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About School of Rock Vienna

Welcome to School of Rock Vienna, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Vienna’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Vienna has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Vienna full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Vienna
111 Center Street SouthVienna, VA 22180
(703) 242-2184

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 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 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 Vienna, 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 Vienna’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 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 prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) 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 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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Staff

    • 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 school orchestras, jazz and marching bands, as well as competitive drum corps. He has toured and recorded with several original rock bands, and currently plays with a local cover band 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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    • TRAVIS ADAMS
      Programs Director, Guitar/Bass/Drum Sr. Instructor
      Travis is a multi-faceted musician who frowns on anyone limiting their creative potential. He started drumming lessons at the age of 3 and in high school added guitar and bass to his repertoire. Hi...
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      Travis is a multi-faceted musician who frowns on anyone limiting their creative potential. He started drumming lessons at the age of 3 and in high school added guitar and bass to his repertoire. His passion for music led him to Full Sail University where he earnedhis degree in audio engineering and entertainment management. All along he has been playing with various bands and can be heard on Finver Four's album Black Sheep and on Mike Mineo's debut album Eccentricity which has opened to strong reviews and great circulnative Fairfax in 2009 where he fronts his own band Subtle Body. Travis is a gifted musician and teacher. He's currently teaching guitar, bass, and drums and directing regular season shows on Pandora Radio. You can reach Travis on tadams@schoolofrock.com or at the Vienna studio on 703-242-2184
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    • BILL GRIER
      Drum Instructor
      Bill Grier teaches drums for the Ashburn and ViennaSchools of Rock. Bill started playing drums when he was thirteen and living with his family in Taipei, Taiwan. He had formal training with Bill Re...
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      Bill Grier teaches drums for the Ashburn and ViennaSchools of Rock. Bill started playing drums when he was thirteen and living with his family in Taipei, Taiwan. He had formal training with Bill Reichenbach who played drums with Charlie Byrd for years. Bill spent ten years in Los Angeles playing at famous venues like the Troubadour on Sunset Strip. He's played around the DC area for the last several years and currently appears locally with the band Cover Story. Bill loves playing drums and even more, loves teaching drums to the next generation of musicians.
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    • MIKE STETSON
      Guitar Instructor/Show Director/Rock 101 Director
      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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    • ARNELL BYRD
      Guitar/Vocal 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 '“ you name it he's got...
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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 '“ 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Bobby Thompson
      Guitar Instructor
      Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and touring musicinan. His current project, The BobbyThompson Project (BobbyT Project) was formed shortly after he finished touring the US with reggae roc...
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      Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and touring musicinan. His current project, The BobbyThompson Project (BobbyT Project) was 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. He is genuinely excited to be a part of School of Rock and work with our amazing young musicians.
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    • Rob Wolk
      Drum Instructor/Composition Instructor/Show Director
      Rob Wolk, composer/percussionist/guitarist, lives in the DC/Baltimore area. As a percussionist he has given numerous world premieres including works by Thomas DeLio, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Dawn...
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      Rob Wolk, composer/percussionist/guitarist, lives in the DC/Baltimore area. As a percussionist he has given numerous world premieres including works by Thomas DeLio, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Dawn Avery. He is the drummer and composer for the group Kabob-o-taj with whom he has recorded two albums. He also plays with the jazz ensemble Ein Zman and other local rock, folk, and jazz acts. As a composer, Rob has written for and been commissioned by soloists and ensembles, both traditional and non-traditional. He is also a founding member of a collective of composer/performers who write, perform, and commission new works for their unique instrumentation. As a guitarist, Robert is mostly self-taught. His training mostly consists of playing with other guitarists and learning as many songs as possible. As a teacher, Robert hopes to share this balance between classical training and self-training, and help his students find their place in the music world, wherever that may be. Robert graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with degrees in composition and percussion.
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    • Hayley Gayne
      Vocal Instructor
      Hayley Gayne began playing music at the age of eight, starting with classical violin, which gave herthe opportunity to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during her teenage years. Afterhigh...
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      Hayley Gayne began playing music at the age of eight, starting with classical violin, which gave herthe opportunity to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during her teenage years. Afterhigh school, she decided to pursue her dream of singing, and got accepted into Berklee College ofMusic in Boston as a voice principal. During her time at Berklee, she focused on vocal performancein popular music styles, as well as songwriting. After graduating from Berklee, she worked forseveral years at Music Management in Boston, meeting, promoting, and booking musicians intothe best venues in the city. Aside from booking and promoting artists, she herself has continued toperform in notable venues, such as Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America cruise ship in Hawaii,The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD and the 930 club in DC. She has lead orchestrasand bands since 1997, and has received such honors as The Friends of the Annapolis SymphonyOrchestra Award. She is currently a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing andis continuing to focus on honing her teaching skills. She has a lifelong passion for music and is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with her students.
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    • 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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    • 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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    • Manuel Medina
      Piano/Keyboard Instructor
      ManuelMedinahas been playing keyboards and piano in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland area for many years. Originally from Lima, Peru, he started taking piano lessons at the age of ...
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      ManuelMedinahas been playing keyboards and piano in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland area for many years. Originally from Lima, Peru, he started taking piano lessons at the age of 10 and quickly found his passion. He plays regularly with several bands here as a freelance keyboardist while he pursues a degree from George Mason University where he studies Music Composition and Jazz Studies.
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    • Jake Mimikos
      Guitar Instructor/Show Director
      Jake Mimikos has been playing guitar and singing for over half of his life. He picked up the guitar at a very young age and remembers jamming to the album 'Kerplunk' by Green Day and some 'Appetite...
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      Jake Mimikos has been playing guitar and singing for over half of his life. He picked up the guitar at a very young age and remembers jamming to the album 'Kerplunk' by Green Day and some 'Appetite for Destruction' by Guns and Roses. Those are some of his earliest influences. He is a rock and roll guitarist through and through, but he also has an interest in many other styles of music. His passion for music brought him onto some big stages having toured with bands up and down the East Coast. His most noteworthy achievement as a front man was opening for Buckcherry, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold, Hailstorm, and a few other national acts. Not only did he get a chance to develop his stage presence during those times, but he upped his studio chops too. Jake continues to write and develop his talents as a musician while teaching guitar as an instructor at School of Rock. He hopes that his many years of experience with touring, performing, recording, and playing music will help inspire his students. Jake takes pride in his work as an instructor and looks forward to each day sharing his knowledge of music with others.
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    • 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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    • 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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    • Christopher Volkstorf
      Guitar 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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News

