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About School of Rock Rockville Centre

Welcome to your one-and-only stop for seriously fun, lasting music education – School of Rock Rockville Centre. With passionate instructors, an impressive selection of instruments, and killer program offerings, School of Rock Rockville Centre equips students with the tools they need to rock their worlds.

Music is about way more than solo acts. School of Rock Rockville Centre is as focused on community, teamwork, and friendships as it is on inspiring awesome music. Through our performance-based approach, we foster an inclusive community of rockers in Rockville Centre to build a unique type of confidence only gained through cool, real life experiences. Whether we’re in serious shredding-mode or just jamming along with the band, our team spurs the growth of real, practical skills for music-minded students.

At School of Rock Rockville Centre, we believe everyone deserves to have fun and feel like a rock star. Visit us and get a feel for the awesome opportunities your child has waiting just around the corner.

Contact Information

School of Rock Rockville Centre
197 N Long Beach RoadRockville Centre, NY 11570
Main Number
(516) 599-5909(516) 599-5909

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Rockville Centre, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Rockville Centre students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Rockville Centre’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Rockville Centre 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 Rockville Centre, 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 Rockville Centre students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Rockville Centre’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 Rockville Centre’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 Rockville Centre’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 Rockville Centre, 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 Rockville Centre, 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 Rockville Centre works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Rockville Centre’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 Rockville Centre’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 prepare them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Rockville Centre 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 Rockville Centre’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

At School of Rock Rockville Centre, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. Rockville Centre students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-...
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At School of Rock Rockville Centre, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Rockville Centre students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Rockville Centre’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • August 19
      12:00 PM
      FamFest at Oceanside Chamber of Commerce (School Green 11- 5)
    • August 21
      12:00 PM
      SOLAR ECLIPSE AT 2:20...DON'T LOOK INTO THE SUN!
    • August 24
      12:00 PM
      BUDDY DAY 102
    • September 1 - 4 2017
      SOR RVC WILL BE CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND
    • September 2
      12:00 PM
      SOR RVC PERFORMANCE AT THE HUNTINGTON LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL
    • September 4
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Labor Day
    • September 6
      12:00 PM
      IT'S OUR 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!!
    • September 9
      12:00 PM
      IT'S SHOW DAY!! SOR RVC seasonal shows at Junction in Long Beach
      Come see our shows:
      GreenDay and The Ramones at 11am
      Fueled By Ramen at 1pm
      Metallica at 3:30pm
      Cities of Rock at 6pm
    • September 16
      12:00 PM
      School of Rock RVC performs at Stars & Stripes Carnival in East Rockaway
    • September 17
      12:00 PM
      SOR RVC perform at fundraiser for OUT ON A LIMB 12 - 5
    • September 22
      8:00 PM
      The Inoculated Canaries pre EP release party at SOR RVC
    • September 23
      12:00 PM
      SOR RVC HOUSEBAND PERFORM AT THE LYNBROOK EXPO
    • October 7
      12:00 PM
      LI FALL FESTIVAL IN HUNTINGTON
    • October 15
      12:00 PM
      SOR RVC PERFORM AT HEWITT FALL FESTIVAL
    • October 21
      12:00 PM
      SOR RVC PERFORM AT THE ROLLING RIVER FESTIVAL
    • October 22
      12:00 PM
      SOR RVC PERFORM AT SOUTH NASSAU FUNDRAISER 10 - 12
    • October 27
      12:00 PM
      PROMO-WEEN at SOR RVC
    • October 29
      12:00 PM
      SOR RVC HOUSEBAND PERFORMS AT OCEANSIDE JCC EVENT
    • November 23
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Thanksgiving
    • November 24
      12:00 PM
      Yes we are open today!
    • December 5
      12:00 PM
      WALLY'S 2ND BIRTHDAY!!
    • December 25
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Christmas Day
    • January 1
      12:00 PM
      Closed for New Years Day
    • May 28
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Memorial Day
    • July 4
      12:00 PM
      Closed for 4th of July
    • September 3
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Labor Day
    • November 22
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Thanksgiving Day
    • December 24
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Christmas
    • December 25
      12:00 PM
      Closed for Christmas

