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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
(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 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 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 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 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

    • August 30
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      John Mayer/Coldplay Rehearsal
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    • August 31
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      Alice in Chains vs Stone Temple Pilots Rehearsal
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    • September 1
      3:00 PM
      FALL OPEN HOUSE 2016
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by today!
    • September 1
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Rockabilly Rehearsal
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    • September 2
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by today! 3PM TO 9PM
    • September 5
      12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      We are CLOSED for Labor Day 2016
      We are closed for all regularly scheduled lessons and rehearsals.
    • September 6
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
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    • September 6
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    • September 7
      3:00 PM
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    • September 7
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Alice in Chains vs Stone Temple Pilots Rehearsal
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    • September 8
      3:00 PM
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    • September 8
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    • September 9
      12:00 PM
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    • September 12
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    • September 12
      7:00 PM
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    • September 13
      3:00 PM
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    • September 13
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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    • September 14
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 14
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Alice in Chains vs Stone Temple Pilots Rehearsal
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    • September 15
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 15
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Rockabilly Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • September 16
      3:00 PM
      FALL 2016 OPEN HOUSE
      Interested in School of Rock? Drop by Today! 3PM to 9PM
    • September 20
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      John Mayer/Coldplay Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • September 21
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Alice in Chains vs Stone Temple Pilots Rehearsal
      Rehearsal
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    • September 22
      6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Rockabilly Rehearsal
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    • September 27
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    • September 29
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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 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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    • 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 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet DANNY ORTIZ
      Drum Instructor
      Having grown up both in Roanoke, Virginia and Mexico City, Danny Ortiz has had a vast array of experiences playing drums within different contexts. His first musical performances where in gruesome ...
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      Having grown up both in Roanoke, Virginia and Mexico City, Danny Ortiz has had a vast array of experiences playing drums within different contexts. His first musical performances where in gruesome metal shows, thrashing away to a mix of ska and hardcore. From there he spent some time in his native country and learned other percussion instruments and gigged alongside his father and friends with multiple cover bands. During his college years at VCU, Danny and his high school buddies admired the artistic and thriving music scene in Richmond and pursued to form part of it. That's exactly what they did. While studying, and often working part time jobs they performed all over the Richmond City area and surrounding towns in festivals, frat parties, and occasional tours. The last tour Danny partook in covered several states up the east coast and finished in New York City. His band mates and him made friends, had a great time, and performed their hearts out to new and curious listeners. Since that occasion he has relocated to the Northern Virginia area in ardent pursuit of any music related opportunities.
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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 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 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 Peter Banks
      Drum Instructor
      Peter Banks grew up in Charlottesville, VA and began taking lessons at age nine. After having learned jazz and Latin rhythms he moved onto to rock. In his early teens, he became interested in pun...
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      Peter Banks grew up in Charlottesville, VA and began taking lessons at age nine. After having learned jazz and Latin rhythms he moved onto to rock. In his early teens, he became interested in punk rock, particularly the DC punk scene. He continued vigorously diving in to all kinds of music from jazz to death metal and joined several area bands, but his first formal band Nailbiter was where he cut is gigging teeth. From there, he went on to play with his best friend in the alternative rock band Johnny Law, providing both drums and backing vocals. This project recorded three albums over a four year period, and, after recording their last album in Silver Spring, Peter was invited to join the Charlottesville indie rock trio KNDRGRDN. He has recently returned to the D.C area and is pursuing several music projects here. After much experience in the touring, gigging and recording circuit, he is excited to pass on some of that wisdom to help his students ROCK.
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    • Meet 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 Richard Smith
      Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor, Rock Lab Director
      Richard is a young musician who has only started his life long musical journey. At the age of 8, Richard started plucking his way through bass until he started his musical abundance with taking pri...
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      Richard is a young musician who has only started his life long musical journey. At the age of 8, Richard started plucking his way through bass until he started his musical abundance with taking private instruction in guitar, bass and drums. Richard's skill has led him to perform from coast to coast, as well as with rock greats such as: Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Earl Slick (john Lennon, David Bowie), and share bills with bands such as Jane's Addiction, Switchfoot, Elvis Costello, The Black Crowes, and many more, Richard is a School of Rock Alum, and was a member of the Vienna House Band, as well as a School of Rock All-Star! Richard hopes to inspire his students to become musicians with passion.
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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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    • Meet Lauren Pimentel
      Vocal Instructor
      Lauren has been singing for as long as she can remember, performing recitals in elementary school through to lead roles in musicals and choral ensembles in college. She performs with a local cover ...
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      Lauren has been singing for as long as she can remember, performing recitals in elementary school through to lead roles in musicals and choral ensembles in college. She performs with a local cover band playing 50+ rock shows per year in venues in Virginia, Maryland, and DC.

      Her parents who were professional musicians as well, cultivated her love of music, having perpetually played a wide variety of music through the house and encouraging her to sing along to all of it. Early musical influences include David Bowie, The Cure, Annie Lennox, and Nirvana; more recently Lauren is inspired by acts such as Lady Gaga, Sia, Lana Del Rey, and Gorillaz. She is excited to work with the budding young talent here at School of Rock.
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    • Check Out Our Latest Newsletter!

      Hot off the press it's the August 2016 School of Rock Vienna Newsletter! Chock full of rockschooly goodness - check it out!

    • We Rocked Jiffy Lube Live!

      Memorial Day Weekend we took the stage at Jiffy Lube Live! It was an amazing night, with fantastic performances from students from the three DC area Schools of Rock. For more pictures, check out ...
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      Memorial Day Weekend we took the stage at Jiffy Lube Live! It was an amazing night, with fantastic performances from students from the three DC area Schools of Rock. For more pictures, check out our Facebook page!Read less

    • School of Rock Alum Dalton Rappatoni On American Idol

      We are super proud of SoR alum Dalton Rappatoni who finished in third place in the final season of American Idol. He is already working on a new album and is so appreciative of all the support he...
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      We are super proud of SoR alum Dalton Rappatoni who finished in third place in the final season of American Idol. He is already working on a new album and is so appreciative of all the support he received during his time on the show. Like many of our students, Dalton grew up in School of Rock, and, in addition to his obvious talent, he has always been a generous friend and band mate in every show he’s been a part of and we know there will be big things ahead for him. He is currently touring on his GIVES BACK TOUR.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

  • “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
  • “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
  • “The performance aspect of the program keeps my son more interested in music than he would be if he only took lessons. It also teaches him to work in a group and get to know and work with other musicians. Also, the program runs very smoothly.”
    Karen I. - parent, Vienna, VA