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About School of Rock Bedford

School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. We teach guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals, and our students put on amazing shows at local venues. Our programs, camps and workshops for toddlers, kids, teens and adults make learning to play music fun and create great communities of musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Bedford
12 Court RoadBedford, NY 10506
Main Number
(914) 234-0418(914) 234-0418

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Bedford, 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.

    Bedford 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 Bedford’s Performance Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Bedford’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 Bedford’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!

  • At School of Rock Bedford, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Bedford, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Bedford works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Bedford’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

At School of Rock Bedford, 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. Bedford students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by fa...
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At School of Rock Bedford, 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.

Bedford 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 Bedford’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 30
      5:00 PM
      Summer 2017 Best of Season
      Come ROCK with students from School of Rock Bedford, School of Rock Mamaroneck, School of Rock New Canaan and School of Rock Ridgefield as they perform the best songs from our Summer 2017 season. ...
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      Come ROCK with students from School of Rock Bedford, School of Rock Mamaroneck, School of Rock New Canaan and School of Rock Ridgefield as they perform the best songs from our Summer 2017 season.

      This one day only show will pay tribute to a broad range of venerated rock artists, all performed by amazingly talented School of Rock students age 7-18 from their Summer 2017 Rock Performance Program.

      Saturday September 30th, 2017

      Show starts at 5 PM, doors open at 4:30 PM.

      Tickets are $20 at the door.

      WE'LL SEE YOU THERE!
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    • October 14
      1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
      House Band at Pound Ridge Harvest Festival
      Come rock with our House Band as they open for Rusted Root at the Pound Ridge Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14th at 1:00 PM!
    • October 20
      7:30 PM
      Summer 2017 Adult Program Showcase (Grateful Dead / British Invasion / Hair Metal)
      Come out to The Heights at Brother Vic's on Friday, October 20th at 7:30 PM to hear three groups from School of Rock Bedford's Adult Program rock out after a Summer of rehearsing some excellent cla...
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      Come out to The Heights at Brother Vic's on Friday, October 20th at 7:30 PM to hear three groups from School of Rock Bedford's Adult Program rock out after a Summer of rehearsing some excellent classic rock!

      You'll hear tributes to GRATEFUL DEAD, THE BRITISH INVASION, and HAIR METAL all in one night on an awesome stage. Eat, drink, and ROCK for a FREE show!

      See you there.
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Staff

    • Meet Ben Malmed
      Music Director
      Ben Malmed has been teaching at School of Rock since 2010. His original band Fundimensionals has played 100+ shows including the festivals Catskill Chill, Wakarusa, Equifunk, and venues all over th...
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      Ben Malmed has been teaching at School of Rock since 2010. His original band Fundimensionals has played 100+ shows including the festivals Catskill Chill, Wakarusa, Equifunk, and venues all over the east including Nectar's, Garcia's, Sullivan Hall, Stella Blues and The Bitter End. "Bugless Brunch", an original song, was featured in Relix Magazine and "Deer On The Hutch" received radio play on 107.1 The Peak. Also, a NY Times article about Garcia's @ The Capitol Theater included a photo and mentioning of his fusion Beatles Tribute band. He was also a member of The Mushroom Cloud, a well-known CT progressive funk band. Ben started classical piano at age 5, picking up guitar and bass at 11. He attended Berklee College of Music with a scholarship for his advanced knowledge of music theory, songwriting, recording and technical skill. Currently, Ben can be found playing locally in Westchester County, in the studio as a hired gun or writing music.
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    • Meet Todd Springer
      General Manager
      Todd grew up in Stratford, CT on a steady diet of Motown, Southern Rock, jazz, and funk and has kept music in his life since. Todd started playing a 1962 Fender Duo-Sonic at the age of 10. He joine...
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      Todd grew up in Stratford, CT on a steady diet of Motown, Southern Rock, jazz, and funk and has kept music in his life since. Todd started playing a 1962 Fender Duo-Sonic at the age of 10. He joined his first band at 12, playing at local venues around Connecticut and New York from 2002-2009. While Todd has played and toured with local ska/punk bands on guitar and trombone, he found a true passion in writing about and promoting music. He has published over 200 CD reviews, interviews, and articles in local music publications, including the Upbeat Ska Zine for which he served as Editor in Chief.Todd also knows kids. He has served as the Director of Staff at a YMCA summer camp, Interim Facility Director at the Outback Teen Center, and a pre-school teacher at a Fairfield-based private school. Todd graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History and English and a minor in Music from Tulane University. Todd has been a mainstay at the School of Rock since 2009 and loves the opportunity to work with kids who are passionate about music every day. He brings his expertise in all things School of Rock to Bedford to keep it rocking harder than ever!
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    • Meet Chris Thomas
      Drums/Keys Instructor
    • Meet Frankie Vinci
      Vocal/Keyboard/Guitar Instructor
      Frankie Vinci has been teaching voice, keyboard, and guitar at School of Rock since 2014. He brings years of experience of music production and stage performance to the students with a positive ene...
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      Frankie Vinci has been teaching voice, keyboard, and guitar at School of Rock since 2014. He brings years of experience of music production and stage performance to the students with a positive energy that inspires creativity and self-confidence. He is a multi-platinum songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, and has shared the stage and worked alongside some of the legendary artists and producers in the music business.

