School of Rock Highland Heights’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Highland Heights music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Dave MolnarGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Dave prefers to say that he had "bassness" thrust upon him at an early age. The youngest of three brothers, one a guitar player and one a drummer, he was “stuck” on bass at age eight. However, they wanted to play Beatles, Monkees, and eventually Led Zeppelin tunes. Learning the inspired, melodic and kinetic bass lines of Paul McCartney, Carol Kaye and John Paul Jones gave him both a love of the bass, and an appreciation for rock and pop arrangement. The bass was not simply a machine for holding down root notes, but was a dynamic and powerful element of the band. Like most musical youth, the allure of the lead guitar was still powerful. So, while his older brother was out, Dave “borrowed” his guitar as often as possible, using whatever fake or tablature book (those young, pre-internet days) to teach himself whatever he could: chord formations, lead lines, finger picking, anything to build up chops.
In addition to teaching at School of Rock, Dave currently plays bass with New Planet Trampoline and also Queen of Hell/Heavenly Queen. He is also the sound engineer at the Happy Dog on the west side of Cleveland, running sound for everything from punk, metal and noise to classical music and country. Music has been and continues to be his lifelong passion: to improve, to discover, to learn and to teach.
Hallie HertrickSinging Teacher
Hallie’s music ‘journey’ began at a super early age. After learning correct vocal technique from her mother (who studied voice and has years of performance experience), And starting guitar lessons, Hallie was quickly thrust in to playing with church bands. Hallie studied jazz and classical guitar for years and learned the fundamentals/gained musical experience through involvement in marching band/jazz band in high school, studying music theory in college, continuing to perform in church bands and playing in her own bands. In addition to singing and playing guitar, Hallie figured out bass, drums, piano and ukulele and considers herself “not too shabby” at those instruments. She is currently the lead singer, songwriter and one of the guitar players in a rock band called heyohwell. heyohwell has recorded in top-notch studios, worked with huge producers, opened for some of their favorite artists, played sold out shows and have gotten the opportunity to travel to really cool places for their music.