Greg Hipskind - Owner/Director/Drum Instructor


Greg has been playing for 28+ years and has made a living as a professional musician for the past 15 years, teaching lessons and performing on a regular basis. He is the owner and director of QC Rock Academy and is the head drum instructor.


Greg is a proud member of the Vic Firth Education Team, Sabian Education Network and a member of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He is also part of the popular Quad City band, Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls

Greg grew up in Moline and when not playing music he is an avid baseball fan and loves to travel with his wife, Jenny and daughters, Leah and Emma.


Accepting students age 7 and up.

Billy Gardner - Head Guitar Instructor.


Billy has been playing since he was 10 years old (30+ years) and has enjoyed teaching for the past ten years. He has played in many local bands including Keep A Lie, Axen Province, Alone, Transmission 13 and Katalina. He is currently playing with the band Kronos Resistor.

As a kid, his family and friends encouraged him alot in his learning and his biggest inspiration was always the joy of hitting the stage with his band and putting on the best performance possible.

When not teaching, he enjoys time with his family, fishing and Packers football.

Accepting students age 7 and up.

Sarah Hepner - Vocals, Piano, Beginner Guitar

Sarah Hepner has been singing, playing piano and strumming guitar since she was very young. While growing up, she spent her free time in private music lessons and performing in local music theater productions.

As an undergrad she chose to pursue music and studied voice classically at Illinois State University with Dr. Kathleen Randalls. She enjoyed performing with the Concert choir, Women’s choir, Civic Choral and Encore Jazz Ensemble. This gave her the opportunity to perform some of her favorite pieces such as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight”.

She feels the need to share the gift of music with others, all ages, who are learning it’s joys! She is hoping to give and unconditional love for music to her students, so that they can carry it with them throughout their life.

Currently she is performing songs she has written and other traditional tunes around the area. She loves spending time with her husband, Brian, two little boys, Oscar and Simon and daughter, Anna.

Accepting students age 7 and up.

Scot Haut - Guitar


Scot has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has been playing professional for the past 11 years. As a young boy, Scot was consumed by the power of music. Most of his time as a teenager was spent learning and playing his guitar. Once he got a taste of being on stage he couldn't give it up. He currently plays in four bands; The One Night Standards, Terry and the Loan Sharks, The Afterdarks and Electric Machete.


When he's not teaching or gigging, he enjoys spending quiet time at home with his wife, Amy and daughter, Olive. He also enjoys restoring his classic car.



Accepting students age 7 and up.

Nathan Farrell - Piano

Nathan has been playing piano and keyboards in multiple bands and events for over 12 years. He and his wife moved to Iowa in 2012 and he is the music teacher at Quad City Christian School in Moline. He also plays drums, guitar and trombone and love playing along to piano-driven bands such as Coldplay, Augustana and The Fray.

Nathan specializes in teaching beginner to advanced piano, chord theory, playing by ear, contemporary keyboards, styles such as jazz and blues.

When not playing music, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two little kids.

Accepting students ages 5 and up.

Laura Miller Hammes - Vocals

Laura has been singing and performing for over 25 years and has a wide range of experience and interest in vocal music, including rock, classical music, musical theater and pageants. She has a BA of Music from St. Ambrose University and studied voice while living in Germany. To go along with her classical training, she has two years of experience with the Quad City Opera Company.

She is the lead singer for local band, Fair Warning. She has also performed two sold out solo shows at the Speakeasy in Rock Island. Laura also worked as a 'Bootlegger' for 8 years at Circa '21 Dinner Theater. She was a Top 10 finalist in the Miss Iowa pageant four times and won the talent competition in 2002.

Laura is very excited to share her experience and passion for music.

She loves spending time with her husband Brad and son, Logan.

Accepting students age 7 and up.

Bryce Swanson - Guitar/Bass and KidzRock Classes

Bryce Swanson, born and raised in the Quad Cities, has been playing and studying music for two decades. During this time Bryce has worked his way to being one of the top call guitarists in the Quad Cities. He is a graduate of Black Hawk College as well as The University of Northern Iowa, while at these schools he took many music courses and lessons despite being a non-music major. While at Black Hawk College he lead Jazz Band I and achieved a music achievement award each semester he attended. Bryce is proficient in many styles of guitar playing and students can expect instruction in genres such as: blues, country, metal, funk, jazz, pop, R&B, rock etc. 

Bryce teaches to help promote a love of lifelong learning; he believes that no matter what your experience with music (or any other subject) may be, you can always continue to learn. Bryce is in a number of projects at any given time, but he can be heard with local favorite Soul Storm.

Accepting students age 7 to adult

Bryson Foster - Drums


Bryson Foster has been playing drums for over 10 years and has studied under some of the best teachers in the business. He started taking lessons as soon as he picked up his sticks at age 11. He then went on to the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA where he continued his studies on the drumset. While in Los Angeles, he was able to learn from world class instructors and he graduated with an Associates of Arts in Drumset Performance.

Bryson has a real passion for music and loves sharing it with others.

When he's not teaching, Bryson enjoys playing gigs around the Quad Cities with his band,
Condor and Jaybird and traveling.

Accepting students age 7 and up.


Heather Herkelman - Vocals

Heather is a vocal performance and musical theatre graduate of Drake University. She has been teaching voice for 5 years and has performed in regional productions of musicals and operas in several cities in Iowa and Illinois. Some of her favorite roles include Mary in Mary Poppins, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Esmeralda in Hunchback, and Anita in West Side Story.


Heather loves helping voice students expand their range, prep for auditions, find great repertoire, hone musical skills, and challenge their confidence!


Jeff Jackson - Guitar

Jeff was born and raised in Davenport Iowa, at a very young age, he knew that music was going to play a huge role in his future and life and it has. He started playing guitar in 1986 at the age of eleven, bass guitar in 1990 and pedal steel guitar in 1999. He have played and toured with many local bands along with some national acts.

Accepting students age 7 to adult


Chris Deets - Drums

Chris is a 29 year old drummer from the QC area with 10 plus years of drumming experience under his belt. He has studied with drumming greats such as Marco Minneman, Glen Sobel, Ray Luzier, as well as local drummers, John Ladson and Terry Hanson.

He has been fortunate enough to tour over 15 different countries & 48 states playing with a variety of bands

  • Upon This Dawning (Artery Records)

  • Phinehas (Solidstate Records)

  • I See Stars (Sumerian Records) (Drum Tech)

  • Another Hero Dies (InVogue Records)

  • A Wretched Betrayal

  • Hello Ramona

Currently he is playing for the QC heavies "3 Years Hollow" & "Doppelganger" a instrumental metal band.

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Sharon DeKeyzer - Vocal and Piano

Sharon has been teaching and coaching since 2006. She gained her music degree from Morningside College in 2007. She got her vocal performance degree with concentration in piano, voice, and communication. She has been a competitor in the Miss America, Miss USA and Mrs America program and coached many students to achieve these goals.


Accepting vocal and piano students age 7 to adult


Rebecca Casad - Vocals and Ukulele

Rebecca comes from a musical family and started as a student here at QCRA as a teenager. She has made a name for herself in the local music community as a songwriter playing ukulele and writing her own original songs. She released her own CD, "Memoirs" in 2018. Rebecca has also performed in many plays and musicals with Davenport West High School and Augustana College, where she currently attends.