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About School of Rock Vienna

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

Music is about way more than solo acts. School of Rock Vienna 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 Vienna 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 Vienna, 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 Vienna
111 Center Street SouthVienna, VA 22180
Main Number
(703) 242-2184(703) 242-2184

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Vienna'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 Vienna's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Vienna’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 Vienna, 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 Vienna’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 Vienna’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 Vienna’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 Vienna’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 Vienna 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 Vienna’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 Vienna’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 Vienna.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

School of Rock Vienna'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. ...
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School of Rock Vienna'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 Vienna'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 24
      12:00 PM
      Concert on the Vienna Town Green
      Concert
      he School of Rock Vienna will be kicking off our first Summer Season Performance on Sunday, September 24th from NOON to 6PM at the Vienna Town Green. We have three groups that will be rocking fo...
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      he School of Rock Vienna will be kicking off our first Summer Season Performance on Sunday, September 24th from NOON to 6PM at the Vienna Town Green.

      We have three groups that will be rocking for you all day! This is a FREE, all-ages, family friendly event, so bring your entire crew!

      Here is the full line-up for the day:

      Noon to 2pm - Chris Cornell, A Tribute
      2pm to 4pm - 90s Radio Rock
      4pm to 6pm - Nirvana vs Red Hot Chili Peppers

      This is an outdoor event. You are encouraged to bring camping/folding chairs, or a blanket and an umbrella (it's going to be warm and sunny!) You can also bring food and beverages to enjoy on the Green. Bring your own packed picnic, or pick up something from the Whole Foods located directly across the street! There are water fountains and restrooms located at the Town Green as well.Read less
    • September 25
      6:00 PM
      Chris Cornell Tribute Rehearsal
    • September 26
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up for our Fall Programs NOW
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • September 27
      6:00 PM
      90s Radio Rock Rehearsal
    • September 28
      6:00 PM
      RHCP vs Nirvana Rehearsal
    • September 29
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up For Fall Show Season NOW
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • September 30
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up for Fall Programs NOW!
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • October 1
      12:00 PM
      Concert @Jammin Java
      Concert
      he School of Rock Vienna will be kicking off our first Summer Season Performance on Sunday, September 24th from NOON to 6PM at the Vienna Town Green. We have three groups that will be rocking fo...
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      he School of Rock Vienna will be kicking off our first Summer Season Performance on Sunday, September 24th from NOON to 6PM at the Vienna Town Green.

      We have three groups that will be rocking for you all day! This is a FREE, all-ages, family friendly event, so bring your entire crew!

      Here is the full line-up for the day:

      11am to 1pm - Chris Cornell
      1pm to 3pm - Nirvana vs Red Hot Chili Peppers
      3pm to 5pm - 90s Radio Rock

      Jammin Java in Vienna on Maple Avenue
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    • October 2
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up for Fall Programs NOW
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • October 3
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up for Fall Programs NOW
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • October 4
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up for Our Fall Show Season NOW
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • October 5
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up for Fall Programs NOW
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • October 6
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Sign Up to Rock a Show NOW
      Call 703-242-2184 or email us on Vienna@SchoolOfRock.com
    • October 9
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
      To sign up call 703-242-2184
    • October 10
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • October 16
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
      To sign up call 703-242-2184
    • October 17
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • October 21
      7:00 AM
      Marine Corp Marathon Kids Fun Run
    • October 23
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
      To sign up call 703-242-2184
    • October 24
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • October 30
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • October 31
      5:00 PM
      Halloween Party & Parking Lot Concert
      Stop by our pre-parade concert and party 5 to 7PM! Then watch the Vienna Halloween parade. Food, fun and MUSIC!
    • October 31
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • November 6
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • November 7
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • November 13
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • November 14
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • November 20
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • November 21
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • November 23
      6:00 PM
      We are closed for Thanksgiving
      Happy Thanksgiving!
    • November 24
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
    • November 25
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
    • November 27
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • November 28
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • December 4
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • December 5
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • December 11
      12:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • December 12
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • December 18
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • December 19
      6:00 PM
      CBGB Rehearsal
    • December 25
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are CLOSED TODAY for the Christmas Holiday
      Merry Christmas!
    • January 1
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are CLOSED Today for the New Year's Day Holiday
      Happy New Year!
    • January 8
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal
    • January 15
      6:00 PM
      Rap Rock Rehearsal

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Staff

    • Meet Our Rockin' Staff!
      Staff
      At School of Rock Vienna you'll meet 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 st...
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      At School of Rock Vienna you'll meet 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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      • Private Music Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
      • Voice Lessons
      • Drum Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
      • Piano Lessons
    • Meet Brian Highsmith
      Studio Manager
      Brian Highsmith is our Vienna Studio Manager where he handles the day-to-day operations of this busy studio. Brian is a DC area native and began playing drums at age 11. His first drum set was actu...
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      Brian Highsmith is our Vienna Studio Manager where he handles the day-to-day operations of this busy studio. Brian is a DC area native and began playing drums at age 11. His first drum set was actually a stack of Encyclopedia Britannica volumes. Brian has performed in various orchestras, jazz ensembles, marching bands, and competitive drum corps throughout high school and college. He has also toured and recorded with several original rock bands, and currently plays with several local acts on the weekends. To this day, he can still attribute his life's successes, confidence, and many friendships to his study and love of music. You can reach Brian at: bhighsmith@schoolofrock.com or on 703-242-2184.
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    • Meet TRAVIS ADAMS
      Music Director
      As Music Director, Travis is in charge of all student programs, lessons, live performances, and both student and teacher development here in Vienna. Using his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and ...
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      As Music Director, Travis is in charge of all student programs, lessons, live performances, and both student and teacher development here in Vienna. Using his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and experienced teacher, Travis strives to build our students' confidence not JUST in music but in their every day lives. He holds degrees in both Entertainment Business and Recording Arts from Full Sail University (Orlando, FL). Travis's experiences and endless desire to become a better musician allows him to dig deep to bring a high level of energy and FUN to all our lessons and groups at School of Rock.

      Travis's journey through music started on the piano at age 3, and by age 9 he had moved on to teaching himself guitar while taking private drum lessons from Bill Richards (Section Leader for The United States Army Band). Throughout high school, Travis marched in the snare line as well as sitting in on various instruments with his friend's bands as much as possible. He has since written, performed, and recorded with a number of artists and has held various positions within indie record labels, radio, booking agencies, and studios around the U.S. (Nashville, Miami, Annapolis, DC).

      If you have any questions about any of our programs, call us at our studio or drop him a line!

      Email: tadams@schoolofrock.com
      Phone: 703-242-2184
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    • Meet ARNELL BYRD
      Guitar Instructor
      Arnell Byrd is special combination of guitar virtuoso and talented vocalist and he loves to share the language of music with his students. Rock, blues, jazz, classical, etc., you name it he's got i...
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      Arnell Byrd is special combination of guitar virtuoso and talented vocalist and he loves to share the language of music with his students. Rock, blues, jazz, classical, etc., you name it he's got it covered. He studied classical music at PGCC for 2 years before heading to Howard University for his degree in classical guitar with a voice minor. But he didn't stop there and has studied guitar under some pretty amazing players where he learned jazz, blues, RB and rock including Fred Karns, Bill Biesecker and Paul Bellenbach to name a few. Arnell has an extensive performing background which includes various RB artists such as: Shanice Wilson, Eddie Murphy, The Gap Band, Bernie Wornell of P-Funk, Star Point, Maniquin featuring ( vocalist) Kenny Latimore. More recently he has toured with Aaron Carter , younger brother of Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), and Johnny Gill from New Edition. Arnell has toured extensively throughout America as well as abroad. He has done TV spots for Disney, the Arsenio Hall Show, and even the first Jay Leno show with Shanice Wilson Arnell Byrd is special combination of guitar virtuoso and talented vocalist and he loves to share the language of music with his students. Rock, blues, jazz, classical '“ you name it he's got it covered. He studied classical music at PGCC for 2 years before heading to Howard University for his degree in classical guitar with a voice minor. But he didn't stop there and has studied guitar under some pretty amazing players where he learned jazz, blues, RB and rock including Fred Karns, Bill Biesecker and Paul Bellenbach to name a few. Arnell has an extensive performing background which includes various RB artists such as: Shanice Wilson, Eddie Murphy, The Gap Band, Bernie Wornell of P-Funk, Star Point, Maniquin featuring ( vocalist) Kenny Latimore. More recently he has toured with Aaron Carter , younger brother of Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), and Johnny Gill from New Edition. Arnell has toured extensively throughout America as well as abroad. He has done TV spots for Disney, the Arsenio Hall Show, and even the first Jay Leno show with Shanice Wilson
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    • Meet AUDREY HARRIS
      Vocal Instructor
      A life long singer, Audrey recalls fondly his earliest singing memory was in the children's choir at his Grandmothers Church. Even in elementary school, Audrey was always asked to sing at school ev...
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      A life long singer, Audrey recalls fondly his earliest singing memory was in the children's choir at his Grandmothers Church. Even in elementary school, Audrey was always asked to sing at school events. This continued through HighSchool and led him to pursue music performance in college. He started his first group consisting of a guitar,drummer, horn player and himself. They regularly performed on the local radio station "The High Low and Hot Show" in his home town of High Point, North Carolina. Audrey received a Music scholarship to North Carolina AT State University where he studied with Frank Boulware of theManhattan School of Music. A verstile performer, in college he sang rolls in Show Boat, Man of La Mancha and various other shows andoperaticarias of the classical and romanticperiods in addition to various rock and jazz bands. Audrey was invited to sing in the master class of George Shirley (Metropolitan and International Operatic Tenor)and has performed masterclasses at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In the course of his career Audrey spent time in New York New York and sang with Voices Inc., the East Side Singers, and for the Bi-Centennial performance of " US" a musical tribute to Americas' first 200 years. He also performed in an Off Broadway pilot of New Breed is now the Seed. Audrey has continued to sing with a number of small ensembles locally and has found his passion in teaching the next generation of vocalists at the School of Rock.
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    • Meet Basil Chiasson
      Bass Instructor
      Starting on Trombone at age 9 then moving to tuba and bass at age 15, Basil has always been a practitioner of the low end. Basil holds a minor in music performance from Towson University where he p...
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      Starting on Trombone at age 9 then moving to tuba and bass at age 15, Basil has always been a practitioner of the low end. Basil holds a minor in music performance from Towson University where he played in several top-level orchestras and chamber ensembles. Basil has recorded and performed on bass for several original bands including Radamanthys, Hyraeth and Funky Duck. Basil specializes in technical metal but has also played rock and funk extensively as well and is no stranger to all of the many styles that electric bass guitar has a home in.

      Basil is always looking for new ways to innovate on the instrument, playing 6 and 7-string fretted and fretless basses as well as traditional 4-string. He strives to combine the cerebral intricacies of music with the visceral feelings and emotions of it while always remembering that music is supposed to be fun and inviting, not elitist and exclusive.
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    • Meet Bobby Thompson
      Guitar Instructor
      Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and touring musician. His current project, Revelator Hill is a collaboration with some of the finest rock and blues musicians in the Washington DC area, i...
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      Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and touring musician. His current project, Revelator Hill is a collaboration with some of the finest rock and blues musicians in the Washington DC area, including Seth Morrissey (bass & vocals), Gary Crockett (drums & vocals), Wes Lanich (keyboards), and special guest member Ron Holloway (saxophone). This group is wrought with deep emotion and blazes down the path pioneered by the great Jimi Hendrix, blending deeply-rooted blues traditions with a popular rock edge to create a sound that will stir every soul.
      Prior to that the Bobby T Project formed shortly after he finished touring the US with reggae rockers SOJA and See-I. Building a new fase base around the county was a by-product of his being part of 6 to 8 piece bands playing rock shows in front of thousands from California to Vermont. While off the road in January 2010, Bobby started writing new songs from scratch, culminating in his first single 'Good Things That We Have' which was produced by Todd Wright, who also happens to produce Pat McGee, Shane Hines, Toby Lightman, and many other artists in the pop-folk world. The single is Bobby's first excursion into the realm of pop-blues, ala John Mayer and Eric Clapton. It worked, and the song is now a fan favorite. So the songwriting continued and Bobby got together with his band, plus a cast of musical all-stars, like Ron Holloway (Gov't Mule, Dizzie Gillespe, Susan Tedeshi) and Tommy Lepson, and began the sessions that would produce the blues-rock album 'By The Hand'. Released in March 2011 and produced by drummer Gary Crockett, the album represents Bobby's skill with blues, and blues-rock, showcasing both his guitar chops and singing, while never straying from the song. Obvious influences include Ben Harper and Warren Haynes, but you can hear the blues greats, you can hear some Neil Young and Tom Petty and some young Clapton. For Bobby, this is the beginning of his album-making career. His 2nd album is already underway and is a continuation of the sessions for 'Good Things'. Bobby has plans to record an EP with an array of session musicians, to be produced by Todd Wright. Song titles like 'Again', 'I Came To See You', and 'Down To Here' are the first songs to be written in Todd's new studio. Bobby is genuinely excited to be a part of School of Rock and work with our amazing young musicians.
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    • Meet Dante Dalton
      Guitar Instructor
      Dante Dalton started playing guitar in 2002 at the age of 15. It wasn't long before he was performing with various bands around the MD/DC/VA area. In 2011, he traveled to Hollywood, CA to attend Mu...
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      Dante Dalton started playing guitar in 2002 at the age of 15. It wasn't long before he was performing with various bands around the MD/DC/VA area. In 2011, he traveled to Hollywood, CA to attend Musician Institute's GIT program. While there he was taught by some of the top touring and studio musicians in Los Angeles. Trained in many different styles of music, he is an accomplished session player and IMDb credited film composer. Currently he tours with critically acclaimed DC metal act, Gloom.
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    • Meet Garrett Gleason
      Guitar & Piano/Keyboard Instructor
      Garrett Gleason graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 for Jazz Studies for guitar performance. Since then, Garrett has performed and recorded with various DC and MD-based artists as wel...
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      Garrett Gleason graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 for Jazz Studies for guitar performance. Since then, 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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      • Piano Lessons
      • Keyboard Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
    • Meet JASON SAYELL
      Bass Instructor
      Jason Sayell has been playing electric bass for 18 years, has been performing live in the DMV area for over 10 years, and has recorded on five studio albums - including his most recent release enti...
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      Jason Sayell has been playing electric bass for 18 years, has been performing live in the DMV area for over 10 years, and has recorded on five studio albums - including his most recent release entitled Solaris, with his current project Gloom: www.gloomdc.com

