Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Coral Gables’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.
Jesse Alvarez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drum Teacher
Jesse Alvarez is a Miami born and raised lifelong musician. Jesse began playing piano at six years old, and over time added on guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals. She has 16 years of experience performing in all sorts of live shows, including classical, rock music and musical theatre. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree at University of Miami, Jesse also became involved in student theatre productions, where she learned how to stage manage and direct live productions. She wears a couple hats, but rock music will always be what she fell in love with first and what taught her how music teaches confidence. At School of Rock Coral Gables in South Miami, Jesse is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor, as well as a studio coordinator. Nothing is worth more to her than following her students’ journeys to discovering a love of performance, as she has in her own life.
Jessica Guthas Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Jessica Guthas is a dynamic drum teacher, guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Coral Gables. Jessica started playing drums at the age of eight, taking lessons with the established John Snider of Eddie Money’s band. From there she began her musical journey, becoming part of local youth rock ensembles. During this time, she also started playing guitar and bass. After high school Jessica began teaching drum lessons in local music stores. Though a professional drummer, Jessica had a greater desire to learn about music production and the music business. She earned her Bachelor of Music, Audio Engineering certification and ultimately her Master in Music Business from Full Sail University. Jessica is the guitarist for the established band, Your Favorite Franchise. She has been learning, playing and teaching drums, guitar and bass most of her life. Her students enjoy her good sense of humor and upbeat personality.
Brian Liebman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Brian Liebman’s love for rock music and the guitar began when the guitar was bigger than him. As a kid, he began to take guitar lessons, practicing and developing his talents for performing. After playing the guitar for 27 years strong, he has become one of the South Florida area’s most dedicated guitar instructors. After working for years in multiple local music stores and music programs since 1997, he began to instruct rock band programs for kids in 2007. As a music director, he found his calling in sharing his skills to develop the talents of others, mostly for kids and teens with a strong interest in playing rock music. In 2017, he completed a Master of Music Education degree from Florida International University. In addition to teaching a large amount of guitar lessons and directing rock band programs, Brian is the guitarist for the rock group Smitty the Band, which has been a live and studio band in Miami since 2005. Their first full-length album, “The World I See,” was released in 2013. Between being a musician, live performer and music educator, Brian has a strong and mindful approach to understanding the genre of rock music. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Coral Gables.
Ricardo Guerra Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Ricardo Guerra is a professional musician based in Miami. Coming from a family of musicians, music of all styles has been in his life since he was born. However, after listening to his first Beatles records, rock and roll became his love and motivation to start playing drums, his primary instrument. Soon after, Ricardo formed part of several youth bands, playing classics of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and Pink Floyd among others. In May of 2019, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with percussion masters Billy Hart and Jamey Haddad. For the past seven years he has been freelancing as a performer and teacher in Miami, Cleveland and New York City. His musical work has taken him to festivals and competitions in Switzerland, India, California and New York. Ricardo’s mission at School of Rock is to treat kids with the same joy and enthusiasm that drove him to pursue music as a career. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Coral Gables.
Elio Gomez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Elio Gomez’s musical journey started when he decided to take guitar 101 as an elective in middle school. From there, he became obsessed, jumping ahead and teaching himself all the songs he loved. In his teens, Elio actually joined School of Rock as a student for a year and a half, where he learned how to play in a band setting and continued honing his skills on guitar. He started a band with fellow classmates and started playing at parties all over South Miami. Elio went on to pursue his bachelor's degree in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston. While there, he became the bandleader for a popular wedding band, playing all over New England, as well as internationally. While firmly rooted in rock music, Elio loves to play Cuban timba, jazz, funk, R&B and any music that will get people dancing. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Coral Gables.