School of Rock San Mateo
Main Number
(650) 347-3474(650) 347-3474

Breadcrumb Navigation

> > > > 711 South B Street

What's Going on at School of Rock San Mateo

Contact Information, Hours and Basic Information for School of Rock San Mateo

About School of Rock San Mateo

Welcome to School of Rock San Mateo, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of San Mateo’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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 San Mateo
711 South B StreetSan Mateo, CA 94010
Main Number
(650) 347-3474(650) 347-3474

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock San Mateo'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 San Mateo'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 San Mateo’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 Mateo, 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 Mateo’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!

  • At School of Rock San Mateo, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock San Mateo, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock San Mateo works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock San Mateo’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock San Mateo’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 Mateo.

    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

School of Rock San Mateo'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...
Read more
School of Rock San Mateo'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 San Mateo'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!
Read less

Upcoming Events

  • September 24
    12:00 PM
    Westlake Shopping Center Concert Series features School of Rock San Mateo
    Live Concert, Rock Music, Family Event, Teenagers, students, musicians, Live Concert
    Join us this Sunday, Sept. 24th for another performance in our Westlake Shopping Center Summer Concert Series featuring School of Rock San Mateo! Performances are from noon to 2:00 pm on Westlake C...
    Read more
    Join us this Sunday, Sept. 24th for another performance in our Westlake Shopping Center Summer Concert Series featuring School of Rock San Mateo! Performances are from noon to 2:00 pm on Westlake Center, between Spiral Sushi & Grill and Panda Express, and feature the School of Rock San Mateo House Band performing "Creep" by Radiohead, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar, "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden, "Black Velvet" by Alanna Myles, "Johnny Be Good" by Chuck Berry and many, many more..
    Read less
  • September 30
    1:00 PM
    School of Rock San Mateo House Band plays the San Carlos Airport Day!
    community event, live music, rock music, helicopter rides, plane rides, Family Event, Free Event
    San Carlos Airport Day features the School of Rock San Mateo House Band. Come to the San Carlos Airport stage, 1-3pm and see the next generation of rock musicians. The House Band will be performi...
    Read more
    San Carlos Airport Day features the School of Rock San Mateo House Band. Come to the San Carlos Airport stage, 1-3pm and see the next generation of rock musicians. The House Band will be performing a selection of songs including "Creep" by Radiohead, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar, "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden, "Black Velvet" by Alanna Myles, "Johnny Be Good" by Chuck Berry and many, many more..
    Read less

Videos

View All

Take a tour of School of Rock to see how our approach to music education teaches kids to rock their worlds.

Staff

    • Meet the Staff!
      Every staff member of the School of Rock in San Mateo is an active participant in the local, musical community, in addition to being exceptional human beings. You will feel confident entrusting you...
      Read more
      Every staff member of the School of Rock in San Mateo is an active participant in the local, musical community, in addition to being exceptional human beings. You will feel confident entrusting your child's musical education with these individuals! To schedule a Demo lesson, call or email the school!
      Read less
    • Meet Tony Sales
      Music Director
      Show Director, Music Director & Drum Instructor Tony Sales started playing drums at 10 years old, soaking up influences ranging from rock and roll, blues and soul, to jazz, country, and classic...
      Read more
      Show Director, Music Director & Drum Instructor

      Tony Sales started playing drums at 10 years old, soaking up influences ranging from rock and roll, blues and soul, to jazz, country, and classical. At the same time, he was coming of age during the early 90s Grunge explosion. So bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, and associated bands, naturally had a huge impact on his musical psyche. But, the most significant influence on his musical tastes was growing up in the musical presence of his father and uncle, The Sales Brothers. Tony and Hunt Sales, the infamous rhythm section, backed some of the biggest names in Rock and Roll, including David Bowie in Tin Machine, Todd Rundgren and Iggy Pop, to name a few. As early as he can remember, listening to their work connected Tony to the sense of improvisational freedom, and deep soul the brothers brought to their own music, themselves having come of age listening to Jazz, Swing, RnB, and Rock and Roll.

      Tony Sales has embraced the Bay Area music scene since moving here in 2008. Since his first days in the Bay, he has been in a variety of bands and musical explorations, contributing to a myriad of musical projects as player, songwriter and studio musician. Upon arriving to Oakland, CA, he was fortunate to connect with members of seminal SF punk band Negative Trend, and following two tours of the west coast, participated in their last recording. Currently, his main focus is on his soul group Ardent Sons, who are in the studio recording their debut record, and the fierce Rock and Roll monster that is Everyone is Dirty, who are touring nationally this October and releasing its sophomore album this spring.
      When Tony is not in the studio, or on tour, he loves to share his diverse and eclectic musical knowledge and experiences with his students.

      Artists that have influenced him:
      Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks (James Brown) Al Jackson Jr (Stax) Roger Hawkins (Muscle Shoals), Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, Danny Richmond (Charles Mingus), Elvin Jones, Sonny Payne (Duke Ellington), Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Jaki Liebezeit (Can), John Herndon and John McEntire (Tortoise), Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), Paul Barbarin.
      Read less
    • Meet Rachel Kardos
      Studio Coordinator
      Rachel has been with the School of Rock in San Mateo for over five years. She specializes in maintaining an organized, productive studio, with a warm smile and the spirit of Rock and Roll!
    • Meet Geoff Quinn
      Instructor, Guitar & Bass
      Geoff Quinn F.L.C.M (Fellow of the London College of Music) Guitar and Bass Instructor Geoff grew up in Scarborough, England and started playing guitar aged 14, Favourite music genres: Metal, ...
      Read more
      Geoff Quinn F.L.C.M (Fellow of the London College of Music)
      Guitar and Bass Instructor
      Geoff grew up in Scarborough, England and started playing guitar aged 14,
      Favourite music genres: Metal, rock, blues and classical.
      After playing in numerous bands in the British heavy metal scene of the early 1980's,
      Geoff attended 3 music colleges. Geoff studied Classical Guitar, Theory and Composition at The Leeds College of Music. He studied Composition and Orchestration for T.V and Film at The London College of Music and
      Rock Guitar and Performance at The London Guitar Institute.