      Jason, along with his bandmates in Gloom, has also recently been endorsed by ESP Guitars and continues touring in the US.
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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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    • Meet John Nicholas
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      John has been playing bass and guitar professionally for many years. His band, ESTUS, was signed by Columbia Records and band members included not only John but Mark Bell who later became Marky Ram...
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      John has been playing bass and guitar professionally for many years. His band, ESTUS, was signed by Columbia Records and band members included not only John but Mark Bell who later became Marky Ramone of The Ramones. John has toured internationally and played guitar/slide guitar for the Eddie Kirkland Blues Band and Quicksilver Messenger Service and, in addition to ESTUS, he formed Fat City in Woodstock, NY. Currently he plays locally with the Rick Sickmen band. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and extensive rock music experience with his students and to 'play it forward' while having fun.
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    • Meet Johnnie Cristaldi
      Keyboard Instructor
      Johnnie began his study of classical music at age 7. He eventually became a piano student at American University at age 14 and upon finishing High School at Duke Ellington School for the Arts Johnn...
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      Johnnie began his study of classical music at age 7. He eventually became a piano student at American University at age 14 and upon finishing High School at Duke Ellington School for the Arts Johnnie studied piano, theory and voice at Peabody Conservatory of Music. His training in keyboards originated at the Georgetown Theatre company with courses of the basics of synthesis and programming of Moog synthesizers.

