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School of Rock Knoxville
101 Sherlake Ln Ste 101
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 247-4038

Location Specifics

Located on the corner of Kingston Pike & Sherlake.

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  • Monday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Knoxville combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Knoxville, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Knoxville our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Knoxville, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Knoxville, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Knoxville, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Knoxville's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Knoxville have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Knoxville are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Knoxville who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Ages 10-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Knoxville is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Knoxville Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Knoxville music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Knoxville's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Knoxville music venue.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Knoxville, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Knoxville is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Knoxville who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Knoxville's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Knoxville is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Knoxville.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Knoxville Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Knoxville.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

The School of Rock Knoxville House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Knoxville's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at TN rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Knoxville and the rest of TN. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Knoxville

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Knoxville, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Knoxville is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Knoxville guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Knoxville's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Knoxville, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Knoxville venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Knoxville offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Knoxville guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Knoxville is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Knoxville we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Knoxville, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Knoxville, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Knoxville. Unlike other Knoxville drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Knoxville, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Knoxville drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Knoxville offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Knoxville, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Knoxville teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Knoxville, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Knoxville.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Knoxville offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Knoxville and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Knoxville, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Knoxville students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Knoxville, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Knoxville. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Knoxville, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Knoxville area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Knoxville Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Knoxville area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Knoxville music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Knoxville, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Knoxville, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Knoxville’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Jay Locke Drum Teacher

Jay Locke is a professional drummer out of Knoxville, TN. Raised in the Bronx, NY, Jay showed an early passion for rhythm and art. He got his first taste of percussion through learning the xylophone in a third grade after-school music course. Moving back to his birthplace of Maryville, TN in early 2001, Jay began teaching himself to play the acoustic kit at his church. This began his musical journey, which would lead him to begin dabbling in country, rock and eventually metal and to form his current project Victims of Euphoria, a nu metal group that performs regularly in Knoxville. Still rooted in gospel, Jay is a volunteer musician for Faith Promise Church and has recently become a certified drum coach. In 2012, Jay found his passion for playing drums extended to showing others how to play as well, thus beginning his teaching career to date.

Bob Dean Drum Teacher

From Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Bob started playing drums when he received his first drum kit from his older brother at age 6. His first pro gigs were at age 15. He has done studio work and performed in various bands playing standards, shows, jazz, blues and rock for close to 40 years. Jazz notables he has played with are Duffy Jackson, Othello and Randy Bernsen, all of whom collaborated with Jaco Pastorious. Bob was a “pick up” drummer for the 50s group The Platters and two Elvis impersonators. He was also fortunate to jam with blues artists Tab Benoit and Ronnie Earl. The band he played with in Florida, The Regulators, opened for WC Handy Award winners Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers and Chicago Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor. He also instructed middle and high schoolers in percussion and music theory and earned tuition in the Broward Community College President’s Honors Band.

In Knoxville TN, his band mates have nicknamed him "The Time Machine." He currently drums full or part-time with the jazz fusion band Spectrum, Left Foot Dave & The Magic Hats (horn-infused blues), The Reigns Band (classic rock and originals), The Jonny Monster Band (power trio original blues), Groove Junction (soul, rock and blues), Mighty Blue (soul, rock and blues), The James Seaton Trio (unplugged acoustic), Mystic Rhythm Tribe (Southern rock/improvisational), Elixir (Latin, jazz and pop) and many other local performers.

Bob has been married for 22 years to his wife Suzanne, and they have teenagers Tommy and Hayley. In his spare time, he enjoys recording music projects.

Will Doran Piano Teacher

Will Doran is a professional keyboardist who's lived in the Knoxville area since 2012. He has a master's degree in Music from UT and a bachelor's from James Madison University. Besides that, he's played in a wide variety of bands and ensembles over the years, ranging from pop cover bands to reggae groups, jazz trios and classical ensembles. In addition, he has more than eight years of experience teaching piano to students of all ages, young and old. Will loves teaching and seeing his students grow to understand and love music through his lessons. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Knoxville.

