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About School of Rock Markham

Welcome to School of Rock Markham, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Markham’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Markham 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 Markham 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 Markham
CA150 Bullock DriveMarkham, ON L3P1W2
(647) 218-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Markham, 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.

    Markham 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 Markham’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 Markham’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 Markham, 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 Markham’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Markham’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Markham musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues 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 and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Markham can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Markham, 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 Markham, 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 Markham works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Markham’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 Markham’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Markham Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Markham’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 Markham 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 Markham Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Markham 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 Markham’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 Markham, 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. Markham students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by fa...
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At School of Rock Markham, 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.

Markham 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 Markham’s Performance Program can expect:

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

    • May 28
      11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
      School of Rock Markham House Band BBQ/Open House Fundraiser
      BBQ Fundraiser & Live Performance
      School of Rock Markham House Band's 2nd Annual Open House BBQ Fundraiser! This year, they are raising money for the School of Rock House Band Fund, which will help reduce some of the additional...
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      School of Rock Markham House Band's 2nd Annual Open House BBQ Fundraiser!

      This year, they are raising money for the School of Rock House Band Fund, which will help reduce some of the additional out-of-pocket costs they will personally incur on this Summer's Exciting Tour to the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, where they will be performing for the entire week of June 30-July 7, 2016.

      Come on by and support the kids, enjoy the live music performed by the School of Rock House Band and purchase an amazing BBQ lunch by Smash Kitchen & Bar.

      MENU:
      Cheeseburgers $6.00
      Cheeseburger Combo $7.00
      Chips $1.00
      Drinks $1.00
      Freezies $1.00
      Hamburgers $5.00
      Hamburger Combo $6.00
      Hot Dogs $4.00
      Hot Dog Combo $5.00
      Mac And Cheese $4.00
      Mac And Cheese Combo $5.00
      **Combo's also include 1 drink and 1 bag of chips OR 1 freezie.
      We will accept Cash, VISA or MASTERCARD.

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    • May 29
      5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      School of Rock Markham - Adult Grad School - End of Season Shows
      Adult Program Performance
      School of Rock Markham - Adult Grad School Performance Class proudly presents: "Brit Rock" and a "Tribute to CanCon" Featuring some of your favorite classic rock tunes! Come on out for an e...
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      School of Rock Markham - Adult Grad School Performance Class proudly presents:

      "Brit Rock" and a "Tribute to CanCon"
      Featuring some of your favorite classic rock tunes!

      Come on out for an evening of fabulous music, food and drinks!

      5pm-approx 8pm
      Fox & Fiddle Richmond Hill
      115 York Blvd.

      Tickets are only $5 each and are available at the School or at the door!

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    • June 4 - 5 2016
      Unionville Festival
      Street Festival
      2016 will be the 47th annual Unionville Festival. And it just keeps getting better.
    • June 12
      2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
      School of Rock Markham - End of Season Spring Shows
      End of Season Performance
      Yes, we are playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto..AGAIN! 279 Yonge Street. Approximate Show times are as follows: Island Rock 2pm-3:40pm Metallica 3:50pm-6:00pm Supertramp vs Queen 6:10p...
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      Yes, we are playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto..AGAIN!
      279 Yonge Street.

      Approximate Show times are as follows:
      Island Rock 2pm-3:40pm
      Metallica 3:50pm-6:00pm
      Supertramp vs Queen 6:10pm-7:45pm

      Tickets only $10 per person in advance, $15 per person at the door.
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    • June 18
      9:00 AM
      Markham Village Music Fesival
      Street Festival
      JUNE 17, 18, 19th, 2016 Great music, great food, great FUN! Please call 647 931-8889 or visit the Markham Village Music Festival website at www.markhamfestival.com for more information or ven...
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      JUNE 17, 18, 19th, 2016

      Great music, great food, great FUN!

      Please call 647 931-8889 or visit the Markham Village Music Festival website at www.markhamfestival.com for more information or vendor registration

      The School of Rock Markham House Band will be performing on stage on Saturday, June 18th.
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    • June 19
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Father's Day!
    • June 26
      1:00 PM
      School of Rock Markham House Band plays Pickering Village Jam Fest
      Music Festival
      Pickering Village in Ajax, has established a tradition of holding a music festival for more than a decade. Originally known as the Pickering Village Jazz Festival, it evolved into the Pickering Vil...
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      Pickering Village in Ajax, has established a tradition of holding a music festival for more than a decade. Originally known as the Pickering Village Jazz Festival, it evolved into the Pickering Village JAM Festival in 2011 and is also known affectionately and simply, as JAMFest.

      The School of Rock Markham House Band will be playing a few sets on Sunday afternoon June 26th, between 1pm and 5pm.

      Nestled along a spur of the original Kingston Road, Pickering Village got its start in 1807 when a group of Quakers settled in the area. Walking down Old Kingston Road, the modern day visitor can still see original buildings: Gordon House, built in 1881, was a hotel known for its excellent food. Casa Verde, an Italian restaurant, is housed in circa 1890 building that originally served as a birthing house, and later as a rum runners hideout. The house of the original doctor, erected around 1867, features unusual, metal spired cupolas and decorative brick work.

      JAMFest celebrates the community of Pickering Village and the joy of music and arts. Take the time to walk through the village and enjoy the music and family fun. Stroll along the sidewalk and browse through vendor booths. Contemplate the work of our local artists. Spend the day with the kids and enjoy family oriented fun.

      Drop in and enjoy the fare at any of the local restaurants, or if you’re feeling more casual, there are food vendors on the street offering various cuisines, from Jamaican jerk chicken to Canada’s own contribution to french fry gastronomy: poutine. You can then burn off the calories and dance in the street while musicians re-create the sounds of 50’s rock and roll, blues, jazz and folk.

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    • June 30 - July 7 2016
      Hard Rock Resort - Punta Cana
      House Band Performances
      School of Rock Markham is extremely excited and very proud to announce that the School of Rock Markham House Band will be performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republi...
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      School of Rock Markham is extremely excited and very proud to announce that the School of Rock Markham House Band will be performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from June 30-July 7, 2016!Read less
    • July 1
      12:00 PM
      CLOSED FOR CANADA DAY!
    • July 8
      5:30 PM
      Markham Rotary Ribfest
      Ribfest Event Performance
      Live Music and Entertainment!
      Award Winning Ribs!
      Fabulous fun!
    • July 9
      4:00 PM
      School of Rock Markham hosts - NSEW
      Performance
      School of Rock Markham will host House Bands from Canada and the U.S., who will get together to play for the 1st time at The Hideout, 484 Queen Street W in Toronto, Ontario Canada Approx Perform...
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      School of Rock Markham will host House Bands from Canada and the U.S., who will get together to play for the 1st time at The Hideout, 484 Queen Street W in Toronto, Ontario Canada

      Approx Performance Times -

      School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo 4:00-4:35
      School of Rock Markham 4:45 - 5:30
      School of Rock Mainline, Pennsylvania 5:40 - 6:25
      School of Rock North Palm Beach, Florida - Band 1 6:35 - 7:20
      School of Rock North Palm Beach, Florida - Band 2 7:30 - 8:20

      This is going to be an unbelievable event with 5 amazing bands!

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    • July 23
      6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      School of Rock Gives Back Tour Featuring Dalton Rapattoni!
      Concert with School of Rock HouseBand and Featured Guest, Dalton Rapattoni
      Not just for America! Dalton has extended his tour to Canada and Toronto is the one and only Canadian stop on the School of Rock Give Back Tour Featuring Dalton Rapattoni! School of Rock Markha...
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      Not just for America!
      Dalton has extended his tour to Canada and Toronto is the one and only Canadian stop on the School of Rock Give Back Tour Featuring Dalton Rapattoni!

      School of Rock Markham and the School of Rock Markham House Band are thrilled to be hosting this fabulous event!!

      July 23, 2016 at the
      Hard Rock Toronto - Club 279
      279 Yonge St,
      Toronto, Ontario

      Doors open at 5:30
      Show at 6:30
      Meet & Greet at 8pm

      Spaces are limited and tickets go quickly so don't wait.

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    • August 1
      12:00 PM
      CLOSED FOR CIVIC HOLIDAY!
    • September 5
      12:00 PM
      CLOSED FOR LABOUR DAY!!
    • October 10
      12:00 PM
      CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING!

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Staff

    • Meet Our Awesome Staff!
      School of Rock Markham Instructors are all professional, working musicians at the top of their games! We pride ourselves in hiring dedicated teachers who genuinely care about their students' develo...
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      School of Rock Markham Instructors are all professional, working musicians at the top of their games! We pride ourselves in hiring dedicated teachers who genuinely care about their students' development as artists and musicians. All our staff, including admins are thoroughly background checked and have completed mandatory safety training. All of our instructors and show directors are well versed in our specialized School of Rock Method and receive ongoing training to insure that you, or your children, are receiving the best instruction in positive environment!
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      • drum lessons
      • vocal/singing lessons
      • guitar lessons
      • bass guitar lessons
      • keyboard/piano lessons
    • Meet Shelly Davine
      Owner/CEO/Vice President/Director of Marketing & Admin
      Shelly has been involved in music since the early age of 4 and on the business side of the Entertainment Industry for 30+ years. She has worked in the non-profit sector as well as the mainstream mu...
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      Shelly has been involved in music since the early age of 4 and on the business side of the Entertainment Industry for 30+ years. She has worked in the non-profit sector as well as the mainstream music, video and film side of the business, has held some exciting upper management positions within the industry as well as seats on many industry boards and committees. For the past 15 years, Shelly has specialized in consulting and business services to all sectors of the entertainment industry, both in Canada and the U.S., but her main interest is and has always been 'music'. Her networking abilities and access to a vast international database of resources have also allowed her to make and maintain amazing business personal relationships. Shelly is a 'people person' and her contacts are always eager and willing to work with her, which is something she is extremely proud of and a great asset for all. She has owned and operated her own importing/distributing company, focusing on products for music and video retail stores and has written a number of articles for Trade Magazines on 'full entertainment retailing'. Shelly has an amazing track record for increasing the bottom line of every company she has worked with. In 1993, Shelly was nominated as a Toronto Sun, 'Woman on the Move' and has been the recipient of multiple fundraising awards for her volunteer work with a number of national Canadian charity organizations. Most recently, Shelly was asked to assist with the coordination and execution of the 40 th Anniversary 'Lighthouse' concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, but she is still most passionate about singing and playing percussion, bass guitar and keyboards with her band. Shelly's responsibilities with School of Rock Markham include marketing consulting, advertising, promotion and creative marketing of all programs and products, social networking, branding, copywriting, creation and distribution of any newsletters/announcements and event coordination, student enrollments, artist management and HR.
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    • Meet Henry Teitelman
      Owner/President/Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor/Adult Grad School Director
      Henry started his musical career when he was about nine years old, after hearing Beatles songs on the radio and then really became hooked on Feb. 9, 1964 (at the age of 10) when he saw the Beatles ...
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      Henry started his musical career when he was about nine years old, after hearing Beatles songs on the radio and then really became hooked on Feb. 9, 1964 (at the age of 10) when he saw the Beatles live on TV and expressed an interest in playing guitar. His Dad bought him an electric guitar but no amp so his career really began just by listening to the music and then trying to play the song later. In 1967, he learned his first guitar solo (without an amp) after being blown away by Cream's Sunshine of Your Love. Not realizing what he was doing, he traded his good electric Gibson Kalamazoo for a cheap acoustic/electric guitar and was happy for a couple of hours until he found out the new addition was not very good. Henry started lessons at the age of 12 and that's when he really got into the guitar, music and the whole 60's 70's music scene. He played with friends from school and his brother (who played drums) then later bought an acoustic guitar and started expanding by playing folk-based music. That's where he learned to play along with original recordings, which forced him to learn to play accurately. This is a technique he enjoys to this day. He always played guitar in bands doing specific gigs, parties and projects and also enjoys playing drums and bass. In 1995, when his kids were about 10 12, he taught them guitar, drums and bass. At that time he somehow starting teaching their friends and once word got out he ended up having several students. Henry enjoys performing and jamming with friends and continues to play guitar, drums and bass whenever an opportunity comes up. He was very excited about the School of Rock opportunity as it combined his business experience along with his music teaching and playing passion involving kids and adults.
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    • Meet Tommy Siatskas
      General Manager/Show Director/Drum/Guitar/Bass Instructor/Recording Engineer
      Born in 1987, Tommy Siatskas is a 27 year old drummer with 15 years of playing experience who has been working for Markham's School of Rock since it's grand opening in late March of 2013. As a Show...
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      Born in 1987, Tommy Siatskas is a 27 year old drummer with 15 years of playing experience who has been working for Markham's School of Rock since it's grand opening in late March of 2013. As a Show Director for the SOR Performance Program he has been responsible for coordinate, teaching, and overseeing the production of all of SOR's season ending concerts including: British Invasion - hits from the 60's British Invasion era. Summer Show - hits with a summer/sunshine theme. That 70's Show - progressive and rock classics from the 70's. The Beatles Show - Beatles singles from 62'-70'. The Fake Show - featuring music from/only made for television. Woman Who Rock - Featuring hits from old and new female leads, Tribute to Dave Grohl '“ Featuring hits from Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Nirvana, MTV Unplugged and Oh Canada!. Further more he is a songwriter, a gigging and recording musician, as well as an aspiring recording engineer/producer. Tommy is an Audio Production Engineering graduate from MetalWorks Institute of Sound Music Production. At the age of 11 he found his niche on his first drum set and began rocking out with his Metallica-loving guitar-shredding older brother. Since then he has been actively involved in every music program he was exposed to; starting in public school in grades 7 and 8 (your standard music program), as well as an extra curricular Markham Area Band both years. As a high school student at Markville Secondary School, Tommy was a member of both the Junior and Senior Concert/Symphonic Bands as well as the Junior and Senior Jazz Stage Bands. And it's here where he started his first band, a punk foursome. Tommy is well versed in hip-hop, funk, blues, jazz, Latin, punk, rock, and metal of all sorts. Currently he is the drummer for a Toronto-local 5 piece Progressive Post-Hard-core band: My Life For Hire. MLFH has played nearly everywhere in and around Toronto for the past 4 years, highlights including opening for Andrew W.K. at The Docks in Toronto early in the bands formation and more recently playing at the Lemon Stage at Toronto's leg for Vans Warped Tour 2013. Tommy is musically inspired and influenced by the style, groove, technique and creativity of: Christian Tanna (I Mother Earth), Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta, One Day As A Lion, Queens of the Stone Age), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) and Abe Cunningham (Deftones)'¦Just to name a few.
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    • Meet Graham Unsted
      Assistant GM/Guitar/Bass/Keys Instructor/Show Director
      Graham got into music at a young age, starting piano lessons at age 6. His parents found him playing with a baby grand at a friend's party and couldn't tear him away from it! He continued with less...
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      Graham got into music at a young age, starting piano lessons at age 6. His parents found him playing with a baby grand at a friend's party and couldn't tear him away from it! He continued with lessons for 6 years but his interest in the instrument waned when he was 12 and he turned to guitar instead. Graham took lessons for a short time then proceeded to teach himself, learning songs mostly by ear after endless frustration with incorrect online tabs. At age 16 he dedicated himself to practicing an hour a day and began to advance much quicker in his abilities. Around the same time, he began focusing on learning Metal songs, whereas previously he had been devoted to playing the Blues. This broke his habit of playing the same style continually and greatly broadened his perspective of different genres. Around that time, he also started writing his own progressions and riffs and recorded them onto his computer. As a shy and introverted teenager, Graham never imagined that he'd be performing in front of other people. He had only played for a couple friends in private settings or by himself, but knew he had to break away from this trend and conquer his stage fright so he could share the music he was making with other people. Graham attended the Toronto Film School and completed his certificate in Recording Arts Technology, getting lots of hands on experience recording himself and others in professional studio settings. While there, his interest in keyboards was rekindled and he began playing regularly again. After graduating, he formed his first band 'Santo Me Gusto,' taking the role of lead/rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist, and playing covers at local parties. He lost his stage fright and became hooked on performing, and when his band disbanded he knew he had to continue. He formed a Metal band with high school friends named 'Drakefield' where he plays rhythm and lead guitar, and also auditioned for and joined the Alt Rock band 'Ransom Note', where he also played rhythm and lead guitar, as well as backup vocals. Drakefield still performs regularly in venues around Markham and in the Downtown Toronto area. Graham is very excited to begin teaching at School of Rock and looks forward to sharing his passion for music and performance with all his students! He is very grateful and fortunate for the opportunity to advance the abilities of young musicians in such an incredible environment, and hopes to advance himself as a musician in the process.
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    • Meet David Barrett
      Show Director - Adult Grad School
      Guitarist David Barrett has recorded and toured with many Canadian artists, including Amanda Marshall and Platinum Blonde, and has also composed music for The Tube Music Network, an American digita...
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      Guitarist David Barrett has recorded and toured with many Canadian artists, including Amanda Marshall and Platinum Blonde, and has also composed music for The Tube Music Network, an American digital music channel. He was the Director of Special Events with Fingerstyle Guitar.ca, a lead guitarist for the popular Classic Albums Live concert series, and a producer with League Of Rock. Barrett has released a series of instrumental solo albums, and has played acoustic concerts throughout Canada, including The Canadian Guitar Festival. Occasionally he performs as a duet with guitarist Randy Finney, in which they play old favourites from the Chet Atkins and Les Paul songbook.

      In 2010, David Barrett formed the David Barrett Trio, an instrumental power trio featuring David Barrett (guitar), Jason Farrar (bass), and Alexander 'Sascha' Tukatsch (drums). Their self titled debut album was produced by Alex Lifeson (Rush), Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd, The Beatles), and Richard Chycki (Rush, Dream Theater). DB3 has also collaborated with Canadian prog icon Michael Sadler (Saga), acclaimed singer/songwriter Jacob Moon, and celtic guitar virtuoso Tony McManus. They have recently released their first live concert DVD, and second studio album.

      In addition to DB3, David Barrett produces other artists, conducts guitar workshops, and hosts the annual Guitar Summit at Ravenswood in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

      David has tested new products for Gibson Guitars and is an endorsing artist for innovative companies such as D’Addario, Planet Waves, Pigtronix Futuristic Audio Technology, Mack Boutique Guitar Amplifiers, and Dagmar Customs Guitars.
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    • Meet Dean Aivaliotis
      Keys/Piano Instructor/Show Director
      Dean is an active and sought after piano/keyboard player, songwriter and composer. He has a Master's degree in Composition. Dean has had the pleasure of working with many talented musicians, adapti...
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      Dean is an active and sought after piano/keyboard player, songwriter and composer. He has a Master's degree in Composition. Dean has had the pleasure of working with many talented musicians, adapting his skills to various genres ranging from pop, RB, Motown, funk, hip-hop, house and rock music. Dean's notable performances include: opening act for salsa sensation Oscar D'Leon alongside Christian Ty, performances at Roy Thomson Hall, Royal York Hotel and Beaches Jazz festival, as well as a variety of weddings and special events. You can find Dean playing frequently around the GTA with Daniella Watters and other groups. Dean has composed the score for a number of short independent films. He is currently expanding his compositional portfolio, extending his work to film, television, video games and advertisements.
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    • Meet Elliott Sairan
      Recording 101 Instructor
      Music and sound perception is the second most dominant cognitive brain activity compared to the other senses. It is a very close second to sight. What we hear has incredible impact on how we perce...
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      Music and sound perception is the second most dominant cognitive brain activity compared to the other senses. It is a very close second to sight. What we hear has incredible impact on how we perceive the things around us and on how we feel. A well-crafted sound design can manipulate the observers feelings deeply. Think of the last movie you saw that moved you or a commercial that impacts you greatly. What about a song that you listen to again and again because it means so much to you? The sound has so much to do with it that if it was done poorly, it wouldn’t have the impact the creator intended. Elliott has been working with sound and music as a music producer (16 years), sound designer (15 years), sound engineer (26 years) musician (40 years) and for the last 10 years as an educator teaching the finer details of what sound is and how to manipulate it in order to get the desired effect intended.

      Out of the incredible experiences Elliott has gathered through his years of dedication to music production and sound design he brings his knowledge to the classroom with the same enthusiasm he has when crafting and recording the music. With his deep understanding of sound, acoustics and technology he weaves the information together smoothly and seamlessly inspiring students in the same way he’s been inspired for years and years to come.
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    • Meet Shauna Gibson
      Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Shauna has always loved to sing. She started taking classical piano lessons at the age of 8 and vocal lessons at the age of 10. She discovered her passion for performing when she was cast as the le...
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      Shauna has always loved to sing. She started taking classical piano lessons at the age of 8 and vocal lessons at the age of 10. She discovered her passion for performing when she was cast as the lead role in her school musical. Over the years Shauna has performed in many theatre productions, concerts, and various vocal ensembles. She attended Unionville High School and graduated the Arts York Program for Vocal Performance. In addition to the daily music classes, this program provided her with the opportunity to perform in local venues, such as Roy Thompson Hall, as well as venues around the world, including the Great Wall of China. She accomplished Grade 8 Voice, Grade 6 Piano Grade 2 Music Theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music. While studying Kinesiology at Western University she continued to keep music as a hobby. She continued on to complete her Bachelor of Education at Western. Teaching at the School of Rock is a unique experience for Shauna to combine her passion for music and performing with her teaching background.
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    • Meet Elaine "Lil Bit" Shepherd
      Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Elaine 'Lil'Bit' Shepherd began performing at the tender age of 5. Music of all genres was constantly being played around the house and it seemed to connect so naturally with Elaine at a young age,...
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      Elaine 'Lil'Bit' Shepherd began performing at the tender age of 5. Music of all genres was constantly being played around the house and it seemed to connect so naturally with Elaine at a young age, so her parents decided to enroll her in a children's performing group where she gained much of her initial stage experience in singing, dancing and acting. She continued to develop her talents, transferring and blending the sounds of her origins with the West Coast Canadian vibes she met. Blessed with a confident voice and creative ability, Lil'Bit is recognized as 'the little girl with the big voice,' as her iconic sweet tone is pleasantly alluring, and draws a listener into her world of dramatic presence and passion. In high school, Lil’Bit picked up the guitar and piano, expanding her musical expression, while developing her understanding of the structure and mechanics underlying the music she loved. This all strengthened her value in the overall substance of songs, and she began focusing heavily on songwriting, enrolling in music classes in college, and collaborating with fellow musicians who focused on their meaning as much as their sound. These collaborative chances introduced Lil'Bit to the contemporary world of Hip-Hop, RB and Reggae music. Lil'Bit's efforts during the 2009 Junos in Vancouver, B.C. earned her the notice of Carrie Mullings (Rebel Vibez Records) who introduced her to Toronto Reggae scene, and took her under her wing as manager, mentor and eventually CEO partner, working together as a team to build the label movement. Lil'Bit's release of 'Lady in the Streets,' saw her deemed a 'hidden gem' of Canada, owing to her powerful and refreshing sound. Her music possesses a timeless zeal, as the refreshing presence is strongly-rooted on a base of classic and soulful music; clearly recognizing this love for canonizing music. Shepherd began seeing regular rotation on community airwaves across Canada, and in June of 2010, Lil'Bit received The Most Promising New Artist Award at the RMAA's. This award, “a milestone in itself,” ultimately foreshadowed her acceptance of the most prestigious award in the Canadian Music Industry. In 2011, she received a Juno award for Reggae Recording of the Year for her Single "Likkle But Mi Tallawah" produced by Donovan "Danny M'aestro" Lee on the "New Tek Riddm", an honour that she received graciously. Lil'Bit also received two awards at the 2011 WCRMA's for Best Female Vocalist, and Single of The Year for "Lady in The Streets" and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist, Best Reggae Single, and Artist of the Year at the 2011 RMAA's. Shepherd was nominated once more for the 2013 Juno Awards; Best Reggae Recording category for her Album "Move Ya". Over the last few years Elaine has collaborated on numerous projects with artists worldwide of all styles and genres such as Moka Only, Jahranimo, Zukie Joseph, Lutah Fyah, Chezidek, Luciano and more. She has also since released two EP's; 'New Day'produced by Knuckleduster Music (Vancouver, BC) 'Rockaway EP: Vol 1 Lovers' produced by Technicians Music (Vancouver, BC) has currently just completed her 2nd LP 'Here I Am' with producer Paul 'Computer Paul' Henton (Jamaica) set to be released in the new year. Shepherd has recently returned from Jamaica where she performed at the 22nd Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash in Negril, and was the only female artist representing reggae music to perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has currently completed working on her first co-write EP entitled 'Revival' (produced by Technicians Music) for Honolulu native artist Paka, which is now available on iTunes. Elaine 'Lil'Bit' Shepherd's formal accomplishments speak for themselves, but her voice speaks louder, as she continually evolves as a professionally minded, strong woman, and as a relentlessly passionate artist. Her sound is bold, and her humble frame only exaggerates the beauty her soul speaks, making Lil'Bit a Canadian icon worth following closely.
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    • Meet Roozbeh Bahmani
      Guitar/Bass Guitar/Keys Instructor
      Roozbeh Bahmani has been musically involved and influenced since the age of 7. Learning the keyboard and beginner piano to playing the violin throughout junior high school. At Age 14, he was introd...
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      Roozbeh Bahmani has been musically involved and influenced since the age of 7. Learning the keyboard and beginner piano to playing the violin throughout junior high school. At Age 14, he was introduced to the electric guitar and never looked back. With just over 13 years of experience and playing various genres of music with several bands, from heavy metal to pop rock, Roozbeh enjoys all forms of music. Being one half of Tommy Siatskas bandmate, the technical and rhythmic writing brings out the most fun and creativity of the band as a whole, highlighted with an incredible experience playing July '13 Warped Tour in Toronto under the band MLFH (My Life For Hire). Roozbeh is ready to lead by example and to be an influence on all of the students who want to learn how to diversify their music style, learn the structure and great techniques to expand their musical horizons.
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    • Meet Ryan Brown
      Drum Instructor
      Ryan developed a passion for music at a very young age; listening to classic rock artists like Steely Dan, Steppenwolf and Led Zeppelin, just to name a few. The music library was vast. With only ...
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      Ryan developed a passion for music at a very young age; listening to classic rock artists like Steely Dan, Steppenwolf and Led Zeppelin, just to name a few. The music library was vast. With only a few formal lessons in guitar and drums, it wasn't long after where Ryan would learn his abilities as a musician and teach himself. After his very first drum lesson at the age of 12, Ryan went out and bought his first drum kit and knew this was the instrument he wanted to play. Over the course of his career, Ryan has played in a multitude of different bands, performing at countless venues across the GTA and surrounding cities. Ryan attended Seneca College where he attained an Arts degree. Ryan jumped at the opportunity to not only teach students his techniques and watch them strive as musicians, but to also improve on his own, in an environment unlike any other. A new addition to the School of Rock team, Ryan is eager and excited to continue his musical journey and help others to achieve their dreams.
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    • Meet Candace Sintnicolaas
      Vocal/Little Wing/Rookies Instructor
      Candace originally started working at School of Rock as a Co-op student in 2013 for a program in her high school. She wasn't quite sure what she wanted to do with her life at the time but knew of t...
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      Candace originally started working at School of Rock as a Co-op student in 2013 for a program in her high school. She wasn't quite sure what she wanted to do with her life at the time but knew of the passion she's always had towards singing and performing. During that time, Candace had the chance to experience what it was like being a student within the facility. Ever since then, she has been a part of numerous shows, and is currently in the House Band. In 2015, Candace decided to try out for the School of rock AllStars and was blown away to find out that she had made it! Candace spent two weeks in the summer touring with the best students that School of Rock has to offer within the United States. Some her her favourite venues included World Cafe Live, The Wonder Bar and Lollapalooza! Candace is beyond thankful for everything School of Rock has given her, and believes that everybody can find a home here.
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    • Meet Sarah Fazackerley
      Keys and Vocal Instructor
      Sarah started her musical training at the age of 9 through the Royal Conservatory of Music on piano. After learning the rudiments, she discovered a profound interest in rounding herself as a multi-...
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      Sarah started her musical training at the age of 9 through the Royal Conservatory of Music on piano. After learning the rudiments, she discovered a profound interest in rounding herself as a multi-instrumentalist.

      After picking up the saxophone at age 12, she went onto playing bass by age 14 as her first role in a band. Thereafter she picked up the guitar, flute, and microphone, and in present day most often uses all of these instruments to front her own band “Mayfly’s Landing”.

      Sarah continues to exercise her versatility through doing studio sessions for other artists, writing and composing her own music, and performing with both of her projects “Mayfly’s Landing” and “Man Made Forest”. She has found a great passion in teaching over the past few years, and her own enthusiasm for learning continues to push her forward as both an instructor and as a pupil.
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    • Meet Brian "Vegas" Vegas
      Guitar/Bass/Ukelele Instructor
      Brian Vegas (yes, it's his real name but we've now nicknamed just "VEGAS") plays guitar, bass and ukelele; but started his musical journey learning the electric organ. Since moving to Toronto in 20...
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      Brian Vegas (yes, it's his real name but we've now nicknamed just "VEGAS") plays guitar, bass and ukelele; but started his musical journey learning the electric organ. Since moving to Toronto in 2000, Brian has shared stage and studio time with some of the finest musicians and people and insists that experience is the best teacher. This philosophy has allowed him to assemble multiple lineups of aspiring musicians/artists to perform at local festivals and independent shows. Brian believes in giving back to music, the community and people in general and has donated over 10 personal guitars and done countless free individual and band development clinics.

      Most recently, Brian recorded a 4 song EP with Dennis Leeflang (from Bumblefoot); and several guitar-based instrumentals with top-tier-musicians from Toronto and across the globe. In addition, he is active among the international guitarist community (unofficial) and is constantly working to improve his skills and hone his craft teaching music with an infectious passion along the way.
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    • SCHOOL OF ROCK MARKHAM ANNOUNCES NEW RECORDING 101 PROGRAM!

      Starting Soon! Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm. Ages 13-19 9 weeks of 90 min sessions each for only $900.00 Taught by ex-Metalworks Instructor, Elliott Sairan Please let us know if you're interested. Limit...
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      Starting Soon! Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm. Ages 13-19
      9 weeks of 90 min sessions each for only $900.00
      Taught by ex-Metalworks Instructor, Elliott Sairan
      Please let us know if you're interested.
      Limited to just 10 students/class.

      Here's Elliott's amazing bio:

      Elliott has been involved with music since the age of five. Years of study and performances have contributed to his deep appreciation for creating music and collaborating with other artists. It was a natural evolutionary process for Elliott to combine his musical talents with his innate penchant to engineer recordings. He studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Canada, and continued his music training at York University in their jazz program.
      Elliott started his own studio, Vyner Road, and has seen the studio grow from a project studio into its current, professional state. Elliott’s credits include films such as Asahi (National Film Board), and Jean Claude Van Damme’s Replicant, as well as musical artists such as Natalie MasMaster, Leahy, Jonas Tomalty (with Sass Jordan), Euphora Phonic and Universal Honey. In addition, Elliott has engineered recordings with producer Dale Penner (Nickleback, Holly McNarland), producer Richard Bell (The Band, Janis Joplin), Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace), Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), and Andy Curran.
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    • SCHOOL OF ROCK MARKHAM OFFERS GREAT SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS FOR KIDS AND TEENS 9-18 YEARS OF AGE!! 30% enrolment offer ends April 30, 2016! Offer extends to all Summer Camp registrations during our April Anniversary Month!!

      School of Rock Summer Camps are perfect for any young musician between the ages of 9-18 (Songwriting/Recording Camp is 13-18) and are tailored to the individual skill level of each camper to ensure...
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      School of Rock Summer Camps are perfect for any young musician between the ages of 9-18 (Songwriting/Recording Camp is 13-18) and are tailored to the individual skill level of each camper to ensure an educational and enjoyable experience for all. Our camps are ideal for anyone with an interest and/or experience in vocals, guitar, drums, bass, or keys.

      Our Five Day Summer Camps are condensed versions of the programs we offer year round, and are all about LEARNING MUSIC, BUILDING CONFIDENCE, MAKING FRIENDS and PERFORMING LIVE! Campers will spend the week immersed in the theme of each session. Campers will receive coaching, instruction, and support from staff members who will assist campers with songs, arrangements, rehearsals, and performance. The campers will perform a mini showcase with their bands at the end of each session for their families to enjoy!

      All you will need is a packed lunch and a love of music! All our Camps run from 9am-3pm Monday thru Friday

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    • SCHOOL OF ROCK MARKHAM HOUSE BAND TO PLAY HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO PUNTA CANA!

      School of Rock Markham is extremely excited and very proud to announce that the School of Rock Markham House Band will be performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republi...
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      School of Rock Markham is extremely excited and very proud to announce that the School of Rock Markham House Band will be performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from June 30-July 7, 2016!Read less

    • ANNOUNCING! School of Rock Markham's SUMMER SHOWS!

      Want to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe Toronto? New Performance Program shows start the week of June 13th! Don't wait. Spaces fill up quickly! All rehearsals run from 6-9pm. School of Rock Mark...
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      Want to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe Toronto?

      New Performance Program shows start the week of June 13th!
      Don't wait. Spaces fill up quickly!

      All rehearsals run from 6-9pm.

      School of Rock Markham's Performance Program includes:
      One - 3 hour rehearsal per week PLUS a weekly 45 minute, private, one-on-one lesson! Performance will once again be at the famous
      Hard Rock Cafe Toronto on Yonge Street
      on Sunday, September 11, 2016

      New Shows are:
      Twenty One Pilots - Monday night rehearsals
      Deftones - Wednesday night rehearsals
      Guns and Roses vs Aerosmith - Friday night rehearsals

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Testimonials

  • “These guys really love music and sharing that passion with kids! Really fun and creative space for kids to learn AND let loose! My son Steven is making great progress on the bass guitar and I'm hoping that over time he gains the confidence needed to become a "performer" per se. Staff are enthusiastic and encouraging. And if you have a child that loves to perform than all I can say is...what are you waiting for!?! You have to check this venue out! ”
    - L Tsi, Markham,Ont
  • “Owners and staff are very knowledgable and caring. They want the kids to have fun and learn. My 9 yr old son is really enjoying the experience of learning another instrument and being exposed to a "real life" studio. He's really looking forward to the end of term gig. Rock on guys! ”
    — RockNRollMomma. Stouffville, Ontario
  • “My 13 year old sons have been playing music for a long time, and play multiple instruments - they are music addicts. We decided to try School of Rock to see if they would be able to perform more live concerts as part of the school's performance program/house band. This hope was fulfilled - my sons have performed live 13 times since April with School of Rock. The private lessons are also very good. We would know - my one son has had 10 different drum instructors in his short life (they keep going out on tour...) He thinks his SOR instructor is the best of them all (go Tommy!) My other son is also a big fan of his guitar instructor. We strongly recommend - worth the money.”
    — Katy B., Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • “What is the School Of Rock? It's a place that's right up my alley. It's practically my second home! I joined at the start of summer vacation last year. At the School Of Rock, you get the chance to play in a band and you get to put on big performances at different places. The School Of Rock has changed my life in so many different ways. ”
    —Dylan R., Pickering, Ontario (School of Rock Markham Student)