Mason Steeger Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Mason began his musical journey with rock music by picking up his dad’s old guitar in middle school and teaching himself how to play different riffs and chords. Once in high school, Mason began playing percussion in the concert band program and fell in love with the drums. This led him to apply for SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts in order to pursue a degree in Music Education. While at college he met up with Sterling Gavinski, a singer/songwriter who played in the band The Happy Alright. Sterling asked Mason to join his band as a bassist and the rest is history. With several tours and studio experience behind him, Mason continues to play, write and tour with The Happy Alright while teaching at School of Rock in hopes that he can inspire kids and teens to start a band and make music of their own. He is a drum teacher, bass guitar teacher and our Assistant Music Director at School of Rock Rockwall.
Jackson DeFord Guitar Teacher
Jackson DeFord began learning guitar at the age of seven from his grandfather. They worked for a few years starting with basic chords and getting comfortable around the acoustic instrument. His real advancements and passion started kicking in when, a few years down the line, he met musicians from the band Gemini Syndrome. This is when everything started to connect and music began to make sense, so he picked up learning electric guitar and bass.
From there, Jackson learned many things from various teachers and recording artists, primarily in the genres of alternative rock and jazz. When he was 15 he started teaching on the side while still in school to young students just starting out. He taught theory and application on both bass and guitar while still learning deeper concepts each and every day. After three years of teaching experience and 11 years of playing Jackson came to School of Rock Rockwall as a guitar teacher to help more kids learn music and teach what he has been taught from various artists and teachers.
Ian Weaver Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ian Weaver started playing guitar at the age of five years old and has not stopped since. Originally from Dallas, Ian moved around a lot as a kid, including moving to Dubai when he was just seven. Eventually, Ian made his way back to Texas and doesn't plan on leaving again.
Throughout his school years, Ian was in band as a percussionist, but his passion was always the guitar. Mainly self-taught, with a little help from his dad, Ian helps his students avoid speed bumps in the learning process that he faced along the way, and instills positivity in every part of learning the guitar. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Rockwall.
Avery Strahm Vocal Instructor
Avery Strahm is currently a full-time college student studying music production in Rockwall, TX. She has been singing since before she could walk and began teaching herself to play the guitar at age 13. At the age of 19, Avery released her first single, which she recorded in Austin, TX. She is currently working on releasing a full-length album.
Between school, her job and working on her album, Avery is also a professional photographer. Her creativity has been used in personal projects, graduation photos, wedding and engagement photos, and in advertising and marketing for businesses.
Avery is looking forward to working at School of Rock Rockwall as a vocal instructor and to helping others improve their musical abilities.
Shannon Jabczynski-Allen General Manager
Shannon Jabczynski-Allen was born into a rock n' roll family. Both of her parents were in a band together, Mid City Rock, where her mom was the lead singer and her dad was the lead guitarist. Needless to say, rock n' roll is in her blood. At a young age she developed her love for Aerosmith and Heart, which are still two of her favorite bands.
A born entertainer, Shannon discovered her passion for dance when she was just a tot. Although her parents would've loved for her to pick up an instrument, they realized that dancing was her way of expression and let her pursue it. She attempted to learn guitar but it just did not compute in her brain so she stuck with movement though never walked away from rock n' roll.
When she was 16 years old, she got her first job in sales. This was something that came very easy to her and in a few years Shannon stepped into a management role. After 15 years with that company, they decided to sell the business and Shannon came to School of Rock. She is now the General Manager at School of Rock Rockwall.
Brandon Burkhalter Drum Teacher
Brandon began playing the drums at age 11 and studied music all throughout school, and for four years privately with Rich Malloy, Jon Hussey, Steve Pruitt, Brian Ferguson and John Blackwell (Prince, Luther Vandross, Justin Timberlake), as well as at Berklee College of Music for their five-week summer performance intensive, to which he received a full-ride scholarship and a $9,000 scholarship to study at the school full-time. As an adolescent, he was accepted into the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he studied for a year before venturing further to pursue bands outside of school.
Brandon joined a band called Polyphia, who would go on to sign with Equal Vision Records. With Polyphia, he recorded two studio albums ("Muse", Renaissance"), two EPs ("Resurrect", "Inspire") and toured all over North America with bands such as August Burns Red, Every Time I Die, Dance Gavin Dance, Stick To Your Guns and many more. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Rockwall.
Melissa Johnson Music Director, Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Melissa Johnson has been classically trained in opera, jazz, musical theater and classical voice for 18 years. She first became interested in rock music when she was around six and heard her dad play guitar for the first time. After that, she would sit with her dad and listen to him educate her on the music of Journey, Queen, Styx and AC/DC (among others). She sang in choirs with her schools from late elementary school through high school, when she began teaching basic music education to preschool-aged children in her community.
In 2007, she enrolled in music classes at Collin College in Plano, where she pursued a Music Education degree. While enrolled, she performed with their jazz, classical, musical theater and eclectic a capella groups. In 2009, she began teaching voice as an independent instructor for high school students in and around the Plano and McKinney areas to better prepare them for their college scholarship auditions.
Music has always been a great passion for Melissa. Teaching gives her a way to pass on that love and passion to children and young adults, and that is the greatest gift one can give in her eyes. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor, as well as the Music Director, at School of Rock Rockwall.