Rock & Roll Prep is a performance based academy focused on all levels of aspiring musicians ages 2 – 18. Our mission is to provide an energetic, non-intimidating and creative atmosphere where kids can express themselves through music. Our focus is to build self esteem and confidence by working with peers and professionals in the music industry.
ROCKERS (middle school – high school age)
Rockers & Rollers meet once a week for three hour group rehearsals. Individually, they have their 45 minute lesson, which is also once a week. At the end of each four month semester, they perform at a local venue!
ROCK TOTS (2 – 5) - An interactive 45 minute class for the little ones to discover their love for music.
LESSONS ONLY - Lessons Only – We offer 45 minute lessons. For our younger students, we do recommend 30 minute lessons.
One Friday every month, we offer a 2 to 3 hour workshop or event at the school. Complimentary for our students/fee for guests
Bands- Amy Gore and her Valentines, Grayling, Back in Spades, The Fletcher Pratt.
Nominated for best video @ the 2012 Detroit Music Awards,Also performed live at DMA’s.Cover of Real Detroit magazine May 2012. 4 1/2 star review from Rolling Stone magazine for The Fletcher Pratt. Opened for Patti Smith with Back in Spades and Grayling at The Bowery Ballroom NYC . Toured the U.S., Canada and England.
The Who, The Ramones, Cheap Trick, & Slayer
Learning to play a musical instrument is not an extra curricular activity to me. I believe it can be as fundamental to a persons education as math or history.
Bands: The Thornbills, Maple Bucket Sweethearts, AllenasTim
Played/ Toured with: Scarlet Oaks, Modernlull, Will Sessions, Sour Mash, Croff Family Band, The Simpletons, Jiant
Accolades: Plays and performs a wide variety of musical genres including: Bluegrass, Old Tyme, Progressive Rock, Gypsy Swing, Big Band, Afro-beat, Funk, Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Blues, New Country, Old Country, Traditional Folk, Indie Rock, African High Life, Caribbean, Salsa, Meringue… etc. Has toured throughout the US and Canada. Over 14 years teaching experience
Some Guitar Influences: Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Grady Martin, Mike Campbell, Maybelle Carter, Tom Verlaine, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Nels Cline, Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Marc Ribot, David Rawlings, Lester Flatt, Frank Zappa
Quote: “As a teacher, one thing that I always strive to bring out is the student’s individuality. Everyone has his or her own voice. When we find it, we are no longer concerned with being better or worse than other musicians but are able to freely listen and enjoy this gift for what it really is.”
Marcie is a local creative powerhouse that has toured the world with her music. She was the original guitarist player for the Von Bondies, and has continued to reinvent the musical soundscape with such bands as Slumber Party, Silverghost and F’ake Blood. She is a prolific artist on guitar, bass, vocals and song writing.
Areas of instruction: Guitar, Bass, Vocal, Piano, Advanced kazoo
Has played all over Metro Detroit (Harpo’s, Pjs Lager House, Token Lounge, etc)
Currently studying music at Wayne State University
Dedicated strictly to daily musical advancement
Josh Gauntlett was, is, and will always be a music fan. Like many kids fortunate enough to have parents that encouraged him to explore the arts, he got his first taste of music education at the age of ten, when he picked up the alto sax. After learning the fundamentals of music theory in the Dexter schools concert band, he gravitated toward grunge in his adolescent years, and bought his first electric guitar to learn a few Nirvava riffs. At the age of 12, he began taking private lessons with beloved Detroiter and Sponge guitarist, Kyle Neely. Upon graduation from Dexter High, Josh attended the Berklee College of Music, honing his guitar performance skills under the advisement and mentorship of Jon Finn, Wayne Krantz, and Bruce Bartlett.
These days, Josh currently resides in Ferndale, Michigan with his fiancée, Lauren, and their cat-kids, Wilco and Max. To date, he has recorded two albums and performs as the bassist of the Ann Arbor-based ambient metal outfit, Scared To Death. As an avid songwriter and DIY musician, Josh takes every opportunity he can to write and play music at home, with the goal of recording one song per month this year, to complete his latest record, 2015. Focusing his professional musical efforts in the realm of music education, Josh teaches guitar, bass, and voice lessons at the Rock & Roll Prep School. There, he commits his students to studying music literacy, technique, theory, vocabulary, and most importantly FUN!
Meaghan DeGrave-Director of Operations
Meaghan is the imaginative force and engine behind copious music endeavors for the past two decades. She is a staple of the local scene, and focuses her energy on the well being and creative integrity of the next generation of Detroit rock!
*Bands* The Vamps, Mick Bassett, and solo.
*Accolades* Interned at Motown Museum. Toured US, Canada, and England. Detroit News Artist of the Month.
*Influences* The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Supergrass, Ladytron.
*Quote* Forget about ‘practicing.’ Every day, strive to play better than
the day before. That’s all it really takes.