      Johnie's began his professional experience as a session pianist/keyboardist musician for Malaco Studios, laying down keyboard tracks for various recording artists. He then began playing keyboards for and writing for recording group Natural High. Later on touring with blues artist ZZ Hill and R&B artist Johnny Taylor. Upon completion of tours, Johnnie put together the funk/rock/prince tribute band "Starz" based out of the Gulf Coast. They released a local area hit called "My Secret World", and had the opportunity to open for The Deele, Bar Kays and Mothers Finest. Upon relocating to the DC area, he has performed as a solo, duo, trio as well as various cover bands in the area such as Clay Hunt, N2N, Framewerk, Jerx and own band Flipside. Currently Johnnie is a hired gun for various cover bands in the area, in a variety of styles such as rock, big band ,funk, dance, top 40, and as household keyboardist for the Spirit of Washington Cruise line.
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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 bea 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 Kelton Norris
      Drum Instructor
      Kelton Norris is a passionate and goal driven musician and educator who strives to inspire and motivate students of all ages through music. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Maste...
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      Kelton Norris is a passionate and goal driven musician and educator who strives to inspire and motivate students of all ages through music. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Jazz Studies, Kelton has years of experience teaching in public schools and as a private and ensemble instructor. Having served as a drummer for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, not to mention his recent accomplishment of being names DC.’s top Jazz drummer of 2016, Kelton’s musical talent is not to be taken lightly. Currently based in D.C., Kelton instructs ensembles and private students, and can be seen performing regularly at major venues around town.
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    • Meet Kevin Elam
      Piano/Keyboard Instructor
      A multifaceted musician, Kevin has been studying and playing the piano since age 5. The piano has always been his central passion, and although he plays guitar and other string instruments as well,...
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      A multifaceted musician, Kevin has been studying and playing the piano since age 5. The piano has always been his central passion, and although he plays guitar and other string instruments as well, he believes the piano is, of all the instruments, the one most capable of being a full vehicle for musical expression. Needless to say, it is his favorite tool for exploring the musical realm, whether in composition, improvisation, or performing written music. Kevin enjoys all genres of music and received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from George Mason University. He studies piano with renowned DC-area jazz pianist Wade Beach. When not teaching at School of Rock or practicing, Kevin can be found performing at various DC Area restaurants, bars, weddings, church functions, and, oh yeah, he sings and teaches voice too. Kevin has a keen interest in singing, and has performed as a soloist with GMU choirs. Along with his interest in jazz, Kevin enthusiastically pursues Irish traditional music, and performs with Irish bands in the Northern Virginia area.
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    • Meet MIKE STETSON
      Guitar Instructor/Show Director/Rock 101 Director/Rookies Instructor
      Mike Stetson is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music teacher. He was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire. Mike began playing guitar at age nine and his passion has never ended. ...
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      Mike Stetson is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music teacher. He was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire. Mike began playing guitar at age nine and his passion has never ended. While still in high school Mike studied with Vermont jazz guitarist Draa Hobbs, who gavehim a solid foundation in music theory and technique. Although he studied jazz in his lessons, Mike's real passion was for the classic rock 'n' roll of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Rush and many others, and Mike spent countless hours dissecting his favorite records, learning the riffs and solos of his favorite players. After high school, Mike attended Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he pursued a degree in guitar performance. After college, he made his living playing and singing in local rock bands and teaching guitar. His firstbig opportunity came when he joined the New Hampshire country-rock band Tracy and Company, a female-fronted band with which Mikeopened shows for some of country music's biggest acts, including the Charlie Daniels Band, Sawyer Brown, and Terri Clark. Tracy and Company also played a wide variety of venues all over New England,everything from clubs and bars to fairs and festivals.When Tracy and Company disbanded, Mike and some of his former band matesjoined Rio Drive, a high energy country-rock band that was an up-and-comingact on the country circuit in its own right, and was also the backup band for Rockabilly Hall-of-Famer Big Al Downing, best known for his hit songs "Mr. Jones," "Touch Me" and "The Story Behind the Story." With Rio Drive, and with Big Al, Mike spent five years touring the U.S. and Canada, playing everything from clubs and casinos to some of country music's biggest festivals, sharing stages with such greats as Lorrie Morgan, Ronnie Milsap, Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad and the Marshall Tucker Band. With Big Al Downing, Rio Drive also played on a number of television shows, and was one of the first bands to play a live concert on XM Satellite Radio. With both Tracy and Company and Rio Drive, Mike not only handled the country 'chicken pickin' ' lead licks, he was also both bands' resident 'rock guy,' bringing an edge and a recklessness to each band that set them apart from other acts on their circuit.In the summer of 2005, mentor and friend Big Al Downing passed away and shortly thereafter, Rio Drive parted ways. Mike returned to teaching guitar, teaching both private lessons and group classes tochildren, teens and adults.Mike alsorejoined his old friends in Tracy and Company, playing local weekend shows throughout New England. At one of these shows, Mike met hisnow-wife Kelda. The two were married in 2010, and in 2011, they relocatedfrom New Hampshire to Maryland, where Mike is pursuing new musical endeavors and has begun teaching guitar at the DC School of Rock. Mike and Kelda are now enjoying life in the Washington, D.C. area, along with their three dogs, Bruschi, Molly and Dolce.
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    • Meet Meloney Burns
      Vocal Instructor
      Meloney Burns was born and raised in NYC where she began her formal education in music. From elementary through high school, she was involved in and was hand-picked for all programs involving music...
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      Meloney Burns was born and raised in NYC where she began her formal education in music. From elementary through high school, she was involved in and was hand-picked for all programs involving music. She was frequently chosen for lead vocal roles and for dance programs.
      Raised in the world of religion and heavily involved in the church, for many years she was lead choir director, section lead, and trainer for the children's choirs. Singing in the church gave her a strong knowledge of, and ability to use and project her voice in many ways. It also gave her the opportunity to hear how to harmonize well and blend with others when needed.
      At an early age, Meloney began touring and providing background vocals for her mom who was a gospel recording artist during the 70's and 80's. Studio sessions and traveling around the country with music productions were also part of her music experience. She has had the opportunity to work with gospel greats such as The Clark Sisters, Donny McClurkin, and the legendary Shirley Ceasar. She performed with several orchestras, including that of Duke Ellington, conducted by his son Mercer Ellington; and with the Divided We Fall Orchestra. New York City’s Carnegie Hall was one of the biggest stages Meloney performed on, early in her career. She then went on to work with different popular acts and was part of a female group where she emerged as vocal coach. This did for other groups also involved with the production company that she was part of at the time.
      She then entered the world of club date and wedding bands which she did for nearly 20 years. During those years, she began doing back up sessions and shows for various well-known artists. Working through studios such as Sony, NYC, she has toured with artists Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Monica, Don Henley (The Eagles), INXS, Carlos Santana, One Republic, Vinyl Station, Rob Thomas, Plain White T's, Counting Crows, Charles Kelley, Jason Mraz, and countless others.
      Meloney currently gives vocal instruction, which she has been doing for nearly 12 years. Her styles of teaching include, Jazz, pop, R&B, and gospel, etc. It is always her endeavor to share her love for music with her students.
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    • 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 Chanel Urrutia
      Studio Coordinator
      Chanel is our Saturday Studio Coordinator and is tasked with keeping our school running like a top when Brian is not in. She is currently a junior at Marymount University, and hopes to go to law sc...
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      Chanel is our Saturday Studio Coordinator and is tasked with keeping our school running like a top when Brian is not in. She is currently a junior at Marymount University, and hopes to go to law school after graduation. "Running has been a great passion of mine throughout my life, and I tend to listen to one song on repeat to get me through my long runs. I have participated in two half marathons, multiple 5k's, an eleven miler, a Spartan Race, a Tough Mudder, and the Marine Corps Marathon. Music has guided me throughout my training, and it still guides me through everyday life. I encourage everyone I meet to follow their passions." "Where words fail, music speaks"-Hans Christian Andersen.
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News