Eli Cruise Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Elijah Cruise is a professional musician, producer and vocalist who currently fronts the indie-pop band Night Colors. He has played keys for multiple projects, such as The Fifth Woman at Bonnaroo and Joey Jennings in Knoxville. He is also fortunate to work in the congregational music sector with both OneLife Church and Faith Promise. Elijah is School of Rock Knoxville’s very active vocal instructor, however he also teaches introduction to keys, bass, guitar and songwriting. These skills have made him a sought after performer and teacher in the Knoxville area and beyond.

Tanner Rutherford Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher

Tanner Rutherford is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who teaches keyboard, vocals, guitar, bass and drums at School of Rock Knoxville. He studied music theory in college and played both guitar and drums in Duke University’s jazz ensemble. Since moving to Knoxville in 2014, he has been heavily involved in the Knoxville music scene. While writing and producing his own original music, he has played in many other Knoxville bands including The Holifields, Night Colors, Jaymison, Soft Seven and Brit Lit among others, as well as being a support musician for many Knoxville singer-songwriters.

Dexter Webb Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher

Dexter has been involved in music since a young age through dance and theater, where he was the lead in "Jem and the Holograms." Dexter teaches strictly country music at School of Rock and is avid about his craft, specializing in not just traditional country, but specifically bro-country and the genre-crossing country/hip-hop sector. At this time, our instructor is currently touring the country with The Hollifields and The Crumbsnatchers, as well as with Asia and RuPaul tribute bands.

Wooloughby McGreggor Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Charles' love for music first began in 1993 when he started playing bass, which led him to a deeper understanding and love of all things music. He has performed live and recorded with a variety of bands, spanning styles such as classic rock, modern rock, jazz, funk, country, folk, pop, jam band, rockabilly, punk, metal, oldies, R&B, soul and blues. Charles enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained over the years as a musician and looks forward to helping develop the next generation.

Cameron Moore Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Growing up in Memphis, Cameron learned to play guitar, bass and cello beginning at age nine. By 15, he started gigging with jazz/funk/rock groups around town. His main instrument is the electric guitar but he is able to play/teach bass. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in May of 2016. He's been giving private lessons now for two to three years. Bands he plays in around town include Three Star Revival, Cumberland Station and Granpa's Stash, as well as his own group called Milkshake Fatty.

Dustin Hurt Guitar Teacher

Dustin Hurt is from a small farming community in central Illinois. His love of music began in fourth grade when he began playing trumpet in his school's concert band. Around the time he was 12, he picked up the guitar after hearing the sounds of Green Day and never looked back. Dustin has played in several bands and has experience as a musician, performing and recording jazz, classical, classic rock, heavy metal, punk rock, Christian rock and everything in between. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Knoxville.

Eric Cutshall Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Eric Cutshall brings to School of Rock Knoxville nearly 40 years of musical experience, including over 30 years as a teacher. Eric has a certificate from the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, and is the author of several music publications available through Amazon and other outlets. In additional to bass, Eric has studied and is fluent in guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and lap steel guitar. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and ukelele teacher.

Paul Seguna Drum Teacher

Paul Seguna is a multi-instrumentalist from Knoxville, TN. Originally from Allen Park, MI, Paul has over 20 years of playing experience with a specific focus on drums. He spent a few years studying music education as a Percussion major, but is currently majoring in Audio Production Engineering. Paul performs locally and in the southeast US with bands of many genres and styles, reflecting his own diverse and eclectic musical interests. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Knoxville.