      Frankie and his power pop band Fotomaker was produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Led Zep, Beatles, etc.). Fotomaker toured with rock & roll icons Aerosmith, Van Halen, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper, and Meat Loaf, just to name a few. He also has had a long successful career in composing and producing national TV Jingles/TV Themes for brands such as Bounty, Klondike, Pringles, Duncan Hines, Pepsi, Chevy, Transformers, etc. Among his most famous compositions was the CBS Super Bowl Theme that aired on NFL Game of the Week for eight years and aired on five Super Bowl games.

      In 1998 Frankie was signed as a songwriter to Warner/Chappell publishing in Nashville by award-winning Country/Pop music producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, etc.). He received a Triple-Platinum Award for a beautiful song he co-wrote called “Somebody Must Be Prayin’ For Me”, which was on the Grammy nominated hit album “A Place In The Sun”. The #1 album went on to win the CMA (Country Music Award) for “Best Album of the Year” in 2000.
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    • Meet Jeff Moro
      Bass/Guitar/Keys Instructor
    • Meet John Holden
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      John Holden is an extremely versatile guitarist from Redding, CT who can play Hendrix and Duane Allman riffs as well as music by the jazz greats with ease. He graduated from Western Connecticut Sta...
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      John Holden is an extremely versatile guitarist from Redding, CT who can play Hendrix and Duane Allman riffs as well as music by the jazz greats with ease. He graduated from Western Connecticut State University's prestigious School of Visual and Performing Arts with a BA in Jazz Guitar in 2015. He's jammed with Wes Little and Brian Allan as well as sharing the stage with legendary jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller, feeling at home with almost any genre of music. He especially loves teaching, and seeing a student's eyes light up when they learn something new.
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    • Meet Jon Swift
      Drums/Keys/Guitar Instructor
    • Meet Lorna Whittemore
      Vocal Instructor
      Lorna is from Larchmont, NY and graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts boarding school in 1989, a leading performing arts school in the New England area. At Walnut Hill, she was ...
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      Lorna is from Larchmont, NY and graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts boarding school in 1989, a leading performing arts school in the New England area. At Walnut Hill, she was a voice major and a theater minor, singing in the choir, jazz a cappella group, musical theater shows, straight plays, opera scenes, and classical music recitals. During the summers, she studied theater at Boston University and voice at Tanglewood in Lennox, MA. She holds a B.A. in Voice Performance from The Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Lorna loves Film, Screenwriting, and Acting. She has performed in Off Broadway musicals, community theater shows, and has just started to pursue voiceover work. Her passion for pop, singer-songwriter, and rock music is also alive and well, which led her to the School of Rock in 2016. She has been a vocal instructor at the Bedford school since then, and enjoys helping students prepare for their shows both as a vocalist and as a performer.
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    • Meet Lou Caldarola
      Drums Instructor
      Lou Caldarola has been an active member of the music scene for over 30 years, and is one of the area's most in demand session and live drummers. Lou is also an original Staff member at Westchester ...
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      Lou Caldarola has been an active member of the music scene for over 30 years, and is one of the area's most in demand session and live drummers. Lou is also an original Staff member at Westchester School of Rock. He attended University of Bridgeport, majoring in music, and studied with Howard Zwickler for a year before leaving Bridgeport to pursue a career in live performance. He has since recorded with multiple original projects. In 1996 Lou joined Connecticut prog-metal band Soundscape and released three albums, 'Discovery', 'Iago', and 'Grave New World', distributed internationally under Angelthorne Music Company. There is a long list of recording credits to date and his live performances number is in the thousands. Currently Lou is involved with KICKSVILLE, a national project that defies definition (you need to listen for yourself at www.kicksville.com). He also keeps busy playing live with Limelight (North America's #1 Rush tribute band in 2004, 2007-2013), The Hudson Valley Guitar Project, and various other projects. Lou is also an experienced studio engineer, booking agent, and manager.
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    • Meet Michael Johnston
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
    • Meet Will Burgaleta
      Keys/Bass/Guitar Instructor
      Not long after his first word was uttered, Will was singing and grooving along to the music of the Beatles, Steely Dan, Frankie Valle, and whatever else was in his parents' record collection.A grad...
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      Not long after his first word was uttered, Will was singing and grooving along to the music of the Beatles, Steely Dan, Frankie Valle, and whatever else was in his parents' record collection.A graduate of Purchase College's Conservatory of Music with a Master's Degree in Studio Composition, Will has always had an engaged and studious approach to music of all styles ranging from blues, boogie, classical, jazz, pop, and metal. He brings the same level of dedication and enthusiasm to his teaching style, emphasizing the student, not the method. In addition to being the music director, keyboardist, and backup vocalist for Rockland County-based Dark Side of the Hudson Pink Floyd tribute band, Will is an in-demand freelance composer/arranger. He also performs in several bands including the eclectic art rock group Diazepam as keyboardist/vocalist, as well as his classic rock cover band Critical Mass where he performs the same duties. Will can also be heard on guitarist/virtuoso Bert Elliot's Asylum in Playland, where he plays alongside of Yankee's legend Bernie Williams, bassist pro Stu Hamm, and drummer extraordinaire Atma Anur.
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    • Meet Yvan Sehr
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Yvan Sehr has been with the School of Rock since 2010, teaching guitar, bass, directing shows and camps, and leading the project studio program. Yvan is a professional musician with over 15 years o...
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      Yvan Sehr has been with the School of Rock since 2010, teaching guitar, bass, directing shows and camps, and leading the project studio program. Yvan is a professional musician with over 15 years of experience, both playing in bands and as a solo artist. He learned his stage craft from playing at the venues like the legendary CBGB's at least twice a month from 2001 until they closed. Yvan is also an audio engineer and producer. He's worked at several major studios, and served as an audio engineer for Fisher Price/Mattel.
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Promotions

Testimonials

  • “I was very nervous when I started a Performance Program, but I felt very welcomed and comfortable very quickly. Shows are a lot of fun to be in and the people in them are very nice. The music is always great, and we all end up sounding pretty amazing!”
    — Amelia, 13 year old guitarist, Bedford, NY
  • “The performance aspect is great. It is so great for the kids to get a chance to be a part of a group and learn what it's like to perform in front of people.”
    — Lisa B., parent, Bedford, NY
  • “The opportunity for a child/teen to learn an instrument AND play in a band setting culminating in a live performance is an invaluable experience that has no equal. I fully appreciate School of Rock's approach to matching kids by ability level not age. My son and I are thrilled to be a part of SoR and hope for a long lasting relationship. Rock on!”
    — Adam K., parent, Bedford, NY
  • “Our son loves this program. We loved that he improved so much. He took guitar lessons for four years before School of Rock and didn't really make much progress. In one week at one of the summer camps he improved more than he had in the previous four years. And now he is very motivated to continue playing!”
    — Alfred D., parent, Bedford, NY