Eric Cojocari General Manager
Eric is the General Manager at School of Rock Farmington. He is also a musician and learned how to play music years before the School of Rock franchise was put into motion, so when the opportunity arose to work in a field he loved, he jumped at it. Mostly self-taught, he picked up a bass at age 15 and it just took off from there. He has been playing in bands for over 20 years, and currently plays in the group Siamese (bass, guitar and synthesizers), as well as a Cure tribute called Re-Cure (guitar and keyboards). He's excited to bring his years of experience in the music business to the School of Rock family. He has a love of all different styles of music and enjoys seeing the kids get the kind of musical education that he didn't, watching them forge new lifelong friendships with fellow students, and applying the skills they learn at the school to their everyday lives and local music scenes.
Katelynn Corll Drum, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, and Singing Teacher, Show Director
Katelynn has been playing drums since she was nine years old and has grown from simply playing drums into a full on songwriter and singer. As a drummer, vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she has performed with projects of all different genres. Her past groups include Blood and Wine, and she has worked with multi-platinum producer Jeff Blue (Linkin Park, Korn, etc.), Chad Schlosser of Drac Studios (Slash, Guns N' Roses, Mastodon, ZZ Top, etc.) and Oumi Kapila of Filter, and performed Candlebox's hit song "Far Behind" live with them in January of 2018. She currently plays drums in the Detroit-based group Harlow in addition to her own music as Katelynn Corll.
Craig Adams Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher, Music Director
Craig started playing guitar when he was 12 and joined the School of Rock family as a student at the age of 14, and was recognized as a School of Rock AllStar. After graduating from School of Rock, he began teaching and working for School of Rock Farmington. He’s learned guitar, piano, banjo, sitar, and accordion amongst several other instruments.
He founded the group Blaire Alise and the Bombshells with other School of Rock alumni. The group played at such venues as St. Andrew’s Hall and their single “I Got Something” was featured in a 2015 Greektown Casino ad. Craig plays guitar and sings, and has played with many groups, including The Witches, Banner & the Hydes, Willa Rae & the Minor Arcana, and Tyson Meade. He also has experience in music production.
Jason Hartless Drum Teacher and Senior Show Director
Jason Hartless is a Drum Teacher and Senior Show Director at School of Rock Farmington. Outside of his work at the school, he is the current drummer for rock legend Ted Nugent. He has performed with legendary artists such as Mitch Ryder and has toured supporting Motley Crue, God Smack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Mountain and Warrior Soul just to name a few.
Jason has worked in some of the finest recording studios in North America while working with world renowned producers such as, Dale Penner (Nickelback), Paul Orofino (Millbrook Recording Studios), Tom Morris (Less Than Jake, Destiny's Child) and Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Asking Alexandria, Soundgarden). Jason has been mentored by drummers such as Corky Laing (Mountain), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie), Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper), Todd Sucherman (Styx), renowned session drummer Anton Fig and many more. Jason is currently a student at the Berklee College of Music and is working towards his Music Business Degree.
Jimmy Steenland Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Jimmy teaches guitar, bass, and keyboard at School of Rock Farmington. After taking a three-year hiatus from a position at SoR Farmington to live in California and New York, Jimmy has returned to the SoR family ready to channel these life experiences into meaningful music lessons. In addition to teaching cover songs, Jimmy is also interested in providing opportunities for students to engage with songwriting, recording equipment, recording softwares, and other audio-visual outlets for students to creatively express themselves.
Willa Rae Adamo Singing Teacher
Willa Rae Adamo is a musician, activist & organizer. She cut her teeth locally and nationally fronting Willa Rae & the Minor Arcana, “Detroit’s only soul-less soul band.” She is a co-founder of Girls Rock Detroit, a nonprofit summer camp dedicated to fostering positive self-esteem in girls and gender expansive youth through music creation and performance. She obtained her BA in Women’s Studies from University of Michigan in 2015. During her undergraduate studies she worked with UMich’s Prison Creative Arts Project to facilitate writing and theatrical expression workshops for incarcerated people and their families. In addition to that, Adamo is a ferocious advocate for accessibility and representation in music. Her newest project, Valerie the Vulture, is an all-femme garage rock band and a love letter to the rock & roll that raised her. As a former SOR student and All Star, she blames SOR for turning her into the loud, hard-headed, relentless woman that she is today. As a vocal teacher, she focuses on vocal health and creative expression.
Kira Allen Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Kira has been playing bass and guitar since she was thirteen and has been a part of SOR Farmington family since 2016. Throughout the years of her musical development, she explored many avenues of music and pursued many opportunities to enrich her musical skills. She also plays guitar and upright bass. She picked up the upright bass in high school, and the instrument led to her becoming more diverse in musical genres. Over the years, she was a part of six of her high school ensembles, Detroit’s Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles Jazz Band, Blue Lake International’s 2019 Youth Symphony Orchestra, School of Rock Farmington’s Performance Program, and the School of Rock Farmington House Band. She knows the musical language between classical through metal. She is currently pursuing a Jazz Studies Degree over at Wayne State University. She is really eager to teach bass and guitar at School of Rock!
Ryan Freitas Piano Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Ryan teaches keyboards, bass and guitar at School of Rock Farmington. He has more than 6 years of teaching experience. He is a professional multi-instrumentalist, producer, sound engineer, and educator based in Detroit. He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in Jazz Studies (c. 2013) where he studied Saxophone with Diego Rivera and Wessell ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson and Double Bass with Rodney Whitaker. He has performed with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Julia Sheer, Ozay Moore, Sareem Poems, Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet, The Undisputed Truth, 1Rhythm, Dr. Professor Leonard King Orchestra, local corporate bands such as Fifty Amp Fuse and SpaceCat, and many others. He is also the lead audio engineer at the famous Cliff Bell’s jazz club in downtown Detroit.
Paige Huguelet Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Paige has been playing guitar since she was 9 years old and joined School of Rock Farmington in 2012 as the second student ever enrolled. In addition to guitar, she learned to play bass and sing and then played guitar in the School of Rock Allstars program in both 2015 and 2016. As she grew older, she expanded her interest beyond rock music and into folk, singer-songwriter, and jazz, and played in local bands including Willa Rae & the Minor Arcana, Valerie the Vulture, and Legume, as well as under her own name. She is currently pursuing a degree in jazz guitar at Wayne State University in Detroit.