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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Kirkwood's music teachers have the knowledge and experience to give students the skills they need to play on stage and become successful musicians. Instructing on guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals, School of Rock Kirkwood's music instructors take our students to the next level of music performance and proficiency.  

Paul Niehaus IVGuitar Instructor, Bass Instructor, Drums Instructor, Piano Instructor, Vocal Instructor

Paul Niehaus IV was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. He first started with music in fourth grade band class by playing the trumpet. By high school he had learned the French horn, saxophone, guitar and bass. Paul received a BA in music and folklore from Truman State University in 2009. Since graduating he's toured over 45 US states playing in numerous blues-based bands, including John Nemeth and Matt Hill. He's also served on the Board of Directors for the Saint Louis Blues Society, a 501c3 non-profit, since 2013, and produced three celebrated compilation albums for the STL Blues Society, which have, since their releases, been at the #1 spot on the 88.1 KDHX charts.

Besides performing and teaching he also has a love for recording, producing and mixing/mastering. An audiophile, he has become very focused on the sonic qualities of the music he's creating or enjoying. Paul started Blue Lotus Recordings, a record label specializing in roots music (blues, soul, folk, etc.) in 2016. He runs Blue Lotus Studio from the Southampton neighborhood of South City. What Paul loves about teaching is filling in cognitive holes with succinct yet vitally important concepts, which can accelerate a student forward in their progression.

Scotti ImanDrum Instructor

Originating from the small town of Salisbury Missouri, Scotti has followed a musical life style since he was a boy. After being inspired by the drummers from his father's blues bands, he decided to make drumming his life. This led him to studying percussion at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri then up to the twin cities where he graduated from the McNally Smith College of Music with a degree in percussion performance. Over the years, he has studied with Marv Dahlgre, Gordy Knudtson, Dave Stanoch and Paul Stuber of Minnesota and Loyd Warden and Kirby Spade while in Missouri. After receiving his degree, he moved to the Austin, Texas area and has played with The Ryan Bales Band, Gary P. Nunn, The Jon Napier Band, Horse Opera and Leo Rondeau. Since then Scotti relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where he is currently gigging and teaching at School of Rock. Scotti has played with Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, Aching Hearts Country Band, We Are Like Computers, Spatula, Arson for Candy and Jack Grelle. He also had a write up on the "Rolling Stone Magazine" website for his country project, Jack Grelle.

Kyle RayDrums Instructor, Guitar Instructor, Bass Guitar Instructor

Kyle Ray is a multi-instrumentalist instructor who specializes in marching/concert percussion, various drum set styles, blues/jazz/finger-style guitar and electric bass. He has been playing for 19+ years and has a background in competitive percussion. Having spent time in WGI independent marching as well as symphonic percussion mastery, he also plays in several bands in the Saint Louis area.

What Kyle enjoys most is helping students grow their technical and musical abilities by exercising the ear and various motor skills associated with their chosen instrument, as well as teaching and implementing efficient practice methods to ensure productive performance.

Pam CampVocal Instructor

Pam Camp is a vocal instructor at School of Rock, with a background in musical theatre. She previously worked with The UAFS Academy of the Arts, a children’s arts education program. She also taught vocal performance out of her home studio.

Highlights of her music career include winning Best Female Vocalist on the Nashville Network’s “Charlie Daniels Talent Round-Up," fronting her own classic rock band The Pam Camp Band, employed as a studio demo artist for Star Traks (a national soundtracks company), performing at the Summer Series with Carrie Underwood in the “Country Music Round-Up," being the opening act for Lonestar, performing with Artimus Pyle Band (Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer) and being the founder of the Females Rock the Fort! benefit concert.

Since moving from Arkansas to St. Louis in the fall of 2013, Pam has had some amazing opportunities! She has performed at Fair St. Louis and the Pujols Prom (with Smash Band), on The Stage at KDHX and The National Blues Museum (with Kingdom Brothers), and at the newly built Delmar Hall (with Shakey Deal, a Neil Young tribute band). She looks forward to helping her students find their full potential and passion, in performing and in life.

Mark OrtmannDrum Instructor

As a founding member and drummer of the group The Bottle Rockets, Mark Ortmann has experience in the music industry as a professional musician and tour manager. Formed in 1993, the band has released 11 critically acclaimed albums. The Bottlerockets have extensively toured North America, Europe and the U.K., headlining their own shows but also touring and performing with a variety of musical peers that include John Fogerty, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, The Allman Brothers, Wilco, Marshall Crenshaw and many others. In addition to live shows, they've also performed as featured guests on various national broadcasts including "The Conan O'Brien Show," Mountain Stage, AudioTree, Music Fog, SiriusXM Radio and NPO Radio 2.

Mark was turned onto music at a young age when he first heard the song "S.O.S." by the group ABBA on his parent's AM car radio. But it was a drum fill in the song "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner that sparked his interest in playing drums when he was 14. Mark was lucky to have studied early on with a series of skilled teachers and has been a student of drums ever since. Playing by ear and being self taught are important aspects of learning an instrument, but a good teacher can help students develop their talents more rapidly. Mark is happy to join the instructors at School of Rock and looks forward to sharing his experiences with the students when he's off the road between his tour schedules.

Whitney RobinsonStudio Coordinator

Whitney joined the School of Rock team in February 2017. Her childhood consisted of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Eagles and some Fleetwood Mac thrown in. She played guitar with her dad through junior high. Whitney started regularly attending local shows before she could even drive, and eventually ended up volunteering and working for Autumn Ramp Park, a skate park in Joplin, MO. It was attached to a venue and that was where she fell in love with all of it: the production, the people and most importantly being constantly surrounded by music. She has a passion for music and can't wait to share it with everyone at School of Rock!

Jordan HeimburgerMusic Director

Jordan has enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and loves being part of the School of Rock community. He's been with School of Rock since we first opened in the St. Louis area in 2013, and has been able to see numerous students take their first steps on stage at a rock venue, conquer new challenges in music and build confidence through their musical success.

Jordan also works as a professional guitarist with Celebration Day and Street Fighting Band, The Feed, Cree Rider Family Band and The Incurables. St. Louis is a vibrant music community and Jordan finds it rewarding to be able to open doors into music and performance for the students at School of Rock.

Molly SimmsGeneral Manager

With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, Molly joined the team at School of Rock in September of 2015. She was inspired to join the team because of her experience teaching vocals at Ballwin School of Rock. Molly strongly believes in the value that comes from working in a group. She says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the development and growth of the kids during a show season. Molly loves having a job where she can be constantly surrounded by music, and work closely with the amazing musicians who make our mission of inspiring kids possible. She fronts a four-piece rock n' roll band under her name and has released five albums across two bands since 2012. Molly is excited to be in a thriving music community like St. Louis, and to watch so many awesome young musicians come up through School of Rock.

Joe RogersGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Joe Rogers is a young musician from Collinsville, IL who has played in several different St. Louis bands. Being a guitar player at first, he branched out to bass and drums pretty early on and now could be considered a jack of all trades. From prog rock to the blues, math rock to heavy metal, he truly loves a wide variety of genres. Being in a few different local bands has given him the opportunity to share the stage with some amazing bands, most notably Tiny Moving Parts, Earth and math rock gods The Bulletproof Tiger. He considers himself a songwriter above anything else. It's hands down his favorite part of playing music.

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