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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Kris SharpGuitar Teacher

Kristopher Sharp hit the ground running when he received his first guitar at the age of 13. With influences like Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith he always preferred classic rock to the music being made during his generation. This has helped to shape his overall style and has allowed for a more creative approach to his music. He received a Bachelor 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 led to him having the opportunity to spend a season running live sound for the Levitt Shell. For the past five years, his band Modern Slang has done everything from releasing their first EP, "Nitty Gritty in the River City," to having a song in the independent horror film "Huff." They perform regularly across the mid-south at events like Radio Memphis worldwide live broadcasts at the New Daisy and Hard Rock Cafe on Beale. Kristopher 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.

Austin CarrollSinging Teacher

Using his soul-stirring voice and unique way of capturing an audience, Austin Carroll grew up mesmerized by an eclectic group of artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Sam Cooke to Billy Joel. It is through these tested live stage performers that he draws his inspiration today. Fusing retro soul and rock n' roll, Austin has made a name for himself not only as a singer, but as a songwriter and producer as well. He has worked with many artists in the industry. Though Austin has a great eye and ear for the behind-the-scenes side of the industry, his true love is the stage. In 2005 Austin was a featured contestant on ABC's "The One: Making A Music Star" with judges Kara DioGuardi, Mark Hudson and Andre Harrell. After being declared the winner after the show's brief run, Austin was offered a publishing deal with DioGuardi's company Arthouse Entertainment and moved to Los Angeles. As a writer for Arthouse he worked with a large scale of artists including Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, David Archuleta and Paris Hilton. He has also worked with a large number of industry writers, producers and executives including Jay Landers, Greg Wells, Eman, Gary Burr, Mark Hudson, Cristian Delano, Sarah Thiele, Eve Nelson and the late Willie Mitchell. Austin has studied voice under Roger Love and Brett Manning, two of the most respected vocal coaches in the industry. He returned to Memphis where he rekindled his love of teaching. Austin lives in Germantown with his wife Liz and daughter Stella.

Marc GurleyOwner

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.

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