Since 2003, Music Royale’s Rock School has been giving students a behind the curtain look at what it’s like to be a professional musician. We take care of the challenging details band face – organizing musicians, providing professional equipment, scheduling rehearsals and booking a “gig”, allowing students to focus on working together and preparing for their live performance.

Rock School starts quarterly throughout the year and culminates with a concert on the big stage at The Lazy Chameleon. Not only do the students get the experience of being in a band and playing a live gig, but all of their accomplishments are professionally recorded and edited, with each student receiving a copy of the performance. Rock School has been credited with helping launch the careers of many professional local musicians as well as musicians now working in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles. Most importantly, Rock School is a great opportunity for students of all ages to build confidence, learn teamwork, and have a lot of fun all while improving their musical ability!

Rock School is a unique musical experience and is a big part of why Music Royale has been named one of the Top 100 music stores in the country.

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.

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.


Dylan Cole

Dylan was born in Columbus and was raised in Lewis Center, Ohio. He began taking guitar lessons at Music Royale in 2006. He developed a passion for playing guitar by participating in multiple Rock School workshops. After graduating high school Dylan attended the Recording Workshop in Massieville, Ohio. Once he completed the CORE program he moved to Los Angeles to attend The Musicians Institute to study Guitar Performance and Audio Engineering.

Dylan received an Associates Degree in Guitar Performance and Audio engineering in 2014 and then moved back to Columbus to start his career in the music industry. In 2015, Dylan began teaching guitar lessons at Music Royale and later that year Dylan was also hired on as a Sales Associate.

Outside of his music career, Dylan enjoys spending as much outdoors as possible. Hiking, backpacking, camping, and boating are among his favorite activities.


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.

Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 8pm

Friday: 12pm - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

480 West Olentangy Street
Powell, OH 43065

(614)793-2222