Rock School

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 in front of a live audience. 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 six times.

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 I-270 inside the Recreations Outlet (big red barn) shopping center just west of the Sawmill Parkway and Powell Road intersection in Powell, Ohio. 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.

Applications for 2024 Early Fall Rock School Open SOON!


Jesse McNamara – Guitar, Bass, Ukulele music lessons instructor at Music Royale

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.

Ryan Craycroft – Guitar music lessons instructor at Music Royale

Ryan Craycroft is a guitarist, composer, and educator in Columbus, Ohio. After getting his first guitar at the age of twelve, Ryan quickly fell in love with music and has been playing ever since. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University in 2009, where he studied jazz guitar performance. His group, Ryan Craycroft Trio, plays jazz standards, as well as Ryan’s original compositions and can be seen performing live at some of the cities’ finest jazz venues. He currently teaches guitar lessons at Music Royale, where he has been an instructor since 2011. He also helps run the Rock School program there, where he directs student bands and helps them prepare for live shows. To listen to his music and see where he is performing please visit his website: