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About School of Rock Germantown

Find your place in the music at School of Rock Germantown. We have a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people.

At School of Rock Germantown, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Germantown’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock Germantown today to learn more about our creative community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Germantown
9309 Poplar Ave
#102
Germantown, TN 38138
US
(901) 209-4170(901) 209-4170

Horas de funcionamento

Day of the WeekHours
Segunda - Quinta2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sexta3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sábado9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
DomingoFechado

Programas

  • At School of Rock Germantown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Germantown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Germantown’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Germantown is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Germantown, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Germantown students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Germantown’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Germantown’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Germantown musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Germantown can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Germantown, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Germantown, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Germantown works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Germantown’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Germantown’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Germantown.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceEncontrar um acampamento ou workshop

  • School of Rock Germantown’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Germantown Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Germantown’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Germantown learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Germantown Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Germantown enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Germantown’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Germantown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Germantown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Germantown’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Próximos Eventos

    • December 23
      9:00 AM

      School Closings

      The school will be closed for all lessons and rehearsals on Saturday, 12/23/17, Monday 12/25/17, and Monday, January 1, 2018.
    • January 19
      7:00 PM

      Pearl Jam vs Red Hot Chili Peppers Show at The Bluff

      Concert
      Come check out our season show Pearl Jam vs RHCP as we play The Bluff for the first time ever!
    • January 20
      1:00 PM

      Yardbrids After The Yardbirds Show with Special Guest Ask'n Fer Trouble and Rock 101/102

      Concert
      Come check out our season show Yardbirds After The Yardbirds as we play Neil's Music Room with special guest Ask'n fer Trouble! Great stage and Sound! See you there!
    • January 26
      7:00 PM

      Tribute to Chris Cornell show at 1884 Lounge

      Concert
      Come check out our season show a Tribute to Chris Cornell at the 1884 Lounge. Be there!
    • January 27
      3:00 PM

      Motown vs Stax Show at Lafayettes

      Concert
      Come check out our Motown vs Stax show at Lafayettes! Be there!
    • January 28
      3:00 PM

      Bell Bottom Boogie Show at BB Kings

      Concert
      Come check out our Bell Bottom Boogie show at BB Kings! Be there!

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Funcionários

    • Photo of Dena Brown
      Dena Brown
      Vocal Instructor/Show Director
      Dena Brown is a lifelong vocalist who began singing at the age of five. 'I'll Always Love You' by Taylor Dane was the first song she ever sang. From that time on, Dena has devoted her life to m...
      Dena Brown is a lifelong vocalist who began singing at the age of five. 'I'll Always Love You' by Taylor Dane was the first song she ever sang. From that time on, Dena has devoted her life to music. She has participated in countless programs and concerts throughout her childhood. Dena was honored with the coveted All-West Tennessee Honors Choir 5 Year Participant Award. She also participated in the All-State choir two years in a row. Dena continued her musical journey into college. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC) with a BA in Music and a concentration in voice. While at UTC Dena studied the Estill Voice Method under the instruction of Jan Cochrane. Estill Voice Training is a method of vocal training which develops vocal skills based on vocal maneuvers that improve a person's vocal mechanism which gives them a greater quality of sound. Dena currently serves as an Orff Music Specialist with Memphis City Schools. She has been with the school system for six years. She also taught voice privately for three years. She has a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Music Education from Union University. She also holds an EdS. from the University of Mississippi. She has obtained two levels of Orff Music Certification from the University of Memphis. Dena also sings with the Memphis Symphony Chorus.
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      Tommie Closson
      Guitar, Bass, Instructor/Show Director
      At an early age, Tommie was surrounded by the Rock N' Roll and Blues music that came from his parent's speakers. Raised in a household with music constantly playing, it wasn't long until he picked ...
      At an early age, Tommie was surrounded by the Rock N' Roll and Blues music that came from his parent's speakers. Raised in a household with music constantly playing, it wasn't long until he picked up his father's acoustic guitar and began learning the instrument. He also learned the drums around this time, but chose to stick with the guitar as his main instrument At age 11, he and his brother wrote their first song, ultimately sparking the beginning of a collaboration between the two that is still active today. The two performed an original song in their middle school talent show and won first place. Afterwards, the two found a drummer and bass player and formed 'Young Guns.' For the next five years the band went on to record an EP at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and graced the stages of numerous venues and festivals all across the Mid-south. Among these, they opened for ZZ Top, and Blues Traveler at Snowden Grove Amphitheater, where he was asked to jam onstage with them for a song. They also opened up for Country bigs Luke Bryan and Eric Church. They performed at the El Dorado Music Fest in Arkansas three years in a row, and also played at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR on the main stage. He has also expanded his horizons in variousJazz and Blues acts within the Memphis scene.Tommie has been teaching for the past 4 years, and enjoys passing along and sharing the music. The future of music is left in the hands of the younger generations, and he recognizes the importance this has on the longevity of music.
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      Kris Sharp
      Guitar Instructor/Show Director
      From an early age, music has been a major part of Kristopher Sharp's life. He hit the ground running when he received his first guitar at the age of 13. His career as a rock and roll, rhythm and bl...
      From an early age, music has been a major part of Kristopher Sharp's life. He hit the ground running when he received his first guitar at the age of 13. His career as a rock and roll, rhythm and blues guitar player has allowed him to play both nationally and internationally. With influences like Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith he always preferred classic rock to the music being made during his generation. This has helped to shape his overall style and has allowed for a more creative approach to his music. He received a Bachelor Degree in Recording Technology from the University of Memphis in December 2011. While there, he spent countless hours behind a mixing board recording several well known southern musical acts. This led to him having the opportunity to spend a season running live sound for the Levitt Shell. For the past five years, his band Modern Slang, has done everything from releasing their first EP, Nitty Gritty in the River City, to having a song in an independent horror film called 'Huff.' They perform regularly across the mid-south at events ranging from the 'Susan G. Koman for the Cure Benefit' at Minglewood Hall to the Radio Memphis worldwide live broadcasts at the New Daisy and Hard Rock Café on Beale. Kristopher started teaching guitar four years ago as a way to help make ends meet while going to school full time and working as a martial arts instructor. Since then it has evolved into so much more. With hours of experience in and out of the recording studio, he has a passion for music that will stay strong for many years to come.
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      Jeff Burch
      Drum, Guitar, Keys Instructor/House Band Director
      Jeff Burch has been performing and teaching drums and keys for over 20 years. A carrer spanning all genres has taken him all over the world playing drums. His education began in Memphis while atten...
      Jeff Burch has been performing and teaching drums and keys for over 20 years. A carrer spanning all genres has taken him all over the world playing drums. His education began in Memphis while attending blues and rock concerts at a young age. While being in bands in high school, he was studying drum set and concert percussion. This led to studying Jazz drumset at the University of Miami. Upon returnng to Memphis, he was awarded the Drum throne for the Southern Comfort Big Band at the University of Memphis. He co-founded CYC during this time as well as performing and recording with many touring acts. During this time he began studying with many diverse teachers and became immersed in the opportunities of an ecclectic music scene. In 2004 Jeff joined Blues rocker Tinsley Ellis (Alligator Records) for almost a decade of touring and recording full time. 2005 marked the release of "Live Highwayman", Tinsley's caree-spanning live album recorded in chicago. The tour for this record spanned 48 states and concluded with a tour of Europe and Africa. Followed by two more studio albums and tours all over North America and a sold out performance in the Czar's Ballroom in Moscow. Averaging 200 dates a year, Jeff sharing the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Guitar Shorty, Rufus Thomas, and Johnny Winter, and performing in many legendary music venues and festivals, this experience provided invauable real-world lessons that Jeff is able to hand down to a younger generation. Always remaining active in the Memphis local scene, he was asked to be a part of an all-star group to perform Memphis music for the troops at Guantanamo Bay as part of Armed Forces Entertainment all while performing locally with Jeremy Stanfill, Jim Dandy and Reba Russell and Eric Gales.
