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.
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.
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
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
Mike Jelinek (Jelly)
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
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 !
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.
Mitch McDonald has a long association with Rock Scholars and started mentoring here many years ago. After taking a break from mentoring to pursue musical superstardom with his band The Love Junkies we are so happy to welcome him back to the Rock Scholars family.
Mitch is currently mentoring bands, giving guitar lessons and also holds the occasional workshop at Rock Scholars.
Instruments: Guitar, drums, vocals
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.
Jeremy has been involved in the Rock Scholars community for many years firstly as a band member and now as a mentor. He is a profoundly gifted musician with a knack for melody, arrangement and song writing. Jeremy fronts his own band, Segue Safari who can be seen regularly playing in Perth. Jeremy brings amazing musical feel and intuition to his role as band mentor.
Instruments: Guitar, keys, drums
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