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Staff

    • Meet MONICA RUBIN
      Owner & General Manager
      The best way that I can introduce myself to you is to tell you my story. I cannot tell you that from a young age I knew that this was where I wanted to be, but in truth, my life has always lead me ...
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      The best way that I can introduce myself to you is to tell you my story. I cannot tell you that from a young age I knew that this was where I wanted to be, but in truth, my life has always lead me to this school. I grew up in a talented home, that is everyone had musical talent except me. My dad, a self taught musician, could play anything you put in front of him. I, on the other hand,was musically challenged. I would sing (and still do) at the top of my lungs not really caring that I was pitchy and off beat. My parents sent me for piano lessons even though I wanted to play the drums. After the second month, the instructor told me he would pay me to stop going if I promised not to tell anyone I had been his student. True story!! Our son Michael became interested in playing the guitar at a young age. My husband, Gene and I encouraged him to play but quickly realized that taking lessons just wasn't enough. Coming home and practicing on his own wasn't fun. Like most of you, I turned to my dear trusty friend Google to help us solve the problem. I asked Google what we could do to "help our child find other kids to play music with." Google replied "School of Rock." I was in disbelief. Google had made a mistake! We all know that School of Rock was a movie, how would that help my child? What I didn't know was that the movie resulted from an actual school. THE SCHOOL OF ROCK! We quickly scheduled an appointment thinking this was all just too good to be true. I had no idea that Google had not only changed my son's life, but the life of my entire family! Throughout Michael's years at School of Rock I turned my photography to the concert world. I was not only fortunate to have met some incredible artists, but I am lucky to now call them my friends. They introduced me to the music business teaching me about recording, managing, touring, the list goes on. It was around this time that Michael's band, The Inoculated Canaries started to develop into more than a garage band. It was at this time that Gene told me he knew what my calling was, he was right! We started our School of Rock knowing that it would change the lives of those who walked through our doors. Our school is a clubhouse for our students. They have a place to express themselves musically and are challenged by the incredible teachers that are here ( Jimmy, Dylan, Bill, Dan K, Bern, Josh, Lorrie, Michael, James, Dan L., Janet, Tom, Laurens and John). Together, we are the School of Rock Rockville Centre family.
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    • Meet DYLAN GROSS
      Assistant General Manager, Music Director, Show Director and Instructor
      Dylan's training is Classical and Jazz but his heart is all Rock n Roll. Coming to School of Rock as a multi-instrumentalist he took the school by storm and quickly became the Assistant General M...
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      Dylan's training is Classical and Jazz but his heart is all Rock n Roll. Coming to School of Rock as a multi-instrumentalist he took the school by storm and quickly became the Assistant General Manager. With a Music Education degree from Five Towns College and now a Master's Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, Dylan has had the incredible opportunities to perform in Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and Theatre Orchestra on multiple instruments including the Upright and Electric Bass. Of course when not a part of the orchestra he toured with local rock bands playing drums, keys and the bass! A lesson with Dylan means a lesson in theory, ear training, performance and exposure to multiple genres of music. His students are often hit with a lightening round of "Quick, name as many Bass players as you can!"
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    • Meet BILL WHITE
      Instructor
      (Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer/Producer/Consultant/Educator Multi-Instrumementalist) Bill has proven to be one of the premiere Guitarists on the New York and World stages. A Brooklyn native, Bill gre...
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      (Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer/Producer/Consultant/Educator Multi-Instrumementalist) Bill has proven to be one of the premiere Guitarists on the New York and World stages. A Brooklyn native, Bill grew up on Long Island, and received his Associate Degree in Music Preformance from Five Towns College and his Bachelors of Arts degree from Suny College/ Old Westbury, He has played with the likes of Chaka Khan,Taylor Dayne, Kellis, Hall Oats , Bernie Worrell, Ray Chew the Crew, Me'Shell Ndege, Ocello, Ceil Brigdewaterr, Mark Adams, Chcio Freeman, David Murray, Miram Mekba, Average White Band, Freddie Jackson, Alex Bugnon, Dave Koz, Patti Austin,Daryl Hall, Gordon Chambers, Elisabeth Withers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Brian Jackson. Aside from playing, he also has scored for short films and off Broadway plays. His blend of jazz, funk, rock has been heard on many recordings from past 10 years. He has produced several artists, in and around the New York area, over the past several years. Blending all these styles of music to come up with a very unique sound, Bill's 350project is a mixture of all his musical experiences. As an educator, Bill, along with Damon Mendes in Association with T AINT EASY PRODUCTIONS, have conducted weekly clinics and seminars in New York bringing the New York music community together for the past 8 years. In November 2004 and 2008 Bill, with the Bridge the Gap Project, recreated the great musician photo taken in 1958. In 2006 Bill founded Savdadivas Entertainment Consultants, to work with new and established artists, providing everything from music direction to road management, production and song writing. Currently Bill teaches guitar/bass/piano music theory at the CUNY / York College and The Boys Club of NY in east Harlem, passing the torch to the younger generation. Bill plays ASLIN DANE Paul Nieto GuitarTech guitars and basses.
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    • Meet JIMMY GEROVAC
      Instructor
      Jimmy G (Vocals/Guitar) is a singer/songwriter/guitaristout of Amityville NY. Self teaching guitar at age 15 and joining his first band a year later in Indiana started Jimmy on the path of music di...
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      Jimmy G (Vocals/Guitar) is a singer/songwriter/guitaristout of Amityville NY. Self teaching guitar at age 15 and joining his first band a year later in Indiana started Jimmy on the path of music discovery. After 5 years of touring and recording as a guitarist he began to find his voice as a singer moving to New York and fronting popular bands in both NYC and Long Island. He has studied under and receivedlessons from renowned vocal instructors Bret Manning who works with Haley Williams of Paramore and Robert J. Luntewho has worked with Chris Cornell, Steven Tyler etc... Currently, Jimmy is the singer and guitarist for the rock band Craving Strange who has released 2 albums, toured the country and licensed music to movies and television.
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    • Meet MARCOS GARCIA
      Instructor
      Marcos is a musician from Brazil who is now living in New York, USA, to pursue his Doctoral degree in Jazz/Commercial Music Electric Guitar at Five Towns College. He has a master's degree in music ...
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      Marcos is a musician from Brazil who is now living in New York, USA, to pursue his Doctoral degree in Jazz/Commercial Music Electric Guitar at Five Towns College. He has a master's degree in music from UFPB (Federal University od Paraíba-Brazil) where he also went for his undergraduate course in accoustic guitar. In Brazil, he was a professor at IFPB (Federal Institute of Paraíba). Also, he taught music and guitar lessons at Colégio Marista Pio X and Studio Escola. Since 2008 he has published many papers on international journals and conferences, usually focusing on the way people learn and teach electric guitar. As a performance musician, he played and recorded with: Unidade Móvel; Os Nonatos; Glaucia Lima, Orquestra de Violões da Paraíba; Eleonora Falcone, Trio Jazzera. He is also the first winner of the Philippe Bertaud Memorial Scholarship. At this time, he is working on his own original songs, Broadway’s musical The Wedding Singer, FTC Jazz Orchestra and with other small ensembles.
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    • Meet BERN PIZZITOLA
      Instructor
      Bern Pizzitola is a freelance session acoustic/electric guitarist, slide guitarist, vocalist, instructor, as well as an ASCAP songwriter and publisher through Sacred Slide Music Publishing. Native ...
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      Bern Pizzitola is a freelance session acoustic/electric guitarist, slide guitarist, vocalist, instructor, as well as an ASCAP songwriter and publisher through Sacred Slide Music Publishing. Native to Long Island; Bern grew up musically during a most fruitful period for live music locally and NYC, and has been involved with many styles, most solidly in Blues, R&B and Rock. He began playing guitar at 11 years old; first influenced by The Beatles, Stones, Motown, Stax and Chess R&B artists, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Hendrix etc. and later finding Classical Guitar, earlier Blues, Jazz, Reggae and West African forms. Bern studied Classical Guitar, Voice, Theory and Composition in Denver, CO at Loretto College; while gigging with regional artists/bands in the area. Since relocating to NYC, Bern has been writing, recording and performing with various artists.
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    • Meet JOHN BARBER
      Instructor & Show Director
      John graduated from Boston’s famed, Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance. John has toured and performed as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of Ellis Ashbrook, a contemporary psyche...
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      John graduated from Boston’s famed, Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance. John has toured and performed as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of Ellis Ashbrook, a contemporary psychedelic rock group from Brooklyn, NY. A multi-instrumentalist, John specializes in guitar and piano. John loves teaching, and tailors his lessons to the individual – working through the fundamentals, new techniques, and of course, having a blast learning how to play your favorite music. John also focuses on songwriting, soloing/improvising, sight reading, recording, and how to work with other musicians. John's favorite artists include: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Grateful Dead, Phish, King Crimson, and David Bowie
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    • Meet Laurens Kusters
      Instructor, Show Director & Venue/Vendor Relations
      Born in Belgium, and currently residing in New York, Laurens Kusters grew up in the music industry. As the son of a respected independent publisher - music has always been part of his life. At age ...
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      Born in Belgium, and currently residing in New York, Laurens Kusters grew up in the music industry. As the son of a respected independent publisher - music has always been part of his life. At age 14 he picked up the drumsticks and never let go.
      In 1994 Laurens Kusters founded independent punk, hardcore & metal label I Scream Records and he manages New York Hardcore legends Sick Of It All and Boston's Street Dogs.
      Laurens has been a SABIAN endorsee since 1995 and currently performs with Skarhead.
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    • Meet Tom Diognardi
      Instructor & Show Director
      Thomas Diognardi is multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter from Bethpage, NY. He's spent the better part of his life performing with various bands, and graduated from the Music Conservato...
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      Thomas Diognardi is multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter from Bethpage, NY. He's spent the better part of his life performing with various bands, and graduated from the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase with his Bachelors Degree in Studio Production. Being both a self-taught musician and well versed in music theory allows Thomas to approach lessons and teaching with a laid-back, yet critical and corrective mindset. He currently records/produces local bands out of his home studio while touring and pursuing a career with his band In Loving Memory.
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    • Meet Sam Coughlin
      Instructor
      Sam "Stellar" Coughlin is a NY music scene veteran and classically trained vocalist from Long Island, NY. With a hefty musical theater background, she made the transition to frontwoman for several ...
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      Sam "Stellar" Coughlin is a NY music scene veteran and classically trained vocalist from Long Island, NY. With a hefty musical theater background, she made the transition to frontwoman for several prominent Long Island acts at the tender age of 14. As a child, her father- a self-taught guitarist- would play all kinds of rock songs for her until she eventually begged for lessons herself. She's been playing guitar for over 10 years and bass for around 9. Being rooted in traditional vocal and speech training, Sam has been able to span her songwriting over a vast collection of genres including pop, indie, punk, and hip hop. Along the way, she's toured the country fronting various musical acts with stops at festivals such as SXSW and Warped Tour. If you ever feel like striking up a conversation with her, open with a Bruce Campbell one-liner- she's weird like that.
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    • Meet MICHAEL RUSSO
      Instructor
      "Michael Russo is a special needs music teacher working at the School of Rock. He is a music therapy graduate student who has experience working with children with developmental disorders. Michael ...
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      "Michael Russo is a special needs music teacher working at the School of Rock. He is a music therapy graduate student who has experience working with children with developmental disorders. Michael currently works in pediatric units at NYU Langone Medical Center as a music therapy intern.

      Michael enjoyed singing and playing electric keyboard from a very young age, and discovered his passion for playing music at 13 when he received his first guitar. Michael continues to sing and play guitar as his primary instruments.

      Michael plays many string, keyboard, percussion, and electronic instruments, including piano, bass guitar, drum set, misc. percussion (e.g., conga, djembe), ukulele, violin, banjo, and harmonica. He studied guitar, piano, violin, and vocals with private instructors at university. Michael has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Music from Fordham University, and is studying for his M.S. in Music Therapy from Molloy College.

      Michael is passionate about learning new instruments. He writes and records original music, playing multiple instruments on each track. Michael’s favorite music genres are jazz, blues, folk, funk, R&B, pop, electronica, and rock. His music is especially influenced by early 20th century folk and jazz, and world music.

      Michael will begin his career as a professional music therapist in 2019. He is interested in working as a music therapist with clients with dementia, clients with addiction and eating disorders, and clients in a medical setting. Michael is also enthusiastic about health and nutrition, yoga, and meditation."
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    • Meet ADAM INGOGLIA
      Instructor
      Adam, always with drum sticks in hand, is passionate about helping young musicians find their voice by teaching percussion, drum set, snare solos and more. Adam holds degrees in the Music Business...
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      Adam, always with drum sticks in hand, is passionate about helping young musicians find their voice by teaching percussion, drum set, snare solos and more. Adam holds degrees in the Music Business Industry and Music Performance, New Blood Recognition by Drum! magazine and endorsements by SJC Drums and Silverfox Drumsticks. When not teaching at School of Rock Rockville Centre you will find Adam at The Cup Coffee House in Wantagh. Of course, he wouldn't own a place that didn't have live music!
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    • Meet James Terranova
      Instructor and Studio Coordinator
      James Terranova began playing music before he learned to speak. James teaches Drums, Bass, Guitar and Sax and will soon be heading a recording program at School of Rock Rockville Centre. James re...
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      James Terranova began playing music before he learned to speak. James teaches Drums, Bass, Guitar and Sax and will soon be heading a recording program at School of Rock Rockville Centre. James received his degree in Audio Engineering from I.A.R.
      James is now touring with his band, The Inoculated Canaries, as they prepare for the release of their newest EP, Trying Times.
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    • Meet Ruan Colyn
      Instructor
      Ruan joins School of Rock from Cape Town, South Africa where he completed his Audio Engineering qualification through Cape Audio College. He also is a graduate of the Royal Schools of Music London...
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      Ruan joins School of Rock from Cape Town, South Africa where he completed his Audio Engineering qualification through Cape Audio College. He also is a graduate of the Royal Schools of Music London Majoring Guitar Performance and Theory.

      Ruan has over 14 years experience teaching Guitar,Bass and Music technology to all ages and experience levels. He was a member of the Music Department at Bridgehouse College in Franschoek Cape Town and in his spare time was involved in the quarterly musical productions at the school. He also found time to co-author two books for guitar beginners which have been published in South Africa.

      Ruan enjoys reading up on his favorite subject, philosophy, as well as playing online games with friends and, when the weather permits, mountain biking.

      Through out his career, Ruan has done live sound engineering for some of South Africa’s top performing artists. Little known fact about Ruan is that he and his high school band achieved a very much coveted spot on the South African day play radio circuit back in the late 90’s , that led to a tour with some of South Africa's biggest Rock acts.
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    • Meet Dan LaMagna
      Instructor & Show Director
      Years ago when Dan decided to start sharing his musical knowledge with children he quickly realized how rewarding it would be. Now, looking back, he sees the accomplished musicians he has helped d...
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      Years ago when Dan decided to start sharing his musical knowledge with children he quickly realized how rewarding it would be. Now, looking back, he sees the accomplished musicians he has helped develop. Companies such as Sabian, Vater and Drum workshop have Dan on their education/artist rosters, and retain his services to hold clinics and masterclasses for all
      three companies.

      Dan studied music at Nassau Community College, Drummers Collective and continues his education with the well known instructors:, Joe Morello, Jojo Mayer and Frank Bellucci. Dan has played with several national acts touring globally.

      Dan's focus is drumset, snare drum, and mallets along with preparation of his students for NYSMMA.
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    • Meet Michael Janover
      Instructor
      Michael Janover Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals Michael Janover is a rock musician from Long Island with more than 10 years of performance experience. Michael was enamored with music fr...
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      Michael Janover
      Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals
      Michael Janover is a rock musician from Long Island with more than 10 years of performance experience. Michael was enamored with music from a very young age, singing and playing piano regularly. He was given a guitar at the age of 9 years old and began teaching himself how to play. He took this knowledge and applied it to playing other instruments and composing, teaching himself the rudiments of Music Theory on the way.
      Privately, he has taught guitar, piano, music theory and singing lessons on and off for over 10 years. Michael attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam for Music Education with a performance medium of voice for 4 years before pursuing Psychology and graduating in 2016. More recently, you could have seen him fronting Go the Distance, a Pop/Punk outfit based in Potsdam, NY. He dropped his first album, All or Nothing as part of Go the Distance in late 2014. Now, you can find him acting in and musically directing shows, performing in pit orchestras all across the Long Island/NYC, and even composing and orchestrating original musicals as a career.
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    • Meet Annie DiBiasi
      Instructor and Studio Coordinator
      Annie DiBiasi graduated from Five Towns College in with a Bachelor of Business Management & Music business. During her college years, she was Student Government President, worked in the theatre (DH...
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      Annie DiBiasi graduated from Five Towns College in with a Bachelor of Business Management & Music business. During her college years, she was Student Government President, worked in the theatre (DHPAC) doing lighting, and started interning at Blackheart Records (Joan Jett's record label) in her sophomore year. She’s also the guitar player for an all-female rock n' roll band, Jackknife Stiletto. Annie also has a booking/promotion company called Heldback Productions plus a company with her band-mates, VXC Industries, LTD, which is dedicated to promoting female musicians.

      While still in college, she continued interning for Blackheart Records and was sent on the Vans Warped Tour in 2009. Following graduation, she was asked to tour with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts full-time and is now their Asst. Tour manager, lighting director, & merchandise manager.

      Annie’s been a part of US tours with: Heart & The Who, and a South American tour with the Foo Fighters. Annie was also a part of Joan Jett’s recent Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction. She’s also worked with the Blackhearts on TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, & Kelly & Michael.
      Other artists Annie has worked with have included: Journey, Bad Company, Blondie, Kid Rock, Eddie Money, Night Ranger, Band of Horses, and more…
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    • Meet Brian Sweeney
      Instructor
      Brian Sweeney is a pianist, composer, and musical director based in East Meadow, NY. He holds degrees from the University of Miami (Music Business) and the Crane School of Music (Performance). He...
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      Brian Sweeney is a pianist, composer, and musical director based in East Meadow, NY. He holds degrees from the University of Miami (Music Business) and the Crane School of Music (Performance). He is trained in both classical and contemporary music, and has several years of performing experience on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and voice. Brian’s most recent work includes directing various community theatre productions with musicians of all ages, as well as premiering an original musical as part of the NY Winterfest. When he is not at School of Rock, Brian works as a staff pianist for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Manhattan. In addition, he is co-frontman and guitarist for pop/rock group Go the Distance, which hopes to release their sophomore album within the year, following their debut album All or Nothing.
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    • Meet JOHN TOCABENS
      Instructor & Show Director
      John is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Oceanside NY. With a background deeply rooted in punk and progressive rock, his philosophy is focused on developing the musical acuity and passio...
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      John is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Oceanside NY. With a background deeply rooted in punk and progressive rock, his philosophy is focused on developing the musical acuity and passion of his students.

      A drum student since age 6 and a self-taught guitarist, John has spent his life studying both the method of music theory as well as the art of songwriting, and received his Bachelors degree in Music from The City College of NY. By focusing on aural development and comprehension, his curriculum is designed to prepare students for the unique challenges that accompany group performance.

      John currently plays guitar in It Came From Space, a Long Island based post/math rock band.
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    • Meet Wallace "Wally" Rubin
      Mascot
      Wallace "Wally" Rubin is a Golden Doodle who loves Rock n Roll! As the School of Rock Rockville Centre mascot, Wally not only welcomes everyone that comes in to the school, but shows students sta...
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      Wallace "Wally" Rubin is a Golden Doodle who loves Rock n Roll! As the School of Rock
      Rockville Centre mascot, Wally not only welcomes everyone that comes in to the school, but shows students stage presence techniques. Wally aspires to develop his love for
      the tambourine and percussion into a full time career with hopes to someday put together a Monkees tribute band. Can he sing you ask? Well just put on Woman by Wolfmother and find out!
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    • Meet MICHAEL RUBIN
      Show Director and Instructor

Promotions

News

    • School of Rock comes to Rockville Centre

      By EDITOR (Open Post) - September 5, 2014 12:49 pm ET Rockville Centre, NY – School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest loca...
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      By EDITOR (Open Post) - September 5, 2014 12:49 pm ET
      Rockville Centre, NY – School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location with a special VIP event on Friday, September 5, 2014 and an open house on September 6, 2014 at 197 N. Long Beach Road in Rockville Centre, NY.

      School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and on stage performing with their peers. The performance-based approach to music education brings out the confidence in the kids to rock on stage and in life. Music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where music students of all skill levels are comfortable yet challenged at every turn. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and/or drums, students also learn how to jam with their peers in a weekly practice session. The team dynamic creates a supportive and motivating environment where kids feel inspired to excel.

      With their son Michael, a School of Rock student, new franchise owners Monica and Gene Rubin have been fans of School of Rock since he started taking lessons in 2009. After they witnessed how much their son grew through the program – both musically and professionally – Monica and Gene were inspired to bring School of Rock to the Rockville Centre community. Growing up listening to rock music, the Rubin’s passion is reignited every time Michael and his friends play the music they grew up with.

      “Seeing our son come out of his shell and really thrive at School of Rock has been such an inspiring, heartwarming experience and has opened our eyes to the authentic power School of Rock’s performance-based concept can have,” said Monica. “There aren’t very many programs that provide the opportunity for music lovers and aspiring musicians to simultaneously enhance their skills, collaborate and perform, and the confidence it builds in students is unparalleled by anything I’ve ever seen. We’re thrilled to be taking our involvement with School of Rock to the next level and have the chance to impact people’s lives and personal growth in Rockville Centre.”

      School of Rock programs are performance-based and emphasize the message that music is not just about playing an instrument; it’s about teamwork, building confidence, and creating leaders. The unique programs include “Rock 101”, which teaches basic skills to beginners, the “Performance Program,” the second stage and heart and soul of School of Rock, and an “Adult Program.” The school also offers an enriching program designed for first and second grade rockers called the “Rookies” program, and a pre-school program called “Little Wing,” designed to introduce toddlers to the joy of music. After about sixteen to eighteen weeks of one-on-one lessons and structured group rehearsals, the students of “Performance Program” transform into rock stars in a blowout concert in front of a real live audience.

      “It’s truly remarkable to see how music touches the lives of all generations, and through this exciting new venture, we’ll be able to engage young people and inspire them to share their passion and talent with the world,” added Gene.

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      Through School of Rock’s “Guest Performer Series,” students have the opportunity to learn from and jam with some of music’s most iconic names, including Jon Anderson, lead vocalist from the legendary rock band Yes, Earl Slick, David Bowie’s guitarist, seminal post-punk bass player, Mike Watt, and collaborator of the groundbreaking, pop-rock duo The Eurythmics, Dave Stewart.

      School of Rock Rockville Centre will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (hours may vary). For more information on the school, visit http://rockvillecentre.schoolofrock.com/ or call 516-599-5909.
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    • School of Rock set to rock East Rockaway

      Written by Mike Smollins, Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald Some young musicians are set to put the ‘rock’ in East Rockaway when they perform in the first School of Rock Fest on Sept. 10 at Memo...
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      Written by Mike Smollins, Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald

      Some young musicians are set to put the ‘rock’ in East Rockaway when they perform in the first School of Rock Fest on Sept. 10 at Memorial Park.

      The free concert will begin at noon and will go on for the next eight hours. The festival will feature a “best of the fests,” as students and national touring bands cover music featured at Ozzfest, the Warped Tour, Coachella and Lilith Fair. Bands involved in the event include The Inoculated Canaries, Craving Strange, Revel 9 and Midnight Mob.

      Show director Dylan Gross, who is the assistant general manager and an instructor at the School of Rock in Rockville Center, is spearheading the concert.

      “Most of the music that day will be performed by School of Rock students,” Gross said. “As directors and instructors, there is a special feeling you get watching your own students shine on stage. With each lesson and rehearsal you see them face difficulties to grow both musically and personally.”

      Gross said he expects over 300 people to attend the festival. He also emphasized that it’s an all-ages family event.

      The four bands will play in between the students’ performances throughout the day. Two of the advertised acts have deep ties to the school.

      School of Rock alumnus Michael Rubin, who has performed nationally with School of Rock’s All-Star program, is the singer and lead guitarist of the Inoculated Canaries. Jimmy Gerovac, who is an instructor at the school, sings and plays guitar for Craving Strange.

      “I’m one of the teachers so I’m super excited to see the kids perform because I know how hard they’re working,” Gerovac said. “It’s a doubly cool thing because not only are they doing the show, but they get to be around the other bands and meet them.”

      Revel 9 and Midnight Mob have become friends of the School of Rock and have toured around the nation, according to Gross.

      Gross, 23, plays many instruments, including the bass, drums and keyboards and graduated from East Rockaway High School in 2011. He then moved on to Five Towns College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music.

      He currently attends Hofstra University, where he is working toward getting his masters of science in music education. And though he isn’t hitting the stage on Sept. 10, Gross, a musician in his own right, has played a pivotal role in organizing the event.

      “Since our program is performance based, we always try to find and create new opportunities for our students to not only take the stage but to actually share the stage with seasoned, professional touring artists,” Gross said. “It was a no brainer when the idea of ‘Best of the Fests’ was decided.”

      The event is just another step in the growth of the School of Rock, which started with one school in Philadelphia and has morphed into the leading performance-based music education program in the world with 180 locations internationally.

      Gross is imploring the whole community to come out, bring their lawn chairs and enjoy a free day of rock. “School of Rock is family-oriented, and loves to bring different generations together to enjoy the universal language that is music,” he said. “This is the first music festival to come to East Rockaway, and we’re more than excited to be a part of it.”Read less

    • Will Calhoun drum room dedication at the School of Rock Rockville Centre

      Doug Wimbish/Will Calhoun Room Dedication Ceremony doug-wimbish-bass musician magazine SCHOOL OF ROCK ROCKVILLE CENTRE HONOR LIVING COLOUR’S WILL CALHOUN & DOUG WIMBISH WITH ROOM DEDICATIONS ...
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      Doug Wimbish/Will Calhoun Room Dedication Ceremony

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      SCHOOL OF ROCK ROCKVILLE CENTRE HONOR LIVING COLOUR’S WILL CALHOUN & DOUG WIMBISH WITH ROOM DEDICATIONS ON DEC. 20, 2014…
      Doug Wimbish-Will Calhoun Room Dedication Ceremony
      School of Rock (Rockville Centre) and Caelum Music Production honor Grammy-award winning recording artists Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish, both of the multi-platinum outfit Living Colour, with a pair of room dedications on Dec. 20 at 2 pm.

      The Will Calhoun Drum Room and Doug Wimbish Bass Room come as the result of an ongoing partnership between local School of Rock General Manager and Owner Monica Rubin and the pair of musicians, who have been actively involved in the local chapter since its opening earlier this year.

      Will and Doug are accomplished musicians, also known for their extensive session and touring work with artists ranging from the Rolling Stones to Harry Belafonte, as well as their individual and collective solo projects including HeadFake and Jungle Funk. Behind the scenes they actively support and nurture local communities with events and activities that further youth music education including Doug’s ‘WimBash Music Festival Series’.

      “Will, Doug and I all share the same passion about providing young artists an opportunity to create and learn about music,” explained Rubin. “My son said the kindest and truest thing about Will: ‘one of the great things about Will is that he remembers what it is like to be 13 and want to play music.’”

      A ribbon cutting will precede the dedication with a musical celebration featuring performances from the pair as well as Troy, The Inoculated Canaries and Craving Strange following the ceremony.

      About School of Rock

      For over 15 years, School of Rock has been inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life. We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. Founded as a single school in Philadelphia, PA in 1998, School of Rock has become a growing international franchise, operating over 120 schools in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil with openings in Canada, The Philippines, Chile, United Kingdom and Australia planned for 2013.

      School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing their confidence and musicianship.

      Living Colour is a Grammy Award winning band best known for their double platinum album, Vivid. Wimbish is a bass player known for his versatility, use of bass effects, extended hand techniques and is considered a pioneer in hip hop bass playing for his work with Sugarhill Records.Calhoun is a versatile drummer known for his style that blends advanced funk fusion, drum-and-bass and world percussion with rock and metal grooves.

      Additional Info: By Invitation Only, 2 p.m. School of Rock, 197 N. Long Beach Rd. Rockville Centre, New York, 11570. (516) 599-5909Read less

Testimonials

  • “When we first introduced our son, Sean, to the idea of School of Rock he was reluctant, to say the least. Once we stepped into the school, however, his whole attitude changed. After getting a tour and trial lesson, he was begging us to sign him up and we did. We quickly realized that this was one of the best decisions we made for our son. The School of Rock has not only turned Sean into a musician, it has boosted his confidence and helped him develop a strong work ethic. We never have to tell him to practice. He wants to practice. He looks forward to shows and has become more comfortable in front of an audience. The best part is how the kids develop great relationships and support each other. They learn to work as a team and it shows when they are on stage. We can't say enough about the school. It rocks!!!”
    — Laura Hagan, Mother of School of Rock Rockville Centre student
  • “School of Rock RVC is a home away from home, it immensely helped build my confidence. My guitar skills have grown more than with any music school or teacher I have worked with”
    — Elise Bravate, student from Rockville Centre School of Rock
  • “Magic happens at the School of Rock RVC! The staff's talent, enthusiasm and dedication to their students is OUTSTANDING! Monica Rubin and her instructors provide more than a stellar learning experience, they submerge their students into a music culture that stimulates individual creativity, confidence and a sense of community.The young musicians are encouraged to step out on stage with the loving support of their fellow musicians by their side. This is a safe place and Monica makes certain of that. She has this wonderful maternal energy and gentle soul that is wrapped up in a sassy Rock n' Roll bow. The kids adore and respect her, and so do I. I've watched my two girls grow as musicians and find their voice in this magical school. They've told me, "We are a family here" and I've seen that's true. The young musicians look out for one another and in this competitive world, thats lovely to see. Still I must confess I'm a bit jealous I'm not allowed to hang in the super cool Rockers lounge in the back but I understand that's also part of the magic. Thank you for encouraging my girls to shine and for choosing RVC as your home. Our great town is even greater because your here. I am one very grateful parent.”
    Debra Bacchi, Mother of School of Rock Rockville Centre Students
  • “The program is unlike anything I've ever experienced. The environment is so layed back, yet it still motivates you to become a better and more confident musician. I don't think I would have continued with music to the degree that I am at if I hadn't joined the program.”
    -Grace D., student from School of Rock Rockville Centre