Our Staff

Music & Rock School is not a traditional music school, and our instructors are not traditional, “by the book” instructors. In all of our instructors we look for musicians possessing a deep understanding of their instrument(s), and music as a whole. They are also active, working musicians, meaning they are regularly performing, writing, recording, etc. The combination of formal training and practical experience gives them an edge in providing students with not only a solid musical foundation, but more importantly, the ability to apply that knowledge to specific musical styles or wherever their interests take them. These are the distinct differences that make Music & Rock School’s instructors masters of their craft, as opposed to simply knowledgeable about music.

Theous Jones

Co-Owner/Operator of Music and Rock School and Drum/Piano Instructor

Theous Terryel Jones is a freelance percussionist, educator, and entrepreneur based in Durham NC. Theous is an Alumni of North Carolina Central University graduating in 2010 with a bachelors of Music ( Jazz concentration). While attending NC Central he played in jazz combos, big bands, vocal jazz ensembles. He also played key percussion roles in the Chapel Hill Philharmonia for 3 years throughout his college experience at North Carolina Central. His musical roots include marching battery percussion, jazz drumming, & orchestral/concert percussion. These days Theous plays all over the Triangle area in a variety of ensembles and bands including a duo wife & husband project entitled Black Journeyz.

Jacob Dowdy

Co-Owner/Operator of Music and Rock School and Guitar/Bass/Piano Instructor

Jacob is a graduate of UNC Wilmington with a double major in jazz guitar and business administration. While attending UNC-W, he performed in the UNC-W Jazz Combo, the Wire Choir and the Studio 421 Praise & Worship Band. He began teaching lessons in 2008 and started at Music & Rock School in early 2011. Currently, Jacob records and performs in the Triangle as half of a jazz duo with Daniel DeLorenzo, another Music & Rock School Instructor.

Sean Bruno

Bass/Guitar/Voice Instructor

Sean began studying music in high school in 1997, first on saxophone, then quickly adding voice, guitar and bass guitar. Following high school, he continued his private studies and studied through Berklee College of Music online courses for which he received a degree in Theory and Harmony. He also studied voice in New York City with Melissa Cross - world-renowned voice instructor for rock-specific vocal techniques. He began teaching private lessons on bass and guitar in 2007 and recently began teaching voice as well. In addition to teaching, Sean also composes music for video games and is lead vocalist and bassist of the band Needlemouse.

Daniel DeLorenzo

Guitar/Bass Instructor
Daniel DeLorenzo comes to Music and Rock School from a background firmly rooted in  recording, songwriting, and production. He has written music with artists and songwriters both locally, and nationally. Daniel has taught guitar and modern recording lessons for 8+ years, and has worked as both a player, and recording engineer in some of the area's best studios. These opportunities have given him a unique perspective, understanding, and appreciation of what it takes to become a great musician. Daniel brings not only a love of sharing music, but a diverse background of experience for students to draw from. He currently performs around the triangle in a jazz guitar duo with MARS instructor, Jacob Dowdy.

Jay Rusnak

Guitar Instructor

Jay Rusnak brings with him to Music and Rock School over 30 years of teaching and live performance experience in a wide variety of musical situations. A graduate of Oberlin College, he engaged in extensive conservatory coursework in Jazz Improvisation and Advanced Music Theory. He has composed, recorded, and toured the country with multi-million selling artists such as Henry Paul of The Outlaws and Ron Keel of KEEL, among others. Featured in GUITAR WORLD as a player and having written instructional columns for several other publications, Jay brings a wealth of practical teaching and playing experience to every lesson, along with high energy and a sense of humor. Equally at home with beginning and advanced students, Jay specializes in finding ways to guide his students towards rapid progress at all levels by honing efficient practice habits, simplifying music theory concepts, and breaking down technical barriers. For more information, please contact Jay at 919-306-5919, at snakdad@aol.com, or thru Music and Rock School.