Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Perth’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.
Chris Samakovidis Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Having played guitar professionally in both cover and original acts for over 10 years, he brings a fun spin on the School of Rock ethos - prefering to prioritise entertainment and performance in his lessons.
Jack Hill Drum Teacher
Jack Hill is a drummer from Perth, WA. After completing a Diploma of Music Industry at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2017, he now studies Music Specialist Studies under the world-renowned drummer Daniel Susnjar at the University of Western Australia. Jack plays around the Perth and Fremantle music scene in numerous contemporary outfits, keeping busy with session work in the studio and on stage. He can be heard on national radio playing for artists such as Carla Geneve or Noah Dillon and has supported acts like The Waifs and Birds of Tokyo. Jack continues to develop his skills as a musician and teacher, taking pride in his ability to communicate drumming intricacies to a wide range of students.
Dion Mariani Music Director
Dion Mariani has been a fixture of the Perth music scene for over a decade, finding his rock n' roll feet as the frontman of renowned kid-rock outfit The Flairz. At just 10 years old, Dion was given his first introduction to the national and international touring front, performing on festival stages around Australia as well as the prestigious South by South West music conference in Austin, Texas. Since then, Dion has embarked on many successful musical endeavours as a performer, booking agent and band manager. His current band, Custom Royal, have received national acclaim, touring Australia and performing with the likes of British India, Bruce Foxton's From The Jam and many others, earning themselves a loyal following. As the nephew of legendary The Stems frontman Dom Mariani, rock n' roll runs deep in the Mariani name and Dion is no exception.
Carolyn Thomas Singing Teacher
Carolyn is a singer and original artist who has been performing in the Perth live music scene for the last five years doing her originals, playing in a cover band, performing large concerts with WAAPA and also performing with a gospel choir. Carolyn graduated WAAPA with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Vocals) in 2015 and has been involved in teaching music from 2014 onwards – both privately and as part of various music schools, as well as pursuing her performance and original music career. Carolyn is passionate about music and performing, but also about inspiring others to love and pursue music.
Luke Reynolds Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Luke is a musician from Perth, Australia. Having completed an Advanced Diploma of Music and Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), his passion for a wide range of music genres and artists has influenced his style and he performs regularly with cover bands around Western Australia. Luke is currently the bass guitarist in the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, a powerful, melody-driven psychedelic rock band from Perth who’ve been quoted as “resembling Jimi Hendrix fresh off the end of a light globe.” His highlights so far include supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Goons of Doom, Skegss, releasing Psychedelic Porn Crumpets' debut album “High Visceral Pt. 1” and completing a national tour around Australia.
Oly Gordon Drum Teacher
With over eight years of teaching experience, Oly prides himself on shaping every lesson to a student's specific needs and interests. With a background in cognitive and social psychology, Oly seeks to finds the most beneficial way of teaching each student, as no two students learn the same way. His lessons have a strong focus on building confidence, cooperation and listening ability, which helps improve students' performance in a live band and speed up their overall learning process. Oly is currently continuing his drum studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) studying for a Bachelor of Contemporary Music. In his spare time you will find Oly walking his puppy or sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive biscuit.
Dom Loiacono Owner, General Manager
Dom’s love of rock music started at the age of seven. His parents noticed him constantly banging pots and pans around the house to the point of driving the whole family crazy. It was time to get him some drum lessons. Dom was hooked from the first lesson. He played in bands, performing live shows from the age of 13 and was promoting his own gigs at a very young age. To this day, Dom still plays in a rock band, performing gigs around Perth, Western Australia. After 20 years in the property business, Dom decided to take the leap of faith and open School of Rock Perth, believing it is exactly what Perth needs. His involvement in learning and playing music, from a very young age, is the reason he has forged lifelong friendships and relationships that he treasures. Dom says that the most satisfying and rewarding thing about owning School of Rock is seeing how kids come out of their shells and become happy, confident and passionate young musicians who love working with each other. His love of music has also seen him become involved in the concert promoting business.