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School of Rock Germantown
9309 Poplar Ave #102
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 209-4170

Location Specifics

At Poplar and Johnson Rd. next door to Lane Music.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/28/2019: Closed
  • 12/24/2019: Closed
  • 12/25/2019: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Germantown combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Germantown our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Germantown, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Germantown, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Germantown, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Germantown's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Germantown have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Germantown are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Germantown who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 10-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Germantown is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Germantown Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Germantown music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Germantown's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Germantown music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Germantown's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Germantown is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Germantown.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Germantown Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Germantown.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 14-18

The School of Rock Germantown House Band music program gives students ages 14-18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Germantown's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at TN rock venues throughout the year. Our House Band also participates in a yearly multi-school tour every summer with live shows in cities across the US.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Germantown and the rest of TN. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Germantown

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Germantown, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Germantown is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Germantown guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Germantown's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Germantown, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Germantown venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Germantown offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Germantown guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Germantown is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Germantown we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Germantown, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Germantown, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Germantown. Unlike other Germantown drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Germantown, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Germantown drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Germantown offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Germantown, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Germantown teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Germantown, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Germantown.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Germantown offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Germantown and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Germantown, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Germantown students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Germantown, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Germantown. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Germantown, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Germantown area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Germantown Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Germantown area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Germantown music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Germantown, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Germantown, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Germantown’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Forrest Sansing Piano Teacher

Forrest Sansing has been playing piano since the age of six. He began by taking classical lessons and quickly begun showing his talents in playing recitals and earning high marks and praise from adjudicators at local piano competitions. With those strong musical fundamentals, Forrest began to explore other opportunities, such as jazz bands at school as well as the Stax Music Academy after-school program. After only a few months in the Stax program, Forrest was honored to be a part of Stax's first international summer tour through Italy as one of the youngest members of the band. Throughout his academic career at the Universtiy of Memphis, he began playing professional gigs around town with various groups and mentors. He graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Piano Performance and began instructing young piano students. You might find him behind the keyboard with a band at The Cove, Alfred's with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra or at private events around Memphis. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Germantown.

Marc Gurley Owner

Marc's musical journey began at age 11 when he agreed to play drums with a band performing Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" live in front of his entire school. The only problem was he had never even held drumsticks in his hands! He pulled it off on sheer will and was hooked for life. From there he went on to play drums, keys and sing lead vocals with multiple rock bands. His career includes time as the frontman for the original line-up of alternative rock band Dust for Life. With DFL he recorded an album at Powerhouse Studios which went on to gain top rotation on rock radio, and he and DFL performed and shared the bill on a regular basis with powerhouse acts such as Saliva, King's X and Drivin N' Cryin to name a few. Marc is a graduate of Memphis University School and went on to earn a BA in Business Management from Southern Methodist University. He owned and operated a successful multi-unit golf retail business. However, the passion for music never faded, and School of Rock popped up on Marc's radar once he began to explore selling the golf business. As a father of three, Marc immediately understood the mission of School of Rock. In 2012 he joined the School of Rock family and he was lucky enough to do it in the birthplace of rock n' roll, Memphis. Then in 2018, he purchased the other local school, School of Rock Germantown.

Tommie Closson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

At an early age, Tommie was surrounded by the rock n' roll and blues music that came from his parent's speakers. Raised in a household with music constantly playing, it wasn't long until he picked up his father's acoustic guitar and began learning how to play. Tommie also learned how to play the drums around this time, but chose to stick with the guitar as his main instrument. At age 11, he and his brother Brandon wrote their first song and sparked the beginning of a collaboration between the two that is still active today. The two performed an original song in their middle school talent show and won first place. Afterwards, the two found a drummer and bass player and formed a band called Young Guns. During the next five years, the band recorded an EP at Ardent Studios in Memphis and graced the stages of numerous venues and festivals all across the South. Young Guns got the opportunity to open for ZZ Top, and performed with Blues Traveler on stage at Snowden Grove Amphitheater. They also opened up for country music stars Luke Bryan and Eric Church. They performed at the El Dorado Music Fest in Arkansas three years in a row, and also played at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR on the main stage. Tommie has also expanded his horizons in various jazz and blues acts within the Memphis scene. Tommie has been teaching music for the past four years, and enjoys passing along wisdom and sharing music.

