School of Rock Main Line’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Berwyn music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Ian KrierGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ian, a New Jersey native, comes to School of Rock with many years of rock guitar experience. As a self-taught guitarist he began his learning by playing along with his cassette tapes at the age of 12 to groups such as Guns 'N Roses, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many others. With the help of his cassettes and many guitar magazines he learned the basics of his instrument and practiced relentlessly. At age 14 he began giving private guitar lessons after school. Upon high school graduation Ian decided to head to college and set his guitar down and focus on his studies as an Economics major at Utah State University. It wasn't long before Ian found himself spending all free time playing his guitar. He played in many east coast original rock actsand had a very brief stint with a cover band. Ian's teaching style comes from years of learning, performing and being the hired gun in other people's projects around the US. Those years have helped him to find his own way of writing, performing and teaching rock n' roll.
Rik AlisonMusic Director, Guitar Teacher
Rik has over 20 years of professional performing experience and taught 65+ students a week for over 15 years. From traveling the Midwest in a road cover band, to playing his own music in some of the top venues on the eastern seaboard, including The Middle East in Boston, CBGB's and The Continental in NYC, Rik has played thousands of gigs and brings this real world experience to the classroom. As an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he majored in Performance and Music Education, Rik has devised a program to solidify student's understanding of harmony, arranging and ear training as it pertains to their instruments and the music they love. In addition to all the road work and studying, Rik has also logged hundreds of hours of studio time in everything from 8-track demo studios to fully automated 48-track facilities and uses this experience to help prepare students for the different situations that can arise in live performances and studio sessions. Rik believes in continuing education and is always trying new things and looking for time to study new concepts.