Rock Garage is offering lessons for all ages this summer

Summer is approaching, and what better way to celebrate than with lessons from Rock Garage. Whether you want to learn a new skill or improve on the skills you already have, Rock Garage, located in Castleton on the north side of Indianapolis, can help you achieve your goals no matter what.

Rock Garage provides you with expert lessons and also invites you to become a part of the musical excitement of Indy! How do they do this? As you advance in your musical expertise, Rock Garage collaborates with others and forms a band. Bands form and then perform at venues and events throughout central Indiana.

“Rock Garage is all about working with musicians, young and experienced, who want to realize their dream of performing on stage,” said Dave Follinger, co-owner of Rock Garage.

“Our program is designed to make it happen. We’ve built a system of teaching, rehearsals, and performances that is second to none!”

Rock Garage has youth and adult bands alike, with members ranging from pre-teens to mid-70s! All lessons and band assignments are open to both adults and children.

Rock Garage is built on the principles of band chemistry, live experience, and having a good time. Members take lessons, then are put into teams. Members continue under the supervision of one of Rock Garage’s professional music directors. They can compose their own music and then take the stage and “rock”.

Those who wish to take lessons can do so either online or in person. Lessons are available in guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, mandolin, banjo and vocals.

Click here for more information on how to join Rock Garage.

Here are some of the teachers you might meet at Rock Garage. Preston Nash is one of the leading music teachers and has been playing drums for nearly 40 years. As a teacher, Nash has taught music since the early 1990s, privately as well as at the high school and college levels. In 2011 he started the award winning program Ash Rock in Sam Ash Music and in 2020 he co-founded Rock Garage. He holds three degrees in music, including a master’s degree in music theory/composition from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Teaching for 25 years and playing guitar for 36 years, John Fry is well versed in all styles of music and has extensive knowledge of music theory as well. Frye has a wide range of musical influences covering many different genres and styles, with his biggest guitar influences being Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Frye believes that the most important aspect of teaching and playing is simply having fun and enjoying playing the music you love.

Giving instructions on singing, Amanda Tewell has a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. She engages audiences and fellow performers throughout performances with her passion and confidence, versatility in vocal range and genres, combined with her dedication to her ongoing training and experience. Not only does Amanda pursue her passion, but she advocates and supports others to pursue music and sound education.

Eric Jones has been playing drums for over 40 years, Jones has played with over 200 bands and also plays Ludwig drums, Zeldjian cymbals, Remo drums, Vater sticks and Gibson banjo. He toured the United States and played in Europe. His credits include playing with Lindsay Lohan and he has worked in the studio or lives with many well-known artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dog and many others.

Jones is a graduate of the Rhythm Institute of Technology at the Institute of Musicians in Hollywood, California. He has taught privately for 25 years.

Cassandra Hustedt is an Indianapolis-based singer/songwriter with over ten years of teaching and pedagogical experience, Hustedt trained in classical, contemporary and musical theater. Her teaching philosophy – “Whether you want to sing again, be a line type rock star, or just become a better musician – getting to know your own voice is very important! Unlike other music lessons, singing is your inner tool. We will learn to recognize The different “tools” you have in your voice during lessons, we get that feeling, and use it to tackle whatever song you want to learn. And along the way, I’ll make sure to gain confidence and embrace your unique voice. I can’t wait to work with you!”

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