Kris Sharp Guitar Teacher

From an early age, music has been a major part of Kristopher Sharp's life. He hit the ground running when he received his first guitar at the age of 13. His career as a rock n' roll, rhythm and blues guitar player has allowed him to play both nationally and internationally. With influences like Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, Kris always preferred classic rock to the music being made during his generation. This preference helped shape his overall style, and has allowed for a more creative approach to his music. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Recording Technology from the University of Memphis in December 2011. While there, he spent countless hours behind a mixing board recording several well-known Southern musical acts. This gave him the opportunity to spend a season running live sound for The Levitt Shell. For five years, his band Modern Slang experienced everything from releasing their first EP, “Nitty Gritty in the River City,” to having a song in an independent horror film called "Huff." They performed regularly across the South at events like Susan G. Koman for the Cure Benefit at Minglewood Hall and the Radio Memphis worldwide live broadcasts on Beale Street. Kris started teaching guitar four years ago as a way to help make ends meet while going to school full-time and working as a martial arts instructor. Since then, it has evolved into so much more. With hours of experience in and out of the recording studio, he has a passion for music that will stay strong for many years to come.

Greg Reding Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Greg is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience in the music industry. In 1967, his band, The Village Sound, signed a recording contract with legendary record company, Stax Records. In 1973, Greg joined the famous Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, for whom he played lead guitar and keyboard. In 1985, Greg wrote a song called “Against the Night” that was featured on 38 Special's "Strength in Numbers" album, selling over one million copies and earning gold record status. He's performed locally and nationally with world-renowned artists such as legendary blues artist Albert King and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash. He's also worked with a wide variety of musicians and bands such as Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles, Tommy Roe, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, The Drifters, The Coasters and Bo Diddley, to name a few. In 1989, Greg formed The Memphis All-Stars, a local rhythm blues band that he still owns and operates today.

Jeff Burch Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jeff Burch has been performing and teaching drums and keys for over 20 years. A career spanning all genres has taken him all over the world playing drums. His education began in Memphis while attending blues and rock concerts at a young age. In high school, he was in bands and was studying the drum set and concert percussion. This led to studying the jazz drum set at the University of Miami. Upon returning to Memphis, he was awarded the drum throne for the Southern Comfort Big Band at the University of Memphis. He co-founded CYC during this time, as well as performed and recorded with many touring acts. During this time he began studying with many diverse teachers and became immersed in the opportunities of an eclectic music scene. In 2004 Jeff joined blues rocker Tinsley Ellis for almost a decade of touring and recording full-time. 2005 marked the release of "Live Highwayman," Tinsley's career-spanning live album recorded in Chicago. The tour for this record spanned 48 states and concluded with a tour of Europe and Africa. This tour was followed by two more studio albums that led to tours all over North America and a sold out performance in the Czar's Ballroom in Moscow. Averaging 200 dates a year, Jeff has shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Guitar Shorty, Rufus Thoma, and Johnny Winter, and has performed in many legendary music venues and festivals. This experience provided invaluable real world lessons that Jeff is able to hand down to a younger generation. Always remaining active in the Memphis local scene, he was asked to be a part of an all-star group to perform Memphis music for the troops at Guantanamo Bay as part of Armed Forces Entertainment. Jeff continues to perform locally with musicians like Jeremy Stanfill, Jim Dandy, Reba Russell and Eric Gales.

Stan Smith Drum Teacher

Stan grew up in the "red hot" music scene of Springfield, Missouri. From The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to Granny's Bathwater, to private lessons, symphony, rock and jazz, it was all there for his enjoyment, and he took advantage of it. A couple of his successful industry friends talked him into moving to Nashville, where he was able to make some great connections. Tanya Tucker got the ball rolling for him, and he started performing with musicians like Dottie West, Vern Gosdin, Tony Toliver, Hank Cochran, Clinton Gregory, Wayne Carson, Tim McGraw, Johnny Rodriguez, David Allen Coe, Tony Joe White and Ken Melons. Television shows, song demo recording sessions, jingles, custom records and the jazz scene all crossed his path. After 15 years, an industry friend in the Memphis/Tunica area made him an offer he couldn't refuse: he began a seven-year stretch as one of three House Band drummers at Goldstrike Casino. There, he began performing with Ruby Wilson, Bobby Kimball, Preston Shannon, Jimi Jamison, John Roth, Pat Register, Little Jimmy King, Fingers Taylor, Luther Kent, Jack Rowell and Don McMinn, and toured extensively with Bobby and Jimi. In addition, Stan got involved with a progressive country band called Seventh Sundown. The group recorded an album at Ardent Recording Studios and enjoyed four years of popularity in the Tri-State area. In the middle of all this, Stan was blessed for 10 years to be a part of the praise and worship band at Church of the Harvest in Olive Branch, MS. Because of his love for teaching, Stan reached out to School of Rock Germantown and is excited to start another verse and chorus of an exceedingly rewarding and blessed career.

Blake Rhea Bass Guitar Teacher

Blake Rhea has been teaching and performing music for the last 15 years. His career as a bassist and guitarist has crossed several genres and allowed him to play both nationally and internationally. After graduating from Rhodes College, he co-founded CYC, a band that blended rock, funk, hip-hop and jazz. CYC recorded three records and regularly toured and played on Beale Street. In 2003, Blake joined the Gamble Brothers Band. GBB, a soul and rock/pop group, beat out 1,200 bands to win the Billboard-sponsored Independent World Series in Nashville. He had the opportunity to work with producer Jeff Powell (Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Big Star). In 2009, he began to tour with Austin-based singer/songwriter Charlie Mars, as well as drummer J.J. Johnson (John Mayer) and organist John Ginty (Robert Randolph, School of Rock Montclair Musical Director). Also during this time, he recorded "Rapocalypse" with local hip-hop group Lord T. and Eloise. While on tour supporting the release of this record, they had the opportunity to play for George Lucas and Seth Green at Skywalker Ranch in San Francisco, CA.
In 2011, Blake began collaborating with local blues musician Billy Gibson. In September of that year they were invited to play for the troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Blake has gained valuable experience both touring and in the studio. Working on these diverse projects gave him the opportunity to share the stage with Jim Dandy, Al Kapone, Eightball and MJG, Roy Hargrove, Galactic and Eric Gales to name a few. Throughout the years, he has always made time to share with students his passion for music.

Saniyah Lawson Studio Coordinator

Saniyah is an American artist with a love for written and spoken word, performing arts and design. What started as an extracurricular activity in high school blossomed into a passionate career of poetry, songwriting and recording, filmmaking and artistic expression. Her work is influenced by God, love, personal trials, triumphs and tribulations, and the world around her. Saniyah was born in Oceanside, CA but spent a majority of her life traveling thanks to a military family. She has recently settled into Memphis, and she is loving her role working in the arts as Studio Coordinator here at School of Rock Germantown.

Missy Shackleford Vocal Instructor

Missy has been a vocal and performance coach for over 16 years and her career has included assisting several students on "The Voice" and "American Idol" in addition to many local and regional competitions. Missy is also an accomplished songwriting instructor and has been an advocate for songwriters and artists the majority of her career. Simultaneously with teaching, she advanced her knowledge and education of the industry into music publishing and licensing. She has represented local and award winning songwriters as a Woman in Sync at several Sync Summits, including in Nashville and L.A. She has successfully licensed music for television with several networks including NBC, Bravo and HBO. Missy continues to have a heart for young creative people and passionately enjoys developing their talent for all aspects of the music industry. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Germantown.

Vincent Leffler Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Vincent Leffler has been studying music since the age of four. Raised in a music family, his father was a professional trombonist traveling the country during the big band jazz era of the 1940s through the 1950s. Vince graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1987. Upon graduation, he moved out to Los Angeles, and for the next five years played in several groups and taught electric bass. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1992 and began raising a family. He has produced and played on several recordings for The Crossway Worship Band, Jamie Baker, SOTZA (Survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse), Duane Cleveland, Blackshampu, Pengea and many others. Vince has played electric bass professionally in the Memphis area for the last 23 years for the likes of Stephen Fowler and Even Odds, Captain Jack, Mark Holt, The Super5, Twin Soul, The No Hit Wonders, Triple Annie, KC Johns, Furious George, Blake Ryan, Zack Mack, Will Tucker, Highpoint Church, Bartlett Hills Baptist Church, The Stirring at Hope Presbyterian, Dani McCollough and Crusin’ Heavy. Vince is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and experience to School of Rock Germantown to inspire and encourage eager young musicians be the best they can be. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher.

Devin Jameson Drum Teacher

Born and raised in the California Bay Area, Devin Jameson has been a drummer for over 17 years. With experience playing every type of music live and off-stage, he considers himself a jack of all trades when it comes to drums. He spent most of his early years jamming with his parents' band, who have a full studio/rehearsal space at their home, so he always had a place to practice. He has spent over 10 years in bands who played music ranging from classic rock, to funk/fusion, and most recently metal. He’s played with bands from the bay like Lipshok, Vivifyd, Standoff and, most recently, Lychdom. He values knowledge over ego and spends a lot of time trying to master techniques from all genres and combining them into his own unique style. He has experience as a professional freelance drummer and studio drummer. He's worked on projects with artists such as Glen Alvelias (Testament, LD50, Earth Crawler), Brad Barth (Spiral Arms) and Tom Hunting(Exodus). As a long time appreciator of music, he likes everything from jazz to death metal. He has been in the School of Rock family for just over four years now and likes to think of it as a way of life. He's dedicated and patient. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Germantown.

Robert Parker Bass Guitar Teacher

From Memphis, TN, the musical mecca of the universe, Robert Parker began playing guitar at age 10 under the guidance of Scott Dodge (blues guitarist for Blind Mississippi Morris). Influenced at an early age by electric delta blues and the golden age of classic rock, Robert began playing in bands around Memphis and developed his guitar skills in genres as diverse as funk, reggae, blues and soul. Around this same time, he sharpened his skills as a songwriter. He also plays bass, lap steel and slide guitar. He's played with Rufus Thomas, Denise Lasalle, Valerie June, Sherman Guy (The Bar-Kays), the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Dr. “Feelgood” Potts, Sheba Potts-Wright and Gangsta Boo. He is a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Germantown.

Kayla Stanz Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Kayla Stanz was born and raised in Memphis and has been a performing vocalist and bassist for over a decade. She loves playing live and recording music with Bravado, the band that she co-founded with her husband, fellow School of Rock instructor Julian Stanz. Bravado’s music is currently streamed in 45 countries and has appeared on college radio top 40 lists in Ireland, Australia and the United States. Bravado has been recognized by The Recording Academy (presenter of the Grammys) Memphis Chapter, and their music video was featured in the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Kayla fell in love with music at a young age and grew up playing piano and guitar, as well as singing in chorus, talent shows and other bands. She is also an artist and illustrator and has created album artwork and show posters for several local bands. Kayla is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Germantown, as well as a Rookies teacher and Little Wing teacher. She is so excited to work with School of Rock students to cultivate and express their musical skills and creativity.

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An Amazing Experience.

School of Rock has been incredible for my son and I. He has learned so much about music and instruments. It has also added to his social skills. I recommend it to everyone!

5
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Top Notch Education.

My son has been involved in School of Rock for almost a year and we have been nothing but happy! He is learning so much and is being exposed to so many different genres of music and performances. The shows are wonderful!

5
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It's the Best Place Ever!

They made my daughter fall in love with the guitar.

5
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Excellent Place to Nurture Talent.

My kids have never enjoyed music as much as they do now. They joined two years ago and are still excited about going to class. Everyone there is very nice, helpful and encouraging.

5
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