Instructor Bios

Gary Joseph Potter Jr-

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Since graduating I have immersed myself in the world of music and entertainment across all mediums and genres. I have worked as a touring guitarist for over 20 years having performed nationally and internationally with bands that include: Daughters, The Midnight Renewal, Imprint, The Jessica Lewis Band, The SOS Swing Band, The Coastline Swing Band, The New Providence Band, and the Australian rock band Bellusira.   In addition to touring I have numerous recording and live theater pit orchestra credits. As an educator I have created stylistically diverse instructional content for Guitar World magazine and the app Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day”. In addition to these published instructional applications, I am the owner of Amped Music School in Rhode Island where I not only teach guitar in a private one-on-one setting but I manage the instruction of other guitarists along with drum, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, keyboard and vocal professionals. Rounding out my true commitment to the world of music I have created a one-of-a-kind web-based guitar instructional site that promotes my unique instruction techniques and allows me to work with a worldwide audience (

Mike Murdock-

Mike Murdock is a drummer well versed in many styles including rock, jazz, funk, afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and more. After studying at the University of Rhode Island for a short time, Mike took his studies to Berklee College of music. He has studied with the likes of rock heavyweights Rod Morgenstein and Mike Mangini, to jazz/Latin greats Mark Walker, Ricardo Monzon, and Neal Smith. Since graduating from Berklee in 2011, Mike has set out to make a name for himself as a serious drummer and educator. Mike's most current performance gig is with folk/rock act Rich Ferri and the Wealth on the Water, where he plays drums/percussion, keyboards, and backing vocals. Mike currently serves as the resident drum instructor at Trinity Academy of Performing Arts in Providence, RI, and as a Providence CityArts teaching artist, and is looking forward to his role at Amped Music School.

Tommy Garcia-
Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Tommy is a Teacher and Composer for Film/Media. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has spent nearly a decade teaching Guitar students of all ages and skill levels in various styles. Using a holistic and flexible approach, he seeks to guide each individual student toward their own personal goals while building the basic skills they will need to accomplish those and other future ambitions. When he is not teaching, Tommy composes music and makes sounds for Film, Movie Trailers, and other things.

Joe Grilli-

Electric/Upright Bass

Joe Grilli began his musical journey playing trumpet in the middle school band. Eventually, in eighth grade, Joe began playing tuba and electric bass. He continued to play both instruments throughout high school under the direction of Metro Narcisi. As a junior, Joe decided he wanted to pursue a career in music and began playing the upright bass. He studied upright with Warwick native Dennis Pratt while in high school before deciding to continue his education at the University of Rhode Island. At URI Joe studied jazz with the legendary Dave Zinno for 5 years and received a Bacholer of Arts in Jazz Studies. Joe currently gigs around the state of Rhode Islabd in various ensembles in a range of musical styles.


Corinne Hull



Corinne is a graduate of Rhode Island College where she received a B.A. in Vocal Performance. She specializes in classical technique but has experience with many contemporary genres such as Jazz, Musical Theatre and Pop/Rock music. Since beginning her career in music she has studied several roles both classical and contemporary. At RIC she often played the roll of The Countess from “Le Nozze di Figaro” (2012-2016) as well as Ulla from “The Producers” (2011) for Encore Repertory Company. She began teaching in 2017, her roster includes young men and women interested in taking classical fundamentals and applying them to all genres.

James Himmelmann

James is an Incredible teacher, that can help you with all styles of piano playing. 

Mich Muller - Drums

Mich is grateful to have had the opportunity to perform with many of the top musicians in Rhode Island. Having played professionally across New England as well as regularly performing at venues near his southern Rhode Island home, Mich is building a reputation of reliability and great enthusiasm. As a first call substitute drummer and percussionist for a variety of local professionals, Mich has the opportunity to perform everything from Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, and more. His undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island connected him with teachers such as Ron Stabile and Keith Aleo on percussion, Steve Langone on drum set, Dave Zinno on bass, and Manabu Takasawa on piano. 


Mich is the percussion instructor for the Drum and Bugle Corp at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London. Having taught and performed alongside the competitively selected cadets, Mich has developed new teaching methods and compositions for such academically oriented individuals. 


Mich is excited to expand his teaching studio and will use his experience and love of music to help create a new generation of well rounded musicians.