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
A multi instrumentalist, Luke played jazz guitar at school and won a special citation for outstanding musicianship at the 2008 WA schools Jazz Competition. He has a particular love for blues music, psych rock, jazz, lounge and alternative rock and is currently lead guitar player for the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.
Instruments: guitar and drums.
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.
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
Josh is the newest member of our mentoring team joining us in late 2016. As a former student here, Josh has Rock Scholars in his blood and is sharing his considerable passion and knowledge of music with a new generation of young musicians.
Josh is currently studying a Bachelor of Contemporary music (majoring drums) at WAAPA and is also the drummer for local alt rock band Wooly Mammoth.
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 !
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
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.
Ali joined the Rock Scholars family in 2016 and brings with her a wealth of music experience. She is a super cool multi-instrumentalist who plays in several of WA's leading young bands including Dream Rimmy, Gunns and Human Buoy. Ali also works as a promoter for Cool Perth Nights.
Instruments: Vocals, bass, guitar, keys
With his natural feel, strong sense of timing, impeccable groove, strong technical foundation and musical ear, Marcus is an impressive and versatile musician. He currently drums in Desert Sonnes. As Rock Scholars’ resident drum tutor Marcus’s lessons focus on developing good technique and having fun! He teaches students of all ages.