Daniel founded Rawk U in 2010. The germination of the idea for Rawk U started a few
years earlier in 2008. After working for several music schools in the area, he decided to
form his own school and stamp it with his own unique brand of teaching and
Daniel believes that students come into lessons for different reasons and with various
goals. Some students come in with no preconceived goals or expectations at all. Daniel
likes to get to know each student well and figure out what will take that particular
student as far as they would personally like to go. Each student is truly unique and the
same exact lesson plan cannot be used for each student.
Daniel plays with local blues band, Mourning in the Morning. He has also played with
The Hokkaido Concern and Chiaki in the past. Daniel studied at Berklee College of Music
In Boston as well as at the Univ of Delaware where he completed a minor in classical
guitar. He can take a beginning student fresh out of the gate and mold him or her into a
well rounded musician in a matter of a few short years.
Nathan Hurdle is a guitar and vocal instructor from Philadelphia. Since earning a bachelor’s in music from Goucher College in Baltimore, Nathan has been consistently teaching a wide variety of students. Influenced and inspired by a truly eclectic set of artists and styles, Nathan’s instruction is well-rounded and balanced. Nathan strives to create an environment of positivity, comfort and creative exploration with every student. Nathan is very happy to be teaching alongside Rawk U’s other talented staff and looks forward to witnessing the growth of his students. You can find him performing regularly in and around Philadelphia with his two groups Actual Jackals and Two Good Eyes.
Garry Lee has been a full time professional bassist in the Philadelphia music scene for the past forty years. Over the years, Garry has been the bassist for some of Philly’s top acts. For the last twenty years Garry has been the bassist for the Deb Callahan Band. He spent many summers teaching music classes at The North Light Community center in Manayunk. Garry has worked with some of the top drummers in the area and understands the special relationship between the bass and drums in a rhythm section. He really understands the underpinnings of rhythm and what makes a band tick. He can take a fresh beginner out of the box and get them playing in a band with other musicians in a matter of months!
Jessica Fisch (B.M. Berklee College of Music ’22) is a vocalist, composer, producer, performer, and advocate for all things creative. Specializing in contemporary voice, piano, songwriting, and acting, her teaching style mixes traditional pedagogy with the highly abstract. Because Jessica began her career as a self-taught musician, she intrinsically understands how to teach from the ground up in a fun and engaging way that bears speedy results. With passions for music theory and music technology, Jessica takes pride in helping her students unlock their own creativity while cultivating unshakeable musicianship, confidence, and originality.
Since starting guitar in the 3rd grade, Jessie has dedicated his passions to music, and became a multi-instrumentalist with 20 years of music experience. His musical journey has brought him everywhere from recording in the studio, performing on stage, writing and producing for dozens of artists, and teaching students of all levels. Born and raised in Philly, Jessie performed in hundreds of concerts before receiving his bachelor’s degree in music composition from The University Of The Arts. As a teacher, Jessie’s main goal is to create an environment that allows his students to firmly recognize and achieve their goals. Jessie teaches guitar, bass, and drums as well as classes for studying the world of music theory and songwriting.