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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Ashton Hart Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Ashton Hart is a Dallas-based blues guitarist heavily influenced by functional harmony. He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, where he studied both classical and jazz music. Later, he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance on Guitar and Music Theory. As an instructor, his goal is for each of his students to excel on their instrument of choice while also gaining a strong foundation in music altogether. His influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, John Scofield, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Wes Montgomery.

Charles Wooldridge Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Charles Wooldridge is a singer-songwriter based out of Arlington, TX. Charles has been playing piano and singing for about 10 years. He was the songwriter, arranger, clean vocalist and piano player for a metal/hardcore band called The Outlawed for about three years. Together the band played about 60 shows, did two tours, and released three EPs and a number of singles. Charles eventually moved on to start his own pop-punk band called Sacred Sound. He sang lead vocals, played piano, and wrote and arranged the songs. Sacred Sound played together for about four years and performed close to 80 shows. The band released a total of 3 EPs, eight music videos and a number of singles. Charles just finished up a bachelor’s degree in Music Business and is currently working on an EP, and collaborating with artists of all different genres. Charles says his main goal as a songwriter is to inspire and motivate people to be the best possible version of themselves. He hopes that his songs can help other people in the same way that they’ve helped him.

Dalton Rapattoni Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Dalton Rapattoni is a pop-rock singer/songwriter from Dallas, Texas who is most recently known for being one of the Top 3 finalists on the 15th and "final" season of the Fox Television hit show, "American Idol."

Dalton began performing at the age of 12 when he formed his first band Fly Away Hero, which released two EPs. At 14, he was contacted by a casting director that discovered his band through YouTube and asked to audition for a new act called IM5. The principles were Simon Fuller, Perez Hilton and Jaime King. From over 30,000 nationwide auditions, Dalton was chosen for the group. Over the next four years, Dalton worked with many well-known producers, songwriters and choreographers including Toby Gad, Harmony Samuels, Rock Mafia, Nappytabs and Meghan Trainor.

At 18, Dalton reunited with his childhood band Fly Away Hero, who landed themselves at #17 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart after releasing a new EP titled "Lost and Found" that debuted at #22 on the Alternative charts and included their song "Hercules," written by Dalton, which remains the bestselling song on the EP. Dalton's latest solo album, "Nobodys Home," reached #5 on the iTunes chart in September 2017.

Dalton teaches vocals, guitar, bass and keyboard.

Cat Yeoman Assistant General Manager

Cat picked up a guitar at age nine. A year later, Cat joined the School of Rock. There she truly found her love for bass guitar and being a musician. Not only did she find her passion but also a community of loving people with the same interests. School of Rock Dallas quickly became her home away from home. She primarily plays bass guitar but dabbles in standup bass and vocals. Some of her biggest inspirations are David Bowie and Jaco Pastorius. She went on to play bass in the band Fly Away Hero and recorded her first EP, “Lost and Found,” with them. Cat has also collaborated with several other artists over the years in various bands such as D.O.C, The Projekt and Which Way.

Erik Stolpe Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Erik started playing the family piano by ear and singing in choir at church and school by the time he was school age. His passion only grew and as a child and teen he took lessons and played with a variety of ensembles and bands on piano, guitar, clarinet, violin, voice and bass.

In high school Erik studied piano at Southern Methodist University's Piano Preparatory program and eventually received a minor in Music from University of North Texas, taking courses in everything from history and theory to jazz and the music of Frank Zappa.

With Erik on keys and occasionally lending his talents on acoustic guitar, his eclectic rock band The Raven Charter received praise for its technical prowess and high-energy live shows. During their 11-year run, they filled up rooms in Denton and Dallas and shared the stage with acts like Sevendust, Periphery and Nonpoint.

In recent years, Erik has branched out, playing a diverse cover catalog for events and weddings and sitting in with several pop, rock and country artists. Today, he is the bassist for singer-songwriter Troy Cartwright’s touring band. The group travels extensively and has a continually growing resume, opening for southern staples like Pat Green, Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers, to name a few.

Erik joined School of Rock in February 2016 and enjoys teaching, learning and coaching all styles and ages.

George Welder Drum Teacher

With over 25 years of industry experience, George C. Welder combines a little Southern charm with a Midwestern work ethic and a whole lot of universal talent. From local bar bands to nationally touring acts, George has a wide range of experience on multiple instruments in a variety of genres.

A drummer by trade, he is also a guitarist, bassist and vocalist. George has played with major headliners including Brett Michaels and Zwarte, and at stadium festivals including Moondance Jam and Daytona Bike Week. George is featured on several studio releases as a drummer and also stars in the feature film “Road to Sturgis.” Other credits include regional variety bands, playing rock, country and blues, like Junk, 7Tall and Fully Loaded. Most recently he joined American Petty, a tribute to Tom Petty.

Kiva Rapattoni General Manager

Kiva spent seven years in radio and advertising, managing 50+ people at a time, and learning the ins and outs of the entertainment industry. She then made the decision to step away from that industry and work in her family's growing tanning salon business since it had taken off and needed her. After 20 years and multiple locations, they finally decided to sell it and move on.

Kiva is the mother of three amazing children. Her middle child started at School of Rock Dallas when he was just 12 (one of the original Dallas students more than 10 years ago) and he has now gone on to seek music professionally, even placing third on the 15th season of "American Idol." Her youngest child plays all instruments at School of Rock Dallas and has been on multiple tours with the most elite students in the nation as a two-time School of Rock AllStar.

For the past decade, Kiva has been a proud parent and major supporter of our program. When the position opened for a new General Manager at her second home School of Rock, she was ready to jump in and take our school to the next level.

Richie Rodriguez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Richie began playing guitar at eight years old and fell in love with music and playing an instrument right away. At first, he was plucking his way through 90s rock songs that came on the radio and tapes that his parents had. After a few years, he was able to play along with more difficult songs after he was inspired by classic rock groups such as Led Zeppelin.

Guitar continued to be Richie’s first love, but since there was no place for him to play with others at the time, he joined the school orchestra in sixth grade and learned violin. Richie continued to play violin in school until 11th grade, when he decided to try and pursue other musical interests such as drum line and jazz band until finally he started a rock band with some classmates before the group eventually went their separate ways after graduation.

Over the past couple of years, he has gained a renewed love and appreciation for playing music and has been pursuing it in many different ways. Teaching people to play music and showing them what they are capable of, whether they know it or not, is an exciting new venture for him and he is glad to be a part of School of Rock.

Sammi Bishop Drum Teacher

Sammi began her musical journey at the age of 15 by spending countless hours listening to her favorite bands, playing along to her favorite songs and learning from as many local professionals as possible. Sammi began cutting her teeth playing in local bars around Jacksonville, Florida at 17 years old and quickly became the “go-to fill-in” drummer around town and out of state. Soon, drumming became her full-time occupation.

At age 22, she received a phone call from Austin, TX regarding a new opportunity to tour Europe with the movie soundtrack extraordinaire band Tito & Tarantula, whom most might recognize from films such as "From Dusk Til Dawn," "Desperado," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Machete" and many more. Sammi entertained the masses with this amazing group in countless countries such as Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Italy, Russia and more. Sammi is still on the scene and currently, she’s making her mark as an independent drummer around the Lone Star state and beyond.

Sammi’s love of drumming already has and inevitably will continue to take her places far and wide. Currently, Sammi is a teacher at School of Rock Dallas, using her spark to lead young rockers to the big stage.

Vinnie Parma Drum Teacher

A devoted drummer with nearly two full decades of experience, Vinnie E. Parma has made substantial efforts to make a name for himself across the United States, as well as all over the globe. Based out of Dallas, TX, Vinnie is not only an accomplished percussionist, but singer/songwriter, entertainer, businessman, composer, guitarist and pianist.

Vinnie’s dedication to music and entertaining has taken him across the globe, playing to vast audiences and inspiring future generations to create music. In his spare time, Vinnie has worked as a drum tech for various bands (locally and nationally), stage manager/stagehand, music instructor and in production as an audio technician, lighting designer and projectionist.

With many years of national and international touring, recording, songwriting, performing and musical-related travels, Vinnie has mastered the ability to passionately speak and express himself through his instrument, resulting in his flashy tricks, aerobatic drumming, silly facial expressions, aggressive attitude onstage and humble attitude offstage, and successful delivery to audiences worldwide.

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