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Rock and Contemporary Music

Dept. Coordinator
Eric McCullough

The Rock and Contemporary Music program brings the same pedagogical structure and high quality instruction Peabody is known for to music that is not traditionally part of a classical conservatory. The program is perfect for current students looking to branch out and try something new, as well as new students who’ve never thought they could study popular music at the Preparatory.

Private lessons are and ensembles are available for students of any experience - from complete beginners through advanced levels of study. A variety of ensembles is also available for students ages 12 and up as well as adults. 

You’ll learn from real rock stars, including former Danzig guitarist John Knoll (John Christ), Eric McCullough (We Love the Underground), bassist Matt Everhart (Sly 45 and Bachelor Boys), vocalist Kristen Toedtman, and drummer Jeff Stern.

Take lessons in:

  • guitar
  • electric bass
  • drumset
  • vocals

Rock Ensembles

Open to middle school age through high school aged musicians in piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, vocals and percussion, Rock Ensembles are designed to give students experience with varying styles and levels of difficulty from classic through contemporary rock music. Learn more...


Matt Everhart, Bass Guitar
John Knoll, Electric Guitar
Eric McCullough, Electric Guitar
Kristen Toedtman, Voice
Jeff Stern, Drum Set


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