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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 MartellyOwner

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 GarrityOwner

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 AdamanyDrum 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 HuffmanFront 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 DuffieldDrum 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 PearsonMusic 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 WilliamsGeneral 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.

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