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About School of Rock Sandy

Welcome to School of Rock Sandy, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Sandy’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Sandy has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Sandy full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Sandy
9083 South 255 WestSandy, UT 84070
(801) 542-7179

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Sandy's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Sandy's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

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

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

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

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Sandy’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Sandy musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Sandy can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Sandy 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 Sandy, 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 Sandy’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 Sandy’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Sandy Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Sandy’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 Sandy's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others. S...
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School of Rock Sandy's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Sandy's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Chris Stevenson
      Guitar Instructor
      sandy@schoolofrock.com
    • Van Christensen
      Drum Instructor/Show Director
      Van Christensen has been playing the drums for over 30 years. His early influences were Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, John Bonham, and Terry Bozzio. At the age of 17, Van played his first professional mu...
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      Van Christensen has been playing the drums for over 30 years. His early influences were Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, John Bonham, and Terry Bozzio. At the age of 17, Van played his first professional musical and his first Bar gig. His high school jazz band took 2nd in State and he won "Outstanding Soloist" and "Outstanding Rhythm Section" awards. By 19, Van was playing in multiple bands and recording and giging regularly. In the years that followed, Van has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many well-known acts including; The Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, Panic At The Disco, She Wants Revenge, and The Neon Trees. Van played drums for the Plan B Theatre Company's production of "Hedwig The Angry Inch" in 2002, 2005, and 2012. He has also been playing drums in the Salt Lake Acting Company's production, "Saturday's Voyeur", 2006-2011. Van has been on staff with The School of Rock since 2005. He teaches all styles of music including Rock, Jazz, and Latin with an emphasis on good technique and reading skills. Van is currently playing drums for the Suicycles, Danger Hailstorm, Hello Amsterdam, Wires, Black Satellite, and Totem Taboo.
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    • Matt Howitz
      Show coordinator, Drum Instructor
      Matt Howitz is a graduate of the School of Rock program, spending nearly 5 years participating with the "Show Band" and "All Star" groups around the country. During his time in Show Band and as an ...
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      Matt Howitz is a graduate of the School of Rock program, spending nearly 5 years participating with the "Show Band" and "All Star" groups around the country. During his time in Show Band and as an "All Star", Matt garnered the reputation for being a very solid and entertaining drummer. When on stage, Matt has the innate ability to carry his love of music over the drum kit and have it reach his band mates and even further out into the audience. Matt spent his early days listening to mostly 90's punk, such as Rancid, The Offspring, NOFX, but later became influenced by bands like Iron Maiden and Neil Young, a result of participating in the School of Rock. With first hand experience as a student of the program, he has become a great coordinator for School of Rock seasonal shows. Matt also teaches drum lessons. His light hearted personality coupled with his passion for playing music and entertaining audiences make him a popular instructor and mentor at School of Rock. He's well versed in many styles of drumming, including rock, country, reggae, funk, metal, etc. Whatever style Matt is playing, one thing is for sure, it will be played well and will be very entertaining.
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    • Monty Dillon
      Guitar Instructor/Show Director
      Monty has been playing guitar for 10 years and started teaching in 2008. He grew up on the likes of Metallica, Joe Satriani, Michael Hedges, and extensive music theory alongside brother Ed. He has ...
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      Monty has been playing guitar for 10 years and started teaching in 2008. He grew up on the likes of Metallica, Joe Satriani, Michael Hedges, and extensive music theory alongside brother Ed. He has been involved in many different musical styles since then. He played jazz trumpet extensively, including lead in West Side Story and winning his high school's Best Soloist award. He has played in local metal group Epsilon Minus for several years and also performed with local bluegrass acts. He has been a member of the University of Utah Classical Guitar Ensemble for the past four years and has had compositions featured in all of their performances. His influences come heavily from metal bands such as Immortal and Dimmu Borgir, classic rock like Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton, and Latin composers such as Villa-Lobos and Isaac Albeniz. He will graduate from the University of Utah's composition program this fall.
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    • Donna Gibbons
      Vocal and Keyboard Instructor
      Donna, the daughter of a PhD in Music education, was immersed in music at a very young age. She started working as a professional musician at age 12 with her dad and brothers and went on to perform...
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      Donna, the daughter of a PhD in Music education, was immersed in music at a very young age. She started working as a professional musician at age 12 with her dad and brothers and went on to perform with other bands, as a solo artist, and also worked in concert promotion all before the age of 19. Working back stage at the Terrace Ballroom she met and later married Rich Williams the guitarist for Kansas and performed with the band as a back-up vocalist on the albums Audio Visions and Vinyl Confessions. She then sang with David Pack and Ronnie James Dio on Kerry Livgren's album Seeds of Change. In Atlanta, Donna worked with the late producer/engineer/guitarist Brian Jobson (songwriting partner, co-producer for commercials, backing vocalist and vocal arranger) and with Trammel Starks (musical director for Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holiday, Peabo Bryson, Exec w/ Intersound records, and creator of Taliesin Orchestra and Jet Stream) as a singer. Donna also did synth programming and production for clients that Trammell didn't have time for. After moving to Kansas City Donna performed with popular regional bands Synergy and Rare Form and continued to write and record. A partnership with well known jazz pianist Greg Richter blossomed into one of Kansas City's top jazz acts and earned her a place at the opening of the Gem Theater alongside Harry Belafonte, Pat Metheny, Diane Reeves, Tony Bennet, and other popular jazz artists. Since moving to Salt Lake City Donna has worked as a studio vocalist and has shared her skills as a keyboardist/vocalist on tour with Ike Willis, (Frank Zappa guitar player and vocalist) and Zappa tribute band Chunga's Revenge, with local dance/funk/party bands H-Street and TwentyFourVII, and 80s retro band StuK. Donna's songs have been recorded by Rich Gibbons and Felicia (Sorensen) Ferarre, siblings, who have made their own indelible mark in the music world. She continues to write and record under the name EMANATE. She was with School of Rock from 2005 to 2008 and is excited to be back!
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    • Jake Bills
      Bass Instructor
      'Jake Bills is an Electric and Upright bassist working in Salt Lake City, Utah, known for his fluency in a multitude of styles including rock, jazz, pop, R & B, and classical. Jake received h...
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      'Jake Bills is an Electric and Upright bassist working in Salt Lake City, Utah, known for his
      fluency in a multitude of styles including rock, jazz, pop, R & B, and classical.

      Jake received his Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Jazz Performance from the University of Utah in May 2015. Under the tutelage of Dr. Denson Angulo, he has studied contemporary and classic jazz styles, transcribed and performed solos by famous jazz artists, and performed a selection from the Cello Suites of J.S. Bach. Jake has performed with several Utah student ensembles of note: the Jazz Repertory Ensemble ,who performed with Tito Carrillo(trumpet, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Paul Ferguson(trombone, director of jazz studies at Case Western Reserve University), the Jazz Sextet, who performed at the 2013 Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival at the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley, and the Jazz Octet who, under the leadership of Russell Schmidt, toured the Bay Area in 2014. He also received the Charles Patrick Halliday Jazz Scholarship while at the U.

      Jake's experience with music started much earlier than his time at the University of Utah. He began learning bass at age 10 and joined his first performing band at 12. He soon discovered the School of Rock program in Utah and joined when he was 14. During that time he was selected twice to perform with the All-stars, an audition-only touring group picked from the best each school has to offer.

      As an older teenager, Jake found local and regional success with various original bands. With these bands he has performed at local venues and events such as the Utah Arts Festival, the SLC Brown Bag Concert Series, and the University of Utah’s Grand Kerfuffle. Three of those bands (VIA, Harlem Shuffle, and Squash) placed in the top eight national high school bands in the National Association of Music Merchandiser’s School Jam Battle of the Bands and performed at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California.

      Jake is currently a freelance bassist working in Utah and surrounding states. He performs with a diversity of groups including jazz combos, pop/rock cover bands, professional orchestras, and country singer-songwriters.'
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      • Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Jazz Performance from the University of Utah
      • Bass Instruction
    • Jake Thackery
      Bass Instructor
    • KJ Thackery
      Guitar Instructor/ Show Band Director
      K.J. began playing guitar when she was 13, after being self taught for a few years she found the School of Rock program and quickly graduated in 2012. Early on K.J. found she loved sharing her pass...
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      K.J. began playing guitar when she was 13, after being self taught for a few years she found the School of Rock program and quickly graduated in 2012. Early on K.J. found she loved sharing her passion for music not only on the stage, but through teaching as well. She has taught privately for 7 years and has been a staff member of our school since 2013.
      Her early influences start with a lot of classic rock and Metal Music. She found inspiration in guitar players like Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Nancy Wilson, Slash, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry etc. After exploring other music she also loves a wide variety genres and artists, including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Yes, Prince, Rush, Steely Dan, The Eagles, Iron Maiden and the list keeps growing.
      In addition to teaching, K.J. also loves coordinating/directing seasonal shows and enjoys directing the school’s group of advanced students in House Band.
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      • Guitar Instruction
    • Matt Dahle
      Keyboard Instructor
    • Sean "Memphis" Hennesy
      Guitar Instructor
    • Eric Nunez
      Drum instructor/ Sound Engineer

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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA