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About School of Rock Palo Alto

Welcome to School of Rock Palo Alto, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Palo Alto’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto
2645 Middlefield RoadPalo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 388-9964

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Programs

  • School of Rock Palo Alto's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Palo Alto'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Palo Alto’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 Palo Alto’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 Palo Alto’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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Palo Alto’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 Palo Alto’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 Palo Alto’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!

School of Rock Palo Alto's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others...
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School of Rock Palo Alto's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Palo Alto'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Felix
      General Manager and Music Director
      My Rockstar Moment was when our band was really getting big doing full west coast tours, and we went on our first full US tour with a really famous band from Europe. The lead guitarist from that ba...
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      My Rockstar Moment was when our band was really getting big doing full west coast tours, and we went on our first full US tour with a really famous band from Europe. The lead guitarist from that band heard us play and started going to all our shows down in LA and he asked us to go on tour with his band. We played the biggest venues around the country, I got to show off my new dance moves while playing the baritone horn and tambourine at the same time, also my pop locking technique while rocking on the keyboard. I got to stay in the nicest green rooms around, one was a tricked out Airstream trailer with massage chairs and video games. Off the stage, I'd man the merch table before the show, and people would pass by me and not know who I was. Then we'd rock an awesome set, and tons of people would come up and ask for my autograph after they saw the performance. I thought that was funny, one minute you're just another face in the crowd, then the next, you're a rock star.
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    • Matt
      Studio Coordinator and Drum Instructor
      My old band “Bear Puns” played our first show in Reno, Nevada at a small restaurant/bar (I don’t even remember the name). We played like a 5 song set (acoustic with cajon, guitars, and ukelel...
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      My old band “Bear Puns” played our first show in Reno, Nevada at a small restaurant/bar (I don’t even remember the name). We played like a 5 song set (acoustic with cajon, guitars, and ukelele) and did pretty well despite the nerves of playing for the first time together in a live setting. After the show, a guy named Ken came up to us saying how he really liked our music and thought that we had a unique sound. He told us that he had a great recording studio in his house, with a big, great sounding room, and lot’s of really nice mics and guitars. He offered to record us for free! The next day we went to his place and recorded two songs that at the time were our best sounding recordings. We put the songs up on Bandcamp, and ran out of free downloads super quickly! Then people even started paying to download our music! We now have 1,842 likes on our Facebook page and it’s still growing, despite not having released any new music in over 1 year. It all started with that one show and recording session the following day!
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    • Hansel
      Owner
      My Rockstar Moment happened at one of our bigger gigs.  The gig was at a nightclub and there were probably 400 people in the audience, maybe 200 of which came out to see my band.  It wasn’t our...
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      My Rockstar Moment happened at one of our bigger gigs.  The gig was at a nightclub and there were probably 400 people in the audience, maybe 200 of which came out to see my band.  It wasn’t our tightest set, but our song list really got the crowd going.  We did Lincoln Park’s “In The End”, and the entire front section of about 100 people started jumping up and down in unison with me as I went into the chorus (“I tried so hard, and got so far…”).  I was so pumped with energy I started to mosh with my guitar and bass players - who totally messed up their chords but no one cared because the audience was going nuts!  After the gig, we were working our way through a shoulder-to-shoulder packed room, getting high fives from everyone.  I look over and see the event manager fighting through the crowd towards me.  He makes eye contact with me and holds his hand up above the crowd with this huge wad of cash!  This wasn’t a paid gig for us, but he came up to me and slapped the wad of bills in my hand (probably $500), gave me a bottle of Dom Perignon with his other hand, and said, “Dude, Let’s Talk!”.
