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LESSON INFORMATION

Music lessons are an investment. Rock U students range from age 5 to 80 and all of them are benefiting from the gift of music. Some students have used their musical gift to propose to their wives. Others to get through a hard time. Some write original songs about loved ones and others about loved ones they've lost. Playing music is good for the brain, but it's also good for the soul. Some Rock U students have gone on to pursue music professionally, signing recording and publishing deals in Nashville and LA. Some have been on national TV shows like "The Voice", "Real Country" and "Streets Of Dreams" and one was hand picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber after an audition in NYC and got to go on tour with the national broadway production of 'School of Rock'. Some of our students have made it into their high school jazz bands and others take rock band classes with us here at the studio. One of the bands we coach just won their high schools Battle of the Bands! Shy students are encouraged to perform at their school talent shows and become the star at school for the day which helps boost self-esteem and self-confidence. Some students are back porch rockstars or just like to jam out in their bedrooms and that's cool too! No matter how you choose to use the gift, it is something you can do for life.

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Call our friendly office administrator Staci for pricing! 801-419-8465

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GUITAR LESSONS

VOICE LESSONS

DRUM LESSONS

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  • Jared Barney (Rock U Owner)​

  • Jordan Saucier

  • Hannah Peterson 

  • Hudson Tanner

  • Sky Nelson

  • Kylie Wilder

  • Spencer Odom

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UKULELE & BASS LESSONS

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  • ​​​​Hudson Tanner 

  • Kylie Wilder

  • Hannah Peterson

  • Sky Nelson

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  • Kylie Wilder

  • Sky Nelson

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  •  Matt Wilson

  • Braxton Elder

 
PIANO LESSONS
 

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  • Parker Reber

  • Braxton Elder

  • Maddie Woodward

ROCK U RECORDS

Hire us to help produce and record your original music or a professional sounding cover song you love to play and sing. If you want to share your recording with the world, we can show you how to get your songs uploaded to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music etc

ROCK UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN SERVING DRAPER AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS SINCE 2009, BUT WE ONLY OPEND ROCK U RECORDS IN 2020 AND OUR STUDENTS ARE ALREADY CRUSHING IT! WE INVITE YOU TO GO LISTEN TO SOME OF OUR ROCK U RECORDS BANDS AND ARTISTS ON YOUR FAVORITE STREAMING PLATFORMS BY SEARCHING FOR THESE SONGS AND ARTISTS.  ALL OF THESE SONGS WERE WRITTEN BY ROCK U STUDENTS AND PRODUCED AND RECORDED HERE AT THE STUDIO

  • Kate Odom - DIRTY LIAR
  • Lucy LeSueur - FOLLOW THROUGH
  • Melomania - HOLD MY HAND
  • Seth Sunderlage - WAITING
  • Cayce Kirkham - CITY LIGHTS
  • Crew Tripp - THE NEXT DAY
  • Sky Nelson - HIPPIE DREAM
  • Sienna Kirkham - FADE
  • Kate Debry/Lucy LeSueur - UNTIL YOU"RE HOME (Christmas Song)

OUR INSTRUCTORS

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DYLAN SQUIRE
DYLAN SQUIRE

COMING SOON

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JARED BARNEY
JARED BARNEY

Rock U owner Jared Barney is one of the most IN DEMAND guitar teachers in Utah! He has been teaching guitar for over 25 years and in that time has taught countless students a love for playing guitar (including all of our Rock U guitar instructors). Jared was the lead singer/guitar player in the band Millhouse and has opened shows for national acts like Sheryl Crow, LeAnn Rimes, Smashmouth and The Drifters to name a few.

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KYLIE WILDER
KYLIE WILDER

Guitar/Vocal Instructor, Kylie Wilder, was very shy growing up, except when she performed musically. She enrolled in vocal lessons at a young age and later began learning guitar at Rock U. This led her to compete in Draper Idol in 2012, which she won! The experience gave her increased confidence to pursue her life goals and passions. Music has had a very positive impact on her life and helped her break away from shyness. Overall, Kylie loves her students and seeing them find confidence in music.

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HANNAH PETERSON
HANNAH PETERSON

Guitar/Ukulele Instructor, Hannah Whitney Peterson, is from Draper, Utah. She has loved music ever since she started voice lessons at 11. She later began lessons at Rock U and started writing/playing music at a whole new level. This led Hannah to start singing/playing gigs at restaurants and farmers markets. With the support of the Rock University Instructors, she became a well-rounded musician and a solid Instructor. Along with teaching, she likes skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking.

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HUDSON TANNER
HUDSON TANNER

Hudson Tanner teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar and Band classes at Rock U. He started playing guitar at age 5, and soon after became one of Rock U’s first students. Hudson took lessons from Jared for 5 years until he moved to California. In his spare time Hudson writes/produces EDM and performs at local festivals. Artists like, David Guetta, DJ Snake, and Marshmello have played his productions at major festivals around the world.

