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About School of Rock Albany

Welcome to School of Rock Albany, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Albany has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Albany, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Albany together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Albany today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Albany
592 New Loudon RoadLatham, NY 12110
(518) 783-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Albany, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Albany students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Albany’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Albany’s Rock 101 Program is all about teaching burgeoning new musicians the skills they need to grow into life-long rockers. The days of stuffy old music instruction and heaps of sheet music are over – at School of Rock Albany, we believe that playing real music is the only real path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    We know the importance of the fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students those vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge and passion they need to really pursue the art of music.

    All students in Albany’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group band rehearsals for all the fun and collaboration of a band
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Albany’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Albany musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Albany can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Albany is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Albany, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Albany’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Albany’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Albany Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Albany’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Albany learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Albany Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Albany enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Albany’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Albany, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. Albany students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famo...
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At School of Rock Albany, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Albany students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Albany’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

  • September 19
    12:00 PM
    A Tribute to The Who
    Rock Concert
    Join us as our performance programs summer season plays music from The Who!
  • September 20
    1:00 PM
    A Tribute to The Who!
    Rock Concert
    Join us as our performance program summer season plays music from The Who!

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Staff

    • David Bodie
      General Manager/Music Director/Drums
      David Bodie grew up in a musical household and has been playing drums since the age of 9. An avid love of music kept him studying, practicing, and playing any opportunity he could. Studying multipl...
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      David Bodie grew up in a musical household and has been playing drums since the age of 9. An avid love of music kept him studying, practicing, and playing any opportunity he could. Studying multiple styles of music throughout his career, most notably at the Drum Collective in NYC, David has developed a quirky style which has proven a boon for all projects he gets involved with, especially in the Avant Garde music scene in NYC for bands such as Time of Orchids and Kayo Dot among many others. Currently David lends his beats to the band Infantephant(You can listen to Infantephant and some of Daves other projects at http://infantephant.bandcamp.com/ ). He began his career for School of Rock in 2010 at the Tenafly, NJ branch where he still teaches to this day.Photo Credit: Peter Gannushkin / DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET
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    • Will Grandin
      Bass
      Will Grandin has been playing music since the fourth grade, starting with viola. When he started high school in 2003, his friend convinced him to start playing bass because he needed a bassist and ...
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      Will Grandin has been playing music since the fourth grade, starting with viola. When he started high school in 2003, his friend convinced him to start playing bass because he needed a bassist and "viola has four strings and so does bass, so it should be easy." Performance has always been central to his playing and he has been performing in groups since he started playing bass. As he played more and grew more as a musician, Will played in groups of genres ranging from classic rock to punk to funk to jam to pop to garage rock to progressive to blues. College brought Will to SUNY Binghamton, where he studied music theory and continued performing in the orchestra. After realizing that he couldn't study any contemporary music or the bass guitar there, Will transferred to SUNY Oneonta where he majored in Music Industry and minored in Audio Arts Production and Music Performance. In his time at SUNY Oneonta, Will focused largely on improvisational playing, studying with Dr. Joe Pignato, honing his performance chops and fine tuning his improvisation on the bass. After graduating, Will realized that passing on all he has learned on the bass to the next generation of rock stars and he jumped at the chance to be a teacher at School of Rock.
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    • Ryan Devine
      Piano/Keyboards
      A capital region native, Ryan Devine began formal piano lessons when he was 6 years old. Inspired by his mother, a pianist and music director at their local church, Ryan followed in her footsteps, ...
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      A capital region native, Ryan Devine began formal piano lessons when he was 6 years old. Inspired by his mother, a pianist and music director at their local church, Ryan followed in her footsteps, attending the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. It was there he met his friend and future bandmate, who convinced him to set aside the sonatas and try his hand at rock music. After college, and back in Albany, Ryan helped form the band Wreckloose, while teaching music classes and piano lessons full-time. Wreckloose played many festivals and venues in NY and Vermont, from '04-'08. For the past five summers, Ryan has hosted a summer rock band camp, where campers form a band, rehearse for a week, and play a gig on the last day. "I have had so much fun with it and am thrilled to be able to do it year round". Now, Ryan plays in a band with some friends, is the regular accompanist for the Voorheesville choirs and the eba Dance Theater, teaches classical piano lessons, and helps his mom at church whenever she asks.
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    • Nick Palazeke
      Drum Instructor
      Nick Palazeke is a professional drummer and percussionist living in New York that has been playing music for most of his life. He holds a degree in music performance from SUNY Schenectady County an...
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      Nick Palazeke is a professional drummer and percussionist living in New York that has been playing music for most of his life. He holds a degree in music performance from SUNY Schenectady County and has studied privately with some of the best drummers in the Albany area.
      Nick has toured the country with several independent artists and is currently focusing on writing new music with his project Desafinado.
      Additionally, he continues to perform regularly in several live and studio situations. Both his scholastic and real-world musical experiences have prepared him to teach drums to a fresh generation of young musicians at School Of Rock Albany.
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    • Zach Ferrara
      Guitar Instructor
      Guitarist Zach Ferrara not only considers himself a musician but also a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and producer of his own music. Not missing much of what the world has to ...
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      Guitarist Zach Ferrara not only considers himself a musician but also a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and producer of his own music. Not missing much of what the world has to offer musically, he listens to, studies, and ultimately incorporates into his own music a vast variety of genres, ideas, and sounds. Rock, Funk, Jazz, Classical, and Eastern music have all found a place in his playing and composing. Ferrara began his musical study at age 10 on the standup bass before picking up the electric bass and soon after the guitar. Growing up just north of Woodstock, NY in the Catskills, he spent much of his formative years learning Classic and Blues Rock in this tradition.

