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About School of Rock Silver Spring

Welcome to School of Rock Silver Spring, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Silver Spring’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring
8634 Colesville RoadSilver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-7625

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Programs

  • School of Rock Silver Spring'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 Silver Spring'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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Silver Spring is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Silver Spring, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Silver Spring students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Silver Spring’s Rock 101 students can expect:

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

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Silver Spring’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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring’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 Silver Spring’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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring’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 Silver Spring'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 ot...
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School of Rock Silver Spring'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 Silver Spring'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

    • Danny Bentley
      Drum Instructor
      Danny Bentley began playing drums at the age of 13, inspired by his first musical influences; Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Fugazi. After high school he studied percussion performance and musical theor...
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      Danny Bentley began playing drums at the age of 13, inspired by his first musical influences; Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Fugazi. After high school he studied percussion performance and musical theory at Montgomery College in Rockville/Takoma Park adding bass and piano to his musician's tool box. A performer and touring musician for over fifteen years, Danny has opened shows for such acts such as The Dismemberment Plan, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, DeathFix and Ty Segall. He has also recorded with James Robbins of Jawbox. Danny has played and toured with many local bands including Owls and Crows, Timberwolf Division and most recently Sunwolf. When not playing music or attending shows, Danny enjoys spending time hiking in the Appalachian Mountains or watching Nationals baseball.
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    • Forrest Hainline IV
      Studio Manager - Silver Spring
      The more you like music, the more music you like, a truth that doesn't begin and end with simply being a fan. However, being an enthusiastic fan, one who sang when he could speak and talked before ...
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      The more you like music, the more music you like, a truth that doesn't begin and end with simply being a fan. However, being an enthusiastic fan, one who sang when he could speak and talked before he walked, has compelled Forrest A. Hainline IV to explore performing ever since to any audience available. Forrest studied voice, saxophone, and guitar as a student at Landon School in Bethesda, and later, voice and guitar at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, singing with The Augustana Choir and various local bands. Moved by mentor Dr. Romon Bonzon's claims that a degree in philosophy affords one the tools to do anything, Forrest comes to School Of Rock as Studio Manager to share and propel the School of Rock vision of inspiring students of every walk to find that rock within, as well as further discover his own.
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    • Ricardo "P"Nut Johnson
      Bass Instructor
      A DC native, Ricardo "P"-Nut Johnson began his musical journey on the bass in the 5 th grade when he received his first instrument '“ a Sears electric guitar. He enjoyed the guitar but then ...
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      A DC native, Ricardo "P"-Nut Johnson began his musical journey on the bass in the 5 th grade when he received his first instrument '“ a Sears electric guitar. He enjoyed the guitar but then he heard the bass in Rufus and Chaka Khan's Sweet Thing and from that point on "P"-Nut knew he wanted to be a bass player. Hearing of his new obsession, his uncle, a bass player in his own right, loaned him a bass and challenged him to see what he could learn by the time he got back from the road and the rest is history. During his years in the D.C. area, "P"-Nut played with various groups in a variety of styles. He played with the sensational vocal group Prim Degree, the cutting edge gospel group God's Creation, vocalist Gloria Brown and blues great Memphis Gold. In the 90's "P"-Nut toured Europe with the blues legend Memphis Gold. After years of playing on stage he decided to go get his music degree and attended the Music Tech College of Music, now called McNalley Smith, in Minneapolis MN. After graduation he stayed in Minnesota for 10 years where was very active in the music scene and where he taught many aspiring musicians. He played with the blues group The HooDoo Kings , the 12 piece group Arayastone , the reggae mainstay Dred I Dred , the funk band Down with Gravity , jazz guitarist John Penny , and a host of others. When you hear him play you get hints of the his influences like Bootsy, Jimi Hendrix, Parliament and Larry Graham to name a few. "P"-Nut is a consummate bass player and works at his craft continuously. In 2007 he attended Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey's Bass at the Beach and later that year he also attended Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp. He learned many things at these camps and has integrated them into his playing and teaching. Tired of the cold of Minnesota and homesick for the sights and sounds of D.C. "P"-nut moved back in the area in 2011. He has played with a number of groups since being back and is happy to be a part of the School Of Rock family.
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    • Tony Grasso
      Guitar Instructor
      Raised on their parent's rock roll, Tony was playing the guitar at six and jamming with his drumming brother Damien in elementary school. Eventually they created the band Uncle Chunky at an open m...
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      Raised on their parent's rock roll, Tony was playing the guitar at six and jamming with his drumming brother Damien in elementary school. Eventually they created the band Uncle Chunky at an open mic in 1990. "There's really no good explanation for the name. Uncle Chunky was just a brain fart that sounded cool," explains Tony who is lead guitar, vocalist and co-songwriter for the band. Not happy to just groove, Tony strives to write music that touches on the meaningful moments in life. "My brother and I are focused on songwriting that works from your head to your toes. We want our audience to move and be moved.' Uncle Chunky has played hundreds of live shows at Washington's best and worst live music venues including the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, various DC street festivals, and local colleges. "We've been called DC's hardest working band. I don't know about that, but I think we've played everywhere in the DC area and probably more than once.' Tony also gigs out regularly with other bands and does a fair amount of acoustic work. He's been teaching guitar for many years and loves to see his students progress.
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    • Jared Wilayto
      Guitar Instructor
      Jared has always been drawn to music and specifically the wonders of the guitar. While attending Berklee College of Music, he found a deepened appreciation for early American styles along with the ...
