Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock West University Place’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 McNamara Drum Instructor
Born into a very musical family, Chris got his start playing piano at eight but gravitated to the drum set by age eleven and has stayed busy practicing, gigging, and teaching ever since. A veteran of marching percussion and a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Chris’ pursue of music has spanned multiple genres including jazz, funk, country, pop, salsa, and of course - Rock! He has accrued more than four years of teaching experience as well as a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University
Zach Jones Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher
Zach has been involved in music for nearly 20 years. He picked up a guitar at a young age, as well as bass guitar. He has been with several Houston bands throughout his life as lead and rhythm guitarist. His dedication and passion for the art form of songwriting inspires him to make music on his own and challenges his creative limits in terms of what is possible when playing and making music. His love for the guitar, music and teaching in general knows no bounds.
Andre Cunningham Drum Teacher
Andre was born into a musical family with his great uncles being the late Jazz legends Elvin, Thad, and Hank Jones. He studied music production and percussion in high school and at Michigan State University. Andre has toured the world as a musician working with musicians such as Dorinda Clark-Cole, Vicki Winans, Zacardi Cortez, Marcus Belgrave, Catherine Alcorn and Dom Famularo to name a few. Originally from Michigan, Andre now calls Texas home.
Reef Stallworth Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Reef is one of those musicians that has one name, like Prince or Flea. He has a ton of musical experience, and has been trained in Jazz as a bassist and composer. He started playing Rock and Hip Hop at Prairie View A&M University. He loves being able to teach bass guitar and drums to our students as a way of sharing what he knows.
Matt Mireles Drum Teacher
Matt Mireles was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He plays for local Rock band Gray Falls, known for
their energetic live performances. Their original song "Orange Juice" won them 1st place in the Rodeo Rockstar
group division contest. Matt has performed at iconic Houston venues including House of Blues, White Oak Music Hall and Warehouse Live.
Daniel Rutledge Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Daniel’s first instrument was the guitar, but he now plays drums, bass, keys, banjo and sings. As a music producer, Daniel mixes and masters his own content under the name of “Bite Your Own Teeth”. Born in
Newport, Rhode Island, he got to Texas as quickly as he could.
Andre “Dre” Cunningham Drum Teacher
Andre was born into a musical family, with his great uncles being the late Jazz legends Elvin, Thad, and Hank Jones. He studied music production and percussion in high school and at Michigan State University. Andre has toured the world as a musician working with artists such as Dorinda Clark-Cole, Vicki Winans, Zacardi Cortez, Marcus Belgrave, Catherine Alcorn, and Dom Famularo to name a few. Originally from Michigan, Andre now calls Texas home.
David “Gio” Soto Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
David Giovanni Soto (Gio) grew up in Pasadena, Texas where he played cello and guitar in 5th grade. In High School, he learned piano and discovered his voice. He joined the men’s choir and never looked back. Vocals became his main instrument and he studied vocals in University. He now gigs around town playing his solo music. His biggest influences are Tragically Hip, Kate Bush and TVZ.
Noel Rodriguez Drum Teacher
Noel is a School of Rock veteran, having taught at three schools in two countries. A native Texan, Noel grew up in Monterey, Mexico. He remembers the excitement he felt the first time he sat behind a drum kit, and realized that’s what he wanted to do. Noel loves rock and pretty much every other kind of music. He loves to play live and has played and recorded all over the world. His goal as an instructor is to share his love for music, and to get you playing.