Mentors and tutors
All Rock Scholars mentors are multi-instrumentalists and many of them hold formal music qualifications from WAAPA or other tertiary education establishments. They are all actively involved in the Perth music scene and bring both technical expertise and real world experience to their teaching.
All Rock Scholars staff hold current working with children clearance.
Sam has been involved in the Rock Scholars community for 8 years. He started out playing bass as a student in our band program before moving on to guitar and vocals. Sam is an accomplished musician and song writer, and has a unique ability to facilitate band communication and growth through clear direction and encouragement.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals
Jelly is a stalwart of the Perth music scene having performed, recorded, and composed with some of Perth’s most successful artists (Felicity Groom, Gunns, Usurper of Modern Medicine). He is a highly experienced teacher, with over a decade of experience teaching all ages, skill levels and styles both at schools and privately. Jelly also studied music at The University of Western Australia.
Instruments: Drums, guitar, bass and keys
John joined Rock Scholars in 2016 as our newest guitar tutor and has already built up a large group of regular and loyal students. John is currently studying contemporary music at WAAPA and plays in hardcore rock band Statues.
As a former Rock Scholars student, Josh has a passion for everything we do and loves sharing his considerable knowledge and technical expertise with a new generation of young musicians.
Josh draws influence from drummers such as Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Art Blakey. All of whom's work he studies as a part of his bachelors degree in Contemporary Music at WAAPA.
He currently plays in Perth bands Wooly Mammoth and Lake Louise and often does session work for singer songwriters around town.
A multi instrumentalist, singer and song writer, Jake is an ex-Rock Scholars student who studied contemporary music at WAAPA. He currently plays drums in Segue Safari with fellow Rock Scholars mentors Sam Blitvich and Jez Segal, and is the smoking hot guitar player in blues rock outfit Desert Sonnes. Jake’s easygoing personality and natural musicality are an asset to Rock Scholars and we love having him around the place!
Instruments: Guitar, drums
Sam is the joint owner of Rock Scholars with his wife Karen, he is passionate about all forms of music as long as it includes guitars. And drums.
Sam is a lifelong musician and has played guitar in millions of bands all over the world. He is currently teaching beginner and intermediate one-on-one guitar lessons.
Instruments: Guitar, bass, more guitar
We are delighted to welcome Mark to Rock Scholars as our new drum tutor. Mark holds an Advanced Diploma from WAAPA and has many years of teaching experience including running his own academy Dynamic Drumming. Mark will be joining Rock Scholars starting in 2017 term 2 and is looking forward to working with you all.
Sam joined our mentoring team in 2016 but as a former Rock Scholars student who spent several years playing and learning his craft here, he is now ready to give back some of his incredible talent and passion for music.
Sam is singer and guitar player in Perth band Mung Dahl and is also studying to be a brain surgeon !
Karen is the joint owner of Rock Scholars with her husband Sam, and looks after our marketing and customer service.
Karen is passionate about what we do having seen first hand the benefits of our Band Program being the parent of a Rock Scholar herself. Her step-son Billy plays in the band Mixed Signals.