Welcome to the Bluesman Rock Academy.

Bluesman Vintage Rock Academy is a place where all the cool kids go to learn how to be their very best  at their instrument, from the very best in the industry!

Bluesman Vintage Rock Academy provides lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano, and more! Come learn from our staff of professional working musicians and instructors from all styles of music and for all skill levels. Whether you're 5 years old or 95 years old, we have instructors that fit your individual needs and can help you reach your musical goals.


Students will work on their individual instruments, as well as have the opportunity to join a band and work together with instructors and other students to perform concerts at real venues! At Bluesman Rock Academy, we approach each instrument with the end goal of learning to play music. From your first lesson you will learn to play actual songs, but as you learn your instructor will help you understand the theory that stands behind your favorite music...while you learn it!

Meet the Instructors


Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

Adam Therrien - Guitar

Adam Therrien comes from a small town in western Massachusetts. He holds a degree in music education from the Hartt School of Music. In 2010 made the move to Nashville as the lead guitarist for Travis LeDoyt, a top notch young Elvis impersonator. After touring with Travis for four years, Adam started his own rockabilly group, Zippy's Clutch, where he is currently the frontman and guitarist. In 2014 he and a group of Nashville players formed the Beatles tribute Forever Abbey Road. Adam lives in Nashville with his wife Katie and their two cats!

Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

Liz Lawrence - Guitar

A skilled lead guitarist and utility player, Liz lives for music. She has been playing professionally for over fifteen years, and is known as a strong and dependable touring, local, sub, and session musician. She is also sought out as a very in-demand private lessons teacher, all over the country.

From an educational standpoint, Liz has studied privately with many fantastic teachers, including Buddy Charleton, Chris Parello, "Little" Toby Walker, Anthony Wellington, and Mike Orenzoff. She has participated in many programs and events as a musician, student, and teacher, including the National Guitar Workshop and the McDaniel College Summer Music Program. Liz has studied music at Carroll Community College, and at McDaniel College from 2007 to 2010. Although no degree has been obtained, Liz has taken every musical elective and extracurricular activity available, as well as reaching other degree-specific qualifications in English, Math, and History. In an effort to reach her professional goals, she has chosen to discontinue her progress towards a college degree specializing in the music field, and instead pursue a career in music with more value placed on experience and skill.

Currently, Liz works in a multitude of settings as a lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Combining stable music instruction, experience, and a strong passion to learn, Liz has become a versatile, seasoned musician and instructor at a relatively young age. With much love and determination, she is ready for a lifelong career in music.

Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

Ryan Jones - Guitar

A graduate of Los Angeles Music Academy, Ryan Jones studied under some of the finest guitar players in Los Angeles including Frank Gambale, Ross Bolton, and Jeff Richman. He has most notably worked with Maranatha/Integrity recording artist Tommy Walker, gospel legend BeBe Winans, Bethel Music worship leaders Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jesus Culture artists Bryan and Katie Torwalt, and bass legend Abraham Laboriel.  He has played various venues from small clubs in Hollywood to the Hollywood Bowl and the National Mall in Washington DC for a crowd of 100,000. Ryan is passionate about teaching, and finds joy in leading others to discover who they are musically pursuing excellence in their craft. Ryan and his wife Caroline live in Spring Hill with their dog Winston and have been married for 4 years.

Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

Matt McCalpin - Guitar

Upon graduating from the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles California in 2009, Matt has avidly maintained his place in the music world for over seven years. He studied with music legends Carl Schroeder, Ross Bolton, Stuart Ziff, and Bruce Buckingham. Aside from passionately recording, writing, performing, and touring (Samantha Crawford Band, The Get Back, Medicinal Groove, Kalamazoo Jazz Collective) he is equally enthusiastic about teaching guitar. Born and raised in The Great Lake State of Michigan, Matt is glad to be in the Nashville area. He is eager to teach all styles, ages, and skill levels with a fresh, focused approach. "I was born in Blues and Rock, I study Jazz, play Funk and Soul, but I'm influenced by all music, and love to teach it all." "Music is the best!"


Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

Jaymi Millard - Bass Guitar

 Well-known bass player, teacher, author, and session ace Jaymi Millard brings with him a lifetime of creative and technical know-how and a love for the bass guitar. Creatively, Jaymi’s projects include Innocent Monday (www.innocentmonday.com), Broken Walls (www.brokenwalls.com) as well as various session duties for different artists. Jaymi resides with his family in Spring Hill. You know when Jaymi is on the gig because of the PINK basses. Check out his website here:  www.pinkbassmanmusicman.com

Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

Roger Carter - Bass Guitar

Roger was born in Nashville and raised in north Alabama. He began playing guitar at age 10 but soon switched to bass at age 15. At that time he began playing extensively around north Alabama and southern Tennessee. In 1998 he returned to his birthplace of Nashville where he has worked doing sessions, live local gigs, and touring. We are thrilled to have him as part of the team at Bluesman Rock Academy!


Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

John Salaway - Drums

John Salaway is a recording artist, songwriter and nationally endorsed multi instrumentalist. He has a degree in music and music business from MTSU and has been teaching kids for over 20 years in schools, churches, camps, privately and through the YMCA. John was recently named "Nashville's Indie Pop Artist of the Year" and he's currently on tour opening for Denny Laine from The Moody Blues/Paul McCartney & Wings.

John Salaway has performed with Peter Frampton, Ben Folds, Anderson East, Denny Laine, Gordon Kennedy,  The Last Straw, Forever Abbey Road and many more. John Salaway's concept album "The Song in the Air", on which he played and produced all the instruments, was named ¨The Best independent pop/rock release of 2013¨ by the examiner and Yahoo entertainment news. He was recently featured in American Songwriter and on a Nashville compilation album from Bands Under The Radar along side Brendan Benson, Moon Taxi, Daniel Ellsworth, Goodbye June and many more. John is also writing for multiple Hollywood film and tv music libraries and collaborating with Grammy winning producers, songwriters and engineers in Nashville.


Adam Shoenfeld from Tima McGraw and Big & Rich

Chris Emkey - Piano

Chris is a pianist, keyboardist, and vocalist originally from Reading, PA. His start in music came by stumbling through the melody of "Ode to Joy" by ear on the piano as a 9-year-old, and has resulted in his completion of Berklee College of Music's Piano Performance program in 3 years, graduating in August 2016.


Since first performing at a restaurant function in the seventh grade, Chris has grown to an average of nearly 100 performances per year up and down the East Coast of the US and beyond, while continuing his studies as a full time student at Berklee. Highlights include opening for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra at multiple outdoor concerts, performing numerous pregame and event show for the Reading Phillies and co-billing with the Indigo Girls as a member of international artist and social rights activist Suzi Brown's band at the 2013 Wild Goose Festival.


Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Chris is continuing to perform regularly both solo and with several groups - from local wineries to a one-off show in Norway. Off the stage, Chris can be found in the studio as a session musician, in the pit of musical theater productions, and teaching piano and theory lessons.


4922 Port Royal Road  Unit B1

Spring Hill, TN 37174

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