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About School of Rock Las Vegas West

At School of Rock Las Vegas West, we teach kids how to rock audiences, melting faces with stellar performances and technical ability. One-on-one instruction is just the beginning, because we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our immersive method motivates them, speeds up the learning process, and has benefits beyond learning an instrument.

Not only do kids collaborate with students of similar interests at School of Rock Las Vegas West, they get to work with an amazing network of artists and perform at legendary concert venues. Examples include CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. These opportunities teach life skills, build confidence, and help students become better people.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Las Vegas West’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping kids rock on stage and in life. Visit School of Rock Las Vegas West today to learn more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Las Vegas West
9340 West Flamingo RoadSuite 117Las Vegas, NV 89147
(702) 778-9382

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Programs

  • At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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.

    Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas West’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 Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas West students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Las Vegas West’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 Las Vegas West’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 Las Vegas West’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 Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas West’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas West’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 Las Vegas West, 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. Las Vegas West students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full...
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At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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.

Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas West’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 Teddi Tarnoff
      Regional Director, Las Vegas
      From the original School of Rock in Philadelphia, Teddi was one of the first-ever students and All Stars. She has taught voice and directed countless shows, as well as running the All Star program ...
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      From the original School of Rock in Philadelphia, Teddi was one of the first-ever students and All Stars. She has taught voice and directed countless shows, as well as running the All Star program for a time and developing some of the curriculum at the core of the SOR program. Outside of that, Teddi has studied music both in the states and abroad. She has had the pleasure of working with such famed opera teachers as Enza Ferrari and Bruno Rigacci, and attended Temple University for Jazz Vocal Performance. At the tender age of 11, Teddi began studying classical violin at The Curtis Institute. Teddi was in two all-female tribute bands, Misstallica and Queen Diamond, and performs original music with her band Teddi and The Northern Lights. She has performed all over the world with some serious musicians including Jon Anderson (Yes), Alice Cooper, Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Miriam Linna (The Cramps), Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Napolean Murphy Brock (Frank Zappa, George Duke Band), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Dethklok), Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth) and Stuart Copeland (The Police).

      Contact Teddi at: ttarnoff@schoolofrock.com
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    • Meet Erik Carlsson
      Regional Music Director, Las Vegas & Green Valley
      Erik Carlsson has been playing the guitar for the past 20 years. During that time, he has played in countless bands and been involved in many rewarding musical endeavors. Erik attended San Francisc...
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      Erik Carlsson has been playing the guitar for the past 20 years. During that time, he has played in countless bands and been involved in many rewarding musical endeavors. Erik attended San Francisco State University where he received his B.M. in Theory and Composition. While in college, he focused heavily on performing jazz and metal on the guitar, while also teaching music at a local K-8 private school in Northern California. After moving back down to Southern California, Erik joined a heavy rap metal band named 3rd Strike and was signed by Hollywood Records in 2001. While in 3rd Strike, he was fortunate enough to be on the Vans Warped Tour in 2001-02, and also Ozzfest. Other credits include heavy video play on MTV 2, a tour of the USA, Europe, music in Ultimate X the movie, and also a song on the Tomb Raider 2 soundtrack. After leaving 3rd Strike, Erik was involved in several other projects in Los Angeles and has worked with producers such as Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn), Mudrock (Godsmack), Bob Marlette (Seether), and Chris Lord-Alge.

      Contact Erik: ecarlsson@schoolofrock.com
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      • B.M. Theory and Composition, San Francisco State University
    • Meet Aaron Carroll
      Drum Instructor
      Aaron Carroll was raised in Northern Colorado. He began studying music at a young age with his father, who was also a musician. At age ten he began playing saxophone, and drums at eleven. Aaron was...
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      Aaron Carroll was raised in Northern Colorado. He began studying music at a young age with his father, who was also a musician. At age ten he began playing saxophone, and drums at eleven. Aaron was involved in every music program in school, avidly attending music festivals, and competitions. From 1998 to 2000 he attended University of Northern Colorado as a Music Performance Major. During that time he received many awards from the International Association of Jazz Educators, including citations for Outstanding Musicianship, Improvisation, and Drum Solo performances.

      Aaron has studied with some of the greatest drummers in the world including Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Korn), Thomas Van Schoick, Dom Famularo, and Gary Hobbs (Stan Kenton).

      In 2002, Aaron relocated to Las Vegas where he currently works as a professional drummer, producer, and educator. He is a first call sideman for a wide range of artists and styles. He has performed with many great artists, most notably the late guitar prodigy Shawn Lane, country superstar Toby Keith, and Drumming’s global ambassador Dom Famularo. Aaron is officially endorsed by Spaun Drums and Scymtek Cymbals. He has been involved with The School of Rock Las Vegas since its inception in 2011.
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    • Meet Will McLean
      Bass Instructor
      Will McLean began playing music at a young age, starting with the upright bass. Although side interests have included cello, guitar and drums, bass has always been the strongest passion in music fo...
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      Will McLean began playing music at a young age, starting with the upright bass. Although side interests have included cello, guitar and drums, bass has always been the strongest passion in music for Will. Shortly after graduating high school, Will played with a few local acts before deciding to move to Hollywood to further his musical education at Musician's Institute. After graduating from the Associates Program of Performance: Bass and the Guitar Craft programs he was hired as a teaching assistant at the school, assisting in group performance classes to help students apply all they were being taught into actual playing situations. While in Hollywood he performed with several local groups, the two largest being Fractalline, a famous Indian death metal band, and Blending Ashes, a reggae/rock/hip-hop band. Both bands played extensively in Los Angeles and nearby cities. Will has played bass for over a decade and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. "I don't care what I'm doing, as long as it's playing music." - Will McLean
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    • Meet Jim McKenzie
      Guitar Instructor
      Jim has been involved in the music industry from a very young age and has toured internationally with various shows and bands. As well as being well versed in rock, blues and country idioms, Jim ha...
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      Jim has been involved in the music industry from a very young age and has toured internationally with various shows and bands. As well as being well versed in rock, blues and country idioms, Jim has a Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University in Classical Guitar Performance. A recipient of one of the university's performance scholarships, he also taught at the conservatory. Currently, Jim can be seen performing within the Las Vegas lounge scene or enjoying teaching students at the School of Rock.
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    • Meet Mario Ortiz
      Guitar Instructor
      Hailing from Los Angeles County, Mario Vittorio Ortiz comes to School of Rock with over 10 years of experience as an educated, versatile, and passionate guitar instructor with a comprehensive backg...
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      Hailing from Los Angeles County, Mario Vittorio Ortiz comes to School of Rock with over 10 years of experience as an educated, versatile, and passionate guitar instructor with a comprehensive background in performance and teaching. Mario excels in offering a solid knowledge of music theory, technique, and a wide variety of musical genres including: rock, blues, punk, funk, heavy metal, soul, and pop. Armed with a diverse sound/style and several years of charismatic live performances on many noted Las Vegas stages, Mario was also the lead guitarist, lead singer, and main songwriter of the power trio At It Again. Focusing on music curriculum for beginner, intermediate, and advanced guitarists, Mario helps students by teaching them to use their individual strengths and styles to develop unique practice rituals that incorporate theory, history, and the love and inspiration of music itself.
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    • Meet Adam Fisher
      Drum Instructor
      Adam Fisher was born and raised in Las Vegas. With his father being a drummer, he has been around music his entire life helping fuel his love and passion for it. At the age of 2 he picked up a pair...
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      Adam Fisher was born and raised in Las Vegas. With his father being a drummer, he has been around music his entire life helping fuel his love and passion for it. At the age of 2 he picked up a pair of sticks and played on his first drum kit. After years of playing off and on he began to take it seriously at the age of 15, playing with other musicians as much as possible. He then began performing with local artists with big followings such as punk/rock band Absent Minded, rap/rock band Cornerstone, and various funk artists. After being in the local scene for a few years, Adam decided that he wanted, and was determined, to attend Musicians Institute located in the heart of Hollywood, CA. There he studied jazz, latin, funk, contemporary music and digital drumming/computer programming. After receiving his Associates Degree in Music/Performing Arts, Adam began his professional career as a Musician/Drummer/Teacher. Shortly after graduating, he landed a gig with Rap/Rock artist RapScallions. This has been his biggest success, having one of their songs featured on the videogame Rocksmith by Ubisoft for PS3 and Xbox. Through this accomplishment he received endorsements from Spaun Drums, Scymtek Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Pro-Mark Sticks, Puresound, HQ and SKB Cases. Adam then moved back to Las Vegas to continue teaching, gigging and doing studio work. Specializing in rock, he is now teaching at SOR helping share his knowledge and musical experiences providing a fun and positive atmosphere.
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    • Meet Jeremy Strawn
      Drum Instructor
      Jeremy Strawn is a professional drummer who currently performs and teaches in the Las Vegas area. In 2003, Jeremy was on tour with the Tony Award winning Broadway show BLAST! and was gigging and re...
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      Jeremy Strawn is a professional drummer who currently performs and teaches in the Las Vegas area. In 2003, Jeremy was on tour with the Tony Award winning Broadway show BLAST! and was gigging and recording in L.A. from 2000-2006. Some of the work he has done includes working as the house drummer for the Unsigned Music Network (umn.com) doing recording sessions and showcases for various bands and solo artists. Jeremy has also performed with Leann Rimes, Eric Marienthal, was a sub for the Edgar Winter Band and toured with the band Lap Dog (formerly Toad the Wet Sprocket). He moved to Las Vegas while recording and touring with country/southern rock artist Christy Clayton. Jeremy is also the drummer for Dangerous Hours, a Dave Matthews tribute band, and performed in Cirque Du Soleil's Viva Elvis show. Along with a steady playing schedule Jeremy also does a lot of instructing. He was a teacher for PIT at Musicians Institute, as well as the director of percussion at Diamond Bar High School and South Pointe Middle School in California. He's now teaching percussion at Coronado High School and Bob Miller Middle School. He has also taught at Las Vegas High School, Clark High School, Desert Oasis High School, and does clinics for the eNVision indoor drumline in Reno. Jeremy is a graduate of Musicians Institute with a B.A. in music performance. He was also a jazz studies major at Indiana University's music school for two years.
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    • Meet Ian Rollwitz
      Guitar Instructor
      Ian Rollwitz is a multi-instrumentalist from Las Vegas. He currently plays in a country rock/pop band, Siana King, with ex-School of Rockers. He has been playing music since childhood. Primarily a ...
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      Ian Rollwitz is a multi-instrumentalist from Las Vegas. He currently plays in a country rock/pop band, Siana King, with ex-School of Rockers. He has been playing music since childhood. Primarily a guitar player, he grew up listening to rock artists of the 80s, which sums up most of his influences. As a School of Rock graduate, Ian is definitely ready to help bring up the next generation of guitarists.
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    • Meet Terry Peake
      Keyboard Instructor
      Terry Peake is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and piano. As an instructor, Terry has been working with students of all ages and ability levels for the last te...
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      Terry Peake is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and piano. As an instructor, Terry has been working with students of all ages and ability levels for the last ten years, primarily at Axis Music Academy in Southfield, Michigan. At Axis, Terry mostly taught guitar and piano, but also did his fair share working with bass, drums, and violin students, and was also one of the leading instructors involved with performance ensembles. Terry would perform alongside his students at some of Detroit's more notable venues, including An Evening with Chad Smith at the Berman Center for Performing Arts, where he and his students played with the legend himself. Terry was only a teenager when he started making an impact on the rock scene in Detroit. His growing fascination with classical music started influencing how he wrote for the band he established at age 16, and local musicians and fans alike were starting to take notice that he was doing something fresh and original. His fascination would soon lead him to pursue a degree in Music Composition from Wayne State University, where he would learn the secrets of the masters and graduate with honors.
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    • Meet Brittany McKay
      Vocal Instructor
      Brittany McKay has been performing for over 10 years and has been introduced as a "raw soulstress with a jazzy tone and a hip edge." She is known as a singer, songwriter, producer, and vocal coach ...
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      Brittany McKay has been performing for over 10 years and has been introduced as a "raw soulstress with a jazzy tone and a hip edge." She is known as a singer, songwriter, producer, and vocal coach that has recently worked in Los Angeles with various artists and producers in the entertainment industry. She attended Las Vegas Academy for vocal performance, then moved on to Berklee College of Music in Boston to study vocal performance, education, and songwriting. Brittany Rose now performs along the West Coast with her 9-piece soul band. She took the knowledge she acquired from Berklee to educate others and is now signed to independent label Launch Pad Records.
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    • Meet Kimberly Barnhill
      Vocal Instructor
      Kimberly Barnhill has been performing for over 15 years all throughout the U.S. She has performed at nearly every casino in Las Vegas, as well as numerous theaters and stages all up and down the Ea...
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      Kimberly Barnhill has been performing for over 15 years all throughout the U.S. She has performed at nearly every casino in Las Vegas, as well as numerous theaters and stages all up and down the East Coast. She attended Salisbury University for a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and worked extensively with Signature Theater in Arlington, VA. Additionally, Kimberly entertained throngs of audience members at the Musical Theater Center in Rockville, MD, performing at many historic venues such as the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater and The Kennedy Center. Her classical training and vocal experience has prepared her to teach voice and stage presence to any and all who want to enjoy the beauty of music. Through a mutual love of entertaining and music we will find your inner rockstar and bring it to life!
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    • Meet Pei-Long Maeder
      Keyboard Instructor
      Pei-Long has studied classical piano since she was six years old and has performed competitively up until high school. In 1998, she attended Willamette University and graduated with a Bachelor of A...
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      Pei-Long has studied classical piano since she was six years old and has performed competitively up until high school. In 1998, she attended Willamette University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During this period, she studied the Taubman and Alexander piano technique with pianists Anita King and Jean-David Cohen. It was also during this time that Pei-Long developed her passion for music composition under composer John Peel. As a resident in Las Vegas, she has played synths and keys for various local bands including And The Wolf and Halloween Town. In her spare time, Pei-Long DJs, composes, and produces under the pseudonym Panda.
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    • Meet Victoria Rico
      Vocal Instructor / Little Wing Teacher
      After years of studying voice, piano and performance, Victoria Rico found she is most excited and determined to share her talents through teaching. With over 20 years of experience, Victoria has be...
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      After years of studying voice, piano and performance, Victoria Rico found she is most excited and determined to share her talents through teaching. With over 20 years of experience, Victoria has been involved in pageantry, musical theater, emceeing, studio recording, and professional vocal training. She’s had the opportunity to display her talents at numerous places including the NFR, pro boxing events, UNLV sporting events, and for the Los Angeles Lakers. Her most valued experience came from working in the recording studio for an independent record company and taking professional vocal lessons from the renowned Seth Riggs. Victoria acquired a degree in Business with a minor in Musical Theater at the University of Las Vegas and obtained professional vocal certification through SLS and IVA.
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    • Meet Ron Rollwitz
      Assistant Show Director
      Ron Rollwitz, bass guitar and vocals for American Voodoo and Siana King band. Ron has played all over the world traveling extensively through Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands and Australia with ...
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      Ron Rollwitz, bass guitar and vocals for American Voodoo and Siana King band. Ron has played all over the world traveling extensively through Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands and Australia with the USO and DOD Overseas Shows. Highlights include the opening act with The Beach Boys at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. In addition, the world-famous "Sunday Jam" in Harujuku, Tokyo, Japan and support tours for the U.S. Armed Forces.
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    • Meet Billy Reichling
      Guitar Instructor
      Billy was born and raised in Hawaii. He started learning how to play the guitar when he was 12 years old by starting a band with his friends. His early musical inspirations were Kiss and Metallica,...
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      Billy was born and raised in Hawaii. He started learning how to play the guitar when he was 12 years old by starting a band with his friends. His early musical inspirations were Kiss and Metallica, but a life changing experience happened for him after seeing Joe Satriani live at Andrews Amphitheater. From that night on Billy developed a healthy obsession with shred guitarists like Steve Vai, Yngwie Malsteen, Paul Gilbert and Van Halen which, in turn, resulted in his devotion to his own practicing and playing of the guitar. Billy started a Rock/Prog band in the early 90 s called Nothingface which had local success including a Hawaii Music Award for Best Rock Album. Billy is new to Las Vegas but is looking forward to new playing opportunities as well as getting to pass on all his expertise and becoming a role model and mentor to the students at School of Rock!
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    • School of Rock is Bringing More Practical Musical Opportunities to Local Youth

      School of Rock is bringing more practical musical opportunities to local youth than the Valley has ever seen. Kicking off 2015 with a dozen themed concerts taking place throughout January at Hou...
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      School of Rock is bringing more practical musical opportunities to local youth than the Valley has ever seen.

      Kicking off 2015 with a dozen themed concerts taking place throughout January at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay, locals are invited to witness the positive and dynamic ways in which School of Rock heightens the well-being, healthy growth and creative expression of young people today.

      With three seasons annually, the students at School of Rock Las Vegas West are hosting this Winter Concert Series to mark the end of their current season.

      In addition to simply enjoying the best talent of the season, the concerts serve as an ideal opportunity for prospective students and families to see what School of Rock is all about.

      Tickets are available per person, per show and can be purchased in advance at either school for $10 or at the door for $12.

      Article link: bit.ly/1Uxt54v
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    • School of Rock in Vegas offers music lessons with a twist

      Just like Jack Black students from the hit comedy with the same name, students from School of Rock in Las Vegas are ready to rock. School of Rock Las Vegas West is offering private music lessons...
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      Just like Jack Black students from the hit comedy with the same name, students from School of Rock in Las Vegas are ready to rock.

      School of Rock Las Vegas West is offering private music lessons with a “twist” for any young musician looking to start their music career in Vegas someday.

      Recent rehearsals included Guns N Roses and the Beatles.

      The children who are with a performance group do get to perform at places like the Container Park and the Hard Rock. Additionally, the performers do a fundraising concert to raise money for kids who need scholarships.

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    • Kids Can Explore Their Inner Superstars at School of Rock

      Paradise resident Teddi Tarnoff didn't grow up jamming on the bass or singing heavy rock, but you wouldn't know the difference listening to her perform today. Although trained in classical musi...
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      Paradise resident Teddi Tarnoff didn't grow up jamming on the bass or singing heavy rock, but you wouldn't know the difference listening to her perform today.

      Although trained in classical music, Tarnoff joined the original School of Rock Philadelphia to learn how to play the guitar at 14. She said the school allowed her to expand her horizons and find her music niche.

      Last year, she agreed to run the School of Rock Las Vegas West, 9340 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 117, to help give other students the same opportunity.

      “It’s a real music school,” Tarnoff said. “We’re teaching them songs, and they’re learning how to play in a band, but they’re getting as close to a real rock experience as humanly possible.”

      The school offers music lessons and a chance to perform live at local venues for children 7 to 18. The Little Wing program, which was initiated in early March, teaches children 4 to 6 the basics of music theory and rhythm.

      “Students come weekly for group lessons and private lessons, depending on their proficiency level,” Tarnoff said. “When they’re ready, they can (enter) into the performance program where they’re cast into bands and shows.”

      Once in the performance program, the children are placed into bands of four or five members. Venue performances are held three times a year and contain about two hours of material.

      “They’re on a real rock stage in front of audiences consisting of family, friends and people who happen to just check out the venue,” Tarnoff said. “This season, the kids will perform an arena rock show, so like Journey, Foreigner, Styx and Heart. We will also have a Rolling Stones show, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ and ’80s prom music.”

      According to Tarnoff, the children mostly get to decide what show they will perform in; however, the instructors also guide the children to try new styles and genres.

      “We really try to challenge them and expand the music that they’re familiar with,” Tarnoff said. “We’re not only teaching them how to play, but we’re teaching them about music and making sure they get a wide berth of styles and sounds to learn from and appreciate.”

      Students who want a bigger challenge can audition for the school’s nationwide AllStars program that gives them the opportunity to tour around the country.

      “There are six different groups that go out on the road and play at different festivals like Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza,” Tarnoff said. “They get put on a chartered bus driving from state to state dealing with the trials and tribulations of being on the road. They get the the whole experience.”

      Spring Valley resident Natasha Romero-Salas, 15, has loved music since she can remember. She started singing at 4, playing the keyboard at 7 and strumming on the guitar at about 12.

      “I used to do a School of Rock type thing before, but it wasn’t as structured,” Romero-Salas said. “Here, I attend lessons Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’ve learned things like what it’s like playing in a group and more about how the (amplifiers) work.”

      Romero-Salas, who attends Bishop Gorman High School, 5959 S. Hualapai Way, has performed at the South Point, the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, Rain Nightclub at the Palms and the Hard Rock Live on the Strip.

      “It’s really fun to perform,” Romero-Salas said. “Everything is really organized, and I’ve liked all the venues we’ve performed at.”

      According to guitar instructor Erik Carlsson, the school serves as a safe environment for children to be themselves.

      “They check their baggage at the door and put their social hierarchy on hold,” Carlsson said. “They make friendships that they may not feel comfortable making outside of the (music) school. They let it all go so they can be who they want to be.”

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Testimonials

  • “The end of season shows are at the House of Blues, at Mandalay Bay. It's a wonderful chance to learn to perform in front of a larger crowd. Considering most people are terrified of public speaking, I think this program gives kids an enormous life advantage. ”
    — Ken H., parent, SOR Las Vegas West
  • “I absolutely LOVE that they get to perform on stage!! It was so fun to watch the older kids who had performed a few times as they were full of life and bouncing around and singing which really helped my daughter to overcome her fears.”
    — Lea G., parent, SOR Las Vegas West
  • “Great crew, fun, friendly, insane-talented! School of Rock Las Vegas West is our rock-n-roll family!”
    — Jaimee N., parent, SOR Las Vegas West
  • “Best place on the planet to teach kids to express themselves through music, develop friendships and learn what it takes to totally rock out!”
    — Julie L., parent, SOR Las Vegas West