    • If You Want to Rock...It's Time to Enroll!

      Hey Mom & Dad, make sure you add School of Rock scheduling to your Back-To-School List! Get your preferred lesson time and call us now to get your child scheduled! Fall 2015 is gonna ROCK!! 703-...
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      Hey Mom & Dad, make sure you add School of Rock scheduling to your Back-To-School List! Get your preferred lesson time and call us now to get your child scheduled! Fall 2015 is gonna ROCK!! 703-242-2184
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    • School of Rock Vienna to Perform at VivaVienna!

      The Vienna School of Rock House Band will be ripping up the Town Green Stage on Sunday, May 24th at the annual VivaVienna Festival. "It's always a privilege for us to play right here in our home to...
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      The Vienna School of Rock House Band will be ripping up the Town Green Stage on Sunday, May 24th at the annual VivaVienna Festival. "It's always a privilege for us to play right here in our home town of Vienna, Virginia", said Studio Manager, Brian Highsmith, "and the performers really look forward to this fun event every year." The House Band consists of 15 students ages 13 to 18 who rehearse together weekly and then go out and play at numerous local and regional gigs. You can see them perform from 6 to 8PM on Sunday night of the three-day VivaVienna Town Festival.
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    • Uptown Funk Finale at Viva!Vienna! 2015

      Students from the Vienna and Ashburn Schools of Rock hit the Vienna Town Green Stage for a two-hour extravaganza! It was a super fun show and we ended with, what else? Uptown Funk! Enjoy!

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has been my second home and the people I've met through it are some of the most important people in my life. I also never thought I'd get to be decent at an instrument, due to my lazy demeanor and my consistent ability to learn everything 80% of the way, but by the time of our last show, I felt like I had actually learned enough to where I consider myself a musician. I'm going to miss playing music in a band of talented kids that are all in one place, because outside of somewhere like SoR, its very hard to find that. Despite regular shows being pretty radical, I'd have to say that I have two favorite moments. First is the very first show I played in house band, the Rock and Roll Marathon (the Cowboy Mouth one). Never in my life prior to house band did I think that I would get the opportunity to play on a stage that big and for that many people. For the second one, I can group together both trips to Wildwood, NJ. Those trips were my first experiences playing music away from home, and it was glorious. There is nothing more American and awesome than playing music on the steps of the LINCOLN MEMORIAL. Then, we got to spend 2 days of pure rock awesomeness at the beach, playing on the boardwalk and meeting cool people. But in reality, my favorite moment was all of it. Every single second I've spent at School of Rock was worth it.”
    Chris W. ~ SoR graduate, Ashburn, VA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, San Diego, CA