Natalie Lawson Vocal Instructor

Natalie Lawson was born in Powell, Tennessee. She has moved 16 times and came back to her hometown in Knoxville about four years ago. She’s been singing and performing for over 15 years. She’s currently a student at Pellissippi State, majors in Music and intends to move onto Business. When she’s not working with the students, she’s doing gigs all over East Tennessee with a duo partner who accompanies her on guitar. She performs all types of genres like jazz, blues, classic rock, folk, country and even some reggae. Natalie loves The Beatles. Paul McCartney and her dad are her biggest inspirations. Her dad used to do Elvis impersonations on television when he was her age and her mom was also always performing. She definitely grew up in a musical environment. She’s had experience working with all different ages of children, previously being a preschool teacher. She’s now also directing the Thursday Talking Heads group and has so much fun with the kids. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Knoxville.

Joey Torres Guitar Teacher

Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, Joey Torres started taking classical guitar lessons at the age of 12. He quickly moved on to electric guitar and started taking lessons at a local music school. By the time he was 15 years old, he was giving lessons at the same music school to entry-level students. Upon graduating from high school at age 17, he began a Music Education degree at the Inter-American University of San German in Puerto Rico. After a couple years he moved to Boston, MA and attended Berklee College of Music, this time in pursuit of a Music Production degree. After a couple semesters at Berklee, he moved back home to Puerto Rico and eventually landed in Tampa, FL, where he played with local bands all over the tri-county area of Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater. He worked at musical outlets. He eventually decided to continue his musical studies and attended the University of Southern Florida under a Jazz Studies degree, and spent three years working and studying under that program. Over the years he has played, recorded and toured with countless bands and artists in the Tampa Bay area. In 2018 he relocated to Knoxville, TN, and is currently playing in a couple different local Knoxville bands. He is a guitar teacher and show director at School of Rock Knoxville.

Donna Lewis Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Donna Lewis is a singer and songwriter from Portland, OR. She has led worship for various congregations and retreats, as well as performed lead vocal work for classic rock bands. As a private music instructor since 2006, Donna has taught all ages, from pre-school to retirement, the craft of music and the art of performing. Specifically, she has worked in the areas of piano, voice and theory. It is her greatest joy to see her students learn, grow and prosper, both in life and the use of their instrument. Donna is a published author and, when not making music or writing, she is an avid motorcyclist, cruising the Smokey Mountains on an Indian Scout. She is a vocal instructor, piano teacher, Little Wing teacher and Rookies teacher at School of Rock Knoxville.

Paul Hayes Drum Teacher

Paul Hayes is a diverse percussionist who has played in a variety of musical settings including orchestral, concert band, jazz, percussion ensemble, world percussion and church music. He is the Percussion Professor at Pellissippi State Community College where he teaches percussion, drum-set, and directs the Percussion Ensemble. He is member of the PAS World Percussion Committee. He also teaches drum-set at School of Rock and directs their Rock 101 performance group. He performs as one half of the Unfiltered Duo, a percussion and clarinet duo, with Amy Humberd. He also performs various freelance gigs in the Knoxville area.

He has played with the Oak Ridge Symphony, Wheaton Symphony, Maud Powell Festival Orchestra, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Community Orchestra, and Lake Junaluska Orchestra.

Paul received his Associates of Arts from Illinois Valley Community College in 2005, Bachelor of Music Performance from Lee University in 2012, and his Master of Music Performance from Lee University in December 2015.

At Lee University he performed with the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Lee he also performed with the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, Lake Junaluska Orchestra and performed various freelance jazz gigs.

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School of Rock has done wonders!

School of Rock has opened up an entire new dimension to my son's life. The teachers are top-notch, and the hardworking manager has gotten these kids playing onstage from zero stage experience to playing at major local venues.


We loved the rock camps!

Our kids had a fantastic time at rock camp this summer and we'll definitely be back. One week with no formal training and they were up on stage having a ball playing songs. Thanks so much.


The best way for young musicians to learn!

These kids are learning the music written by the greats that inspired today's greats! They learn hands-on with their peers in a fun way to not only learn to play, but learn to play with other musicians!


The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!