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      Jared has always been drawn to music and specifically the wonders of the guitar. While attending Berklee College of Music, he found a deepened appreciation for early American styles along with the fundamental genres of jazz, blues, country, and rock n' roll which have formed a foundation for his guitar playing. Jared has performed in a variety of groups and projects over the years, from punk rock bands to theatrical music, touring the region with a funk/dance band and writing/arranging big band music. Currently, he can be found in the local clubs of DC playing lead guitar for Hatfield McCoy, an Americana/rock band. Teaching guitar lessons remains an important part of Jared's musical life and he enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained along the way. This includes the pitfalls to avoid and the ideas music can teach us outside of the practice room. Finding each student's specific path to the heart of the music they love can be just as rewarding for the teacher. The challenges and surprises that students present also come with a constant reminder of how music excites us and this, in turn, has pushed Jared in his pursuit to become better teacher for his students here at School of Rock.
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    • Jessica Flores
      Vocal Instructor/ Show Director
      Jessica began singing in elementary school, where she gave her first solo performance at the Pageant of Peace with her school choir in DC at age 8. In high school, she was always active in multiple...
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      Jessica began singing in elementary school, where she gave her first solo performance at the Pageant of Peace with her school choir in DC at age 8. In high school, she was always active in multiple choirs and the musical theater department. Jessica began classical voice training at Montgomery College, under the guidance of Molly Donnelly. She gained experience in a variety of styles ranging from Classical to Latin Jazz through multiple collaborations with the Montgomery College World Ensemble and Metropolitan Orchestra at MC. While at MC, she helped institute an outreach program with Wheaton High School, bringing the experience of performing with a professional band to kids who were just starting out in choir. She has also performed with the National Philharmonic Chorale and interned for their Summer High School Choral Program. Jessica is currently finishing up her undergrad at UMBC in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Education. She performs regularly with her band, Tesla's Cat, where she gets to practice being a rock star. She believes that studying music is an integral part of building stronger communities and well-rounded citizens.
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    • Dani Morris
      Studio Coordinator, Vocal Instructor
      Originally a Guatemala native, Dani has been singing for as long as she can remember. Herfavorite pastime growing up, much to her outdoorsy cousins' dismay, was playing 'singers'and practicing ...
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      Originally a Guatemala native, Dani has been singing for as long as she can remember. Herfavorite pastime growing up, much to her outdoorsy cousins' dismay, was playing 'singers'and practicing harmonies nonstop. She started seriously studying music in high school atwhich time she participated in the Treble and Chamber Choirs, marching band, musical theatre(including the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Summer Program with Toby Orenstein), theMontgomery County Youth Choir (MCYC) and the Maryland All-State Women's Choir. Dani went on to study classical voice performance with Dr. Molly Donnelly at MontgomeryCollege where she gained valuable performing experience singing with the World MusicEnsemble and Latin Band and the Metropolitan Orchestra. During this time she also sang withThe National Philharmonic Chorale and Chamber Singers. Since then, Dani has enjoyed the musical ride. She enjoys dabbling in different styles rangingfrom classical to reggae to rock and roll and has sung with Grammy-Award winning producerLarry Mitchell as well as Grammy-Award nominated artists Dawn Avery and Alfredo Muro.She placed second in NBC's televised Be A Voice VIP contest and has won WAMA Awards withDC reggae band Lucky Dub for Best Reggae Vocals and Best Reggae Album. She now enjoysspending her time regularly rocking out with Tesla's Cat, andbelieves that all the world's a stage for which practice makes perfect.
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    • Rob Wolk
      Drum Instructor/Composition Instructor/Show Director
      Rob Wolk, composer/percussionist/guitarist, lives in the DC/Baltimore area. As a percussionist he has given numerous world premieres including works by Thomas DeLio, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Dawn...
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      Rob Wolk, composer/percussionist/guitarist, lives in the DC/Baltimore area. As a percussionist he has given numerous world premieres including works by Thomas DeLio, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Dawn Avery. He is the drummer and composer for the group Kabob-o-taj with whom he has recorded two albums. He also plays with the jazz ensemble Ein Zman and other local rock, folk, and jazz acts. As a composer, Rob has written for and been commissioned by soloists and ensembles, both traditional and non-traditional. He is also a founding member of a collective of composer/performers who write, perform, and commission new works for their unique instrumentation. As a guitarist, Robert is mostly self-taught. His training mostly consists of playing with other guitarists and learning as many songs as possible. As a teacher, Robert hopes to share this balance between classical training and self-training, and help his students find their place in the music world, wherever that may be. Robert graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with degrees in composition and percussion.
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    • Christopher Volkstorf
      Guitar Instructor/Rock 101 Instructor
      Chris has been a musician and guitarist since 1985, when he first started messing around on a friend's cheap Strat-copy, and over the years he has developed a versatile and entertaining style of gu...
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      Chris has been a musician and guitarist since 1985, when he first started messing around on a friend's cheap Strat-copy, and over the years he has developed a versatile and entertaining style of guitar playing. He has been in several bands (Hot Buttered Elvis, Bloody Meri, SUPERFAMOUS) and has extensive experience both on stage and in the recording studio. He loves all kinds of music, from blues and blues-based styles like rock and jazz, to more esoteric and atmospheric genres. These days he devotes much of his time to writing songs and instrumental music. He lives on the west end of Alexandria Va, inside the DC beltway, with his cat Dolphy.
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    • Dan Gleason
      Keyboard/Piano Instructor, Show Director
      Dan Gleason began his musical career young. Classically trained since his youth, Dan excelled at the piano. But, it wasn't until he quit Classical lessons and started taking Jazz lessons that his p...
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      Dan Gleason began his musical career young. Classically trained since his youth, Dan excelled at the piano. But, it wasn't until he quit Classical lessons and started taking Jazz lessons that his passion for music really took flight. Soon he began writing constantly and taking any opportunity to perform. Playing in bands since High School Dan has been a performing musician for over a decade. Touring nationally and playing in such regarded venues and festivals as The Kennedy Center, SXSW, CMJ Festival, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Shea Stadium, The 930 Club, and a host of other legendary venues throughout the country. Currently he is the keyboardist and vocalist for Young Rapids. He resides in Takoma Park with his wife and his ever-expanding record collection.
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News

