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About School of Rock Austin

Welcome to School of Rock Austin, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Austin that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since , School of Rock Austin is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Austin equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Austin and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Austin
2525 W Anderson LaneSuite 138Austin, TX 78757
(512) 670-2360

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Austin, 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.

    Austin 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 Austin’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 Austin 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 Austin, 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 Austin students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Austin’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Austin’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 Austin 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 Austin 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 Austin 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 Austin, 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 Austin’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 Austin’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 (geomodifer) 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 Austin’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 Austin, 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 Austin 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 Austin’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 Austin, 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. Austin students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famo...
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At School of Rock Austin, 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.

Austin 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 Austin’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 13
      3:00 PM
      AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS: A Tribute to ONE HIT WONDERS & DRUMAGEDDON
      Summer Season Show
      The Austin School of Rock Presents a Tribute to One Hit Wonders and Bands with multiple Drummers (Drummageddon) ONE HIT WONDERS What do 867-5309, Safety Dance and My Sharonna have in common? Th...
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      The Austin School of Rock Presents a Tribute to One Hit Wonders and Bands with multiple Drummers (Drummageddon)

      ONE HIT WONDERS
      What do 867-5309, Safety Dance and My Sharonna have in common? They are all One Hit Wonders! We will be performing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond! Sure to be the most anticipated show of the season! All your guilty pleasures and more!

      DRUMAGGEDON
      Featuring a wide range of material from bands that had TWO drummers: Allman Bros, Grateful Dead, Doobie Bros, 38 Special and more! Also featuring songs with heavy percussion.

      Sunday September 13th
      OHW - 3pm
      Drum - 5pm

      The Parish
      214 E 6th Street
      Austin, TX 78704
      Tickets $10
      All Ages!
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    • September 20
      3:00 PM
      AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS: A Tribute to OZZY OSBOURNE & KISS
      Summer Season Show
      Austin School of Rock Presents a Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne & KISS OZZY!! Some may call him the Price of Darkness, but Ozzy is one of Rock's most endearing frontmen. We will dig into Ozzy's full...
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      Austin School of Rock Presents a Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne & KISS

      OZZY!!
      Some may call him the Price of Darkness, but Ozzy is one of Rock's most endearing frontmen. We will dig into Ozzy's full catalog from Black Sabbath though his formidable solo career. Featuring the guitar work of the late, great Randy Rhoades and Zack Wilde.

      KISS
      You wanted the best and you got it! The hottest band in the land KISS! Join us as we celebrate the Greatest Rock Band in the world. This show features some great Rock anthems and the chance to dress up as your favorite Rock and Roll Superheros!

      OZZY - 3pm
      KISS - 5pm

      The North Door
      502 Brushy Street
      Tickets $10
      All Ages!!
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    • September 27
      3:00 PM
      AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS: BEST OF SEASON
      Best of the Summer Season Show
      The Best of Season Summer show will have a sampling of songs from each show we had in our 2015 Summer Season. ONE HIT WONDERS What do 867-5309, Safety Dance and My Sharonna have in common? The...
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      The Best of Season Summer show will have a sampling of songs from each show we had in our 2015 Summer Season.

      ONE HIT WONDERS
      What do 867-5309, Safety Dance and My Sharonna have in common? They are all One Hit Wonders! We will be performing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond! Sure to be the most anticipated show of the season! All your guilty pleasures and more!

      DRUMAGGEDON
      Featuring a wide range of material from bands that had TWO drummers: Allman Bros, Grateful Dead, Doobie Bros, 38 Special and more! Also featuring songs with heavy percussion.

      OZZY!!
      Some may call him the Price of Darkness, but Ozzy is one of Rock's most endearing frontmen. We will dig into Ozzy's full catalog from Black Sabbath though his formidable solo career. Featuring the guitar work of the late, great Randy Rhoades and Zack Wilde.

      KISS
      You wanted the best and you got it! The hottest band in the land KISS! Join us as we celebrate the Greatest Rock Band in the world. This show features some great Rock anthems and the chance to dress up as your favorite Rock and Roll Superheros!

      Sunday September 27th @ 3pm
      The North Door
      502 Brushy Street

      Tickets $7
      All Ages!!

      All proceeds go to the AllStar program
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Staff

    • Rick Carney
      Music Director & National AllStar Director
      Rick Carney is a musician, songwriter, producer, engineer and educator. A veteran of the American underground music scene, Carney moved to Austin in 1986 as a bassist with the infamous hardcore ba...
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      Rick Carney is a musician, songwriter, producer, engineer and educator. A veteran of the American underground music scene, Carney moved to Austin in 1986 as a bassist with the infamous hardcore band EMG. In 1991, he switched to guitar and founded Jesus Christ Superfly, a mainstay of the Austin Punk scene. JCS was a critical and popular success, and celebrates its 20-year anniversary in June 2011. From 1997-2005, Carney also fronted Gravy Boat, a Roots Rock outfit that blended Southern Rock and Honky Tonk .

      As a performer, Carney has played nearly 1000 live shows and released records in the US, Australia and Europe. In 2004, he won the Crossroads Guitar Competition and has received a 4 star review in Guitar World magazine for his work on JCS’s Texas Toast CD.

      While primarily a guitarist-vocalist, Carney also plays bass and drums. Rick is not only the Music Director for the Austin School of Rock; he is also the National School of Rock AllStar program director.
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      • Guitar Lessons
      • Keys Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
    • Ahmed Garcia
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Born in NYC in the summer of love, Ahmed Garcia was up-rooted and taken to Austin, Texas where he was expertly raised by a pack of Austin Belly Dancers with his mother the great Belly Dancer “Luc...
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      Born in NYC in the summer of love, Ahmed Garcia was up-rooted and taken to Austin, Texas where he was expertly raised by a pack of Austin Belly Dancers with his mother the great Belly Dancer “Lucila“ leading the way, of course. His exposure to music and the arts was early and took effective shape during the 1980’s when Ahmed would be given his first guitar a red Gibson “Flying V” was the spark. He would go beyond mere practice to reach virtual mastery and legendary live performer status. Ahmed’s first band “Aftershock” quickly became a staple in Austin’s early metal community. “Aftershock” would later morph into the Legendary Austin Metal Band “HURLANT”. This was Ahmed’s brain child and everything reflected Ahmed’s early musical views, expressions, talents and genius. Ahmed would go on to play pivotal roles in dozens of other bands and projects such as “Nemisis 24”,“Holly Street”, “Anger Mgmt”, “Eshta” and more.

      His current offspring is a fusion band called “Muse Oasis” in which Ahmed and company have taken the best of his both worlds, Belly Dancing and Heavy Metal, and have melded them into a seamless world expression of power and peace, dance and steel. According to “Reverbnation” Ahmed Garcia is a proficient acoustic artist as well earning many accolades for both live and recorded performances. Ahmed, having mastered a little known instrument called a “Glistintar” is an artist of profound experimentation and simply one of the finest you'll ever find.
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      • Guitar lessons
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    • Jason McMaster
      Vocal Instructor
      Jason McMaster is a vocalist, bassist and songwriter of the highest order. Starting with Progressive Thrash pioneers Watchtower, Jason has carved out an impressive body of work. Perhaps best k...
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      Jason McMaster is a vocalist, bassist and songwriter of the highest order. Starting with
      Progressive Thrash pioneers Watchtower, Jason has carved out an impressive body of
      work. Perhaps best known for his work with Dangerous Toys, Jason continues his legacy
      with the high energy riff masters Broken Teeth. Along the way Jason has earned a Gold Record and been inducted into the Austin Chronicle’s Texas Music Hall of Fame and the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. Jason is also vocalist for the Power Metal band Ignitor and his newest outfit, Evil United. If that wasn’t enough, Jason finds time to play in the several tribute acts: Sad Wings (Judas Priest), Killa Maul (Metallica) and Capricorn USA (Motorhead).

      Since 2005, Jason has served as vocal instructor at the Austin School of Rock. With over 50 releases, thousands of live shows, and probably a million miles logged on the road. Jason brings a wealth of experience to the School of Rock.
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    • Jamey Simms
      Guitar Instructor & Rock 101 Instructor
      Jamey Simms first instrument was the trumpet at the age of 8 years old where he began a formal education in music. Jamey started playing guitar three years later in 1984. He also played the horn in...
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      Jamey Simms first instrument was the trumpet at the age of 8 years old where he began a formal education in music. Jamey started playing guitar three years later in 1984. He also played the horn in concert, marching, and symphonic band and the guitar in jazz band, making the All State Jazz Ensemble in 1990 on the guitar. Jamey attended Kansas State University and studied further under Mike Brown from Harlem, NYC.

      Jamey was a founding member of the international recording band Tia Carrera, and has been leading his own group in Austin as well as being a professional hired guitarist for several styles of music and is in demand for his ability to do so. Jamey has toured extensively regionally and nationally and has been based out of Austin since 1996. His influences on the guitar range from Ritchie Blackmore, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix as well as other musicians that do not play guitar such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Jackie McClean, and Keith Moon.
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      • Guitar Lessons
      • Rock 101 Instructor
    • Sam McCandless
      Drum Instructor
      Sam McCandless is the founding member and drummer for the band Cold, as well as psychedelic blues band Carny, featuring the legendary guitarist/producer Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers and lead ...
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      Sam McCandless is the founding member and drummer for the band Cold, as well as psychedelic blues band Carny, featuring the legendary guitarist/producer Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers and lead singer Formica Iglesia. Sam has sold over 2 Million records worldwide with Cold and has received two RIAA- Certified Gold, and one RIAA-Certified Platinum Records. He has performed on The Tonight Show, The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The Carson Daily Show.

