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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Megan Baskerville Singing Teacher, General Manager

Megan brings a good balance of rock n’ roll and business experience to the table. She worked for Starbucks for over eight years, five of which, she was the Store Manager of a high-volume location. She also spent time opening new stores in new markets in the panhandle of Florida. But music has been a constant in Megan’s life from the time she could walk. Megan has been the front lady of bands of many genres: country, rockabilly, ska and punk. She’s had the opportunity to open for national acts as well as share the stage with some country greats. Currently she is the lead vocalist in the soul-inspired band Aunt B. Megan got her start at the Minnesota School of Rocks and moved to AZ with her husband Shane to open up the Arizona schools in 2012.

Shane Baskerville Music Director

Shane has been working at School of Rock for over a decade. He’s been a touring musician since his teens and cut his teeth in the MN/WI punk rock ska music scene of the 90s. He’s toured with Chevelle, Social Distortion, Papa Roach, Slightly Stoopid and many more! He also beat out hundreds of guitarists to play with 80s hair metal icons Poison for a VH1 special. Eventually, Shane went to music college at McNally Smith College of Music in MN. Shane started working for School of Rock in MN in the spring of 2006. He moved down to Arizona in 2012 to open the three AZ locations with his wife Megan.

Salah Moharram Guitar Teacher

Born in Mesa, Arizona, but raised in Cairo, Egypt, Salah picked up the guitar at 10 years old after listening to the greats such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, and hasn't put it down since. Growing up in the east gave him an ear for exotic melodies and dissonant chords that add a certain flavor to both lead and rhythm guitar sections. Since then he has played guitar and bass in a variety of bands with styles ranging from thrash and heavy metal to pop and jazz fusion. His personal heroes are Marty Friedman, Jake E. Lee, Chet Atkins and Robby Krieger.

Christian Rich Drum Teacher

Christian began playing music at age nine when his father introduced him to guitar. For years he focused on the stringed instrument until he discovered his love for drums at 13 years of age. He played drums for his middle school house band, covering songs by Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World. In high school, he was the main drummer for the choir's many performances and other showcases. Through this choir he met fellow musicians that have allowed him to play punk shows all around Arizona and California before he even turned 18. His current band Clementine played a local stage at Warped Tour last year and is currently playing shows around the valley.

Although Christian is a drum instructor, he loves to play any instrument he can get his hands on. His favorite genre is punk. He is inspired by bands Including Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Rx Bandits, Streetlight Manifesto, Pink Floyd, Snarky Puppy and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Zach Kasmer Guitar Teacher

Zach started playing music at the age of 13. He has been playing for 10 years and is a former student of School of Rock Scottsdale. He had small projects with friends from school in his first couple years of playing but didn't get serious about playing until he found School of Rock. There is where he learned a plethora of playing knowledge in a structured environment. He's taken some minor college classes (Theory and Aural Perception) at Mesa Community College, but his primary knowledge has been taught to him from the wonderful teachers he had at School of Rock Scottsdale. He currently plays for local metal act Sicmonic and has played numerous shows opening for acts such as Sevendust, Hed PE and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. The band's sound is influenced by many genres and styles of music, ranging from rock to jazz, bosa nova to flamenco and from country to instrumentalists. It was only natural for him to come back and start teaching alongside his former teachers at School of Rock.

Josh Rumsay Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Josh's singing and bass playing experience has spanned nearly every genre over the last two decades. Currently, he is the bassist and backup singer for Nomada, a Spanish ska-punk band. Prior to that he was the lead singer for the alternative metal group Mechanical Men. Overall, he's seen just about everything the local scene has to offer. He also has over 20 years of choral experience, including rock choirs, church choirs and high school all-state choir. His bands have opened for Ratt, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Madball, Earth Crisis, Alien Ant Farm, 40 Below Summer, Panteon Rococo, Inspector, Reveille, B-Foundation, Slaughter, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and many more.

Rachel Murray Singing Teacher

Rachel Murray was lead singer for the all-girl band The Rebel Pebbles who were signed to EMI/IRS Records, where they released their LP "Girls Talk." Rachel has 30+ years of experience in the music industry and she continues to work as a recording artist and performer, composing songs and/or vocals for various television shows, projects and movies. Rachel is a diverse performer and a consummate professional and she brings incomparable talent and infectious high energy to any project she is a part of. Rachel is professionally trained in the Elizabeth Howard vocal method. She plays guitar, has a general knowledge of music theory and songwriting composition and is a member of BMI. She has stage training and has also worked as an actress and model. Before joining School of Rock, she gave personal vocal and performance lessons for 15 years and most recently was the vocal coach for a middle school rock band in Lake Arrowhead, CA. Rachel loves working with the kids at School of Rock where she has discovered her passion for teaching vocal theory, stage performance and helping her students to discover their own hidden talents. She also recently hosted the very successful vocal workshops at our Ahwatukee and Gilbert locations. Rachel brings enthusiasm, fun, creativity, a love for music and a lifetime of experience to share with all of our students.

Scott Conti Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Scott Conti, born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the suburbs of Old Bridge, NJ, came from an artistically gifted family. He picked up guitar playing in the ninth grade and began composing by the 12th grade. During his time in high school, Conti's musical compositions even appeared in short films by students from Rutgers University (Manson Gross School of the Arts), after which he began playing in local clubs and coffee houses. Conti attributes the very unique and original playing of Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, along with guitar god Jimi Hendrix, as influences in his love of playing the electric guitar. Working in numerous cover bands seasoned his talents and opened doors to recording with other musicians. He also expanded to producing others, further broadening his musical horizons.

Brie Ritter Singing Teacher, Studio Coordinator

Brie Ritter has six years of choral experience. In junior high and high school, she participated in her school’s chamber, acapella and jazz ensembles. Being exposed to classic vocal pieces at an early age not only led Brie to gain knowledge of music theory but on how to maneuver the voice to achieve a desired sound. During her senior year of high school, Brie was able to perform in New York at Carnegie Hall with her choir. Brie was a School of Rock student herself from 2015-2017. School of Rock encouraged Brie to explore different vocal styles, as well as network with fellow aspiring musicians. This experience now provides her with a unique perspective on our programs and what it means to be at student at School of Rock.

When she’s not on the clock, Brie sings for local alternative/rock band Constellations. Constellations has given Brie the opportunity to perform at venues across the valley such as The Marquee Theatre and The World Famous Nile Theatre. Throughout her adventures with the band, Brie has been able to work with notable musicians in the industry. As of right now, the group have an EP and single released.

Raymond Medeiros Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Raymond has been playing guitar for over 25 years. He hails from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area, where he started his career as a guitar student of legendary thrash metal guitarist Alex Skolnick from the band Testament. Beginning in the 1990s, he had the great opportunity to play in many diverse bands that played anywhere from blues to rockroll, alternative, punk, metal, rockabilly and country. Raymond had the good fortune to share the stage and tour with such notable national artists such as Linkin Park, System of A Down, Nazareth, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Reverend Horton Heat, Koffin Kats, Clutch and Testament, as well as members from Slayer, Faith No More and Tesla. In the mid 2000s, he was very fortunate to be in an outfit that was under the same management team behind Bay Area alternative legends Primus. It was under their tutelage that he learned about the world of rock n' roll. This included touring, merchandising, building a fan base and a slew of other great bits of information that he continues to teach to this day. The guitar is a passion of his and he prides himself in continued learning.

James Cabeke Bass Guitar Teacher

James has been involved with music since he was seven years old, first taking lessons in piano and a few years later falling in love with the trumpet. Throughout his formative years he played trumpet in various school programs and in band class. In the fifth grade he began to dabble in learning bass guitar. After a few years, bass guitar became his primary focus after performing original music with his first band live in front of his middle school. It was at this point he knew music would be his sole pursuit, and over the next few years he would aim to sharpen his craft, performing with several metal bands throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and most notably in Southlake-based metalcore band Prophecy Untold. He also attended School of Rock as a bass student in Southlake, Texas at this time.

James is currently involved with several musical endeavors since relocating to the valley four years ago. Sons of Polaris is a hard rock/metal studio project formed by fellow School pf Rock instructor Alexis Hernandez. They are currently completing their fourth record, “Hero X,” due to be released this fall. Sons of Polaris draws influence from a wide range of styles and combines the best of modern and classic metal. James is also a member of local punk rock outfit Audrey Heartburn. Taking influence from the wide range of genres/influences each member brings to the music, Audrey Heartburn has been compared to the B- 52s, surf rock and old school American punk rock.

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