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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Derek EngstromDrum Teacher

Derek Engstrom has been playing drums for 17 years and performing professionally for 11 years. He is a versatile musician who began his training through classic rock music, and has since become accomplished in funk, R&B, jazz and Latin jazz. He performs regularly with Leisure Chief, where he functions as songwriter and drummer, and also plays percussion for the Latin jazz fusion quartet Con Leche. He has opened for national acts Robert Cray and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band among others, and has performed at venues such as The Social, The Plaza Theater, The Abbey and The Orlando Museum of Art.

Derek is eager to share his love of music and drumming skills with his students.

Patrick Morenopiano Teacher

From the first time he sat at a piano, Patrick has been exploring the possibilities of music as both an art form and a method of communication. He started learning piano at the age of 12 and began to study guitar at 15. During this time, he was influenced largely by musicians like Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Béla Bartók. From listening to these musicians, Patrick developed a unique sense of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic motion which he is still honing today.

Ron SwordGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Currently working on his Ph. D dissertation for the University of California Santa Barbara, Ron is an experienced guitar and bass guitar instructor striving to provide a comprehensive learning experience for his students. He is comfortable teaching players of all skill levels and styles, including various rock genres, jazz, nu-jazz and Metal. The author of several music theory and scales books, Ron also lectures frequently on topics such as microtonal theory and has spoken at Berklee College of Music, UC Santa Barbara, UCF and others. Ron also designs and builds custom electric guitars in several temperaments with unusual string configurations.

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