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About Us

MISSION / VISION
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MISSION

Our mission is to establish a diverse musical community focused on the pursuit of excellence through a positive, motivating, and educational environment.

VISION

Our vision is to be recognized and respected as one of the premier music education facilities in the country, providing unparalleled guidance and mentorship to those in our care, and bringing positive and enriching value to the community at large.

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HOW WE FULFILL OUR MISSION
– Private Music Lessons and Mentorship
– Student / Adult Band Programs
– Jazz / Songwriting / Studio / Blues Experiences
– Summer Camps
– Field Trips / School Programs
– Recording Sessions
– Professional Rehearsals / Tour Prep
– Community Involvement 
– Advocacy for LIVE Music
– Professional Music Services
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LEADERSHIP
JASON AND SHERRY GITTINGER
The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music was founded in 2007 by Jason and Sherry Gittinger. Opened in 2008, the school has quickly become one of the “jewels” of Metro Detroit, providing enrichment for students young and old, mentorship for teenagers, and entertainment for communities all over the region. In 2010 their Summer Rocks! program expanded to include a summer tour each year to cities all over the country, making the school’s impact even greater.

Having two daughters of their own, Jason and Sherry know what it’s like to need positive mentors for their children’s passions and work tirelessly to make sure that the students in their care are motivated and challenged to become better musicians and people. As their girls roam the building on the average weeknight, older students are asked for piggy back rides and younger students are asked to play with them in their practice room, creating a family friendly environment second to none.
 
Jason has been one of Metro Detroit’s finest professional drummers and percussionists for many years, amassing a huge list of artists and projects with whom he’s performed. His numerous production credits run the gamut of live productions, advertising projects, recording projects and television shows. While music is his primary passion, Jason now commits most of his time outside the school volunteering to improve the community and consulting with lots of other companies across various industries. He is the President of the Board of Directors and Executive Board for the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, he is the chairman of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts, he sits on the Community Relations Board of the Detroit Institute of Arts and he volunteers his time with The Live the Music Foundation, a non-profit he helped found, helping to raise scholarships and equipment grants for students and to promote the inclusion of live music events in the community. He come from a family of professional musicians, has a degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University, and has recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
 
Sherry Gittinger has enough energy to power a small fleet of motor vehicles. It’s a fuel that burns full-throttle, ignited by the heat of her soulful voice and the power and passion of her performance. Born and raised in Warren, Michigan she began singing at age 4 giving “backyard recitals” for anyone who would listen. By high school, she was an accomplished vocalist with many division I and division II ratings under her belt at annual Solo and Ensemble Festivals. She went on to study vocal music at Oakland University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music.

A bundle of positive energy, Sherry has a reputation for the utmost professionalism, quality, and musical diversity. Her professional vocal pursuits are a musical potpourri and include everything from theater in shows such as Bye Bye Birdie, A Chorus Line, and Little Shop of Horrors, to show choir and vocal jazz ensembles along with a big band, to singing in live shows at Cedar Point Amusement Park and performing in various wedding bands. She has performed with recording artists such as Johnny Preston, Dickie Lee, and Little Eva. Sherry is also a “go-to” session singer for local recording artists in the Detroit area and is very comfortable in the recording studio, and recently led and directed The DSRP Choir as they accompanied the band Foreigner at 10 sold-out shows at DTE Energy Music Theater opening for Kid Rock.
 
 
They live in Royal Oak, Michigan.
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Our Team

Bass Lessons

Chuck Bartels

Bass Lessons
Guitar Lessons / Film Scoring / Video Game Music

Dan Belleville

Guitar Lessons / Film Scoring / Video Game Music
Piano Lessons / Keyboards / Jazz Improvisation

Chris Codish

Piano Lessons / Keyboards / Jazz Improvisation
Guitar Lessons / Rehearsal Director / Studio Circle

Steve Kendzorski

Guitar Lessons / Rehearsal Director / Studio Circle
Rehearsal Director / Drummer

Thom Monks

Rehearsal Director / Drummer
Drum Lessons

Brent Nagy

Drum Lessons
Voice Lessons / Guitar Lessons

Mikey Kimball

Voice Lessons / Guitar Lessons
Rehearsal Director / Bass Player

Rocco Popielarski

Rehearsal Director / Bass Player
Drum Lessons

Mike Racette

Drum Lessons
Recording Engineer / Live Sound / Production

Andrew Schuster

Recording Engineer / Live Sound / Production
Trumpet Lessons / Jazz Improvisation

Jimmy Smith

Trumpet Lessons / Jazz Improvisation
Piano Lessons / Voice Lessons / Rehearsal Director Kidz Rock / Keyboards

Julie Spicer

Piano Lessons / Voice Lessons / Rehearsal Director Kidz Rock / Keyboards
Executive Producer / Office / Admissions / Strategic Planning

Jason Gittinger

Executive Producer / Office / Admissions / Strategic Planning
Office / Billing / Scheduling

Sherry Gittinger

Office / Billing / Scheduling
Lobby Fun and Games

Jazzy and Sammy

Lobby Fun and Games
LIVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION

Because Music Is For Life

The silent but significant member of our team.

The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music is proud to work with our partners at The Live the Music Foundation to help eligible participants in need to receive tuition assistance. In order to be eligible to receive a grant of tuition assistance the student must first be accepted to the program, show motivation to work hard in their studies, and show significant financial need.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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SUCCESS STORY

Kevin R.

Grownups are entitled to rock out, you know. Jason and his team strike a perfect balance between helping you with your challenges and pushing you to new ones. A perfect outlet for that mid-life crisis. I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone.