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About School of Rock Katy

Welcome to School of Rock Katy, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Katy has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Katy, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Katy together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Katy today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Katy
3750 S Mason Road#800Katy, TX 77450
(281) 769-7010

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Katy, 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.

    Katy 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 Katy’s Performance Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Katy’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Katy, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Katy’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

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

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

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

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

  • School of Rock Katy’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 Katy 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 Katy’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 Katy, 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. Katy students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous a...
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At School of Rock Katy, 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.

Katy 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 Katy’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

    • Meet The SOR Katy Staff
      Our Staff is Second to None
      Our staff of professional musicians and music educators are all focused on providing the best musical foundation for our students. Click View All above to read more about or talented group of inst...
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      Our staff of professional musicians and music educators are all focused on providing the best musical foundation for our students. Click View All above to read more about or talented group of instructors.
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    • Meet Lawrence Del Toro
      Drum Instructor
      Born in Baytown, TX, Lawrence Del Toro has been playing drums for more than 40 years. Immersed in music from an early age, Lawrence was hooked on the drums after seeing Ringo Star and the Beatles o...
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      Born in Baytown, TX, Lawrence Del Toro has been playing drums for more than 40 years. Immersed in music from an early age, Lawrence was hooked on the drums after seeing Ringo Star and the Beatles on television. Since then, Lawrence has performed in numerous bands ('Too many to count!' he says), honing his skills behind the kit. Some of his bands have opened for such famous groups as the Drifters, the Platters, and the Temptations. In addition to the drums, Lawrence also plays guitar, keyboards, and harmonica and enjoys his time in his own studio making music. As Lawrence says, 'I love to see the face of people when I introduce them to drums or music '“ the fun, the smiles - the vibe of living and passing on the beautiful instrument the drums!'
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    • Meet William Cloninger
      Guitar Instructor
      William Cloninger Is another Houston native, graduating from Dulles High School and going on to earn his bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. William is a tireless scholar of music ...
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      William Cloninger Is another Houston native, graduating from Dulles High School and going on to earn his bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. William is a tireless scholar of music and guitar theory and specializes in finger-picking style guitar and music composition. He also dabbles in harmonica and vocals and can be found playing solo acoustic shows as well as in his recently formed (and yet unnamed) band. If you're in to the latest guitar geek toys like loopers and effects, William probably has tried it out and would love talking about it!
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    • Meet Kalila Atchley
      Vocal Instructor
    • Meet Rachel Hansbro
      Vocal Instructor
      I fell in love with music as a child, listening to the crackle of a vinyl record while softly humming along with the music. I grew up in a ballet studio, so rhythm has always been a second nature. ...
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      I fell in love with music as a child, listening to the crackle of a vinyl record while softly humming along with the music. I grew up in a ballet studio, so rhythm has always been a second nature. The art of performance was, honestly, something that I HAD to work on! It took cultivating and creating my voice to build up the confidence to hit the stage. I created a band called The Western Civilization, with my best friend. We toured the U.S. and Canada, toured with Vans Warped tour and opened for many amazing acts in our travels. My teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to share my life experience and help to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power.
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    • Meet Steve Long
      Keys Instructor
      Steve has been involved with music his whole life. His Dad was a drummer and also played clarinet in a Dixieland band, so there was always music in the house. He bought Steve a marching drum when ...
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      Steve has been involved with music his whole life. His Dad was a drummer and also played clarinet in a Dixieland band, so there was always music in the house. He bought Steve a marching drum when he was 5 and Steve would march around the neighborhood playing marching cadences with all his friends following behind. At 7, Steve took piano lessons until he was 14, then taught himself to play the guitar. He had a band in high school and college. After two years as a journalist in the Navy, he joined Channel 2 News as a photojournalist. A few years later he got together with some of his neighbors and started Easy Money, a local band that has been rockin’ and rollin’ all over Houston for 27 years. Steve retired from Channel Two after 40 years and now enjoys teaching a new generation how to rock and roll.
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    • Meet Chris Moye
      Drum Instructor
      Born and raised in Katy, TX, Chris had a natural ear for music from a very young age. In the beginning, Chris’s fundamental experiences were organic; learning to play by watching and listening to...
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      Born and raised in Katy, TX, Chris had a natural ear for music from a very young age. In the beginning, Chris’s fundamental experiences were organic; learning to play by watching and listening to drummers of all styles. In Junior High, Chris played with many bands, performing in school functions and at various youth venues in Houston and the surrounding area. Soon after, Chris joined Minderbinder recording and performing at multiple venues across Texas including the Houston Marathon and South by Southwest.
      Chris continues to immerse himself in the Houston music scene, performing with several local and national bands and earning nominations from the Houston Press for Best Upcoming Metal/Punk Band. With his capacity to come into any professional environment and instinctively play exactly what is needed, Chris has earned a reputation as a veritable drumming ninja in the Houston area. Chris is passionate about drumming and about sharing his passion for music with others.
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    • Meet Zachary Cox
      Guitar Instructor
      Zachary Cox was born and raised in Houston, Tx. He has been playing music since the age of 13 slowly moving through different instruments before finding his calling as a guitarist. Soon after picki...
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      Zachary Cox was born and raised in Houston, Tx. He has been playing music since the age of 13 slowly moving through different instruments before finding his calling as a guitarist. Soon after picking up a guitar and learning a few chords he was performing live for audiences. Zach started his first band, The Ramone Experience named after his love for Jimi Hendrix and The Ramones, and won his middle school talent show. After that he was hooked. Growing up he has played multiple styles of music for various bands, including Rock, Blues, Metal, Punk, and Country. He then went on to pursue an education in the recording arts and is now an engineer at a professional recording studio. He has recorded most of his own music and has toured the country with it. Zach is extremely impassioned about being able to share his love of music and help demystify the theory of music as well as the art of performance.
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    • Meet Stan Pillis
      Guitar Instructor
      Stan Pillis is a seasoned music performer, songwriter, composer, arranger and teacher with over thirty years’ experience working with students of all ages and all genres. He is an expert in playi...
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      Stan Pillis is a seasoned music performer, songwriter, composer, arranger and teacher with over thirty years’ experience working with students of all ages and all genres. He is an expert in playing various styles of both guitar and bass and also sings. He is also an accomplished session player and recording artist.
      Stan has a wide knowledge of and teaches various musical styles such as Rock, Metal, Pop, Acoustic, Classical, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, World and Blues. He has recorded guitar tracks on numerous commercials and has recorded multiple albums with numerous bands, as well as traveled the world on tour with numerous bands.
      Stan began studying at the age of nine, after being inspired by the late Chicago guitarist, Terry Kath. A few years later, he was forming and playing in many bands. At the age of 14, he was teaching his Classical Guitar class alongside his High School teacher.
      Stan is celebrated internationally for his guitar sound, heavy riffs and lead solos. His performance and collaboration with his High School friend, Peter Steele, and Louie Beato formed the Heavy Metal band, Carnivore. Carnivore was a dominating force in the heavy metal circuit and they are known for forming the sound which has led generations of Goth and Heavy Metal bands and Fans.
      After leaving Carnivore, Stan pursued interests in Jazz, Classical, Funk and African Guitar. He studied with Mike Stern (Mile Davis’ guitarist) as well as classical guitar with Professor Cedric Smith. He also studied Jazz Improvisation and Intervallic approaches with David “Fuze” Fiuczynski (Berkelee professor and guitarist for the Screaming Headless Torsos).
      He has played lead /rhythm guitar with additional bands including Beat Brigade, the Second Step and Underground Society to name a few.
      Additionally, he has shared the stage with bands such as Kool and the Gang, The Funky Meters, Fishbone, Living Color, 24/7 Spyz, Natalie Cole, Public Enemy, George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic”) to name a few.
      Stan owned his own private-in-home instruction based company, Nitro Studios from 1995 through 2016. He has been providing private guitar music instruction to students of all ages (including children with special needs) on acoustic or electrical instruments for more than thirty years. He has taught all levels of instruction and skill sets (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and has provided instruction on sight-reading, ear- training, musical and chord theory, speed picking, pick techniques, rhythm guitar techniques, lead guitar techniques, and explaining modal concepts. He is an expert in performance and has led many workshops on different types of methodology as well as demonstrations of various types of pickups, strings, picks and pedals. He has prepared students for performances, auditions and festivals, by also leading band performance workshops.
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Testimonials

  • “When I signed my kids up for School of Rock I expected them to learn and perform music. We got more! Musically of course they have excelled, learning to play entire songs on instruments we previously didn’t even own. They learned mutual responsibility - because it’s not cool to show up for Performance Group and not know your part. My girls gained confidence knowing they have what it takes to rock, not just at a performance but at school and everywhere. My girls have also made lots of good friends with fellow students and look forward to their lesson and rehearsal time. The entire staff is incredibly supportive, keeping the kids engaged and learning songs they want to play as well as the classic rock songs I’ve always loved. To sum it up, my 11 year old daughter and I were visiting family and her uncle said, 'Who’s in the back room singing the Ramones?!' ”
    — Maleah F, (SOR Parent), Katy, TX
  • ““Where was this when I was a kid?” is the phrase most commonly overheard amongst new parents, and I certainly felt that way myself the first time I walked into this place. But that was only the first impression. Beyond the “cool” factor, the Katy School of Rock has made a positive and lasting impact upon the life of my son, and for that I’ll always be grateful. As a parent, I feel at ease knowing that SoR adheres to “My Safe School” practices. When my son is at the Katy SoR, I am comfortable that he is in a safe environment; that said, he and all the kids are still given the freedom to express themselves and the encouragement to be just exactly who they are, in all their collective tie-dyed, hair-dyed, funky, torn-jeans, unapologetic, adolescent glory. Mark and the staff create a fun, positive, and nurturing environment that feels like an extended family for the kids and parents alike. There is enough structure to prevent chaos and enough chaos to keep it a fun, fresh, and relevant petri-dish for artistic growth. SoR is like Little League for musical kids; here, the “coaches” are all accomplished musicians with extensive performance and recording experience, and all come with more than the requisite bona fides to be great teachers. But beyond giving excellent individual instruction aimed at growing the kids’ musical craftsmanship – traditional lessons can do that too – the Katy SoR delivers life lessons in presentation skills, teamwork, accountability, self-confidence, and stage presence that only come with the opportunities provided by being immersed in performing band situations. Music is my son’s passion and raison d’être. To that end, Katy SoR has been a fantastic stepping stone into his future. Like all the SoR students, of all musical levels and abilities, he has had numerous opportunities to perform on real stages in multiple venues. And as a member of the Katy SoR House Band, he has been given additional opportunities and exposure, including performing for three consecutive years at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival held annually in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Most working adult musicians can’t claim that!) Yet regardless of level of ability, regardless of whether music is an intended future vocation or just a satisfying life-long avocation, the life-lessons, friendships, experiences, and joyful memories collected here will follow any and all students wherever life may take them. I heartily recommend the Katy SoR to anyone looking for an alternative (or addition) to stick and ball sports for their child, to anyone looking for a safe yet fun place for their child to blossom, to anyone looking for opportunities for their child to grow socially, and to any kid of any musical level wishing to improve their skills and be part of a performing rock band. Your kid is already cool… and if you bring them here, you will be cool too!”
    — Curtis J, (SOR Parent), Katy, TX
  • “My family has been a School of Rock Family for three years, and it continues to get better with time. My daughter, who had never played an instrument prior to joining School of Rock, can now play about anything on bass. My son, who plays keyboards and sings, played Bohemian Rhapsody start to finish and sang American Pie before an audience of hundreds at age 12. As for me, after a long, long wait, I am finally fulfilling a dream of singing and playing in a rock band! Talk about living the life - I go to the school for my lesson or for band rehearsal, walk into the fully furnished rehearsal studio, plug in and play. When I am done, I unplug and go home. Gigs are even better. The school schedules shows at various venues around town and when I show up for sound check everything is set and ready to go. I plug in, sing or play, and when the show is over, unplug and head home. That friends, is called living the rock and roll dream. ”
    — Eric S, (SOR Parent and Student), Katy, TX
  • “School of Rock has taught me to work hard for things that I want to get (like being an AllStar), and it's taught me to work really well with others, and has improved my communication skills. ”
    — Adam, 18, School of Rock Rochester