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About School of Rock Portland

Welcome to School of Rock Portland, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Portland that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2006, School of Rock Portland is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Portland equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Portland and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Portland
1440 SE Hawthorne BlvdPortland, OR 97214
(503) 231-2945

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Programs

  • School of Rock Portland'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 Portland'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!

  • School of Rock Portland’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Portland, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Portland’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • 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 Portland’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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland, 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 Portland works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Portland’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 Portland’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 Portland 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 Portland’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 Portland'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 Portland'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 Portland'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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Upcoming Events

    • September 5
      1:00 PM
      School of Rock Performs The Cure
      Show
      Doug Fir Lounge
      Doors 1pm/Show 2pm
      Tickets $12 Adv/$15 Door
    • September 12
      3:00 PM
      SoR performs Riot Grrrl & My Summer at Warped Tour!
      Show
      Analog Cafe
      Double show
      Doors 3pm/Show 4pm
      FREE!
    • September 19
      2:00 PM
      SoR performs Summertime Soul - Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, & Otis Redding
      Show
      Star Theater
      Doors 2pm/Show 3pm
      Tickets $12 Adv/$15 Door
    • September 26
      2:00 PM
      SoR performs Zappa
      Show
      Star Theater
      Doors 2pm/Show 3pm
      Tickets $12 Adv/$15 Door
    • October 3
      1:00 PM
      SoR performs David Bowie
      Show
      Doug Fir Lounge
      Doors 1pm/Show 2pm
      Tickets $12 Adv/$15 Door

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Staff

    • Dani Fish
      Music Director/Guitar, Bass & Vocal Instructor
      Dani is one of our fabulous Music Directors at School of Rock Portland. She is also one of our main show directors and executes our annual "Best of Portland" shows. In addition to all of this, Dani...
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      Dani is one of our fabulous Music Directors at School of Rock Portland. She is also one of our main show directors and executes our annual "Best of Portland" shows. In addition to all of this, Dani is the director of our summer camp programs. Busy, busy, busy! Dani is currently playing in Sleeveless Love and Caring. She is DJing Funk/Boogie/Dance vinyl all around Portland as well as collaborating with lots of her talented friends. In her (very little) spare time, she writes articles and gear reviews for She Shreds magazine, and plays with her cats.
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    • Tamar Berk
      Keys Instructor
    • Joe Mengis
      Drum Instructor
      Joe is very possibly the busiest drummer in Portland. At any given time, he is involved in up to 17 different projects. He has played with countless Portland bands and done an incredible amount of ...
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      Joe is very possibly the busiest drummer in Portland. At any given time, he is involved in up to 17 different projects. He has played with countless Portland bands and done an incredible amount of studio gigs. His resume includes artists as diverse as the Casey Neill Band, The Mediam, Climber, Tiny Hearts, James Low and the Western Front, Becca, the Nowhere Band, Priory, the Love Gigantic, and Stereovision. He has toured the world providing a solid backbeat for everyone he's played with.As a graduate of PSU with a degree in orchestral percussion, Joe's students develop incredibly tight drumming fundamentals, and they are inspired by his dedication to constant practice and improvement. He is also quite possibly the sweetest person on the planet.
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    • Sonia Weber
      Rock 101 Director/Drum and Bass Instructor
      Sonia was a School of Rock student for 4 years while attending high school and participated in our All Star Program! She is always (but on a break currently) in the midst of working on her Women's ...
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      Sonia was a School of Rock student for 4 years while attending high school and participated in our All Star Program! She is always (but on a break currently) in the midst of working on her Women's Studies/Gender Studies degree at Portland State University. Sonia is a very talented drummer and bass player and busy working musician. She i s currently in five awesome bands...that's right, FIVE!!! Alien Boy, Our First Brains, Your Rival, Love and Caring, and Sleeveless (with SoR Music Director, Dani Fish). When she's not utterly busy with all of that, she likes to go to shows, collect records, have sleepovers with her BFF's and eat pizza. Her favorite video game is SSX Tricky for gamecube. Awesome!
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    • Barra Brown
      Drum Instructor
      A truly eclectic musician, Barra Brown studied classical flute performance at Lewis Clark College where he graduated with honors while studying drums on the side through the prestigious Alan Jones...
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      A truly eclectic musician, Barra Brown studied classical flute performance at Lewis Clark College where he graduated with honors while studying drums on the side through the prestigious Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM). Barra has also toured the continental United States and Alaska with indie-folk group Alameda, Ages and Ages, Shook Twins, and Morning Ritual. Following his debut release as a leader on PJCE Records, one of Barra's other projects, The Wishermen, a collective of young jazz heavyweights dedicated to exploring genre boundaries and creating a new amalgam of many styles and influences, recently released an EP on Cavity Search Records (Elliott Smith, Wayne Horvitz). Barra has worked with Michael Curry, PNCA, Alan Jones, Radiation City, Raymond Byron (Ray Raposa), Ages and Ages, Shook Twins, and Morning Ritual. 'There are seemingly infinite amounts of up-and-coming musicians in Portland, but it's very rare to find a universally talented musician with such promise.'-Portland Mercury Barra currently plays in the following bands:Old Wave,Alameda,BarraBrown Quintet (composer for and lead of this band),The Wishermen (lead of this band).
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    • Dan Lee
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
    • Dave "Davey C" Coniglio
      Music Director/Head Drum Instructor
      As our head drum instructor, David brings a ton of teaching and playing experience to our school. He's a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he worked with some of the world's...
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      As our head drum instructor, David brings a ton of teaching and playing experience to our school. He's a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he worked with some of the world's finest musicians. He currently plays drums in local prog band Humours, psych soul band PigWar and instrumental electro jazz funk band Dove Driver. He also plays drums and vibraphone alongside Jose Medeles in their spacy instrumental trio, the 1939 Ensemble. They are signed to Jealous Butcher Records, and have been featured on Pitchfork, Spin, and in Rolling Stone. Beside teaching and playing drums all the time, David enjoys the simple things in life, his family, grilling and listening to baseball. Dave also makes the best drum faces in the history of drumming.
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    • Jon Brownhill
      Keyboard & Electronic Music Instructor, Director of Adult Program, Graphic Designer for SoR
      Jon grew up taking classical jazz piano lessons from the age of 4 on. His degree is in Digital Media, where he learned electronic music production and graphic design. Currently, besides teaching a...
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      Jon grew up taking classical jazz piano lessons from the age of 4 on. His degree is in Digital Media, where he learned electronic music production and graphic design. Currently, besides teaching at School of Rock, he produces and plays in a number of projects around Portland including: Portland Cello Project, Chanti Darling, Du Og Meg, DNVN, and Ripley Snell. You can hear his production work at www.soundcloud.com/ZipZapStudios
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    • Cameron Turner
      Guitar Instructor
      Not only is Cameron one of our busiest guitar, bass, and vocal teachers, he is also a graduate of the School of Rock. Cam attended the school all throughout his teenage years, playing on countless ...
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      Not only is Cameron one of our busiest guitar, bass, and vocal teachers, he is also a graduate of the School of Rock. Cam attended the school all throughout his teenage years, playing on countless shows. He was always a leader and an incredibly hard worker. He volunteered at a bunch of our summer camps, and was a great role model to the other students, both musically and as a person. When he turned 18, he was just so darn good we had to hire him.Since then, Cameron has taken on a full roster of students, directed shows, run our Rock 101 beginner program, and become one of our summer camp directors. He is an awesome representation of what can be accomplished in our school, and we are incredibly proud of him.
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    • Cory Wesy
      Guitar Instructor
    • Donna Cruz-Moreno
      Guitar Instructor
    • Glen Scheidt
      Drum Instructor
    • Mark Mullen
      Guitar/Bass/Keyboard Instructor
      Mark has 20 years of guitar playing under his belt as well as a Degree in Guitar Performance from West Chester University with a minor in Piano. He is fluent and passionate about all kinds of Rock ...
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      Mark has 20 years of guitar playing under his belt as well as a Degree in Guitar Performance from West Chester University with a minor in Piano. He is fluent and passionate about all kinds of Rock music as well as classical, folk, and electronic. Mark is also a singer/songwriter, improviser, piano player, synth collector, and an experienced recording and production engineer. Mark has played in many bands over the years ranging from Punk Rock to EDM, and his most recent project is his rock group, Spotted Atrocious. Mark is also a former employee of School Of Rock in Downingtown, PA.
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    • Camille Denny
      Drum Instructor
      Camille started playing the drums when she was in the 5th grade. She joined School of Rock in the 8th grade in 2008. She was a student at our school for 5 years, performed in 17 season shows and wa...
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      Camille started playing the drums when she was in the 5th grade. She joined School of Rock in the 8th grade in 2008. She was a student at our school for 5 years, performed in 17 season shows and was a memeber of show band. Camille has been teaching at the school since she graduated from the program. She has an endorsement with TRX cymbals. She loves to play the drums mostly but also plays the piano and sings :) She loves music, it is a way of life for Camille and her family. Camille is 19 years old and says she has learned almost everything she knows from the school. She says, "They set me up so that when I graduated I knew what I wanted to do and how to take care of myself out in the big world." Camille currently plays in three bands: " Madame Torment", an all female 5 piece 80's hair metal band, " Erotic City", a 4 piece tribute to Prince, and " J-Ride", a 4 piece original funk band. She plays nearly every Friday and Saturday with "Erotic City" and is currently recording with "Madame Torment".
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    • Seve Sheldon
      Drum instructor
      Seve has been playing drums since he was 10 years old. He grew up playing punk and hardcore music here in Portland, OR. His currently projects include Autistic Youth, Wild Ones, and Acid Wash. Che...
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      Seve has been playing drums since he was 10 years old. He grew up playing punk and hardcore music here in Portland, OR. His currently projects include Autistic Youth, Wild Ones, and Acid Wash. Check out Wild ones here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNpvU2YL1TI
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    • Philippe Bronchtein
      Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocal Instructor
      Philippe Bronchtein is a Montreal born, New Jersey bred, and Portland based musician. He holds a bachelors degree from Middlebury College with a double major in Music Composition and Dance Choreogr...
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      Philippe Bronchtein is a Montreal born, New Jersey bred, and Portland based musician. He holds a bachelors degree from Middlebury College with a double major in Music Composition and Dance Choreography. A multi-instrumentalist, Bronchtein's musical interests are grounded in American roots music. He plays piano and organ in Quiet Life and fronts the country-folk project Hip Hatchet. Other interests include Texas style barbecue, The Montreal Canadiens, and Louis L'amour paperback novels.
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    • Galen Hefferman
      Vocal/Bass/Keys Instructor
    • Joanne LaJeone Martin
      General Manager
      Joanne grew up in a music loving home where no breakfast was without the Jam Box playing something cool (Descendents, The Who, Public Enemy, Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac)! Her dad play...
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      Joanne grew up in a music loving home where no breakfast was without the Jam Box playing something cool (Descendents, The Who, Public Enemy, Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac)! Her dad played guitar in a band throughout his youth and her brother is an amazing drummer! After many years of resentment, she fondly remembers doing her brother's paper route so he could buy his first drum kit! Days and nights of playing records, dancing on her dad's feet, pretending to be The Beatles, watching MTV videos (mom had to cancel cable in the summer so the kids would go outside) and being enthralled in music made her a lover of many different bands and genres. As a teen she spent all her hard earned babysitting and fast food working money on CD's and shows. Joanne is a beginner bass player and lover of Karaoke, which should prompt her to take a few vocal lessons! She understands the balance of being involved in many extra curricular activities (school band, student council, sports) like your kids are now. Until recently Joanne has never lived in a house without a band rehearsing in the basement so she is thrilled to have that back in her life at School of Rock! Joanne graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Business degree from Portland State University and has over 20 years of customer service experience. Her focus is to keep the school running smoothly, grow the school's presence in the community, and improve communication with students, instructors, and parents to allow them to ROCK with no worries and just have FUN!
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    • Josh Thomas
      Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Trumpet Instructor
      Josh Thomas plays in Portland bands 1939 Ensemble, Humours, pigWar, and DoveDriver. He plays and teaches voice, trumpet, guitar, bass, and keys. He studied at NAU in Flagstaff, under Joel DiBartolo...
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      Josh Thomas plays in Portland bands 1939 Ensemble, Humours, pigWar, and DoveDriver. He plays and teaches voice, trumpet, guitar, bass, and keys. He studied at NAU in Flagstaff, under Joel DiBartolo( Tonight Show Band, Buddy Rich Band), and then at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has played with or opened for Battles, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, David J of Bauhaus, Marc Ribot, and many others!
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    • Wade Murff
      Drum Instructor
      With a drum set in his room and access to his dad's record collection, Wade began playing drums at age 4. Brought up on the great drummers of yesterday, such as John Bonham and Buddy Rich, Wade fir...
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      With a drum set in his room and access to his dad's record collection, Wade began playing drums at age 4. Brought up on the great drummers of yesterday, such as John Bonham and Buddy Rich, Wade firmly planted two feet in the future of drumming by turning his attention to the new greats such as Thomas Lang and Dave Weckl, as well as the likes of Chris Adler, Josh Freese, and Kevin Talley. Wade incorporates physical innovation such as swivel foot technique, double-stroke bass drum rolls, and variations on the French and German grips, as well as electronic innovation such as Axis E-Kit bass drum triggers. Wade has played notable Oregon bands such as The Daddies and Sweaty Nipples and has auditioned for national acts such as Static-X, Unwritten Law, Seether, and The Start.Wade currently plays in two up-and-coming Portland metal bands: IronSerpent and Cascadian. He also loves to post challenging drum covers on YouTube. So you drummer should check those out!
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News

    • Music on the Street Talks with Portland SoR Music Director, Dani Fish

      Music On The Streetis a weekly serieswhere OMN talks to local people and personalities about their relationship with music. This week our own Music Director and Instructor, Dani Fish, talks about o...
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      Music On The Streetis a weekly serieswhere OMN talks to local people and personalities about their relationship with music. This week our own Music Director and Instructor, Dani Fish, talks about organizing Best of Portland 4, the amazing event that brings together our thriving music community in Portland to raise money for Pride Foundation and PROWUS. Plus it just ROCKS!!!
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    • Best of Portland 4 Gets Rave Reviews!!!

      Good news is never too late! We all had an amazing time at this show and raised money for 2 great organizations: PROWUS and Pride Foundation. Check out the review of our BOP 4 show!!! We can't wait...
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      Good news is never too late! We all had an amazing time at this show and raised money for 2 great organizations: PROWUS and Pride Foundation. Check out the review of our BOP 4 show!!! We can't wait for next year :)
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    • SoR Portland partners with Youth Music Showcase PDX

      SoR Portland is partnering with Youth Music Showcase PDX for an amazing event on Saturday, September 26th at the historic Aladdin Theater!Does your band have what it takes to be the best in PDX? Se...
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      SoR Portland is partnering with Youth Music Showcase PDX for an amazing event on Saturday, September 26th at the historic Aladdin Theater!Does your band have what it takes to be the best in PDX? Send in your submission. The deadline is June 15!Youth Music Showcase PDX will be bringing together high school bands within the Portland Metro area for an awesome show! This event will feature all genres and styles of music performed by kids age 13-19. By connecting with local non-profits and arts-oriented businesses and high schools, the most accomplished high school bands in the area will be selected for participation in this collaboration!Check out the details here for how to audition and be part of the show!
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    • Portland Tribune Interview with PDXSOR AllStar Jack Mortensen

      This interview with SORPDX AllStar, Jack Mortensen, is an inspiring read for everyone! We are so lucky to have such amazing and talented students at our school!

Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “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