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School of Rock Ashburn
20660 Ashburn Rd
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 858-0820

Location Specifics

Located in the Old Ashburn Square Shopping Center between Farmwell Rd. and Gloucester Pkwy.

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  • Monday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Ashburn combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

School of Rock is happy to serve Ashburn and surrounding communities in Leesburg, Reston, Brambleton, Sterling, and Loudoun County, Virginia with quality music lessons from real, practicing musicians. We teach everything from the classics of singing to piano, bass guitar, drums, and more. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their skills in a supportive and encouraging learning environment. With enough practice, they may one day rise to the level of performing at one of our many local venues such as The Tally Ho, a depression-era movie palace renovated as an art deco treasure & presenting live music & theater.

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children in Ashburn
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Ashburn, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Ashburn, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program in Ashburn for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Ashburn's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Ashburn have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Ashburn are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Ashburn who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Ashburn
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Ashburn is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Ashburn Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Ashburn music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Ashburn's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Ashburn music venue.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Ashburn, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Ashburn is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Ashburn who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Ashburn, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Ashburn
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Ashburn House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Ashburn's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at VA rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Ashburn and the rest of VA. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Ashburn

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Ashburn

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Ashburn, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Ashburn is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Ashburn guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Ashburn's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Ashburn, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Ashburn venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Ashburn offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Ashburn guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Ashburn

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ashburn is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Ashburn we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Ashburn, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Ashburn, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Ashburn. Unlike other Ashburn drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Ashburn, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Ashburn drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Ashburn

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ashburn offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Ashburn, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Ashburn teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Ashburn, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Ashburn.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Ashburn

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ashburn offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Ashburn and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Ashburn, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Ashburn students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Ashburn, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Ashburn

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Ashburn. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Ashburn, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Ashburn area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Ashburn Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Ashburn area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Ashburn music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Ashburn, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Ashburn, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Ashburn’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

P'Nut Johnson Bass Guitar Teacher

A DC native, Ricardo "P'Nut" Johnson began his musical journey on the bass in the fifth 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 he knew he wanted to be a 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, he 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 90s he toured Europe with the blues legend Memphis Gold. After years of playing onstage 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 he 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. He 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., he moved back to 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.
Studio Manager Jessica Flores

Jessica Flores Studio Manager

Jessica Flores is the Studio Manager who keeps our school running smoothly and oversees the customer experience. In addition to her managerial skills, Jess has been a vocal teacher at a couple of Schools of Rock for many years and has also directed many shows at both School of Rock Silver Spring and School of Rock Vienna. She is well-versed in our programs and understands the School of Rock experience on a deep level and is always delighted to meet new students and their wonderful families.

On the music front, Jess 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 eight. In high school, she was always active in multiple choirs and the musical theater department. She then began classical voice training at Montgomery College, under the guidance of Molly Donnelly, and 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.

Kevin Dickel Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Kevin Dickel grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia playing guitar in his school’s jazz band and playing guitar and screaming in South Jersey’s hardcore band, Davy Crockett. When he’s not rigging amps and speakers together like Dr. Frankenstein, he can be found trapped in a never-ending game of fetch with his dog. Kevin’s favorite artists include Alkaline Trio, Dillinger Escape Plan, Queen, Black Sabbath, Sleep and SUNN O. Kevin currently plays bass in local cover band Earls of Kent. He provides material support for Philadelphia-based artists Holy Mountain and Hafsol, and publishes music under the moniker Church of Pain. He is a guitar and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Ashburn.

Laura Bollettino Owner

After running three schools for over 12 years, Laura Bollettino has seen the transformative power of School of Rock programs literally manifest in the thousands of students who have crossed our threshold. Not only the owner, Laura has been a School of Rock parent and knows that feeling of amazement as you see your child blossom on stage. She also saw her girls grow in confidence, leadership and teamwork skills as they developed into amazing musicians throughout their School of Rock years and is so grateful they got to have this experience. In college she studied International Relations and Business and spent over 20 years in the corporate world until she and her husband Jeff heard the call of School of Rock. Now she gets to say her job is inspiring the next generation of musicians to find their voice and express themselves on stage and in life. To know Laura is to see her energy and passion for helping her students and staff grow not only as musicians, but as people too. She adores her "kids” and finds each of them to have their own special sparkle.

Manuel Medina keyboard teacher

Manuel is a Peruvian artist that has been living in the Washington D.C. area for the last 15 years. He began taking piano lessons in Peru at the age of 11 and majored in Music and Music Technology with a minor in Jazz Studies from George Mason University. He has been teaching music for the last 12 years. Besides composing and teaching music, he also writes short stories in Spanish and practices creative drawing.
Singing Teacher Emily Nesbitt

Emily Nesbitt Singing Teacher

Emily Nesbitt is a classically trained singer with a degree in Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Emily has performed as a soloist in the United States and Europe. She has sung Countess Almaviva in Marriage of Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mimi in La Boheme, The Abbess and The Maestra in Suor Angelica, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium. She has also performed the partial roles of Magda Sorel in The Consul, Nedda in Paglicci, Lakme in Lakme, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, and Mrs. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Emily's ensemble work includes The Gondoliers, Little Women, La Boheme, Suor Angelica, Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, and Beauty and the Beast. Although her professional endeavors have been primarily classical, Emily is very passionate about rock as well.