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    • Walt
      Instructor of Everything
      My first rock 'n roll moment;  The most important one because it led to all the others.  After years of banging on pots, pans, and anything that didn't break(and lots of begging and pleading), I ...
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      My first rock 'n roll moment;  The most important one because it led to all the others.  After years of banging on pots, pans, and anything that didn't break(and lots of begging and pleading), I was given a drum set for Christmas when I was 11.  The amazing "getting the first instrument I really want to play" feeling was there, of course.  But what I still clearly remember, even more intensely than that, was that I absolutely HAD to set up the snare and bass drum right there, 6 feet from the tree, and see if I could play the drum beat to a U2 song ("Pride") that was big at that time.  When I found that I could do it after a couple of tries, I knew right then and there that not only was I going to love playing the drums, but that I had found something truly important and life changing.  Lots of sweat, blood, and enthusiastic noise would follow, but it all started that morning, there by that tree, still in my pajamas, with my family yelling at me to "move it!".  Realizing without a doubt that "I can do this" is a powerful experience.  Seeing those moments happen with students at the school is awesome, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be doing what I do here!
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    • Alan
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      In 1959 I asked my parents if I could get a guitar and they said “no.” But I wanted to play so I bought a guitar at the pawn shop for twenty dollars and didn't tell my mom & dad. The brand was...
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      In 1959 I asked my parents if I could get a guitar and they said “no.” But I wanted to play so I bought a guitar at the pawn shop for twenty dollars and didn't tell my mom & dad. The brand was a “Marvel Tone”, it was a marvel you could get any tone out of it. I kept the guitar hidden in my closet (making me one of the first closet guitar players)....everytime my folks would leave the house I’d get out the guitar and learn a new chord. A few months later I’m jamming at home with two of my buddies and my parents came home unexpectedly to find a rock band in their garage....they didn't like our music but they soon grew to accept it since the we started making money at local gigs.....Long live rock & roll! By the time I was 18 I‘d played with two bands with hit records “The Riviera’s” and “The Castaways.” Playing with these groups I had the opportunity to open for some major rock legends including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Yardbirds, and Paul Revere & The Raiders.
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    • Becca
      Vocals/Guitar Instructor
      My band was playing a private party one summer for a group of about 100 people. The show was going great and people were listening, but for the most part people were talking or hanging out. Halfw...
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      My band was playing a private party one summer for a group of about 100 people. The show was going great and people were listening, but for the most part people were talking or hanging out. Halfway into our second set we played "The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin. Now I'm not sure what it was about that particular song but a guy in the back of the party yelled out a profanity that I can't repeat in my bio and rushed the stage. The rest of the party followed. All of a sudden we had the whole party right in front of us singing and dancing along. It was awesome!!!!!! I felt like a real rock star. We kept the energy up, and I got the crowd to do some call and response for one of the songs. We got invited back to play the party the next summer, but I moved away to California. I love it here, so I know I'll find that again. :)
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    • Jackie
      Drum Instructor
      While working on the Wayne’s World soundtrack and second album, Jackie was driving home with the band through Arkansas when a tornado hit and peeled back the rented uhaul truck like a sardine can...
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      While working on the Wayne’s World soundtrack and second album, Jackie was driving home with the band through Arkansas when a tornado hit and peeled back the rented uhaul truck like a sardine can. So they stopped at a PigglyWiggly, bought every last roll of duct tape, taped down the roof and made it all the way back to California in one piece. And that’s how you rock the duct tape.

      Jackie has been signed to MCA, Virgin, Warner Bros/Reprise and Acetate records. She has done numerous soundtracks including Wayne's World and television work including NFL on Fox and Hawaii 5-0. She has toured with, played with or recorded with bands and artists like Buddy Miles, Billy Preston, Rhino Bucket, Warrior, The Black Crowes and currently plays with hard rockers Pandora's Hammer from the Bay area. Catch up with her at www.JackieEnx.com.
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    • Edwin
      Guitar Instructor
      While I was living in Bangkok, I was invited to a Noruz celebration for the Persian new year. I was the only of ~200 there who wasn't Iranian, and I didn't really know what to expect. There was a v...
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      While I was living in Bangkok, I was invited to a Noruz celebration for the Persian new year. I was the only of ~200 there who wasn't Iranian, and I didn't really know what to expect. There was a variety of traditional ceremonies and cultural expositions, and out of nowhere I was introduced to the audience, a guitar was produced, and I was asked to play. I was not expecting to perform, but it seemed insane to say no so I went to the stage. I realized the guitar was out of tune too late, so I tuned it while I jammed out a South Indian melody I had recently learned. I guess I wasn't loud enough, because someone brought up a second microphone, turning my wholesome folk music into a gnarly feedback solo. Rather than move the mics I sort of danced around, finding chords that did some nice harmonics with all the feedback. It was awesome. After I backed away far enough to improvise an ending, they treated me like a rock star, giving me a statuette of Cyrus the Great. Music is for sure the universal language.
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    • Kate
      Vocals Instructor
      My rockstar moment? Wow, there have been so many! Vegas? LA? Actually, the best one took place at an open air show on Treasure Island in San Francisco. My band Notorious had welcomed special gues...
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      My rockstar moment? Wow, there have been so many! Vegas? LA? Actually, the best one took place at an open air show on Treasure Island in San Francisco. My band Notorious had welcomed special guest Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) and we were doing “Shout”. As the sun went down, and the wind picked up, we launched into the chorus… I looked out at the thousands in the audience with their hands in the air singing along, and I felt pure joy. Being on stage with one of my idols, being one with the crowd, my voice strong and clear… Isn’t that what it’s all about? I’ve performed with Vince Neil, Howard Jones, George Clinton, Dee Snider, Tone Loc, Tiffany, Thomas Dolby and many others… Every show is a thrill, and an opportunity to connect with an audience. I have been so fortunate to have devoted my life to music, and I hope to impart the joy of singing and performance to my students.
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    • Dennis
      Drum Instructor
      My Rockstar Moment happened when I was busking a show at Lytton Plaza in Downtown Palo Alto with my metal band which only consisted of my guitarist and I at the time. There was a band that was play...
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      My Rockstar Moment happened when I was busking a show at Lytton Plaza in Downtown Palo Alto with my metal band which only consisted of my guitarist and I at the time. There was a band that was playing before us who received very little attention from the audience. We set up our instruments and everyone was waiting for us to start playing. When the band before us finally finished playing their show, I immediately started with an insane drum solo. The crowd migrated from one band to the next. By the end of the solo, there were about 50 people in the crowd, all watching and cheering with their mobile devices out. After the solo, my guitarist and I played an insane metal show. By the end of the night, our tip bucket was all the way full. It was one of the best nights of my life. 
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    • John
      Guitar Instructor
      My rockstar moment… was an anti rock star moment of sorts. It was in 2004, when I was volunteering for an all-ages non-profit music venue in Samoa, California. People would drive from hundreds...
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      My rockstar moment… was an anti rock star moment of sorts. It was in 2004, when I was volunteering for an all-ages non-profit music venue in Samoa, California. People would drive from hundreds of miles to perform in this small venue and make just enough money to drive somewhere else to do it again the next night. Sometimes I would have touring musicians stay at my house and watch movies and make food and get to know each other. This taught me that I didnt need to be a rockstar I could exist on the underground D.I.Y. network of musicians who get to share their talent and grow an authentic voice. Some of the people I met in that venue are still my friends today. I have continued to be involved with the music community and meeting friends in other states and cities that I lived in, or performed in, while on tour playing my own music.
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    • Trayen
      Guitar Instructor
      Was playing a show at the Worcester Palladium in Massachusetts with my first band ever, Last Nights Tragedy. Most (if not all) of my favorite and idolized bands had performed on the Palladium stage...
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      Was playing a show at the Worcester Palladium in Massachusetts with my first band ever, Last Nights Tragedy. Most (if not all) of my favorite and idolized bands had performed on the Palladium stage, and when I arrived at the venue, I knew the precedent that was set before me. I had attended the shows and imagined myself numerous times performing on that very same stage, and that chilly winter morning, I was actually going to be the entertainer. I was divided: half nervous, and half overwhelmed with excitement. Nothing could have properly prepared me for the moment I set foot on that stage. After a long day of watching other acts perform, our name was finally called, and the band rallied backstage, excitement and fear on all of our faces. We knew this was our big moment. It was our time to shine. We put our hands in and took to the stage, performing our 5 song setlist. I'll never forget the feeling of walking onstage & seeing all the faces in the crowd, the lights illuminating the stage, the sound of the first kick drum reverberating throughout the venue, and the roar of the crowd. We played through our entire set, and it felt like a dream, the moment was there, and then gone in a flash. The crowd moshed and ran to the front gates, and I was left with one of the most impressionable and absolutely positive moments of my life. It was an experience branded a burning fire of passion in my soul; an infinite resolve to be creative musically, a desire to make an impact on the lives of others, and the dream of performing on stages across the globe. I strive to make these dreams a reality.
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Testimonials

  • “SoR is a place where everyone's inner rock star shines through. Always dreamed of singing your favorite Zeppelin song with an awesome band to a crowd of adoring strangers? Check. Yearning to show off your Rush guitar solo, play keyboard on an Artic Monkeys song, and sing backup on The Police? Check. Been meaning to try a drum lesson but want to continue the study of your main instrument at one location? Check. School of Rock really has it all for you and your kid. Yes, that's right, I said YOU! (they teach adults too, it's awesome) ”
    — Alecia H, student at School of Rock Palo Alto
  • “This place has been a blessing for my son! The staff is so enthusiastic and friendly! They help the kids feel so comfortable and welcome. My son has such a fun time playing music and simply "hanging out" during the occassional down time. He really looks forward to going every week. His drumming has improved immensely as well, but we are mostly pleased with how much fun he's having. There are plently of opportunites for glory, so if your child is a ham, s/he will love this place!”
    — Jennifer O, parent from School of Rock Palo Alto
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA