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.

NICK ALLEN Rock 101/ 102 Instructor, Bass and Guitar Instructor

NICK ALLEN Rock 101/ 102 Instructor, Bass and Guitar Instructor

Nicholas Allen has an extensive background in performance, both musical and theatrical.  He trained in the performing arts at both The Catholic University of America and Ithaca College, where he received his Bachelor’s in 2002.  Since then, he has been highly active in the D.C. theater and music scenes.  He has played in show performance […]

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DANNY BENTLEY Drum Instructor

DANNY BENTLEY Drum Instructor

Danny Bentley began playing drums at the age of 13, inspired by his first musical influences; Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Fugazi. After high school he studied percussion performance and musical theory at Montgomery College in Rockville/Takoma Park adding bass and piano to his musician’s tool box. A performer and touring musician for over fifteen years, […]

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TONY GRASSO Guitar Teacher/Show Director

TONY GRASSO Guitar Teacher/Show Director

Raised on his parent’s rock & roll, Tony  was playing the guitar at six and jamming with his drumming brother Damien in elementary school.  Eventually they created the band Uncle Chunky at an open mic in 1990. “There’s really no good explanation for the name. Uncle Chunky was just a brain fart that sounded cool,” […]

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VIRGINIA LEBLANC Vocal Instructor

VIRGINIA LEBLANC Vocal Instructor

Described as “a lyrical songbird” on the concert stage, Virginia LeBlanc is known for her extraordinarily moving performances of French and English repertoire, particularly the works of Berlioz, Duparc, Lili Boulanger, Previn, Barber, and the Negro Spirituals. Her renderings of Schubert’s more mature works have also left audiences mesmerized. But don’t let her classical background […]

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JAY NICHOLS Drum Instructor

JAY NICHOLS Drum Instructor

Jay Nichols has been drumming since he can remember.  A musician’s musician, he is sought after by insiders who need that special “something” on a song or in a band.  He has worked with Prince engineer Michael Koppelman, on Basehead’s album “Faith” and on a subsequent album Bastard Youth of Basehead (B.Y.O.B.) side-project with Michael […]

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FORREST HAINLINE IV Studio Manager – Silver Spring

FORREST HAINLINE IV Studio Manager – Silver Spring

The more you like music, the more music you like, a truth that doesn’t begin and end with simply being a fan. However, being an enthusiastic fan, one who sang when he could speak and talked before he walked, has compelled Forrest A. Hainline IV to explore performing ever since to any audience available. Forrest […]

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PAUL OTTINGER Professor Emeritus

PAUL OTTINGER Professor Emeritus

Paul Ottinger served as the Music Director for SOR Loudoun in Ashburn Virginia 2010-12 and his influence and presence are a huge part of our school. He is currently pursuing a songwriting career in LA and hopes to visit his beloved Ashburn SOR often when he’s in town. Paul grew up in Alexandria, VA. A […]

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

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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MARY BOWERS Sr. Studio Manager Ashburn, Billing Manager – All Locations

MARY BOWERS Sr. Studio Manager Ashburn, Billing Manager – All Locations

Mary Bowers is the Sr. Studio Manager at the Ashburn School of Rock where she runs the day-to-day operations of the school. In addition to her duties in Ashburn, Mary makes sure that all billing is run smoothly and is the go to person for any billing questions or issues for all of our customers. […]

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KEVIN ELAM Piano/Keyboard Instructor

KEVIN ELAM Piano/Keyboard Instructor

A multifaceted musician, Kevin has been studying and playing the piano since age 5.  The piano has always been his central passion, and although he plays guitar and other string instruments as well, he believes the piano is, of all the instruments, the one most capable of being a full vehicle for musical expression.  Needless […]

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JAHREL PICKENS Keyboard/Piano Instructor

JAHREL PICKENS Keyboard/Piano Instructor

There was always a piano in the home for Jahrel Pickens.  He remembers his mom playing classical pieces with the metronome going, every day.  Slowly, he began to study the music that grabbed him.  First, came the blues.  At age 15. he formed a band with his brother & the Berent family(which consisted of 3 […]

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RICARDO “P”NUT JOHNSON Bass Instructor

RICARDO “P”NUT JOHNSON Bass Instructor

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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MIKE STETSON Guitar Instructor/ Show Director/ Rock 101 Director

MIKE STETSON Guitar Instructor/ Show Director/ Rock 101 Director

Mike Stetson is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music teacher. He was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire. Mike began playing guitar at age nine and his passion has never ended. While still in high school Mike studied with Vermont jazz guitarist Draa Hobbs, who gave him a solid foundation in music theory and […]

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KIM CAMERON Vocal Instructor

KIM CAMERON Vocal Instructor

Kim Cameron is a veteran in the music world.  She started at age 6 playing the clarinet and was quickly moved to front and center to the singing stage.  Over the years, Kim has performed in a variety of bands, but more recently, she fronts, leads and song writes for her original band ‘Side FX’ […]

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JIM MASON Keyboard/Piano Instructor

JIM MASON Keyboard/Piano Instructor

Inspired and encouraged by a friend (whose family owned a baby grand piano two doors up), Jim started piano lessons at age 7. His early attempts at writing short pieces were a distraction to learning classic piano literature. The distraction eventually won the battle. He was introduced to multi-track recording by age 12 and purchased his first electric keyboard […]

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JACK SIMCHAK Guitar Instructor

JACK SIMCHAK Guitar Instructor

Jack Simchak studied music and the guitar at Skidmore College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Music. He is a veteran of many gigs in the upstate New York music scene. As a member of the band Bipolar he won the coveted Northern Lights Battle of the Bands competition which led to opening for […]

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CLINT GREENLEE Bass/ Keys/ Guitar Instructor/ Rock 101, Show Director

CLINT GREENLEE Bass/ Keys/ Guitar Instructor/ Rock 101, Show Director

Clint Greenlee teaches bass and produces shows at Vienna School of Rock along with inspring our Rock 101 groups. Born and raised in Alexandria, he has been playing music since the young age of ten. He currently plays bass for the DC based band The B-Film Extras and plays out venues such as Jammin’ Java, Rock n’ Roll Hotel, […]

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AUDREY HARRIS Vocal Instructor

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 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 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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MIKE MILLER Guitar Instructor/ Show Director/ Vienna House Band Director

MIKE MILLER Guitar Instructor/ Show Director/ Vienna House Band Director

Mike Miller, known to many as Mikey, started his musical journey at an early age.  Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike quickly developed a passion for the guitar.  Mike notes one of his earliest memories being a plastic Kiss guitar that he thrashed around the house as if he were  fifth member of the band.  He […]

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ARNELL BYRD Guitar/Vocal Instructor

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 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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HAYLEY GAYNE Vocal Instructor

HAYLEY GAYNE Vocal Instructor

Hayley Gayne began playing music at the age of eight, starting with classical violin, which gave her the opportunity to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during her teenage years. After high school, she decided to pursue her dream of singing, and got accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston as a voice principal. During her time […]

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ROB WOLK Drum Instructor/ Composition Instructor

ROB WOLK Drum Instructor/ Composition Instructor

Rob Wolk, composer percussionist guitarist, lives in the DC/Baltimore area. As a percussionist he has given numerous world premieres including works by Thomas DeLio, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Dawn Avery. He is the drummer and composer for the group Kabob-o-taj with whom he has recorded two albums. He also plays with the jazz ensemble Ein […]

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