    • Check Out Our Latest Newsletter!

      Hot off the press it's the SEPTEMBER 2017 School of Rock Vienna Newsletter! Chock full of rockschooly goodness - check it out!

    • WJLA Visits School of Rock Vienna!

      We were thrilled to host WJLA's Good Morning Washington at our school! Check it out!

    • School of Rock Vienna Students Tour the Northeast on Ten Summers Tour

      Students from the DC Area Schools of Rock had an amazing time this summer as they headed out on their Ten Summers Tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Vienna School of Rock. Tour stops...
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      Students from the DC Area Schools of Rock had an amazing time this summer as they headed out on their Ten Summers Tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Vienna School of Rock. Tour stops included New Cannan, Port Jefferson, Downingtown, Philly and Mamaronek. Click for more details!Read less

    • School of Rock Metro DC Students Perform at Nashville Festival

      School of Rock spent a fun weekend hitting stages in Nashville playing at Margaritaville, Piranhas and playing a set outside the Grand Ol' Opry on their summer 2015 tour. Students audition for th...
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      School of Rock spent a fun weekend hitting stages in Nashville playing at Margaritaville, Piranhas and playing a set outside the Grand Ol' Opry on their summer 2015 tour. Students audition for the advanced House Band and then perform in professional settings and hit the road in the summer. Summer 2016 these students will be performing on the Wildwood NJ Boardwalk and at various events in the DC Area.
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Testimonials

  • “"I like that the program encourages kids to learn different genres of rock, including blues, R&B, old school rock and the alt rock that most kids like. My kids have so much better taste in music because of what they have had to learn over the past few years. Also, being able to play this music in a group promotes the kind of team-building that some only associate with sports. Conflict resolution is a real thing, y'all."”
    Kristan Anderson, parent School of Rock Vienna
  • “Dedicated instructors and staff, culture that encourages development, FUN!!!! 😀, kids get a unique experience - love playing in the "band" and playing rock songs. The program has launched my daughter (one of only a few bass guitar players) into a love of music that is inclusive of many instruments. Thanks to everyone at the School of Rock for managing such great programs!!! You truly have enriched our love of music!”
    Julie B. - parent, Vienna, VA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “Good music. Great teachers. My kid is officially cool."”
    Rhonda Van, parent School of Rock Vienna