, as well as Artists on Tour, with her creative expressions and songwriting and recording programs. A graduate of the American and Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City, Kristen values music appreciation and music as an alternative expressive language, not only sonically, but as a full body and visual experience. She is also a vocal instructor and show director at School of Rock Cincinnati.
Nic Powers Bass Guitar Teacher
Nic Powers has been involved in the Cincinnati music scene for over 20 years. Nic began writing songs at 14 years old, played in punk rock bands as a teenager, and in his 20s moved on to playing in some indie rock bands. Nic has played with local bands pictureshow, Kasparov, The Sweep and New Strange. Nic currently is the singer/songwriter and front man of the band Static Falls. He also currently plays bass guitar in The Perfect Children. Nic is also writing songs for a recording project with Joe Klug of the band Wussy. Music has always been the main focus of Nic's life and he loves being a bass guitar teacher and Rock 101 teacher at School of Rock Cincinnati.
Mark Becknell Drum Teacher
Mark Becknell is a true musical renaissance man. He is music educator, a studio musician and a veteran of the Cincinnati and national music scenes. Mark keeps very busy as a singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist and more. His current main project is singing lead vocals and playing steel pan with his original Caribbean/world music group, The Queen City Silver Stars, who have been nominated four times for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in the Reggae/World Music category. Mark is also very active in the polka music community nationwide as a part of The Klaberheads, a Cincinnati-based touring German Oktoberfest band. During his long career as a musician, he has played with such great bands as Frontier Folk Nebraska, Josh Eagle and The Harvest City, Freewill and The Swarthy Band. In addition to performing live, Mark also maintains a busy studio schedule playing both drums and percussion for numerous recording sessions of all types on a regular basis. As a Music Education major at Miami University, Mark honed a wide variety of musical skills, including marching band percussion, indoor drum line, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, African drum and dance, and steel drum band. He uses his education background to assist at Walnut Hills and Mariemont Schools with their marching band drum line, indoor drumline and rock band programs. Mark has been a part of School of Rock Cincinnati since its opening, teaching private drum lessons and leading several summer rock camps and the current White Stripes vs. Black Keys show. With his 30+ years of experience with percussion performance and instruction, Mark is able to offer training that helps beginner, intermediate and advanced players. Mark has the knowledge to teach the proper foundations of the drums. Being a professional musician, he can also offer his students real world experience in preparation for their next concert, show and live performance. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Cincinnati.
Julianne Webb Vocal Instructor
After studying voice and piano privately since age 10, Julianne Webb attended the University of Georgia, transferring to the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, where she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. She has held positions throughout the country with various opera and musical theatre companies, including at the Kentucky Opera, Music Theatre Louisville and Cincinnati Music Theatre (CMT), as well as in professional choirs, such as the Vocal Arts Ensemble here in Cincinnati. She has also performed as a solo and concert artist throughout the US. For the past 18+ years she has enjoyed seasonal work with a professional quartet (Dickens Carolers) in private clubs and hotels around town.
Julianne has also taught privately since March of 1997, first at the Musical Arts Center in O’Bryonville for 13 years, then at her home studio (Webb Studio of Music). She joined the School of Rock team in 2015 and now is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Cincinnati. Her teaching style for both vocal and piano/keyboard lessons incorporates her classical training and applies this technique to all styles, from rock to pop, jazz to musical theatre, and everything in between. Julianne tailors her teaching to each student’s individual needs and levels while incorporating music theory, all within the School of Rock mindset and curriculum. Julianne lives in Landen with her husband, two children and rescue dog Stella. Her favorite artists include Incubus, Barenaked Ladies, A.F.I., Cowboy Mouth and Maroon 5.