School of Rock Franklin’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Franklin music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Steve RossiGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Steve Rossi brings many years of experience to the Franklin School of Rock as a seasoned performer. Steve has performed on stage with Rock legend and guitar virtuoso, Peter Frampton on his North American tours, as well as other well-known artists such as vocalist extraordinaire, Taylor Dayne; eighties rock legends, Cinderella (North American tours); 60s rock n' roll pioneer, Gary U.S. Bonds, and many other high profile bands and artists across several continents. He has appeared on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show and NBC's "A 70s Celebration" with Taylor Dayne. Steve has also appeared with headliners The Bee Gees and other notable 70s artists. Other appearances include Solid Gold with Gary U.S. Bonds and on MTV's "The Grind." Steve's album credits include Stevie Wonder, John Kay Steppenwolf and various other artists. He is an independent composer/producer of music for television multimedia. Clients include ABC/Disney, AE, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon Networks and The Travel Channel, as well as various other corporate and independent clients. Steve scored two seasons of "Surprise by Design," hit home improvement series on Discovery Channel and is currently composing and producing original, in-program music for "Good Morning America."
EJ FordGuitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Erskine Ford, Jr., or E.J. as he is known, hails from Bessemer, Alabama. He displayed musical talents early in life, beginning piano lessons at the age of 5. For the next several years he earned his stripes playing piano in numerous churches in his hometown, in Birmingham, and other neighboring cities. He honed his abilities in school learning to play other instruments including bass guitar and percussion. In 1997 he moved to Nashville to attend college at Tennessee State University, continuing his musical education by marching as a snare drummer with the Aristocrat of Bands and playing bass guitar with the TSU Gospel Choir. In the years following college, he has worked with some of Nashville’s who’s who of soul, blues, and R & B including Herschel Bailey, Clarence Dobbins, Scat Springs, and Johnny Jones to name a few. E.J.’s persistent drive to grow musically landed him further work with Southern Soul singer Charles Wilson, Damian Horne from the Muzik Mafia, country music writer and singer Erin Ashleigh, and Maria Howell from the movie “The Color Purple.” He began recording in 2005, coproducing the “Your Reflection” album for R & B singer Justice. The album landed in the top 40 of independent albums in the United States, and in the top 10 in Japan. It was also nominated for Best R & B Album of 2008 by the Southern Entertainment Awards. Today he continues his pursuit of musical excellence with the same formula that has brought him to this level. He instructs private piano and guitar lessons at Oak Hill School in Nashville, serves his church as minister of music, performs regularly with blues, soul, R & B and funk bands, and is the band leader for the up and coming alt-country band Koriander. Most recently he’s been a part of the cast of the new television series “Nashville Unleashed” which airs in the United States, Europe and New Zealand.
Katie BasdenSinging Teacher
With deep roots in Durham, North Carolina, Katie Basden grew up in a home full of musical influences. She started her solo career at just 15, and migrated to Nashville, TN after high school in 2010 and has been traveling to play ever since. Katie most recently placed as a top 20 finalist on NBC’s show "The Voice" with her coach Blake Shelton, after working with Adam Levine. Prior to the show, she released her sophomore project, "Release the Sound," featuring Gypsy Prophet, which was chosen Best Country Video Performance by talented singer-songwriters Chris Stapleton and Charlie Worsham for "American Songwriter Magazine"’s 30th Anniversary Song Contest. "Release the Sound" is not only full of original, genre-bending songs written by a travelled female artist, but Katie's powerful voice is honest and effortless. Katie plans to release new music this year and looks forward to traveling to play for her newfound fans from her time on television.