Title: Bass Instructor, Rock Band Program Director, Group Guitar Lessons
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Genres: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, R&B, Country, Folk, Reggae, Ska, Swing, Metal, Punk, Bluegrass
Education: Berklee College of Music; B.A. Music Industry - Millersville University
Rod Goelz is a local musician who has “gone international” with his teaching methods. A multi-instrumentalist, the Associated Press has called Rod a “six-string surgeon.” With his return to KMAC, Rod is teaching private lessons on his main instrument, the electric bass, while offering group lessons for guitar and Rock Band.
A native of York, PA, Rod attended Berklee College of Music and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies from Millersville University. He has taught guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, and ukulele to hundreds of musicians, and is credited for his ability to creatively mix diverse areas of music, including hip-hop, funk, rock, country, metal, bluegrass, jazz, pop, reggae, and just about any style his students can think of.
Rod has worked with diverse bands such as Paradise Movement and American Hollar, and is the founder of three groups: Groove Jones, The Rod Goelz Project, and Boompop Coalition.
Rod makes learning fun and exciting by tailoring lessons to his students’ interests and goals. He meets his students where they are and journeys with them to nurture their unique musical voices. Rod brings his trademark sense of humor and ability to teach on the fly into session, making his online and in-person lessons feel more like a jam session than a rigid music class. Rod leverages his years of performance and teaching experience to build solid, confident, lifelong musicians.
In addition to his many instrumental contributions, Rod is also the author of the Basses Loaded and Make It Funky instructional series published by Santorella Publications, LTD. His latest instructional book, Quickstart Guitar, is one of the foundational lesson books offered with his lessons at the Weary Arts Group (York, PA) and Rock Mill (Mechanicsburg, PA). Rod’s universe contains no musical taboos - all styles offer something unique and valuable to every musician. He believes that the best way to learn an instrument is to play with others from the first day. Application brings understanding and motivation through an approach he developed called “Boompop.”
Rod has been mentoring musicians and making great music for over 30 years. The positive impact that he has had on so many students is immeasurable. It’s fitting, then, that at the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards in March, Rod was awarded “Best Music Lessons” for 2022. This is a distinct honor for an individual considering it had always been awarded to an organization in the past (KMAC won in 2020 and 2021).
Keep an eye on our schedule for Rod’s upcoming classes. There will be something for most ages, instruments, and abilities in the coming year. Feel free to contact Rod if you have any questions or requests.
Rod teaches at Rock Mill Studios in downtown Mechanicsburg on Tuesdays. (He teaches in York on other days.) Contact Rod for current availability.
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