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SKY NELSON
SKY NELSON

Guitar/Vocal Instructor, Sky Nelson, took guitar lessons at Rock U for over 5 years. She had several instructors who all taught her to love the instrument in new ways. Additionally, Sky has been singing for as long as she can remember, and participated in many musicals growing up. Through middle school and high school, she discovered a love of choir and made it into the U of U's A Capella Choir due to her training. Besides playing music, she enjoys art, writing, watching movies, and camping.

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JORDAN SAUCIER
JORDAN SAUCIER

Jordan Saucier began his musical pursuits by taking guitar lessons in Southern Mississippi at age 13.  He fell in love with guitar instantly and it was only a matter of time before he began to imitate his musical idols and developed the desire to play with other musicians. Jordan now lives in Utah and just completed a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music at Snow College.  He earns a living through playing at restaurants, weddings, producing bands, teaching lessons and session work.

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SPENCER ODOM
SPENCER ODOM

Spencer Odom started taking guitar lessons at Rock U when he was 12 years old and was a student here for 6 years before Rock U owner, Jared Barney asked him to come aboard as an instructor. Spence has 4 years of teaching experience and combined with his time here as a student, he has a decade of being immersed in the Rock U culture and approach to teaching.

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MATT WILSON
MATT WILSON

Matt found his love for drums at the age of 6. Since then, his music career has taken him all over the world with notable performances at Carnegie Hall, The Montreal Jazz Festival and several shows playing with John Popper of Blues Traveler. Matt has toured across the United States and currently plays in several bands in Salt Lake City. He is currently finishing his degree in Jazz composition at the U of U and was awarded the Michie Music scholarship for Jazz Marching band.

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BRAXTON ELDER
BRAXTON ELDER

Braxton has been playing the piano since the age of 5 (22 years) and he has been playing drums since he was 14. He quickly developed a deep love for music in 6th grade when his grandma gifted him with several punk rock CDs. Since then, he's been in countless bands and has performed all over Utah. His high school band, Midnight Carnival, can still be found on Spotify where he co-wrote and played the drums in each of the songs. Braxton has 7 years of teaching experience.

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GEORGE KELLY
GEORGE KELLY

George has been a professional musician for the last 20 years. After high school, he began playing piano and singing at night clubs, fairs and festivals. He enjoyed classical music, but it was players like Billy Joel, Elton John and Harry Connick Jr who shaped his musical style. In 2004, George received his degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. In 2008 he opened his own Dueling Piano Night Club in Salt Lake City called "Keys on Main" and still loves to perform there!

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MADDIE WOODWARD
MADDIE WOODWARD

Maddie won Draper Idol in 2019! Piano Instructor - Bio Coming Soon

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PARKER REBER
PARKER REBER

Parker started playing piano in the first grade. His teacher taught him classical music growing up, but he also go to learn cool pieces he picked out (Disney, Coldplay etc.). He played in many competitions and festivals throughout middle school and high school. Parker has been teaching at Rock U for 2 years. He has been married to his awesome wife Jenni for 2 1/2 years.

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TATE BRUSA
TATE BRUSA

Tate Brusa is a music producer at Rock U Records, our on site recording studio at Rock University. Tate has been a student at Rock U since he was 10. He is a gifted songwriter and producer and has released many singles on Spotify and Apple Music. Tate auditioned for season 18 of The Voice (on NBC) where he was selected by Nick Jonas to be on his team. Tate's "blind audition" video currently has nearly 17.5 million views on YouTube.

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STACI MICHELLE
STACI MICHELLE

Staci is the glue that holds Rock U together. She is fun, friendly and a true professional. She works magic with coordinating schedules, planning Rock U events and booking clients with the right instructors for their individual needs! ______________________ Rock University Administrator and Office Manager Extraordinaire! 801-419-8465 for lesson info and availability.

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ABOUT ROCK U

Mission Statement

Rock University is about more than simply learning an instrument; It’s about finding a passion, building self-confidence, expanding on talents, discovering success and accomplishment, and providing positive role models, all in an incredible and inspiring atmosphere.

Philosophy

It is our philosophy that music makes the world a better place.  Music inspires creativity and imagination.  It offers a way to communicate emotions that are sometimes lacking in the written word.  Music can lift.  It can lead. It is a gift.  It is the desire of Rock University to give this gift to all who want it.
 
Part of the Rock U curriculum encourages students to write and perform original music (as well as learn the popular radio songs they love) as a way to foster their individual creativity and find their own inspirations.

 

 Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can make you smarter, more disciplined, less stressed and give you a great sense of achievement. Rock University strives to be the premiere music studio in the state. We are committed to excellence in teaching and the enjoyment of our students.  For over 12 years, we have taught all ages and all abilities the joy of playing music in a fun, organized and friendly environment. 

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Rock University Guitar Studio

949 E Pioneer Rd

Draper, UT 84020

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Tel: (801)-419-8465

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