      Ferrara holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Industry from The College of St. Rose. During his stay, he learned the business of music as well as the recording and technology side. It was also during this time that he began to broaden his musical horizons and started to study Jazz and Classical music not only on the guitar, but the bass as well. All the while he has been fostering a growing interest in the music of India and the sitar; which he studies on to this day. Upon graduation he immediately began teaching privately, performing with various bands and working as a pit musician for musicals. Currently, he is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Ethnomusicology from Liberty University. His passion for teaching and performance leave him very happy teaching at the Albany, NY School of Rock!
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    • Jennifer Stella
      Vocal Instructor/Little Wing Director
      Jennifer has had a passion for music, for as long as she can remember. She began formal training with guitar lessons at the age of 7, in her hometown of Johnstown, New York. Concentrating in Voice/...
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      Jennifer has had a passion for music, for as long as she can remember. She began formal training with guitar lessons at the age of 7, in her hometown of Johnstown, New York. Concentrating in Voice/General Music, Jennifer attended The College of Saint Rose, graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in Music Education K-12. She currently holds NYS Teacher Certification in the field as well. During her time at Saint Rose, Jennifer was a member of the CSR Wind Ensemble, Masterworks Chorale, Madrigal Singers, Opera Workshop, and Clarinet Choir. She also served on the executive board of the Masterworks Chorale, and as president of the Saint Rose Collegiate Chapters of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. In 2011, Jennifer was selected to perform in the world premiere of Eric Whitacre's : The City and the Sea, at Carnegie Hall conducted by the composer himself. She is so excited to be able to share her love of music with The School of Rock!
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    • Andrew Mirabile
      Guitar Instructor
      Andrew Mirabile has been playing music ever since he was 9 years old. Originally learning the piano, it wasn’t until he picked up the guitar that he found his true musical calling. Mirabile has b...
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      Andrew Mirabile has been playing music ever since he was 9 years old. Originally learning the piano, it wasn’t until he picked up the guitar that he found his true musical calling. Mirabile has been a guitar player and a singer for over 15 years. He began by learning punk rock songs but soon was gravitated toward the ways of Rock through such bands as Guns N Roses, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. Mirabile played out in a duo early when developing then moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. Here he truly excelled both as a player and a songwriter as well as an overall musician. He discovered diversity in his style adapting the techniques of funk, jazz and slide guitar. He founded the band Dr. Easy and played all over Boston in just about every music club they have. He also toured the New England area with other bands and played out as a solo artist. Mirabile has a deep passion for the blues and some of his favorite artists are Freddie King, Elmore James and Magic Sam. His top influences would be listed as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Slash with all sorts of other styles and artists melding in between. He currently plays as Andrew James Jr. in a trio around the Capital Region.
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    • Kevin Mccauley
      Guitar Instructor
      Kevin McCauley is a local musician from Schenectady New York. He's studied guitar with Sten Isacsen from Schenectady Community College, and Matt Finck from Saint Rose. He's studied Saxophone with D...
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      Kevin McCauley is a local musician from Schenectady New York. He's studied guitar with Sten Isacsen from Schenectady Community College, and Matt Finck from Saint Rose. He's studied Saxophone with Dr. Diane Hunger from SUNY Fredonia. Kevin has also acquired his Bachelors in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. His local indie rock band, Desafinado, actively plays out, and records throughout Albany and beyond. Kevin also has touring experience in the past with Albany metal band Heal These Wounds.


      http://desafinadoband.com/

      https://soundcloud.com/healthesewounds
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News

  • Rocking the cradle: New School of Rock franchise opens in Latham

    Music has always been an important part of David Bodie's life. He began learning to play the drums at the age of 9 and would later have 'jam sessions' with his father, a vocalist and guitarist, i...
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    Music has always been an important part of David Bodie's life. He began learning to play the drums at the age of 9 and would later have 'jam sessions' with his father, a vocalist and guitarist, in the basement of their home. Bodie joined a band in high school and eventually went on to tour internationally as a musician for several years. When he decided to settle down and have a family, a friend approached him with an interesting proposition. Would he like to teach music to young musicians at a School of Rock location in New Jersey? 'When I got the job, my friend was already looking into expanding. School of Rock is a franchise, so there's room to grow,' Bodie said. Even though Bodie was commuting from Saugerties to New Jersey several days a week, he fell in love with the job. Three years later, he is opening his own location in Latham. To read the full article, please visit http://www.spotlightnews.com/news/2013/sep/18/rocking-cradle/.
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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA