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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Cornelius’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Cornelius music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

Phil Martelly Owner

A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, his passion for music is unmatched by few and is a driving force behind his bringing School of Rock to the Southern Mass/Rhode Island area. He is the definition of the word musician as he plays not one but several instruments: guitar, bass and drums. Phil has played with a lot of the area's hottest bands including Pappy Chulo as the opening act for none other than Incubus.

Shawn Garrity Owner

Shawn's musical journey began at age eleven when his dad handed him a guitar and taught him a few chords. As he grew, so did his love for music. At fifteen, he joined a band, began writing music and playing original and cover songs at clubs and venues throughout New England. He studied jazz and classical music at Western Connecticut State University and earned a B.A. in Music Industry from the University of New Haven. After college Shawn formed several bands which eventually resulted in the formation of his current band, VulGarrity. The band has completed three nationwide tours, signed an artist development deal with MySpace Records and won first place in 95.5 WBRU's 2011 Rock Hunt. Shawn has shared the stage with The Prodigals, Ra, Robert DeLong, The Heavy, Ra Ra Riot and Electric Six. Shawn continues to record music and tour with his sister and VulGarrity bandmate Tracy. With the use of loop pedals, the two play guitar, bass, drums and keys simultaneously while singing, often switching instruments during their shows, creating a unique live music experience. While Shawn enjoys listening to and playing a wide variety of music, he is most inspired by all things rock.
Drum Teacher

Andrew Adamany Drum Teacher

Born and raised in Southern California, Andrew's passion for drums began when he was 10 years old. Andrew began playing along to Beatles CDs. He started gigging in college at the University of San Diego, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in business while making weekend trips to Los Angeles and performing at The Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, Viper Room and other clubs on the Sunset Strip. He enrolled at Musicians Institute (M.I.) and received his Associates Degree in Drum Performance and a Certificate in Music Business. After graduation, Andrew went full-time with a band, touring every weekend and recording original music, while picking up side gigs and teaching substitute drum lessons during the week back in LA. In 2014, Andrew and his group moved to Nashville, TN, where they earned a residency at Honky Tonk Central on Lower Broadway. He performed covers for four non-stop hours four nights every weekend for over three years, booked weddings gigs and taught private lessons to students as young as three years old. Andrew performs with drive, high energy and the same passion each individual song conveys. He subscribes to the philosophy of drumming to serve the song and to play drums that will get people on their feet and dancing. He now resides in Charlotte, NC and is committed to developing new talented drummers!

Callie Huffman Front of House Manager

Callie is a Cornelius native who has been with School of Rock since August of 2017. She graduated in May of 2018 from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with her Bachelor's Degree in Communication. She has been surrounded by a variety of musical influences from a young age, including her mother, who is a world- traveled soprano in operatic and classical performance. Callie has written music and performed in musical theater, choral and solo performances throughout her life. As a point person for information and scheduling, Callie provides tours and works with new and existing students.

James Duffield Drum Teacher

James is motivated and passionate about performing and teaching drums to students of all ages and backgrounds. He started playing piano at age eight with his grandmother, who was a music teacher in Arlington, Ohio. Soon after, he started playing drums at age 10. Playing throughout middle and high school, he also attended and graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies Performance. While at OSU James traveled throughout the Midwest and East Coast playing with top jazz ensembles in the Tri-State area. He currently plays in several bands in the Charlotte area and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and real world experience at School of Rock Cornelius.

Christian Pearson Music Director

Christian Pearson studied Music Theory, Theology and Film at Evangel University from 2004 to 2009. Originally from the east coast, he was in the Springfield, Missouri music scene from 2009-2015, and has played in multiple bands including Call Me Beta, Skylines and Cityscapes, and Ships of Adamant. Now in North Carolina, Christian is a composer who uses full orchestra and guitar in a classical expression of progressive metal. He has been with School of Rock for four years and teaches guitar, bass, keys, vocals and drums, and directs multiple bands. He cites his greatest influences as Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Devin Townsend, Haken, Ayreon, Opeth and Symphony X.

Eric Williams General Manager

Eric's affiliation with School of Rock dates back to 2007 when he attended the Watertown, MA location. In the two years leading up to his graduation, he completed multiple performance programs and was selected to play the AllStars Tour. Upon leaving he studied Percussion, Audio Theory and Entertainment Management between Plymouth State University and Bay State College, as well as interned at some of Boston's top studios. Eric returned to School of Rock in 2013 as a drum instructor. Having worked his way to a management role, he's currently in his sixth year with School of Rock and is still doing a bit of teaching.

Jorge Suta Guitar Teacher

Jorge is currently studying Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. As a multi-purpose musician and guitar player he currently works at School of Rock, teaching lessons and band programs. Jorge started playing guitar at 12 years old and has been performing professionally in the last five years.

Brian Joyce Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Brian is a graduate of Appalachian State University in the field of Instrumental Music Instruction. Though trained classically on the French horn, he enjoys many genres of music. Brian has had the pleasure of playing as the principal hornist for both the orchestra and wind ensemble while attending Appalachian State. Musical interests range from classic rock, blues and grunge to alternative rock and hard Rock. For nine years Brian was the lead singer for the alternative band Lazy Suzan in Boone, North Carolina. He has written his own material, loves recording equipment and playing guitar, drums and bass. He has been a local band director for 15 years in Huntersville, NC.

Joshua Marks Guitar Teacher

Joshua Marks began playing the guitar at age 11, initially learning the music of The Beatles, Aerosmith and Phish. After studying with NYC jazz guitarist Peter Mazza as a high school student, he graduated with a Music Education degree from Berklee College of Music in 2003. He has taught and performed jazz and rock music ever since in many places from Augusta, GA to New York City. His musical theater experience includes "West Side Story," "Footloose," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Grease" and "Annie."

Ariel Cortez Drum Teacher

Ariel Cortez is a Catawba College graduate in the field of Music Business. Beginning as a volunteer church musician, Ariel later found various avenues in the music industry to emerge himself into, maintaining projects like Bergenline, Good Morning Glory Photography/Graphics and Cortez Collective Productions. Primarily a drummer, Ariel also studied guitar, bass and piano in college, allowing him to have a better understanding of how instruments can be used in various ways, together and apart, to create music.

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