Finding others to play with can be one of the most difficult things about being a young musician. That is why we created Rock School. This program groups together students of similar age and musical interest and teaches them how to rock! Rock School takes all the difficulties out of forming a band and lets the students focus on the music. We schedule rehearsals, organize the bands, provide rehearsal space and book and promote the performance. The end result is a professional quality performance in front of hundreds of people!

Rock School sessions start quarterly throughout the year and always culminate with a live “gig” at The Lazy Chameleon. Not only do the students get the experience of working together as group and playing a live concert, but all of their accomplishments are recorded onto a professional quality DVD. Music Royale’s Rock School has been running consistently since 2005 and is taught by experienced, professional musicians Jesse McNamara and Nate Smith. Jesse and Nate coach the students, helping them pick songs, work out arrangements and teach them the importance of working together to become a great band.

Rock School has drawn students from all over Central Ohio including Powell, Dublin, Westerville, Worthington, Hilliard, Delaware and Grove City. Students do not need to take lessons at Music Royale to participate in the Rock School class, however, private lessons are highly encouraged.

Rock School has seen its share of talented musicians throughout the years and many former Rock School students have gone on to become professional musicians including Music Royale instructors Seth Daily and Dylan Cole.

Music Royale is located just three and a half miles north of 270 in Powell, Ohio at the intersection of Sawmill Parkway and Powell Road. We are just a few minutes from Columbus, Worthington, Dublin and Delaware and we have plenty of parking. Music Royale is a proudly independent music store owned and operated by local, professional musicians.

Jesse McNamara – guitar, bass, ukulele music lessons instructor at Music Royale – Powell, Ohio

Jesse brings over 20 years of experience as a professional musician to the Rock School class. Performing steadily since the early ’90s, he has played hundreds of live gigs and worked as a studio musician and composer. Jesse has composed and performed music for independent movies, t.v. and radio commercials, and the hit video game Tower Of Power. Jesse firmly believes that above all, playing music should be fun!


Nate Smith – bass, guitar, mandolin music lessons instructor at Music Royale – Powell, Ohio
Nathan is an accomplished musician who performs in numerous bands and music ensembles in Columbus. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Jazz Performance, where he studied under Dr. Paul Robinson and Andy Woodson. Nathan has extensive background in many different styles of music. He has toured with the OSU jazz ensemble in Europe, plays with local jazz and rock musicians, and plays regularly with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. In keeping with his varied musical history, Nathan teaches guitar, bass and acoustic bass and mandolin. Nathan adopts a curriculum that incorporates the essentials of a musical education, while simultaneously catering to the student’s personal interests. His experience in jazz, rock and classical music facilitates a broad understanding of music that serves to reinforce the educational experience. Nathan also teaches the popular Rock School class, helping students experience what being a professional musician is really like.


Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm

Fri & Sat: 11am-6pm

Sun: 12pm-5pm

3976 Powell Rd
Powell, OH 43065