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About School of Rock San Diego

Welcome to School of Rock San Diego, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in San Diego that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2011, School of Rock San Diego is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

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

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

Contact Information

School of Rock San Diego
2850 Womble RoadSuite 104San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 696-9343

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock San Diego, 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.

    San Diego 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 San Diego’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 San Diego 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 San Diego, 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 San Diego students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock San Diego’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 San Diego’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 San Diego’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!

  • School of Rock San Diego is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock San Diego, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock San Diego’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock San Diego’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in San Diego’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock San Diego learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our San Diego Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock San Diego enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in San Diego’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock San Diego, 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. San Diego students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits b...
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At School of Rock San Diego, 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.

San Diego 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 San Diego’s Performance Program can expect:

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

    • Andrew Steele
      Guitar, Vocal, Bass and Keys Instructor / Show Director
      Andrew received his BA in Theatre Arts and Music from University of San Diego with an emphasis in avant garde performance and vocal performance respectively. He first took piano lessons at the age ...
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      Andrew received his BA in Theatre Arts and Music from University of San Diego with an emphasis in avant garde performance and vocal performance respectively. He first took piano lessons at the age of 9, but quickly switched to guitar due to his love of bands like Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam. He has experience performing in many different venues including bands in an array of styles, musicals, men's quartets, opera, choirs, and many more. In teaching, he uses techniques from Schechner's Rasaboxes TM, Meyerhold's Biomechanics and Laban's body connections. Currently, he sings and plays guitar in his band Damn Riot.
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    • Matt Smith
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Self taught electric guitar at age 13 and started composing, singing and playing. At 14 started the band Damcyan. At 17 began studying classical guitar with Fred Benedetti at Grossmont College. At ...
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      Self taught electric guitar at age 13 and started composing, singing and playing. At 14 started the band Damcyan. At 17 began studying classical guitar with Fred Benedetti at Grossmont College. At 21 joined thrash metal band Nihilist playing guitar. Began teaching at SOR in 2012.
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    • Tyler Ward
      Music Director
      Tyler Ward is a multi-instrumentalist from San Diego. He started with School of Rock in 2007 and worked under the guidance of previous Music Director, Mike Keneally (Dethklok, Zappa, Joe Satriani)....
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      Tyler Ward is a multi-instrumentalist from San Diego. He started with School of Rock in 2007 and worked under the guidance of previous Music Director, Mike Keneally (Dethklok, Zappa, Joe Satriani). Since then, Tyler has acted as Music Director and/or General Manager for School of Rock San Diego, Vista, and Encinitas. As the current Music Director for San Diego and Encinitas, he directs shows, our House Band, and teaches lessons. When not at the school, he plays drums with bands like Oh, Spirit and The Kabbs.
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    • Arabella Harrison
      Vocal Instructor/ Little Wing Director
      Arabella is a multi-instrumental musician who co-founded the bands Jejune and The And/Ors in the '90s and early 2000s,and has toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe with such bands as Jimmy ...
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      Arabella is a multi-instrumental musician who co-founded the bands Jejune and The And/Ors in the '90s and early 2000s,and has toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe with such bands as Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab for Cutie.She gained national attention for her cover of Pat Benatar's 'We Belong' for a Sheraton hotels spot, and has appeared as a vocalist on recordings by seminal San Diego bands The Blackheart Procession and No Knife (as well as up-and-coming favorites The Blackout Party, Jesse LaMonaca and Old Tiger).And, she's got serious technical cred as well. Not only a skilled recording engineer with a degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music, she's also a seasoned composer with more than a decade of experience writing and producing commercial music for a client roster that includes everything from BMW to NICK JR, CoverGirl to Clorox,and Dunkin' Donuts to Ducati. As if that wasn't enough, she's now the regional director for Little Wing, School of Rock's brand new early childhood music education program.
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    • Joshua Smith
      Guitar/Bass Instructor, Assistant Show Director
      Josh Smith is an alumni from the San Diego School of Rock, now teaching and directing season shows at both the Vista and San Diego schools. He has played many shows and venues throughout the United...
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      Josh Smith is an alumni from the San Diego School of Rock, now teaching and directing season shows at both the Vista and San Diego schools. He has played many shows and venues throughout the United States with personal bands and The School of Rock, he has played with musicians who were previously in Frank Zappa, Dethklok, Yes, and Mr. Big.
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    • Damon DeLaPaz
      Drum and Guitar Instructor / Show Director
      Damon DeLaPaz has been with the San Diego School of Rock since 2008, spending 2010 teaching at the Portland School of Rock where he directed the first of the "Epic Albums" shows, Green Day's Dookie...
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      Damon DeLaPaz has been with the San Diego School of Rock since 2008, spending 2010 teaching at the Portland School of Rock where he directed the first of the "Epic Albums" shows, Green Day's Dookie. He is the drummer for Portland's Ape Machine and San Diego band Grand Tarantula. He was one of the founding members of Fenix Tx, Blackout Party, and Demasiado, and has filled in as touring drummer for Blink 182, Good Charlotte, and The Vandals, among others. He currently teaches drums and guitar at the San Diego and Vista schools, as well as assisting and directing shows.
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    • Shelbi Bennett
      Vocal Instructor
      Shelbi has been singing professionally for over 10 years. She has experience in theater, jazz, folk, and rock and roll. She also sings back up and lead vocals for bands and studio recordings. S...
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      Shelbi has been singing professionally for over 10 years. She has experience in theater, jazz, folk, and rock and roll. She also sings back up and lead vocals for bands and studio recordings. She is currently in two bands {The Midnight Pine and Creature And the Woods} and plays locally and tours often.
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News

    • San Diego's Own Nate Coady in 92131 Magazine!

      Check out an article written for 92131 Magazine featuring Nate Coady from San Diego School of Rock!

    • Smells Like Teen Spirit

      Come Jan. 18, you'll be able to see Mrs. Magician, Night Marchers, the Heavy Guilt, the Locust, Transfer, the Tree Ring and the Album Leaf at the Irenic. And while you'll hear their music, you may ...
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      Come Jan. 18, you'll be able to see Mrs. Magician, Night Marchers, the Heavy Guilt, the Locust, Transfer, the Tree Ring and the Album Leaf at the Irenic. And while you'll hear their music, you may see slightly smaller, younger versions of those bands onstage as well. Great Scott! No, time travel hasn't been discovered just yet: All of those bands, and more, will be covered by San Diego's School of Rock during a special Best of San Diego show. Founded in 1998, the School of Rock opened its first location in Philadelphia. With more than 69 schools now in the U.S. and Mexico, the institution teaches its students how to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and sing -- and, just as important -- prepares them to perform onstage in front of crowds. The Irenic, situated inside a North Park church, is one of San Diego's only all-ages clubs, so it's fitting that it would host School of Rock shows. Having recently held shows by Cults, Twin Forks and Titus Andronicus, the club is scheduled to bring MxPx, Of Montreal and Reggie the Full Effect through town in January, among others. Normally, the school's shows revolve around more classic-rock fare. For example, just a day earlier, they'll be performing the Clash's London Calling in its entirety on the same stage. And even though they generally focus on covering huge, nationally touring acts, the decision to go local could have some beneficial side-effects. "National acts are, more often than not, national for a reason -- and whether you love their music or not, they've done something that has tapped into the collective consciousness of the masses," said lyricist and percussionist Al Howard of the Heavy Guilt and Midnight Pine, who will also be covered at the show."It's important to learn from that, whether structurally, thematically or with regards to a proficiency in approach. But music should be tangible, and something gets lost in an arena; there's often a disconnect. On the local level, you can talk to the musicians -- they can be a resource, a mentor and even a friend.' The school is definitely on the right track: Why ignore the in-town music scene these students may very well be participating in later in life? The push to help them learn and network with musicians currently working within it is guaranteed to pay dividends. Besides, for the bands being covered, having their music studied and performed by a different group of people, especially teens, probably doesn't suck either. "It feels great," Howard admitted. "Once a year, something seems to happen that legitimizes some of my life choices -- particularly music and poverty. I save these instances for the inevitable conversation I have with my mom, when she asks, 'Isn't it time for you to get a real job?' And this year, I can respond with, 'A group of young folks enjoyed something I had a part of creating and chose to perform it.' It's an honor." The Best of San Diego School of Rock show will include performances of songs by: The Nervous Wreckords The Tree Ring Weatherbox Lord Howler The Locust The Widows Octagrape Spider Fever Mrs. Magician Beehive the Barracudas The Midnight Pine Creepy Creeps The Heavy Guilt Black Hondo The Album Leaf Blackout Party Night Marchers Sleeping People Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. They can be purchased here . Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/Smells-Like-Teen-Spirit-239972921.html#ixzz2qQcauyLd
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    • School of Rock Plays the 'Best of San Diego'

      If you're looking for a crash course in local music's present and future, some young rock-stars-in-training are ready to school you.This Saturday, January 18, School of Rock San Diego will pay trib...
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      If you're looking for a crash course in local music's present and future, some young rock-stars-in-training are ready to school you.This Saturday, January 18, School of Rock San Diego will pay tribute to 22 of the city's finest current bands during its Best of San Diego showcase at The Irenic . School of Rock '” with locations across the globe '” is known for teaching guitar, bass, piano, drum and vocal lessons to youth via performance-based methods, enabling kids to test their musical chops before live audiences, usually covering classic albums by bands like The Rolling Stones, Nirvana and The Clash. But this weekend, more than 20 musicians, ages 10-18, will perform songs by locals only: The Album Leaf, Beehive and the Barracudas, Black Hondo, Blackout Party, The Creepy Creeps, The Heavy Guilt, The Locust, Lord Howler, The Midnight Pine, Mrs. Magician, The Nervous Wreckords, The Night Marchers, Octa#grape, Pinback, Rafter, Rocket from the Crypt, Sleeping People, Spider Fever, Transfer, The Tree Ring, Weatherbox and The Widows. Several of these bands' members recently spent time with the students during their rehearsals. 'I just could not believe the skill level of these little guys,' says Matt Molarius, lead singer of Transfer , who watched the mini-rockers play his band's song 'Losing Composure.' 'It was just super awesome! I was totally humbled and flattered. It was such a trip. I really didn't know what to expect, but they rocked it!' Dave Warshaw of The Creepy Creeps was equally impressed upon seeing a 10-year-old play his guitar parts. 'Everybody [in the band], I feel, was blown away'¦ these kids excel in music. They will be the next San Diego musicians,' says Warshaw, who has a 7-year-old son he now wants to enroll in School of Rock. 'At 10, I wasn't able to play like this'¦ I guess we can retire and let them play for us.' School of Rock San Diego is inviting any members from the featured bands to sit in with the kids during Saturday's performance, so you never know who might show up and take the stage that night. The all-ages show runs from 7-9pm at The Irenic (3090 Polk Avenue) in North Park/Normal Heights. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.http://sandiego.urbanistguide.com/blog/school-rock-plays-best-san-diego/
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Testimonials

  • ““School of Rock provides opportunities not just for kids to learn the classic material and techniques of rock and roll, but also provides them with fantastic lessons in problem solving, team building, and the rewards of hard work while building their self esteem and confidence (all while having a blast). The SoR experience creates not only rock stars on stage, but it transfers into other areas of the kids lives as well!” ”
    — Rocker Mom, Salt Lake City, UT
  • ““You are transforming my child into someone who knows that she "can." She doesn't hope for the "I can" anymore - she KNOWS she can now. Our daughter is learning how to come out of herself, take risks, close her eyes and just fly. We are so grateful. More than you can ever know." ”
    — Francine & Lou, Fort Washington, PA
  • “School of Rock has prepared me for the world because it is an environment that constantly challenges my creative abilities. ”
    — Jake, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock has taught me to work hard for things that I want to get (like being an AllStar), and it's taught me to work really well with others, and has improved my communication skills. ”
    — Adam, 18, School of Rock Rochester