Our founder, Randy Simms
Do you love music? Probably not as much as me.
I'm Randy Simms and I'm ready to take your love of rock to the next level and turn it into a career! Whether you're dreaming of being a performer, a roadie, an engineer, or a producer, there's no better place to start than right here at the Randy Simms School of Music. With our expert instructors and impressive, state-of-the-art facilities, we'll help you take your skills to the next level and give you the tools you need to rock the world. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!
If you're ready to shred, we know that learning to play an instrument is one of the most badass things you can do, and we're here to help you do it. Zero skill required! With our expert instructors and state-of-the-art facilities, you'll be ripping solos in no time.
But it's not just about the thrill of the music. At the Randy Simms School of Music, we also know that there are real career possibilities for those who master their craft. Whether you dream of playing in a band, composing music for movies and TV, engineering the next monster hit, or teaching the next generation of rockers, we can help you get there.
Randy on stage with Rippcord
Randy got his start in music probably a lot like you: He loved it.As a young orphan, Randy escaped the dire situation of his foster home through the guitar. He'd found an old six-string on his way home from school and kept it hidden in the forest behind his house outside of Columbus, Ohio. Most evenings after bed, he'd crawl through a window and spend the night rocking out. They were the only happy moments of his childhood.
Randy made his move into music at 17, as a roadie for Thunder Forge's final tour. Life on the road helped Randy realize that music was a way out and he seized on the opportunity, playing rhythm guitar in Thunder Forge vocalist Rikki Bachmann's next band Lightning Rodd.
After two tours with The Rodd, Randy was ready to set out on his own, forming Rippcord in 1986, and landing three songs on the German top 200, "Ripp Out My Heart," "Shott Of My Love," and the ballad "Fostering You." Rippcord toured extensively in East Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
But it was on a fateful night in 1989 that Randy found his true calling. After Rippcord played the second stage at Question Mark, Ohio's Winter Carnival, Randy found himself wandering the woods when a many-headed spirit told him he should open a school of music back home in Columbus. Call it fate, call it divine intervention, call it what you will. The die was cast, and Randy knew what he Had To Do.
Turn up your studies!
Get ready to rock every day with our courses, designed for every skill level. Here's a sample of what to expect:
A beginner-level course focused on teaching the fundamentals of playing the guitar at a high level of proficiency.
An intermediate-level course that builds on the skills and techniques learned in Guitar-shredding 101, with an emphasis on more complex and challenging techniques, including the one-hander, the shred-n-slide, and the back-ass-ward.
A course for drummers of all levels that focuses on developing rhythm, timing, and technique through group practice and collaboration.
A class for bass players of all levels that covers the basics of playing the bass guitar, from being ignored by your bandmates to being ignored by the fans.
A course that explores the psychological and emotional effects of childhood trauma, and provides strategies for coping with and overcoming the lasting impacts of those experiences.
A technical course that covers the principles of audio engineering and production, with a focus on how those skills apply to the specific needs of film and television production.
Randy is ready. Are you?
Let's face it. When a many-headed spirit tells you to open a music school, you listen. And when the person that opened that music school tells you that you belong here, you should listen too. Because many-headed spirits typically don't simply go around doling out life advice, they usually give additional powers too. And, of course, that's the case with Randy.
On that fateful night in the forest, when he stared upon the impossible creature, each additional head on the spirit's body bestowed a different gift on Randy. With the first head, Randy felt his own strength, speed, and agility increase exponentially. With the second head, Randy gained the ability to control the elements, summoning lightning bolts from the sky. And from the third head, Randy learned how to tell the future.
While the other gifts of the spirits diminished over time, Randy's ability to predict the future has only strengthened. And, today, it tells him that your future begins now, at the Randy Simms School of Music. For a low monthly price, the power of rock can be yours.