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About School of Rock New York

Welcome to School of Rock New York, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of New York’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock New York 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 York 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 York
439 East 75th StreetNew York, NY 10021
(212) 249-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock New York, 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 York 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 York’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 York 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 York, 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 York students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock New York’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock New York’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 New York 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 New York 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 New York, 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 York, 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 York works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock New York’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 York’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 New York 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 New York’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!

At School of Rock New York, 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 York students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock New York, 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 York 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 York’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 9
      9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      BOB DYLAN VS. NEIL YOUNG ORIENTATION
      This event is at School of Rock NYC (439 E 75 St New York, NY 10021).
    • September 10
      9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      THE WHO ORIENTATION
      This event is at School of Rock NYC (439 E 75 St New York, NY 10021).
    • September 12
      3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      WOODSTOCK ORIENTATION
      This event is at School of Rock NYC (439 E 75 St New York, NY 10021).
    • September 12
      6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      SKA AND REGGAE ORIENTATION
      This event is at School of Rock NYC (439 E 75 St New York, NY 10021).

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Staff

    • Darren Musatto
      Music Director & Show Director
      Darren Musatto, Music Director: Darren has been a big part of SoR NYC since 2004. An accomplished guitarist, Darren toured the U.S. and Europe with members of the Misfits, Crash Test Dummies, Queen...
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      Darren Musatto, Music Director: Darren has been a big part of SoR NYC since 2004. An accomplished guitarist, Darren toured the U.S. and Europe with members of the Misfits, Crash Test Dummies, Queens of the Stone Age and The Eagles of Death Metal. Before joining School of Rock, he taught music production at the California Recording Institute in San Francisco. Darren is currently recording and touring with Joanna Erdos and the Midnight Show, and will performing at this year's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
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    • Brendan O'Connor
      Owner & General Manager
      Brendan bought the NYC School of Rock with some partners in December 2012 and took on the role of General Manager.A life long music fan and musician, he plays guitar in a Brooklyn-based surf rock b...
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      Brendan bought the NYC School of Rock with some partners in December 2012 and took on the role of General Manager.A life long music fan and musician, he plays guitar in a Brooklyn-based surf rock band, The Tiki Brothers.A veteran journalist, Brendan also works as a freelance writer for such outlets as ESPN, Inc. and Men's Journal. He is the proud father of three children, Aidan 10, Beatrice 8 and Maeve 3.
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    • Blaise Dahl
      Studio Coordinator, Corporate + NYC Social Media Coordinator & Music Instructor: vocals & keyboards
      Blaise Dahl fell in love with music and performing at a young age and tried it all before focusing on rock. As a result, she's developed a well-rounded experience as a performance coach. She studie...
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      Blaise Dahl fell in love with music and performing at a young age and tried it all before focusing on rock. As a result, she's developed a well-rounded experience as a performance coach. She studied classical piano, ear training, and the Suzuki method for 8 years at Queensborough Community College as a private student of Margarita Epshteyn (winner of the All National USSR Piano Competition; conservatory and Masters degrees from Moscow and Leningrad Conservatories); spent her formative years devotingup to14+ hours/week studying dance (at American Theater Dance Workshop, the Eglevsky Ballet company school, and Alvin Ailey School, among others) and performing in several professional productions;attended the Atlantic Theater Company's Acting School (founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy), and wrote and performed with the activist theater group Project Girl (now called Girl Be Heard). A USFSA competitive figure skater, at the age of 12, Blaise logged 42 performances in the premiere Equity production of "Cold As Ice" -- an original on-ice musical starring Olympic Gold Medal Champion Oksana Baiul -- that was shopped for Broadway. Blaise trained with a musical theater coach and a vocal therapist before being accepted as a private student by renown pop/rock/RnB vocal coach Cari Cole -- who has taught and mentored such luminaries as Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Journey, Courtney Love, Grammy winner Chrisette Michelle, Diane Birch, and American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke -- andshe has worked with Cole for the last 5 years. Not satisfied with just singing, Blaise joined School of Rock to study guitar and gain experience fronting a band. She won a vocalist spot on the SOR Allstars tour every year she was eligible. Last summer, she was a vocal performance teacher at SOR USA's "Mayhem in the Mountains" Metal Camp. Blaise wrote her first original song on acoustic guitar at age 14; an anti-bullying anthem that earned her a spot in the Cherry Lane Theatre show "The Arts Effect: Girl Power," an interview in Newsday, and eventually led to becoming a founding member of MTV's "A Thin Line" prosocial street team. At 16, Blaise auditioned for the first NYC Grammy Foundation industry camp for high school students and was awarded the ASCAP songwriting scholarship to attend; she was one of only 7 singer/songwriters nationwide to be admitted that year. She currently has over 15 songs registered with ASCAP. Blaise has worked with Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country) and Nona Hendryx (LaBelle, Talking Heads). She was the vocalist on an experimental piece for the Brooklyn Philharmonic by composer Jesse Krakow (Shudder to Think), performing alongside another former SOR AllStar, drummer Eric Slick (Dr. Dog).She is currently studying music production and fronts her own band, Dahl Haus.
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    • Jason Wojnar
      Studio Coordinator
    • Bob Jones
      Show Director & Music Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      Bob Jones is a composer/multi-instrumentalist living and working in Brooklyn's thriving music scene. He received a Bachelors degree in Double Bass performance from Michigan State University. Equall...
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      Bob Jones is a composer/multi-instrumentalist living and working in Brooklyn's thriving music scene. He received a Bachelors degree in Double Bass performance from Michigan State University. Equally at home in the genres of rock, classical, folk, and jazz Bob has appeared on dozens of albums and has toured extensively in the United States and Europe. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Gunther Schuller, Tara Jane O'neil, Mirah, Frankie Rose, Fergus and Geronimo, and Eternal Tapestry. His band Eaters debut album is being released this spring on Driftless records. He can also be heard leading his band Bob Jones and The Golden Tones at venues all over New York, and him solo nearly every Friday night at EAT in Greenpoint.Bob also brings over a decade of teaching experience to School of Rock. His students have gone on to audition into performing arts High Schools and pursue careers in music. He has directed numerous composition/recording camps, as well as Rock 101 classes. He is known for both the enthusiasm and patience he shows in lessons and rehearsals.
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    • Nick Llobet
      Rock 101 Director, Show Director & Music Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      When seeing his first rock show, Nick knew music had to be in his future. After playing guitar for a few years Nick received a scholarshipto attend Berklee College of Music where he honed his craft...
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      When seeing his first rock show, Nick knew music had to be in his future. After playing guitar for a few years Nick received a scholarshipto attend Berklee College of Music where he honed his craft and played with several diverse artists. Nick moved to Denver in 2011 and worked at School of Rock for over 2 years directing shows and teaching guitar, bass, and vocals.Nick Currently resides in New York City as a guitar instructor and aspiring songwriter. For more about Nick visit: Nickllobet.com
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    • Kathy Sheppard
      Show Director & Music Instructor: Vocals & Keyboards
      EXPERIENCE: private teacher of piano since January, 1981; private teacher of voice since September, 1997; admissions counselor/representative for Berklee College of Music (1986-2004); founder of P...
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      EXPERIENCE: private teacher of piano since January, 1981; private teacher of voice since September, 1997; admissions counselor/representative for Berklee College of Music (1986-2004); founder of Paul Green School of Rock Music, South Hackensack, NJ; founding member of Berklee New York Alumni Club; performances and/or recordings with members of Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa band, Ronnie Spector band; featured soloist with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (January, 1990); Passion Records recording artist; North American tour with Scarlet Fever (1982); pit orchestra musician for Phoenix Productions and the Park Players; musician and songwriter for Big Management and City Canyons Publishing; winner of award in first annual Billboard Songwriting Contest (1986); leader of original group, FayWray; founder of mylullaby.com, a record company specializing in custom-made personalized recordings for babies; founding member of Tinseltown Rebellion, a tribute to the music of Frank Zappa; keyboardist/vocalist for Italian orchestra, I Raggazzi del Golfo; organizer of student performances to benefit Hackensack University Medical Center, The Skywards Foundation, The Emmanuel Foundation, and orphanages in Peru and Ghana; member: Musicians' Local 802 and ASCAP EDUCATION: Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music Additional studies, New England Conservatory Classical piano with Konrad Wolff, David Hagan, Stephany Plsek Jazz and fusion keyboard with Garry Dial, Adam Holzman Classical voice with Iby deGeorge Geary Rock and pop voice with Kryste Andrews, Ellen Foley Visit Kathy online at www.mylullaby.com .
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    • Tyler Bernhardt
      Senior Show Director & Music Instructor: Vocals & Keyboards
      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 Revolution Live, The Stage, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and many more. His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, and many other online retailers.For more information on Tyler visit tylerbernhardt.com
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    • Daniel Burdman
      Rock 101 Director, Assistant Show Director & Music Instructor: Drums
      Dan Burdman is a drummer and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. He has recorded and performed with a diverse array of groups ranging from RB to punk rock, hip-hop to afro-pop. When he is...
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      Dan Burdman is a drummer and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. He has recorded and performed with a diverse array of groups ranging from RB to punk rock, hip-hop to afro-pop. When he is not teaching at School of Rock he is likely performing with pop artist Sade Joseph or with his electronic rock band, Total Girlfriend Experience. He holds a B.A. in music and psychology from Columbia University and currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.For more information visit http://danburdman.com
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    • Tom McCaffrey
      Assistant Show Director & Music Instructor: Guitar, Bass & Drums
      As an experienced Philadelphian guitarist and top former member of The School of Rock All-Stars, Tom McCaffrey has performed as a touring musician in venues all throughout the United States and pla...
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      As an experienced Philadelphian guitarist and top former member of The School of Rock All-Stars, Tom McCaffrey has performed as a touring musician in venues all throughout the United States and played with various celebrity performers as a backup musician. In Fall 2010, he appeared on the CBS Morning Show, CW News NYC and Fox News NYC. He has played at live venues and festivals such as Gathering of the Vibes Festival, Connecticut and Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado, The United Nations Millennium Goals Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Amphitheatre, NYC, Gramercy Theatre, NYC and Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, and Lollapalooza festival, Chicago, IL in 2009 and 2012 in addition to tours in various East Coast venues.Tom has performed as a backing guitarist with celebrities between 2008 and 2011 such as John Wetton, bassist/vocalist for the bands Asia and King Crimson, Dee Snider, vocalist for Twisted Sister, Gloria Gaynor, famous singer and author of the song 'I Will Survive,' KT Tunstall, and Robert Hazard. In addition, he has recorded an album of original music with Liberty Devitto, drummer for Billy Joel, and Chuck Treece, a Philadelphia bassist hero in 2009 called 'Monster,' and currently fronts 'Infant Elephant,' a power trio so relentless and ballsy that they've been regarded as 'so good that you just want to bang your head against the wall.' Recently, Tom moved to New York City to study Jazz Guitar at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and has been collaborating with other students in upcoming projects, working as a studio musician, teaching at The School Of Rock in Manhattan, and playing for many New York based bands all across the city.
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    • GC Castillo
      Music Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      GC Castillo is a music producer/guitarist from Lima, Peru. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree on Contemporary Writing and music production, after being awarded an internationa...
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      GC Castillo is a music producer/guitarist from Lima, Peru. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree on Contemporary Writing and music production, after being awarded an international scholarship. Since moving to New York, he has shared the stage as a supporting musician for Grammy winning/nominated artists such as American Idol's winner Fantasia, Luke James, Chrisette Michelle, J. Ivy among others. GC currently resides in Brooklyn NY, and is currently a touring musician for Universal Music Group artist Domino Saints, as well as a music producer for many local/latin American artists. For more information on GC, visit : www.giancarlocastillo.com
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    • Jefrey Brown
      Music Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      I started playing guitar the day before high school, literally. I needed something to do and something I could do with confidence. I saw a Jimi Hendrix video on MTV and said "That's it! I must lear...
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      I started playing guitar the day before high school, literally. I needed something to do and something I could do with confidence. I saw a Jimi Hendrix video on MTV and said "That's it! I must learn to play guitar!" My mother taught me my first lesson and a year later I taught my brother how to play "Gloria" and "Wild Thing" on the bass so we could start a band. He and I studied with some great teachers and taught each other how to jam out and write songs. We learned to be unafraid of our mistakes and play for the adventure of making music. When I graduated high school I attended Berklee College of Music to study theory, composition and film scoring. After 2 years there I struck out on my own to play in bands which is an education all in itself! People skills, music skills, confidence building and most importantly, having fun playing with people you love. I've been blessed to play with some great bands, notably TV on The Radio at Carnegie Hall, and have worked with Kim Deal of the Pixies and Breeders. I've shared the stage with Sonic Youth, The Boredoms, The Akron Family and many other bands. I moved from Portland Oregon to Los Angeles and settled here in the Big Apple in 2011 and I love it here! I love the energy and currently have a great band called Gospel Of Mars and am doing much session work, producing, writing and teaching these days! I love to share music and I love to help people further their dreams and visions! Glad to be here!
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    • Alex Major
      Music Instructor: Drums
      Alex Major began playing the drums at age 10. It was around this time that he and schoolmate John Barber began playing music together, and still do to this day. Their band Ellis Ashbrook performs f...
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      Alex Major began playing the drums at age 10. It was around this time that he and schoolmate John Barber began playing music together, and still do to this day. Their band Ellis Ashbrook performs frequently in the NYC and Boston music scenes and has embarked on three U.S. tours. They are busy working on their fourth studio album, which should be out in the Spring of 2014. A graduate of Boston University, Alex has taught drums privately since 2006 and has been employed at School of Rock since December 2011.

      Visit Alex online at:
      facebook.com/ellisashbrook
      ellisashbrook.com
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    • Chris Baretto
      Music Instructor: Drums
      Chris Barreto is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 7 years teaching experience and over 12 years professional playing experience. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and started his m...
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      Chris Barreto is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 7 years teaching experience and over 12 years professional playing experience. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and started his musical journey at David Kovins' school for Musical Performance, then furthered his education at the Berklee College of Music, the Jackie McLean Institute for Jazz in the University of Hartford, and earned a BA in Music Education at Five Towns College. Chris is great with kids with his patience and great attitude. His playing experience extends into all genres including funk, hiphop, pop/dance, R&B, Latin, Jazz, and of course Rock/Punk/Metal. Chris has gained experience playing as a freelance Jazz musician, drummer of various wedding bands such as Crossing Midnight and the Free Shots, and has played in many original Rock, Punk, and Metal bands over the years. He is currently playing in an up incoming original Indi-rock band called Two Cent Sam and constantly plays gigs in the tri-state area. Chris is very active in the NYC and Long Island music scenes playing venues like Mulcahy's concert hall, Revolution music hall, the Bitter End, and Bar 360 in the Resorts World Casino to name a few. Chris is forever a student of music and to this day furthers his knowledge of drums and music with drummer/musical director/educator Swiss Chris (John Legend) and peers of his of his craft. "If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life"
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    • Will Haywood Smith
      Music Instructor: Drums
      Originally from Northumberland, England, Will has played across Europe, China, North America and South America, performing in cities including London, Beijing, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Amste...
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      Originally from Northumberland, England, Will has played across Europe, China, North America and South America, performing in cities including London, Beijing, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bogotá, Paris, and San Francisco. He has performed at venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall in London to the Best Buy Theater in New York and appeared live on BBC Television and Radio among numerous other media outlets worldwide. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, and currently living in New York, Will plays with numerous artists from the United States and abroad.For more information visit willhaywoodsmith.com.
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    • Evan Pazner
      Music Instructor: Drums
      Evan Pazner's eclectic taste in music is reflected in the variety of groups with whom he has played. Ranging from straight ahead Jazz and Soul to Rock and Hip Hop. Evan prides himself on having the...
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      Evan Pazner's eclectic taste in music is reflected in the variety of groups with whom he has played. Ranging from straight ahead Jazz and Soul to Rock and Hip Hop. Evan prides himself on having the versatility to play all of these styles while bringing something of his own voice to each genre. While growing up in New York City, Evan was exposed to music at an early age and began playing professionally at age 14. After graduating from NYU, Evan attended the New School University's Jazz and Contemporary Music Program where he was honored o study with some of his heroes. Under the instruction of such greats as Jon Riley, Billy Hart, Jimmy Cobb, Reggie Workman and Junior Mance. Evan's playing and thinking about music were changed forever. Since leaving the New School in 2001 Evan has been performing and teaching full time in and around the New York area as well as touring extensively throughout the world.Evan currently maintains a busy performance and private teaching schedule in New York City. Some groups Evan has performed and/or recorded with: Lee Fields and The Expressions Lady featuring Nicole Wrey Sonya Kitchell Pyeng Threadgill Zion 80 featuring Frank London and Cyro Baptista John Shannon's Wings of Sound/Spirit Power The Sugarman Three Amel Larrieux Howard Fishman Deni Bonet (Cyndi Lauper) Cariad Harmon Jason Darling Sara Genn Guignol The Shivers The True Lovers Misha The Silent League Evan Pazner's Vital Organ SilverBack w Will Conell Frank Lacy Essie Jain Philip Zoellner Likeness to Lily JSAN and the Analog Sons Alana Amram and the Rough Gems The Bowmans Jaymay Turbine
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Testimonials

  • “As a parent of a college student (as well as a middle schooler), I have had the opportunity to evaluate first-hand many programs for children in our community. All I can say is the my mind has been blown here. My son was hesitant to perform in a group, never mind before an audience when he joined "Rolling Stones" in September. Thanks to instantly making friends with a bunch of wonderful kids his age and being welcomed by the director Bob, not only does he now look forward to Thursday afternoons-- he also performed at the Bitter End last Saturday in front of maybe 150 people. His private drum teacher has told me he is about a year ahead of what she had projected for this Fall. All I care about is his sense of confidence, pleasure in drumming and in his new friendships with other musicians his age. I am so glad to be a part of School of Rock and expect we will for a long time.”
    — Nina F., parent of SORNYC student
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “The School of Rock has been an amazing experience for my son. The school has given him the opportunity to find himself, develop the skills to perform with a group and find the confidence to perform on stage. Recently, he was selected to be in the AllStars Band and is currently on tour. What an incredible experience for a 16 year old! The staff is fantastic, supportive and works closely with the kids so that all the shows are really good. I have only good things to say about the SOR and would highly recommend it for kids interested in music and performance! I also really like the fact that many of their performances are in conjunction with charitable causes such as Love Hope Strength. A fantastic organization!”
    — Gina R., parent of SORNYC student
  • “TALK ABOUT LIVING THE DREAM. I'm enrolled in the Graduate Program (for adults) and couldn't be having more fun. After just a few months, I learned more about music than all those years of piano lessons when I was a kid. And it's more than just instrument instruction: I'm learning musicality, stage presence, how to "play well with others," and have discovered a confidence I never knew existed. The camaraderie is great and getting up on stage in front of family and friends is amazing.”
    — Audra B., SORNYC Adult Program student