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      Todd Sims
      Instructor
      Todd H. Sims is a composer/songwriter, vocalist, and producer. I play piano, acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, trombone and I sing. (First real musical influence: Mom played the ...
      Todd H. Sims is a composer/songwriter, vocalist, and producer. I play piano, acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, trombone and I sing. (First real musical influence: Mom played the piano; dad tried to sing). I first fell in love with classical music through watching Looney Tunes. I also have to admit that I was also a member of the KISS Army Fan Club at a young age. I started playing guitar in fourth grade and was in the school band from sixth grade on. My musical background comes from two distinct areas, Classical and Rock n Roll! I studied music at Delta State University (Opera Performance Scholarship) and the University of Southern Mississippi. While working towards my degree in Music Industry (Voice Emphasis), I trained in film, radio, drama, conducting a 20th century music composition with composer Luigi Zaninelli. I had singing/acting roles in performances of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium (my first opera and I played a mute!), West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti, and featured solo's with full orchestra in Benjamin Britten oratorio's A Ceremony of Carol and Rejoice in the Lamb. All this helped get me a gig as a singing waiter at Bravo's Restaurant where I would consistently bring the house down every time I sang 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables! I have also always been involved in rock music and recording. I've sang in rock bands throughout Mississippi and Tennessee since the 1980's. I've had the pleasure of working with many Memphis musicians including Ruby Wilson, Matt Tudor, Reba Russell and Wendy Moten. I have also composed musical scores for about 20 independent films and commercials in my home studio. I am so happy to share my love of music, because I know that it helped me develop confidence, discipline and sense of self-worth, especially during my teen years. My favorite band of all time is Queen.
    • Photo of Jeff Pruitt
      Jeff Pruitt
      Guitar, Vocal Instructor/Show Director
      Jeff Pruitt began his musical career early on as a trumpet player and an active choir member. After a few years of playing classical music, Jeff's interest moved over to Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz an...
      Jeff Pruitt began his musical career early on as a trumpet player and an active choir member. After a few years of playing classical music, Jeff's interest moved over to Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz and Bluegrass. Jeff's musical background includes ten years of guitar and trumpet, with experience in musical notation and performance. He also plays piano and bass proficiently. Jeff is a former student of the Stax Music Academy playing both trumpet and guitar, and has played with Grammy-Winning Saxophonist, Kirk Whalum,along with other acts such as Phillipe Sasse and Windy Moten. After high school, Jeff studied Jazz Performance briefly at The University of Memphis before going on to play in a heavily performing RB and Soul group as their lead guitar player. He did his time in the trenches of touring and decided to start writing his own music. He began playing out locally at coffee shops and Songwriter Nights around Memphis, and shortly after he gathered musicians to form his own original band where he acted as Lead Vocalist, Guitarist, Songwriter, and Band Manager. Jeff has played at Memphis venues such as Minglewood Hall, The New Daisy Theatre, Newby's, Neil's, The Buccaneer, and The Cove. If you've gone and seen local music in Memphis, you've seen Jeff somewhere. Jeff is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and wants to continue playing, learning and teaching others about the pure joy of music
    • Photo of Geoff Smith
      Geoff Smith
      Bass, Guitar, Vocal Instructor/Show Director
      Geoff Smith has been playing guitar since he was nine, but it wasn't until he was 14 when he started taking it much more seriously than ever. He started playing by ear and found it easier than to p...
      Geoff Smith has been playing guitar since he was nine, but it wasn't until he was 14 when he started taking it much more seriously than ever. He started playing by ear and found it easier than to play by reading music. At the age of 14, he started playing bass, singing with his friends, and playing in bands around town. When that subsided, he co-founded the local band, Star Micey, with his best friend, Josh Cosby, when they were 20 years old. Geoff then taught himself to play drums, piano, and organ just to soak up as much as he could. From there he learned how to write songs, melody, and harmony. He has recorded in many studios around the country, and has worked with producers such as Curry Weber, Dennis Herring, Jeff Powell, John Hampton, and Mark Neil. He has toured all over North America with Star Micey for the past five years; played SXSW four years in a row; The International Folk Alliance four years in a row; the NXNE Festival in Toronto, Ontario; The Beale Street Music Festival; and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. They have also opened up for such bands as The Lumineers, The Black Keys, Dawes, and Shovels and Rope. Star Micey has been named third best local band four years in a row, and were Paste Magazine's #1 Band to see live in Tennessee. Soon Geoff and the other gents of Star Micey will record their third release with Mark Neil (The Black Keys). Geoff has dedicated his life to music and will continue to do so. He wants to be able to share everything he has learned from music with others and show that as long as you have passion for music, you will get everything out of it that you put into it.
    • Photo of Greg Reding
      Greg Reding
      Keys, Guitar Instructor
      Greg is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience in the music industry. In 1967, his band, The Village Sound, signed a recording contract with legendary record company, Stax Records. In ...
      Greg is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience in the music industry. In 1967, his band, The Village Sound, signed a recording contract with legendary record company, Stax Records. In 1973, Greg joined the famous southern rock band, Black Oak Arkansas, where he played lead guitar and keyboards. In 1985, Greg wrote a song 'Against the Night' which was featured on 38 Special's Strength in Numbers album, selling over one million copies and earning Gold Record status. He's performed locally and nationally with world renowned artists such as legendary blues vocalist and guitarist, Albert King(,) and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash. He's also worked with a wide variety of musicians and bands such as Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles, Tommy Roe, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, The Drifters, The Coasters, and Bo Diddley, just to name a few. In 1989, Greg formed 'The Memphis All-Stars', a local rhythm blues band, which he still owns and operates to this day. Album credits include: Blues Train - The Memphis All-Stars,(;) Race with the Devil I'd Rather be Sailing - Black Oak Arkansas; Strength in Numbers - 38 Special; and Say What You Mean - The Hot Dogs.
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      Stephen Chopek
      Drum Instructor
      Stephen Chopek was banging on pots and pans as a toddler, so it was natural that at a young age he was ready for a drumset, and soon after, for classical percussion studies. By age 15, as a member ...
      Stephen Chopek was banging on pots and pans as a toddler, so it was natural that at a young age he was ready for a drumset, and soon after, for classical percussion studies. By age 15, as a member of the Bergen Youth Orchestra, he had performed throughout New Jersey and New York at venues such as Carnegie Hall. An inquisitive musician, Stephen also drew on lessons acquired in rock groups and his high school's jazz program. Making the short trip from New Jersey to New York City, he would visit clubs to hear the legends whose music he was learning by day. While performing with William Paterson University's percussion ensemble, he pursued his interest in composers such as Steve Reich, John Cage, and Edgar Varèse. Later, Chopek furthered his studies with drummer Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood and percussionist Leon Parker. As a drummer, Stephen has toured the world and recorded with Charlie Hunter, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Jesse Malin, The Alternate Routes, The Pimps of Joytime, Todd Carey, The Everymen, and many others. He is also an accomplished singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Stephen believes that teaching is an essential part of the musical journey and enjoys sharing his love of music and years of experience with students of all ages. Website: http://www.stephenchopek.com/
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      Stan Smith
      Drum Instructor
      I grew up in the "red hot" music scene of Springfield, Missouri. From The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to Granny's Bathwater, to private lessons, Symphony, Rock and Jazz, it was all there for my enjoy...
      I grew up in the "red hot" music scene of Springfield, Missouri. From The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to Granny's Bathwater, to private lessons, Symphony, Rock and Jazz, it was all there for my enjoyment and I went for it! A couple of my successful industry friends talked me into moving to Nashville, where I was able to make some really cool connections. Tanya Tucker, obviously, got the ball rolling and I did my country thing performing with: Dottie West, Vern Gosdin, Tony Toliver, Hank Cochran, Clinton Gregory, Wayne Carson, Tim McGraw, Johnny Rodriguez, David Allen Coe, Tony Joe White and Ken Melons, to list a few. Television shows, song demo recording sessions, jingles, custom records and a very cool Jazz scene all crossed my path! After 15 yrs, an industry friend in the Memphis/Tunica area made me an offer I couldn't refuse, where I began a seven year stretch as one of three "House Band" drummers at Goldstrike Casino, performing with: Ruby Wilson, Bobby Kimball, Preston Shannon, Jimi Jamison, John Roth, Pat Register, Little Jimmy King, Fingers Taylor, Luther Kent, Jack Rowell and Don McMinn, to name a few, and extended touring with Bobby and Jimi! In addition, a progressive country band, Seventh Sundown, came knocking and we did a record at Ardent Recording Studios, and enjoyed four years of popularity in the Tri-State area. In the middle of all this, I was blessed for 10 years being a part of the "Praise and Worship" band at Church of the Harvest, Olive Branch, MS. Because of my love for teaching, I reached out to School of Rock, Germantown, which I'm very excited about and brings me to another verse and chorus of an exceedingly rewarding and blessed career! To be continued... STAN
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      Ashton Riker
      Vocal Instructor/Show Director/Adult Band Director
      If one were to wonder how it would be to experience Elvis (or at least the 'spirit' of Elvis) with the combined influences of Black Gospel, Rhythm Blues, plus Pop, with the addition of the nat...
      If one were to wonder how it would be to experience Elvis (or at least the 'spirit' of Elvis) with the combined influences of Black Gospel, Rhythm Blues, plus Pop, with the addition of the natural showmanship instincts and the passion for music in a 21 st Century form, one would certainly rush to hear this up-and-coming star, Ashton Riker.' Ashton 'J. Cline' Riker, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, has been creating a lot of buzz in the music industry. In his melodies, one can hear the soul of Al Green, the range of Philip Bailey, and the attitude of Michael Jackson. His talent and professionalism have landed him opportunities to sing backup for Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Kirk Whalum, and Phillipe Saisse, to name a few. Ashton toured Italy, London, and the U.S. as a featured vocalist for Stax's Summer Soul Tour, which included performances at Cleveland's Rock Roll Hall of Fame, the opening of the Poretta Soul Festival, and a spectacular evening on the 4th of July at the Kennedy Center. Berklee College of Music found Ashton's talent worthy of a full tuition scholarship. He is a Dean's List student, and is majoring in songwriting. Recently, Ashton found Ricky Lawson (Drummer for Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Beyonce) through a mutual contact, and Mr. Lawson quickly began teaching Ashton what it takes to make it in the industry. Through a mutual contact, recently Ashton found Ricky Lawson, drummer for Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, and Beyonce, who quickly began teaching Ashton what it takes to make it in the industry. From Soul and RB, to Pop and Rock, Ashton can sing it all. His style, however, is a unique blend of old-school soul, neo-soul, jazz, and pop that is new to listeners everywhere. Berklee College of Music found Ashton's talent worthy of a full tuition scholarship. He is a Dean's List student, and is majoring in songwriting. Recently, Ashton has shown a great interest in teaching those who are passionate about learning to sing the right way. He is very excited to share his knowledge and experience at School of Rock!
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      Zechariah Frink
      Bass Instructor
      Zechariah Frink was born with a deep love for music, and from an early age has dedicated his life to it. The journey began at age five composing and learning melodies on the piano and later learnin...
      Zechariah Frink was born with a deep love for music, and from an early age has dedicated his life to it. The journey began at age five composing and learning melodies on the piano and later learning chords on the guitar. However, the bass was always the main instrument that drew him to music. From the age of 12, the bass became the main focus for all of his musical development. Zechariah continued to develop his guitar playing, as well as keyboards and drums that all provide more tools for his compositions. He is very well versed in many styles of music, including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Gospel, Reggae, and Contemporary Christian. In a short time of him moving to Memphis, he has become quickly recognized and called on for his diversity and proficiency on the instrument. In the past four years he has studied with Victor Wooten, one of the most innovative bass player/composer/music educators of our time. He has also worked with some of the biggest names in the city such as Kirk Whalum and Blind Mississippi Morris. Zechariah keeps busy playing with REACH, an instrumental jazz fusion band, Alter’s Ego (with fellow employees Brandon and Tommie Closson), as well as playing in church and cover bands. Driven by passion, he is always eager to share the knowledge he has learned and to inspire students to dive in and explore the amazing world of music.