    • School of Rock Students Bring The Stone's Early Years to Life

      Students from the Silver Spring School of Rock hit the stage at the Fillmore to recreate the early years of The Rolling Stones magic. Nick, Sam, Peter, Joshua and Coby kicked off the evening with t...
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      Students from the Silver Spring School of Rock hit the stage at the Fillmore to recreate the early years of The Rolling Stones magic. Nick, Sam, Peter, Joshua and Coby kicked off the evening with their uncanny rendidtion of Around and Around which was first recorded in 1964. Playing to a packed house and cheering audience they started Bandhouse Gigs Tribute to the Rolling Stones night off in a big way. Congrats to our kids and to all the performers who made it such a special night.
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    • DC School of Rock Grad Brad Bowers Rocks On David Letterman

      DC School of Rock grad and three time School of Rock All Star Brad Bowers is hitting the big time! He has been the bassist in up and coming Sky Ferriera's band since June, touring, playing festival...
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      DC School of Rock grad and three time School of Rock All Star Brad Bowers is hitting the big time! He has been the bassist in up and coming Sky Ferriera's band since June, touring, playing festivals (Pitchfork, FreeFest, DC 9:30 Club to name a few) around the world and last night they were the featured band on The David Letterman Show. We are so proud of Brad who is is an absolutely incredibly talented bassist and all around great person too. Go Brad!
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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