Sarah Bryant Regional Director
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 and piano lessons in 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.
Music continues to surround Sarah outside of School of Rock with songwriting and producing for fun. She also frequents many concerts and music festivals with her friends and family around the country. Aside from music, Sarah loves cooking, hiking, and playing video games.
Sarah serves as our Regional Manager at School of Rock, continuing five 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.
Emily Dunigan Assistant General Manager
Originally from Long Island, New York, Emily came to Nashville to attend Belmont University. She graduated with an Entertainment Industry Studies degree with a minor in Music Business in May of 2019. She grew up taking classical voice lessons, and always has had a passion for music and creating. Emily can commonly be found binge watching the latest awful reality tv show or finding some unknown band you have never heard of. Her favorite part of School of Rock is watching all of the shows come together and seeing kids be inspired by one another every day.
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.
Anna Kline Singing Teacher, Songwriting 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 Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard 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.
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, Show Director
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, Bass Guitar Teacher, Show Director
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.
Bryan Royals SINGING AND KEYBOARD TEACHER
Bryan is a voice and piano instructor who has been passionate about music, performing, and the arts from an early age. This Alabama native holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Mobile where he studied voice and musical theater. He attended the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany before moving to Orlando, Florida where he had the opportunity to do session recording and performing in various places such as Walt Disney World and professional theater. Bryan has had the opportunity to perform in the Orlando area, around the country, and abroad, but he is continuing his career in Nashville while pouring into the lives of artists young and old, helping them develop their talents and gifts in music.
K.C. Harris Guitar Teacher, Show Director
K.C. Harris moved to Nashville in 2018 to continue pursuing a career in music. He graduated from Berklee College of Music earlier the same year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music, with focuses on music business and American roots music. His music combines aspects of his favorite genres, including: rock and roll, country, jazz, bluegrass, and others. K.C. attended School of Rock in Vista, California from age 11 through high school, and is a first hand witness to what this program can do for someone that is passionate about music.
Marcus Wanner Guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drum teacher
Born in Nashville, Marcus is from a family of musicians and began playing music at a young age. He plays guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. After attending Nashville School of the Arts for high school, he completed a degree in Jazz Studies on guitar at MTSU, alongside additional studies in composition, orchestration, and arranging. In addition to regularly performing, Marcus has an avid passion for audio engineering, both live and in the studio. He owns a studio in East Nashville where he frequently records and produces for clients from all genres. Much of his time is devoted to his band Slider.
Dillon Johnson Drum Teacher
Kansas City native Dillon Johnson is a drummer, producer, and educator based out of Nashville, TN. Born into a family saturated by drummers it was only fitting that he would follow in their footsteps. At the age of 5 he discovered his passion for drumming and began his predestined musical journey. During his formative years, he studied under Dr. Dennis G. Rogers, Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at MWSU where he would learn the key fundamentals that would help shape the rest of his music career. Since moving to Nashville in 2020, Dillon currently maintains a busy teaching, playing, and session schedule.
Arthur Stover Drum Teacher
Arthur is a drummer from Winston-Salem, NC. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019, and has several years of experience performing, recording, and teaching. His teaching experience spans across all age groups and styles of music. Rather than taking a "one size fits all" approach, Arthur loves to customize lessons to help fit a student's individual interests and goals, while also providing foundational tools to help them thrive in a band setting.
Stacey Kelleher Guitar, singing, bass guitar, and keyboard teacher
Stacey Kelleher is a Nashville-based musician from Ossipee, New Hampshire. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Songwriting. With a career in music spanning her entire life, Stacey is a vocalist and plays guitar, keys, bass and percussion. Stacey is passionate about music education and encourages creativity in folks of all ages. She is also an instructor at School of Rock Franklin.