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.
Ashton Hart Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ashton Hart is a Dallas-based blues guitarist heavily influenced by functional harmony.
He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, where he studied both classical and jazz music. Later, he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance on Guitar and Music Theory.
As an instructor, his goal is for each of his students to excel on their instrument of choice while also gaining a strong foundation in music altogether.
His influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, John Scofield, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Wes Montgomery.
Glenn Austin Drum Teacher
Glenn started playing drums when he was nine years old after seeing a performance at his elementary school talent show. A student played a blue drum set along to a KISS song and he was hooked. Glenn played on everything that he could get tone out of with a pair of sticks his dad made for him out of wooden dowels.
After a few years of books, pots and pans, Glenn got his first real drums at the age of 14. He started playing along to every song on the radio, learning all he could about every style of music he listened to. After playing house parties with different garage bands he and his friends put together, Glenn got a call from a real working band in the club scene. They spent the next couple of years playing every club and venue in north Texas and southern Oklahoma that would let them play. Eventually that led to Glenn’s first tour with a “road” band.
After touring the Midwest for a while he got an audition with Vince Vance and the Valiants. They toured most of the southeastern U.S. After leaving the Valiants, Glenn freelanced with many artists, including two-time Grammy nominee and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke, finally getting a gig with former Head East lead guitarist and solo recording artist Ricky Lynn Gregg. Glenn is currently the touring drummer for Texas recording artist Tom McKelvain and the Dirty Pesos.
SASHA HAMMER Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher
Sasha is a classically trained bass player from Houston, Texas. An accomplished string musician, she started on the double bass when she was 10 years old, and picked up electric guitar and bass a year or two after that.
In high school Sasha performed locally in rock and metal bands all the while keeping up participation in the school orchestra. During her tenure in orchestra Sasha and her fellow musicians earned the right to travel to New York City and compete in the National Orchestra competition where they were awarded First Place!
Sasha’s journey with School of Rock started in her Sophomore year when she joined Champion Forest School of Rock playing guitar and bass. After half a year of being in the performance program, she picked up the drums, and in another half year she picked up the keyboard.
She is currently an instructor in both the School of Rock Mansfield and School of Rock Rockwall.
An avid D&D player, Sasha slays dragons in her spare time and writes songs about her adventures in the realms! She’s currently attending college at University of Texas Arlington seeking a Bachelors in Music Media, and is a part of their orchestra there.
James Opiteck Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
James Opiteck II was born in Denver Colorado.
James started learning drums and percussion in middle school band. Throughout highschool he was in drumline and played for multiple different bands. In 2011 James moved to Florida to attend college at Full Sail University for his bachelor's degree in show production and touring. After college James moved back to Texas for a couple of years then back to Colorado in 2015. While living in the snowy state he played with several more bands and rocked out on multiple tours around America.
In 2018 James joined the Sabian cymbals family and also got an endorsement with a custom drum throne company. In 2020 James started teaching at the School of Rock in Colorado Springs. Outside of teaching James also runs audio / lighting for venues and tours with the thrash metal band Havok as FOH engineer. Some of James' favorite bands are Meshuggah, Skeletal Remains, and Nails. His favorite things to do in his free time are going on walks with his dog Patch-Rick, riding fast on his motorcycle, and snowboarding.
Sophie Rapattoni Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Sophie Rapattoni is a singer/songwriter from Sunnyvale, TX. She started as a student at the Dallas School of Rock location at the age of 8, and participated in the School of Rock program until she aged-out as a highschool senior.
Sophie is a two-time national School of Rock AllStar, which is the highest honor bestowed on a School of Rock student. She has toured the country multiple times with some of the most advanced students in the School of Rock community. She started her first rock band at the age of 12 has performed at more than a hundred events, has won the Battle-of-the-Bands contests, and has played high-profile music festivals including The Wildflower Festival, Summerfest, and Lollapalooza. Sophie is a versatile vocalist who sings within many genres and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass and keys.
She loves manatees and can recite every US president in order. Her musical interests range from Dolly Parton to Bauhaus to Moondog. She's in a punk band called Boring Lauren with other School of Rock alumni Dalton Rapattoni, Sydney Heffley and Cat Yeoman.
"I think quotes are very dangerous things." -Kate Bush
Jake Tarpley Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Jake loves rocks--Minerals, Gemstones, Metals, and of course MUSIC! Being one of the first School of Rock students in the DFW metroplex Jake started rocking in 2008 at the age of 11. His long red hair made him stand out as he mastered his skills on the kit. Not satisfied to keep the beat in the background, he picked up guitar in high school and quickly joined the ranks of those who stand and perform. He has fond memories of all of his teachers, so he knows the important role a teacher plays in the development of a student.
To indulge his interest in earth science, Jake attended The Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Geological Engineering. Not entirely ready to trade his sticks for the pick axe, the musician in him found a like minded group of students and started gigging around Golden, playing mostly funk-influenced, improvised “jams”. While his foundation was clearly set in the classic rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s, with Red Rocks Amphitheatre a mere 10 miles away Jake discovered jam bands The String Cheese Experience, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, Phish, and Uhmphrey’s McGee who all trace their influences to the likes of The Grateful Dead. Regarding his current creative endeavor, Jake creates electronic music as a solo artist characterized by unique sound design, intricate grooves, and a strong influence on multi-cultural instrumentation.
Jake lives with his cat Yosi who tolerates his passions.
Josh Inge Drum Teacher
Josh Inge is a drum instructor here at School of Rock. He began playing drums at the age 12 when he discovered the band Metallica, and their album "...And Justice For All." Josh has been a diehard metalhead ever since and has been playing in bands for the last 12 years. He currently plays in a Dallas, TX based rock band called "Against All Odds," and also works as a freelance musician, playing with many different bands in the Dallas/Fort Worth area across many different genres of music.
He graduated from the music program at Cedar Valley College in 2017 with an associates in audio engineering, and also spent that time in school perfecting his drumming skills to a professional level. His favorite drummer of all time is Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater) and credits Mike as a primary influence on his playing. Josh loves music more than anything and is stoked to be able to share everything he knows with the students here at School of Rock!
Richie Rodriguez Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Richie began playing guitar at 8 years-old and fell in love with music. At first, he was plucking his way through 90s rock songs that came on the radio and tapes that his parents had. Before he knew it, he was able to play along with more difficult songs and became inspired by classic Rock groups like Led Zeppelin.
Guitar continued to be Richie’s first love, but since there was no place for him to play with others at that time, he joined the school orchestra in 6th grade and learned to play violin. Richie continued to play violin in school until 11th grade when he decided to try and pursue other musical interests, such as drum-line and Jazz band. He then started a Rock band with some classmates before the group eventually went their separate ways after graduation.
Richie began working for School of Rock in 2017 as a substitute instructor for the Dallas and Plano schools. He continued to work at School of Rock for over four years as the Assistant Music Director, until making the move to Rockwall as Music Director. School of Rock is the most fulfilling and fun job that he has ever had since day one, and you won’t find anyone who believes in it more!
Joe Monticello Guitar Teacher
Joe studied classical guitar at Valdosta State University. With over 20 years of experience playing in several bands under his belt, music is now his means of expressing himself, and he strives to help each student find their own way of expressing themselves through music.
Amy Onwudinanti Drum Teacher
Amy began her drumming career 15 years ago after playing piano previously for two years. She has played in a number of musical settings, including studio sessions, impromptu gigs, church, and theater. Amy also frequently attends jam sessions around the city, as well as drum clinics, drum contests, and following a dedicated practice regimen in order to continue honing her craft.
Sean Hartley Guitar Teacher
Sean is a multi instrumentalist bending the boundaries of musicality across genres. For the last 20 years, Sean has performed in a variety of acts across The United States, based primarily in Florida and Georgia. His major performance outlets have included Antelope: a tribute to phish, Come Back Alice, Broke Mr. Jones, and he currently tours in the Southeast alongside his high energy, psychedelic bluegrass band “Tire Fire.”
Morgan Lett Singing Teacher
Morgan grew up singing in church and still does to this day. She continues her education in music management at Georgia State University while perfecting her technical abilities and unique sound. Morgan has begun to master performing live shows, recording in studio sessions, and directing others through voice. Morgan’s purpose for her music is to inspire others to dream big!
Jordy Quinn Drum Teacher
Jordy started playing drums at 14 years old when he joined his high school's marching band. He has now been playing in several different bands for the past 10 years while continuing to master his instrument. Now promoted to Studio Coordinator for School of Rock Atlanta, Jordy is here to help students find their musical passion just like he was inspired to find his.