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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Justin ZychGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Justin has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old. He picked up the guitar from watching his father play and never stopped. He has a Bachelors Degree in music performance from IPFW and excels at classical, jazz, blues and rock. He arranged a Metallica medley for his classical guitar ensemble and has sold this arrangement to several schools around the world. He is a touring musician and has been a part of national tour packages and has been teaching private and group/band ensemble lessons for 10+ years. The bands he currently plays/tours with are Zephaniah and Death On Fire. He has filled in for countless bands for live performances as well as recorded bass, guitar and piano as a studio musician. Justin likes going to live music shows with his family, collecting music memorabilia and playing video games when playing his instruments!

Sam StephensGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Sam Stephens has been a herald of the divine art of music since his childhood. His interest in guitar was originally kindled by his uncle, who would frequently bring an acoustic guitar to family gatherings. At age 13 this interest manifested itself physically when said uncle allowed Sam to borrow an acoustic guitar with the condition that he must learn a full song within a month to be able to keep the instrument. Sam fulfilled this challenge by learning "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones, and thus his musical voyage began. Throughout high school he cultivated his knowledge of guitar by taking lessons from a brilliant instructor, Michael Patterson, and by playing in assorted garage and school constructed bands. He is currently playing lead guitar in a Fort Wayne-based group called Our Name is Taken, and bass in the Chicago-based metal band Death on Fire.

Kyle SmithDrum Teacher

Kyle Smith is a serious musician, making serious music, without taking himself too seriously.

Ryan Getz, of the music blog Tuned Up, once described Kyle's indie rock project Girl Colors using those terms, and ever since Kyle has taken that as something of a motto for himself.

A musician based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kyle plays drums and percussion. He has a passion for music education and has been teaching drums and performance to students of all ages at School of Rock since it opened in Fort Wayne in Fall 2015. He hopes to communicate joy and humor through serious musicianship, always working to be a studious keeper of groove behind the drum kit, but is not above throwing on a costume and facepaint in the name of rock and roll.

In addition to drumming and teaching, Kyle is involved in many things related to music: writing original music, reviewing new music releases for the music blog Tuned Up, creating DIY band merchandise, and building and restoring custom drums. Outside of music, Kyle enjoys reading good fantasy and science fiction, drinking strong coffee, and spending time with his wife Erin and their cat Willow.

Jayda Dallichpiano Teacher

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