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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

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.

John Strollo Drum Teacher

Ever since hearing Metallica on the radio at age 13, John has been a drummer. He has played in many local alternative rock bands, worship services, metal bands, competed in a couple drum-off competitions and occasionally gets the opportunity to do studio session work. Although completely self-taught on the drums, he has backed up his existing knowledge with professional musicianship, music theory and recording classes with a year of studying at Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale, CA from 2012 to 2013 while completing his Political Science B.A at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His favorite drummer is a drum educator named Mike Johnston, whom, along with progressive drummers like Matt Garstka from Animals as Leaders, Matt Halpern from Periphery and drum-off champion JP Bouvet, all inspired him to become a drum educator. He looks forward to sharing his passion for drumming with his students.

Maurice Hendricks Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Maurice is a lifelong lover of all things music, having a very strong background in symphonic music and a mastery of the bassoon, as well as a love of the bass guitar. He also is a hard core fan of rock n' roll, punk, hip-hop and beyond with a devotion to artists like The Ramones and Incubus. He entered into the world of vocal study, vocal training and instruction when in college via the performance track as an operatic baritone, which led to him obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Carson-Newman University and doing extensive master’s work at Converse in South Carolina. He performs regularly as a solo artist and member of Marble City Opera and Knoxville Opera, as well as formerly with The Ooh Ooh Revue and now with Black Pants Girls shows. His mission is to create opportunities for students to explore their true vocal skills and range.

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.

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