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About School of Rock Venice

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

Music is about way more than solo acts. School of Rock Venice 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 Venice 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 Venice, 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 Venice
12300 Venice BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 469-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Venice, 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.

    Venice 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 Venice’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 Venice’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 Venice, 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 Venice’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!


    Current Schedule:

    Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm
    Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Saturdays 1:00 - 2:30 pm
    Saturdays 3:00 - 4:30 pm

  • School of Rock Venice’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 Venice’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!

  • At School of Rock Venice, 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 Venice, 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 Venice works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Venice’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 Venice’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 prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Venice 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 Venice’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!


    Current Schedule:

    Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Saturdays 12:00 - 1:00 pm

  • At School of Rock Venice, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Venice enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Venice’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!



    Current Schedule:

    Thursdays 3:00 - 3:45 pm
    Saturdays 11:00 - 11:45 pm

At School of Rock Venice, 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. Venice students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famo...
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At School of Rock Venice, 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.

Venice 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 Venice’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 Ryan Schiff
      General Manager
      Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ryan began playing guitar at age 13 after seeing the movie "La Bamba" about rock legend Ritchie Valens. He studied with grammy-nominated guitarist Steve Briody f...
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      Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ryan began playing guitar at age 13 after seeing the movie "La Bamba" about rock legend Ritchie Valens. He studied with grammy-nominated guitarist Steve Briody for several years before starting his own projects and soon became an instructor himself. While still in New York, his band Code Anchor independently released several EP's and one full-length album, "Rosada", while touring extensively nationwide from 2005-2009. A co-writer in the band, Ryan also played lead and rhythm guitar while singing lead and backup vocals. Memorable stages include the Vans Warped Tour at Nassau Colliseum and headlining bills at some of New York City's greatest venues like CBGB's and The Knitting Factory. It was during this time that Ryan began teaching at the School of Rock in Melville, NY. Hungry to pursue new musical ventures, Ryan departed from Code Anchor and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. Since then, he's been busy writing, producing, and performing with his newest project, Lou Pine. Ryan "Lou" enjoys playing every genre including jazz, funk, country and folk, but credits the blues and rock roll as his main influences. email: rschiff@schoolofrock.com
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    • Meet Mia Rossi
      Studio Manager
      Mia grew up listening to a colorful array of music from John Coltrane to Sunday blues to Britney Spears. Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, she grew up singing and playing piano, guitar, and sax...
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      Mia grew up listening to a colorful array of music from John Coltrane to Sunday blues to Britney Spears. Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, she grew up singing and playing piano, guitar, and saxophone. In college she discovered the drums and studied with Bill Carbone for four years. She and two friends formed a punk band called Baby Gap and proceeded to write 8 original songs, played a dozen shows, and recorded an EP, all in their final semester. She also began producing electronic beats under the name Fresh Heiress. After college, she took a cross-country road trip and landed in L.A. Besides making music, she likes writing, reading, watercolor painting, bike rides, and hanging with animals. Her musical influences include American jazz, classic hip hop, alt R&B, blues, funk, and psychedelic rock. She is so pumped to be the new Studio Manager for SoR Venice and can't wait to make friends with all the young rockers and their cool parents!
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    • Meet Kyle Scherrer
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Originally from Seattle, Washington, Kyle started playing music when he was 12 years old. He shortly after joined the (then) up and coming School of Rock program in Seattle, and quickly found his p...
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      Originally from Seattle, Washington, Kyle started playing music when he was 12 years old. He shortly after joined the (then) up and coming School of Rock program in Seattle, and quickly found his passion for music. In addition to participating in the school’s performance program, he also went on the School of Rock All-Star tour 3 times, getting to play at venues/events such as Red Rocks in Colorado, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and the Warped Tour in Los Angeles. Although he got a steady diet of rock and roll through the School of Rock, he always had a soft spot for jazz and funk, playing with several heavyweights in the Seattle jazz scene growing up. In this time he had the opportunity to play alongside artists such as Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Meshell Ndegeocello, Wynton Marsalis, and Jeff Hamilton. After finishing high school at 17, he started attending the USC Thornton School of Music, where he is currently finishing up a Jazz Studies degree.
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    • Meet Drama Wyatt
      Drum Instructor
      Born and raised in Los Angeles California to a musical family, Drama has been around music her entire life, and started playing guitar at the age of eight. However, it was when she was 14 years old...
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      Born and raised in Los Angeles California to a musical family, Drama has been around music her entire life, and started playing guitar at the age of eight. However, it was when she was 14 years old and started playing the drums that she found her true passion for being a musician. She started taking lessons and was enrolled at School of Rock West LA, and has been playing ever since. School of Rock has given her many amazing opportunities such as learning how to play and interact with other musicians, as well as the chance to play legendary venues including The Whiskey a Go Go, and The Troubadour with rock and roll hall of famer Jackson Browne. Now at the age of 18, she currently attends Musicians Institute in Hollywood California, has played in several bands, currently plays drums for various singer songwriters around town including Cassie Williams, Sam Gordon, and Alyssa Davis, as well as writing her own material. Drama appreciates an array of genres, but prefers to play Hard Rock and Alternative Rock. Some of her favorite bands include the Foo Fighters, Strokes, Royal Blood, and Marmozets. She continues to strive to be a better musician everyday, and works very hard towards her goal of becoming a nationwide touring musician.
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    • Meet Joe Conner
      Drum Instructor
      Joe Conner, is a multi-talented musician hailing from Philadelphia, PA. A drummer and percussionist, trained in the classical and Latin genre, Joe began playing drums at his father’s church at t...
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      Joe Conner, is a multi-talented musician hailing from Philadelphia, PA. A drummer and percussionist, trained in the classical and Latin genre, Joe began playing drums at his father’s church at the early age of seven. With success coming early on, by the age of 12, Joe began sharing his skills by giving lessons to beginner students as well as some of his peers. His formal study began at the Settlement Music School with Philadelphia Orchestra Percussionist, Susan Jones. He subsequently continued his training under the tutelage of great veteran drummers such as Craig McIver, Skip Hadden, Bertram Lehman and Casey Scheuerell. Through his vigorous training and study, he has become an extremely skilled musician on Timpani, Congas, Bongos, Cajon, Vibes and Marimba. Joe Conner was rewarded a scholarship to attend The Berklee College of Music, where he graduated Cum Laude, with a degree in Music Business & Management but not before managing backing bands he played in as well as for others that have worked with a long list of esteemed artist that include American Idol finalist John Stevens, Jordin Sparks, Problem, Noel Gordin, Bobby McFerrin , Jessie J, Mickey Factz, Bilal, Jordan Knight, Meshell Ndegeocello, Walter Beasley, Rhythm Monks, JoJo and Sammy Adams who he’s toured extensively with.
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    • Meet Will McGrath
      Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor
      Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Will moved to Los Angeles to further his love for music and passion for teaching. Nicknamed “The Jack of All Trades”, Will is a multi-instrumentalist, pro...
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      Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Will moved to Los Angeles to further his love for music and passion for teaching. Nicknamed “The Jack of All Trades”, Will is a multi-instrumentalist, proficient with the guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano. In 2007 at the age of 19, Will founded the band ‘Jackal’ as songwriter and guitarist. Jackal went on to release six successful albums and extensively toured. With his knowledge from working in the music industry as a touring and recording musician, Will has helped numerous students with their own musical ambitions and goals.

      In 2008, Will graduated university with a Diploma in Contemporary Music and was awarded “Best Instrumentalist of the Year”. He then went on to start his own private music tuition business in Auckland, establishing a large clientele, and offering lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele. Through Will’s study and love of all genres, he structures his lessons based on the individuals own interests and personal taste. This approach in his teaching results in continual growth, commitment and enthusiasm from his students.
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    • Meet Scott Mellis
      Guitar/Vocals/Keys Instructor
      Scott Mellis started out playing in heavy metal bands in high school - sneaking into bars underage, carrying the gear of older band members. In his solo project he has opened for folk-rock icon Ric...
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      Scott Mellis started out playing in heavy metal bands in high school - sneaking into bars underage, carrying the gear of older band members. In his solo project he has opened for folk-rock icon Richard Thompson (UK), Serena Ryder (Canada), Jeff Martin (Canada), Fink (UK), Joseph Arthur (US). He was asked to open for Jason Mraz and Tom Morello after being spotted playing an impromptu acoustic set at a clothing store in Austin for SXSW.
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    • Meet T. Alex Budrow
      Drum Instructor
      Alex Budrow started out in the basement with a passion at 11 years old, like many drummers, and has pursued that through today. He began playing professionally by age seventeen and has been studyin...
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      Alex Budrow started out in the basement with a passion at 11 years old, like many drummers, and has pursued that through today. He began playing professionally by age seventeen and has been studying and playing music for 18 years; attending The New England Institute of Art and McNally Smith College of Music. BA Audio Media Technology, AP Percussion Performance.His experience as an educator began while still attending NEIA, guest lecturing on Drum Set Production and Performance, which lead to teaching private lessons. A position as Music Director for the Boys Girls Clubs of Dorchester in Boston, MA followed soon after.As a drummer pursuing his calling, Alex has performed countless shows covering a vast spectrum of musical styles. His recording credits boast the same variety. Some of these recordings have even cracked local radio markets. These accomplishments only strengthen his commitment to the daily discipline of a professional musician.Alex believes the experience of music is for everyone. For those of us who choose to learn to play an instrument, the process, while a lot of work, should also be a lot of fun! His approach to teaching is a balanced mix of inspiration and diligence designed to take the student where they want to go in their pursuit of a musical life.
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    • Meet Scott Warren
      Keyboard Instructor
      Scott Warren was the latest keyboardist for heavy metal band Dio and Heaven & Hell. Scott is a self taught keysman, he begin playing at age 6. Later he trained professionally at Dick Grove Schoo...
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      Scott Warren was the latest keyboardist for heavy metal band Dio and Heaven & Hell.

      Scott is a self taught keysman, he begin playing at age 6. Later he trained professionally at Dick Grove School of Music. Scott Warren was a member of the groups Warrant, Keel and Berlin.

      Today Scott Warren is part of Dio Disciples, which includes surviving members of the final line-up of Dio, along with former Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan. He also plays in the band Hellion, alongside fellow Dio Disciples member Simon Wright. His most notable work with the band would have to include his keyboard solo on the recent Killing The Dragon album on a track titled Before The Fall.
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    • Meet Kevin Drew
      Voice/Guitar/Piano Instructor
      Kevin is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer/producer from Des Moines, Iowa, currently living and working as a musician in Los Angeles. As an artist, Kevin has seen ...
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      Kevin is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer/producer from Des Moines, Iowa, currently living and working as a musician in Los Angeles. As an artist, Kevin has seen it all. From touring the United States with indie rock and metal bands, to singing opera in Europe, to hosting underground hip-hop shows, to recording bands and commercial work for clients like All-State Insurance and NPR; Kevin's wide array of musical experiences makes him one of the most qualified and knowledgable instructors around.

      Kevin has a fun, engaging, and move-at-your-own-pace teaching style, which is great for aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels. His understanding of music theory, music history, and his appreciation for all genres make him an ideal teacher for you or your child.
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    • Meet Alyssa Robertson
      Guitar/Bass/Vocal Instructor
      After seeing My Chemical Romance on the 2011 Honda Civic Tour, Los Angeles native Alyssa Robertson knew music was what she wanted to do with her life. Within a year of taking guitar lessons, Alyssa...
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      After seeing My Chemical Romance on the 2011 Honda Civic Tour, Los Angeles native Alyssa Robertson knew music was what she wanted to do with her life. Within a year of taking guitar lessons, Alyssa soon found herself wanting more to sink her teeth into, and did so by walking through the doors of School of Rock West LA. In addition to participating in the Performance Program while at School of Rock, she was also a vocalist in West LA’s House Band, which gave her the opportunity to play gigs all over town, including playing alongside Brad Wilk and Danny Carey, and playing with House Band on Conan. While growing as a musician during her tenure at School of Rock, Alyssa became interested in song writing, and has been doing so for 5 years. Alyssa has also played in many bands, and has played at venues such as the Whisky A Go-Go, the Troubadour, Amplyfi, and DiPiazza’s. Her main influences are Nirvana, Hole, My Chemical Romance, Placebo, No Doubt, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Paramore, Streetlight Manifesto and The Smiths.
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    • Meet Laura Bustillos
      Vocal Instructor
      Laura Victoria Bustillos a.k.a. LVictoria started singing, writing songs, and playing piano, guitars and harps when she was 8. LV moved to Los Angeles at a very young age, founded LA Velvet, produc...
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      Laura Victoria Bustillos a.k.a. LVictoria started singing, writing songs, and playing piano, guitars and harps when she was 8. LV moved to Los Angeles at a very young age, founded LA Velvet, produced the first album and took the band on tour. Years later she became a solo artist under the name LVictoria and started performing with Bret Michaels, Lita Ford, Robby Krieger from The Doors, Slaughter and other national acts around the world. Her songs have been placed in several TV shows, including Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and three films. Most recently LVictoria got signed by iMachine Records and she produced her electropop rock album "Series of Miracles" with multi-Grammy producer Lester Mendez (Shakira). LV continues to surprise and please her audience around the world with her unique style and powerful shows.
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    • Meet Evan Kolesar
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Evan Kolesar is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer from Los Angeles, California. Picking up the guitar at the age of 7 and touring by age 15, he quickly learned music was his true passi...
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      Evan Kolesar is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer from Los Angeles, California. Picking up the guitar at the age of 7 and touring by age 15, he quickly learned music was his true passion in life. Fast forward to today: After graduating at the top of his class at the Musicians Institute — where he earned his degree in Guitar Performance and was awarded Outstanding Player of the Year — Evan has become a true player in the industry. He has enjoyed playing guitar, bass, and drums on numerous recordings, producing and engineering local artists, and working with companies to develop new products. Evan is currently playing lead guitar in the Los Angeles-based band Seneca and The River.
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Testimonials

  • “[SoR Venice} is a great place for kids to enjoy exploring the [rock] sound and enjoy playing music. My nephew loves it !!! ”
    — Dana C., Baldwin Park, CA
  • “School of Rock [Venice] has a philosophy of getting their students straight to playing by picking out simple songs to play immediately. Take this together with a group of teachers who know how to "light the fire" of enthusiasm in their charges and you have a winning strategy. My son is taking guitar and, unlike homework, he is happy to practice at home. He is enrolled in Rock 101 which includes both a private lesson and band practice every week. ”
    — Catherine H., SoR Venice mom
  • “We recently signed up my son for drum lessons and Rock 101 here - and we're loving it! The staff is incredibly knowledgable, helpful, and fun! My son can't wait to get going and play in a band soon. Great addition to our neighborhood so we don't have to travel too far for a great music experience. While this location is new, the staff here has been working with the program for years - so this place feels like a well-oiled machine in a beautiful new facility. ”
    — Amy C., SoR Venice mom
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA