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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
(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!

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

    • February 15 - 19 2016
      February Rock & Roll School Vacation Camp Week
      Camp
      Looking for an awesome way to spend your week off school? Our February Rock & Roll school vacation camp is going to be off the hook! Campers ages 8-17 take private lessons, attend band rehearsals, ...
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      Looking for an awesome way to spend your week off school? Our February Rock & Roll school vacation camp is going to be off the hook! Campers ages 8-17 take private lessons, attend band rehearsals, record in our studio, and then end the week with a live show on our stage for friends and family. Follow the link below for more information and to for our quick & easy online enrollment.Read less
    • February 16
      6:00 PM
      New Season: Adult Group Winter/Spring First Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
      After the big Rock of Ages show, we're kicking off a new season of our Adult Performance Group! This is the perfect time for new members to get started in the group. If you're an adult musician loo...
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      After the big Rock of Ages show, we're kicking off a new season of our Adult Performance Group! This is the perfect time for new members to get started in the group. If you're an adult musician looking for an organized band to rock out with after work, contact SoR Boston for more info. You're even welcome to come in for a tour and watch a rehearsal if you want to get a feel for it before enrolling.
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    • February 17
      12:00 PM
      New Season: Intro to Performance Winter/Spring Season First Rehearsal - Punk Rock Then & Now
      Rehearsal
      After the big Rock of Ages show, our Intro to Performance group will be kicking off a new season with their first rehearsal on Feb. 17. The start of a season is the perfect time for new students to...
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      After the big Rock of Ages show, our Intro to Performance group will be kicking off a new season with their first rehearsal on Feb. 17. The start of a season is the perfect time for new students to give it a shot!

      INTRO TO PERFORMANCE: 'PUNK - Then And Now' - Green Day, Sex Pistols, Blink 182, The Clash,The Ramones, and more....
      As directed by Seb Kossak and Jacob Siegel Zeserson
      Weekly Rehearsals on Wednesdays 6-8pm
      Show Date – Late May / Early June

      This group is geared toward students ages 11-17 looking for a low-pressure introduction to performance with a band. Students will spend each 3-4 month season focusing on learning a number of songs together for a final performance with their band. This is the first step toward our more advanced performance program. For more information or to set up a time to come visit and watch a rehearsal, contact Boston School of Rock.
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    • February 18
      5:45 PM - 8:45 PM
      New Season: Performance Program Spring/Winter First Rehearsal - Best of Bowie
      Rehearsal
      This is our first rehearsal of a new season, and the perfect time for new students to jump in on the program! Best Of Bowie As directed by Chris Narainen and Jack McHaffey Weekly Rehearsals on...
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      This is our first rehearsal of a new season, and the perfect time for new students to jump in on the program!

      Best Of Bowie
      As directed by Chris Narainen and Jack McHaffey
      Weekly Rehearsals on Thursdays 5:45-8:45pm
      Show Date – Late May / Early June

      The Performance Program includes 45-min weekly private lesson and a 3-hour weekly group rehearsal. This program is for students ages 11-17 who are ready to meet other young musicians and take on more challenging music at a faster pace! At the end of each 3-4 month season, students put on live local performances at real local rock venus like Hard Rock Cafe or The Middle East.
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    • February 20
      11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      New Season: Performance Program Spring/Winter First Rehearsal - Jam Rock
      This is our first rehearsal of a new season, and the perfect time for new students to jump in on the program! Jam Rock - Allman Brothers, Hendrix-Band Of Gypsys, Phish, Grateful Dead, Little Fea...
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      This is our first rehearsal of a new season, and the perfect time for new students to jump in on the program!

      Jam Rock - Allman Brothers, Hendrix-Band Of Gypsys, Phish, Grateful Dead, Little Feat and more....
      As directed by Justin Hancock and Matt Martin
      Weekly Rehearsals on Saturdays 11am-2pm
      Show Date – Late May / Early June

      The Performance Program includes 45-min weekly private lesson and a 3-hour weekly group rehearsal. This program is for students ages 11-17 who are ready to meet other young musicians and take on more challenging music at a faster pace! At the end of each 3-4 month season, students put on live local performances at real local rock venus like Hard Rock Cafe or The Middle East.
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    • February 20
      2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      New Season: Performance Program Spring/Winter First Rehearsal - The Millennium Show
      Rehearsal
      This is our first rehearsal of a new season, and the perfect time for new students to jump in on the program! 'The Millennium Show' Best of 2000-2009 Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Co...
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      This is our first rehearsal of a new season, and the perfect time for new students to jump in on the program!

      'The Millennium Show' Best of 2000-2009
      Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Coheed and Cambria, Arcade Fire, Circa Survive, White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie and more....
      As directed by Cam Clements and Kate Martenis
      Weekly Rehearsals on Saturdays 2-5pm
      Show Date – Late May / Early June

      The Performance Program includes 45-min weekly private lesson and a 3-hour weekly group rehearsal. This program is for students ages 11-17 who are ready to meet other young musicians and take on more challenging music at a faster pace! At the end of each 3-4 month season, students put on live local performances at real local rock venus like Hard Rock Cafe or The Middle East.
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    • April 18 - 22 2016
      April Rock & Roll School Vacation Camp Week
      Looking for an awesome way to spend your week off school? Our April Rock & Roll school vacation camp is going to be off the hook! Campers ages 8-17 take private lessons, attend band rehearsals, rec...
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      Looking for an awesome way to spend your week off school? Our April Rock & Roll school vacation camp is going to be off the hook! Campers ages 8-17 take private lessons, attend band rehearsals, record in our studio, and then end the week with a live show on our stage for friends and family. Follow the link below for more information and to access our quick & easy online enrollment.Read less

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Staff

    • Meet Joe Pessia
      General Manager, Music Director, Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Joe Pessia began playing guitar in his early teens and later attended The Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a Degree in Professional Music.As a member of the bands DRAMAGODS (featuri...
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      Joe Pessia began playing guitar in his early teens and later attended The Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a Degree in Professional Music.As a member of the bands DRAMAGODS (featuring Nuno Bettencourt from EXTREME) TANTRIC (platinum selling band with albums produced by TOBY WRIGHT of ALICE IN CHAINS fame) or HURTSMILE (featuring ex VAN HALEN/EXTREME singer GARY CHERONE), Joe has toured the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performed on National Television (LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FURGESON), performed with PERRY FARRELL (of JANES ADDICTION), GEORGE LYNCH (of DOKKEN), MICHAEL ANTHONY (of VAN HALEN) WARREN DEMARTINI (of RATT), has opened for artists such as Alice in Chains, Sammy Hagar, Shinedown The Pretenders, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, and Saliva and 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 Brandi Maxam
      Assistant to the General Manager
      Brandi, a Michigan native, has been deeply involved in the vocal music world since joining choir in elementary school. She has studied voice through private lessons from the age of 12, and studied ...
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      Brandi, a Michigan native, has been deeply involved in the vocal music world since joining choir in elementary school. She has studied voice through private lessons from the age of 12, and studied Music Education at Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she was also involved in the collegiate a capella group, GV GrooVe. You can find Brandi performing genres ranging from Jazz to Classic Rock around New England as the lead vocalist with The Ward Eights - a corporate band, The Mooneye Jazz Duo, The XTY Jazz Combo, and the all girl Doo Wop group, The Jewels. Notable performances include: -Rock for Kids August 2011, charity event - Brandi Maxam Logan Wright Jazz Duo opened for Blue Oyster Cult -CarStar Vocal Competition Finalist, October 2011 - Brandi won a chance to continue on to the televised portion of the competition. -Community Auditions! May 5, 2012 - Brandi was featured on CBS Boston WBZTV. -Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival August 11, 2012 - Brandi performed with headlining band, Adagio Big Band. -"The Last Days of Doo Wop", original musical by Richie Willis, May 2013 - Brandi was featured as "Ruby" in the premier performace at Stoneham Theater in Stoneham, MA. -Plugged In 2nd Annual Battle of the Corporate Bands, November 2013 - The Ward Eights, with Brandi as lead female vocalist, won first place and studio time.
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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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    • 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 1980's and started playing with new wave bands at venues like The Rathskeller in Kenmore Square, Cantones and CBGB's 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 Instructor
      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 Café 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
      Hi, my name is Christopher Narainen. I was born in the Rep of Mauritius, a little tropical island in the Indian Ocean. I started playing the drums when I was 11. Self taught; I played regularly in ...
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      Hi, my name is Christopher Narainen. I was born in the Rep of Mauritius, a little tropical island in the Indian Ocean. I started playing the drums when I was 11. Self taught; I played regularly in many Rock/Metal/Fusion/Prog Rock bands growing up, and recorded numerous EPs. I 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. At this time, I have been living in the US for 9 years, and I have worked at State Street Bank as a Bank Loan Specialist. Concurrently, I performed and 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. I have a hands-on approach to teaching and I enjoy preparing students for performance. I have been teaching at School of Rock Watertown since early summer 2013. I am looking forward to strengthening and building the new era of modern drummers. Web links; 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 link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0TCJhjlNSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGRexRitvq8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKyH_afhnjM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyEvpyZVuU0
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    • Meet Elana Hedrych
      Vocal/Piano Instructor
      Elana Hedrych currently attends Berklee College of Music. Elana's adventure in music began around the age of 13 when she began performing classic rock around the New Jersey/New York area with Schoo...
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      Elana Hedrych currently attends Berklee College of Music. Elana's adventure in music began around the age of 13 when she began performing classic rock around the New Jersey/New York area with School of Rock ensembles. She has toured with the School of Rock AllStars and played hundreds of concerts. Elana has opened for Yes, Asia, Kool the Gang, the Monkees (at Beatlesfest), Todd Wolfe Band and numerous other artists. She has performed with Joe Lynn Turner, Ours and Jimmy Gnecco, and many other musicians. At Berklee, Elana focuses on voice in the jazz idiom and Interdisciplinary Collaboration of Art. Elana's goal is for her series of performance pieces to be played all over the world. Her greatest wish with teaching is to instill a love of music and sound in her students. Music is a form of communication; the universal language that humans are able to speak and hear. Where language is limiting, music conveys emotions across borders.
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    • Meet Peter Moore
      Voice & Piano Intructor
      Peter Moore has toured five continents performing as a vocalist and/or keyboardist for Blue Man Group , Think Tree , Tanya Donnelly , to name a few. He's comfortable performing in small cl...
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      Peter Moore has toured five continents performing as a vocalist and/or keyboardist for Blue Man Group , Think Tree , 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 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 eight/thirteen and Like The Idea (Caroline Records) 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 such as Disney , Activision , MTV Games , React Entertainment among others. He excels at and 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 Russell Johnson
      Vocal, Guitar, and Piano Instructor
      Russell Johnson joins School of Rock faculty with over ten years of musical experience. From a young age, Russell began listening to an eclectic range of music, spanning from Glen Miller to the Bea...
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      Russell Johnson joins School of Rock faculty with over ten years of musical experience. From a young age, Russell began listening to an eclectic range of music, spanning from Glen Miller to the Beatles. Greatly influenced by his musical heroes, Russell soon began learning the guitar at the age of eight. Finding he had an aptitude, Russell started putting together small ensembles and groups as early as middle school. His passion in music continued to blossom over the years and eventually he began to compose his own music. Over the years Russell has performed for thousands at numerous concerts, festivals, and even acoustically at coffee houses. Currently Russell is a junior at Berklee College of Music where he is pursuing a degree in Songwriting and Professional Music. His principal instrument is voice, however he is also proficient on the guitar, trumpet, and piano. In addition to School of Rock, Russell has taught privately for several years and has been on staff as the Music Director for Culver Military Academy, a prestigious college preparatory school, during their summer semesters. Russell is a singer songwriter that sings with an 'old soul.' He often plays with a folk duo, but experiments with jazz trios and frequently performs around the Midwest and New England areas. Russell is pleased to join School of Rock, and looks forward to helping other musicians find and develop their passion.
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    • Meet Mike Woods
      Studio Director and Guitar 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 H...
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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 further information please visit http://mwoodsmusic.com
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    • Meet Liz Nevolo
      Voice and Piano Instructor
      Liz Nevolo grew up in San Francisco. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, her studies focused on songwriting, music business, and vocal performance. Liz's interest in music began with ...
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      Liz Nevolo grew up in San Francisco. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, her studies focused on songwriting, music business, and vocal performance.

      Liz's interest in music began with songwriting and recording. She soon expanded her activities to include performance as well, performing in various open mics and showcases in California. After attending the five week program at Berklee during her Junior year of high school, she decided to apply to Berklee for college. During her time at Berklee she performed in various bands and taught free-lance vocal lessons to instrumentalists. Liz currently performs in the Boston area as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the alternative rock band Hello, Darkness.
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    • Meet John Hurtado
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      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 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 mu...
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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 Chris Parlon
      Voice, Piano, Guitar, and Drums Instructor
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  • 8-year-olds playing AC/DC at the Middle East in Cambridge

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact General Manager Anderson Mar at 617-923-3434 SCHOOL OF ROCK TO PAY HOMAGE TO CLASSIC ROCK LEGENDS AC/DC ON 10/15 10/16 CAMBRIDGE, MA '“ ...
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact General Manager Anderson Mar at 617-923-3434 SCHOOL OF ROCK TO PAY HOMAGE TO CLASSIC ROCK LEGENDS AC/DC ON 10/15 10/16 CAMBRIDGE, MA '“ The Middle East is the #1 club in town for live music '“ and a venue that local bands would sell their very souls to play at. And yet, School of Rock Boston hits their stage every 3-4 months '“ because these kids, ages 8-18, know how to put on a show with the passion and zeal that many musicians twice their age would do well to embrace. School of Rock Boston , whose motto is 'Inspiring Kids to Rock'¦On Stage and in Life', returns with another fine-tuned performance under the direction of Bill Galatis , featuring A TRIBUTE TO AC/DC , an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young . Commonly classified as hard rock , they are considered pioneers of heavy metal , though they themselves have always classified their music as simply " rock and roll ". To date they are one of the highest grossing bands of all time. AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage , on 17 February 1975. Saturday , October 15 th , and Sunday, October 16 th , will find School of Rock performing 1:00 PM afternoon matinees shows that are 100% ALL-AGES and open to the general public on both days. Advance tickets are on sale NOW and can be obtained at the Middle East Box Office, 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge any day between 2-8 pm, or purchased online by visiting www.mideastclub.com ; tickets will be available at the door day-of-show for $12 as well. Come hear hits such as 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', 'Hells Bells' and 'Thunderstruck'. The School of Rock is the nation's premiere performance-based afterschool/weekend music program for children ages 7-18, whose Boston branch opened in 2007 at 120 Elm Street in Watertown, MA. Headed up by Music Director Bill Galatis and General Manager Anderson Mar, SOR Boston offers year-round studies and various summer camps, welcoming any student 'with a pulse and love of rock 'n roll'.
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Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, San Diego, CA