Rock Mill Institute


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Private Lessons, Rock Band, & More!



Private Lessons

Offering a wide variety of music lessons from beginner to expert. Our Instructors are professional, knowledgable, and work well with individuals of all styles.



Rock Band

Rock Mill vs. Rock Band. Private Instruction Rod Goelz takes individuals and puts them in a live band setting where the students can learn and perform with others. This coarse is highly recommend by all ages & types of students looking to put themselves in that “Rock Band” setting.


About Instructor

Rod Goelz

Rod Goelz is a local musician who has “gone international” with his teaching methods. The Associated Press has called Rod a “Six-string surgeon.” He has been mentoring musicians and making great music for almost 30 years.

A native of York, PA, Rod attended Berklee College of Music and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies from Millersville University. Rod has taught guitar, bass, and mandolin to hundreds of musicians, and he 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.

Known for his involvement with such diverse bands such as Paradise Movement and American Hollar, Rod is also the founder of Groove Jones, The Rod Goelz Project, and Boompop Coalition.

Rod makes learning fun and exciting by tailoring his lessons to his students’ interests and goals. There is no Kumbaya in Rod’s studio. He meets his students where they are and journeys with them to nurture their unique musical voice. 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 Music At Metropolis (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.

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