Mentors and tutors
At Rock Scholars all of our mentors and tutors are actively involved in the Perth music scene and bring both technical expertise and real world experience to their teaching. Most of them have been through the Rock Scholars program themselves and they are deeply passionate and knowledgeable about music. Our band mentors are multi-instrumentalists and many of them hold formal music qualifications from WAAPA or other tertiary education establishments.
All Rock Scholars staff hold current working with children clearance.
Sam has been involved in the Rock Scholars community for 10 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
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.
Instruments: Drums, Bass, Guitar
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 and vocalist 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
Christian has been behind the guitar for more than 10 years, with a wealth of live performance experience. Currently studying contemporary music at WAAPA, Christian also plays guitar in Perth-based bands, Wooly Mammoth and Grace Armstrong. Christian’s relaxed personality in addition to his love & passion for music make for valuable and rewarding lessons.
Trevor's contagious passion, ferocious drive and sense of humour exhilarates audiences in every spectrum of their live music experience. Trevor’s appreciation for musical culture is endless and all-encompassing.
Despite being self-taught Trevor most recently set up shop at the highly regarded WAAPA where he continues to develop his talent and love for melody, rich harmony and theatrical sounds.
Trevor is a hugely energetic tutor and can teach all contemporary styles.
Oscar van Gass is a Perth based drummer and multi-instrumentalist with nearly a decade's experience in live performance. An ex Rock Scholars student himself and now part-way through his studies at the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, Oscar performs regularly with The Chlorines, Ru, Kid Dingo, The Kramers & Mung Dahl (Cosy), among other groups including small jazz and corporate ensembles. With experience across a variety of genres and playing styles, Oscar's approach to teaching encourages a broader appreciation for music in all forms, seeking to develop passionate young musicians with a focus on technical facility, aural skills and musicianship within his lessons.
Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Keys
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 lots of bands all over the world. He is currently teaching beginner and intermediate one-on-one guitar lessons.
Instruments: Guitar, bass, more guitar
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
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 !
Instruments: Guitar, Bass
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 Rock Scholars band Homebrand.