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      Cedric Taylor
      Instructor
      Cedric Taylor is a University of Memphis graduate with a degree in Jazz Studio Performance on Piano. He started playing music back in middle school band on the trumpet. He quickly moved through sev...
      Cedric Taylor is a University of Memphis graduate with a degree in Jazz Studio Performance on Piano. He started playing music back in middle school band on the trumpet. He quickly moved through several instrument groups trying to find his voice. He has played every instrument in the brass and woodwind family and has even played percussion and strings. It was not until college that he tried Piano and decided to stay with the ivories. He has now been playing Piano for about seven to eight years and has been playing around the Memphis area for about six years. He has played with several artists and producers in and outside of the Memphis area including The Bar-Kays, Ellanor Tallie, Boo Mitchell, and Lady Rizo. He is proficient in several genre’s of music including Jazz, Country, Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Contemporary, and much, much more. He is a lover of music and has an even greater love for teaching and playing it.
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      Lauren Hunter
      Vocal Instructor
      Lauren Hunter was exposed to music at a very young age. Her mother was a vocalist in a band that played soul music around Memphis, and Lauren would sit in on many rehearsals. Lauren’s own love ...
      Lauren Hunter was exposed to music at a very young age. Her mother was a vocalist in
      a band that played soul music around Memphis, and Lauren would sit in on many rehearsals.
      Lauren’s own love for singing started when she was in elementary school where she first began
      performing in talent shows, musicals, and plays. Her love for music didn’t stop there. In
      middle school, she expanded her talents by learning piano and flute and performed in many
      concerts and recitals. When she reached high school, she joined the choir and steadily began to
      focus on perfecting her voice. She achieved the opportunity to be involved in the All-West Tennessee Honor Choir, and was also one of the few that was selected to be in the Jazz Choir at her school. Since then, she received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and has performed different
      styles of music, including classical, musical theatre, jazz, and contemporary Christian. Lauren
      was honored with the Music Award in college that is awarded by the faculty to one senior each
      year who has contributed the utmost to the musical life of the campus. Lauren’s vocal style is mostly influenced by soul, pop, and gospel, and she has learned how to transfer her classical
      technique to many other genres of music. Lauren teaches music to children at her church, and thoroughly enjoys showing them how music can affect someone’s life for the better. To Lauren, music is a way to connect to people in a beautiful and lasting way, and she is excited to have the opportunity to teach such a treasured art!
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      Aubrey McCrady
      Guitar Instructor/Show Director
      Aubrey McCrady is a local Memphis guitarist. He grew up in northern Mississippi surrounded by a family of musicians. Early on, he had hands- on experience watching musicians collaborate and perform...
      Aubrey McCrady is a local Memphis guitarist. He grew up in northern Mississippi surrounded by a family of musicians. Early on, he had hands- on experience watching musicians collaborate and perform in different professional environments. He bought his first guitar at age 13, and started playing professionally at age 15. From a young age, Aubrey was given the opportunity to study music not only from his peers, but also from actual stage experience. He spent his high school years performing and touring locally in his father’s band, while also performing with his high school marching band during the day. After high school, he made his way to college to work on his Music Education Degree. While in college, he attended a Jamey Aebersold Master Class at Murray State University, and privately studied guitar at Northwest Community College and at the University of Memphis. With his background in teaching and performance, he can bridge the gap between playing at home to playing as a team at a packed venue. His influences range from Dickey Betts to Wes Montgomery. He now plays with his band, Petty Gene out of Memphis, and with various other Rock, Country, and Blues acts. He has performed at various venues, including the Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southaven, MS; The Lyric in Oxford, MS; The New Daisy in Memphis, TN; and The Limelight in Nashville, TN to name a few.
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      Michael McMinn
      Keys, Harmonica Instructor/Show Director
      Michael is the newest addition to his family’s tradition of the Musical McMinn Clan. He grew up listening to all genres of music and was baptized in the Blues. At the age of seven, George “Mo...
      Michael is the newest addition to his family’s tradition of the Musical McMinn Clan. He grew up listening to all genres of music and was baptized in the Blues. At the age of seven, George “Mojo” Buford introduced him to the harp. By the next year, he was tagging along with Mojo on his tour to Europe. Every night he would perform on stage with Mojo, mimicking his licks, and making up a few of his own. After sitting in with the family band for many years, he officially joined the summer of 2011. He has played many festivals, including main stage at the King Biscuit Blues Festival with Papa Don McMinn and the Three Generation Blues Band. His love for music just got started with the harp; soon he started taking piano lessons, and he found a place for himself at the School of Rock as a student of Greg Redding. His last two years at the School, he was in the House Band where he forged lifelong friendships with his bandmates and the desire to teach music. Michael has had the pleasure of performing with Mojo Buford, Papa Don McMinn, Reba Russell, Victor Wainwright, Robert “Nighthawk” Tooms, Jack Rowell, and many more. He has recorded on four albums and is currently doing a project with his own blues band. He is looking forward to teaching keyboards, and hopes a harp player or two will sign on to learn the instrument that forever changed his life.
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      Casey Triplett
      Drum Instructor
      Casey Triplett is the youngest child of Pastor Leroy Triplett and First Lady Elizabeth Triplett. He has two brothers, Christopher and Carlton Triplett, and one sister, Carmen Triplett. Casey spent ...
      Casey Triplett is the youngest child of Pastor Leroy Triplett and First Lady Elizabeth Triplett. He has two brothers, Christopher and Carlton Triplett, and one sister, Carmen Triplett. Casey spent most of his early years in church with his siblings where they developed several musical talents. They quickly became the head of the Music Department, and Casey, being the youngest, spent most of the time watching his older siblings from the sidelines. The eldest brother, Christopher, was the original drummer for the church, and naturally, Casey began to develop an interest in the drum set.

      Over the following years, Casey developed his skills and widened his musical horizon. He began studying several drumming styles and genres, including Jazz fusion, Rock, R & B, Hip-Hop, and more. In early 2016, Casey joined forces with brothers, Brandon and Tommie Closson, to create the band “Altars Ego.” Although Rock was not a genre he was accustomed to playing, he quickly developed a love for playing and writing original songs with the Closson brothers. Since then, the three teamed up with bass player, Antwon Jones, to form a new project called “Sonic Pulse.”

      Mr. Triplett’s love for music and drums grows every year and he is excited to be on the School of Rock team. He hopes to help up-and-coming drummers to develop their skills and love for the craft.
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      Clay Markley
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Growing up, I always had the dream of being a musician, but I could hardly fathom being cool enough to be one. I never thought I could play, record, or tour. This aspiration was always beyond my gr...
      Growing up, I always had the dream of being a musician, but I could hardly fathom being cool enough to be one. I never thought I could play, record, or tour. This aspiration was always beyond my grasp. For some reason, I just never thought I could be good enough at any instrument. My friends always seemed to be better than me, especially the friends who could play like Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn. I always seemed to fall short of being as good as others, so I decided that I was going to play guitar/bass for me. It was going to be my gift to myself; that way I didn’t have to compare myself to others. I started focusing on what I wanted to play, instead of what everyone else was playing. I now play gigs regularly, have recorded with Grammy award winners, and have toured the country three and a half times (one show being international). To say the least, music has made my dreams come true. I never thought that it would happen to me, but my love for music has guided my life and opened doors that I never even knew existed. All it took was for me to honestly give myself a chance. My hope at School of Rock is to make a difference in people’s lives, to show them how to play their songs, and to find that love for music so that they may be able to share their gift with the world. I also hope to encourage them that they are good enough, especially if they work for it. I want to teach them that their musical ambitions can take them places they never even dreamed of, and that when harnessed, music can guide them through a successful, goal-orientated life of feelings and deep meaning.

Notícias

  • Local Memphis Live on Local 24 Performance and Interview

    Check out our interview and live performance as Local Memphis Live on Local 24 with Amy Speropoulos came to the school this morning to promote the school and Rockstock Music Festival!

Depoimentos

  • “My son started at School of Rock Germantown last year as a 7-year-old. Ken and his team of instructors do a tremendous job of balancing the growth of a budding musician with the aspects of being a kid. My son loves every minute he spends at SOR, whether it's lessons or rehearsal. The best part is he's learning while playing songs, and instead of a traditional "recital," band members play an actual gig. The concept of providing lessons coupled with learning how to play with other musicians is absolutely terrific. I couldn't be happier with the the staff and the experience, both for myself and my child. I would highly recommend School of Rock Germantown for any parent looking to build the love of music in their child. ”
    —Matt Coffey, Germantown, Tn
  • “School of Rock Germantown is the BEST! Everyone- the owners, the instructors, the other students and their parents- care so much about the students, not just as musicians but as people. It is impossible to list everything that my son has gained by being a part of this program, but his love of music, his confidence, his ability to perform in front of large crowds are just a few! The best decision we ever made was to enroll our son at SOR Germantown for drum lessons!! ”
    — Jenny Fehrenbacher, Collierville, Tn
  • “I love that the program makes music lessons more than the typical once a week lessons with a year end recital. My kids get so much out of being in the performance groups and performing on stage. They are making memories they will be able to treasure while they are learning all about music. ”
    — Stacey Brandl, Cordova, Tn
  • “Individual private lessons combined with group rehearsals and live performances on stage. It is amazing to see how much this combination encourages serious students to practice and excel.”
    — Chris Perry, Lakeland, Tn