Instructors 


Barbara Alamsha

Barbara Alamsha, co-founder of ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music, has over 20 years of performance and entertainment experience in a wide range of musical styles.  Barbara runs the day to day operations at ROCK U 2, a dynamic music academy that provides private lessons on all instruments as well as programs for bands, vocal performance groups, dance classes and acting for the camera and stage.  ROCK U 2 also has a professional recording studio and video production facility.  As the Music Director of ROCK U 2, Barbara serves as a vocal and performance coach for all levels as well as develops the curriculum for the Band and Vocal Performance Program.  Mrs. Alamsha is also responsible for producing all ROCK U 2 shows and events.



Tim Alamsha

Tim Alamsha, co-founder of ROCK U 2 The Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music, has decades of experience in the entertainment industry.  Mr. Alamsha has served in leadership roles with The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Marriott International and the Casino Industry.  He is the president of Tim Alamsha Productions which focuses on artist development.  Mr. Alamsha is a music producer with knowledge in engineering, arranging, co-writing and composing all styles of music.  He is an award-winning video producer with expertise in directing, scripting, casting and site-selection.  Tim also teaches classes at ROCK U 2 on the entertainment industry, and on music and recording studio production.  

 
Michelle Robinson

Michelle has an extensive musical background in woodwinds, piano, voice, composition and performance.  She has 25 years of experience in musical styles ranging from jazz, blues, gospel, to modern contemporary and all other genres of praise & worship music.  She has won many competitions both locally and nationally; being ranked in the top 10th percentile in a national competition for the flute category based upon sight reading, performance and style. She has studied music, language arts, and writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. Michelle  teaches all levels on flute, clarinet, alto sax, piano and voice.



Andy Lee 

Originally from Maine, Andy Lee began playing guitar at age 12 after watching KISS on TV in 1979. Throughout the 80’s, he studied the guitar styles of numerous guitarists including Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani & Steve Vai. Andy eventually moved to Nashville, TN in the early 90’s where he studied guitar under Reggie Wooten & Tom Bukovac. While in Nashville, Andy took on the role of Angus Young in the AC/DC cover bands Sin City and Hells Bell which performed numerous US tours. In 2005, Andy joined Circle II Circle as the lead guitarist. He recorded 4 albums with the band for AFM/Locomotive Sony Records, performed on 5 European tours, 2 US tours & 1 Brazilian tour and was featured in numerous music magazines world-wide including Metal Edge. Andy currently lives on the MS Gulf Coast with his wife and 2 children. He can be seen performing as the lead guitarist for the local cover band ISIS, and Legends In Concert – Celebrity Tribute Shows. Andy enjoys working with the students at ROCK U 2 and sharing his love for music and showmanship.



Melissa Gilmore  

Melissa is a vocal, piano, violin, viola and cello instructor who has a Bachelors' in Music Education with Performance Honors and a Masters' in Music Education from Setnor School of Music in Syracus University. Melissa enjoys giving private lessons as well as working with our Vocal Performance Groups!



Tim Alamsha Jr.

Tim has been involved in music his whole life.  Tim teaches beginner through advanced guitar and bass.  He also works with all of the ROCK U 2 bands and our Summer Music Programs.


 

Charles Riley

Charles Riley has been playing drums since he was a toddler.  He started off playing in church then joined middle school band. Charles continued drumming all though middle school, high school and college. He currently plays drums for the band Qrisis.  Charles works with several public schools and their marching bands throughout the year as well as teaching beginner to advanced drum students at ROCK U 2.




Brent Ruff 

Brent teaches piano, guitar, bass and drums and is a music graduate from Perkinston.  Brent is also an in-demand musician for music theater productions along the Coast.



Tonya Jenkins   

Tonya enjoys  teaches voice and keyboard at ROCK U 2 and is a music graduate from Delta State.  Tonya has experience developing children's music programs and production.  Her husband, Kerry is the music director for the First Babtist Church in Biloxi.




Devon Wilkerson

Devon is a vocal and piano instructor at ROCK U 2 and has always been involved with music. She began singing and performing at a very young age and has been writing songs since she was thirteen.  Currently a student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis campus where she will graduate with an Associate's in Music Education. Devon enjoys sharing her love and passion of music with all her students.



First Steps in Music Discovery Class ~ Music for 1 - 4 year olds


Amy Johnson 

Amy Johnson as our instructor for the First Steps in Music Discovery Program!  Amy is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Music.  Amy has experience teaching music pre-K through 5th grade and designed, taught and led musical programs at each grade level.  Her husband Mike is an Air Force Chaplain, and they have three daughters, 7, 4, and 2.

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