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About School of Rock San Ramon

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

Contact Information

School of Rock San Ramon
460 Montgomery StreetSan Ramon, CA 94583
Main Number
(925) 415-3340(925) 415-3340

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:30 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • School of Rock San Ramon’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 prepare them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our San Ramon 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 Ramon’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 Ramon’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 Ramon.

    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 Ramon, 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 Ramon students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits b...
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At School of Rock San Ramon, 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 Ramon 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 Ramon’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 Rafael Macedo
      Instructor - Guitar, Bass
      Rafael has over 20 years of experience teaching and performing as a guitarist, composer, producer for his band The Element - http://www.theelementmusic.com. At the age of 12 Rafael started play...
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      Rafael has over 20 years of experience teaching and performing as a guitarist, composer, producer for his band The Element - http://www.theelementmusic.com.

      At the age of 12 Rafael started playing acoustic guitar and only two years later the electric. Rafael learned and played by ear till he was 17. Hungry for knowledge he went to study Guitar and Music Theory with Alexandre Lima (who has become one of his best friends and was a bandmate till 2006) at the Prediger Music School in Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil. After 2 years of intense study, Rafael was invited to teach at Prediger School in 1998. In that same year, Rafael realized that he needed a band where he could explore different kinds of music and styles. That was the first steps that led to the creation of "The Element".

      Besides The Element, he also was part of the Orchestral Choir of OSPA (Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra), when he studied vocal techniques with teacher Decápolis de Andrade and with maestro Manfredo Schmiedt. In that period Rafael was part of many important concerts, such as the, Mahler 2º Symphony, Verdi Quattro Pezzi Sacri, Beethoven 9º Symphony, and others.

      Nowadays besides managing, producing and composing for The Element, Rafael is a music major in composition at Diablo Valley College, and will be transferring to a 4 year school. He also works as a freelancer composer/arranger.

      He is officially endorsed by the following brands: EVH (Eddie Van Halen) Gear, Jackson Guitars, Morley Pedals, SIT Strings, InTune Guitars Picks and Line 6. Rafael proudly endorses: EVH Gear, Jackson Guitars, Guild Acoustic Guitars, Line 6, InTune Picks, Morley Pedals, SIT Strings, Liszko Straps.

      His influences include: Pink Floyd, Rush, Queen, Supertramp, Angra, Dream Theater, The Cure, U2, Shadow Gallery, Symphony X, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Guns ‘n Roses, Skid Row, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Frank Solari, Nuno Bettencourt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, John Williams, Hans Zimmer...
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    • Meet Miranda Shakes
      Instructor - Vocals, Keys, Summer Camps
      Miranda sang before she could speak. A lifelong morning person and resident of San Ramon, she has been making and learning about music for as long as she can remember. Her parents met while working...
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      Miranda sang before she could speak. A lifelong morning person and resident of San Ramon, she has been making and learning about music for as long as she can remember. Her parents met while working in the radio industry; KKIQ and XM Radio were the soundtracks to her childhood. She grew up singing in the Danville Girls Chorus and Cal High choir under the direction of Ken Abrams and Lucerne Mottaz, respectively. After 10 years of classical piano lessons she started writing her own music for voice and piano, performing locally as well as in China and Oregon.

      Miranda recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology with minors in Asian Studies and Music. She wrote her senior thesis on the sociology of music taste. In college she began learning the electronic music programs Reason and Ableton Live, with which she is working on her first album.

      When she's not at School of Rock, Miranda can be found listening to, reading about, writing about, or making music in her home just down the block.
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    • Meet Isaac Herron
      Instructor - Vocals
      Isaac Herron has been singing for practically his whole life! Growing up listening to artists such as Willie Nelson, Seal, and Queen, he has always admired music. When Isaac was around 8 years old...
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      Isaac Herron has been singing for practically his whole life! Growing up listening to artists such as Willie Nelson, Seal, and Queen, he has always admired music. When Isaac was around 8 years old, he began taking piano lessons and writing music of his very own. For middle school and high school, Isaac attended Oakland School for the Arts in Downtown Oakland, CA. He majored in Vocal Music and has had tremendous opportunities, such as singing for President Barack Obama, singing in the historic FOX theater, and being a part of the number one High school A capella group in the nation, Vocal Rush. Isaac also had the extreme pleasure of being on NBC’s Television Singing Competition, THE SING OFF: Season 4. Isaac enjoys indie/ alternative pop music and looks up to his favorite artists: Kimbra, Tina Turner, Tune-yards, and Prince. Isaac hopes one day to have a solid career in singing/songwriting.
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    • Meet Robbie Schmitz
      Instructor - Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Drums
      A Bay Area native, Robbie Schmitz has been writing and performing music since before he was ten. At age 17 he wrote, recorded and produced his first rock album with the band, “Can’t Please Beck...
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      A Bay Area native, Robbie Schmitz has been writing and performing music since before he was ten. At age 17 he wrote, recorded and produced his first rock album with the band, “Can’t Please Becky”. Robbie currently studies composition and theory at Diablo Valley College and regularly performs with the DVC big band as a keyboardist and vocalist. Robbie always seems to have some sort of musical project in the works and is very passionate about making this rewarding art form accessible to all who have a love for music.
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    • Meet Margaret Scranton
      Instructor - Ukelele, Guitar, Drums, Bass
      Margaret Scranton has been playing guitar for 32 years, composing for 30 years and teaching for 13 years. She studied with two private teachers and continues to work on her playing and knowledge of...
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      Margaret Scranton has been playing guitar for 32 years, composing for 30 years and teaching for 13 years. She studied with two private teachers and continues to work on her playing and knowledge of music. She played in four all-female groups including: Mother Earth, Crazy Daisies, Honeyshot and The Hormones, (a Ramones tribute band).

      In 2007 she formed her own band writing and playing lead guitar collaborating with various vocalists and musicians. She was written up in Guitar Player magazine in 2009 for a song on her solo EP, "Born Ready".

      Her teaching style is to focus in on each student's needs, and to build their technique and confidence. Her students work on melodies, chords, music theory, songwriting and improvisation.
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    • Meet Andres Sagredos
      Instructor - Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele, Drums, Bass
      Andres has been fronting rock-and-roll bands since he was a wee lad. He first picked up the guitar at age 10 and began performing in his early adolescence. Since he moved to Oakland in 2011, he has...
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      Andres has been fronting rock-and-roll bands since he was a wee lad. He first picked up the guitar at age 10 and began performing in his early adolescence. Since he moved to Oakland in 2011, he has spent his time gigging and collaborating with fellow Bay Area musicians.

      Andres believes in the importance of fostering a creative instinct in his students. Music is a vehicle for self-expression, and he is thrilled to be sharing his passion for songwriting and live performance with the next generation of players.
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    • Meet Bekah Barnett
      Studio Coordinator, Instructor - Vocals, Keys
      Bekah grew up in Santa Cruz doing musicals with the Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond and singing acappella harmonies with her sister at family gatherings. She took piano lessons from a youn...
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      Bekah grew up in Santa Cruz doing musicals with the Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond and singing acappella harmonies with her sister at family gatherings. She took piano lessons from a young age and in her senior year of high school she began to focus on playing to accompany her singing. That year she also joined the choir at Harbor High School and discovered her love of improvisation in a small jazz ensemble when she was introduced to scatting.

      She majored in Vocal Performance at Mills College in Oakland where she was thrilled to study everything from classical and operatic techniques to improvisation and early music with wonderful teachers. During her time at Mills she also began composing her own original songs at the many pianos littered across the campus. In her junior year she did a study abroad program in Florence, Italy where she studied voice at an Italian conservatory and continued to write original material. In her senior year at Mills she began giving piano and voice lessons to children. When teaching she feels that the most important factor is that the child is working on learning music that they are genuinely interested in and excited about.

      She has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene and writing songs for 17 years and continues to play regularly in small listening rooms and piano bars and restaurants. She has recorded two full length albums of her original songs and she's currently working on material for a third record. She is constantly amazed and inspired by music's ability to connect people to their emotions and to create a shared experience between people from all walks of life.
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    • Meet Nick Jefferies
      Instructor - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
      Nick started playing guitar when he was 12 years old, made his first punk band at 14 and has been playing guitar, bass, and singing for various projects ever since. He has been involved in the loca...
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      Nick started playing guitar when he was 12 years old, made his first punk band at 14 and has been playing guitar, bass, and singing for various projects ever since. He has been involved in the local Bay Area music scene for quite some time now, whether its been on the stage, or behind the board doing sound for local events. He graduated from SF State in 2013 with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications with an emphasis in music production while simultaneously managing the student-run radio station KSFS, airing his own weekly radio music show and interning for Alice 97.3 radio. They even let him write and record a new theme song to their Sarah and Vinnie Secret Show podcast. So whether he's working on his next album, collaborating with and recording artists around the Bay with his mobile recording rig, or warming up for your upcoming guitar lesson, he always brings a smile and is willing to put in 100% to every gig.
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    • Meet Patrick Shields
      Instructor - Drums, Keys
      Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Patrick Shields has been playing in rock and roll bands since age 15. By age 17, he was already touring the country. He then moved on to Denver, CO to study Jazz perform...
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      Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Patrick Shields has been playing in rock and roll bands since age 15. By age 17, he was already touring the country. He then moved on to Denver, CO to study Jazz performance. After expanding his pallet of styles in jazz school, Shields moved to the Bay Area where he currently lives, plays, and teaches music.
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    • Meet Miles Davis
      Instructor - Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keys
      My name is Miles Davis, I'm 21 years old and am a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and instructor at School of Rock in San Ramon. My primary instruments are bass guitar and vocals, but I also pl...
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      My name is Miles Davis, I'm 21 years old and am a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and instructor at School of Rock in San Ramon. My primary instruments are bass guitar and vocals, but I also play drums and guitar. I have been playing music for about 10 years or so, working in different bands and playing professional gigs around the Bay Area. I am the lead singer, bassist and co-songwriter in my band and am also working towards a major in music. My passion is music and I plan to continue to play professionally as well as teach.
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    • Meet Brian Kameya
      Instructor - Bass, Drums
      Since the age of 5, Brian Kameya has lived a life around music. He began Piano lessons at that age and continued until he was 14 when he taught himself to play the Electric Guitar. As time passed h...
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      Since the age of 5, Brian Kameya has lived a life around music. He began Piano lessons at that age and continued until he was 14 when he taught himself to play the Electric Guitar. As time passed he would learn the Bass, as well as the Drums. After some time performing on stage with various bands, he decided to to take a break and focus on the recording aspect. He graduated from The Conservatory of Recording Arts from Tempe, Arizona and spent the next several years working with bands in Los Angeles as an Audio Engineer. He would eventually return to the Bay Area where he lives and teaches. One of his many passions is music and he feels that with the right guidance, anyone can share this passion.
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    • Meet Devin Jameson
      Instructor - Drums
      Born and raised in Hayward, California on bands like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Metallica, Testament, and many many more, Devin was born into metal and has grown into it. He has been...
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      Born and raised in Hayward, California on bands like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Metallica, Testament, and many many more, Devin was born into metal and has grown into it. He has been drumming for 13+ years and has experience playing many genres, mainly consisting of metal music. Specializing in double kick drum rhythms, and metal based stylings. He started drumming when he was 6 when his parents were practicing with their band. He then took private drum lessons for 7+ years. Devin has experience on stage and in studios. He is known as the 'long haired metal guy' around the school, and always tries to branch everyone out to listen to music they've never heard before. He believes music is the key to wisdom and a fulfilling life. Some of his musical influences now are Lamb of God, Slayer, Primus, Mastodon, Gojira, Bohemoth, Wretched, and Fear my Thoughts. Although his tastes are mainly metal, he likes all kinds of music.
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    • Meet Toni Baker
      Owner/General Manager
      Toni began studying classical voice at age 13. Upon returning to the Bay Area after college, she started singing back up for a jam band. Tired of standing around with nothing to do while the band...
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      Toni began studying classical voice at age 13. Upon returning to the Bay Area after college, she started singing back up for a jam band. Tired of standing around with nothing to do while the band was jamming, she taught herself to play bass. She now plays bass and sings in a multi-genre rock band and as part of an acoustic duo.

