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About School of Rock Boston

Welcome to School of Rock Boston, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Boston that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2007, School of Rock Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston 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 Boston
120 Elm StreetWatertown, MA 02472
Main Number
(617) 923-3434(617) 923-3434

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Friday
12:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Boston, 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.

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

    School of Rock Boston’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 Boston’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 Boston’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 Boston 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 Boston, 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 Boston’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 Boston’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 Boston.

    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

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

Boston 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 Boston’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

  • July 1
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Showteam at Marblehead Festival of Arts
    Showteam is School of Rock's audition-only band that encourages kids to rock on stage and in life! These budding rockstars perform classic songs from music legends including Queen, Boston, Fleetwoo...
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    Showteam is School of Rock's audition-only band that encourages kids to rock on stage and in life! These budding rockstars perform classic songs from music legends including Queen, Boston, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Journey and much more at venues like Hard Rock Cafe Boston and The Middle East Cafe.

    Founded in 1962, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has a rich history in producing a premier summer arts festival that has become a unique forum for artistic expression over its 50+ years of operation. The Festival operates throughout the year with seasonal events, fundraising and planning for the centerpiece of our activities, the Marblehead Festival of Arts which is traditionally held each year over the July 4th holiday. The July Festival hosts a wide range of art exhibits, outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor, the Film Festival, the Street Festival, the Children’s Festival, Artisans’ Marketplace and many other cultural activities designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for the entire family.

    Address: Crocker Park, Marblehead
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  • July 2
    12:00 PM
    Showteam @ Hard Rock Cafe Boston
    Join us at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on 7/2/17 as our Showteam takes stages with other School of Rock Showteams from around the country including Cresskill, NJ, Chatham, NH, Richmond, VA, South ...
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    Join us at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on 7/2/17 as our Showteam takes stages with other School of Rock Showteams from around the country including Cresskill, NJ, Chatham, NH, Richmond, VA, South Palm Beach, FL & North Palm Beach FL. This will be a great full day of music you won't want to miss!

    Tickets will be $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting us at boston@schoolofrock.com
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Staff

    • Meet Joe Pessia
      General Manager, Music Director, Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Joe started playing guitar as a teenager. That lead him to attend Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a degree in Professional Music. As a member of the bands Dramagods - with Nuno Bet...
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      Joe started playing guitar as a teenager. That lead him to attend Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a degree in Professional Music. As a member of the bands Dramagods - with Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme - Tantric, the platinum selling band with albums produced by Toby Wright of Alice In Chains fame, and Hurtsmile - featuring Gary Cherone of Extreme and formerly of Van Halen - Joe toured the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia and performed on national television programs like The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Joe has shared stages with the likes of Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction, George Lynch of Dokken, Michael Anthony of Van Halen, Warren DeMartitni of Ratt and has opened for artists such as Alice in Chains, Sammy Hagar, Shinedown, The Pretenders, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, and Saliva.

      Joe has collaborated on various albums as a guitarist, bassist, co-writer co-producer, and engineer. Additionally, the song 'Down and Out' by Tantric was one of the featured songs on the video game MLB-2K10 as its been used almost exclusively by Tampa Bay Ray's 3rd baseman Evan Longoria as his walk up music.
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    • Meet Mike Woods
      Studio Director/Audio Production, Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Although most notably known as the lead guitarist for the band Damone, Woods was also the primary songwriter and co-producer to their critically acclaimed and commercially successful album, Out Her...
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      Although most notably known as the lead guitarist for the band Damone, Woods was also the primary songwriter and co-producer to their critically acclaimed and commercially successful album, Out Here All Night (Island/Def Jam), as well as the follow-up record, Roll The Dice. He has shared stages and recording studios with a large variety of successful artists such as Andrew W.K., Candlebox, All American Rejects, Juliet Simms (NBC's The Voice) to name a few, and has had his music featured in movies, television, and video games, including - The CW Network, Stick It (Touchstone Pictures), George A. Romero's remake of zombie classic Day of the Dead, Madden NFL '07, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (Nintendo/Game Boy/Play Station 2), and Rock Band®.
      For more about Woods, visit http://mwoodsmusic.com
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    • Meet Seb Kossak
      Drum Instructor
      Seb Kossak started playing drums while working on his bachelors degree at Manchester University, in the UK. Inspired by the music of the Stranglers, Flamin' Groovies and Eddie and the Hotrods, Seb ...
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      Seb Kossak started playing drums while working on his bachelors degree at Manchester University, in the UK. Inspired by the music of the Stranglers, Flamin' Groovies and Eddie and the Hotrods, Seb relocated to Boston in the early 1980s and started playing with new wave bands at venues like The Rathskeller in Kenmore Square, Cantones and CBGBs in New York. Seb has worked with many Boston classic rock, blues bands and original artists like; Mike Nolan, Paul McQuaid and Conrad Warre. Seb has a long love affair with the blues and jazz and works with his drum students to gain an appreciation for and the skills needed, to be fluent in music forms such as afro-cuban, latin, reggae and rock. Seb endorses Ludwig drums, Paiste cymbals and DW pedals and hardware and can be reached at skossak@att.net
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    • Meet Justin Hancock
      Guitar & Bass Instructor/Show Director
      Justin Hancock grew up in the South Shore region of Massachusetts and played the saxophone for about 8 years before realizing that the guitar would become his main instrument. His parents raised hi...
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      Justin Hancock grew up in the South Shore region of Massachusetts and played the saxophone for about 8 years before realizing that the guitar would become his main instrument. His parents raised him on artists like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles, which instilled a passion for music in him at a very young age. After high school, Justin attended Westfield State University as a music major for one year before transferring to Berklee College of Music in 2006.

      During his time at Berklee, Justin formed a funk band with some friends and fellow students called The Actual Proof. TAP were fortunate enough to share the stage with world-renowned drummer Stanton Moore, record with Timo Shanko (current bassist of G. Love Special Sauce), tour the west coast in the summer of 2007, and play the very first concert held at Berklee's Red Room at Cafe 939, which was featured on an episode of the popular New England television show, Chronicle. After graduating from Berklee in 2009, Justin began playing guitar with singer/songwriter, Ann Driscoll, and also formed an original rock band called Ok Captain. As Ann's guitarist he had the opportunity to perform at the 2010 SXSW festival in Austin, TX, and at Live! Music Festival in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to teaching at SOR, he is currently the guitarist and songwriter for the popular Boston-based band, Hayley Jane and the Primates. The Primates released their first album, Color Me , in May 2012, and continue to tour the Northeast and beyond.
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    • Meet Chris Narainen
      Drum Instructor & Show Director
      Christopher is from Mauritius, a little tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Self taught since age 11, he played regularly in many Rock/Metal/Fusion/Prog Rock bands growing up, and recorded numerou...
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      Christopher is from Mauritius, a little tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Self taught since age 11, he played regularly in many Rock/Metal/Fusion/Prog Rock bands growing up, and recorded numerous EPs. He simultaneously managed to go to college for Management and Finance, and as a result ended up tranferring from the University of Mauritius to UMass Boston. Chris has played with numerous musical projects in Boston including Blue Boy Productions (Live Drumming on EDM)/ Veneer (Rock)/ Misty Blue Jazz/ Rack Em Lets Go (Jam Rock)/ The Thunder Squad (Jazz Rock)/ The MadMauritian (DnB DJ project)/ Jazz First.

      Chris has a hands-on approach to teaching and enjoys preparing students for performance. Having been with the School of Rock Boston since the summer of 2013m Chris looks forward to strengthening and building the new era of modern drummers.

      More about Chris:
      http://www.blueboyproductions.net | http://www.jazzfirstmusic.com | https://www.facebook.com/pages/RACK-EM-LETS-GO | https://www.facebook.com/TheThunderSquad | https://www.facebook.com/TheMadMauritian | http://www.mistybluejazz.com |

      Video links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0TCJhjlNSA
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    • Meet John Hurtado
      Guitar & Bass Instructor/Show Director
      John began playing guitar at 15, and by 19 began serious study into the classics and into jazz. Originally influenced by rock guitar players of the 70s and 80s , his studies led him to a lot of the...
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      John began playing guitar at 15, and by 19 began serious study into the classics and into jazz. Originally influenced by rock guitar players of the 70s and 80s , his studies led him to a lot of the modern crossover jazz artists and those who influenced them. He developed a particular liking for Miles Davis' music and the groundbreaking artists he shared stage and recordings with. The list goes on and on.

      Making a living as a music instructor and playing in local Top 40 and general business groups, John quickly realized how absolutely essential reading, writing, and grasping advanced concepts of contemporary harmony were to his studies and continued success in the field, so he taught himself by analyzing and transcribing melodies and solos, arrangements, and chord progressions in jazz music.

      This led to his entrance to the Berklee College of Music via several scholarships, and he entered as a Junior. While there he discovered a love for the technology used in the making of modern music and made the decision to become an Electronic Music Production and Design major. He distinguished himself by winning the Peter Gabriel Production Award and graduating Summa cum Laude with a BA in EMPD and minor in Jazz Composition.

