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About School of Rock West LA

Welcome to School of Rock West LA, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of West LA’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock West LA 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 West LA 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 West LA
12020 Wilshire BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 442-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Programs

  • At School of Rock West LA, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    West LA students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in West LA’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock West LA is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock West LA, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows West LA students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock West LA’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock West LA’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our West LA musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock West LA can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock West LA 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 West LA, 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 West LA’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 West LA’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our West LA Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in West LA’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!

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

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

    Young rockers in West LA’s Little Wing Program can expect:

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

At School of Rock West LA, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. West LA students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by fa...
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At School of Rock West LA, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

West LA students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in West LA’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

  • August 30
    11:00 AM
    Summer 2015 Season Show at The Mint!
    Live Music Concert
    Sunday August 30th at The Mint LA, 6010 W Pico Blvd. Doors at 11:30am [12:00 - 1:30] 50s Rock [1:30 - 3:00] AC/DC [3:00 - 4:30] New Wave Tickets $15, All Ages Food and Drinks Tickets are on ...
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    Sunday August 30th at The Mint LA, 6010 W Pico Blvd.
    Doors at 11:30am
    [12:00 - 1:30] 50s Rock
    [1:30 - 3:00] AC/DC
    [3:00 - 4:30] New Wave
    Tickets $15, All Ages
    Food and Drinks
    Tickets are on sale in our lobby at School of Rock West LA,
    12020 Wilshire Blvd. 90025
    For more info call (310) 442-7625
    or email us at schedulewla@schoolofrock.com
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Staff

