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About School of Rock Aurora

Welcome to School of Rock Aurora - a haven for aspiring musicians of all ages. We have a unique approach to teaching music that helps our students grow in many ways. Students are not only learning to play an instrument - they are building confidence, improving teamwork skills, and making new friends.

At School of Rock Aurora, one-on-one instruction is just the beginning. We get our students playing on stage with other musicians as quickly as possible. This immersive method promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Aurora.

Our talented instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students rock on stage and in life. Visit School of Rock Aurora today to learn more about our creative community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Aurora
13750 E Rice PlaceSuite 100Aurora, CO 80015
(720) 789-8866

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Aurora, 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.

    Aurora 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 Aurora’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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Aurora is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Aurora, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Aurora students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Aurora’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • 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!

  • School of Rock Aurora’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows 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 with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Aurora’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Aurora 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 Aurora, 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 Aurora’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 Aurora’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Aurora.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

  • School of Rock Aurora’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Aurora Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Aurora’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!

  • At School of Rock Aurora, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Aurora enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Aurora’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 Aurora, 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. Aurora students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famo...
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At School of Rock Aurora, 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.

Aurora 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 Aurora’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

  • May 20
    12:00 PM
    Rock 101, Black Keys vs. White Stripes, & Triple J Shows
    Time and Location TBD
  • May 21
    12:00 PM
    Rock 201, Women Who Rock, & More Cowbell Shows
    Time and location TBD

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Staff

    • Meet Ron and Karla Willard
      Owners
      School of Rock embodies Ron and Karla's two passions; music and teaching. Ron has been drumming for many years and has a deep love for music, and Karla has been an educator for nearly three decades...
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      School of Rock embodies Ron and Karla's two passions; music and teaching. Ron has been drumming for many years and has a deep love for music, and Karla has been an educator for nearly three decades. They are both strong believers in the many benefits music can play in people's lives -including increased self-confidence, academic success, teamwork, and overall happiness. Ron and Karla have two beautiful daughters, Katie and Dani, who are also key members of School of Rock Aurora.
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    • Meet Erin Armstrong
      Assistant General Manager
      Erin grew up in the beautiful state of Colorado not far from Aurora and has been singing as long as she can remember. She is currently the lead singer and manager of a local psychedelic folk rock b...
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      Erin grew up in the beautiful state of Colorado not far from Aurora and has been singing as long as she can remember. She is currently the lead singer and manager of a local psychedelic folk rock band called Fable Heist. She is also in the process of completing her Bachelors in Music Business at CU Denver and is a huge advocate for the importance of music education. In her free time, she loves to go to concerts and escape to the mountains for a weekend of skiing, hiking or camping with friends.
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    • Meet Ty Govern
      House Band Director, Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Ty has been involved in music his entire life and began to learn guitar at the age of 12. Inspired initially by bands like KISS, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Metallica (as well as many others), he...
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      Ty has been involved in music his entire life and began to learn guitar at the age of 12. Inspired initially by bands like KISS, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Metallica (as well as many others), he decided that there was nothing he would rather do than to make music his career path. After initially teaching himself, he took private lessons in high school and went on to attend Southern Illinois University majoring in Music Business with a concentration in classical guitar. Ty had taught guitar in the Chicago area prior to relocating to Colorado where he is continuing his education at the Community College of Denver. Ty's teaching style is methodical and systematic, taking students through small steps in order to build on their strengths. He firmly believes in the importance of music education for people of all ages and loves getting to rock and roll with his students. Ty is the House Band Director at School of Rock Aurora and enjoys working with the tight-knit group of kids selected to be in the House Band.
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    • Meet Dani Willard
      Studio Coordinator
      Dani is a Colorado native who grew up in Aurora and has always loved music. Her appreciation for music started at a young age thanks to her "super rad, rocker dad". Dani has a special love for clas...
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      Dani is a Colorado native who grew up in Aurora and has always loved music. Her appreciation for music started at a young age thanks to her "super rad, rocker dad". Dani has a special love for classic rock and a growing interest in Indie & Alternative music. In addition to being on the School of Rock management team, Dani helps manage a local up-and-coming band and is pursuing a degree in nursing.
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    • Meet Jesse Branum
      Little Wing & Rookies Instructor
      Before moving to Colorado, Jesse taught children's music in California for 4 years, creating his own preschool music curriculum and teaching classes throughout the Los Angeles area. In 2010, he won...
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      Before moving to Colorado, Jesse taught children's music in California for 4 years, creating his own preschool music curriculum and teaching classes throughout the Los Angeles area. In 2010, he won the Kids' Music Award for Best Children's Album with the title 'Orange'. Jesse Branum grew up in the South and is steeped in the tradition of telling stories with music. With his silly kind-hearted demeanor he'll quickly have kids learning music through singing, playing, clapping, dancing, and laughing. He always has a guitar, mandolin, or bass which adds a fun flare to his classes. Jesse has been playing, writing, and performing music for more than 20 years. He uses a wide variety of skills, games, and activities to teach basic music concepts. Jesse is excited to be in Colorado and looks forward to sharing his musical passion with our students.
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    • Meet Mike Morris
      Drum, Bass & Saxophone Instructor
      Mike Morris, a Colorado native and a Fort Lewis College music graduate, has performed in professional music ensembles since 2002 and has been teaching music professionally since 2012-2013. Many cal...
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      Mike Morris, a Colorado native and a Fort Lewis College music graduate, has performed in professional music ensembles since 2002 and has been teaching music professionally since 2012-2013. Many call Mike a “Chameleon Musician”, with the ability to play and teach many diverse styles of music. Primary instruments- Drum set, Saxophone, Jazz Vibraphone, Bass, Piano, and anything Percussion. With all of these instruments at his fingertips, Mike is constantly performing with many ensembles such as: self led music organization “Mike Morris-Tetradic Productions” which has rock groups, funk groups and jazz groups with their own names that perform for private parties, weddings, and festivals. Other ensembles include the military music ensembles in the “101st Army Band of the Colorado Army/National Guard” that perform all over the world for vets and families; a Progressive Music Sensory Experience ensemble called “Hyphae”; and currently holds the jazz drum set chair position for the “Boulder Big Band”. In his free time, Mike loves practicing (a lot), analyzing music, visiting family, drinking a ton coffee, going on hikes, going to jazz jam sessions, playing tennis, and cooking!
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    • Meet Carl Holzapfel
      Drum Instructor
      Carl attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There he studied with the legendary teacher, Alan Dawson. From the mid 70's to the mid 80's he played in the Washington, DC area with a number ...
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      Carl attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There he studied with the legendary teacher, Alan Dawson. From the mid 70's to the mid 80's he played in the Washington, DC area with a number of original bands. Among the venues he's played are: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Merriweather Post Pavillion and Cellar Door in DC, The Other End and Folk City in New York City, Pine Knob Music Pavillion in Detroit, MI, and Tippitina's in New Orleans to name a few. Among the people Carl has opened for are: Joan Armatrading, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Bob Segar, Buffy St. Marie, Elvin Bishop, Rick Danko (The Band), Sea Level, George Thorogood and many more. From the mid 80's to early 90's, he performed on a harbor cruise ship doing a mini broadway revue, backing featured entertainers and playing a large variety of styles. Carl moved to Colorado in '92 and played with Lona Melton, who he toured Japan with; "Wildcard", who he recorded 2 CD's with in CA and also did a month East Coast tour with; and the "Bill Wright Band", who he was on a 3 local CDs with. Currently Carl plays with The Suitcase Kings, and has also been teaching for several years.
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    • Meet Andy Whitehead
      Guitar, Bass & Audio Production Instructor
      Andy is a Denver based guitarist and teacher. Andy has a Bachelor's of Music with an emphasis in Jazz Guitar performance from the prestigious jazz program at the University of Northern Colorado. At...
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      Andy is a Denver based guitarist and teacher. Andy has a Bachelor's of Music with an emphasis in Jazz Guitar performance from the prestigious jazz program at the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, he performed in big bands, combos, guitar ensemble, and vocal jazz ensembles. In addition, Andy has played in the indie rock band "TORGO!" for over 10 years. They released their first studio album, Choose Your Own Adventure, in 2010 followed by a tour that year. TORGO!'s next release will be an EP due in 2016.
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    • Meet Katie Willard
      Vocal & Keys Instructor
      Katie is an accomplished vocalist and piano instructor. She has been performing in community theatre productions since she was a little girl. She has received All-State Honors as a top female vocal...
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      Katie is an accomplished vocalist and piano instructor. She has been performing in community theatre productions since she was a little girl. She has received All-State Honors as a top female vocalist in the state of Colorado and All-State Honors in jazz performance as well. After Katie had several lead roles including Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Marion in Music Man at Grandview High School, she went to Baldwin Wallace University to study musical theater and work towards her BA in music. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and has a special gift for helping others not only become excellent musicians with healthy vocal technique, but to believe in themselves as well.
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    • Meet Donald Young
      Keyboard, Synth & Trumpet Instructor
      Donald Young is a graduate of Ft Lewis College (BA Music) and has over 30 yrs experience as a professional keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with some of Denver’s best groups, ...
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      Donald Young is a graduate of Ft Lewis College (BA Music) and has over 30 yrs experience as a professional keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with some of Denver’s best groups, including Hot Lunch and The Freddie-Henchie Band, and has toured extensively in the western US as well as the Pacific Rim. He has opened for National Recording Artists such as KC & the Sunshine Band, The Temptations, Sir Mix-a-Lot and saxophonist Eric Darius. He is also a composer, arranger and session musician.
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    • Meet Adrian Garay
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Growing up in Los Angeles, Adrian's parents exposed him to Classic Rock at a very young age. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Scorpions, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica were at the forefr...
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      Growing up in Los Angeles, Adrian's parents exposed him to Classic Rock at a very young age. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Scorpions, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica were at the forefront of his musical influences and manifested his underlying passion for music. He played competitive travel Hockey throughout his youth, winning several prestigious tournaments, including one International championship. As high school came around, Adrian realized that he couldn’t see himself pursuing anything other than music. He came to Denver with the mountains, skiing, and a music program in his sights. He is currently in the latter half of his double-emphasis in Music Business and Guitar Performance at the University of Colorado Denver. He enjoys and plays Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Pop, Funk, and singer/songwriter. Adrian’s lessons emphasize excitement around what students love to play. Once excitement is built, it opens the door to easily apply theory and build the ear. Adrian then exemplifies how they can be used to further students’ overall musicianship and aspirations.
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    • Meet Ryan Bloom
      Drum Instructor
      Ryan Alexander Bloom started playing drums in 1996 and has been teaching professionally since 2010. He spent time signed to the influential label Candlelight Records as a member of Havok and his p...
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      Ryan Alexander Bloom started playing drums in 1996 and has been teaching professionally since 2010. He spent time signed to the influential label Candlelight Records as a member of Havok and his playing can be heard on the album Burn. Ryan is currently drumming for Denver heavy metal supergroup, Bloodstrike. Ryan holds a bachelor's degree in percussion from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has authored a series of books, Double Bass Drumming Explained.
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    • Meet Greg Gladman
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Greg has established himself as a Colorado based musician by playing and recording throughout the Midwest in a variety of cover and original bands ranging in styles from hard rock to country, to R&...
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      Greg has established himself as a Colorado based musician by playing and recording throughout the Midwest in a variety of cover and original bands ranging in styles from hard rock to country, to R&B/funk and Blues. He is also a musical composer and producer that can be heard on albums from Millionaire Freaks and 2 Dog Tuesday among others. Bands of note include Nasty’s Nightmare (with KBPI's prime time DJ Uncle Nasty), Sheryl Renee, The Broken Everlys, Kelly J, Buckner FunkenJazz, and most recently the Voodoo Kings. Greg has worked with and shared the stage with a number of national artists, including Mr. Big, Savatage, Styx, Steve Morse Band, Chris Duarte, Jason Ricci, John Lee Hooker Jr., Joe Bonner, and Hamilton Loomis. As an instructor he believes that learning the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ results in improved comprehension and performance.
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    • Meet Garrett McGaugh
      Drum Instructor
      A graduate of the University of Arizona, Garrett brings a unique understanding of music history, literature, and its cultural relationships to bear in both his performance and educational roles. Hi...
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      A graduate of the University of Arizona, Garrett brings a unique understanding of music history, literature, and its cultural relationships to bear in both his performance and educational roles. His unique humor, intensity and passion for music and the arts, is easily complemented by his deep groove, finesse and overall sensitivity on the instrument. Garrett can be found performing with his band - Angry Hand of God; the Denver Philharmonic; jazz, metal, and funk bands; recording; composing/arranging for film and TV; conducting clinics; and working with middle school, high school and collegiate musicians throughout Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.
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    • Meet Greg Storkan
      Vocal & Keys Instructor
      Greg has over a decade of professional experience as an operatic baritone and have been teaching voice and piano for about seven years. Just as modern and jazz dancers must study barre to perfect t...
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      Greg has over a decade of professional experience as an operatic baritone and have been teaching voice and piano for about seven years. Just as modern and jazz dancers must study barre to perfect their form and avoid injury, Greg strongly believes in teaching the balance and effortlessness of classical technique to students of rock, country or metal. Greg recieved his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University. Often praised for his warm and regal voice, Gregory signed his first professional contract with Union Avenue Opera while still a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. From there he has forged a burgeoning career as a classical Lyric Baritone and has sung with opera companies throughout Missouri and Illinois. Gregory also spent two seasons performing with the six-time Grammy-winning St. Louis Symphony and is a frequent recitalist, harboring a not-so-secret love of Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, and other cabaret-style musical literature. In the fall of 2013 Gregory relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he is pursuing intensive professional development training in opera, voice, acting, and business strategy with Aria Ready Live.
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    • Meet Zach Suter
      Bass & Audio Production Instructor
      Zach has been playing Bass Guitar for over nine years. He is currently pursuing a degree in Audio Production and Electric Bass at CU Denver. Zach was a nationally ranked swimmer for much of his you...
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      Zach has been playing Bass Guitar for over nine years. He is currently pursuing a degree in Audio Production and Electric Bass at CU Denver. Zach was a nationally ranked swimmer for much of his youth, eventually earning a scholarship to college. After several years of swimming on a national level, he decided to pursue his true passion: music. Zach applies the same tenacity and work ethic to his instrument that he learned through competitive swimming, always pushing himself to improve. Zach gigs in a variety of ensembles, from small jazz trios to in-your-face rock bands. His goal for his students is not only to become excellent bass guitarists, but to become excellent musicians. Zach’s lessons focus on analyzing song and chord structure, not just learning bass lines, so his students feel comfortable in any musical setting from pop, to rock, to funk to jazz. Students accomplish this by analyzing current rock songs and applying those skills to every genre of music. Zach looks forward to meeting you and starting lessons together!
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    • Meet Meghan Dawson
      Vocal & Keys Instructor
      Meghan Dawson is a dedicated voice teacher and professional singer with years of experience both performing and teaching vocal technique in several different styles, namely opera, broadway, pop, an...
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      Meghan Dawson is a dedicated voice teacher and professional singer with years of experience both performing and teaching vocal technique in several different styles, namely opera, broadway, pop, and rock. She is a strong believer in the potential of every voice to grow and improve with healthy technique based on modern research in vocal physiology. As a professional mezzo-soprano, Meghan has appeared in leading roles on the international operatic stage, won the Maria Callas award for lyric singers, and recorded a studio album with Sony Music in Brazil. Her students have sung professionally in various musical theater productions in Brazil, among them Miss Saigon, Hello Dolly, Cinderella, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Bird Cage. She has also helped students prepare for both college and professional auditions, and has coached several students in the recording studio. Her students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as the Curtis Conservatory Summer Music Festival and the Manhattan School of Music. She has experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds, from age 5 to age 65, with a particular passion for working with young singers who are driven by a true love of music and are striving to reach new heights.
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    • Meet Greg King
      Guitar Instructor
      Greg grew up in central Massachusetts and started playing guitar in grade school. From the beginning, he sites Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page as his first influences on the instrument. By middle schoo...
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      Greg grew up in central Massachusetts and started playing guitar in grade school. From the beginning, he sites Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page as his first influences on the instrument. By middle school, Greg had already started to become a proficient guitar player by copying and using his ear to replicate the musicians he had been listening to. In high school, Greg started listening to a lot more music like Pink Floyd, The Who, CSNY, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan etc. After high school he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music to study Guitar Performance. At Berklee he took a range of classes and played all types of music including Jazz, RnB, Rock, Funk, Pop, Jam Band, Country, Folk and more which gave him a better understanding of music and how to communicate better with other musicians. The music he enjoys most are Jazz funk and Jam rock music. His most recent influences are Robben Ford, Jimmy Herring, Trey Anastasio and John Scofield. Since graduating Berklee in 2015, he has consistently been gigging in bands around the New England area and teaching 30-40 students a week of all ages. He enjoys live music and seeing bands like Umphrey's McGee, Dopapod and Phish and loves sharing his passion for the instrument and music in general. Greg is excited to be living in Denver now and joining the School of Rock family.
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    • Meet Julie Campbell
      Vocal & Keys Instructor
      Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Julie went to Millikin University in central Illinois to receive her Bachelors in Music and Communication. While attending, Julie performed and traveled to Euro...
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      Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Julie went to Millikin University in central Illinois to receive her Bachelors in Music and Communication. While attending, Julie performed and traveled to Europe with the internationally recognized Millikin University Choir. Julie studied hours of choral music, vocal jazz, pop, and songwriting. She was also heavily involved with the recording studio, radio station and the MU Concert Committee, where she booked monthly shows on campus. After graduating in 2014, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue songwriting. There, she found her dog Luna and considers her to be the greatest thing in her life. While in Nashville, she did co-write and develop strong relationships with songwriters and artists in the business. In 2015, Julie recorded and released her Acoustic EP. She considers this to be one of her greatest achievement while living in Nashville. She moved to Denver in hopes to settle down and start her professional career. She is excited to work with the students at School of Rock and hopes that she can learn just as much from the students as they learn from her. Julie hopes that her experiences and knowledge about performing and the music industry will help develop these young artists into professional and well-rounded musicians.
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    • Meet Neil Dreger
      Bass & Music Theory Instructor
      Neil graduated with a BA in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. It was there that he honed his skills as a performer and educator. Neil has played professionally with co...
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      Neil graduated with a BA in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. It was there that he honed his skills as a performer and educator. Neil has played professionally with countless ensembles, ranging from professional symphonies and jazz big bands to rock bands that toured the country. He currently performs regularly with an original singer/songwriter rock group called the Samuel Edgar Band, a 90s alternative cover band called The B Sides, as well as miscellaneous pick up gigs. Neil has also been teaching music for two decades. Primarily focused on private lessons of all levels on upright and electric basses, he also has years of experience teaching high school jazz combos, coaching the bass section of a youth symphony, and teaching jazz bass at a community college.
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    • Meet Leandro Lacava
      Vocal & Keys Instructor
      Leandro Lacava is an accomplished vocal instructor and professional singer with expertise in several different styles of music, including opera, musical theater, rock, and Brazilian music. A nati...
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      Leandro Lacava is an accomplished vocal instructor and professional
      singer with expertise in several different styles of music, including opera,
      musical theater, rock, and Brazilian music. A native of Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese and English, speaks Italian, and has coached many students in singing diction in English, Italian,
      French, German, and Portuguese.

      He possesses a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the
      University of Wyoming, and has worked as a vocal director/Adjunct Professor
      at the University Dulcina de Moraes in Brazil. His 12 years of teaching
      experience has included private lessons both at home and in several studios
      and music conservatories, as well as group lessons and master classes with
      students of all levels. Working in these varied environments was fundamental
      for the development of his teaching method. Each student is unique, and different approaches are
      needed to help different voices. It is his firm belief that anyone can learn
      healthy vocal technique.

      His own professional performance experience in Europe, Brazil, and the U.S.,
      allowed him to work with countless professionals in the fields
      of theater, vocal and instrumental music,
      and dance, where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience that he
      hopes to pass on to his students as well.
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News

  • Parent Rocker Organization (P.R.O.)

    Are you an SoR parent? Are you interested in getting more involved? Follow our Parent Rocker Organization (PRO) at www.proaurora.org! The Parent Rocker Organization of Aurora is a 501(c)3 non-profi...
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    Are you an SoR parent? Are you interested in getting more involved? Follow our Parent Rocker Organization (PRO) at www.proaurora.org! The Parent Rocker Organization of Aurora is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance for students in need at School of Rock Aurora. PRO holds fundraising events for scholarships, promotes a sense of community among SoR Aurora students, staff, parents, and the community-at-large, and supports children in the fulfillment of their dreams through their love of music. Check out their website for more info!Read less

Testimonials

  • “We love School of Rock Aurora, the staff and the instructors! Everyone is always friendly and the quality of instruction is fantastic. My kiddo loves to go rock out! ”
    — Marcial Rodriguez---Headliners Performance Band Program---Aurora, CO---Sept. 27, 2016
  • “I like that our kids learn to appreciate music from real groups that actually perform/performed live on stage, they learn to be responsible and accountable to the rest of their band members, and they learn to work together to produce real results (music and stage performance) without their parents having to push them. A great way to learn music history and mature as teen agers. The extra bonus is I'm never worried about who my kids are hanging out with when they are at SOR. ”
    — Anders Tornquist---Headliners Performance Band Program---Aurora, CO---July 28, 2016
  • “The staff is absolutely incredible--they will go above and beyond to get you where you want to go. One of the best decisions of my life.”
    — Carl Nash--- Adult Performance Band Program---Aurora, CO---July 23, 2016
  • “Great upbeat instructors and staff (pun intended), wonderful variety in shows offered, real venues for the student to experience playing in, well organized and details covered, good communication of details to students and parents, high expectations of the students and they rise to new levels, leadership and volunteer opportunities, respect and mentoring of each other encouraged -- a fantastic way for kids to express themselves and meet others with similar interests. Students are actively involved in setting up and producing the events, getting a taste of ownership in a business and developing genuine responsibility. It has been wonderful to see our son's growth in confidence and ability. He has a true commitment to the school. The school earns that from its students and in turn benefits. A truly valuable and worthwhile experience all around! ”
    — Nita Regan---Headliners Performance Band Program---Aurora, CO---June 23, 2016