Rod began studying classical piano at the age of three. He continued his classical piano training at the Arkansas School for the Blind where he graduated from high school.
At Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Rod had the opportunity to work with great classical music giants including Robert Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, and jazz legend David Baker. Clemmons graduated with honors from I.U. with a degree in classical piano performance, but while he was there he began discovering a love for pop and R&B music and production.