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About School of Rock New York

Welcome to School of Rock New York—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock New York teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in New York. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock New York to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock New York
439 East 75th StreetNew York, NY 10021
(212) 249-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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Staff

    • Meet Bob Jones
      Music Director
      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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Blaise Dahl
      Studio Coordinator, Corporate + NYC Social Media Coordinator & Music Instructor: vocals & keyboards
      Blaise Dahl is the singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist, keyboard player and sometimes bassist of NYC/Brooklyn-based indie pop/art rock band, Dahl Haus (http://dahlhausmusic.com/). Dahl Haus debut...
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      Blaise Dahl is the singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist, keyboard player and sometimes bassist of NYC/Brooklyn-based indie pop/art rock band, Dahl Haus (http://dahlhausmusic.com/). Dahl Haus debuted at CMJ Music Marathon in October 2014. In 2012, Blaise was chosen by composer/bassist Jesse Krakow (Shudder To Think, Dot Wiggin Band) to sing on his Outside-In Fellowship project with the Brooklyn Philharmonic 's chamber orchestra and drummer Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, which culminated in a performance at Galapagos Art Space in May 2013. She has also sang with Mike Peters of The Alarm, worked with Nona Hendryx of Labelle, and studied for five years with celebrity vocal coach Cari Cole (Cole specializes in vocal health and has helped shape the vocal stylings of members of Steely Dan and Journey, as well as Grammy winner Chrisette Michelle, American Idol's Kimberly Locke, The Voice's Charlotte Sometimes, Courtney Love, Diane Birch, and Beyonce's back-up singers). Blaise has worked on stage or in the studio as a background vocalist and/or bassist with A Big Yes and a small no, Dialogue From a Silent Film, and most recently the Jennie Vee band. She appeared in Vee's "Lips Like Sugar" video, styled by Courtney Love (featured in Nylon Magazine), as well as on select dates opening for Manic Street Preachers' "The Holy Bible" 30th Anniversary tour. As a teenager, she earned an ASCAP songwriting scholarship to attend the Grammy Foundation's first NYC Grammy Camp and toured for two years as a vocalist for the School of Rock AllStars. Suzuki -trained on piano from the age of 4, Blaise excels at ear training. As a child she played Steinway Hall and was the youngest pianist featured at QPAC Performing Arts Center's 30th Anniversary Suzuki Festival. At the age of 12, she logged 43 performances in "Cold As Ice," an original Equity musical starring Olympic Gold Medal Champion Oksana Baiul.

      Blaise has collaborated on various projects with MTV's pro-social division, starting as an original member of A Thin Line's anti-bullying team when she was 16, and currently as one of only two musicians on MTV's Look Different anti-bias panel.

      In addition to her duties at SOR NYC, Blaise serves as social media specialist for School of Rock's corporate marketing department. She is currently studying Vocal Production at Berklee College of Music Online.
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    • Meet Jason Wojnar
      Studio Coordinator
    • Meet 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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    • Meet Kathy Sheppard
      Show Director & Music Instructor: Vocals & Keyboards
      EDUCATION: Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music Additional studies, New England Conservatory Classical piano with Konrad Wolff, Davi...
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      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



      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/owner 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, Dead Can Dance; 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; producer of Shepstock, an annual rock concert benefitting the Best Answer for Cancer Foundation; member: Musicians’ Local 802 and ASCAP
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Jill Peacock
      Music Instructor: Vocals & Keyboard
      Motown and Bach....Jill's childhood soundtrack was pretty diverse. Growing up in Toronto, she was lucky enough to take piano lessons at a very young age and studied classical piano at the Royal Con...
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      Motown and Bach....Jill's childhood soundtrack was pretty diverse. Growing up in Toronto, she was lucky enough to take piano lessons at a very young age and studied classical piano at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She took a brief period to explore her other passions: writing and travel but came back to music at Berklee College. Originally enrolled as a pianist, she was inspired by the many vocalists around her and shifted her focus to studying jazz and soul as a singer. Recently relocated to Brooklyn, she is looking forward to working with her newest project aStridd (www.astridd.com) with guitarist Yasser Tejeda as well as writing, recording and playing new originals. She will, however, always remain a Canadian artist. Also, her newest EP of original Songs Up in the Air, with producer U-Key, will be released soon. Her voice has been described as a mix of Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse. Sweet, sexy and soulful, Jill's music is meant to be listened to closely. Enjoy.
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    • Meet Valentina Marino
      Music Instructor: Vocals & Keyboards
      Vocalist, songwriter, lyricist and arranger Valentina Marino started her piano and voice studies at the University of Music in Rome and later attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music...
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      Vocalist, songwriter, lyricist and arranger Valentina Marino started her piano and voice studies at the University of Music in Rome and later attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where she received a BFA with a major in vocal performance. Though deeply rooted in jazz and blues, Valentina loves rock, country, folk, pop and electronic music. She has been recording and performing across Europe and the United States in several festivals, theaters, clubs and music venues. Valentina is a very energetic, dedicated, experienced and creative music educator, with a proven ability to get the very best out of students and to help them develop their unique expression and artistic personality.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Jefrey Brown
      Music Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      Jef Brown started playing guitar the day before high school at age 14. At 15 he taught his brother how to play "Wild Thing" on the bass and by 21 the two of them were regulars on the Baltimore Mary...
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      Jef Brown started playing guitar the day before high school at age 14. At 15 he taught his brother how to play "Wild Thing" on the bass and by 21 the two of them were regulars on the Baltimore Maryland music scene. He studied film scoring and composition at the esteemed Berklee College of music and has enjoyed a rich career as a guitarist, bassist and saxophonist. He's shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with Tv on the Radio, worked with Kim Deal from the Pixies, opened for Sonic Youth, the Boredoms, The Akron Family and Damo Suzuki. He moved to NYC in 2011 and has since recorded with Parquet Courts, Maximum Balloon (David Sitek), Kelsey Lu, Kyp Malone and Fergus & Geronimo. He currently has 2 bands, Gospel of Mars and Gardens where he wears the hats as performer, composer and producer as well as plays many solo performances.

      https://soundcloud.com/jef-brown
      https://soundcloud.com/beth-jayh-jef-brown
      https://soundcloud.com/gospel-of-mars
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    • Meet Alex Major
      Music Instructor: Drums
      Alex Major began playing drums at age 10 after wanting to start a “Nirvana-like” band with a close friend. Twenty-one years later, he and that same friend still play together in their group Ell...
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      Alex Major began playing drums at age 10 after wanting to start a “Nirvana-like” band with a close friend. Twenty-one years later, he and that same friend still play together in their group Ellis Ashbrook, a collaborative effort with styles and influences ranging from 70’s progressive rock to funk, soul, Latin, jazz, and 90’s alt-rock. They perform regularly throughout the Northeast, having an especially loyal fan base in Brooklyn, where over the last 5+ years they’ve become known for throwing their special brand of basement and rooftop parties at their apartment/venue “The Space Palace.” Their fourth full-length album is set to be released in the Spring of 2016. Alex has also played with or is currently playing with many other NYC based musicians including Janbi, pILLOW tHEORY, Female, Peck, The Louisiana Sun Kings, Alex Kelly, The Gypsy West, and Aunt Ange. Additionally, he has contributed percussion to two original student plays at The New School for Drama. Though he has been teaching for many years, he remains a lifelong student, having studied with Gary Chaffee, Billy Martin, Mike Clark, Dan Weiss, Frank Marino, Frank Katz, and many others. As an avid meditator and yoga practitioner, he believes in a spiritual approach to the instrument and continues to explore the strong connections between music and life.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Matt Tatro
      Music Instructor: Drums
      Matt Tatro is a Brooklyn-based musician who got his first drum set at 12 and performed with many jazz combos and big bands in the Tri-State area. He studied with educator/band leader Tommy Igoe and...
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      Matt Tatro is a Brooklyn-based musician who got his first drum set at 12 and performed with many jazz combos and big bands in the Tri-State area. He studied with educator/band leader Tommy Igoe and attended the Manhattan School of Music pre-college program. Matt studied in the Peabody Academy’s jazz program in Baltimore and graduated in 2013 from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami with a degree in jazz drum set performance and studio music. There studied with such mentors as Martin Bejerano, Gary Lindsay and Terrance Blanchard. Matt moved to Brooklyn with his drumset recently to advance his career. Since then, he was been working with a wedding cover band and served as the pit band drummer and percussionist for an off-Broadway production of Mary Poppins performed by the Bay Ridge Choral.
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    • Meet 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