Emily's favorite thing about working at School of Rock is getting to teach other young vocalists who are passionate about Rock how to express themselves to the fullest while taking care of their voices. She has taught voice lessons for three years and loves teaching students of all ages and ability levels using her classical background and pedagogical studies to establish a strong technical foundation for her students. In her free time she enjoys playing piano, bass, drums, and guitar for fun and is always looking to learn new things.
Guitar Teacher Sam Whetzel

Sam Whetzel Guitar Teacher

Sam has played guitar with local bands for over 9 years. He was also a member of the School of Rock Vienna House Band, School of Rock Allstars Program, and a special “Zappanale” tour in Germany. School of Rock provided Sam countless opportunities to grow as a young musician and to shine on stage. Sam attributes the combination of exploring different music genres and performing them, as the cornerstone of what made his School of Rock experience so unique and fulfilling. "School of Rock has also allowed me to form lifelong friendships with other students, through doing what we love, together.
Drum Teacher Ben Caprio

Ben Caprio Drum Teacher

Ben Caprio began playing music when he was 7 years old. He started out on piano, and eventually switched over to drums when he was 11. He immediately found his passion in music, and hasn’t looked back since. He began writing songs when he was 16, and frequently writes original music with his band, Bluewreck. He has experience playing up and down the East Coast, and frequently works as a session drummer in and around D.C. He’s played some of the area's biggest venues including Union Stage, Jammin Java, Tally Ho Theatre, Rock & Roll Hotel, Pie Shop, and DC9.

When not playing drums, he can be found creating soundscapes on different synthesizers. He also sings, plays bass, and produces for different bands in the area. He has an intense passion for music, and loves to share his knowledge and experience with up and coming young musicians.
Music Director Travis Adams

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 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 three, and by nine 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 US.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Ian McCoig

Ian McCoig Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Ian McCoig is a musician specializing in the instruction of electric guitar, vocals, bass guitar, and audio engineering. An alumnus of Shenandoah Conservatory, Ian has carried a strong dedication to music since childhood. With nearly seventeen years of guitar experience and nine years of audio production experience, Ian looks forward to sharing his musical experiences with students of all ages.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher Benni Perkins

Benni Perkins Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Benni Perkins is a songwriter and a trained multi-instrumentalist teaching guitar, bass, piano, voice, and drums. An alumni of the Boulder School of Rock, they have studied at a number of musical institutions all over the country including Denver School of the Arts in Colorado and Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California. They have been performing for 5 years with multiple groups as well as solo performances at a variety of venues including world renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado with Boulder’s School of Rock House Band. Benni has a passion for helping young musicians grow their love for music and for inspiring young musicians to find their spark. They encourage every young musician to unapologetically be themselves, and to be the music!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Nate Ihara

Nate Ihara Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Nate comes to School Of Rock Ashburn with over 20 years of professional experience in the music industry. Beginning his journey with voice & piano at a young age, he quickly moved to saxophone, guitar, bass, and an array of other instruments.

Since then, Nate has performed for crowds numbering in the tens of thousands on some of the best stages around the country alongside acts such as Maroon 5, 311, Lifehouse, Billy Idol, Toto, and Reel Big Fish to name a few. In addition to his live performance experience, he has released multiple albums of his own and has both written and produced material with Papa Roach, Hollywood Undead, and members of SHAED.

Nate joined the team at School of Rock because (as he puts it) “The teaching model and the people here are so inspiring, and I get to use my experience from years of performing and recording to teach the next generation of musicians. Nothing feels better than to be able to give back to the music community and the future of music. I wish School Of Rock had existed when I was a kid!”

When he isn't teaching at School Of Rock, Nate runs a songwriting and music production company where he composes for TV, film, and commercials. When he isn't doing that you can likely find him on a nature walk, checking out some really cool bugs with his son.
Singing Teacher Tess Rose

Tess Rose Singing Teacher

Tess Rose is a voice teacher from Los Angeles. She’s in Virginia studying at Shenandoah University working towards her Masters in vocal pedagogy in Contemporary music. Tess just finished her Bachelors of Music in classical vocal performance from California State University, Long Beach and is so excited to be in Virginia. She has experience performing in several choirs and musicals, and loves to teach young singers to express themselves musically. Tess has lots of experience vocally directing musicals and is super excited to use those skills to help School of Rock students put on some amazing shows.

Tess is an avid reader and loves musical theatre. She knits and crochets and enjoys crafting when she isn’t making music. Tess is so excited to be a part of this rocking community!

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A whole new dimension of music.

I really like how the shows give the kids the opportunity to use the skills they are learning and put them together to play as part of a band. It gives a whole new dimension to learning to play an instrument and helps to motivate them to practice and improve.

I Enjoy Everything about School of Rock!

I started as a beginner, but now I'm playing real gigs at great venues. Music lessons, performing shows and practicing with others at School of Rock has helped me improve at playing guitar while having rewarding experiences.

What an Empowering Experience.

My son feels accepted, despite the fact that he was older when he started classes. I love that you give everyone a chance to play in the shows. The venues have been fantastic.

They Learn So Many Different Aspects.

My kids have been going to School of Rock for four years and they absolutely love it! Because it's a performance-based program, they learn so many different aspects of playing an instrument.