    • Ryan Schiff
      General Manager
      Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ryan began playing guitar at age 13 after seeing the movie "La Bamba" about rock legend Ritchie Valens. He studied with grammy-nominated guitarist Steve Briody f...
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      Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ryan began playing guitar at age 13 after seeing the movie "La Bamba" about rock legend Ritchie Valens. He studied with grammy-nominated guitarist Steve Briody for several years before starting his own projects and soon became an instructor himself. While still in New York, his band Code Anchor independently released several EP's and one full-length album, "Rosada", while touring extensively nationwide from 2005-2009. A co-writer in the band, Ryan also played lead and rhythm guitar while singing lead and backup vocals. Memorable stages include the Vans Warped Tour at Nassau Colliseum and headlining bills at some of New York City's greatest venues like CBGB's and The Knitting Factory. It was during this time that Ryan began teaching at the School of Rock in Melville, NY. Hungry to pursue new musical ventures, Ryan departed from Code Anchor and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. Since then, he's been busy writing, producing, and performing with his newest project, Lou Pine. He also keeps busy writing, producing, and performing with several other artists in the Los Angeles area. Ryan enjoys playing every genre including jazz, funk, country and folk, but credits the blues and rock roll as his main influences. email: rschiff@schoolofrock.com
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    • Justin Salmons
      Music Director
      Born in Little Rock, AR, but raised in Dallas, TX, Justin has been a music aficionado since elementary school. Inspired by his cousin's ability to riff on a Les Paul as kid, Justin finally picked u...
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      Born in Little Rock, AR, but raised in Dallas, TX, Justin has been a music aficionado since elementary school. Inspired by his cousin's ability to riff on a Les Paul as kid, Justin finally picked up the guitar himself at the age of 13. Initially a rocker, his thirst for a deeper understanding of the inner workings of guitar and music led him to a more diverse repertoire and a greater knowledge of music theory. Taking advantage of the immense blues, jazz, country and RB culture that Texas had to offer, Justin broadened his influences and musical understandings, quickly becoming an old soul in a young body. This led to performing and recording with artists such as Nokie Edwards of the Ventures, Dave Bartholomew, song writer for Fats Domino; hip-hop legend the D.O.C., and Texas country legends The Light Crust Doughboys, which eventually led to a Grammy nomination in Southern Gospel. Graduating from the University of North Texas in 2007 and feeling the limitations of Texas, Justin relocated to Los Angeles in 2010. Here the guitarist has begun pursuing his own musical endeavors and a deeper understanding of production and recording. Never resting, Justin has continued to perform with a myriad of talented singers and songwriters in the LA club scene. As an instructor, Justin has over 7 years of experience in private guitar instruction. As an understanding and adaptive teacher, Justin has successfully guided students young and old to a greater understanding and ability to play guitar. His teaching style is one of empathy and necessity, tailoring each lesson plan to accommodate each student's individual desires and goals while providing the essential tools one needs to be a competent informed guitarist.
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    • Samuel Aguirre
      Guitar Instructor
      Samuel's journey into the music world began at age 13 . Inspired by v arious recordings of guit ar , he beg an pl aying the in m any rock/punk b ands throughout high school and college...
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      Samuel's journey into the music world began at age 13 . Inspired by v arious recordings of guit ar , he beg an pl aying the in m any rock/punk b ands throughout high school and college. At twenty ye ars old , he enrolled at C al St ate Fullerton focusing on classical guit ar studies under M arth a M asters GFA(Guit ar Found ation of Americ a) winner . Sam also currently pl ays and record with Sister Rogers in Los Angeles and its surrounding are as. Teaching music has brought inspiration to Sam and continues to bring joy in his musical path.
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    • Maureen Davis
      Voice Instructor
      Teaching voice privately and for various School of Rock programs for 5 years, Maureen has a unique yoga-based, performance-focused method that encourages the student to use his/her whole body in th...
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      Teaching voice privately and for various School of Rock programs for 5 years, Maureen has a unique yoga-based, performance-focused method that encourages the student to use his/her whole body in the performance - a technique she honed while on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Maureen was in the first residence Boston company of "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" (bringing theatre and rock roll together!) and then opened on Broadway in the original cast of "INTO THE WOODS" with Bernadette Peters. Shortly thereafter, she began to write rock music for TV/Film, where she focused on vocal arrangements and harmonies. This was followed by Carnegie Hall/Japan/Russia with an Andrews Sisters-like trio called "The Pearl" who toured with vibraphonist Gary Burton. Currently, Maureen has over 200 vocal and instrumental cues on TV and her new band THE FLUTTERBIES, placed 2 songs in THE DESCENDANTS starring George Clooney in 2011!
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    • Brandon Paul
      Guitar/Bass instructor
      There was never a doubt that Brandon Paul would be anything but a musician. At the age of 16 he picked up a guitar for the first time, realized it was his destiny to play, pestered his mom to buy h...
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      There was never a doubt that Brandon Paul would be anything but a musician. At the age of 16 he picked up a guitar for the first time, realized it was his destiny to play, pestered his mom to buy him his own, and from that point on he never looked back. Brandon relentlessly and single handedly pursued being the best guitarist he could possibly be. To hone his craft he attended Musician's Institute where he studied all guitar styles from Classical and Jazz to Rock, and Santa Monica College where his courses included Musicianship and Diatonic and Chromatic Harmony. His passion and dedication as a musician are evident, and his incredible journey thus far has provided him with one of the most honest and unique musical voices today. Brandon also composed original songs and shared the stage with industry pro's including: Mark Hudson (wrote Grammy Award winning tunes for Aerosmith produced them and Ozzy Osbourne), Kip Winger (Winger), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters). He has also performed live at the Independent Music Summit with Phil Varone (Skid Row) and Mike Albert (Megadeth).
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    • Scott Mellis
      Guitar/Bass/Voice Instructor
      Scott Mellis started out playing in heavy metal bands in high school - sneaking into bars underage, carrying the gear of older band members. In his solo project he has opened for folk-rock icon R...
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      Scott Mellis started out playing in heavy metal bands in high school - sneaking into bars underage, carrying the gear of older band members. In his solo project he has opened for folk-rock icon Richard Thompson (UK), Serena Ryder (Canada), Jeff Martin (Canada), Fink (UK), Joseph Arthur (US). He was asked to open for Jason Mraz and Tom Morello after being spotted playing an impromptu acoustic set at a clothing store in Austin for SXSW.
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    • Preston Mann
      Keyboard Instructor
      Following a period of noisemaking on the family Hammond, Preston's mother walked him to the local church's organist to begin lessons in 1976. Infatuated first with the sound of Scott Joplin and Joh...
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      Following a period of noisemaking on the family Hammond, Preston's mother walked him to the local church's organist to begin lessons in 1976. Infatuated first with the sound of Scott Joplin and John Williams, his study of classical music began alongside regular schooling. He discovered he could sound-out, and play, popular music on the piano without the need for sheet music. In this way, taking lessons and spending a great deal of time experimenting, he learned the fundamentals of music construction. Preston continued to develop his listening and improvisational skills through college. He found that he could memorize and deconstruct long, complex sounds or passages, which led him to synthesizers. As a young adult entering the scene during the few years before the digital age arrived, he built his first home studio-- before such a thing was a term of conversation. He cut his teeth on early MIDI sequencers, trying to mimic the 'big sound' he was hearing on records, He sought out, and befriended studio engineers, composers and professional musicians, learning from people who were doing the things he wanted to do. He composed and mixed his first full-length CD in 1994. As 2-inch tape recorders gave way to digital tape, he embraced (what was) the exciting new frontier of the 16-bit, nonlinear recording world. He purchased a Pro Tools 3 system in 1995, and began freelancing as a mastering engineer. Here he spent several years honing his skills at the technical side of sound-making; things like signal flow, compression, equalisation, gain-staging, and mixing. His work in synchronising tape machines with computers at Washington, DC studios led Preston to the television industry, through which he rose to become head of audio post production for the Discovery Channel in 2001. He designed their 5.1 mixing bays, and lead a team of 12 who, at peak, produced 40 mixes per week. He spoke as a panelist at HPA, NAB and AES, and served as a lightening rod for industry issues regarding 5.1 dialogue management. His tasks ranged from composing music, to training, to writing from scratch the network's audio technical specs. In the summer of 2008, Preston moved to Los Angeles. In the short time since, he has worked as an audio post mixer for 'American Idol' and 'Gray's Anatomy', won an Emmyâ„¢ Award, and launched the Post Audio department for the Oprah Winfrey Network. He continues his work as a composer, recently completing a score for a video game trailer. In 2010 he composed a string quartet. National and web adverts, a sci-fi web movie, and a few long-format pieces as well, including an uninterrupted hour of instrumental music for National Geographic Home Video, an indie drama and a feature-length indie doc all bear his music. He teaches modern Keyboards to a wonderful group of dedicated and enthusiastic students, works as a session musician and performer, and is developing a practice method which he intends to publish in the public domain. Also, Preston plays organ and electric piano in Patrolled By Radar, a twang-infused roots rock and soul group based in LA.
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    • Kevin Katich
      Drum Instructor
      Kevin Katich is a session drummer/percussionist, teacher, and Foley artist/sound engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been playing since 1997 and has been fortunate enough to study the art...
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      Kevin Katich is a session drummer/percussionist, teacher, and Foley artist/sound engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been playing since 1997 and has been fortunate enough to study the art of percussion under legends such as Mark Craney (Jethro Tull, Tower of Power), John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil Lesh), Tony Pia (Edgar Winter, Brian Setzer Orchestra), and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Maynard Ferguson). In his career, Katich has appeared on stage with Gene Simmons, John Fogerty, Solomon Burke, Steven Stills, Reba Macintyre, Billy Steinberg, Stewart Copeland, and Gnarls Barkley. He has also written, recorded and performed with many Los Angeles based bands and has performed in the following stage musicals as a drummer and percussionist: The Devil and Billy Markham, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Children of Eden, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, and L'Innocent. Kevin loves to teach and is thrilled to join the faculty at School of Rock, West LA!
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    • Ricky Bakken
      Bass Instructor
      Growing up in Seattle, Washington, Ricky Bakken knew playing bass for a living was his dream. At the age of fifteen, Ricky was playing in college ensembles at Seattle Pacific University and active ...
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      Growing up in Seattle, Washington, Ricky Bakken knew playing bass for a living was his dream. At the age of fifteen, Ricky was playing in college ensembles at Seattle Pacific University and active in both school ensembles and personal band endeavors. After high school, Ricky attended the Berklee College of Music on scholarship. While at Berklee, Ricky played in the J.Dilla Ensemble and Studio Ensemble while also playing in various bands in the Boston area. His junior year, Ricky won the Wes Wehmiller scholarship, a prestigious award given to one player who shows exemplary talent on bass. After leaving Berklee, Ricky embarked on two national tours with a Boston-based hip-hop group. Since moving to Los Angeles, Ricky has remained an active musician, playing frequently in many LA-area venues. Currently, Ricky can be found playing with LA band Hotel Cinema, and enjoys playing rock, jazz, and anything that is groove-based.
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    • Margot Lane
      Keyboards/Vocal Instructor
      Margot Lane is a pianist, violinist, singer and ambient film score composer. She has performed many solo and group performances as a keyboardist, but is more known for her versatile live performanc...
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      Margot Lane is a pianist, violinist, singer and ambient film score composer. She has performed many solo and group performances as a keyboardist, but is more known for her versatile live performances on the electric violin with pop, rock and punk bands. Margot studied piano at Woodshed Music School in Buffalo NY, and privately with Jimmy Wozniak "The W", a hammond B3 blues legend. In 2009, Margot started projects including fronting and writing in The Murderous Moppets; a band centered on mixing classic pop/rock with folk rock. This propelled a solo instrumental film score project called "The Lethean Files", which is now on Itunes, Amazon mp3, and Spotify as well as several other international distributors. Now living in LA, Margot has worked on independent film scores, become a keyboard technician for Sir Elton John, and performed live with some of the best musicians. This includes performing on the soundtrack for the movie "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story", opening for Dave Lombardo's (Slayer) side band -Fantomas, performing on several music videos, playing consistently with The Fullerton College Orchestra, alongside surf guitar legend Dick Dale, former American Idol contestant Amy Jean Davis, the Canadian punk/rock band- Liftoff, and has joined several talented bands from the US and Canada for national festivals including South By Southwest and Sunset Music Festival. All while taking part in several DVD/Television specials for the Saigon Broadcasting Television Network and a brief tour playing violin for Marco Antonio Solis. She endorses Super-Sensitive Strings and has listed IMDB credit, which can be found at the following link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3981702/ This year she joined the rock quartet Bella Electric Strings and is now writing on a debut piano rock EP with her own band. Updated information for tours and more projects can be seen on her website at www.Margotlane.com
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    • Stefano Ashbridge
      Drum Instructor
      Stefano Ashbridge began teaching the drums almost twenty years ago when his teacher at the time asked him to fill in. That allowed Stefano to pass on his love of the drums and music at a relatively...
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      Stefano Ashbridge began teaching the drums almost twenty years ago when his teacher at the time asked him to fill in. That allowed Stefano to pass on his love of the drums and music at a relatively early age; making it easy for him to relate to his student's frustrations and passion for drumming. Since then, he has gone on to teach hundreds of private and group students of all ages and skill levels. He has developed a teaching method that allows each student to reach their musical goals, while having fun learning the music they love. He is also involved with Hudson Music's Teacher Integration Program. Stefano has studied with noted drummers Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, New Edition) and Mark Schulman (Cher, Pink). He is located in the Los Angeles area where he is also involved in the music scene there as a session and live drummer; having played and toured with such artists as Brad Wilson of Stone and Grammy nominee Derek Jordan. He was also awarded "Electronica Drummer of The Year" at the L.A. Music Awards.
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    • Crystal Keith
      Little Wing Director
      Born into a family of musicians, Crystal has been performing music since she was a very small child. Most recently, she sang, acted and played piano and bass in The Burning Opera LA. Prior to that ...
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      Born into a family of musicians, Crystal has been performing music since she was a very small child. Most recently, she sang, acted and played piano and bass in The Burning Opera LA. Prior to that she fronted her own original Southern Rock band The Honeysuckle Jones Revival and performed back-up vocals for Los Angeles pop punk rockers Throttle Back Sparky. Since becoming a mother in 2012, she has been focussed on introducing the very young to the lifelong rewards of music. She also provides the music program for the Joy Picus Child Development Center in downtown Los Angeles and does the occasional vocal session. She is thrilled to be joining the team at School of Rock!
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    • Osvaldo "Ozzy" Carmona
      Drum/Bass/Guitar/Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Osvaldo Carmonais a composer/songwriter, performer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer and producer/engineer residing in sunny Los Angeles California. He received his Bachelor of Music from the ...
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      Osvaldo Carmonais a composer/songwriter, performer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer and producer/engineer residing in sunny Los Angeles California. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach, an Associate of Arts specializing in Guitar Performance from world renowned contemporary music school The Musicians Institute and an Audio Recording/Production Certification from the Fullerton College Department of Music Technology. He has studied under the expert tutelage of esteemed and distinguished composers such as Pulitzer Prize nominee Bruce Miller Ph.D. and Ronald Caltabiano D.M.A.(a protégé of Elliott Carter and Vincent Persichetti, and previous assistant to Aaron Copland). He has also studied film scoring at the Cole Conservatory with composer and film music veteran Perry LaMarca and had previously worked for two-time Academy Award winning songwriter composer Al Kasha and Grammy Award winning songwriter Jeff Silbar . During his time working for Al Kasha he had the unique opportunity to study songwriting with Mr. Kasha along with his writing partner Phillip Swann (at UCLA). He has also participated in the Society of Composer and Lyricists Mentorship Program in 2012 and has held competitive and highly sought after internship positions at Remote Control Productions (Hans Zimmer) and Sacred Tiger Music (Henry Jackman). A multi-faceted musician drawing upon a breadth of musical performance experience and wide array of musical genres.He is comfortable writing for the concert hall or rock venue as well as writing music for film and other media. Current musical endeavors include a writing partnership and performance ensemble with Adrian Rodriguez (bassist for The Airborne Toxic Event), a solo indie-electronic performance project under the moniker Mammoth Trap, consistent output of music for composition competitions and small scale media projects, and playing guitar and backing vocals for Hit City U.S.A. artist Avid Dancer.
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    • T. Alex Budrow
      Drum Instructor
      Alex Budrow started out in the basement with a passion at 11 years old, like many drummers, and has pursued that through today. He began playing professionally by age seventeen and has been studyin...
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      Alex Budrow started out in the basement with a passion at 11 years old, like many drummers, and has pursued that through today. He began playing professionally by age seventeen and has been studying and playing music for 18 years; attending The New England Institute of Art and McNally Smith College of Music. BA Audio Media Technology, AP Percussion Performance.His experience as an educator began while still attending NEIA, guest lecturing on Drum Set Production and Performance, which lead to teaching private lessons. A position as Music Director for the Boys Girls Clubs of Dorchester in Boston, MA followed soon after.As a drummer pursuing his calling, Alex has performed countless shows covering a vast spectrum of musical styles. His recording credits boast the same variety. Some of these recordings have even cracked local radio markets. These accomplishments only strengthen his commitment to the daily discipline of a professional musician.Alex believes the experience of music is for everyone. For those of us who choose to learn to play an instrument, the process, while a lot of work, should also be a lot of fun! His approach to teaching is a balanced mix of inspiration and diligence designed to take the student where they want to go in their pursuit of a musical life.
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    • David Abrams
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Born in Northern California but raised in Dallas Texas, David started out playing violin in middle school, but when he discovered the music of Jimi Hendrix and bands like Van Halen, Nirvana, Panter...
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      Born in Northern California but raised in Dallas Texas, David started out playing violin in middle school, but when he discovered the music of Jimi Hendrix and bands like Van Halen, Nirvana, Pantera, and Metallica, he quickly switched to electric guitar. He began to learn riffs of his favorite bands and sought out other friends who played instruments to start rock bands in garages playing covers and originals. As David progressed and discovered players like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, he became more interested in learning theory and developing technique. As a result, David took it upon himself to practice several hours a day everyday. This lead to a desire to further his studies in college, andDavid went on to receive a bachelors of music from the University of North Texas where he studied jazz and classical guitar. During this time David also played in his own rock bands, taught lessons, and played freelance gigs around the DFW Metroplex in a variety of styles. David then moved to Los Angeles to study briefly at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He currently resides in L.A. teaching and doing gigs and session work for artists. He's toured extensively as a guitarist with guitar legend Guitar Shorty as well as the smash hit musical "Green Day: American Idiot". In addition, he plays in a rock band with the sons of RnB singer Brian Mcknight called, BRKN RBTZ. At the School of Rock he teaches guitar, bass and beginner keys lessons as well as directing the Rock 101 classes.
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    • Mouzhan Yousefi-Carton
      Keyboards/Vocals/Guitar/Bass Instructor
      A multi-instrumentalist and film composer from the San Francisco Bay area, Mouzhan sings, plays the piano, guitar, and violin. She has worked with the band Khi Darag, a Middle-Eastern psychedelic r...
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      A multi-instrumentalist and film composer from the San Francisco Bay area, Mouzhan sings, plays the piano, guitar, and violin. She has worked with the band Khi Darag, a Middle-Eastern psychedelic rock band, and has performed with them at festivals and major venues, including the Berkeley World Music Festival, The Great American Music Hall (opening for Fred Frith and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), Café du Nord, and the Fillmore (opening for Les Claypool). She has toured the U.S. with Aphrodesia, a 10-piece afro-funk band, where her vocals and dancing took center stage at venues including World Café Live, Shrine World Music Venue, Oregon Country Fair, Nelson Ledges, Dunegrass Music Festival, and The New Parish. Mouzhan has also recorded with Aphrodesia, Khi Darag, The Japonize Elephants, and BB, a rock and electronic world music duo. She has scored films, composed music for commercials and radio spots, and brings all her passion for and experience in music to each piano, voice, guitar, and violin lesson.
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    • Nick Shapiro
      Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Keys/Drums Instructor
      Born and Raised in Los Angeles, California, Nick began playing guitar at the age of 11. After hearing his dad's records playing around the house, he was hooked on the Blues and Rock and Roll. Delvi...
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      Born and Raised in Los Angeles, California, Nick began playing guitar at the age of 11. After hearing his dad's records playing around the house, he was hooked on the Blues and Rock and Roll. Delving deeply into a rich musical tradition, Nick began learning everything from '60s and '70s Rock and Roll to early Blues, Folk, and Rhythm and Blues music. While continuing to develop a broad musical vocabulary, Nick started a rock band at age 13. The band went on to record an EP at the Record Plant studios here in Hollywood that was produced by the legendary Don Was. He continued to broaden his musical education by joining his school's jazz program. His school jazz band eventually went on to perform at the Panama Jazz festival and competed as finalists for the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. In high school, Nick was approached by Glen Frey of the Eagles after being seen performing at a club in Santa Monica. The two developed a relationship and Nick was later asked to be a part of Glenn's band that performed at benefit concerts organized by Nick. With Glenn and Don Was in the band, Nick enjoyed performances at venues such as the Roxy and House of Blues that spanned three years. He later took his talents to USC as a Popular Music Performance Major, where he continued to develop as an artist and professional musician. Nick currently resides in Los Angeles as a singer and guitar player. He loves writing songs, producing music, and performing with other musicians around town.
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  • SoR West LA on Fox 11 News!

    On March 25th, 2015 Fox 11 News stopped by School of Rock West LA to interview some of our awesome students and staff about their experiences learning and teaching music in our lessons and performa...
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    On March 25th, 2015 Fox 11 News stopped by School of Rock West LA to interview some of our awesome students and staff about their experiences learning and teaching music in our lessons and performance programs. Check it out! http://www.myfoxla.com/clip/11278032/School%20of%20Rock
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Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “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