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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

MondayClosed
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

    • September 12
      11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
      Back to School OPEN HOUSE and House Band Fundraising BBQ
      OPEN HOUSE & BBQ Fundraiser
      Come by and visit the School of Rock Markham Open House/House Band BBQ Fundraiser! Food generously sponsored and provided by SMASH KITCHEN & BAR, 4261 Hwy 7 East, Unionville. Enjoy great food...
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      Come by and visit the School of Rock Markham Open House/House Band BBQ Fundraiser!

      Food generously sponsored and provided by SMASH KITCHEN & BAR, 4261 Hwy 7 East, Unionville.

      Enjoy great food, live music, free tours and trial classes, giveaways and promotions.
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    • September 13
      1:30 AM
      School of Rock Markham - End of Season Summer Show - Metal Mania
      End of Season Show
    • September 13
      3:00 PM
      School of Rock Markham - End of Season Summer Show - Muse
      End of Season Show
    • October 1 - 4 2015
      Markham Fair 2015
      Markham Fair - House Band Performance, Time TBC
      Markham Fair occurs annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees. Approximately 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 10,000 items, which will be judged and pu...
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      Markham Fair occurs annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees. Approximately 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 10,000 items, which will be judged and put on display during the fair. Promoting excellence through competition in this way, is what makes fairs unique in comparison to other events.

      As well as the competitive displays of our fall harvest, the community is further brought together to enjoy various forms of entertainment such as horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides, livestock shows and displays of farm animals.
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    • October 31
      10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      School of Rock Markham - HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE!
      OPEN HOUSE
    • November 28
      11:00 AM
      Markham Santa Claus Parade
      Santa Claus Parade
      Put on your warmest clothes and celebrate the holidays at the Markham Santa Claus Parade. The School of Rock Markham House Band will once again entertain you all on our float, in support of the ...
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      Put on your warmest clothes and celebrate the holidays at the Markham Santa Claus Parade.

      The School of Rock Markham House Band will once again entertain you all on our float, in support of the Markham Stouffville Hospital.
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    • December 4
      7:00 PM
      Unionville Olde Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Parade
      Holiday Parade Performance

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Staff

    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Graham Unsted
      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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    • 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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    • Eric Gibson
      Bass/Guitar Instructor/Show Director
      Eric Gibson is a passionate musician, who has been playing instruments since the age of 5. Starting first on the piano learning the traditional way, Eric quickly became bored and started wanting to...
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      Eric Gibson is a passionate musician, who has been playing instruments since the age of 5. Starting first on the piano learning the traditional way, Eric quickly became bored and started wanting to learn songs he actually cared about. At that point he switched to guitar and bass and started playing the good stuff. Eric has been in many bands over the past 8 years playing bass, lead and rhythm guitar, singing lead and background vocals in genres like funk, rock, soul, metal, and blues. He finally settled into his passion of playing bass, singing background vocals, and writing in a local Markham band 'The Mickeys' Eric took private lessons his whole life but has always felt he learned and grew more as a musician playing in a band environment. Eric is currently enrolled in the Berklee Online Music School taking performance, production and composition courses.
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    • Zebulun Barnow
      Vocal, Drum, Bass, Guitar Instructor
      Zebulun Barnow's life is devoted to Music. He has played hundreds of shows in Chicago with dozens of groups including Country Melvins, Pink Flamencos, Scarlet Life, The Tuffetts, Golden Horse Ran...
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      Zebulun Barnow's life is devoted to Music. He has played hundreds of shows in Chicago with dozens of groups including Country Melvins, Pink Flamencos, Scarlet Life, The Tuffetts, Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band, and B1g T1me. He performed with Blue Man Group/Chicago from 2004-2014. He was associate Music Director for the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Chicago and directed "Black Sabbath", "Freedom Rock" and "U2". He assisted on "The Wall", "AC/DC", "Led Zeppelin", "Southern Rock Roots", and many others. He was the voice for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's production of "Timon of Athens" in 2012 which won the Jefferson (Equity) award for best original incidental music. He toured the People's Republic of China as a percussionist with South Shore Symphony Orchestra in 2013-2014. In addition to various freelance Music projects, he plays guitar in a duo with his wife, cellist Amber Walton-Amar.
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    • 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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    • Elaine "Lil Bit" Shepherd
      Vocal/Keys/Little Wing (Pre-School of Rock) 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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    • Mike C Kelly (MCK)
      Drums/Adult Grad School Instructor
      'MCK' began his career in 1972 as a drummer/percussionist in a Steel Drum Band in Saint John N.B. It was the only Steel Drum Band of its kind in Canada, and was made up of twenty-five students ag...
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      'MCK' began his career in 1972 as a drummer/percussionist in a Steel Drum Band in Saint John N.B. It was the only Steel Drum Band of its kind in Canada, and was made up of twenty-five students aged fourteen to seventeen. The band established a world first, performing a Concerto for steel band and symphony orchestra called "Steel Henge". It was written by renowned National Film Board composer Eldon Rathburn and was conducted by the Legendary Skitch Henderson. The steel band recorded two albums, taped the CBC TV program "Sounds of Steel," and performed as cultural representatives at the 1976 Olympics. From this point, there was no turning back! 'MCK' soon attended Fanshawe College in the Music Industry Arts program for recording engineering. Since then he has worked for Sounds Interchange, Command Post and Transfer, Manta, Deluxe, Metalworks, McClear Digital, Studio 306, Rouge Valley studios and many more. Mike says, 'It was like having a front row seat to the best performances ever'. From full orchestral sessions to chart topping Canadian and International artists, Mike has seen it all. This was still not enough, as Recording Media Specialist '“ tape Guy- for Ampex / Quategy, 'MCK' serviced the recording industry for another nine years making new acquaintances in every major studio from Toronto to the east coast. Now beginning to see the other side of the fence, namely film and video, a new passion arose in the form of audio postproduction, i.e. sound for picture. Besides many sessions for film scores, Foley sessions and sound scaping, Mike was back watching cartoons! He became Language Versioning Producer for the first 3 seasons of Nelvana's 'Beyblade' doing Japanese to English voice replacement. 'Cartoons are the BEST', says Mike 'There are no rules and your imagination has no bounds. Anything can happen.' His current project is the Co-Production, Audio Post Supervision and Distribution of the film 'The Legends of Ska', a feature length documentary on the birth of Jamaican Ska music from Steady Rock Productions. The film chronicles the birth of Ska, the Jamaican people's music and how without Ska, there would be no Reggae! Through this entire journey Mike has drummed and beat his way through the crowd making a living through his love of sounds and music. He says he owes everything to his first music teacher, Mr. Walter Ball. 'He was a cartoon '“ no rules, all imagination, tireless and inspiring! He showed me the wonderful world of music and expression and I am a greater man for it. Thanx Walter, I want to be like you when I grow up! Oh wait'¦ I am, I am teaching at School of Rock!' J
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    • 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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News

    • SCHOOL OF ROCK MARKHAM'S 1ST ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION

      Shelly Davine and her husband Henry Teitelman, who brought the first School of Rock location to Canada in March of 2013, would like to honor their passionate students and staff for everything they'...
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      Shelly Davine and her husband Henry Teitelman, who brought the first School of Rock location to Canada in March of 2013, would like to honor their passionate students and staff for everything they've accomplished in the past year. School of Rock Markham is deeply rooted in the community and has been recognized by Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti numerous times for making a positive difference. The students recently raised over $1,500 for Markham Stouffville Hospital by hosting a RockAThon benefit concert and currently support the SickKids Foundation. To date, the young rockers have performed at numerous events including the Markham, Stouffville and Unionville community festivals and fairs, Markham District school fun fairs and many more. They've also had the honor of winning first place for having the best commercial float in the 2013 Markham Santa Clause Parade and have had the opportunity to learn from many famous musicians including Paul Hoffert and Don Paulton from Lighthouse as well as Canadian singer/songwriter Justin Hines.
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    • SCHOOL OF ROCK MARKHAM ANNOUNCES LOCAL ALLSTAR

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Shelly Davine School of Rock Markham 647.218.7625 markham@schoolofrock.com SCHOOL OF ROCK MARKHAM ANNOUNCES LOCAL ALLSTAR Performance-Based Music School Chooses Exce...
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact : Shelly Davine School of Rock Markham 647.218.7625 markham@schoolofrock.com SCHOOL OF ROCK MARKHAM ANNOUNCES LOCAL ALLSTAR Performance-Based Music School Chooses Exceptional Students to Take Center Stage as AllStars MARKHAM, ONTARIO '“School of Rock Markham is thrilled to announce that our very own Candace Sintnicolaas has been chosen from thousands of fellow School of Rock students to represent the top 1 percent of students worldwide as part of the 2015 School of Rock AllStars. School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, provides students with a yearly opportunity to audition for the prestigious AllStars program, the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. After weeks of auditions at school locations across the world, School of Rock has chosen a select group of highly talented students to join the School of Rock AllStars. The School of Rock AllStars partake in a tour each summer with the best musicians and vocalists from the international network of schools, which this year will include performances at the 2015 Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago and Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT. This authentic tour experience comes complete with travel, hotels, and getting to play some of the most iconic rock stages in the country. Past students have toured worldwide and have shared the stage with such notable acts as Jon Anderson from Yes, Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction, Slash from Guns and Roses, and countless others. Last year, the AllStars toured to support the Love Hope Strength charity, and were featured at Lollapalooza and Gathering of the Vibes. 'Over the past month we had the opportunity to hear auditions from an exceptional group of student musicians vying for a spot on the AllStars team for 2015,' said School of Rock CEO, Dzana Homan. 'The AllStars program is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student, and being selected to join the program is an honor that is bestowed on a limited few who stand out as the best of the best.' 'We are extremely proud and excited here at School of Rock Markham to have one of our own chosen as an AllStar', said Shelly Davine, Co-Owner/Franchisee of School of Rock Markham. 'Candace has always stood out for her natural Vocal talents and we can't wait to see her bring her musicianship to the AllStars to take her skills to a new level.' For more information on The School of Rock AllStars Program and School of Rock Markham, please visit markham.schoolofrock.com ### ABOUT SCHOOL OF ROCK School of Rock is fostering the next generation of great artists and redefining music education. Through a unique performance-based approach, students are guided from the lesson room to the stage where they play real shows at authentic venues with their peers. School of Rock's collaborative environment inspires students to learn and excel and instills a confidence they carry with them for the rest of their lives. With more than 150 locations in nine countries, School of Rock inspires the world to rock on stage and in life.
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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)