      He has toured the world with such bands as:Weezer, Marilyn Manson, Godsmack, Slipknot, Slayer, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, Sevendust, as well as played at countless music festivals. He has released five Major label albums on AM Records, Geffen Records, Atlantic Records and Eleven Seven, and is currently working on a Carny release and an acoustic album with Cold.

      Sam lives in Austin with his talented wife Georgia von Eberstein, a.k.a. Formica Iglesia of Carny, and their two wonderful boys, Wolfie, age 9, and their 6-month old, Magnus Mars. Sam wishes to give the youth of Austin the Magic of Music at The School of Rock.
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      • Drum Lessons
    • Case Federal
      Vocals, Keys, & Guitar Instructor
      Case Federal is a multi-instrumentalist from Charlotte, North Carolina. Born into a musical family, Case began learning to sing shortly after learning to talk. At age 14 he began to learn guitar un...
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      Case Federal is a multi-instrumentalist from Charlotte, North Carolina. Born into a musical family, Case began learning to sing shortly after learning to talk. At age 14 he began to learn guitar under the guidance of local Charlotte legend Rusty Barkley, who instilled a love for music which stretched beyond genres and music labels. This, along with the support of his family, inspired Case to become a multi-instrumentalist and pursue a life based full-time on music.

      Recently, he graduated from Central Peidmont Community College with an Associate Degrees in Fine Arts; focusing on Opera, Vocal Performance, and Music Theory.

      Case has worked for the School of Rock for over 4 years now and has been a director and or
      assistant director for numerous tribute shows including Pink Floyd, Southern Rock, The Last Waltz, Local Music Scene, Woodstock and Women Who Rock to name just a few.
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      • Keys Lessons
      • Vocal Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
    • Geena Spigarelli
      Bass Instructor
      An Austin original, bass player Geena Spigarelli has been a part of the Austin music scene since picking up her first guitar in middle school. Now a fixture of Austin’s vibrant community of profe...
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      An Austin original, bass player Geena Spigarelli has been a part of the Austin music scene since picking up her first guitar in middle school. Now a fixture of Austin’s vibrant community of professional musicians, Geena’s diverse experience includes studio recording, national touring, and teaching for a variety of ages at the Austin School of Rock. Geena began playing in 2001 at the age of 13, and immediately fell in love with the stage.Geena’s first experience with the Austin School of Rock was at age 13 when she started taking lessons, and advanced to become one of the national School of Rock AllStars.

      In 2006, Geena got the opportunity to go on her first national tour with the legendary vocalist Jon Anderson. After graduation from High School in 2008, Geena moved to New York where she first began recording and working in studios. While in New York, she recorded and played live with The Amputees, The Big Death Scene and Urgent Fury. Geena moved back to Austin in 2011, she is now focusing on developing her versatility as a bass player while studying legends, such as Carol Kaye, James Jamerson, and Lee Sklar. Geena has toured all over the U.S and Canada, giving her the opportunity to share a bill withThe Psychedelic Furs, The Wallflowers, X, and Peter Murphy.
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      • Bass Lessons
    • Simon Flory
      Bass, Guitar, Keys, & Vocal Instructor
      Learning to sing from his mom while sitting on the piano bench as a child, Simon wanted to play along after learning piano, it soon gave way to his first guitar, a Sears and Roebuck, complete with ...
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      Learning to sing from his mom while sitting on the piano bench as a child, Simon wanted to play along after learning piano, it soon gave way to his first guitar, a Sears and Roebuck, complete with Mel Bay technique book. Feeling like the technique book got him nowhere until he found a copy of the Woodstock movie at the local video store, and discovered Hendrix, The Band and CCR. His first band,"The Bad Mamma Jammas" which he founded at the age of 13, put out two self released CDs of original music to great local acclaim.

      After high school, Simon attended DePauw University, where he studied creative writing, theatre, piano, jazz guitar and violin, all the while working on his song writing and performance skills at venues across the U.S. Simon graduated and landed a job at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music where he taught and studied fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar from some of the world’s best educators of American and International folk music. Simon also founded the country rock outfit Merle the Mule, who released an EP and toured extensively across the Midwest. Simon played mandolin and bass in the SPGMA Award-winning bluegrass band,"The Tennessee Gentlemen," as well as released a solo album, "Unholy Town.”Simon was brought to Austin, TX. by joining the indie rock band "Sisson,” on electric bass and touring the Midwest and the South,

      Simon started calling Austin his home base in 2011. In addition to playing in the greatest kindie (kid + indie = kindie) band of all time,"The Que Pastas,” Simon fronts both "Ease Them Pistols" and "The Dollar Generals" as well as playing sideman to many notable Texas acts.
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    • Dave Chell
      Drums, Guitar, Bass & Rock 101 Instructor
      Dave was born in the Home stake (gold) Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota nearly 40 years ago. Raised by wolves until age 4, he was discovered playing Native American rhythms on a buffalo hide...
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      Dave was born in the Home stake (gold) Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota nearly 40 years ago. Raised by wolves until age 4, he was discovered playing Native American rhythms on a buffalo hide drum by a young couple hiking on a trail near Mt. Rushmore.

      At age 6 he turned his attention to the guitar and by age 12, he was playing songs from artists such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis in local clubs and taverns.Jazz guitar followed during high school, as well as a touring band,which was also able to make a crash landing onto a small record label.

      Starting out as a self taught drummer, he began playing at age 15. He learned by listening to the albums his parents had laying around the house. Which pretty much covered the alphabet: The Allman Brothers to ZZ Top. After studying music history/theory and communications at North Dakota State University, the seed had been planted and a lifelong commitment was made to continually learn and someday be an instructor.

      Dave first moved to Austin in 2010 and has played in area bands with styles that range from Latin pop to loud,obnoxious, punk rock. Several of his former bands have shared the stage with acts such as Rise Against,Modest Mouse and members of Los Lobos.
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      • Drum Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
    • Sara Houser
      Vocal & Keys Instructor
      It all started when Sara’s parents bought her a keyboard for Christmas. She started picking out songs she heard on the radio, Disney songs, and occasionally just pressing all the buttons to see w...
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      It all started when Sara’s parents bought her a keyboard for Christmas. She started picking out songs she heard on the radio, Disney songs, and occasionally just pressing all the buttons to see what sounds came out. At 11, she started classical training and went on to study piano at the Charleston County School of Performing Arts where she competed in jazz and classical competitions all throughout middle school and high school. In Spring 2005 she was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and went on to graduate in 2009 with a degree in Song writing, piano her principle instrument.

      Setting all of that mumbo jumbo aside, she has been in bands and writing songs since she was 14. While piano is her main instrument in terms of education, Sara also sings and plays guitar. In the fall of 2009, she moved to Austin where she became a member in local rock band The Couch. The Couch split up in 2013 and since then Sara has been fronting Löwin. In addition to playing in Löwin, Sara does session work singing background vocals, filling in on keys/vocals for local acts like Walker Lukens and the Side Arms, and dabbles in film scoring.
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    • Yamal Said
      Drums, Guitar & Keys Instructor
      The first time Yamal Said can remember wanting to be a part of rock and roll was when he was 5 years old. Yamal had a piano teacher, at that time she was mean, she was a mean German lady who made Y...
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      The first time Yamal Said can remember wanting to be a part of rock and roll was when he was 5 years old. Yamal had a piano teacher, at that time she was mean, she was a mean German lady who made Yamal play things his fingers could not play. One day Yamal found a KISS record left at his house by one of his uncles. As he looked with amazement onto the cover, he remember thinking to himself, "I don’t have any idea what this sounds like or even what it is, but I know I absolutely want to be a part of it."

      Yamal eventually convinced his parents to buy him a guitar when he was about 14. They wouldn't buy him a drum set, giving the excuse it would damage his hearing. Yamal is a self taught musician he taught himself Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Ramones, etc. Yamal finally got his hands on a drum set a few years after originally asking his parents for one. He taught himself to play by listening to bands and imitating what the drummers were doing.

      Yamal joined a band the week he got his first kit. Yamal has been in bands ever since, his love of Rock n' Roll has grown over the years and gives him a feeling of pure freedom. Yamal has been in multiple bands and doesn’t see himself stopping anytime soon. Yamal is proud to be a part of the Austin School of Rock and loves teaching his students how to play the drums,keys and guitar like it’s nobody's business.
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      • Drum Lessons
      • Keys Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
    • Travis Woodard
      Drums Instructor
      Travis “trav” Woodard (born May 8, 1953) is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Originally,his brother Eddie had taken less...
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      Travis “trav” Woodard (born May 8, 1953) is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Originally,his brother Eddie had taken lessons for drums, while Travis practiced guitar. After spending time playing Eddie's drum kit,Travis became more skillful at the drums than Eddie.

      In 1974, the Van Halen brothers, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony formed a band, simply called Van Halen. They were signed to Warner Brothers in 1977 and released their first album in 1978. The two brothers are the only members of Van Halen who have been in the band for its entire duration.
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      • Drum Lessons

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence. ”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real" concert venues." ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA