MORE THAN JUST MUSIC TEACHERS.

The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music® offers music lessons, live band programs, music field trips, rehearsal rentals, recording studios, videos and more to Metro Detroit musicians, young and old.

STOP PRACTICING… START PERFORMING®

MISSION

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

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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 and Workshops
  • Field Trips / School Programs
  • Recording Sessions
  • Professional Rehearsal Rentals / Tour Prep
  • Community Involvement and Performances
  • Advocacy for LIVE Music in our Community
  • Professional Music Services
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OUR TEAM

We have a team of the most passionate local professional musicians in Metro Detroit ready to help you with your music.

Voice Lessons

Melissa Behring

Voice 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 / Classical Percussion Lessons

Thom Monks

Rehearsal Director / Classical Percussion Lessons
Drum Lessons

Brent Nagy

Drum Lessons
Rehearsal Director / Electric and Upright Bass Lessons

Rocco Popielarski

Rehearsal Director / Electric and Upright Bass Lessons
Drum Lessons

Mike Racette

Drum Lessons
Recording Engineer / Live Sound / Production

Andrew Schuster

Recording Engineer / Live Sound / Production
Piano Lessons / Voice Lessons / Rehearsal Director Kidz Rock / Keyboards

Julie Spicer

Piano Lessons / Voice Lessons / Rehearsal Director Kidz Rock / Keyboards
Guitar Lessons / Rehearsal Director

Ray Urena

Guitar Lessons / Rehearsal Director
We're looking for the best professional musicians who care about others!

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We’re looking for the best professional musicians who care about others!
Founder / Voice Lessons / Vocal Techniques Class / Office / Billing / Scheduling

Sherry Gittinger

Founder / Voice Lessons / Vocal Techniques Class / Office / Billing / Scheduling
Founder and Executive Producer / Office / Admissions / Strategic Planning

Jason Gittinger

Founder and Executive Producer / Office / Admissions / Strategic Planning

LEADERSHIP

You’re success in a music school or lessons can only be attained when the motivations of the leadership, faculty and supporters align with yours.

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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TESTIMONIALS

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    “I have to say that although we travel 30 miles one way, bringing my son to The Detroit School of Rock of Rock and Pop Music was the best thing we ever did.”

    Monica D.
    DSRP Mom
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    “My 13-year-old daughter has been enrolled for just a few months and she has already performed live at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Palace of Auburn Hills!!!  No other “music school” in the area can generate these incredible opportunities for its students.  Jason Gittinger and his staff have far exceeded my expectations.  Long live DSRP!”
     
    Susan N.
    DSRP Mom
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    “Grownups are entitled to rock out, you know.  But if you’re not in high school or college, and you want to play in a band just for fun, good freakin’ luck.  Are you going to answer some ad in the Metro Times?  Really?  Jason’s DSRP provides the matchmaking, the facilities, the instruction, and the motivation to make it happen.  I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone.”

    Kevin R.
    DSRP Adult Program Alum
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    “The Detroit School of Rock and Pop has been a Godsend for my son, Dan (age 13). Jason and his instructors are able to see not only Dan’s talent and drive but also his future potential and they take the time to figure out what steps need to happen to get Dan there.When Dan leaves his private lesson he is so excited about what he has learned and can’t wait for more.”

    Vickie M.
    DSRP Mom

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