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About School of Rock San Diego

Welcome to School of Rock San Diego—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock San Diego teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in San Diego. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock San Diego to get a feel for our methods and community.

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
10:00 AM - 6:00 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’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 San Diego 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!

  • School of Rock San Diego’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 San Diego.

    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

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

    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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 "Dooki...
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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 Nervous Wreckord. 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, bass and guitar at the San Diego, as well as assisting and directing shows.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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 San Diego schools. He has played many shows and venues throughout the United States wi...
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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 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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    • Meet Dan Faughnder
      Studio Coordinator, Little Wing/Rookies Instructor
      Dan Faughnder received his BA in Music with an emphasis in Music Management from the University of the Pacific in 2011. Since then, he moved back to his hometown of San Diego where he began teachin...
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      Dan Faughnder received his BA in Music with an emphasis in Music Management from the University of the Pacific in 2011. Since then, he moved back to his hometown of San Diego where he began teaching music/child development classes at Gymboree Play and Music and booking shows at the Che Cafe in La Jolla. Dan also writes, sings and plays in a local folk-punk band, Sledding With Tigers. He is currently the Studio Coordinator for the San Diego location of School of Rock, while teaching the Rookies and Rock 101 classes. Dan can also be seen running sound at various venues around town, including Soda Bar and the Balboa.
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      • B.A. in Music Management
    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Jenny Merullo
      Drum Instructor
      Jenny was born and raised in the Boston area where she began drumming at age 11. Throughout grade school she played drums everywhere possible including symphonic band, jazz band, marching band, ja...
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      Jenny was born and raised in the Boston area where she began drumming at age 11. Throughout grade school she played drums everywhere possible including symphonic band, jazz band, marching band, jazz choir, pit orchestra, and a ska/pop band with her friends. In 2004 she began attending Berklee where she studied percussion performance and songwriting. Jenny relocated to San Diego in 2008 and subsequently began playing with The Heavy Guilt and The Black Sands.
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    • Meet Matt Bennett
      Drum Instructor
      Matt has played drums with several loud, fast, rock bands such as The Bloody Hollies and seminal punk band The Dwarves. Touring the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan several times over and ...
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      Matt has played drums with several loud, fast, rock bands such as The Bloody Hollies and seminal punk band The Dwarves. Touring the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan several times over and recording three full-length LP’s with the Bloody Hollies (Alive Records), two of which won a San Diego Music Award, Matt gained notoriety in the San Diego Music scene as a hard-hitting rock drummer. However, he has also studied under jazz and Latin-music greats such as Al Vasquez, Tim Shea, and Duncan Moore, and has played with various groups such as Tourism, The Stitch Up, Gray Ghosts, and ska legend Dan Potthast. His current project, Bit Maps, showcases a variety of musical styles and well as electronic elements.
      An extremely versatile musician, he also has much studio experience: He, along with two band-mates, was contracted to compose instrumentals for Fox Television’s Fuel TV for a period of three years, along with other TV and film programs. His recordings can be heard on television and film, and recently was contracted to record a track for Dave Davies of The Kinks for a solo record.
      Matt also manages a music venue in town, has worked for music supervision company Triple Nine Music, and volunteers at the Braille Institute of San Diego by teaching a music class to visually impaired children. He still studies under Duncan Moore, loves learning new styles of drumming, loves teaching, and loves being involved in the music scene.
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    • Meet AJ Peacox
      Drum/Guitar/Bass/Vocal Sub
      AJ Peacox is best known as the bassist for San Diego bands Weatherbox and Future Crooks, as well as the lead guitarist and singer for the American J-punk band Watashi Wa Dance Party. After graduat...
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      AJ Peacox is best known as the bassist for San Diego bands Weatherbox and Future Crooks, as well as the lead guitarist and singer for the American J-punk band Watashi Wa Dance Party. After graduating from the University of Southern California's inaugural class of Pop Music Performance majors in 2013, AJ joined Weatherbox for their national tour with The Front Bottoms. After a few years of touring, Peacox became the bassist of Future Crooks, and now tours and records with both bands. AJ continues to involve himself in personal side-projects such as Days of Light Gravity, whose debut self-produced album was nominated for Best Alternative Album in the 2014 San Diego Music Awards.
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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 Feb 5th, 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 Feb 5th, 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 at the door. They can be purchased here . Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/Smells-Like-Teen-Spirit-239972921.html#ixzz2qQcauyLdRead less

    • 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. Friday Feb 5th, School of Rock San Diego will pay tribute to 22 ...
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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. Friday Feb 5th, 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 at the door.http://sandiego.urbanistguide.com/blog/school-rock-plays-best-san-diego/Read less

Testimonials

  • “There are several things about School of Rock San Diego that we enjoy. The instructors at SOR San Diego are the best anywhere. We still feel that SOR is committed to high quality musicianship and creating a community of like-minded creative kids. We really value the environment and exposure our son gets to a diverse groups of kids who share a common interest in music. SOR has been a wonderfully positive force in my son's life. ”
    — Peter I. San Diego, CA
  • “(We Love...) The commitment, dedication, love, and respect that everyone at School of Rock offers. Thank you and you guys ROCK!!!! ”
    — Teresa O. San Diego, CA
  • “The teachers are incredible! The idea of teaching music by playing music motivates my child like nothing else. Also, the teachers are actual musicians playing in bands. We love SoR! ”
    — Terrie R. San Diego, CA
  • “We have been involved with the School of Rock San Diego program for many many years. This is, by far, the best way for kids to really learn how to play an instrument and play within a group. ”
    — Josh K. San Diego, CA