      Band Influences: Queen, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Ufo, Queensryche, MSG, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Dio, Metallica, Cacophony, Jethro Tull, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Rush, Magnum, Scorpions.....

      Guitarist Influences: Jason Becker, Paul Kossoff, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Murray,
      Brian May, Gary Moore, Martin Barre, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Richie Blackmore, E.V.H, Randy Rhoads, Yngvie Malmsteen, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia,
      Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tony Mcalpine, Vinnie Moore,
      Ritchie Kotzen, Paul Gilbert, Jennifer Batton.....
      Read less
    • Meet Andrew Niven
      Drum Instructor
      Drum Instructor: Andrew began his musical endeavors studying piano at age 7. After experimenting with guitar and bass he became infatuated with the drum set after hearing Jack DeJohnette coming th...
      Read more
      Drum Instructor: Andrew began his musical endeavors studying piano at age 7. After experimenting with guitar and bass he became infatuated with the drum set after hearing Jack DeJohnette coming through his parent’s stereo. He studied countless hours, taking lessons and studying the drumming of jazz greats Elvin Jones and Roy Haynes as well as rock drummers Bill Bruford, Stewart Copeland, Danny Carey and the drummers of the infamous Frank Zappa.

      In college, Andrew studied marimba and orchestral percussion music with renowned percussionist and composer, Dr. Eugene Novotney and Humboldt State University. During this time Andrew was introduced to the music of John Cage and Edgar Varese, and developed a healthy obsession with the work of Stravinsky, Bartok, and Shostakovich. He also used his time with Dr. Novotney to study and perform Frank
      Zappa’s notoriously difficult drum solo ‘The Black Page’.

      After three years at Humboldt State, Andrew moved to Los Angeles to study his first love, Jazz, at the California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, Andrew studies with Jazz greats, Joe Labarbera, Charlie Haden, Alfonso Johnson, and David Roitstien, and studied Latin percussion with the great educator Aaron Serfaty. Andrew also became involved in the institute’s Balinese gamelan program and played drums with the master guitarist Miroslav Tadic, exploring the traditional music of Bulgaria and Macedonia.
      Read less
    • Meet David England
      Guitar, Bass & Keyboard Instructor, Show Director
      David England has been teaching guitar and playing in bands for 20 years! Some of David’s bands are: Skyler Roads Band, Sapphire Rock and Teyha. He is currently in the Roads,Johnson & Ross Ba...
      Read more
      David England has been teaching guitar and playing in bands for 20 years!
      Some of David’s bands are: Skyler Roads Band, Sapphire Rock and Teyha.
      He is currently in the Roads,Johnson & Ross Band. Right now they're having a blast in the recording studio perfecting all original material. When David’s not teaching or rehearsing with his band, he’s in his recording studio perfecting his recording and playing techniques.
      Chabot College: Music Major, 2 years.
      School of Hardknocks: Major Music, Masters Degree
      Read less
    • Meet Tommy Folen
      Instructor, Vocals, Guitar and Bass
    • Meet Bassam Habal
      Guitar and Bass Instructor
    • Meet Rachel Sager
      General Manager
      Rachel Sager has been working with the School of Rock since 2005 in San Francisco. One of the first schools to be located on the West Coast, so far from its place of origin in Philly, SOR, SF had a...
      Read more
      Rachel Sager has been working with the School of Rock since 2005 in San Francisco. One of the first schools to be located on the West Coast, so far from its place of origin in Philly, SOR, SF had a lot of ground to break. Sager was among a small few that was involved in the early days of School of Rock, creating community through grass root promotion and a lot of love. By booking gigs at world renowned venues like the Great American Musical Hall, organizing trips to Philly for the first ever School of Rock Festival and Singapore for the International Kids Performing Festival, Co-Creating Summer Boot Camp, now a system-wide standard, and tour managing the 1st School of Rock West coast tour, Rachel has personally witnessed the program's ability to educate and inspire today's students of music.
      She is currently residing in the Bay Area, helping with events at the San Mateo School of Rock, playing music with her band Harriot, painting up a storm, and taking days as slowly as possible with Tony and the newest addition to their family, Georgia Fox Sales.
      Read less

News

    • Tribute Bands to The WHO and Pink Floyd. Enrolling Now!

      New Fall Season starts Sept. 9th.
      Featuring 2 tribute bands: The WHO and Pink Floyd.

    • School of Rock San Mateo House Band performs at Westlake Shopping Center Concert Series.

      Westlake Shopping Center Concert Series features School of Rock San Mateo House Band, Sunday Sept. 24th, 12-2pm.

    • School of Rock San Mateo House Band performs at the San Carlos Airport Stage!

      San Carlos Airport Day, Saturday Sept. 30th. School of Rock San Mateo House Band plays 1-3pm. Rock Out with our House Band! Helicopter rides! Plane rides!
      Great Community Event!

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