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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
Main Number
(647) 218-7625(647) 218-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - 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!

  • School of Rock Markham’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Markham.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

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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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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    • Meet Henry Teitelman
      Former Owner/Past President/Builder - School of Rock Markham
      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 was a technique he enjoyed until he passed away suddenly on Feb 23, 2017. He always played guitar in bands doing specific gigs, parties and projects and also enjoyed 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 enjoyed performing and jamming with friends and continued to play guitar, drums and bass whenever an opportunity came 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. He will be forever remembered and sadly missed by the many people whose lives he touched for 62 years.
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    • Meet Shelly Davine
      Owner/CEO/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 20 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 40th 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 enrolments, artist management and HR.
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    • Meet Tommy Siatskas
      General Manager/Music Director/Co-Owner/Drum Instructor/Recording Engineer
      Show Director & Drum Instructor...2013 to present. House Band Director...2014 to present. General Manager & Musical Director & Owner...2015 to present. Born December 9th 1987, Tommy Siatskas i...
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      Show Director & Drum Instructor...2013 to present.
      House Band Director...2014 to present.
      General Manager & Musical Director & Owner...2015 to present.

      Born December 9th 1987, Tommy Siatskas is a 30 year old drummer with 20 years of playing experience who has been working for School of Rock Markham since it's grand opening in late March of 2013. Tommy is an Audio Production & Engineering graduate from MetalWorks Institute of Sound & Music Production.

      Some history; Tommy was the drummer for a Toronto-local 5 piece Post-Hardcore band: My Life For Hire. Highlights of MLFH include opening for Andrew W.K. at The Sound Academy in May of 2011 and playing the Lemon Stage at Echo Beach for Toronto's Vans Warped Tour 2013. Tommy is currently drumming in Homicide Ventura, a 4 piece Toronto-local Metal band.

      As a Show Director and Musical Director he has been responsible for coordinate, teaching, and overseeing the production of all of SOR Markham's season ending concerts to date: British Invasion, Summer Show, That 70's Show, The Beatles, The Fake Show, Woman Who Rock, The Grohl Show, MTV Unplugged, Oh Canada, Led Zeppelin, Rap Rock, Punk vs. Funk, Muse, Metal Mania, Bowie vs. Stones, The Alternative Show, Best Of The Blues, Island Rock, Metallica, Queen vs. Supertramp, Guns N' Roses vs. Aerosmith, Deftones, Twenty One Pilots, The Beatles II, Pop Rocks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 80's Metal, New Wave, Rage Against The Machine, Pop Punk, Who vs Guess Who, Oasis, Radiohead, Killers vs Strokes and Kings Of Leon.

      As the House Band Director, Tommy has been a part of every House Band tour to date. House Band is a student band representing the best of our program who get the unique opportunity to rehearse, gig our community events, and take part in our international summer tours.

      Inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life!
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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 piano 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 other bands including Ransom Note and now Mayfly’s Landing where he is on rhythm and lead guitar, as well as vocals. Graham is very passionate about teaching at School of Rock and enjoys 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/Guitar Instructor
      David is a Canadian-made composer and performer, specializing in redefining the boundaries of progressive rock and instrumental soundscapes. He has been featured in international magazines includin...
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      David is a Canadian-made composer and performer, specializing in redefining the boundaries of progressive rock and instrumental soundscapes. He has been featured in international magazines including Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, and Vintage Guitar.

      In 2012, David Barrett and his trio participated in Alan Parsons’ Master Class recording session in Toronto, in which they were engineered and produced by Alan Parsons himself. The result was “Belmonte”, which featured guest vocalist Paul Reid.

      He is an endorsing artist for D’Addario Canada, Planet Waves, Pigtronix Futuristic Audio Technology, and Mack Guitar Amps, who recently designed his signature model Atomsmasher DB-40. David also plays a custom made Dagmar Guitar “Jane”, crafted to his specifications.
      David has worked and collaborated with a myriad of Canadian and global artists including Jacob Moon, Michael Sadler of Saga, Amanda Marshall, Platinum Blonde, celtic guitar virtuoso Tony McManus and Alex Lifeson of Rush.

      He has shared stages with the likes of Saga, Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake, And Palmer, Marillion, The Aristocrats and Adrian Belew of King Crimson. He has also been a feature performing artist and judge at The Canadian Guitar Festival.
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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 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 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 Brian 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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    • Meet Raquel Rayner
      Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Raquel is a classically trained pianist and vocalist with a vast range of experience from choral music to musical theatre to solo art. Her musical interests and performances have just as much scope...
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      Raquel is a classically trained pianist and vocalist with a vast range of experience from choral music to musical theatre to solo art. Her musical interests and performances have just as much scope in genre from Country/Western, Rock, Pop, R&B, Motown, Funk and everywhere in between and has had the great fortune of working with incredible and renowned artists, composers and musicians through her endeavours.
      Having started singing before she could speak and taking piano lessons at the age of 3, Raquel has never been able to turn down a stage - her favourite being the Toronto Centre for the Arts where she has repeatedly performed as a soloist, ensemble member and mass choir member with the Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir known most popularly for their recording and performing of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Theme song 'I Believe' with Nikki Yanofsky.
      Raquel is currently exploring, testing and pushing her artistic and musical boundaries through pursuing her own music while studying jazz at Humber College and is a firm believer that knowledge gained is only as useful as much as it is shared.
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    • Meet Jesse Byles
      Drum Instructor
      Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario - Jesse developed an early interest in music by scouring through his parents record collection. Initially inspired by bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, ZZ T...
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      Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario - Jesse developed an early interest in music by scouring through his parents record collection. Initially inspired by bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath and Rush, he decided to start studying both drums and guitar.

      Jesse began playing in ensembles in grade eight when he joined the Concert, Jazz and Rock Bands offered at his elementary school. He then moved on to Alexander Mackenzie High school where he played in many different school ensembles including: Concert, Intermediate, and Symphonic Band as well as the String Orchestra (Playing Violin) and their Choir, "The Mackenzie Singers". During the last two years of his high school career Jesse also began to form and play in rock bands in his local area.

      After graduating from high school, Jesse enrolled in Humber College where he graduated from not only their Theatre Production Program but also their Jazz Performance Program, with Honours in both programs. During this time, Jesse began studying Jazz percussion from instructors including, John Adames, Steve Mancuso and Ben Ball.

      Jesse is thrilled to be at School of Rock and pass on his knowledge to new musicians.
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    • Meet Murad Gunduz
      Drum Instructor
      Murad is a professional drummer from the GTA and alumnus of the prestigious music program at Humber College in Toronto. He has toured Canada, United States, and Europe with a variety of different b...
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      Murad is a professional drummer from the GTA and alumnus of the prestigious music program at Humber College in Toronto. He has toured Canada, United States, and Europe with a variety of different bands performing clubs, theatres, and casinos. Some notable acts Murad has toured with are, The Chris Antonik Band, Wild T and the Spirit, three time Grammy winner Walter Ostanek and his band, and a variety of tribute bands covering music by Billy Joel, The Bee Gees, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and The Beach Boys just to name a few.
      His teaching style is fun and educational! Drum rudiments and how to read music is taught. All kinds of music is covered with great play-along tracks to help students develop time and feel! Students enrolled in a School of Rock performance program will receive additional instruction on songs assigned by their School of Rock band. It is Murad’s wish that all of his students are able to play songs and at the School of Rock there are many performance programs to sign up for!
      In summary, Murad’s goal is to get all of his students playing level, knowledge of music, and confidence up so that they may seek opportunities to perform with other musicians such as in the School of Rock performance program where students learn to perform in bands together.
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    • Meet Kami Van Halst
      Vocal Instructor
      Kami Van Halst has been involved in the alternative rock scene for the past 20 years. She is the lead vocalist for Toronto based hard rock/metal band, Van Halst. Van Halst released their debut albu...
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      Kami Van Halst has been involved in the alternative rock scene for the past 20 years. She is the lead vocalist for Toronto based hard rock/metal band, Van Halst. Van Halst released their debut album in March 2016 and is currently nominated for a Western Canada Music Award and Toronto Independent Music Award for best Hard Rock Artist.

      Kami completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Music from the University of Alberta in 2014 and studied vocals, performance and music business at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles for the summer of 2015. During that summer Kami won an award for the best vocalist in the program.

      Kami is looking forward to sharing her passion for alternative music and performance with the students of the School of Rock.
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    • Meet Kristian Kadirgamar
      Front Desk/Guitar Instructor
      Kristian's musical tastes and influences range from classical to melodic death. From 2005-2011 he played the Trumpet in concert and stage bands through Elementary and High School. In 2007 he starte...
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      Kristian's musical tastes and influences range from classical to melodic death. From 2005-2011 he played the Trumpet in concert and stage bands through Elementary and High School. In 2007 he started guitar lessons under now fellow School of Rock Instructor, Brian Vegas. Since then some associated acts include Crimson Rice, Zzen, and The Boredroom where he has played guitar, bass, drums and keys at various times. Kristian studied Media Production at Ryerson University from 2011-2015 where he fell in love with Music production, Film making, and Game design. Kristian is a Martial Artist, member of ACTRA, and Video game/Film score composition enthusiast. Having made the pilgrimage to the Wacken Open Air festival, Germany in 2015 he has been reassured that his mission to rock is true and only just beginning.
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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 Lawrie Ingles
      Keyboard/Guitar/Bass/Vocal Instructor
      Lawrie has been playing piano since he was about 4 years old and guitar since the age of 14. He plays keyboards, guitar, bass and sings professionally in several bands but his main band is The Elt...
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      Lawrie has been playing piano since he was about 4 years old and guitar since the age of 14.
      He plays keyboards, guitar, bass and sings professionally in several bands but his main band is The Elton Rohn Band, one of the premier Elton John tributes in North America, playing festivals and theatres across Canada and the U.S.
      Lawrie has also played piano in Bruce Springsteen and Beatles tribute bands as well as several Southern and classic rock bands and recently began fronting a new duo called the Soul Maitre D’s, mostly playing original material.
      Songwriting is a passion, as is guitar and keyboard playing.

      Mostly self taught, Lawrie did take traditional piano lessons as a kid and played in many high school bands. He did however play with an international band of dentists before getting side-tracked in his university years.

      Lawrie believes you have to do what you love and love what you do. Making music
      fun and enjoyable encourages you to grow, improve and do better and he feels he has learned a lot from playing with other wonderful musicians over the years, in many styles and genres including wedding and party bands to occasional jazz and blues and even some prog rock and classical.

      Lawrie looks forward to helping other musicians along their journey at School of Rock Markham.
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    • Meet Michelle Ding
      Rookies/ Keys Instructor
      Michelle has had a love for music ever since she was a baby. From what her mother recalls, she would sing lovely songs for her every morning even before she learned how to talk. Continuing her love...
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      Michelle has had a love for music ever since she was a baby. From what her mother recalls, she would sing lovely songs for her every morning even before she learned how to talk. Continuing her love of music, 6 year-old Michelle would beg her older cousin, who was 6 years older and taking piano lessons at the time, to teach her the simple things that she had learned. Fast-forward to when Michelle was 8 years old, she started taking official piano lessons from The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). After completing Grade 9 piano with RCM, Michelle went on a hiatus with her piano lessons. She now enjoys practicing on her own and just plays the piano for fun. Michelle came to know about School of Rock when she decided to start taking guitar lessons to further her knowledge with different instruments. She is continuing her guitar lessons while studying Early Childhood Education at Seneca College. Michelle strongly believes in play-based learning where children learn and have fun at the same time. Her personal philosophy is to encourage children and to observe children’s interests and plan interesting activities to further their developmental knowledge.
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    • Voted as #1 Music Instruction School in Markham!

      Thanks so much to Everyone who voted for us!

    • Enrol Now for Fall!

      School of Rock Markham is Now Enrolling for Fall! From ages 4-94! We'll take you from the lesson room to the stage!!

    • School of Rock Markham Fall/Winter Performance Programs

      School of Rock Markham Performance Programs run 12 months of the year. 3 Seasons and 4-5 different shows per season. Which Show will you be in? Our Fall/Winter Season begins the week of September...
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      School of Rock Markham Performance Programs run 12 months of the year. 3 Seasons and 4-5 different shows per season.
      Which Show will you be in? Our Fall/Winter Season begins the week of September 11, 2017 offering a choice of The Who vs The Guess Who, Oasis, Radiohead, The Killers vs The Strokes or Kings of Leon!
      Spaces available on a first come basis!
      Available to all Performance Program Students only!
      Our Fall/Winter Performance will take place January 14, 2018 at The Opera House - Toronto. Tickets only $10 each and are available at the School of Rock Markham. We also have band programs for younger students from 4 years of age as well as Adult Band Programs.Read less

    • School of Rock Markham - NOT JUST FOR KIDS!

      At School of Rock Markham, the stage can be yours at any age. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favourite songs, instead of your old ...
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      At School of Rock Markham, the stage can be yours at any age. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favourite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization.

      Our Adult Grad School Program, which has now expanded to offer an intermediate or advanced group, will be starting two new shows! Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 8:30-10:30pm and private lessons can be booked with any of our fabulous instructors on guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards/piano or vocals.

      For more information or to to book your 30 min FREE Trial Class, please call 647-218-7625.Read less

Testimonials

  • “The performance program is a great way for kids to learn and have fun performing for a live audience! The instructors are very supportive and encouraging! ”
    L. Young, Markham, Ont - Son is in Performance Program
  • “This is a super night out and unless something urgent comes up I will NOT miss these sessions every Tuesday night. Great setup in Markham to plug in and play. Good people working for SoR and participants making some great new friends! Flexibility to play anything, so I'm learning material I've never heard before to stuff I love and know well. I've experience an excellent balance of jamming and structure for practicing tunes to lead up to an event. Rehearsing to lead up to a performance is effective and rewarding. Markham has an advanced room for experienced players and another room for those who haven't played as much. Both bands played last night at a local pub and everyone had a terrific time with plenty of friends and relatives there to enjoy. It is clear that playing has improved by many since joining SoR.”
    J. Bolger, Markham, Ont - Adult Grad School Program
  • “I love the amazing quality of the teachers, the facilities are great, the combination of the individual lesson and band provides an incredible experience not only with music but also with the community. My son loves his drums and I believe that this gives him confidence that is reflected in other parts of his life.”
    M. Papa, Markham, Ont - Son is in Performance Program
  • “Welcoming, down-to-earth, yet dynamic atmosphere... excellent teachers who are not only fabulous musicians in their own right, but, know how to motivate and work with kids. We switched music schools after we felt our kids had a strong, initial, foundation - they weren't feeling inspired to continue with their music lessons. At School of Rock they have progressed leaps and bounds in a few short months. ”
    The Tanner Family, Markham, Ontario