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School of Rock Nashville
3201 Belmont Blvd Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 730-5306

Location Specifics

We are located across from Belmont Animal Hospital and down the street from Martin's BBQ Joint.

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Hours
  • Monday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 12/24/2019: Closed
  • 01/01/2020: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 5-6

At School of Rock Nashville, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 to 6-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. Rookies students may further their experience by adding a weekly 45-minute individual lesson along with their regular weekly group lesson. Both the individual and group lessons are connected so that the group lessons reinforce skills covered during individual lessons.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

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 Nashville, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Nashville'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 Nashville have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs. Students enrolled in Rock 101 will also perform as the opening band for our Performance Program.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Nashville are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Nashville who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 11-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
Performance
Ages 11-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Nashville 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 Nashville Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Nashville music venues such as Exit/In, Mercy Lounge, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, BB King’s Nashville and more in front of a live audience. 

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Nashville'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 Nashville music venue.

Adult music program for students over 19
Adult Program
Ages 19+

School of Rock Nashville's Adult Program is for students over 19 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 Nashville 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 Nashville.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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 Nashville 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 Nashville.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 11-18

The School of Rock Nashville House Band music program gives students ages 11-18 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 Nashville'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
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

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 Nashville 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
AllStars
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
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

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.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Nashville

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Nashville, 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 Nashville is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Nashville 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 Nashville'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 Nashville, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Nashville, 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville. Unlike other Nashville 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
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

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 Nashville, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville 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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Nashville, 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 Nashville.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville, 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
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Nashville 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville. 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville 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 Nashville Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Nashville 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 Nashville music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Nashville, 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville’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.

Sarah Bryant General Manager

Our lovely Sarah is a native of middle Tennessee and attended Belmont University, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music - Voice principle, with an emphasis in Music Business. Sarah was exposed to rock music by her father at a young age, and she has been very passionate about music throughout her life. She began taking classical vocal lessons in early high school and proceeded to take lessons throughout her college career. Sarah's main genre of vocals is rock, and she is also trained in and greatly enjoys jazz, pop and musical theater. Her piano experience started when she was eight years old, and she continued taking lessons throughout high school and college.

Music continues to surround Sarah outside of School of Rock as she writes new music with her bandmates, plays keys and is a co-vocalist in a rock band here in Nashville. She also frequents many concerts and music festivals with her friends and family around the country.

Sarah serves as our General Manager at School of Rock, continuing three years as part of the School of Rock family. Sarah’s top priority is that students can call School of Rock their second home and family, while learning to be the best they can be.

Angie McCreight Owner

Angie has loved music her entire life. One of her earliest memories is listening to artists like Elvis Presley, Elton John and more with her parents as a toddler. Angie started singing at the age of five, joining her church choir at the age of eight. In middle school, Angie was a member of the Ketron Singers who performed at the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN and continued to develop her vocal skills with private lessons. Angie continued to perform in high school with her jazz band and performed in the Tennessee All-State Choir, as well as at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts.

Angie continued her vocal training in college and participated in activities that allowed her to continue to perform. She went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology and worked in pharmaceutical research for over 20 years. In 2011, after leaving her career in the pharmaceutical industry, she and her husband Kelly decided to open the first School of Rock in Tennessee in the Franklin/Cool Springs area and opened the Nashville location two years later. Angie is very passionate about providing this outlet for young musicians and has also seen her own children participate in the program and become School of Rock AllStars. Every day is a gift when she sees the students get excited about their music and performing in live music venues, even when they get excited about just being in the building.

Cole Thannisch Music Director, Vocal Instructor

Cole Thannisch is a graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music. Playing piano since the age of four, guitar since the age of 11 and singing since the age of 14, Cole has spent the vast majority of his life as a performer in several capacities. He garnered years of experience working as a vocalist, instrumentalist, accompanist, teacher, band director, composer, artist and producer on stage and in studios. Cole’s life revolves around music 24/7.

Beginning as a voice teacher in the spring of 2016, Cole first directed the Warped Tour Show in Summer 2017 and went on to become School of Rock Nashville’s Music Director in October 2017. Cole’s mission is simple - to drive School of Rock’s program forward to become an elite performance program for young, aspiring musicians in Music City while using real-world examples and experience to prepare students for the life of a working musician. He is also a vocal instructor at School of Rock Nashville.

Amberly Winfrey Vocal Instructor

Amberly Winfrey is a singer, songwriter and teacher from Cincinnati, OH. With church musicians for parents, gospel music was her first experience with singing. Outside of church, she was exposed to funk, soul and R&B. In her early teens, Amberly began taking voice lessons and singing in choirs. In a search for “heavier” sounding music, she discovered her love for rock.

At Northern Kentucky University, Amberly received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. For four years she was a member of the NKU Chamber Choir and NKU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Both ensembles competed regionally and internationally, including in gold and silver medal performances at the 2012 World Choir Games. She also performed as part of NKU’s Opera Workshop, R&B Combo I and JusTones New Music Ensemble. In 2017, she received her Master of Music in Commercial Voice Performance at Belmont University.