      In addition to playing music, Toni owned and operated a successful organic meal delivery service. After 8 years, she closed it down to stay home with her two boys. School of Rock is now their second home. She is excited to combine her business experience with her love of music.
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News

  • Summer Shows Performing This Weekend!

    Join us this weekend for our summer shows at Silver Fern Ranch, 8875 Dublin Canyon Road in Castro Valley. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased for cash at the venue the days of the show. Performa...
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    Join us this weekend for our summer shows at Silver Fern Ranch, 8875 Dublin Canyon Road in Castro Valley. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased for cash at the venue the days of the show.

    Performance schedule:

    Saturday 9/16

    Miles' Rock 101 Tuesday class - 2:45
    LA Rocks - 3-5:30

    Miles' Rock 101 Thursday class - 5:45
    Funk and Reggae 6-8:30

    Sunday 9/17

    Rookies - 1:30
    Robbie's Rock 101 Saturday class - 1:45
    Weezer - 2-4:30

    Miles' Rock 101 Saturday class - 4:45
    Monterey Pop - Then and Now - 5-7:30
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Testimonials

  • “What a wonderful place! My son has met so many kids who are like-minded in their absolute love of music. He always emerges from his lesson or rehearsal feeling happy and confident. The Performance Program has been an amazing experience for him as he has learned not only how to apply his skills as a musician with a band, but also how to give a dynamic performance. The teachers are all highly skilled and clearly share an equal love of music. They all seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs and it is apparent in the way they interact with the kids. The owners Toni and John are fabulous people. Toni, is always happy to answer questions or accommodate when we have to reschedule a lesson. John, who runs the performance program, through all of his enthusiasm and encouragement has brought out the performer in our son. So glad to be a part of this school!”
    — Karen H., Berkeley, CA
  • “My child absolutely loves everything about School of Rock, and that translates into us as parents appreciating the program. She has gained confidence, is having a lot of fun, and feels like she belongs to something - that alone is worth more than a 10! She is also learning to read music, play an instrument, and work as a team/band. We couldn't be happier with the program.”
    — Jennifer B., San Ramon, CA
  • “The teachers and staff are fantastic. My son is learning quickly, his confidence has grown by leaps and bounds. And the shows have been so much fun! Very organized, but still authentic for the kids to truly feel what it's like to be a performing musician. The notes we receive after each lesson really let parents know how their child is doing and what they need to work on, plus they are very personalized and thoughtful. I highly recommend the San Ramon School of Rock.”
    — Rochelle T., Castro Valley, CA
  • “This is the best music program! My daughter has grown in self confidence so much this last year. She loves and respects the instructors, has made good friends and I have never seen her so dedicated to anything before. She is self disciplined about practice and takes it very seriously at the same time of having fun. The school nurtures a love for different types of music and instilled the need to have a broad range of music type experience. We've never had to 'make' her practice... we have to let her know it's time to stop!”
    — Lori N., Livermore, CA