Nicole Starch General Manager
Prior to taking over as general manager in September of 2019, Nicole was a vocal and keys instructor at School of Rock Katy. She’s been a student of music since a young age and loves watching young musicians find confidence in rehearsal and on stage while learning to work together to produce great music. She’s recorded two albums, 2007’s “Miscellaneous” and 2014’s “Black Coffee and Key Lime Pie.” Nicole believes that you should never stop learning, currently playing bass and drums in the School of Rock Katy Adult Band.
Chris Moye Drum Teacher
Born and raised in Katy, TX, Chris had a natural ear for music from a very young age. In the beginning, Chris’s fundamental experiences were organic- learning to play by watching and listening to drummers of all styles. In junior high, Chris played with many bands, performing in school functions and at various youth venues in Houston and the surrounding area. Soon after, Chris joined Minderbinder, recording and performing at multiple venues across Texas including the Houston Marathon and South by Southwest. Chris continues to immerse himself in the Houston music scene, performing with several local and national bands and earning nominations from the Houston Press for Best Upcoming Metal/Punk Band. With his capacity to come into any professional environment and instinctively play exactly what is needed, Chris has earned a reputation as a veritable drumming ninja in the Houston area. Chris is passionate about drumming and about sharing his passion for music with others.
Stan Pillis Guitar Teacher
Stan Pillis is a seasoned performer, songwriter, composer, arranger and teacher with over 30 years of experience working with students of all ages and all genres. He is an expert in playing various styles of both guitar and bass and also sings. He is also an accomplished session player and recording artist. Stan has a wide knowledge of and teaches various musical styles such as rock, metal, pop, acoustic, classical, jazz, funk, fusion, world and blues. He has recorded guitar tracks on numerous commercials and has recorded multiple albums with numerous bands, as well as traveled the world on tour with numerous bands. He has taught all levels of instruction and skill sets (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and has provided instruction on sight-reading, ear-training, musical and chord theory, speed picking, pick techniques, rhythm guitar techniques, lead guitar techniques and explaining modal concepts. He is an expert in performance and has led many workshops on different types of methodology, as well as demonstrations of various types of pickups, strings, picks and pedals. He has prepared students for performances, auditions and festivals by also leading band performance workshops.
Steve Long Piano Teacher
Steve has been involved with music his whole life. His dad was a drummer and also played clarinet in a Dixieland band, so there was always music in the house. He bought Steve a marching drum when he was five and Steve would march around the neighborhood playing marching cadences with all his friends following behind. At seven, Steve took piano lessons and stopped when he was 14, then taught himself to play the guitar. He had a band in high school and college. After two years as a journalist in the Navy, he joined Channel Two News as a photojournalist. A few years later he got together with some of his neighbors and started Easy Money, a local band that has been playing all over Houston for 27 years. Steve retired from Channel Two after 40 years and now enjoys teaching a new generation how to rock and roll.
Larry Del Toro Drum Teacher
Born in Baytown, TX, Lawrence Del Toro has been playing drums for more than 40 years. Immersed in music from an early age, Lawrence was hooked on the drums after seeing Ringo Starr and The Beatles on television. Since then, Lawrence has performed in numerous bands, honing his skills behind the kit. Some of his bands have opened for such famous groups as The Drifters, The Platters, The Temptations, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Vaughan. Currently, he’s actively working the blues circuit with his nephew, 2017 Blues Award winner John Del Toro Richardson. In addition to the drums, Lawrence also plays guitar, keyboards and harmonica and enjoys his time in his own studio making music.
Abigail Armstrong Vocal Instructor
After developing a love of music at a very young age, Abigail Armstrong realized her talent and love for singing with the help of many teachers and mentors, but it was her time working in the worship ministry at her church that really shaped and grew her as a vocalist. She led worship and performed at several women’s ministry retreats. She thoroughly enjoys harmonies and vocal blending, and can often be heard adding her own special touch to music playing throughout the school. She encourages students to find their own true voice while learning vocal health and overcoming vocal boundaries. Her playlist includes a wide variety of music from Johnnyswim to Journey, Matchbox Twenty to Ed Sheeran and Leon Bridges to Nirvana, which allows her to hop on stage at dueling piano bars with ease. Her vocal influences include Adele, Lauren Daigle, Whitney Houston and Stevie Nicks. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Katy.
Bryce Levett Guitar Teacher
Bryce Levett has been playing music for more than 40 years, beginning with piano, then acoustic guitar and electric guitar when he was in high school. He has performed with groups and taught guitar to students in both the US and Australia. He enjoys playing and teaching a variety of music styles such as rock, blues and jazz. Although mainly a guitar player, he also likes playing piano, bass guitar, ukulele and mandolin. He is equally comfortable teaching both rhythm and lead guitar techniques. Formally educated as a mechanical engineer, he has applied his education toward the building and upgrading of both electric and acoustic guitars. He also loves teaching others about how to properly set up their instruments to improve playability and sound. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Katy.
Connor Coleman Drum Teacher
Born in Kingwood, TX, Connor spent his youth moving with his family across the country and overseas. He began focused drumming at thirteen when given the opportunity to drum in his school’s Rock Band. Previously providing the foundation for the band with his bass playing, he realized he was uniquely talented on the drums. In 2014 Connor joined School of Rock Katy as a student. He performed for three years in a row at Summer Fest in Milwaukee as a drummer for the school's selective House Band while also supplying the foundation on both drums and bass during numerous SOR shows. During his final years as a student at SOR, Connor joined with his brother and three other School of Rockers to form a band that gigged at many of Houston's popular music venues. Their debut album allowed Connor and his fellow band members the opportunity to showcase their ability to create, perform and record their own music. He continues to develop his creative skills in audio, video and digital media in college. He’s also returned to School of Rock as a drum instructor and is now leading the next line of musicians on their exciting musical journey.
Sarah Foster Vocal Instructor
After graduating from East Texas Baptist University with a B.A. in Music, Sarah returned to her hometown of Katy, Texas to teach vocals here at School of Rock Katy. She first found her passion for performing in high school, then went on work with the youth band at her church in Marshall, Texas during college. While her first love is musical theater, she uses her strong performance skills to lead our students in finding their voice on stage. Heavily influenced by Jeremy Jordan and Sutton Foster, Sarah believes that everyone learns differently and at their own pace and if both the student and teacher are willing to learn and work together, they will indeed thrive. She was runner up in the Spring 202 NATS singing competition, recently played Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family musical, and is the newest member of the School of Rock Katy staff band.
Karina Magallon Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
A recent Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious Belmont University with a commercial music degree, Karina Magallon is a multi-talented vocal, keys, and guitar instructor. She started her music career young as a singer in the Houston Children’s Chorus, then quickly learned guitar and piano, performing in several ensembles throughout high school and college. Heavily influenced by artists such as Selena, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Shakira among others, Karina’s teaching philosophy is to foster her students’ love for music while helping them grow in their music skills. Check her out on any music streaming service by name and see why she was a top 7 finalist for the Grammy U Songwriting Showcase in 2021.