      Upon completion of his studies, John was hired as a sound design engineer by a company initially helmed by visionary Ray Kurzweil--Kurzweil Music Systems. There he and the rest of the sound design team developed products and sound libraries that would be mainstays to artists ranging from Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails to Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and composers for TV and film as well. The results of John's and the other sound design engineers' R&D can be heard in blockbuster films, productions by PBS, Discovery, Bravo, MTV, HBO, etc. Most recently, John was the Lead Sound Design Engineer for audio content developed for the Kurzweil Forte stage piano, nominee for a 2014 TEC award. The Forte was described as “the do-it-all performance keyboard” by Keyboard Magazine. Ask.Audio had to say “hats-off to the sound design team at Kurrzweil.”

      Having spent several years in R&D, John wanted to get back to what he loved to do most-- teaching, performing, and writing music. A close friend recommended that he check out the School of Rock, and that a musician like him would thrive in the environment there.

      From the second he walked into the School of Rock Boston, he knew he was home.

      While maintaining an active presence in R&D as a consultant, John continues to make education, composition and performance a priority, guiding people of all ages and backgrounds towards their musical goals and beyond.
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    • Meet David Benites
      Vocal Instructor
      David Benites is a Massachusetts native who has always had a passion for both music and voice. He has been singing his whole life, along with 13 years of classical and jazz training in voice and tr...
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      David Benites is a Massachusetts native who has always had a passion for both music and voice. He has been singing his whole life, along with 13 years of classical and jazz training in voice and trombone. After graduating high school with choir, musical theater and solo performance experience he attended Berklee College of Music. David also has sang for many of his own musical groups in rock and metal. He has toured the country performing, and with his own group, Buried Electric, he has opened for Rob Zombie, Mastadon, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Head, Behemoth, Children of Bodem, Amon Amarth, Motionless in White, Attila, In This Moment, Norma Jean, Stick to your Guns, Whitechapel and many more. Through teaching, David’s goal is to show his students the power of their own voice, to expand their abilities and surpass goals that they before thought were unattainable. With a focus on the human body and avoiding injury, he hopes to show his students the healthiest way to have their voice be heard over a band, over crowds, and for generations to come.
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    • Meet Matt Sullivan
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Matt Sullivan started playing guitar at the age of 12, and after high school he attended Musicians Institute, a private college of contemporary music in Los Angeles. He's had the pleasure of studyi...
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      Matt Sullivan started playing guitar at the age of 12, and after high school he attended Musicians Institute, a private college of contemporary music in Los Angeles. He's had the pleasure of studying with instructors like Danny Gill, Scott Henderson, and Joe Diorio, and has attended seminars with Joe Diorio, Al DiMeola, and Steve Vai. Since graduating, he's taught music in Massachusetts for 21 years. Session work, international touring & plenty of local gigs - including the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, continue to keep him busy.
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    • Meet Clinton Degan
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Clint Degan is a lifelong acolyte of rock tradition and a lover of all things musical. Beyond his interest his in piano and guitar, he has served in myriad capacities, as musical director, pit musi...
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      Clint Degan is a lifelong acolyte of rock tradition and a lover of all things musical. Beyond his interest his in piano and guitar, he has served in myriad capacities, as musical director, pit musician, film composer, cat wrangler, and rambling raconteur. His current projects include Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, a 13-piece rock ensemble based in Arlington (guitar/piano/saxophone/vocals), and his own original sextet, Body English. He takes great pleasure in sharing his passion, shining light in dark places, and exploring the possibilities of creativity.
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    • Meet Florence Panasiewicz
      Vocal, Keyboard, & Beginner Guitar Instructor
      Florence grew up in northern Connecticut and began playing classical piano at the age of 4. During high school, she became seriously involved in the vocal choir groups and found that singing was s...
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      Florence grew up in northern Connecticut and began playing classical piano at the age of 4. During high school, she became seriously involved in the vocal choir groups and found that singing was something she was truly passionate about as well. After graduating high school, Florence moved on to attending Berklee College of Music from which she recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy. During her time at Berklee she began to learn guitar and further expanded her knowledge in different genres with piano and voice.
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    • Meet Kamen Ross
      Vocal, Keyboard & Guitar Instructor
      Hundreds make up the songwriters, producers, performers, and managers that comprise Boston's legendary musical underground, a cesspool of developing talent and artistic prowess that has hosted The ...
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      Hundreds make up the songwriters, producers, performers, and managers that comprise Boston's legendary musical underground, a cesspool of developing talent and artistic prowess that has hosted The Doors, Aerosmith, The Pixies, and countless others. Among the current keepers of its legacy, Kamen Ross has lead multiple acts through its many venues to small-scale notoriety, including Sexy Coyote, Rogozo, and BILLY BALDWIN. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has written over 200 songs for himself and other artists, and has contributed to the recording, production, and performance of countless others in varying genres.

      Though perhaps best known for his eccentric and high-energy performances as a frontman and band-leader, his approach to teaching is no less sensational. While technical rigor, dedicated practice, and theoretical understanding are all strongly enforced, students will note that the practice of finding one's own voice through music is most crucial. Throughout his eight years of teaching, students have been encouraged to undergo the transition from imitation to true expression, so that they too can contribute their originality to the world at large.
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    • Meet Sara Jackson
      Vocal Instructor
      Sara Jackson, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is a classically trained soprano who enjoys singing various genres including musical theatre, opera, pop, and metal. She is currently in the seco...
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      Sara Jackson, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is a classically trained soprano who enjoys singing various genres including musical theatre, opera, pop, and metal. She is currently in the second year of her Masters degree in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

      Sara completed an undergraduate degree in voice and a minor in theatre at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, as well as post-graduate studies in opera at the University of Redlands in California. While in Columbia, Sara performed for two years as an actor and company member for the Columbia Children's Theatre. During her time in Redlands, CA, Sara taught private voice lessons through the University's Community School program and through the Arts & Learning Conservatory in Santa Anna. She also performed locally with Redlands Opera Theatre and participated in Songfest in Los Angeles. The following summer, Sara participated in the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.

      In the summer of 2016, Sara completed the Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Pedagogy program at Shenandoah Conservatory, a program for teachers of rock, pop, R&B, musical theatre, and country vocals.
      Outside of her studies at the Conservatory, Sara is also involved with the Queen Boudicca Project, a concert tour that incorporates opera, choral, and Celtic styles with heavy metal, led by Berklee professor Robert Schlink, as well as the Berklee Metal Ensemble.

      Sara believes that vocal health is key, and that a healthily trained and balanced voice can sing any genre!
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    • Meet Peter Moore
      Vocal & Keyboard Instructor
      Peter Moore has toured five continents performing as a vocalist and/or keyboardist for Blue Man Group, Think Tree, and Tanya Donnelly to name a few. He's comfortable performing in small clubs, 10,0...
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      Peter Moore has toured five continents performing as a vocalist and/or keyboardist for Blue Man Group, Think Tree, and Tanya Donnelly to name a few. He's comfortable performing in small clubs, 10,000-seat arenas, or in front of millions as he has on network TV shows such as The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, The Wayne Brady Show. Other than fronting his current band, Count Zero, Peter currently performs live locally and regionally with original artists such as John Powhida International Airport and Sarah Rabdau and the Self-Employed Assassins. He also evangelizes the rock music of his heritage with acts like Hermits of Mink Hollow (Todd Rundgren), Music for Oenophiles (Brian Eno), and The Handymen (all rock/pop 60's-90's). He's also played lead and supporting roles in many rock musical and rock opera productions (Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar; Pink in Pink Floyd's The Wall; Sorrow in S.F. Sorrow, Tramp in The Kinks' Preservation). His talents can be heard on Blue Man Group The Complex Rock Tour Live (Lava Records, for which he received a RIAA-certified Platinum award) Bleu Redhead (Aware Records), Sarah Rabdau and Self-Employed Assassins, Free as Thieves (Outside Over There) John Powhida International Airport Airport Life (JPX), Think Tree's eight/thirteen, Like The Idea (Caroline Records), and Count Zero (four full length releases on SineAppleSap Records). Concerning composing, Peter Moore has had a passion for writing songs since the age of four. He has composed interactive and programmatic music for videogame publishers to include Disney, Activision, MTV Games, and React Entertainment. He enjoys shifting stylistically between rock, pop, classical, alternative, experimental, ambient, whatever the game, film, or muse requires; whatever it inspires. He's composed for productions by Blue Man Group and Sony Pictures, various theaters and indie films, as well as writing original songs for his innovative, genre-smashing rock bands Think Tree and Count Zero.
      www.petermooreworld.com/performer | www.petermooreworld.com www.count-zero.com
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    • Meet Poh Hock Kee
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Poh Hock has been playing the guitar for over 10 years and he started teaching classical and electric guitar in '07 at a Yamaha Music School in Malaysia. As a musician, Poh Hock started playing the...
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      Poh Hock has been playing the guitar for over 10 years and he started teaching classical and electric guitar in '07 at a Yamaha Music School in Malaysia. As a musician, Poh Hock started playing the organ at the age of 6 but developed an interest towards the guitar a few years later and hasn't looked back since. As a young musician, his main influence was Metallica, Megadeth, or any shred guys from the 80s.

      Poh Hock moved to Boston in 2011 and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Performance and has diversified his playing since then. He currently plays in a Progressive Rock band called Native Construct, and they have gone on tour with Between the Buried and Me and Enslaved, and also nominated for Billboard's Hard Music Albums chart at #56 and New Artist chart at #85.
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    • Meet Bill Galatis
      Franchise Owner/Operator
      Bill opened up the Watertown School of Rock in 2007 as the Music Director, and it stands as the first School of Rock location in all of New England. For the next 5 years he ran the school with the ...
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      Bill opened up the Watertown School of Rock in 2007 as the Music Director, and it stands as the first School of Rock location in all of New England. For the next 5 years he ran the school with the help of the late Anderson Mar, and continued to teach lessons daily, direct 2-3 ensemble rehearsals weekly, run summer camps, choose the seasonal curriculum and hand picked his magnificent staff.

      In October of 2012, Bill set his sights on owning the school outright. He succeeded in becoming the owner of the Watertown School of Rock and as of March 2015, he has opened his second school location in Lynn, MA. Bill is a Massachusetts native, and has been heavily involved in music and art since his elementary school days. He started on the cello and saxophone in the 3rd grade, having been a part of concert and marching bands well into his teens. The exciting jump to the electric guitar, at 16 years old, was made after he was persistent in bringing rock guitar music to sax lessons. "Why don't you just play guitar?!," the instructor said. He soon saved $75 for his first electric guitar, and the rest is history.

      Within 6 months, he was performing in a rock band. Bill's experience on the guitar comes from various teachers, band mates, musical acquaintances and his beloved music collection. He's a firm believer that music can be heard anywhere and everywhere. He has love for everything from Black Sabbath to Bjork, gypsy jazz to classical, Seattle based rock to Frank Zappa, film scores to "Weird Al" Yankovic. Being 100% Greek, he's also been exposed to Hellenic traditional and hymnal music his whole life. Bill got his undergraduate degree in Art with a minor in cinema studies and a concentration in computer animation. He studied it's many forms, including the music theory, as well as it's therapeutic side and it's healing and meditative qualities.

      He has been privileged to share the stage with such musicians as Mike Keneally, Cave In, 24-7 Spyz, Suicide City (composed of members from Biohazard and Kittie), Pray for the Soul of Betty (lead singer is American Idol finalist, Constantine Maroulis), Jesse Dee, Creeping Death (Metallica Tribute) and many more. Some of his own outfits include Mr. Bruce (singer/guitarist/co-writer), Rogue Donut (singer/guitarist/co-writer), Audible Crayons (bass/co-writer), An Evening with Black Sabbath (tribute band guitarist), Sleeprunner (singer/guitarist/writer), March of Sound (guitarist/co-writer), Ugly in the Morning (Faith No More tribute band guitarist), The Rise Park (bassist), Throe (session guitarist and co-writer) and Shaman/The Straight Down (guitarist/vocalist/writer).

      Bill also released a solo album at the end of 2012, under the moniker of "WCG." Currently, Bill continues to participate in several studio projects in his free time as well as getting involved in film. His musical projects can be heard at the links below.

      wcgmusic.bandcamp.com | billgalatis.com
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    School of Rock Boston Show Team wrapped up the 2016 season opening for American Idol and School of Rock Texas alumn Dalton Rapattoni! It was a great night with many friendly faces in the crowd. Auditions for the 2016/2017 season are complete and we look forward to meeting this year's cast.
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  • “The programs are amazing, the teachers are wonderful, with real world experience, and the kids are terrific. What's not to love? If you have a child who likes rock music and is interested in gaining some experience performing, send them to School of Rock Boston.”
    — Vivian Siegel, Parent, Watertown, MA
  • “The individual lessons and the SOR show programs emphasize practical musical and technical skills. This is very valuable because it prepares students (and graduates) to easily fit in and contribute to a band or larger group. The show programs are always very well organized and include excellent set lists. The teachers, show directors and staff are highly qualified, friendly and good at their jobs. ”
    — Stephen Atkinson, Parent, Watertown, MA
  • “At School of Rock, everyone fits in regardless of talent level or age and then they learn to rock together. I am constantly amazed at how much my kid learns at camps or in performance groups. It is great for confidence, teamwork, skill improvement, and having music worth listening to in the car! (And trust me, we travel far to get there so that is needed.)”
    --Jim Eber, Metro West Massachusetts
  • “I love the culture! The group is extremely welcoming and supportive. Our leader, Justin is extremely kind, fun, and totally non-judgmental. It is one of the highlights of my week.”
    — Dana Leeman, Adult Student, Watertown, MA