​The Bojangles Music School is a group of Houston professional artists dedicated to having a direct, positive influence on the next generation of Houston musicians.

We offer lessons either in the privacy of your own home or at our studio located on the top floor of Rockin' Robin Guitars and Music (http://rockinrobinguitars.com) located at 3619 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, Texas 77098.

We believe the ability to play a musical instrument enriches lives, and provides a positive and necessary outlet of artistic expression for all ages.

Our mission is to be the music school that inspires students through our passion and knowledge.

  • "Because Shawn Parks knows and understands the amount of work involved in learning the guitar, he and the rest of the Bojangles staff bring this dedication and passion to providing high quality guitar instruction."
    Dr. Alejandro Montiel
    Texas Guitar Quartet
  • "I love Bojangles. They have working musicians helping students create the sounds they want."
    Hunter Perrin
    Houston-born professional guitarist with far too many accolades to list here
  • "On any given night, you will find Bojangles faculty members performing all over Houston with some of the city’s best bands. But this isn’t what makes Bojangles special. What makes Bojangles special is that all of these fine musicians are committed to the school’s core mission of insuring that Houstonians will enjoy a future rich in excellent music. "
    Dr. Garreth Broesche
    PhD, University of Houston Moores School of Music
  • "We love the personal attention and convenience of having Bojangles in home lessons."
    A. Noël Matheny
  • "I know first hand that the students of Bojangles Music School are receiving the finest lessons available."
    Deryl Dodd

Matt Harlan

Instructor

No Depression has called Matt Harlan a “master wordsmith,” and Lonestar Music Magazine has claimed you’ll often find veterans “trying to figure out his guitar backstroke playing style,” but in spite of serious praise for his four albums––two of which topped the Euro Americana Chart––and songwriting honors from American Songwriter, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Billboard, and others, Matt remains doggedly––even fiercely––humble. That blend of virtuosity and kindness makes him an ideal instructor, and at Bojangles, he teaches guitar and voice to all ages. Named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards, Matt also appeared in the acclaimed documentary For the Sake of the Song, alongside heavyweights including Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, and Guy Clark. A frequent performer in Houston and beyond, Matt has shared the stage with legends including Clark, Lovett, and James McMurtry, as well as elite new artists such as John Fulbright and more.

Shawn Parks

El Jefe

Shawn Parks founded Bojangles Music School with the wild hope that he could build a haven for students and teachers of music to come together, get better, and ensure Houston’s rich artistic legacy doesn’t just last, but grows. Shawn’s expertise is primarily acoustic guitar, and his students benefit from that focus, as well as his building-block approach. He is a rare blend of classically and barroom trained: after studying with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Davin James, he was accepted into the private studio of Dr. Alejandro Montiel, a founding member of the Texas Guitar Quartet, where he studied classical guitar. He has also written songs that have been recorded by others including James. A staunch believer in continuing education, he currently studies voice under Dr. Sharon Radionoff. In 2017, Shawn and Matt Harlan launched A Night for Guy, an annual gathering featuring performances from Houston’s finest musicians and special guests, to honor the life and music of Guy Clark. “Most of all, I want my students to gain a deeper appreciation for how powerful and even magical music is, not just in the ways we create it, but also in the ways we enjoy it,” Shawn says. “Love of music is primal. I believe we were all meant to make it.”

Judson Duncan

Instructor

When he was interviewed recently for a University of Houston student paper, Judson Duncan summed up the way we all feel: “Nothing sounds better than a live band.” A first-rate guitarist, bassist, and ukulele player and teacher, Judson has been making a beautiful noise for about 24 years. He first picked up the trumpet at age 9, then moved on to guitar three years later. He has studied under masters including guitar shredder Rusty Cooley and metal giant Joel Gregoire, and honed his audio engineering and studio production skills at Houston Community College. To further develop his deep understanding of the instrument, Judson has also worked as a guitar tech since age 18, most notably with Diamond Guitars. When he isn’t helping Bojangles students learn how to perform rock, jazz, pop, blues, or metal, Judson can usually be found gigging, most often as the guitarist for metal band Green as Emerald.

Banjo Mozart Parks

Bojangles Music School COO

"PRACTICE"

