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About School of Rock Portland

Welcome to School of Rock Portland, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Portland has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Portland, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Portland together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Portland today.

Contact Information

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

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:30 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 music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Portland.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

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

    • December 10
      11:30 AM
      School of Rock Portland Preview Show
      Concert
      Join us for a sneak peak of our Fall and Spring shows!

      Performances by Rock 101, Electronic Music Program, House Band and even The Staff!

      All Ages show, Tickets $5 in advance/$10 at door
    • December 10
      5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      House Band performance at The Green Festival Expo
      House Band performing at The Green Festival Expo at the Portland Convention Center December 10th 5-6pm more details about the event http://greenfestivals.org/
    • December 16
      4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
      Drum Workshop @ Revival Drum Shop
      Take an insider tour of Revival drum shop & learn all about the history of drum sets and running a drum shop. Our hosts at Revival will teach students about kit set up, kit tuning, hardware mainten...
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      Take an insider tour of Revival drum shop & learn all about the history of drum sets and running a drum shop. Our hosts at Revival will teach students about kit set up, kit tuning, hardware maintenance & basic repairs. Plus a cool demo of antique pieces.

      Sign up here!
      https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/124203

      December 16th - $59
      4:00-6:30pm
      Hosted by David Coniglio & the Revival Staff
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    • December 19 - 21 2016
      History of Punk Camp
      Learn everything you could ever want to know about punk! From the 1970’s to now! The Ramones at CBGB’s to 80’s Hardcore, 90’s riot grrrl to early 2000’s pop punk. We’ll learn the histor...
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      Learn everything you could ever want to know about punk! From the 1970’s to now! The Ramones at CBGB’s to 80’s Hardcore, 90’s riot grrrl to early 2000’s pop punk. We’ll learn the history & songs, rock out, watch documentaries, and so much more!

      Sign up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/51899

      December 19th - 21st
      10am - 4pm
      $249 (lunch provided)
      Hosted by Sonia Weber
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    • December 22
      1:00 PM
      Stringing Workshop
      Why spend money to have a professional change your guitar or bass strings when you can do it yourself? In this hands on workshop each student will receive new strings, learn to change them, and pro...
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      Why spend money to have a professional change your guitar or bass strings when you can do it yourself? In this hands on workshop each student will receive new strings, learn to change them, and properly tune their guitar.

      Sign up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21337

      December 3rd
      1-3pm
      $49
      Hosted by Dani Fish
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    • December 28 - 29 2016
      Professional Recording 101 Workshop
      Workshop
      Want to learn how to record yourself? Record your band? Learn to record in a professional studio with lead engineer Justin Phelps at Hallowed Halls. In two days, Justin will teach you how to how...
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      Want to learn how to record yourself? Record your band?

      Learn to record in a professional studio with lead engineer Justin Phelps at Hallowed Halls. In two days, Justin will teach you how to how to set up and run a recording session in Protools. You'll learn all about how to use recording gear such as the mixer, the monitoring and headphone system, EQ, compression and effects. This will be a totally hands on recording studio experience! Contact School of Rock to sign up pdxscheduling@schoolofrock.com

      Sign up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/51902

      $199
      Ages 13-18

      December 28-29
      10am-3pm
      Pizza provided for lunch
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    • December 30
      5:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland 10 Year Anniversary Party!
      Join us to celebrate School of Rock Portland's 10 year anniversary! At Analog Cafe, December 30 Performances by House Band and Alumni! Any SoR grads that are interested in being part of the p...
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      Join us to celebrate School of Rock Portland's 10 year anniversary!

      At Analog Cafe, December 30

      Performances by House Band and Alumni! Any SoR grads that are interested in being part of the performance let us know! Email us @ pdxscheduling@schoolofrock.com

      Karaoke Party 7-9 for all!

      $5 at Door
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    • January 13
      5:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to Post Punk
      Concert
      Join us on January 13th at 5 pm for the performance of School of Rock Portland student paying tribute to Post Punk!

      All Ages Show! Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at door
    • January 14
      10:30 AM
      School of Rock Portland performs The Wall by Pink Floyd
      Concert
      Join us January 14th at Doug Fir Lounge at 10:30 for School of Rock Portland students performing The Wall by Pink Floyd!

      All Ages Show! Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at door
    • January 14
      1:30 PM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to Our band Could Be Your Life
      Concert
      Join us Januray 14th at 1:30 pm at Doug Fir Lounge for School of Rock Portland student performing Our Band Could Be your Life.

      All Ages Show! Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at door
    • January 21
      11:00 AM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to Beyonce + Rihanna
      Concert
      Join us January 21st at Doug Fir Lounge at 11 am for School of Rock Portland performing Beyonce + Rihanna!

      All Ages Show! Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at door
    • January 21
      1:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to Radiohead
      Concert
      Join us January 21st at Doug Fir Lounge at 1pm, doors at 11am for School of Rock Portland Students performing Radiohead!

      All Ages Show! Tickets $12 in advance/$15 at door
    • January 28
      7:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland presents Best of Portland
      Concert
      Join us January 28th at The Wonder Ballroom at 7pm for School of Rock Portland Students performing with local artists, including Coco Columbia, Red Fang, Chanti Darling, Genders and more! All Ag...
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      Join us January 28th at The Wonder Ballroom at 7pm for School of Rock Portland Students performing with local artists, including Coco Columbia, Red Fang, Chanti Darling, Genders and more!

      All Ages Show! Tickets $15 in advance/$20 at door

      Proceeds go to PROWUS.org
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    • June 12 - 16 2017
      Classic Rock Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      For those about to rock we salute you! We are gonna cover a lot of ground here to highlight some of the best classic rock ever. Think AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith, ELO, Cream, The Rolling Stones, CCR, and more!
      https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • June 19 - 23 2017
      Green Day vs Nirvana Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      For those about to rock we salute you! We are gonna cover a lot of ground here to highlight some of the best classic rock ever. Think AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith, ELO, Cream, The Rolling Stones, CCR, and more!

      Sign up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • June 26 - 30 2017
      Indi/Alt Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      Out of the punk / DIY movement came the musically experimental Indie + Alternative genres. We'll cover bands such as Sonic Youth, The Smiths, The Pixies, Pavement, The Breeders, R.E.M, The Replacements, Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr., Hole, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nirvana and Weezer.

      Sing up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • July 10 - 14 2017
      British Invasion Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      This camp will cover the best of the British Invasion: The Beatles, The Who, The Spencer Davis Group, The Rolling Stones and more!

      Sign up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • July 17 - 21 2017
      Black Keys vs White Stripes Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      Classic Rock in the Modern Age. Come shred the bluesy rock of The Black Keys and The White Stripes. We'll do songs such as "Hardest Button To Button" and "Icky Thump" by The White Stripes. And songs like "Tighten Up" and "Gold On The Ceiling" by The Black Keys.

      Sign up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • July 24 - 28 2017
      Punk Rock Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      Come play fast and rowdy songs for a week! Put on real punk show! Featuring bands such as The Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Slits, Bikini Kill, Misfits, The Germs, X, The Kinks, The Stooges, The Dead Boys, X-Ray Spex, The Bags, The Damned, The Buzzcocks and more.

      Sign up here! https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • July 31 - August 4 2017
      Classic Rock Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
      Read more
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      For those about to rock we salute you! We are gonna cover a lot of ground here to highlight some of the best classic rock ever. Think AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith, ELO, Cream, The Rolling Stones, CCR, and more!


      https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • August 7 - 11 2017
      80's Party Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      Everyone loves a great 80's party! This music is so much fun & will be some challenging material to help advance your playing! You won't want to miss this! Here's an idea of the songs we've done in the past:

      Boys Don't Cry - The Cure, We Got The Beat - The Go Gos, Talking In Your Sleep - The Romantics, Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions, Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday, Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen.

      https://portland-sor.frontdeskhq.com/courses/21348
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    • August 14 - 18 2017
      Green day vs Nirvana Camp
      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Ro...
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      Rock N’ Roll Summer camps are 5 days of LEARNING MUSIC, PLAYING MUSIC, FUN, BAND BONDING and PERFORMANCE! In one week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and a live performance at a local Rock Venue. Group rehearsal, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you rock the drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keys-- you’ll have a blast!

      Green Day and Nirvana are two of the most influential trios to come out of the late 80's/early 90's. Whether it's "Basket Case" or "Smells LIke Teen Spirit" we know you're gonna love all of these songs! Ripping guitar, rad bass lines, and amazing vocals! "Here we are now, Entertain us!" It's gonna be loud and fun!

