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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Sarah GreenwaldSinging Teacher

In 2010, Sarah Greenwald moved from Oshkosh, WI to Memphis, TN to pursue a music degree at Visible Music College. She achieved not only a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance but graduated with high honors and won the vocal department of excellence award for her academic work as a student and performer. It was also during college that she earned her place as an intern at a music school in Kandern, Germany where she taught voice lessons, directed choirs and taught music theory classes. Her students were also given the chance to produce shows and record in the studio where she served as a co-director and vocal coach.
Upon completing her education at Visible Music College, she started to sing with different artists around the Memphis area as a jazz vocalist, where she was able to push herself vocally and as a performer. In addition, she has taught in a variety of different elementary schools, both as a vocal and piano teacher. She’s currently serving as a worship leader at Life Fellowship Church and is planning to pursue her Master’s in vocal pedagogy and vocal performance.

Landon MooreGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Landon Moore has been performing and recording professionally in Memphis for the past 10 years. Buying his first bass guitar at 18, he immediately started playing live at various venues across Memphis. Once he had established himself as a live artist he then ventured into the world of the studio musician. Landon has performed with local bands such as Ingram Hill, Rusty Lemon, This Is Goodbye, Fast Planet, Jeremy Stanfill, Craig Davis, Eric Gales and many others. He has also performed with members of such bands as The Black Crowes, Better Than Ezra, North Mississippi Allstars, Galactic, Shinedown and Saving Abel. As a studio musician he has recorded with many of the most sought-after producers and engineers in Memphis including John Hampton, Jeff Powell, Pete Matthews and Paul Ebersold. As a School of Rock instructor, Landon hopes to bring an eclectic view of music into the minds of his students; not merely teaching them how to play the music they love, but showing them where that music ultimately came from.

Chris StephensonSinging Teacher, Piano Teacher

Chris Stephenson is a Hammond B3 player/keyboardist/vocalist from Memphis, Tennessee. He’s been a regular entertainer at BB King's Blues Club, The Rum Boogie and all around Memphis and the mid-South for the past 16 years. He’s opened for BB King four times, shared the stage with Bobby Blue Bland and toured with Shirley Brown on The Blues is Alright tour. He currently works with six different bands every week, including one that features legendary bassist Leroy Hodges, Jr. Chris has recorded with several Memphis artists, such as Brandon Santini, Victor Wainwright and Jeff Jensen at many different studios, including Ardent and Sun.

Dylan WheelerGuitar Teacher

Dylan Wheeler has been playing guitar for over 10 years, completely self-taught for over half of that time. In 2015 he graduated from Visible Music College with a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar. Since graduating Dylan has played with numerous artists around Memphis and currently plays with School of Rock Memphis vocal instructor Laramie.

Will PresleyGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Will has been teaching for three years and is writing/recording his own music, using his ever-growing list of influences to shape his own unique sound. After college, Will joined a Nashville progressive rock band and toured the northeast and southeast. After leaving the band, he began teaching. Will began studying music theory in high school and majored in Music at Belmont University in Nashville, where he also studied Music Business and Audio Engineering. Will started playing the guitar at the age of 10 when he discovered Green Day. As the years went by, heavier and more progressive artists (such as Metallica, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Devin Townsend and Dream Theater) found their way into his repertoire.

Rodd BlandDrum Teacher

From blues royalty, the son of Bobby "Blue" Bland and godson of B.B. King, Rodd Bland rose up from the age of three learning traditional blues from his father's drummers, John "Jab O" Starks, Harold "Peanie" Portier and Rodd's brother, Tony Coleman, to become an exceptional band cornerstone rounding out any genre.

Spending much of his time touring live, Rodd has additionally contributed to sessions with talent such as Ian Siegal, and Darren Jay and The Delta Souls. Rodd appeared alongside his father at Austin City Limits and Music Voyager, as well as in the documentary "Take Me To The River," playing with his father and Yo Gotti. He then played a Sundance Film Festival concert for the movie, anchoring the drum throne with The Hi Rhythm Band, playing behind STAX legends William Bell and Ben Cauley Jr., as well as Oscar-winning rapper Frayser Boy and Al Kapone.

As Rodd enters a new era of his life as a musician, with the loss of his father, King and Clay, he has taken the opportunity to transfer lessons he absorbed to a new generation of blues fans while carrying on the great legacy of the blues royalty. Currently Rodd stays in an active role behind the bands Brimstone Jones, Will Tucker, The Blues Player's Club, and Rodd Bland and The Members Only Band (Bobby Blue Bland Tribute), and tours internationally on festival circuits with such great artists as The Reverend Shawn Amos.

Greg RedingGuitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Greg is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience in the music industry. In 1967, his band, The Village Sound, signed a recording contract with legendary record company Stax Records. In 1973, Greg joined the famous Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, for whom he played lead guitar and keyboard. In 1985, Greg wrote a song called “Against the Night” that was featured on 38 Special's "Strength in Numbers" album, selling over 1,000,000 copies and earning gold record status. He's performed locally and nationally with world-renowned artists such as legendary blues artist Albert King and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash. He's also worked with a wide variety of musicians and bands such as Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles, Tommy Roe, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, The Drifters, The Coasters and Bo Diddley, to name a few. In 1989, Greg formed The Memphis All-Stars, a local rhythm blues band that he still owns and operates today.

Blake RheaBass Guitar Teacher

Blake Rhea has been teaching and performing music for the last 15 years. His career as a bassist and guitarist has crossed several genres and allowed him to play both nationally and internationally. After graduating from Rhodes College, he co-founded CYC, a band that blended rock, funk, hip-hop and jazz. CYC recorded three records and regularly toured and played on Beale Street. In 2003, Blake joined the Gamble Brothers Band. GBB, a soul and rock/pop group, beat out 1,200 bands to win the Billboard-sponsored Independent World Series in Nashville. He had the opportunity to work with producer Jeff Powell (Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Big Star). In 2009, he began to tour with Austin-based singer/songwriter Charlie Mars, as well as drummer J.J. Johnson (John Mayer) and organist John Ginty (Robert Randolph, School of Rock Montclair Musical Director). Also during this time, he recorded "Rapocalypse" with local hip-hop group Lord T. and Eloise. While on tour supporting the release of this record, they had the opportunity to play for George Lucas and Seth Green at Skywalker Ranch in San Francisco, CA.
In 2011, Blake began collaborating with local blues musician Billy Gibson. In September of that year they were invited to play for the troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Blake has gained valuable experience both touring and in the studio. Working on these diverse projects gave him the opportunity to share the stage with Jim Dandy, Al Kapone, Eightball and MJG, Roy Hargrove, Galactic and Eric Gales to name a few. Throughout the years, he has always made time to share with students his passion for music.

Missy ShacklefordSinging Teacher

Missy has been a vocal and performance coach for over 16 years and her career has included assisting several students on "The Voice" and "American Idol" in addition to many local and regional competitions. Missy is also an accomplished songwriting instructor and has been an advocate for songwriters and artists the majority of her career. Simultaneously with teaching, she advanced her knowledge and education of the industry into music publishing and licensing. She has represented local and award winning songwriters as a Woman in Sync at several Sync Summits, including in Nashville and L.A. She has successfully licensed music for television with several networks including NBC, Bravo and HBO. Missy continues to have a heart for young creative people and passionately enjoys developing their talent for all aspects of the music industry.

Rory Mills SullivanDrum Teacher

Currently Rory play drums with Marcella and Her Lovers. His father worked at Ardent Studios as a house engineer, working on albums by Alex Chilton, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, ZZ Top, and Mudboy and the Neutrons.

Rory received his first drum set at age four, and began studying percussion at age 10 under the tutelage of instructors Cedric Keel (Billy Gibson Band, King Beez) and Paul Buchignani (The Afghan Whigs) at the world famous Memphis Drum Shop. He began playing professionally in high school. Upon graduation, he worked as both a musician and a nanny until attending college in 2005. He graduated in 2008 with an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and again in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.

Emily WolfeStudio Coordinator

Emily Wolfe is a classically trained singer and professional voice actor. Her passion for theatre and music began at a young age, and she has spent her life honing her craft. Emily has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, University of Memphis Theatre and Dance, Bob Westbrook Studios and many more. Her passion for voice acting began in college. She mostly has been featured in ads and video games, but she hopes to focus more on audiobooks in the future. Her broad range of experience has allowed her to take advantage of an array of opportunities, including working as a professional scenic artist. She has worked for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and the UofM Opera, but her most recent work can be seen in CMT’s "Sun Records."

Emily recently graduated Cum Laude from University of Memphis, earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. She was also an active member of the Kappa Delta sorority and Memphis Tiger Elite throughout her college career. Emily is very excited to be a part of the School of Rock team as a studio coordinator. She hopes to help inspire Memphis’s young artists to reach their potential.

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