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About School of Rock New Canaan

Welcome to School of Rock New Canaan, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of New Canaan’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock New Canaan 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 New Canaan 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 New Canaan
41 Grove StreetNew Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 594-7870

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock New Canaan, 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.

    New Canaan 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 New Canaan’s Performance Program can expect:

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

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock New Canaan is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock New Canaan, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows New Canaan students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock New Canaan’s Rock 101 students can expect:

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

  • School of Rock New Canaan’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock New Canaan’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

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

    Students in School of Rock New Canaan’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!

At School of Rock New Canaan, 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. New Canaan students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits...
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At School of Rock New Canaan, 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.

New Canaan 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 New Canaan’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

    • June 3
      5:00 PM
      Green Day Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 3
      7:00 PM
      Black Sabbath Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 4
      12:00 PM
      Green Day Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 4
      2:00 PM
      New Wave Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 4
      4:30 PM
      70's Rock Radio Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 5
      11:00 AM
      Black Sabbath Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 5
      2:00 PM
      New Wave Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 5
      4:30 PM
      70's Rock Radio Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 5
      6:30 PM
      Progressive Rock Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
    • June 12
      6:00 PM
      Progressive Rock Performance
      Performance
      Factory Underground
      16 Isaac St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850

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Staff

    • Meet Carl Goding
      Music Director
      Born in Norwalk, Carl grew up with music all around him. Driving the family crazy while incessantly drumming on anything he could find, Carl heard the band Rush and he was hooked for life. At age 1...
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      Born in Norwalk, Carl grew up with music all around him. Driving the family crazy while incessantly drumming on anything he could find, Carl heard the band Rush and he was hooked for life. At age 16, Carl began taking lessons from Jim Mola (Tony Bennett, Good Morning America, the JVC Jazz Festival). Not being able to afford conventional lessons Carl began to roadie for Jim, and would be taught on a diner table after gigs. At the age of 17, Carl started the progressive metal band Arsinal that toured the Northeast. While in melodic progressive band Arcane Opera, he was featured on the Foundations Forum CD releases for two years straight with Ozzy, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Pantera and others. Carl then started Bourne Wisdom, who recorded their debut CD in 1995 and shared the stage with the likes of King's X and Kansas. With the band Linc Haze, Carl and crew were the most sought after area band with their style of 'rapcore.' He is currently recording original music with the progressive rock band Scapeland. Carl remains one of the most sought after drummers in the area, performing consistently at venues like Mohegan Sun, Toads Place, and Marriott Times Square. You can see Carl in the area playing with Pimpinella (funk and dance), HEDTRIP (modern rock, alternative), Paul Lacano and the Cocktail Shakers (dance and swing), Soul Circus (reggae and RB), Bump (blues to today's dance) and original alternative rock band If Not For Dreaming. Carl resides in Bethel, CT with his wife and two kids who are also following in his musical footsteps.
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    • Meet Adam Cirillo
      General Manager
      Adam was born and raised in Derby, CT. His grandfather was an accomplished jazz drummer and pianist, and encouraged Adam to start making music at the age of 8. He started then taking drum lessons,...
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      Adam was born and raised in Derby, CT. His grandfather was an accomplished jazz drummer and pianist, and encouraged Adam to start making music at the age of 8. He started then taking drum lessons, and has been pursuing his love for music ever since. Adam took drum lessons at multiple music schools in CT, and from a number of teachers while he was growing up. He began to explore other instruments as well, and is self taught on piano, guitar, and bass. When he was 16, Adam joined a cover band called One Jack Move, and went on to play shows at Mohegan Sun, Mount Snow, Springfield College, CCSU, Toads Place, and many more. One Jack Move has been featured on Radio 104.1, 106.9 WCCC, and 99.1 WPLR. Adam is also currently involved in some original projects, in which he plays the drums and keyboard. Adam graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He currently lives in Stratford, CT.
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    • Meet Tyler Bernhardt
      Vocal/Keyboard/Guitar Instructor
      Tyler Bernhardt was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. At an early age, he began teaching himself guitar, bass, piano, and drums, which led to his compositional career. In high school, he c...
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      Tyler Bernhardt was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. At an early age, he began teaching himself guitar, bass, piano, and drums, which led to his compositional career. In high school, he co-founded an a capella group called Close Harmony, a staple of Fairfield's musical education system. Upon his high school graduation, Tyler released an original 5-song EP with fellow musician Darian Cunning. Following high school, Tyler was offered a full scholarship to study Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. There, Tyler became part of the prestigious Jazz Vocal Ensemble 1. In addition, he was recruited to the elite Downbeat award-winning jazz vocal group, Extensions. In 2010, Tyler signed with Forward Motion Records, a South Florida-based indie label, run by Dreaming In Stereo's own Fernando Perdomo. A few months later, Tyler released a full-length album called What Is This , which he produced with classmate Luke Moellman. In 2011, Tyler's song 'Happiness In History' was awarded first place in the Indaba-Jango Airplay Opportunity contest. Tyler's original music blends elements of indie-pop, Americana,and rock into a genre all its own. He has performed at venues such as the Van Dyke, Transit Lounge, the Stage, the Acoustic Café, and the Quick Center. His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and many other online retailers.
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    • Meet Brian Fox
      Keyboard/Vocal Instructor
      Brian has spent well over half of his life submerged in music. Starting in 3rd grade, he picked up the tenor sax for the school band and ever since then something stuck. Pushing ahead a few years h...
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      Brian has spent well over half of his life submerged in music. Starting in 3rd grade, he picked up the tenor sax for the school band and ever since then something stuck. Pushing ahead a few years he purchased a guitar in 7th grade and started a few bands with local friends and musicians. Over the rest of his middle/high school career he would perform in many original bands spanning the music spectrum. From heavy metal to blues/jazz, he wanted to try it all.After high school, Brian set out for Los Angeles and the Musicians' Institute in W. Hollywood where he studied piano/keyboard and recording technology. After he returned home to CT in 2004, he and his band Mos Opus featuring Justin Howland, Will Earley, and himself started playing out live and really getting a feel for the music scene. In 2010 they released their second work, an EP entitled Anchors which displayed the band's musicianship and use of technology.Brian is excited to bring his passion for rock and on-stage experience to the School of Rock.
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    • Meet Matt Dempsey
      Guitar / Bass Instructor
      Matt Dempsey has been playing and writing music since he was able. He began his music career when he picked up alto sax in fourth grade, playing through high school and at the Rose Bowl.Dabbling in...
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      Matt Dempsey has been playing and writing music since he was able. He began his music career when he picked up alto sax in fourth grade, playing through high school and at the Rose Bowl.Dabbling in trumpet along the way, he would soon find the instrument that would capture his lifelong attention, the guitar. At fourteen Matt began private guitar lessons and quickly joined his first band. He would go on to be involved in a very wide range of musical styles including punk, metal, rock, jazz, blues, folk and reggae. Matt attended the University of New Haven and continued to study the guitar while gaining a B.S. in Music and Sound Recording.Along the way he picked up the bass and was involved in several projects including reggae, rock, and jazz groups.During this time Matt also began spreading the joy of music to others and found a love where he never expected he would, in teaching. Matt began teaching at various schools and music stores in 2006 and has never looked back. He also continues to play with various projects including his main band Cosmic Dust Bunnies , who have played throughout New England and continue to tour, write, and record.Recently, Matt has also traveled to The Collective School of Music in NYC to continue his education.Believing that we are all forever students, Matt feels strongly that to be a good educator one must be open and constantly learning.
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    • Meet Michael Miller
      Guitar / Bass Instructor
      Mike Miller grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where he started playing guitar at age 5. While in high school Mike began teaching guitar. After winning many school and local talent contests Mike sta...
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      Mike Miller grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where he started playing guitar at age 5. While in high school Mike began teaching guitar. After winning many school and local talent contests Mike started his formal training in Classical guitar and Music Education in college. He then relocated to Los Angeles where he was involved with several bands, music video projects and studio work as a rock guitarist. In L.A. he was able to meet and take instruction from many top musicians such as bassist Bunny Brunel (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock) and guitarist Scott VanZen ( Kiss, Ken Tamplin). Later, Mike moved to Arizona after being invited to be the guest soloist for the San Marcos Symphony Orchestra. Mike's recent bands include Metal Elvis, Great Gig in the Sky, Unskinny Bop, and Casino Arizona Showstoppers. He has toured nationally and his bands have headlined venues such as The Marquee and Celebrity theaters in Phoenix as well as the Palace Theater and Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. While performing at Mohegan Sun, Mike met his better half which prompted a move to Connecticut. Since then Mike has been busy teaching guitar and performing with local bands. Mike's current band is Sugarush, a Rock/Pop/Dance band that plays over 100 gigs a year.
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    • Meet Marlon Valenzuela
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Growing up, Marlon expressed a noticeable interest in playing music. He bought his first guitar in his early days of high school and eventually led him to joining his first band during junior year,...
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      Growing up, Marlon expressed a noticeable interest in playing music. He bought his first guitar in his early days of high school and eventually led him to joining his first band during junior year, playing original music at school events. In the following years, after graduating from Greenwich High School and continuing college in 2006, Marlon started playing in various cover bands and performing at local clubs, bars, and cafes. From 2009 up to the present day, he's been the lead guitarist for an up-and-coming local alternative rock band called Yaguarandí. Playing and recording original music, he's toured in various cities on the Eastern seaboard including Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York City and locally in CT. Yaguarandí has been actively opening shows in the Eastern side of the US for various international rock bands including the 2010 Latin Grammys nominated Bohemia Suburbana from Guatemala. Actively educating himself and performing as an artist, Marlon brings energy and commitment to the School of Rock community.
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    • Meet John Moses
      Guitar / Bass Instructor
      John Moses has been playing guitar for more than half a century and has been teaching in a classroom for more than a quarter of a century. Recently retired from the New Canaan School System, John i...
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      John Moses has been playing guitar for more than half a century and has been teaching in a classroom for more than a quarter of a century. Recently retired from the New Canaan School System, John is now a School of Rock instructor proficient in electric and slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and beginning drums. He has been performing locally as The Moses Brothers and his old college band, Outerspace, is famous in five towns in Maine. John has opened for B.B. King, Dr. John, Waylon Jennings, Allan Toussaint and The Marshall Tucker Band. His performance career has taken him from the East Room of the White House for Susan Ford’s prom to playing on
      the Great Wall of China. His first CD, “Moses in Madagascar”, had him collaborating and recording with the Malagasy musicians of that unique island in the Indian Ocean. His third CD, “The Moses Brothers”, will be available in CD, vinyl and streaming format early 2016. John embraces the performance approach to teaching music at School of Rock. His lessons focus on practical skills culled from a lifetime of guitar. His heroes can all be identified by first name: Jimi, B.B., Eric, Jerry and Bird.
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Promotions

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock provides opportunities not just for kids to learn the classic material and techniques of rock and roll, but also provides them with fantastic lessons in problem solving, team building, and the rewards of hard work while building their self esteem and confidence (all while having a blast). The SoR experience creates not only rock stars on stage, but it transfers into other areas of the kids lives as well! ”
    — Rocker Mom, Salt Lake City, UT
  • “You are transforming my child into someone who knows that she "can." She doesn't hope for the "I can" anymore - she KNOWS she can now. Our daughter is learning how to come out of herself, take risks, close her eyes and just fly. We are so grateful. More than you can ever know. ”
    — Francine & Lou, Fort Washington, PA
  • “School of Rock has prepared me for the world because it is an environment that constantly challenges my creative abilities. ”
    — Jake, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock has taught me to work hard for things that I want to get (like being an AllStar), and it's taught me to work really well with others, and has improved my communication skills. ”
    — Adam, 18, School of Rock Rochester