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About School of Rock Ashburn

Welcome to your one-and-only stop for seriously fun, lasting music education – School of Rock Ashburn. With passionate instructors, an impressive selection of instruments, and killer program offerings, School of Rock Ashburn equips students with the tools they need to rock their worlds.

Music is about way more than solo acts. School of Rock Ashburn is as focused on community, teamwork, and friendships as it is on inspiring awesome music. Through our performance-based approach, we foster an inclusive community of rockers in Ashburn to build a unique type of confidence only gained through cool, real life experiences. Whether we’re in serious shredding-mode or just jamming along with the band, our team spurs the growth of real, practical skills for music-minded students.

At School of Rock Ashburn, we believe everyone deserves to have fun and feel like a rock star. Visit us and get a feel for the awesome opportunities your child has waiting just around the corner.

Contact Information

School of Rock Ashburn
20660 Ashburn RdAshburn, VA 20147
(703) 858-0820

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Ashburn's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Ashburn'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Ashburn’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Ashburn, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students 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 they need to really pursue their passion for music.

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

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • 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 Ashburn’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 Ashburn 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 Ashburn 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 Ashburn’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 Ashburn 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 Ashburn’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!

School of Rock Ashburn's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others. ...
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School of Rock Ashburn's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Ashburn'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • August 30
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Best of the 80s Rehearsals
      Rehearsal
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    • August 31
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Alabama Shakes Rehearsal
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    • September 1
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 1
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Ozzy Rehearsal
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    • September 2
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 2
      4:30 PM - 6:45 PM
      Live at The Fillmore Rehearsal
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    • September 2
      7:00 PM
      Grateful Dead Rehearsal
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    • September 5
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Closed for the Labor Day Holiday
      We are closed for all lessons and rehearsals in observance of the Labor Day Holiday
    • September 6
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 6
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Best of the 80s Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • September 7
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 7
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Alabama Shakes Rehearsal
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    • September 8
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 8
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Ozzy Rehearsal
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    • September 9
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 9
      4:30 PM - 6:45 PM
      Live at The Fillmore Rehearsal
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    • September 9
      7:00 PM
      Grateful Dead Rehearsal
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    • September 12
      7:00 PM
      Fall Show Season Sign Up Begins
      Join one of our amazing fall shows!
    • September 13
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Best of the 80s Rehearsal
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    • September 14
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    • September 15
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      Ozzy Rehearsal
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    • September 16
      4:30 PM - 6:45 PM
      Live at The Fillmore Rehearsal
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    • September 16
      7:00 PM
      Grateful Dead Rehearsal
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    • September 20
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Best of the 80s Rehearsal
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    • September 21
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Alabama Shakes Rehearsal
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    • September 22
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    • September 23
      4:30 PM - 6:45 PM
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    • September 23
      7:00 PM
      Grateful Dead Rehearsal
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    • September 24
      1:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents Summer 2016: Alabama Shakes, Ozzy Osbourne, 80s
      Live Show 1 of 4
      The kids of School of Rock Ashburn will amaze you with THREE tasty offerings: 1 PM The Alabama Shakes 3 PM Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne 5 PM 80s ...
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      The kids of School of Rock Ashburn will amaze you with THREE tasty offerings:

      1 PM The Alabama Shakes
      3 PM Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne
      5 PM 80s

      Bungalow Billiards
      Chantilly, VA
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    • September 25
      11:30 AM
      School of Rock Presents Summer 2016: Live! At The Fillmore, The Grateful Dead
      Live show 2 of 4
      Join us for an afternoon of great vibes and tunes!

      11:30 AM Live! At the Fillmore
      1:30 PM The Grateful Dead

      Epicure
      Fairfax, VA
      Doors 11 AM!
    • September 27
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Best of the 80s Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • September 28
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Alabama Shakes Rehearsal
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    • September 29
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Ozzy Rehearsal
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    • September 30
      4:30 PM - 6:45 PM
      Live at The Fillmore Rehearsal
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    • September 30
      7:00 PM
      Grateful Dead Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • October 1
      1:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents Summer 2016: Ozzy Osbourne, Alabama Shakes, 80s
      Live Show 3 of 4
      The kids of School of Rock Ashburn will amaze you with THREE tasty offerings: 1 PM Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne 3 PM The Alabama Shakes 5 PM 80s ...
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      The kids of School of Rock Ashburn will amaze you with THREE tasty offerings:

      1 PM Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne
      3 PM The Alabama Shakes
      5 PM 80s

      Bungalow Billiards
      Chantilly, VA
      Doors at 12!
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    • October 2
      1:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents Summer 2016: Live! At The Fillmore, The Grateful Dead
      Live show 4 of 4
      Join us for an afternoon of great vibes and tunes!

      1 PM Live! At the Fillmore
      3 PM The Grateful Dead

      Lost Rhino Retreat
      Ashburn, VA
      Doors at 12!
    • October 10
      12:00 PM
      We are OPEN for Columbus Day!
      We are OPEN for all lessons and group rehearsals today!
    • November 24 - 27 2016
      We are CLOSED for Thanksgiving Weekend
      In observance of Thanksgiving, we are closed for all lessons and group classes on Thursday November 24th and Friday November 25, 2016. Happy Thanksgiving!
    • December 24
      12:00 PM
      We are CLOSED TODAY
      In observance of the Christmas Eve holiday, we are closed today, December 24th.
    • December 25
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are CLOSED TODAY
      In observance of the Christmas Holiday, we are closed today, December 25, 2016
    • December 31
      12:00 PM
      We are CLOSED Today
      In observance of New Year's Eve, we are CLOSED today, December 31, 2016. Happy New Year!
    • January 1
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are CLOSED Today
      In observance of New Year's Day, we are CLOSED Today! Happy New Year!
    • January 16
      12:00 PM
      We are OPEN for Martin Luther King Day
      We are OPEN for all scheduled lessons and group rehearsals today!
    • February 20
      12:00 PM
      We are OPEN Today for President's Day
      We are OPEN for all scheduled lessons and group rehearsals today. Happy Presidents' Day!
    • April 10 - 14 2017
      We are OPEN during Spring Break 2017!
      We are open for lessons during Spring Break 2017. We will not hold rehearsals this week. Have a great Spring Break everyone!
    • October 9
      2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      We are OPEN for Columbus Day
      We are OPEN today for all scheduled lessons and rehearsals!
    • November 23
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are CLOSED for Thanksgiving
      In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, we are closed on Thursday November 23rd and Friday November 24, 2017

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Staff

    • Meet Our Rockin' Staff!
      Staff
      At School of Rock Ashburn you'll meet staff and instructors who are working musicians at the top of their game and filled with passion! We pride ourselves on hiring instructors who care greatly ab...
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      At School of Rock Ashburn you'll meet staff and instructors who are working musicians at the top of their game and filled with passion! We pride ourselves on hiring instructors who care greatly about their students' progress as musicians and as people. All of our staff are background checked and have perfected the School of Rock Method to ensure that you or your child is receive the best training in a fun, positive environment!
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      • Guitar Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
      • Drum Lessons
      • Piano/Keyboards Lessons
      • Voice Lessons
      • Summer Music Camps
      • Group Music Lessons
    • Meet BRAD MACPHERSON
      Studio Manager
      Brad Macpherson is a long time School of Rock teacher, director, and fan. He can be found riding the desk, fixing gear, jamming with the kids, or directing the supreme Ashburn House Band.
    • Meet AUDREY HARRIS
      Vocal Instructor
      A life long singer, Audrey recalls fondly his earliest singing memory was in the children's choir at his Grandmothers Church. Even in elementary school, Audrey was always asked to sing at school ev...
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      A life long singer, Audrey recalls fondly his earliest singing memory was in the children's choir at his Grandmothers Church. Even in elementary school, Audrey was always asked to sing at school events. This continued through High School and led him to pursue music performance in college. He started his first group consisting of a guitar,drummer, horn player and himself. They regularly performed on the local radio station "The High Low and Hot Show" in his home town of High Point, North Carolina. Audrey received a Music scholarship to North Carolina AT State University where he studied with Frank Boulware of the Manhattan School of Music. A verstile performer, in college he sang rolls in Show Boat, Man of La Mancha and various other shows and operatic arias of the classical and romantic periods in addition to various rock and jazz bands. Audrey was invited to sing in the master class of George Shirley (Metropolitan and International Operatic Tenor)and has performed master classes at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In the course of his career Audrey spent time in New York New York and sang with Voices Inc., the East Side Singers, and for the Bi-Centennial performance of " US" a musical tribute to Americas' first 200 years. He also performed in an Off Broadway pilot of New Breed is now the Seed. Audrey has continued to sing with a number of small ensembles locally and has found his passion in teaching the next generation of vocalists at the School of Rock.
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    • Meet Dean Maged
      Guitar Instructor/Show Director
      Dean Maged studied the electric guitar for over ten years with Berklee College of Music graduate, Mike Bailey. At NVCC he studied Jazz guitar for two semesters with Ken Hall, and has spent the last...
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      Dean Maged studied the electric guitar for over ten years with Berklee College of Music graduate, Mike Bailey. At NVCC he studied Jazz guitar for two semesters with Ken Hall, and has spent the last two semesters studying classical guitar with Larry Snitzler, who studied with the late great Andre Segovia (the most famous classical guitarist of the last 100 years). Dean is currently looking forward to Jazz guitar lessons with Rick Whitehead this fall. He has been performing for eight years in local bands ranging from Blues, Jazz, Metal, and Classic Rock, and has played in the Washington Chamber Music Group (for a Vietnamese Charity concert). He was a member of the George Mason Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos under the direction of Richard Parrell and Wade Beach respectively, the later studied piano with Sir Roland Hanna. As a music education student at George Mason University\'s new School of Music Dean is enrolled in a rigorous curriculum of music theory, sight singing, ear training, music history, and general education courses. At this moment he plays and/or teaches guitar (electric and classical), bass, drums, percussion, piano, harmonica, and voice. By the end of his undergraduate studies at GMU he will have studied all orchestral instruments and become a certified teacher in Virginia. Dean was accepted to Berklee College Of Music with $7,000 scholarship and attended the Guitar Sessions 2004.
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    • Meet MIKE STETSON
      Guitar Instructor
      Mike Stetson is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music teacher. He was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire. Mike began playing guitar at age nine and his passion has never ended. ...
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      Mike Stetson is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music teacher. He was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire. Mike began playing guitar at age nine and his passion has never ended. While still in high school Mike studied with Vermont jazz guitarist Draa Hobbs, who gave him a solid foundation in music theory and technique. Although he studied jazz in his lessons, Mike's real passion was for the classic rock 'n' roll of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Rush and many others, and Mike spent countless hours dissecting his favorite records, learning the riffs and solos of his favorite players. After high school, Mike attended Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he pursued a degree in guitar performance. After college, he made his living playing and singing in local rock bands and teaching guitar. His first big opportunity came when he joined the New Hampshire country-rock band Tracy and Company, a female-fronted band with which Mike opened shows for some of country music's biggest acts, including the Charlie Daniels Band, Sawyer Brown, and Terri Clark. Tracy and Company also played a wide variety of venues all over New England, everything from clubs and bars to fairs and festivals. When Tracy and Company disbanded, Mike and some of his former band mates joined Rio Drive, a high energy country-rock band that was an up-and-coming act on the country circuit in its own right, and was also the backup band for Rockabilly Hall-of-Famer Big Al Downing, best known for his hit songs "Mr. Jones," "Touch Me" and "The Story Behind the Story." With Rio Drive, and with Big Al, Mike spent five years touring the U.S. and Canada, playing everything from clubs and casinos to some of country music's biggest festivals, sharing stages with such greats as Lorrie Morgan, Ronnie Milsap, Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad and the Marshall Tucker Band. With Big Al Downing, Rio Drive also played on a number of television shows, and was one of the first bands to play a live concert on XM Satellite Radio. With both Tracy and Company and Rio Drive, Mike not only handled the country 'chicken pickin' ' lead licks, he was also both bands' resident 'rock guy,’ bringing an edge and a recklessness to each band that set them apart from other acts on their circuit. In the summer of 2005, mentor and friend Big Al Downing passed away and shortly thereafter, Rio Drive parted ways. Mike returned to teaching guitar, teaching both private lessons and group classes to children, teens and adults. Mike also rejoined his old friends in Tracy and Company, playing local weekend shows throughout New England. At one of these shows, Mike met his now-wife Kelda. The two were married in 2010, and in 2011, they relocated from New Hampshire to Maryland, where Mike is pursuing new musical endeavors and has begun teaching guitar at the DC School of Rock. Mike and Kelda are now enjoying life in the Washington, D.C. area, along with their three dogs, Bruschi, Molly and Dolce.
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    • Meet Ricardo "P"Nut Johnson
      Bass Instructor
      A DC native, Ricardo "P"-Nut Johnson began his musical journey on the bass in the 5 th grade when he received his first instrument '“ a Sears electric guitar. He enjoyed the guitar but then ...
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      A DC native, Ricardo "P"-Nut Johnson began his musical journey on the bass in the 5 th grade when he received his first instrument '“ a Sears electric guitar. He enjoyed the guitar but then he heard the bass in Rufus and Chaka Khan's Sweet Thing and from that point on "P"-Nut knew he wanted to be a bass player. Hearing of his new obsession, his uncle, a bass player in his own right, loaned him a bass and challenged him to see what he could learn by the time he got back from the road and the rest is history. During his years in the D.C. area, "P"-Nut played with various groups in a variety of styles. He played with the sensational vocal group Prim Degree, the cutting edge gospel group God's Creation, vocalist Gloria Brown and blues great Memphis Gold. In the 90's "P"-Nut toured Europe with the blues legend Memphis Gold. After years of playing on stage he decided to go get his music degree and attended the Music Tech College of Music, now called McNalley Smith, in Minneapolis MN. After graduation he stayed in Minnesota for 10 years where was very active in the music scene and where he taught many aspiring musicians. He played with the blues group The HooDoo Kings , the 12 piece group Arayastone , the reggae mainstay Dred I Dred , the funk band Down with Gravity , jazz guitarist John Penny , and a host of others. When you hear him play you get hints of the his influences like Bootsy, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament and Larry Graham to name a few. "P"-Nut is a consummate bass player and works at his craft continuously. In 2007 he attended Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey's Bass at the Beach and later that year he also attended Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp. He learned many things at these camps and has integrated them into his playing and teaching. Tired of the cold of Minnesota and homesick for the sights and sounds of D.C. "P"-nut moved back in the area in 2011. He has played with a number of groups since being back and is happy to be a part of the School Of Rock family.
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    • Meet BILL GRIER
      Drum Instructor
      Bill Grier teaches drums for the Ashburn and Vienna Schools of Rock. Bill started playing drums when he was thirteen and living with his family in Taipei, Taiwan. He had formal training with Bill R...
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      Bill Grier teaches drums for the Ashburn and Vienna Schools of Rock. Bill started playing drums when he was thirteen and living with his family in Taipei, Taiwan. He had formal training with Bill Reichenbach who played drums with Charlie Byrd for years. Bill spent ten years in Los Angeles playing at famous venues like the Troubadour on Sunset Strip. He's played around the DC area for the last several years and currently appears locally with the band Cover Story. Bill loves playing drums and even more, loves teaching drums to the next generation of musicians.
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    • Meet Kevin Elam
      Piano/Keyboard Instructor
      A multifaceted musician, Kevin has been studying and playing the piano since age 5. The piano has always been his central passion, and although he plays guitar and other string instruments as well,...
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      A multifaceted musician, Kevin has been studying and playing the piano since age 5. The piano has always been his central passion, and although he plays guitar and other string instruments as well, he believes the piano is, of all the instruments, the one most capable of being a full vehicle for musical expression. Needless to say, it is his favorite tool for exploring the musical realm, whether in composition, improvisation, or performing written music. Kevin enjoys all genres of music and is currently majoring in Jazz Studies at George Mason University. He studies piano with renowned DC-area jazz pianist Wade Beach. When not teaching at School of Rock or practicing, Kevin can be found performing at various DC Area restaurants, bars, weddings, church functions, and, oh yeah, he sings and teaches voice too. Kevin has a keen interest in singing, and has performed as a soloist with GMU choirs. Along with his interest in jazz, Kevin enthusiastically pursues Irish traditional music, and performs with Irish bands in the Northern Virginia area.
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    • Meet ARNELL BYRD
      Guitar/Vocal Instructor
      Arnell Byrd is special combination of guitar virtuoso and talented vocalist and he loves to share the language of music with his students. Rock, blues, jazz, classical '“ you name it he's got...
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      Arnell Byrd is special combination of guitar virtuoso and talented vocalist and he loves to share the language of music with his students. Rock, blues, jazz, classical '“ you name it he's got it covered. He studied classical music at PGCC for 2 years before heading to Howard University for his degree in classical guitar with a voice minor. But he didn't stop there and has studied guitar under some pretty amazing players where he learned jazz, blues, RB and rock including Fred Karns, Bill Biesecker and Paul Bellenbach to name a few. Arnell has an extensive performing background which includes various RB artists such as: Shanice Wilson, Eddie Murphy, The Gap Band, Bernie Wornell of P-Funk, Star Point, Maniquin featuring ( vocalist) Kenny Latimore. More recently he has toured with Aaron Carter , younger brother of Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), and Johnny Gill from New Edition. Arnell has toured extensively throughout America as well as abroad. He has done TV spots for Disney, the Arsenio Hall Show, and even the first Jay Leno show with Shanice Wilson Arnell Byrd is special combination of guitar virtuoso and talented vocalist and he loves to share the language of music with his students. Rock, blues, jazz, classical '“ you name it he's got it covered. He studied classical music at PGCC for 2 years before heading to Howard University for his degree in classical guitar with a voice minor. But he didn't stop there and has studied guitar under some pretty amazing players where he learned jazz, blues, RB and rock including Fred Karns, Bill Biesecker and Paul Bellenbach to name a few. Arnell has an extensive performing background which includes various RB artists such as: Shanice Wilson, Eddie Murphy, The Gap Band, Bernie Wornell of P-Funk, Star Point, Maniquin featuring ( vocalist) Kenny Latimore. More recently he has toured with Aaron Carter , younger brother of Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), and Johnny Gill from New Edition. Arnell has toured extensively throughout America as well as abroad. He has done TV spots for Disney, the Arsenio Hall Show, and even the first Jay Leno show with Shanice Wilson
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    • Meet Kurt Buona
      Guitar/Rookies/Rock 101 Instructor
      Kurt grew up in a musical house. His father, now current supervisor of the Ashburn districtin Loudoun county, went to the Air Force Academy and played trumpet in the drum and bugle core. Thus, Kurt...
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      Kurt grew up in a musical house. His father, now current supervisor of the Ashburn districtin Loudoun county, went to the Air Force Academy and played trumpet in the drum and bugle core. Thus, Kurt grew up playing Piano and trumpet. He made the transition to guitar asa teenager studying classical, rock and bluesand has been playing ever since. He has a deep love for all musictypes and history always studying the old and the new.He is proficient in Bass, Drums, harmonica, vocalsand theory as well. Always evolving and learning with a true passion.Coming from a long line ofteachers Kurt was always around children in a teaching capacity spending free time helping younger kids grow in education. Now a father ofthree ages 3, 5 and 7he understands the importance of starting children in music at a young age.Kurt is skilled in teaching fundamentals in an engaging way and strives for his students to feel free to express themselves musically and creatively.
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    • Meet Danny Ortiz
      Drum Instructor
      Having grown up both in Roanoke, Virginia and Mexico City, Danny Ortiz has had a vast array of experiences playing drums within different contexts. His first musical performances where in gruesome ...
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      Having grown up both in Roanoke, Virginia and Mexico City, Danny Ortiz has had a vast array of experiences playing drums within different contexts. His first musical performances where in gruesome metal shows, thrashing away to a mix of ska and hardcore. From there he spent some time in his native country and learned other percussion instruments and gigged alongside his father and friends with multiple cover bands. During his college years at VCU, Danny and his high school buddies admired the artistic and thriving music scene in Richmond and pursued to form part of it. That's exactly what they did. While studying, and often working part time jobs they performed all over the Richmond City area and surrounding towns in festivals, frat parties, and occasional tours. The last tour Danny partook in covered several states up the east coast and finished in New York City. His band mates and him made friends, had a great time, and performed their hearts out to new and curious listeners. Since that occasion he has relocated to the Northern Virginia area in ardent pursuit of any music related opportunities.
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    • Meet Lauren Pimentel
      Vocal Instructor
      Lauren has been singing for as long as she can remember, performing recitals in elementary school through to lead roles in musicals and choral ensembles in college. She performs with a local cover ...
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      Lauren has been singing for as long as she can remember, performing recitals in elementary school through to lead roles in musicals and choral ensembles in college. She performs with a local cover band playing 50+ rock shows per year in venues in Virginia, Maryland, and DC.

      Her parents who were professional musicians as well, cultivated her love of music, having perpetually played a wide variety of music through the house and encouraging her to sing along to all of it. Early musical influences include David Bowie, The Cure, Annie Lennox, and Nirvana; more recently Lauren is inspired by acts such as Lady Gaga, Sia, Lana Del Rey, and Gorillaz. She is excited to work with the budding young talent here at School of Rock.
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    • Meet Peter Banks
      Drum Instructor
      Peter Banks grew up in Charlottesville, VA and began taking lessons at age nine. After having learned jazz and Latin rhythms he moved onto to rock. In his early teens, he became interested in punk ...
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      Peter Banks grew up in Charlottesville, VA and began taking lessons at age nine. After having learned jazz and Latin rhythms he moved onto to rock. In his early teens, he became interested in punk rock, particularly the DC punk scene. He continued vigorously diving in to all kinds of music from jazz to death metal and joined several area bands, but his first formal band Nailbiter was where he cut is gigging teeth. From there, he went on to play with his best friend in the alternative rock band Johnny Law, providing both drums and backing vocals. This project recorded three albums over a four year period, and, after recording their last album in Silver Spring, Peter was invited to join the Charlottesville indie rock trio KNDRGRDN. He has recently returned to the D.C area and is pursuing several music projects here. After much experience in the touring, gigging and recording circuit, he is excited to pass on some of that wisdom to help his students ROCK.
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    • Meet Kristina Gray
      Studio Coordinator
      Kristina has been playing music since she was eight years old. She started off as a guitarist in the "Inmates are Running the Asylum" show at School of Rock, then started singing during the Ozzy Os...
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      Kristina has been playing music since she was eight years old. She started off as a guitarist in the "Inmates are Running the Asylum" show at School of Rock, then started singing during the Ozzy Osbourne show. She auditioned for House Band multiple times and finally made it in as a vocalist. After a two-year tenure, she graduated high school. She is now attending NVCC and is planning to transfer to Shenandoah University to study nursing and music therapy. She loved being a part of the School of Rock family for six years and is glad that she gets to continue being involved with the program!
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    • Read Our Latest Newsletter!

      It's hot off the press - the August 2016 newsletter and it's chock full of rockschooly goodness!

    • We Rocked Jiffy Lube Live!

      Memorial Day Weekend we took the stage at Jiffy Lube Live! It was an amazing night, with fantastic performances from students from the three DC area Schools of Rock. For more pictures, check out ou...
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      Memorial Day Weekend we took the stage at Jiffy Lube Live! It was an amazing night, with fantastic performances from students from the three DC area Schools of Rock. For more pictures, check out our Facebook page!
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    • School of Rock Alum Dalton Rappatoni on American Idol

      We are super proud of SoR alum Dalton Rappatoni who finished in third place in the final season of American Idol. He is already working on a new album and is so appreciative of all the support he ...
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      We are super proud of SoR alum Dalton Rappatoni who finished in third place in the final season of American Idol. He is already working on a new album and is so appreciative of all the support he received during his time on the show. Like many of our students, Dalton grew up in School of Rock, and, in addition to his obvious talent, he has always been a generous friend and band mate in every show he’s been a part of and we know there will be big things ahead for him. In the meantime, you can catch him on tour - check it out.Read less

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has been my second home and the people I've met through it are some of the most important people in my life. I also never thought I'd get to be decent at an instrument, due to my lazy demeanor and my consistent ability to learn everything 80% of the way, but by the time of our last show, I felt like I had actually learned enough to where I consider myself a musician. I'm going to miss playing music in a band of talented kids that are all in one place, because outside of somewhere like SoR, its very hard to find that. Despite regular shows being pretty radical, I'd have to say that I have two favorite moments. First is the very first show I played in house band, the Rock and Roll Marathon (the Cowboy Mouth one). Never in my life prior to house band did I think that I would get the opportunity to play on a stage that big and for that many people. For the second one, I can group together both trips to Wildwood, NJ. Those trips were my first experiences playing music away from home, and it was glorious. There is nothing more American and awesome than playing music on the steps of the LINCOLN MEMORIAL. Then, we got to spend 2 days of pure rock awesomeness at the beach, playing on the boardwalk and meeting cool people. But in reality, my favorite moment was all of it. Every single second I've spent at School of Rock was worth it.”
    — Chris W., Graduate, Ashburn, VA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., Parent, Sterling, VA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “The best thing about SoR Ashburn is the great staff ! It's a very positive atmosphere. My son has really progressed and is excited to go to lessons and rehearsals. ”
    — Kelly K., Parent, Asburn, VA