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About School of Rock Burbank

Welcome to School of Rock Burbank, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Burbank that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2011, School of Rock Burbank 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 Burbank 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 Burbank 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 Burbank
4516 Mariota AveToluca Lake, CA 91602
(818) 980-1522

Hours of Operation

Monday - Tuesday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WednesdayClosed
Thursday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Programs

  • School of Rock Burbank's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Burbank'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals 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 Burbank 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 Burbank, 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 Burbank students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Burbank’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 Burbank’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 Burbank’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 Burbank 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 Burbank, 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 Burbank’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 Burbank’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 Burbank’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Burbank learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Burbank Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Burbank enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Burbank’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!

School of Rock Burbank's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others. ...
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School of Rock Burbank's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Burbank'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • September 7
      12:00 PM
      CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
      No lessons today
    • September 26
      11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      Season Show: Sounds of the Movies
      This event is at Flappers Comedy Club (102 E Magnolia Blvd Burbank, CA 91502). All Ages, $10 presale, $15 at the door
    • October 31
      11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      Season Show: Zombie Rock FeAst
      This event is at VivaLa Cantina and Mexican Restaurant (900 W Riverside Dr. Burbank, CA 91506).

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Staff

    • Tevis Sauer-Karlsson
      Assistant General Manager + Adult Program Director + Show Director
      Raised in Dallas, Tevis had a love for all things music from an early age. She began taking piano lessons at age 5 and continued through high school. She added classical voice studies and also pick...
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      Raised in Dallas, Tevis had a love for all things music from an early age. She began taking piano lessons at age 5 and continued through high school. She added classical voice studies and also picked up guitar. Tevis attended Musicians Institutes VIT Program where she earned awards for commercial recording and songwriting. After graduating, she played bass in her own band which performed weekly around L.A. A natural teacher, Tevis loves sharing her knowledge and helping to inspire others. Joining the School of Rock team in 2007 became a dream realized. Tevis currently plays bass and sings for RB and rock projects locally. She is also working on a new album.
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    • Pierre Karlsson
      Show Director + Guitar and Bass Instructor
      Pierre is a Swedish born guitarist and songwriter that has lived in Los Angeles since arriving here in 1997. Influenced by many American rock bands/artists (such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black...
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      Pierre is a Swedish born guitarist and songwriter that has lived in Los Angeles since arriving here in 1997. Influenced by many American rock bands/artists (such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Crows, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine, Primus and many others), Pierre toured and recorded with his own band, Fishlips, which placed first in a national music competition in Sweden.Pierre graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology at The Musicians Institute in 1999 with an award for Best Recording Project. During his tenure at MI, he had the opportunity to study with such esteemed artists including Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Carl Verhayen and Paul Gilbert to name a few. Pierre has collaborated in projects along producers such as Daniel Mendez (Lit, Dashboard Confessional) and Billy Sullivan (Six days In Roswell,Trekkies and The Nature Of Existence). He also sidelined on the movie 'I Love You Man,' and you can hear Pierre's playing in the documentary 'The Nature of Existence' and on the TV show 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. Pierre's written music for Ted Nugent's reality show, 'Running Wild' on CMT, 'I Know My Kid's A Star'/ VH1. Pierre remains an active performer and studio musician in the L.A. area.
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    • CJ Tywoniak
      Music Director + House Band Director + Show Director + Guitar, Bass and Drum Instructor
      As one of the original students of the School of Rock (and one of the first members of the School of Rock AllStars), CJ Tywoniak toured the US and Europe playing alongside such greats as Alice Coop...
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      As one of the original students of the School of Rock (and one of the first members of the School of Rock AllStars), CJ Tywoniak toured the US and Europe playing alongside such greats as Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, Jon Anderson, Stewart Copeland and Marky Ramone among others, all by the age of 14. In 2012, CJ earned his degree under Bruce Hornsby's Creative American Songwriting program at the University of Miami, through which he also received one of the first Bruce Hornsby-funded scholarships. While there, he had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Steve Miller, Lamont Dozier and Bruce himself. During his Rock School years, he appeared and performed on such shows as MTV's TRL, BBC's Only in America, various news channels, and an appearance on VH1's Sober House (playing with Kyle Gas, Steven Adler, Mike Starr and others). CJ was featured in the Don Argott directed Rock School- a Newmarket Films documentary about the School of Rock- and appears as lead guitarist in the 2011 feature film Rock of Ages.
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    • Eric Akre
      Show Director + Drum Instructor
      Eric started playing drums in 1979, when he was 9 years old. After he heard Gene Krupa play drums on Benny Goodman's 'Sing, Sing, Sing' he was hooked. He found his moms candles sticks in a closet a...
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      Eric started playing drums in 1979, when he was 9 years old. After he heard Gene Krupa play drums on Benny Goodman's 'Sing, Sing, Sing' he was hooked. He found his moms candles sticks in a closet and used them for drum sticks. They didn't last too long. After he had broken a dozen or more, his mom decided he should have a real set of drum sticks. If nothing else but to save the rest of her candles.He played with every school band he could get in, from grades 6-12. Concert band, Jazz band, Jazz choir, Marching band'¦he played it all. At age 14, he started his first band outside of the school programs, skate-punk band called Diddly Squat, with Nate Mendel (Foo-Fighters). By age 16, he had toured the United States with them. In the late 80's Nate and Eric moved to Seattle, WA to play music. As the Seattle Sound/Grunge music scene exploded onto the world Nate and Eric played together in a several more rock bands. They learned how to play music together during the 80s and had some great opportunities to make music through the 90s. Through the 90s and 2000s he played, recorded and toured the world with rock bands such as: Treepeople, Built to Spill, Supersuckers, Goodness, Carrie Akre, Heather Duby, Tad Doyle and many more. He also played with an alt-country band called Citizens' Utilities. One of the highlights of working with Citizens Utilities was that Steve Berlin of Los Lobos produced one of their records. He's played drums on dozens of recordings over the years. Released on labels such as Sub-pop, Mute, AM, Atlantic and WB. He also had the opportunity to tour all over the world and play music with some amazing people. Eric started working for the School of Rock in Seattle, WA in 2011. "The school's performance program is one of a kind. It gives kids a real world experience. Taught by instructors who have been there and back. We help the kids get a head start in life and we share our knowledge of what worked for us. It feels great to see these kids Rock Out! It is an honor to share with them all that I have learned over the years." Eric is currently working on two new musical projects. One with drummer Jade Devitt called Gale Forces. And another, which has no name as of yet, with Arlie John Carstens and his oldest partner in crime, Nate Mendel. Eric's hobbies include biking, fishing, outdoor stuff, drums, drums, and drums. And he like cats! "Keep rock'n on!"
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    • Beau Evans
      Drum Instructor
      Born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona before moving to Los Angelesin the Summer of 2008. Beau is currently thetouring drummer for Alex Sierra and Bea Miller. He was the House Drummer for the X-Facto...
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      Born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona before moving to Los Angelesin the Summer of 2008. Beau is currently thetouring drummer for Alex Sierra and Bea Miller. He was the House Drummer for the X-Factor on FOX for seasons 2 3, and has starred in numerous music videos commercials. He has had the opportunity of working with many artists/bands including: Max Schneider, JoJo, Jordin Sparks, Savannah Outen, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Avenue 52, Savvy Mandy, Debby Ryan, Sterling Knight, Anna Margeret, Thomas Fiss, Zoe Myers, Charice, Fanny Lu, Victoria Justice many more.
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    • Emily Toorean
      Guitar Instructor
      Emily's inspiration to begin in music all started when she was young and first listened to some Led Zeppelin CDs of her dad's, a drummer who set the example of being a musician and inspired her to ...
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      Emily's inspiration to begin in music all started when she was young and first listened to some Led Zeppelin CDs of her dad's, a drummer who set the example of being a musician and inspired her to be dedicated to the art of music. Emily just recently graduated from high school and has completed several courses in music theory from the Berklee School of Music. She has had several years of formal training in guitar as well as more than a decade of performance experience; she thoroughly enjoys teaching others and seeing them grow and improve. In her spare time she enjoys reading, laughing, hiking, and most of all attending concerts. She has performed at venues in Los Angeles and Louisiana including the Voodoo Room at the House of Blues and The Whisky-a-go-go. Although she is heading for college this fall, she plans to always be strongly involved in music no matter what.
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    • Nicolas Mason
      Assistant Show Director + Drum Instructor
      Nicholas Mason is a professional touring and studio drummer based out of Los Angeles. He has has performed on countless albums, singles and movie soundtracks, Appeared in several music videos, orch...
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      Nicholas Mason is a professional touring and studio drummer based out of Los Angeles. He has has performed on countless albums, singles and movie soundtracks, Appeared in several music videos, orchestrated drum clinics, co-hosted an international music TV show, and makes regular appearances in percussion trade magazines such as DRUM! Modern Drummer. His credits include Street Drum Corps, Orianthi, Daisy De La Hoya, Shania Twian, Corey Feldman, TUFF, Nik West, Kevin Nealon, GLEE, MasterChef, NIKE, Cartoon Network, Showtime, FOX, ABC, and many more. Nick began providing private drum percussion lessons in 2001 and continues his ever-growing teaching practice with School of Rock, Burbank.
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    • Bonnie McIntosh
      Keyboard + Vocal Instructor
      Bonnie is a classically trained pianist turned rock keyboard player who started playing piano at the age of 5. She's studied classical piano at Cal State Los Angeles and contemporary keyboard perfo...
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      Bonnie is a classically trained pianist turned rock keyboard player who started playing piano at the age of 5. She's studied classical piano at Cal State Los Angeles and contemporary keyboard performance at Musicians Institute while receiving the Musicianship Scholarship. She has experience in all genre's including classical, rock, reggae, pop and electronic music.Bonnie has been performing behind the keys her entire life. She's been praised for her high energy and crowd commanding stage presence and has played hundreds of shows on some of the biggest stages in Los Angeles. She's played keyboards and sang background vocals for Daniel Bambaata Marley, Red Elvises, Taylor Dayne, Socadia, Sin City and more. She's worked as a session pianist for multiple albums, toured the country as a touring keyboardist, performed on the hit TV series GLEE, opened up for Ms. Lauryn Hill with Daniel Marley and is currently working on a new album with her original band Paradiso.
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    • Phil Bentley
      Guest Professor: Songwriting
      PhilBentley is a platinum selling songwriter from England based in Los Angeles, CA.He has written for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert,David Guetta,Andy Grammer, Jojo...
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      PhilBentley is a platinum selling songwriter from England based in Los Angeles, CA.He has written for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert,David Guetta,Andy Grammer, Jojo, Anastacia, Charice, Afrojack, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Sabrina Carpenter, Carmen Electra, Bob Sinclair, Echosmith, Nick Howard, Christina Grimmie, Aston Merrygold and members of the Black Eyed Peas, Pussycat dolls, and Backstreet Boys.He has also worked alongside many of the industry's top writers and producers, including Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, Shea Taylor, The Stereotypes, Kasia Livingston, The Y's, Jonas Jeberg, Ron 'Neff U' Feemster, Fisticuffs, Lamont Dozier, Matthew Gerrard, Matt Hales (Aqualung), Futurecut, Shelly Peiken, The Matrix, John Fields, Sam Farrar, Mikal Blue, Dan Muckala, Orange Factory Music, and many more.
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    • Genna Projansky
      Bass + Guitar Instructor
      An alum of School of Rock Chicago where she was born and raised, Genna fell in love withperformance during her five years in the program. In 2011, she moved to LA to attend the USCThornton School o...
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      An alum of School of Rock Chicago where she was born and raised, Genna fell in love withperformance during her five years in the program. In 2011, she moved to LA to attend the USCThornton School of Music where she studied bass under Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report,Santana, Jazz Is Dead). Genna has appeared as a musician on Glee, played at the San Jose JazzFest, and performed at notable venues such as the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the Metro inChicago.Since graduating with a degree in Popular Music this past May, Genna has continued performingaround LA with artists across many different genres. She is currently the bassist for LivSlingerland, a rock/pop artist whose upcoming EP was recorded by acclaimed engineer KeithArmstrong (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and will soon be joining female cover bandLadies Gentlemen. She is excited to be back at School of Rock, where it all began for her.
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    • Alle Norton
      Guitar, Bass, Keyboard + Vocal Instructor
      Alle Norton has been a lover of music from a very early age. She began playing piano around age 8 and guitar at age twelve, and spent the rest of her teen years performing in her band at church. Af...
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      Alle Norton has been a lover of music from a very early age. She began playing piano around age 8 and guitar at age twelve, and spent the rest of her teen years performing in her band at church. After graduating high school she went on to study music business and sound engineering at Austin Community College and UT Austin. She then went on to be a sound engineer at Austin venues and worked for up and coming bands such as Ringo Deathstarr. She moved to Los Angeles in May of 2013 and has since been focusing on her own musical endeavors. Her project "Cellars" is an active part of the underground LA music scene and has been featured in LA Weekly and onCosmopolitan.com.Alle has an enormous passion for teaching and loves having the opportunityto guide young musicians on their path to musical success. She currently teaches guitar, bass, keyboard, and vocals.
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    • Shawn Michael
      Bass Instructor
      The journey began at age 15 with first his gigs on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Soon after he developed a thirst for learning how to play all the parts to his favorite songs and began writing his...
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      The journey began at age 15 with first his gigs on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Soon after he developed a thirst for learning how to play all the parts to his favorite songs and began writing his own. Shawn is mostly self-taught and plays guitar, bass, keyboard, and ukulele. Guitar and bass are what he plays at professional level in a wide variety of genres such as Rock, Folk, Reggae, Jam, Funk, Blues, Pop, Soul, R & B, Contemporary, Hip Hop and more. Being able to read, write, learn, teach, compose, record, and produce music are just some of the other tools he's gathered along the way. His hobbies musically are playing traditional classical guitar pieces and recording music of his own creation. He has earned and achieved what some would consider success as a musician: getting signed, getting paid to play, and having worldwide radio, TV, and movie exposure.
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    • Chad Carr
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Chad was a wide eyed twelve year old when he asked his mom... "Hey, have you heard of the Beatles?" He had discovered music like the best kept secret in the world. He had to play right away! He j...
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      Chad was a wide eyed twelve year old when he asked his mom... "Hey, have you heard of the Beatles?" He had discovered music like the best kept secret in the world. He had to play right away! He jumped on the guitar, studied jazz, funk and Led Zeppelin for two years. He started a dance punk band with his best friends. It was his favorite thing in the world. Suddenly though, his mom got a job all the way in Idaho, far away from L.A. He wasn't about to lose his band, so he learned bass, drums and piano. "The music can never die," he said. He has recorded over fifty songs since then, been in three bands, most notably Touch/Feel, winning Battle of the Bands at UV University. Chad is still the humble, one man band, currently working on his new album.
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Testimonials

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