School of Rock Short Pump’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Glen Allen music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Christophe J. Alicea-Semanatte Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Christophe J. Alicea-Semanatte, who goes by CJ, got his start in music playing bass in middle school, but shifted his focus to drums when he started playing snare drum for Hermitage High School's drumline. After high school, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from VCU in music performance: jazz studies with a focus on drum set. During college, CJ became a member of Virginia's Street Drum Corps, Blood Drums, which was awarded Percussive Ensemble of the Year in 2012 by "DRUM Magazine."
Now, he works as an instructor/mentor at School of Rock teaching drums, beginner piano, guitar, bass and ukulele. He currently plays as an accompanist at the VCU School of Dance and occasionally at the RVA ballet. CJ performs around town in a variety of styles of music including rock, jazz, funk, R n' B, hip-hop, flamenco and salsa, and plays with the Breakfast Cabaret, Attraction and ETG.
Steven Christian Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Steven started playing the guitar when he was 13 years old, taking private lessons at a local music store. He attended Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA, where he started playing in a metal band. Throughout high school he played guitar with the school's jazz ensemble and indoor drumlins. Steven went on to study classical guitar at Radford University, completing his degree in Music Business in 2015. Steven enjoys playing several musical styles including metal, alternative rock, pop-punk, jazz/fusion, progressive, classical and acoustic.
Morgan Stewart Singing Teacher, piano Teacher
Having been raised by four professional musicians, Morgan showed early signs of her musical interest. At age seven she was trained in hand percussion, specializing in West African Djembe. As she grew into a pre-teen, she was able to occasionally join her mother's band on stage as a percussionist/guest singer. Morgan grew to love the stage, and by age 14 she had taught herself guitar and started writing her own music. By age 16 she was professionally playing her own shows as a solo act with a mixture of her originals and popular covers. In 2011 Morgan was accepted and attended Berklee College of Music for four semesters. She majored in Professional Music, specializing in Songwriting, Music Business and Vocal Performance and Technique. She moved back to Richmond, VA in 2013 to start her solo career and finish her degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music. She has now been teaching for four years and works at School of Rock in Short Pump, VA as a Vocal/Keys Instructor. As a teacher, she endeavors to help her students grow in both skill and music appreciation. She plays all over the east coast every weekend as a solo artist or with her duo, trio or band. She is currently writing and recording her newest album with her band Roxbury.
K.C. Hastton Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
K.C. Hatton is a guitarist and pianist with over 25 years of performance experience. He has recorded and toured with several signed rock acts and many other various artists. As a published songwriter through ASCAP, his playing has been featured on television and movie soundtracks. K.C. has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally playing events such as Vans Warped Tour, South by Southwest festival, Punkspring (Japan), NPR Tiny Desk Concert and the WHFS festival. Some legendary rock venues that he has performed at include CBGBs, 930 Club, Electric Factory, The Metro, The Trocadero and The Black Cat.