Music Teacher Faculty & Staff

School of Rock teaching faculty include some of the Washington DC area’s best musicians, performers and music teachers. We seek music teachers with not only the right teaching skills, but also the ability to motivate our students to go out and perform. We work to select the best music teacher for each student.

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BRAD MACPHERSON Bass/ Guitar Sr. Instructor, Show Director, Rock 101 Director

Brad Macpherson teaches bass and guitar at the Ashburn and Vienna Schools of Rock along with directing shows and running the Rock 101 program in Ashburn. Brad Mac (as he is affectionately called by his students) bought his first bass at the age of thirteen. It was a Fender Squier bass, and despite the fact […]

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A DC native, Ricardo “P”-Nut Johnson began his musical journey on the bass in the 5thgrade when he received his first instrument – a Sears electric guitar. He enjoyed the guitar but then he heard the bass in Rufus and Chaka Khan’s Sweet Thing and from that point on “P”-Nut knew he wanted to be a bass player.  […]

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AUDREY HARRIS Vocal Instructor

A life long singer, Audrey recalls fondly his earliest singing memory was in the children’s choir at his Grandmothers Church. Even in elementary school, Audrey was always asked to sing at school events. This continued through High School and led him to pursue music performance in college.  He started his first group consisting of a guitar,drummer, […]

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BILL GRIER Drum Instructor

Bill Grier teaches drums for the Ashburn and Vienna Schools of Rock. Bill started playing drums when he was thirteen and living with his family in Taipei, Taiwan. He had formal training with Bill Reichenbach who played drums with Charlie Byrd for years. Bill spent ten years in Los Angeles playing at famous venues like the […]

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BOBBY THOMPSON Guitar Instructor

Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and touring musicinan.  His current project, The BobbyThompson Project (BobbyT Project) was formed shortly after he finished touring the US with reggae rockers SOJA and See-I. Building a new fase base around the county was a by-product of his being  part of 6 to 8 piece bands playing rock shows […]

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ARNELL BYRD Guitar/Vocal Instructor

Arnell Byrd is special combination of guitar virtuoso and talented vocalist and he loves to share the language of music with his students.  Rock, blues, jazz, classical – you name it he’s got it covered.  He studied classical music at PGCC for 2 years before heading to Howard University for his degree in classical guitar […]

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TRAVIS ADAMS Guitar/ Bass/ Drum Sr. Instructor and Show Director

Travis is a multi-faceted musician who frowns on anyone limiting their creative potential.  He started drumming lessons at the age of 3 and in high school added guitar and bass to his repertoire.  His passion for music led him to Full Sail University where he earned his degree in audio engineering and entertainment management.  All along […]

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