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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

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!

  • School of Rock New Canaan’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in New Canaan’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 New Canaan 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 New Canaan Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock New Canaan 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 New Canaan’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 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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Staff

    • 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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    • 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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    • Adam Cirillo
      General Manager
      Adam was born and raised in Derby, CT. Since as far back as he can remember, he has been surrounded by all things music. His grandfather was an accomplished jazz drummer and pianist, and encouraged...
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      Adam was born and raised in Derby, CT. Since as far back as he can remember, he has been surrounded by all things music. 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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    • Michael Giammattei
      Drum Instructor
      Michael Giammattei also known amongst the CT music community as Mikey G, has dedicated his life to the pursuit of making music. His drumming journey began n 5th grade of the CT school system. Notab...
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      Michael Giammattei also known amongst the CT music community as Mikey G, has dedicated his life to the pursuit of making music. His drumming journey began n 5th grade of the CT school system. Notable achievements in his school years: played in Atlantic City, NJ for the Miss America Pageant parade (representing Miss CT), in the Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C., as well as Walt Disney World and Epcot Center in FL for a national high school band competition. Also named drum captain junior year and remained so until graduating in 1990. He's proud to be self-taught on the drum set, but in his 20s he began studying with Ron Nihofffor about 3 years (whom had learned under the direction of Joe Bonadillo from NY), followed by lessons with Greg Trabandt of RVP Studios for another 2 years. Notable achievements at this time: joined band called Pipeline, showcased for labels the likes of Sony, Epic, Atlantic, Universal and Casablanca; also played SUNY Cobleskill NY (first college gig ever); band opened for Saliva in Cape Cod, MA. Greatest compliment given by way of Chris Apostle (right hand AR man to Tommy Matola, CEO of Casablanca Records, after a performance at CBGBs in NYC: "I've worked with bands like Good Charlotte and I have to say that as a live band, you guys blow them away!" After Pipeline, Michael started Our Finest Hour (which later became Calm to Chaos). It was around this time in 2005 Michael was blessed with a write-up in DRUM! magazine's Oct issue. Calm to Chaos put out their self-titled album in 2007 under HMG Records. That same year Calm to Chaos was chosen by the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam Readers Poll as "Best Original Band" in the state of CT. The band was direct support for National acts as: Bowling for Soup (at Sacred Heart University), The Plain White Tees (at Western CT State University), The Strokes (at Cornell University), Ra, Otep and Static-X (at Toad's Place), and Revelation Theory (at WCCCs Hartford Block Party). In late 2008 Michael was recruited by the band's This Time Down and Forgotten by Friday. it was at this time in 2011 Michael received his second personal honor, being selected as "Best Instrumentalist" by the New Haven Advocate's Grand Band Slam Readers Poll; while This Time Down was selected as "Best Punk Band". In Jan of 2011 Michael was also officially endorsed through Soultone Cymbals out of Encino, CA. With Forgotten by Friday, the band's debut CD "Believe" was self-financed and put out in August of 2010. National acts FbF played with as direct support: Cavo, Atom Smash American Bang (at The Webster Theater), The Steve Broderick Band, of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame (at Cafe 9), The Marshall Tucker Band (at Showcase Live at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA), and with CB Radio (at the NJ Freedom Festival State Fair). Michael has played with many cover bands and original bands, not mentioned, is a highly sought after live and session player and has a few national/international releases on his Discography, including: on the track 'Baby Get Your Gun' w/ French/American artist Amadeo L. Gauthier's album "Une Chanson de Amour", on the track 'A Step Behind' (featuring Mike Vescera on vocals of Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness Obsession fame) on Chris Bickley's album "Tapestry of Souls", and on the Versailles Records 2 CD release of Two Minutes to Midnight: A Millennium Tribute to Iron Maiden on the track 'The Prisoner'w/ This Time Down (and featuring national artists such as former Judas Priest/Iced Earth and current Yngwie Malmsteen/Beyond Fear frontman Tim 'Ripper' Owens, former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno, Chris Poland (Megadeth), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper Band), Derrick LeFevre (Lillian Axe), and Neil Zaza, Michael is not finished trying to reach the top of the musical mountain, but he is proud and excited to be an instructor at The School of Rock and is looking forward to helping today's young drummers become the stars of tomorrow!
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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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