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About School of Rock San Jose

Welcome to School of Rock San Jose—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 Jose 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 Jose. 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 Jose to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock San Jose
5035 Almaden ExpySan Jose, CA 95118
Main Number
(408) 960-8180(408) 960-8180

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock San Jose, 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 Jose 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 Jose’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!

    $349/month

  • School of Rock San Jose’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 San Jose, 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 San Jose’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!

    $299/month

  • School of Rock San Jose’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 San Jose 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 San Jose’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!

    $149/month

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock San Jose 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 Jose Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock San Jose 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 Jose’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!

    $149/month

  • School of Rock San Jose’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 Jose.

    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 Jose, 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 Jose students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock San Jose, 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 Jose 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 Jose’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!

$349/month
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Staff

    • Meet Socorra Camposanto
      Studio Coordinator-House Band Director-Instructor: Drum/Guitar
      Socorra is a San Jose native and has been singing and playing music since the age of six. Starting off with the drums at 10 years old, she then began writing songs and picked up the guitar soon aft...
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      Socorra is a San Jose native and has been singing and playing music since the age of six. Starting off with the drums at 10 years old, she then began writing songs and picked up the guitar soon after. Her passion for music followed her throughout college where she performed at many open mic nights, music and arts festivals and at campus events. After college she packed up her guitar and joined the Peace Corps (Morocco) where along with her other work, music soon became an important part of her service. She taught guitar, started a music club and even recorded a CD to benefit a girls shelter in the city of Fez. After returning home she worked at an independent record label in Oakland and has volunteered with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. She is a big supporter of girls empowerment, especially through music and is very excited to be a part of the School of Rock team!
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    • Meet Lauren D'Ambrosio
      Instructor: Vocals/Keys/Little Wing/Rookies/ Rock 101
      Lauren has been actively studying music since 2003, and teaching all PreK-6th grades since 2013. She lives in Fremont and is currently studying Child Development and Music at Ohlone College. Teachi...
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      Lauren has been actively studying music since 2003, and teaching all PreK-6th grades since 2013. She lives in Fremont and is currently studying Child Development and Music at Ohlone College. Teaching at two elementary schools in addition to School of Rock can get tiring, but Lauren is living her dream of sharing her passion with students of all ages. Her instrumental expertise centers on woodwinds, piano, and ukulele in both classical and jazz styles while her vocal experience also includes approximately 10 years of musical theatre training. Favorite artists: Billy Joel, Brian Setzer, Lady Gaga.
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    • Meet Robbie Fureby
      Instructor: Drums
      Influenced early on by family members to play music, Robbie’s interest in drums has flourished into a limitless groove.  Throughout the eleven years he’s been playing, Robbie earned an Associa...
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      Influenced early on by family members to play music, Robbie’s interest in drums has flourished into a limitless groove.  Throughout the eleven years he’s been playing, Robbie earned an Associate of Arts in Music Performance in drums from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, where he studied with many talented drummers including Rob Carson and Fred Dinkins.  Robbie is currently the drummer for an alternative rock band, Soy Sauce Control, who have released two professionally recorded EP’s.  You can also find him jamming with his buddies in Mike PZ and the Associates every now and then.  Through teaching, Robbie is able to share his passion for drums as well as the positivity music brings into his life.
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    • Meet Chris Haman
      Instructor: Drums
      Chris has been a drum set and percussion enthusiast since the age of 10. Throughout his academic career as a young man he constantly formed rock bands with schoolmates and others who shared a passi...
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      Chris has been a drum set and percussion enthusiast since the age of 10. Throughout his academic career as a young man he constantly formed rock bands with schoolmates and others who shared a passion for creating music. Working with musicians and students is a highly rewarding experience for Chris. Specializing in rock, Latin, and jazz, Chris always attempts to provide his students with the most well-rounded musical experience. In 2015 he graduated from San Jose University with a music performance degree in jazz studies. Currently Chris stays busy with his band Super Soul Bros and plays various freelance gigs with local musicians in the bay area. Teaching remains to be one of the most fulfilling aspects of Chris’s life.
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    • Meet Brian Hart
      Instructor: Guitar/Bass/Performance Group Show Director
      Brian grew up in small agricultural town Hollister CA and studied Jazz at San Jose State, but this headbanger-at -heart has finally found himself at home at School of Rock! Brian's love of the gu...
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      Brian grew up in small agricultural town Hollister CA and studied Jazz at San Jose State, but this headbanger-at -heart has finally found himself at home at School of Rock!
      Brian's love of the guitar began very young when he would sneak a peek at the beautiful 60's era Fender Jazzmaster that belonged to his dad. In high school, his passion ignited when his first guitar teacher introduced him to such artists as Steve Vai and Ozzy. From then on he had guitar on the brain day and night, and by his senior year, if anyone at school was looking for "that guy that's really good at guitar," they'd be directed to Brian.
      If San Jose State had a degree in virtuoso-rock-guitar, that's what he'd have gone for, but he had to settle for Jazz instead. After school he chose to pursue the family life rather than rock stardom, and plays stay-at-home dad to his two wonderful kids. Even so, he's been rocking ever since, and discovered a passion for teaching in the process. Whether he's collaborating with songwriters, performing, or showing somebody how to play a new lick on the guitar, he always finds some way to get his shred on.
      His life path has finally led to a school as enamored with rock as he is, and he couldn't be happier than to share this love with the rock-gods of tomorrow!
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    • Meet Alonso Hernandez
      Instructor: Guitar/Bass/Performance Group Show Director/Rock 101
      Alonso is the bassist for Pounders, Insolence and Dolores. Studying music at West Valley, he has applied jazz music theory to the world of Rock N Roll. In his decade of being a professional musicia...
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      Alonso is the bassist for Pounders, Insolence and Dolores. Studying music at West Valley, he has applied jazz music theory to the world of Rock N Roll. In his decade of being a professional musician, Hernandez has toured the world with his bands, including stints on the Vans Warped Tour and the California Music Festival. Alonso is focused on bringing his experience to the next generation of musicians.
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    • Meet Adam Montez
      Instructor: Guitar/Bass/Drums/Rock 101/Rookies
      Adam is a self-taught musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who is best known as the guitarist of Hardcore/Metal band Decades In (ex Dennis is Dead) and former guitarist of Rap n Roll group C...
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      Adam is a self-taught musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who is best known as the guitarist of Hardcore/Metal band Decades In (ex Dennis is Dead) and former guitarist of Rap n Roll group Calicove. When not performing, in the studio, or on tour, Adam runs, operates and is the CEO of Pro Audio/Video Retailer Zetnom Sounds. He also enjoys spending time with his fiance, his family, and his dogs as well as teaching guitar to children and adults of all skill levels.
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    • Meet Steely Nash
      Instructor: Vocals/Rock 101/Rookies
      Steely Nash is a recording artist, performer and songwriter from Texas living in California. She has studied voice with Kelley Cooksey of the Houston Grand Opera and Musical Theatre at Roosevelt Un...
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      Steely Nash is a recording artist, performer and songwriter from Texas living in California. She has studied voice with Kelley Cooksey of the Houston Grand Opera and Musical Theatre at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performance Arts: The Theatre Conservatory. Steely was a top 40 finalist of Season 10 of American Idol Season 10 and has worked with legendary pop manger, Johnny Wright (Justin Timberlake, Jonas Bros). Steely has recorded in Orlando, LA, Austin and Memphis. You can now see her band Steely Nash & The Cuts all across the West Coast. From Rogers and Hammerstein classics to modern pop, rock, EDM and soul, Steely can personalize your private lesson to suit your dreams!
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    • Meet Alex Nguyen
      Instructor: Guitar/Bass/Drums/Performance Group Show Director/Rookies
      Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and performer from San Jose, CA.  He was introduced to music at an early age and has thus found his passion in life.  In high school, Alex was part of...
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      Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and performer from San Jose, CA.  He was introduced to music at an early age and has thus found his passion in life.  In high school, Alex was part of the Symphonic, Concert, and Steel Drum ensembles where he learned the importance of being a well-rounded musician as well as playing with others.  With this program, he was able to play in various venues such as Disneyland and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.  He attended the University of Oregon, where he studied music as well as branching off and playing his own music in bands.  In the Bay Area, Alex plays in Love District, Kandur, and other projects.  He does his best to share his passion and enthusiasm for music with all of his students.   At the school, he finds the most reward in inspiring his students to play, and to individually find their own voice in the music.    You will never see him happier other than when he is playing or teaching!
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    • Meet Chris Pounders
      Instructor: Drums/Performance Group Show Director/Rock 101
      Music found me at a young age. Growing up, I followed my dad to his gigs as I would watch him play drums with his bands. I too embraced music and learned the drums at 8 years old. In high school, I...
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      Music found me at a young age. Growing up, I followed my dad to his gigs as I would watch him play drums with his bands. I too embraced music and learned the drums at 8 years old. In high school, I felt the need to progress more as a musician after discovering Green Day's "DOOKIE". That band and album changed my world. Music was my calling, and I soon went off to pursue my dreams. At 20 years old, I performed in a show at Great America, called "School Of Rock", based on the movie with Jack Black. Soon after, I got hired into STOMP, an internationally known percussion experience that shouldn't be missed by anyone! I performed nightly at Planet Hollywood resort and casino in Las Vegas. When my contract was done, I moved back to California to keep the dream alive. I've been featured as an actor in many well known music videos for Neon Trees, Taylor Swift, Deadmau5, Lights, David Lynch, Paramore and was featured on a Kevin Nealon stand up show. I've been drumming with a group called Street Drum Corps, which took me on the road in 2008 across the nation on the famous Vans Warped Tour. With Street Drum Corps, I performed live on the Conan O'brien show, along with 30 Seconds To Mars for their album release debut of "This Is War". I've also auditioned in front of Simon, LA Reid, and Brittany Spears on X Factor. My personal band, Pounders, is well known in the Bay Area. I continue to write and play shows with this band along with other side projects that are in the works. I'm very excited to shed light in kids' lives through music, and motivate them to be more than they ever imagined they could be. The best way I can do that is by setting the example. By showing them what hard work can get you, and how rewarding it can be.
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    • Meet Jonathan Shaheen
      Instructor: Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Keys/Rock 101
      Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter originally from Colorado living in the bay area. His main instruments are guitar and vocals, but he also plays and teaches bass and keys as we...
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      Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter originally from Colorado living in the bay area. His main instruments are guitar and vocals, but he also plays and teaches bass and keys as well. His style and musical genres vary with an eclectic mix from folk and blues, to pop and contemporary, all the way to pop punk and alternative music. All though Jonathan currently resides in San Jose, his music and pursuit of music has taken him all over the United states and globally, most recently to Australia where he studied song writing/music composition and recording at Hillsong International Leadership College. Jonathan’s musical journey has been a winding road consisting of all types of performances including playing in bands, acting in church musicals and productions, writing and recording albums for churches, writing and recording self released albums and EPs, and of course singing at a few coffee shops along the way. Currently Jonathan is enjoying writing new material, gigging around, and teaching music to the next generation. Jonathan believes in equipping the next generation with a sound and talent that is new and refreshing and will honor the history and music we have come from. No matter the student, no matter the instrument, the best is yet to come in music and we get the great opportunity to steward it and be a part of that!
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    • Meet Chris Surma
      Instructor: Guitar
      Chris Surma from San Jose, California has been playing guitar for over 20 years. Self released three albums, "Ride to the Red Sun" , "The Relative Sequence" and Surma III. Chris also played lead g...
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      Chris Surma from San Jose, California has been playing guitar for over 20 years. Self released three albums, "Ride to the Red Sun" , "The Relative Sequence" and Surma III. Chris also played lead guitar in the local heavy metal San Jose band "Currency .357" He has innovated and crafted several two handed tapping techniques into his playing over the years. A few of his main influences are Joe Satriani, Michael Hedges, and Metallica. Chris recently won the Livermore Acoustic Guitar Competition (GuitarFestLive) in September of 2012 and was featured in the 2012 December issue of Guitar Player magazine.
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    • Meet Carl Valdez
      Instructor: Drums
      Carl brings along 40+ years of musical experience. He was the founding member of legendary Nardcore punk band Ill Repute, featured in their own documentary and book ("Clean Cut American Kids - the ...
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      Carl brings along 40+ years of musical experience. He was the founding member of legendary Nardcore punk band Ill Repute, featured in their own documentary and book ("Clean Cut American Kids - the Story of Ill Repute). Through the years, he worked alongside famed pop/punk record producer Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182, Rancid). Ill Repute has influenced many punk artists over the years, and in 2014, they were presented a proclamation by the City Council of their hometown of Port Hueneme for their "musical contributions and innovation". This led to their induction to the Ventura County Music Awards Hall of Fame.

      Carl's drum experience also expands to other genres including orchestral, community concert bands, Dixieland swing, and as a Scottish bagpipe side drummer. He is currently a member of the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums, an award winning competitive Scottish bagpipe and drum group based out of Saratoga, CA.

      Carl also has years of experience performing on other instruments including clarinet, saxophone, mandolin, and guitar.

      Carl's leadership skills outside of music are also noteworthy. He has been a high school baseball coach and Little League Board Director, a Board Director for his hometown church, selected "Supervisor for the Year" from a former employer, and Executive Board President of a large professional organization. He currently works full time as a public works manager for one of the largest public agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Testimonials

  • “What's not to like? My daughter gets to be surrounded by other kids with a passion for music. It's fun. The music is great. The instructors are great. My daughter has learned so much, and is having fun in the process.”
    — Amanda T., Mother of School of Rock San Jose student
  • “I can't say enough wonderful things about SOR! My son loves loves loves it! The instructors are great and at 7 yrs old my son can say he's in a rock band and performed at the Improv! You guys are doing something amazing for all our kids!”
    — Kristi M., Mother of student from School of Rock San Jose
  • “Getting the kids to jump right into playing in a band not only gives them incredible confidence but also allows them to practice their craft in a real setting! The popular/classic rock music styles that my kids are asked to play helps to keep them interested and excited to practice.”
    — Liza C., parent San Jose, CA
  • “I love that the kids get one on one time with the instructors to work on technique, as well as getting to work and collaborate with them as a group. I especially look forward to the group performance shows each season. School of Rock is a hands on music school, ensuring that all kids succeed in reaching their goals as musicians. Since my child has been involved with SOR, I have seen tremendous growth in playing their instrument, improved technique, and overall enjoyment in the program design, especially with the group performances. ”
    — Lauretta G., parent San Jose, CA