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About School of Rock Boston

Welcome to School of Rock Boston, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Boston’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Boston has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Boston full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

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!

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

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

    All students in Boston’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

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

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

    Young rockers in Boston’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock 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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Staff

    • Mike Woods
      Studio Director / 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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    • 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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    • Renee Solano - Drum Instructor
      Drum Instructor
      Renee Solano has been teaching drums to students of all ages since 2003. She studied both jazz and classical music and received her AS in Music from Cabrillo College. She received her BA in Social ...
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      Renee Solano has been teaching drums to students of all ages since 2003. She studied both jazz and classical music and received her AS in Music from Cabrillo College. She received her BA in Social Science with Education Concentration from Ashford University. She is currently on staff at School Of Rock Boston as a drum teacher and facilitates ensemble rock classes in the Be In Your Own Band program.Renee's current band, Sans Nomenclature, includes fellow SOR staff members Anderson Mar and Jason Freitas. Sans Nomenclature has opened for many national headliners, including Bella Morte, Ego Likeness, and Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Renee writes songs and contributes to songwriting in the band. She has been a member of or subbed for many bands on both the west and east coasts, including The Talking Mule, LD and Blues Redemption, By Ear, Emmy Cerra and Mongrel.
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    • Bill Galatis
      Franchise Owner/Operator, Guitar & Bass Instructor
      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Pat Speece
      Bass & Guitar Instructor
      Pat Speece has been playing the bass for about 8 years, and has since been a guest performer with such well known bands as the Mahavishnu Project, Vince Wellnick of the Greatful Dead and Project Ob...
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      Pat Speece has been playing the bass for about 8 years, and has since been a guest performer with such well known bands as the Mahavishnu Project, Vince Wellnick of the Greatful Dead and Project Object. He has also played or performed with Dave Larue (Dixie Dregs), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Alan Holdsworth, and Marcus Miller. He has also been the bass player for such productions as "Oklahoma", "The Mikado" , "The Most Happy Fella" and "South Pacific" in Malvern, Pa, and the latter of the 2 each winning awards at the Bucks County Playhouse Drama Competition for excellent music. Also, he was section Principal for the professional Gilbert And Sullivan Society of Chester County production of "Yeomen of The Guard" that performed in West Chester, PA at West Chester University. Sitting in on occasion for the Immaculata Amateur Symphony in Malvern, led him to a teaching as a private lesson Instructor at the Paul Green School of Rock, downingtown branch for 14 months. After teaching he came to Berklee College of Music in Boston and is currently pursuing a Performance Degree. He hopes to graduate early in 2007 so he can invest more time into the many projects that he is regularly working performing and recording with in the Boston and New York areas. Some of those projects include'¦ A'tris, The West, Katelyn Benton, Ian Franklin/Infinite Frequency, Swingle and the Featherdusters, Juicy Potato, Osami, The Meatpackers ft. Upton Sinclair, As the World Burns, and many many others. Upcoming releases include second CD of ATRIS coming this summer plus the radio single "ORION", on Shuteye records, The debut album for Katelyn Benton released in 07, and has just recently rerturned from Ashville, NC working with singer/songwriter Angi West on her debut commercial album to be released in the next 2 months. Premiere EP from rock band THE WEST also just came out June '07. Also recent collaborations include jazz/fusion guitarist Jeff Stevenson and his quintet, performing live in the Boston/NY/Providence area. Also he is the bass player on Suzy Creed's Upcoming album, who is a fellow school of rock teacher. Pat Speece will also be featured July 9th -Aug 3rd of '07 as a house bass player and teacher at the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Connecticut, doing workshops and clinics and performing with some of New York's top jazz players.websites with Pat's playing....myspace.com/thefeatherdustersmyspace.com/suzannecreed myspace.com/angiwestmyspace.com/atrismyspace.com/infinitefrequencymyspace.com/katelynbentonkatelynbenton.commyspace.com/thewestrocksmyspace.com/jeffstevensonmusicmyspace.com/speecemyspace.com/getdownsyndrometheband
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    • 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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    • Joe Burcaw
      Bass Instructor
      For bassist Joseph 'Bearclaw’ Burcaw, sharing the stage with Irish rockers Black 47 is like a fairy tale dream come true. 'I used to go see the guys perform as a fan when I was in college. N...
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      For bassist Joseph 'Bearclaw’ Burcaw, sharing the stage with Irish rockers Black 47 is like a fairy tale dream come true. 'I used to go see the guys perform as a fan when I was in college. Now, I still need to pinch myself that I am an official member of one of my favourite bands.I am blessed to be surrounded by 5 of the most talented musicians in the industry'.

      Bearclaw, a twisted version of his surname given by bandmates for his muscular lock down lines and feel was drawn to the ominous sounds of the bass from an early age. His influences run the gamut, ranging from 80's pioneers John Taylor, Sting and Muzz Skillings, to prog funk players Geddy Lee and Bernard Edwards. In 2001 Burcaw moved to New York after a 6 month stay in London touring and performing with his former band Azurtech. This group was being promoted by John Taylor of Duran Duran fame. Taylor would take Burcaw's group under his wing, helping promote and sell their music thru his own personal website at the time, www.trusttheprocess.com. It opened them up to a huge spectrum of Duran Duran fans world wide, garnering gigs in the northeast and in Europe. Unfortunately the group was short lived and broke up while residing in London. Not being one to dwell on the past, Burcaw made the decision of moving to Brooklyn, New York, continuing his pursuit of making it as a professional musician. 'I gave myself a 5 year plan of action to abide by. If nothing musical happened for me by the time the 5 year mark came up, I would have to seriously reevaluate what I was doing with my life, and go to plan B'. Burcaw would take the next five years breaking into the downtown scene networking and playing with anyone and everyone who was available. 'There were times I would stay out until 3 in the morning watching bands perform at The Bitter End, Bottom Line and CBGB's just to name a few. I would approach bandleaders and singers, handing them my business card stating that they need to have me in their band if they were to reach any amount of success. This was a very audacious thing to say in hindsight, but most people were willing to give me a shot, I suppose the over confidence was a good selling point for me.’ During the late summer of 2006 Burcaw answered an ad in the classifieds for an established professional touring band who was looking for a bass player. Having forgotten about the advert, a week later he received a message on his voicemail that would change his musical life forever.' Hammy (Thomas Hamlin) called me using a pseudonym to disguise himself and the band's identity, which was pretty clever actually'. He was interested in hearing my playing, so I put together a decent press-kit and sent it out for him to take a listen to'. It would be a few weeks before Burcaw would hear back from Hammy, and when he would discover that the band was actually Black 47. 'My mouth dropped when Ham told me who he was, and for which band he played with. I knew from that point on my mission was to win these guys over'. We made arrangements for me to come down and audition in late October, and the rest is history, five years later I am holding down the bass position for the best live band to ever step into the limelight'.

      Burcaw has performed or recorded with Black 47, The Spin Doctors, The Smithereens, The Neville Brothers, Black Crowes, Train, The Roots, The Dropkick Murphys, Young Dubliners, Flogging Molly and many more. Joe Burcaw has toured extensively around the world and has been featured on live television like The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon, and has been featured in international magazines, like Rolling Stone.
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    • Ray McNamara
      Guitar, Bass, Voice, Ukelele, Piano Instructor
      Ray McNamara has been teaching music since 2005. Ray graduated with a bachelors in professional music from Berklee College of Music in 2013. Ray is an accomplished instrumentalist, vocalist, and co...
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      Ray McNamara has been teaching music since 2005. Ray graduated with a bachelors in professional music from Berklee College of Music in 2013. Ray is an accomplished instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer, performing with a number of touring acts including; Big Mean Sound Machine , and The Ghost of Electricity . Ray teaches a wide variety of students and instruments including; Electric, Acoustic, and Classical Guitar, Bass, Voice, Tenor, and Barritone Ukulele, Piano, as well as music theory from Classical harmony, up through modern rock and jazz idioms.Check out a performance:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvtNzxOcRAs
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Brian Spatola
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Brian Spatola, a Boston native, started learning guitar from friends in mid teens before taking lessons at a local music school. He attended UMass Dartmouth as Music Performance major. By his mid 2...
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      Brian Spatola, a Boston native, started learning guitar from friends in mid teens before taking lessons at a local music school. He attended UMass Dartmouth as Music Performance major. By his mid 20s, he had performed in various local outfits in and around Boston, as well as, recorded with several local producers. His most recent musical adventures include Mr. Bruce, Clever Girl, and Mr. Neon. http://clevergirlmusic.com/
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    • Poh Hock Kee
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Poh Hock grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and taught the guitar in Malaysia for about 5 years at a Yamaha music school and privately. He studied at International College of Music(ICOM) before tran...
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      Poh Hock grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and taught the guitar in Malaysia for about 5 years at a Yamaha music school and privately. He studied at International College of Music(ICOM) before transferring and graduating in '14 from Berklee College of Music in Performance. His major influences are metal bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Judas Priest and a lot of 80s shred guitar players. While attending Berklee, Poh Hock studied jazz, fusion, funk and a little bit of microtonal music with David Fiuzcynski, Scott Tarulli and Bruce Bartlett. Poh Hock currently plays guitar in a technical death metal band called Boarcorpse and bass in Scalpel, another death metal band based in Boston. With Boarcorpse, Poh Hock has performed with touring metal acts such as The Faceless, Within The Ruins, and Behold... The Arctopus.
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    • 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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News

  • 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