| Executive Director


Steve Auerbach worked with world-renowned recording artists and producers in Los Angeles prior to a career in social work.  Combining both careers, Steve was on the start-up team for School of Rock  from 2005-2008 and created the award-winning MusicGarage.Org from 2009-2019. Steve believes that giving young musicians a safe, fun, and productive place to belong to a like-minded youth community encourages the growth of music and life skills for a lifetime.  Learn more about  Steve   here.

| Rock Music Director


Terence Hansen has served as Music Director with Steve since 2005.   Terence has been performing his compositions, standards, and classics to audiences in the USA and Europe using tapping technique on two guitars simultaneously (while singing). Terence has shared the stage with Robert Palmer, Keith Urban, Jennifer Batten, Gary Hoey, Neil Zaza, Bumblefoot, as well as headlining festivals in Germany, Holland and England.  Learn more about Terence  here.

| Classical & Americana Music Director


June Crosby studied at Music Conservatory in Zurich Switzerland and trained in both the Suzuki method and the Mark O’Connor method.  June has performed with symphony orchestras and string bands performing Classical, Bluegrass, Old Timey, Irish, Cowboy, Swing, and Scandinavian music. She has travelled around the world sharing and learning music from many cultures. June loves teaching!

| Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Brass


Grant has been performing since childhood and is currently performing with the classic rock  band,  Shuffle in addition to  the original progressive rock band,  Advent Horizon.  Grant's biggest strength is  as a   front-man and entertainer including; singing, rapping and playing guitar. As a songwriter, he incorporates elements  of hip hop, rock, and pop into his music. 

| Vocal &    Piano Instructor: Rock, Pop  & Classical


Kim Nolan received her Masters Degree in Opera Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York after completing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Connecticut State University. Kim participated in the Spoleto Arts Symposium's Solo Performances & Masterclasses in Spoleto, Italy in addition to Summer Vocal Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara CA. Kim has taught classes and lessons in rock, pop, blues, jazz,    recording studio, jazz ensemble and vocal performance. 

| Trombone   Instructor & Jazz Director


Joe Chisholm received his bachelor's degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Utah in 2003 and holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies. Joe works professionally in the greater Salt Lake area as a performer and educator.

| Songwriting Instructor


Julian Moon's sublime, pop-craft is infectious and fun.  Julian is an accomplished singer-songwriter who's 2015 Warner Brother's release, Good Girl and her 2018 independent release, Pomegranate Seeds are a favorites at  Julian has a sublime ability to relate to others and help them find their creative voice.  Learn more about Julian here.

| Drum Instructor and Performance Coach


Chris started his musical journey with piano lessons, then drumset.  Chris holds an Associates of Arts from Snow College in jazz, drum-set and a Bachelors of Music from Berklee College of Music in Electronic Production and Design. It was though the electronic production program at Berklee that Chris discovered a passion for music production, electronic music, synthesis, sound design, and music technology. He loves working with music technology and creating new systems for musical expression using hardware and software controllers.

| Guitar Instructor: Rock & Blues


Erica studied jazz guitar at Westminster College and  is an active supporter, volunteer and  performer in SLC's music community.     Erica has been playing guitar for 35 years with a love and passion for classic Blues Rock and Roll and traditional Blues history. Erica's biggest strength is her passion to see her students succeed and overcome obstacles to learning to reach their potential on-stage and in-life.     

| Bass Instructor: Rock, Funk, Jazz, Bluegrass


Aidan Woodward is an active jazz, bluegrass, rock, pop and funk bassist who received his degree from the jazz program at Snow College.

| Guitar   Instructor and Performance Coach


Emma studied rock music with Terence Hansen and Steve Auerbach when she was a student in the MusicGarage program with them.  During that time, Emma performed at scores of area venues and festivals.  Emma has played in several area rock bands as an adult now and wants to share her skills and passion for rock guitar by inspiring students to grow to become great musicians.

| Guitar Instructor:  Rock, Pop & Classical


Sam Cottrell   studied Guitar Performance at Utah State University  and then attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Science in  Tempe, AZ where he received  a    Masters in    Recording.  Sam currently performs with the band, Toast - a Bread tribute band as well as the Irish rock band, Swagger.    Sam has taught for Blue Fret Music in Kaysville, UT, Discount Music in Bountiful, UT and with Steve and Terence at  School of Rock.

Piano Instructor: Rock, Pop, Blues & Jazz


Patrick's musical influences started in New Orleans and his skills grew with experience in live performances.  Improvisation with synthesizers and Fender Rhodes piano give a creative edge to his sound.  Patrick has hosted a blues jam in Salt Lake City and has mentored students in the Utah wilderness. Patrick has a passion for mentoring others and offers a uniquely focused teaching style that caters to each individual student, encouraging creativity and goal setting!

| Electronic  Music & Production


Dylan and I am a Vocalist, Producer, and Songwriter based out of Salt Lake City. I specialize in Pop, House, and Trance, and have experience in other EDM Genres as well as Rock and Soundtracks/Scores. I'm currently releasing music under the name OSITO.  Dylan was the first student at SLAM's predecessor, MusicGarage.Org in 2005 and we are so proud to have him on our team.

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