Chase DeMaster

Instructor

Houstonia Magazine called his voice “captivating,” and Love is Pop dubbed his sound “delicious indie pop”: no matter what you call it, Chase DeMaster creates music that stretches boundaries and mesmerizes. It’s his blend of pushing music forward, understanding of the past, and irreverent love of fun that also makes Chase such an exceptional teacher. Rooted in traditional study––he graduated with honors in Music Theory from the University of Houston’s acclaimed Moores School of Music––Chase has been instructing and innovating for more than a decade. Outstanding on guitar, bass, and keys, and a teacher of all three, he works with students of all ages at every level, from beginner to expert. Chase is also an adjunct faculty member at LoneStar College Tomball, where he teaches jazz guitar, and is the owner/operator of Very Jazzed, an eclectic record label that is a subsidiary of Frenchkiss Records, distributed by The Orchard (Sony). As an artist, Chase has toured regionally and nationally multiple times with children of pop, Deep Cuts, and Get a Life, and has graced stages at Carnegie Hall, FPSF, Day for Night, In Bloom Fest, MR Fest, and more. Locally, Chase can be seen weekly at Crosspoint Church in the West University area, where he’s played for seven years, as well as in the Paige Parker Band, a jazz combo with whom he regularly performs. Also active in the musical theater community, Chase has worked for companies including Queensbury Theatre, Stage Repertoire Theater, Bayou City Theatrics, A.D. Players, and others. “You get out what you put in,” Chase says. “Music is rewarding that way.”

Austin Smith

Instructor

The Houston Press called Austin Smith one of “Houston’s most feverishly creative young musicians”––serious praise in a city so stacked with talent. At Bojangles, we can vouch for the compliment’s accuracy. Austin’s bottomless well of ideas is thanks in large part to his versatility: He is a bonafide utility player, capable of teaching guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, piano, and voice. The lifelong musician started on piano when he was five years old, studying classical and pop music via the Suzuki program under the instruction of professor Paul Boyd. At nine years old, Austin dove into percussion––including the drum set––as well as bass, guitar, synthesizer, and drum machines. A veteran of several college bands, Austin founded acclaimed pop trio Jerk in 2016, and currently produces other artists and works in various commercial licensing and publishing opportunities.

Mark Riddell

Instructor

Mark has a law degree from South Texas College of Law, and is a professional performing musician. Currently he is the bassist in The Mike Stinson Band, and is a founding member of The Grand Old Grizzly.

Will Van Horn

Instructor

Push those in the know to name the best multi-instrumentalist in Houston right now, and anyone worth asking will reply immediately: it’s Will Van Horn. He just hit 30 years old, but Will has already played with a jaw-dropping array of critical darlings and legends, including Robert Ellis, Loretta Lynn, Shakey Graves, Khruangbin, Jamestown Revival, Nicole Adkins, Sam Outlaw, Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, Leon Bridges, Deer Tick, and others. He’s also performed on tours and shows supporting Willie Nelson, George Jones, the Drive by Truckers, Jason Isbell, Old 97’s, Hayes Carll, Dawes, Jamey Johnson, and more. Will began playing drums and guitar when he was eight years old, before moving on to five-string banjo and bass. Somewhere along the way he picked up a pedal steel, and the beauty he pulls from that complicated instrument has become his signature. At Bojangles, he plays and teaches steel guitar, guitar, banjo, mandolin, uke, bass, upright bass, keys, drums, dobro, musical saw, and more, in all genres of music. “I am a firm believer in music theory,” Will says. “My goal with all students is to give them the tools to play and learn anything they hear.”



Shawn Parks

El Jefe

Shawn Parks founded Bojangles Music School with the wild hope that he could build a haven for students and teachers of music to come together, get better, and ensure Houston’s rich artistic legacy doesn’t just last, but grows. Shawn’s expertise is primarily acoustic guitar, and his students benefit from that focus, as well as his building-block approach. He is a rare blend of classically and barroom trained: after studying with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Davin James, he was accepted into the private studio of Dr. Alejandro Montiel, a founding member of the Texas Guitar Quartet, where he studied classical guitar. He has also written songs that have been recorded by others including James. A staunch believer in continuing education, he currently studies voice under Dr. Sharon Radionoff. In 2017, Shawn and Matt Harlan launched A Night for Guy, an annual gathering featuring performances from Houston’s finest musicians and special guests, to honor the life and music of Guy Clark. “Most of all, I want my students to gain a deeper appreciation for how powerful and even magical music is, not just in the ways we create it, but also in the ways we enjoy it,” Shawn says. “Love of music is primal. I believe we were all meant to make it.”

Matt Harlan

Instructor

No Depression has called Matt Harlan a “master wordsmith,” and Lonestar Music Magazine has claimed you’ll often find veterans “trying to figure out his guitar backstroke playing style,” but in spite of serious praise for his four albums––two of which topped the Euro Americana Chart––and songwriting honors from American Songwriter, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Billboard, and others, Matt remains doggedly––even fiercely––humble. That blend of virtuosity and kindness makes him an ideal instructor, and at Bojangles, he teaches guitar and voice to all ages. Named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards, Matt also appeared in the acclaimed documentary For the Sake of the Song, alongside heavyweights including Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, and Guy Clark. A frequent performer in Houston and beyond, Matt has shared the stage with legends including Clark, Lovett, and James McMurtry, as well as elite new artists such as John Fulbright and more.

