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About School of Rock Silver Spring

Welcome to your one-and-only stop for seriously fun, lasting music education – School of Rock Silver Spring. With passionate instructors, an impressive selection of instruments, and killer program offerings, School of Rock Silver Spring equips students with the tools they need to rock their worlds.

Music is about way more than solo acts. School of Rock Silver Spring is as focused on community, teamwork, and friendships as it is on inspiring awesome music. Through our performance-based approach, we foster an inclusive community of rockers in Silver Spring to build a unique type of confidence only gained through cool, real life experiences. Whether we’re in serious shredding-mode or just jamming along with the band, our team spurs the growth of real, practical skills for music-minded students.

At School of Rock Silver Spring, we believe everyone deserves to have fun and feel like a rock star. Visit us and get a feel for the awesome opportunities your child has waiting just around the corner.

Contact Information

School of Rock Silver Spring
8634 Colesville RoadSilver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - 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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Upcoming Events

    • September 27
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Prince Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • September 28
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      David Bowie Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • October 2
      11:30 AM
      Big Kid's Table - Adult Program Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • October 10
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are OPEN for Columbus Day
      We are OPEN today for all scheduled lessons and rehearsals
    • November 24
      12:00 PM
      We are CLOSED for Thanksgiving
      We are closed today for all lessons and rehearsals in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!
    • November 27
      12:00 PM
      We are CLOSED for Thanksgiving Weekend
      We are CLOSED today for lessons and rehearsals in observance of Thanksgiving weekend.
    • December 25
      12:00 PM
      We are CLOSED TODAY
      We are CLOSED today in observance of the Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas!
    • January 1
      12:00 PM
      We are CLOSED Today
      We are CLOSED today in observance of New Year's Day. Happy New Year!
    • January 16
      2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      We are OPEN Today
      We are OPEN Today for all scheduled lessons and rehearsals today! Happy Martin Luther King Day!
    • February 20
      2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      We are OPEN TODAY
      We are OPEN for all scheduled lessons and rehearsals today, Presidents' Day 2017.

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Staff

    • Meet Our Rockin' Staff!
      Staff
      At School of Rock Silver Spring you'll meet staff and instructors who are working musicians at the top of their game and filled with passion! We pride ourselves on hiring instructors who care grea...
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      At School of Rock Silver Spring you'll meet staff and instructors who are working musicians at the top of their game and filled with passion! We pride ourselves on hiring instructors who care greatly about their students' progress as musicians and as people. All of our staff are background checked and have perfected the School of Rock Method to ensure that you or your child is receive the best training in a fun, positive environment!
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      • Guitar Lessons
      • Piano & Keyboard Lessons
      • Drum Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
      • Voice Lessons
      • Summer Music Camps
      • Group Lessons
      • Performance Lessons
    • Meet Forrest Hainline IV
      Studio Manager/Music Director - 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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    • Meet Dwight Trader
      Assistant Manager
      Dwight was born and raised in Wilmington, De where he found a deep love for music. In his youth, he sang in choirs, shows, and groups. He was part of a singing group that toured Delaware schools pr...
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      Dwight was born and raised in Wilmington, De where he found a deep love for music. In his youth, he sang in choirs, shows, and groups. He was part of a singing group that toured Delaware schools promoting drug awareness to middle and high school children. He later attended Cheyney University and discovered his love for theater and music. While in college, he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. that focused on community service and the Big Brother and Big Sister program. This program introduced him to mentoring to less advantaged kids and cemented his role as a mentor and counselor.

      For the past 6 years he has been manager of a hotel in Washington, D.C. where he provides the ultimate customer service and an enjoyment of creating an awesome experience. However, he decided to go back to his first love of mentoring children and the Fine Arts.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Garrett Gleason
      Guitar Instructor
      Garrett Gleason graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 for Jazz Studies for guitar performance and has been teaching for several years. Since graduation, Garrett has performed and record...
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      Garrett Gleason graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 for Jazz Studies for guitar performance and has been teaching for several years. Since graduation, Garrett has performed and recorded with various DC and MD-based artists as well as with his own groups, experimental-rock Cartoon Weapons and improv ensembles Gentle Men and Hashima Machine. He aims to help people embrace music through developing an understanding of the musical language, personalizing learned music through intuition and creativity, and helping others experience the magic of making music with others.
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    • Meet 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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      • Voice Lessons
    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Peter Banks
      Drum Instructor
      Peter Banks grew up in Charlottesville, VA and began taking lessons at age nine. After having learned jazz and Latin rhythms he moved onto to rock. In his early teens, he became interested in pun...
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      Peter Banks grew up in Charlottesville, VA and began taking lessons at age nine. After having learned jazz and Latin rhythms he moved onto to rock. In his early teens, he became interested in punk rock, particularly the DC punk scene. He continued vigorously diving in to all kinds of music from jazz to death metal and joined several area bands, but his first formal band Nailbiter was where he cut is gigging teeth. From there, he went on to play with his best friend in the alternative rock band Johnny Law, providing both drums and backing vocals. This project recorded three albums over a four year period, and, after recording their last album in Silver Spring, Peter was invited to join the Charlottesville indie rock trio KNDRGRDN. He has recently returned to the D.C area and is pursuing several music projects here. After much experience in the touring, gigging and recording circuit, he is excited to pass on some of that wisdom to help his students ROCK.
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    • Meet Gabrielle Landry
      Vocal Instructor
      Washington D.C. born and raised, Gabrielle Maedora Marie Landry was introduced to music at a young age studying the acoustic guitar and jazz bass guitar under her grandfather whom was a part of Joh...
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      Washington D.C. born and raised, Gabrielle Maedora Marie Landry was introduced to music at a young age studying the acoustic guitar and jazz bass guitar under her grandfather whom was a part of Johnny Cash's band. She went on later to learn the violin and and dance professionally performing all across the area including Wolf Trap, the Egyptian and Turkish Embassies, the Kennedy Center, and The White House for President Obama. In 2011 she moved down to New Orleans where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and Vocal Performance at Loyola University. While in school she was a vocalist and jazz bass guitarist for several bands performing all across the south. Now she's back in Washington D.C. working on her solo projects and ready to share her passion for music and love for singing with her students and fellow artists.
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      • Vocal Lessons
      • Singing Lessons

Promotions

News

    • Check Out Our Latest Newsletter!

      Hot off the press - it's our August 2017 Rock School Newsletter! See what's been happening this summer at School of Rock Silver Spring.

    • We Rocked Jiffy Lube Live!

      Memorial Day Weekend we took the stage at Jiffy Lube Live! It was an amazing night, with fantastic performances from students from the three DC area Schools of Rock. For more pictures, check out ...
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      Memorial Day Weekend we took the stage at Jiffy Lube Live! It was an amazing night, with fantastic performances from students from the three DC area Schools of Rock. For more pictures, check out our Facebook page!
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    • DC School of Rock Grad Brad Bowers Hittin' the Big Time

      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 touring, playing festivals (Pitchfork...
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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 touring, playing festivals (Pitchfork, FreeFest, DC 9:30 Club to name a few) around the world and he's played on both the David Letterman and Tonight Show(s). He is also part of a new project - Kid Bloom that is putting out some incredible tracks and that has quite a following. 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

  • “It is very kid centered. It becomes about more than just the music....It is a safe, cool place for kids/ teens to be themselves, make friends, feel comfortable. And the performance aspect builds confidence and a sense of accomplishment. ”
    — Kate C., parent Silver Spring
  • “The instructors are enthusiastic, the staff are dedicated and fun, and the overall experience for our son is fantastic. The artistic and social interaction is a great testament to the success of the programs.”
    — Heather S., parent Silver Spring
  • “The program gets kids really excited about playing music and shows them how fun it is! The teachers are encouraging. My son loves playing and it is his favorite night of the week every week.. ”
    — Alan S., parent Silver Spring
  • “I could not be happier with your programs, which teach proficiency and enthusiasm in equal measures and as appropriate for the age of the student. ”
    — Tyagen A., parent Silver Spring