Outside of school, Amberly sang in funk, jazz, Top 40 cover and soul bands, and participated in community theater productions. Her love of music, combined with her love for teaching, is something Amberly has found joy in for years. She has taught a wide range of students with a very diverse range of musical interests, and continues to pursue diverse musical experiences in her own writing and performance. She encourages her students to do the same. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Nashville.

Anna Kline Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Anna Kline is a singer/songwriter and graduate of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music. While receiving her bachelors in Commercial Music Production she maintained a full studio of piano and vocal students. In addition, she has written and released her own debut EP titled "Undone," and a 10-track, multi-genre kids album for Cincinnati non-profit Clever Crazes. Most weekends you can find Anna singing at corporate/wedding events, or sharing her own music at local writers rounds. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Nashville.

Drew Kohl Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Drew is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He has taught lessons on piano, bass, acoustic and electric guitar for over nine years. He graduated with honors from the guitar program at the Atlanta Institute of Music. He was also accepted into the classical piano and music composition program at the University of Georgia. After studying at UGA he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue songwriting, performing and teaching.

Drew enjoys teaching beginners of all styles and intermediate to advance students on songwriting, music theory, rock, indie, folk, bluegrass and country styles. He has studied and transcribed songs from a variety of artists for students including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and CCR, as well as contemporary bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and Modest Mouse to name a few. He enjoys working with students and helping them play the songs they love.

Drew Mechler Drum Teacher

Drew Mechler is new to the School of Rock Nashville staff but has been a member of the School of Rock family for quite some time now. Having played drums for most of his life, he jumped right into the Performance Program at age 12 at School of Rock Somerville in New Jersey, quickly joining the House Band soon after. He was a member of the school until he graduated and became a drum teacher for them in 2016. He then left for Tennessee to pursue a degree in Music Business with an emphasis in Audio Production. Drew’s many inspirations span everywhere from modern progressive rock icons Matt Garstka and Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders and Matt Halpern of Periphery, to pop and hip-hop artists such as Twenty-One Pilots and Logic. Drew currently plays in his band Ambrose, who just released their debut full-length LP entitled “Adama.” He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Nashville.

John O'Brien Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

John O'Brien has spent most of his life making music. At the age of 10, he began learning the saxophone and started playing music through school programs. Picking up guitar by the age of 13, he knew that music would always be an important part of his life and sought out every opportunity to perform. School programs provided performance opportunities in wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, marching bands, pep bands, pit orchestras, jazz combos, show choir combos and saxophone quartets. Still needing more, John would form his own bands outside of school. These bands would emphasize original material and range in styles from blues and jazz to rock, pop and metal. Over the years he’s played hundreds of shows all over the Midwest, recorded several albums, and had his music played on commercial radio stations in Chicago and elsewhere.

Nathan Aronowitz Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Nathan is a multi-instrumentalist from Rogers, Arkansas whose roots are in blues and gospel music. Throughout high school, Nathan performed on the weekends with his band Nathan A. Blues, playing local music festivals such as Bikes Blues and Barbecue, Highberry and the Eureka Springs Blues Festival.

Since moving to Nashville to pursue a Commercial Piano degree at Belmont University, Nathan has backed numerous artists in the area and actively plays with his own progressive funk band, Down Boy. Nathan resided as the Minister of Music for Progressive Missionary Baptist Church from 2014-2018, has taught at various music academies throughout the years and is now a proud member of the School of Rock family.

Noah Miller Drum Teacher

Noah started playing drums at the age of 13. He grew up in New York City and then later moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia where he went to the Main Line School of Rock. He participated in the house band and eventually became a School of Rock AllStar. He attended Belmont University, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Commercial Percussion with emphasis in the Music Business. Noah's favorite bands are Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tool and Jimi Hendrix.

Luke Fiadino Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Luke Fiadino is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and music theory enthusiast from Philadelphia, PA. He was introduced to music was when he was eight years old and began classical and jazz upright bass lessons, which aided him in learning other instruments and developing an understanding of music theory. He moved to Nashville, TN in 2016 and is currently a senior at Belmont University, studying music business and education. Luke is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Nashville, but also plays trombone, tuba and cello. Luke is the lead guitarist and composer for the progressive rock band Ambrose, but also has experience playing in orchestras and jazz ensembles. His main influences include Animals As Leaders, Deftones and John Coltrane. In his free time, Luke enjoys practicing guitar, eating great food and playing Xbox.

James Mellett Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Raised in Ambler, PA, James Mellett began taking folk guitar lessons at the age of 10. He picked up keys and bass shortly thereafter. With this foundation, he branched out to teach himself the music of Queen, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Megadeth. He performed classic rock, soul and blues around the Philly area during his teen years, but he was always captivated more by records than live performances. Then, sometime during those years, it happened: a friend introduced James to Steely Dan, the duo known for obsessively laboring over every detail of their records. Three years later he earned a degree in Record Production from Berklee College of Music. Along with that came some skills: ear training, music theory/composition, arranging, recording techniques, sound design and mixing. Now, he's excited to share his musical knowledge with aspiring pupils in hopes that it will bring them to have a more full understanding of what music even is. His influences include Steely Dan, The Beatles, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Beach Boys, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, The Four Seasons, Bob Dylan, Prince, Smokey Robinson, Glen Campbell, Shuggie Otis, Ray Charles and J Dilla. He is a guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Nashville.

Brian Sorenson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Brian Sorenson has achieved a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory, both from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. While pursuing graduate school in Cincinnati, Brian was active as a teacher and performer around the city, and gained extensive experience as a theater pit musician. At CCM he taught as a graduate assistant in each of the Classical Guitar and Music Theory departments in separate years. He also taught music lessons at several schools around the city. Brian previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, double-majoring in Guitar Performance and Economics and Management.

In Nashville, Brian works as a sideman with various songwriters, performing both live and studio music on a variety of string instruments. He also works as a recording engineer and producer, and released his debut solo album, "Shape of Fire," in March 2018. The album was independently produced and recorded by the artist in Nashville and mixed and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist). He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Nashville.

Callie Huffman Studio Coordinator

Callie Huffman began working with School of Rock during the summer of 2017 in North Carolina and is thrilled to be a part of School of Rock Nashville. She graduated in May of 2018 from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Callie has been surrounded by a variety of musical influences from a young age, including her mother, who is a world-traveled soprano in opera and classical music. Callie is a singer/songwriter who has performed throughout the Charlotte region and released her own debut EP, as well as through the United States, Denmark and Sweden with the Davidson United Methodist Church choir. While not running the front desk, Callie enjoys going to concerts and going hiking with her puppy. She is our Studio Coordinator.

Brian Nhira Vocal Instructor

It was at an event on the rural countryside of Oklahoma where Brian Nhira made his surprising musical debut. As he recalls, he was just four years old on that beautiful summer day when his parents lovingly pushed him onto a stage and told him to sing for a small group of spectators that had gathered. Though initially shy with a bit of stage fright, Nhira faced his fears and he has never looked back.

During Nhira's college experience his music and online videos started gaining recognition, which led to an invitation to audition for the Emmy Award-winning NBC show "The Voice." For his blind audition Nhira sang the global smash hit song "Happy," originally written and performed by Pharrell Williams, and subsequently chose Williams to be his coach on the show. Nhira successfully navigated his way to the live rounds of the nationally televised talent competition by captivating audiences, and the coaches alike, with electric performances of top 40 hits, including "Sugar" by Maroon 5," Grenade" by Bruno Mars and "Alive" by Sia.

Nhira’s recent music has charted on the Global Top 100 Pop Songs chart and his creatively produced music videos have racked up over 70 million views, with hit songs “Would You Still Love Me?” and “Til Death Do Us Part,” to name a few. As Nhira continues to write, record and release new music he also regularly performs in countless venues around the world and at events including concerts and festivals, among others. Nhira was recently awarded the Zimbabwe Achievers Award for Excellence in Music, was nominated as one of the Best Performing Acts by the AFRIMA awards, and he was also named one of the Tulsans of the Year by the Tulsa World News Organization.

Nhira's goal is to be a catalyst of hope through the medium of music, with one of his methods being music outreaches. Over the years he has been able to inspire and motivate thousands of students across the country and around the world with the simple message that it's possible for them to achieve their dreams. His signature outreach, called The Backpack Project, has donated thousands of backpacks to students in underserved communities. He is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Nashville.

Sara Keden Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Sara Keden is an electric bass player, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter living in Nashville. She is a 2019 graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Professional Studies. Her degree included a focus in music therapy, as well as minors in psychology, music business and songwriting. Prior to college, Sara’s entire music education consisted of School of Rock. She attended School of Rock Fairfield in Connecticut for eight years, and she was a four-time School of Rock AllStar. Sara loves teaching music to people of all ages and backgrounds. She is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Nashville.

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Reviews

THE INSTRUCTORS ARE AMAZING.

They understand where each child is at and help them to achieve mastery of their instrument, whether it be drums, piano, guitar, bass, or their voice. They help the child overcome obstacles so they can reach their fullest potential.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

IT BUILDS SELF ESTEEM.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

IT MAKES MUSICIANS.

We have two boys who are 10 and 12 and they both love the one-on-one instrument lesson with an instructor and then the band rehearsals, practicing music with same age musicians in a band setting.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

IT HELPS IN EVERY WAY.

My grandson is 12 and has autism. He has taken drum lessons since he was 4. School of Rock has given him an environment where he can blossom not only with his music but socially with other children that share his interests.

5
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