Will Van Horn

Instructor

Push those in the know to name the best multi-instrumentalist in Houston right now, and anyone worth asking will reply immediately: it’s Will Van Horn. He just hit 30 years old, but Will has already played with a jaw-dropping array of critical darlings and legends, including Robert Ellis, Loretta Lynn, Shakey Graves, Khruangbin, Jamestown Revival, Nicole Adkins, Sam Outlaw, Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, Leon Bridges, Deer Tick, and others. He’s also performed on tours and shows supporting Willie Nelson, George Jones, the Drive by Truckers, Jason Isbell, Old 97’s, Hayes Carll, Dawes, Jamey Johnson, and more. Will began playing drums and guitar when he was eight years old, before moving on to five-string banjo and bass. Somewhere along the way he picked up a pedal steel, and the beauty he pulls from that complicated instrument has become his signature. At Bojangles, he plays and teaches steel guitar, guitar, banjo, mandolin, uke, bass, upright bass, keys, drums, dobro, musical saw, and more, in all genres of music. “I am a firm believer in music theory,” Will says. “My goal with all students is to give them the tools to play and learn anything they hear.”

Austin Smith

Instructor

The Houston Press called Austin Smith one of “Houston’s most feverishly creative young musicians”––serious praise in a city so stacked with talent. At Bojangles, we can vouch for the compliment’s accuracy. Austin’s bottomless well of ideas is thanks in large part to his versatility: He is a bonafide utility player, capable of teaching guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, piano, and voice. The lifelong musician started on piano when he was five years old, studying classical and pop music via the Suzuki program under the instruction of professor Paul Boyd. At nine years old, Austin dove into percussion––including the drum set––as well as bass, guitar, synthesizer, and drum machines. A veteran of several college bands, Austin founded acclaimed pop trio Jerk in 2016, and currently produces other artists and works in various commercial licensing and publishing opportunities.

Judson Duncan

Instructor

When he was interviewed recently for a University of Houston student paper, Judson Duncan summed up the way we all feel: “Nothing sounds better than a live band.” A first-rate guitarist, bassist, and ukulele player and teacher, Judson has been making a beautiful noise for about 24 years. He first picked up the trumpet at age 9, then moved on to guitar three years later. He has studied under masters including guitar shredder Rusty Cooley and metal giant Joel Gregoire, and honed his audio engineering and studio production skills at Houston Community College. To further develop his deep understanding of the instrument, Judson has also worked as a guitar tech since age 18, most notably with Diamond Guitars. When he isn’t helping Bojangles students learn how to perform rock, jazz, pop, blues, or metal, Judson can usually be found gigging, most often as the guitarist for metal band Green as Emerald.

Chase DeMaster

Instructor

Houstonia Magazine called his voice “captivating,” and Love is Pop dubbed his sound “delicious indie pop”: no matter what you call it, Chase DeMaster creates music that stretches boundaries and mesmerizes. It’s his blend of pushing music forward, understanding of the past, and irreverent love of fun that also makes Chase such an exceptional teacher. Rooted in traditional study––he graduated with honors in Music Theory from the University of Houston’s acclaimed Moores School of Music––Chase has been instructing and innovating for more than a decade. Outstanding on guitar, bass, and keys, and a teacher of all three, he works with students of all ages at every level, from beginner to expert. Chase is also an adjunct faculty member at LoneStar College Tomball, where he teaches jazz guitar, and is the owner/operator of Very Jazzed, an eclectic record label that is a subsidiary of Frenchkiss Records, distributed by The Orchard (Sony). As an artist, Chase has toured regionally and nationally multiple times with children of pop, Deep Cuts, and Get a Life, and has graced stages at Carnegie Hall, FPSF, Day for Night, In Bloom Fest, MR Fest, and more. Locally, Chase can be seen weekly at Crosspoint Church in the West University area, where he’s played for seven years, as well as in the Paige Parker Band, a jazz combo with whom he regularly performs. Also active in the musical theater community, Chase has worked for companies including Queensbury Theatre, Stage Repertoire Theater, Bayou City Theatrics, A.D. Players, and others. “You get out what you put in,” Chase says. “Music is rewarding that way.”

Mark Riddell

Instructor

Mark has a law degree from South Texas College of Law, and is a professional performing musician. Currently he is the bassist in The Mike Stinson Band, and is a founding member of The Grand Old Grizzly.

Banjo Mozart Parks

Bojangles Music School COO

"PRACTICE"



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How it Works

We offer 30, 45, or 60 minute music lessons for all skill levels and ages in the privacy of your home or business or at our studio location at Rockin' Robin Guitars & Music.

bojangles policies

4 simple rules we follow
  1. Lessons are scheduled to reoccur at the same time and day each week
  2. One free cancellation will be given each month as long as it is canceled 24 hours in advance of the lesson's start time.
  3. Special consideration for holidays or any other circumstances is up to the discretion of Shawn Parks Founder of Bojangles Music School
  4. Rescheduling lessons is based on the availability of the instructor.

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