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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Cole ThannischMusic Director, Singing Teacher

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 eleven, and singing since the age of fourteen, Cole has spent the vast majority of his life as a performer in several capacities. Having 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 the Nashville School of Rock’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.

Noah MillerDrum 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.

Mel GoldsteinGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Mel is a vocalist, bassist, guitarist, audio engineer and composer from New York, NY. A graduate of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, she studied guitar performance and songwriting. Before that, she was inspired by the pop-punk and alt rock bands of the early 2000s, a la Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco. As her studies progressed, she took inspiration from early Delta Blues rock, the Allman Brothers, and such classic acts as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, even current pop artists like Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey. Her favorite bands today are Tedeschi Trucks Band and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. Mel has performed with various bands in festivals like Okeechobee, GroundUp, is an alumnae of the National YoungArts Foundation, and has worked in professional studios and venues in NYC and Nashville. She currently runs a pro home studio out of her basement in East Nashville and sings lead and plays bass in her band that performs regularly around the Nashville area and across the country.

Bailey RankinSinging Teacher

Bailey is a performer and teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio with a big voice to accompany her personality. Bailey moved to Nashville in 2011 to attend Belmont University where she received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Commercial Music with an emphasis on vocal performance. In the summer of 2015, Bailey became certified in Somatic Voicework: The Lovetri Method and uses these skills with students to bring about healthy singing in any style. With her performance experience and knowledge of the vocal mechanism, Bailey is prepared to give each student next-level vocal instruction! Her goal is to provide students with the necessary skills to have a free and functional voice. She achieves this by sticking to two main priorities: vocal health and an emphasis on the student’s desires.

Outside of teaching, Bailey is a prominent vocalist in the Downtown-Broadway circuit and also manages and performs in The 12 South Band. She is also able to bring something different to the Nashville stage as she is a dancer and choreographer. You will never find an empty dance floor in front of Bailey's stage!

With her performance experience and knowledge of the vocal mechanism, Bailey is prepared to give each student next-level vocal instruction! With her ever-positive attitude and smiling face, Bailey hopes to bring a bit of joy to every student's day.

Drew CrealGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Chicago area native Drew Creal has been playing guitar for 19 years and has been teaching students of all ages for 11 years. Though Drew has a Journalism degree from Northern Illinois University, he spent much of time honing his classical and jazz chops during his college years by studying with guitar professor and Garaj Mahal guitarist Fareed Haque. Drew moved to Nashville in 2012 to join metal band As Hell Retreats where he toured with the band for a year, playing small and large clubs as well as festivals in over 30 different states. He currently plays guitar and bass in 4 different bands in Nashville including his own creative outlet: the ambient, instrumental post-rock band Muir. Drew continues to study guitar at a high level with Shane Roberts, seeking to master all styles of guitar and deepen his knowledge and ability on the instrument. His favorite thing to do is to help students, friends, moms and dads come to an understanding that no matter how difficult the guitar part, song, or situation is, you are never stuck. There's always another option if we choose to think positively and seek truth. On nights and weekends, Drew enjoys dining out eating his favorite foods, Mexican and Thai.

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