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Staff

    • Meet Dani Fish
      Music Director/Guitar/Bass 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Dan Lee
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Dan graduated from Lewis and Clark college with a degree in Music Performance with a focus in Jazz guitar performance. He also spent several years after school studying with local jazz legend Alan...
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      Dan graduated from Lewis and Clark college with a degree in Music Performance with a focus in Jazz guitar performance. He also spent several years after school studying with local jazz legend Alan Jones. He teaches guitar and bass at the school of rock. In addition to playing solo and combo jazz gigs, he also plays with local bands like Emulator, Brad Parsons and the Local Talent and Manimalhouse amongst others.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Cameron Turner
      Guitar/Vocals 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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    • Meet Cory West
      Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor
      Cory is one of our work horse instructors, who spends an equal amount of time as a guitar and bass instructor as well as running show rehearsals and teaching drums. Cory migrated from Boston in 201...
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      Cory is one of our work horse instructors, who spends an equal amount of time as a guitar and bass instructor as well as running show rehearsals and teaching drums. Cory migrated from Boston in 2012 after completing a B.M. in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, where he focused on playing guitar and performing in original music projects around the New England area. He has also been gigging and recording as a Bassist and Drummer for the past three years, with 10+ years of prior experience on each instrument respectively. When he's not teaching at SOR he spends his time working with his band, LiquidLight while also deriving great joy from coming up with terrible jokes and puns that put a smile (and sometimes a frown) on the faces of his co-workers and students.
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    • Meet Donna Cruz-Moreno
      Guitar Instructor
      Donna started playing guitar at a very early age. She was influenced by her father who also played guitar. By the age of 12, she started playing Electric guitar on stage in her father's band. I...
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      Donna started playing guitar at a very early age. She was influenced by her father who also played guitar. By the age of 12, she started playing Electric guitar on stage in her father's band. In her father’s band she was the lead guitarist playing all styles from Top 40/Soul/Country and Latin genres. She has a Classical guitar Performance Degree as well as a Master in Business Administration from ASU. Donna continues to study her passion of music from Rock/Blues, Funk, Classical and Jazz and loves to share with others what she has learned.
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    • Meet Glen Scheidt
      Drum Instructor
    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Schuyler Neilson
      Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor
      Schuyler began to express his lifelong love of music with piano lessons at a young age, but one instrument led to another, and by his teens he was also studying guitar, trumpet, bass (both electric...
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      Schuyler began to express his lifelong love of music with piano lessons at a young age, but one instrument led to another, and by his teens he was also studying guitar, trumpet, bass (both electric and upright), and drums.

      Schuyler’s diverse professional background includes both west coast and European tours with Poeina Suddarth and the Lucid Dreamers, a residency as the upright bassist with the Portland, OR jazz combo “Plan B”, an award winning turn in musical theater, as well as extensive work as a studio musician. He’s performed with Grammy Winner Thara Memory, Fred Wesley of James Brown fame, Radiation City, and Page Hamilton of Helmet, among others.

      In his spare time, Schuyler likes skateboarding,and he’s also known to sit in at jazz jam sessions, because improvisation has been a large part of his music studies. He loves playing most styles of music, with most anyone he meets. He’s a graduate of the Alan Jones Academy of Music where he worked with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, and also a graduate of the School of Rock in Portland, OR.

      While in Europe with Poeina Suddarth and the Lucid Dreamers, Schuyler met LA musician Ethan Goodman. As a result of this fortuitous meeting, Schuyler relocated to LA from Portland, OR where he grew up, to form the band Cheer Up Club. He's since back in Portland with some new projects
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    • Meet Austin Christ
      Guitar/Bass instructor
      Austin Christ is a musician based out the the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a Bachelors degree in jazz guitar and piano from Portland State University. He currently plays in various jazz and fun...
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      Austin Christ is a musician based out the the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a Bachelors degree in jazz guitar and piano from Portland State University. He currently plays in various jazz and funk bands around the Portland area. Austin teaches guitar and bass. Growing up in the Bay Area, Austin enjoys surfing and spending time on the beach with his dogs.
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    • Meet Darya Babenko
      Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Darya was born and raised in Ukraine in a home that was always filled with the music of the Beatles, Queen and ABBA. She has always been involved in arts in one way or another with Ballet and Hip-H...
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      Darya was born and raised in Ukraine in a home that was always filled with the music of the Beatles, Queen and ABBA. She has always been involved in arts in one way or another with Ballet and Hip-Hop. Darya soon got a record deal with Ukrainian Records and came to the United States as a part of a reality talent show “American Chance” in 2007. Shortly after she was accepted into the Vocal program at the Musicians Institute in LA, where she graduated with honors in 2011 with a degree in Vocal Performance.

      In April 2014, Darya moved to Portland to continue her education and musical journey. She was accepted to Portland State University to complete a BM in Music Composition. She is currently working at the School of Rock Portland where she is teaching vocals, keys and now Music Theory to children in hopes she can inspire your child to truly take music seriously and become a great force in the music world. Songwriting is Darya's greatest passion.
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    • Meet Angie Fritz
      Angie Fritz is a guitar and voice teacher. Born and raised in Chicago, her roots lay in blues, folk, and classic rock. She studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas before moving to...
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      Angie Fritz is a guitar and voice teacher. Born and raised in Chicago, her roots lay in blues, folk, and classic rock. She studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas before moving to Portland in 2014. She plays shows around town as either a jazz singer, folk songwriter, or rock guitar player, depending on the night. Outside of music, she works as a dog handler.
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    • Meet Stephfon Bartee-Smith
      Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Studied at the DePaul School of Music and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy where his focus was in vocal performance and musical theater. He's toured extensively as a backing and featured v...
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      Studied at the DePaul School of Music and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy where his focus was in vocal performance and musical theater. He's toured extensively as a backing and featured vocalist; in theatrical productions; and with his two bands Magic Mouth and Chanti Darling.
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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!!!Read less

    • 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 :)Read less

    • School of Rock Portland House Band plays NW Hesh Fest!

      A great write up about NW Hesh Fest. Our House Band kicked off the 3rd day opening for YOB and Acid King! They performed Sad Wings of Destiny by Judas Priest - It RULED!

    • An awesome metal band formed by SOR Portland students - Zack Trani, Ethan Conrad, Malcolm Luis, & Kelsey Cunningham!

      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

  • “My daughter was taking private music lessons for two years until she started to get bored. "I want to play with other kids. I want to be in a band". We looked into the School of Rock, and it was the perfect fit! She really enjoys practicing now because she loves her teachers and she knows that the other kids are counting on her. Best decision to come here. ”
    — Chrissy Segal, Parent of School of Rock Portland student
  • “School of Rock, well, rocks! The instructors are not only fantastic teachers and caring people but great musicians. How they so expertly bring together kids of different ages and skill levels to put on such amazing shows is beyond me. So glad my daughter can be part of such a positive, inspiring community! ”
    — Susie Kaplan, Parent of School of Rock Portland student
  • “My son and daughter both perform with School of Rock, and take individual lessons once a week. My 14 year old son has been playing piano and drums for several years. We arrived at school of rock last year to mix things up a bit. He was hoping to learn more about performance, gigging and playing a show with many other styles and personalities. Being thoroughly introduced to playing classic rock, meeting with teachers every week and a great group of kids of all ages to shape another amazing show : his confidence has really grown, as well as his ability and his passion for playing. There is so much nuance to be found when you break down a song into its simplest form and then build it up again in a group. So much jazz in Zappa ! So much landscape in Pink Floyd. My kid is on a journey with SoR- having the time of his life. The group at the school are very supportive, friendly, talented and enthusiastic. Everyone takes care of each other and they all help one another out- both in rehearsals and at shows. This is such a wonderful community to belong to when other aspects of life can be fragile and challenging. All of the staff are excited, smart and available: it's very refreshing ! We plan to stay for years.”
    — Karissa Rippy, Parent of two School or Rock Portland students
  • “Through SOR, our son has become a much more confident performer, which has helped him with presentations in class or at school, as well as in other music venues. He says, "SOR is a great place to play music with your friends, and try out new instruments and styles." I so look forward to the Monday night adult rehearsal to be surrounded by music with other engaged adults, who are really interested in learning and having fun!”
    — L.S. - School of Rock Portland parent and member of Adult Program