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School of Rock Austin
2525 W Anderson Lane Suite 138
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 643-6170

Location Specifics

Located on the Burnet Rd. side of Northcross Mall.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 11 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 11 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: 11 AM - 7 PM

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Austin, 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. With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Austin Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. The class also helps them decide which instrument they ultimately want to continue to pursue into individual lessons and Rock 101.

School of Rock Austin’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using simplified set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepare them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

 

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON

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 Austin, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Austin'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 Austin have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY INDIVIDUAL LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY BAND REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Austin are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Austin 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
Performance
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Austin 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 Austin Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Austin music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY INDIVIDUAL LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY BAND REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Austin'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 Austin music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Austin's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Austin is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Austin.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Austin Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Austin.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

The School of Rock Austin House Band music program gives students ages 12-18 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 Austin's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at TX rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

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 Austin and the rest of TX. 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
AllStars
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
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

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.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Austin

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Austin, 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 Austin is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Austin 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 Austin'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 Austin, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Austin 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 Austin 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 Austin guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Austin 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 Austin we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Austin, 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 Austin, 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 Austin. Unlike other Austin 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
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

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 Austin, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Austin 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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Austin 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 Austin, 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 Austin 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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Austin, 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 Austin.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Austin 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 Austin 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 Austin, 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
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Austin 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 Austin, 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

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Austin. 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 Austin, 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 Austin 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 Austin Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Austin 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 Austin music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Austin, 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 Austin, 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 Austin’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.

Ahmed Garcia Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Born in NYC in the summer of love, Ahmed Garcia was uprooted and taken to Austin, Texas where he was expertly raised by a pack of Austin belly dancers with his mother, the great belly dancer Lucila leading the way. His exposure to music and the arts was early and took effective shape during the 1980s when Ahmed was given his first guitar, a red Gibson 'Flying V.' Ahmed’s first band Aftershock quickly became a staple in Austin’s early metal community. Aftershock would later morph into the legendary Austin metal band Hurlant. This was Ahmed’s brain child and everything reflected Ahmed’s early musical views, expressions, talents and genius. Ahmed would go on to play pivotal roles in dozens of other bands and projects such as Nemisis 24,Holly Street, Anger Mgmt, Eshta and more.

His current offspring is a fusion band called Muse Oasis in which Ahmed and company have taken the best of his both worlds, belly dancing and heavy metal, and have melded them into a seamless world expression of power and peace, dance and steel. According to “Reverbnation” Ahmed Garcia is a proficient acoustic artist who has earned many accolades for both live and recorded performances. Ahmed, having mastered a little known instrument called a glistintar, is an artist of profound experimentation.

Chad Tracy Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Chad Tracy has been teaching music to students of all ages and ability levels for over 20 years. After earning a master’s degree in Music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he worked as an assistant professor of music at Bloomsburg University and at Central Texas College. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Austin.

Danny Blanchard Drum Teacher

Danny Blanchard is a professional touring and recording drummer, originally from Merced, CA. He began in the middle school drum line at the age of 11, and continued throughout high school, performing in a state-champion drum corp and jazz band. Upon graduating he moved to Los Angeles and began playing and recording constantly, eventually embarking on his first tour as a hired musician with indie rock band Let's Go Sailing at the age of 19.

In 2008, Danny moved to Austin, Texas where, at the age of 22, he joined the band Wiretree. During his time with Wiretree, he went on his first European and Asian tours and experienced commercial recognition. He is currently a member of Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog. Both play all over the US and Europe to sold-out audiences. With each step in his career he continues to learn and grow along with his craft and aspires to continuously impart his knowledge to the next generation of musicians. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Austin.

Dave Chell Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Hugo David Chellaston was born in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County to a South African father and Parisian mother. He started playing the clarinet at the age of six. After graduating high school in 1987, he began studying dentistry at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (SWE). In 1996, Chellaston moved back to the United States and became a minority shareholder with the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball franchise. Chellaston currently lives outside of Houston, TX with his wife and five children and is a contributing writer for "Vanity Fair." His band, Daft Punk, has not toured since 2007.

Dave Thacker Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

David started playing music back in 2005 at the age of 15 right here in the live music capital. Heavily influenced by jazz, soul and funk, David has fronted and played in a variety of bands since then, ranging from psychedelic jam bands where a 40 minute song wasn’t uncommon, to more straightforward rock and roll and lots in between. David plays keys, guitar, bass, drums and sings, but considers himself a keyboard player primarily. He believes that there is something specific and unique each instrument can teach you about music and thinks it’s never a bad idea to pick up another one. David currently plays keyboards in the Austin-based band Honey Made.

Elliot Liebman Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Elliot is a guitar player by training, but you’ll probably find him playing drums during his free time at School of Rock. That’s because you can play guitar in an apartment, but drums… well, they wouldn’t even fit. He’d rather be here anyway. Elliot has worked for more than three years at School of Rock in St. Louis, MO, San Ramon, CA and here in Austin. He knows the program inside and out. Elliot’s favorite thing about School of Rock is the culture. He says, “It’s really special to have a place where you can just play and have fun. Whether you’re a student or a teacher, I think we’re all really lucky to be here.”

Garrett Dean Rock 101 Instructor, Assistant Show Director

Garrett began playing guitar at age 10 and quickly started his first band, playing events at his elementary school. A year later, he enrolled in School of Rock Austin. He was a student for seven years and a member of the B-Team. He has performed hundreds of times with School of Rock and his own bands across several states and multiple festivals. After high school, Garrett moved to Boston and continued studying the music industry. He worked in a recording studio and helped produce dozens of records for local artists. He has extensive experience working with kids, from camps to teaching music lessons at community centers. Now he’s back in Austin continuing his musical journey, while helping others begin their own.

Ian MacDougall Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Ian was born in San Jose, CA and moved to Dallas, TX when he was 14. He got his first guitar for his 15th birthday and spent the following summer indoors playing along to records from bands like X, The Clash and Dead Kennedys. At the age of 18, he grabbed the attention of established Denton, TX punk band The Riverboat Gamblers. One phone call later he found himself joining the band and embarking on his first national tour the summer after graduating high school. In 2005 the whole band relocated to Austin, TX where they currently reside. Ian toured all over the world and recorded with The Riverboat Gamblers over the next 10 years. In 2006 they were listed by "Spin" as one of 25 Greatest Live Bands to see.

After a decade on the road, Ian made the move to the production side of the music industry, starting as a runner to quickly making his way to becoming the assistant tour manager of The Foo Fighters. He traveled internationally with the band over the next few years. Over this time he befriended and began working for Grammy-nominated recording artists Band of Horses. Ian was eventually invited to join the band full-time as lead guitarist and has been performing with them internationally ever since.

Jamey Simms Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jamey Simms' first instrument was the trumpet at the age of eight years old, which began a formal education in music for him. Jamey started playing guitar three years later in 1984. He also played the horn in concert, marching and symphonic band, and the guitar in jazz band, making the All State Jazz Ensemble in 1990 on the guitar. Jamey attended Kansas State University and studied further under Mike Brown from Harlem, NYC.

Jamey was a founding member of the international recording band Tia Carrera, and has been leading his own group in Austin as well as being a professional hired guitarist for several styles of music. Jamey has toured regionally and nationally and has been based out of Austin since 1996. His influences on the guitar are Ritchie Blackmore, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix as well as other musicians that do not play guitar such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Jackie McClean and Keith Moon.

Jason McMaster Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Starting with progressive thrash pioneers Watchtower, Jason has carved out an impressive body of work. Best known for his work with Dangerous Toys, Jason continues his legacy with the riff masters, Broken Teeth. Jason has been inducted into "The Austin Chronicle" Texas Music Hall of Fame and the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. Jason is also a vocalist for the power metal band Ignitor, modern thrash metal band Evil United and progressive metal project Howling Sycamore. Jason also plays in several tribute acts: Sad Wings (Judas Priest) and Killa Maul (Metallica). Over 20 CD/album releases, and probably a million miles logged on the road, Jason brings a wealth of experience to School of Rock.

Jud Johnson Drum Teacher

Jud was born and raised in Houston, TX. At first, he took years of piano lessons but quickly gravitated to the drums after his father began using his '76 Ludwig drum kit as the alarm clock for him and his brothers. He started his first band in middle school and has never stopped playing. After graduating from Texas State University - San Marcos, he moved to Austin, TX to fully pursue a career in music. Since moving to the capital six years ago, Jud has written and recorded with a number of bands that play regularly or have toured the country. Some of the bands include The Couch, Otis the Destroyer, A. Sinclair, What Made Milwaukee Famous and others.

Kaycie Satterfield Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Kaycie Satterfield is a born and raised Austinite. She began playing guitar at age nine, writing songs soon thereafter. She majored in Commercial Voice at Belmont University in Nashville before moving back to Austin. She plays around the greater Austin area in several groups. You can find a wide variety of artists in her playlists, including the Alabama Shakes, The Beatles, Margaret Glaspy, Anderson.Paak, Moses Summey and Hiatus Kaiyote. She is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Austin.

Keith Laudieri Drum Teacher

Originally from New England, Keith Laudieri is now an active drummer and educator here in Austin, TX. He started music lessons at age eight and went on to play in jazz, marching and concert bands in high school and college. He believes education and practice are the best ways to keep what you're doing fun, fresh and exciting. A lifelong learner himself, Keith has studied with Joe Morello, Mike Clark, Peter Erskine, Bobby Hutcherson and several other respected musicians.

Keith has spent 20+ years professionally teaching, touring and recording, and has become an integral member of the jazz, funk and soul communities. Several national and international tours later, Keith brings his knowledge to the students at School of Rock Austin as a drum teacher.

Marielle Bardon Rookies Teacher, Rock 101 Teacher

Marielle is an Austinite, born and raised, and she’s always doing her part to keep Austin weird. Born into a musical and artsy family, her first memories are of her harmonizing to Frank Sinatra and The Beatles in the car with her parents. At age 10, Marielle started her first band, Checker Board, and scored a couple of gigs at a hotel along with making appearances at various local open mics.

While in this band, Marielle and her band mate attended a performance camp at School of Rock Austin over the summer to help with their stage presence and meet other musical kids around their age. She quickly fell in love with the bass and performing and has been a part of School of Rock Austin ever since. She was in the program as a student for six years, performing extensively with The B Team, and then moved on to teaching in 2017. She now teaches Rookies, Rock 101 and is an Assistant Show Director.

Outside of the school, Marielle is involved in bands of various genres including folk metal and hardcore, but for her, as long as the music has a groove, she will play anything. Her other interests include ballet, sculpture, painting and fashion design/costuming. She is also pursuing an Associates Degree in Visual Arts at Austin Community College.

Nick Hughes Drum Teacher

Nick began drumming at age nine after seeing a rock show. One of the drummer’s sticks went flying into the audience. Nick caught it and started banging. The drummer summoned him onstage, asking if he was a drummer. “No,” Nick said. The drummer told him to hit his drum. “Harder!” he said, and Nick followed. “Even harder!” Nick hit it with all he had. “You’re a drummer now!”

Nick attended the University of New Orleans on a music scholarship, graduating in 2011. After graduating, Nick played locally and toured extensively, performing all over the US, Europe and Mexico, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In 2016, Nick moved to Austin and gained an appreciation for country music, brisket and Buc-ees.

Olivia Stout Rookies Teacher

Olivia Stout is a native Texan and former School of Rock Austin student. She has been singing from a very young age and joined the Austin school at the age of 13. She then joined the B Team as a vocalist and played gigs such as ACL, SXSW, House of Blues Dallas and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Olivia is currently majoring in Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin, and plans to make a career in music publicity. She is a Rookies teacher at School of Rock Austin.

Paula Maya Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Paula Maya is a Brazilian pianist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter and band leader. She is a recording artist with six CDs released and songs in several compilations with artists such as Jimmy Cliff and Carolyn Wonderland. In 2016 she was nominated for Best Brazilian Musician living in the US by the Focus Web News International Press Awards. Her band was voted one of the Top Ten World Music Bands in 2015 and 2014 in "The Austin Chronicle" Music Awards. Paula attended the Federal University of Music in Rio de Janeiro for Classical Piano and received a Music Theory Program Certificate from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music. She studied jazz piano, improvisation and harmony with the great pianist, composer and arranger Luizinho Eça (The Dolphin). Paula studied voice with Maestro David Kyle (Ann Wilson) and Mady Kaye (Zach Theatre). Paula has performed with dozens of bands in a variety of music styles, from rock to reaggae, salsa, samba, soukous and more. She is a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Austin.

Sara Houser Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Sara has been playing piano since she was seven years old. She studied classical and jazz all through high school at the Charleston County School of the Arts. Her senior year she was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where she graduated as a Songwriting major, piano principle. In 2009, she moved to Austin, TX to ditch piano (temporarily) and start playing electric guitar. Sara fronts and writes music for her own band, Lowin, which premiered at SXSW in 2014. She has appeared as a vocalist on records by Spoon, Golden Boys and Walker Lukens and in 2018 joined Golden Dawn Arkestra as a singer, vibraphonist and synth player. She’s been a teacher at School of Rock since 2015.

Travis Foster Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Travis Foster has been a professional musician since 1998. He plays drums, guitar, lap steel, bass, keys and sings. He is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (’94) and Berklee College of Music (Professional Music ’98). Travis played guitar and drums in "Blue Man Group: Live at Luxor" in Las Vegas. He has performed with Carmine Appice, Peter Stroud, Liberty Devitto, Jeff Carlisi, Derek St. Holmes, Jim Peterik and others. He began teaching music in 2005. For the last three years, Travis has been touring the United States as a drummer and harmony vocalist with the Ian Moore Band.

Yamal Said Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

The first time Yamal Said can remember wanting to be a part of rock and roll was when he was five years old. One day Yamal found a KISS record left at his house by one of his uncles. As he looked with amazement onto the cover, he remembers thinking to himself, "I don’t have any idea what this sounds like or even what it is, but I know I absolutely want to be a part of it." Yamal eventually convinced his parents to buy him a guitar when he was about 14. They wouldn't buy him a drum set, giving the excuse it would damage his hearing. He finally got his hands on a drum set a few years after originally asking his parents for one. He taught himself both drums and guitar by listening to artists like The Ramones, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and imitating what they were doing.

Yamal joined a band the week he got his first kit. He has been in bands ever since. His love of rock has grown over the years and gives him a feeling of pure freedom. He has been in multiple bands and doesn’t see himself stopping anytime soon. Yamal is proud to be a part of School of Rock Austin and loves teaching his students how to play the drums, keys and guitar.

Zeke Zimmerman Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Zeke was born in Austin to local jazz vocalist Tina Marsh and trombonist Randy Zimmerman, and has been immersed in the growing music scene his whole life. Though piano was his first instrument, he picked up the bass at the age 18 and hasn’t put it down since. He studied music and dance at McCallum High School's Fine Arts Academy and Texas State University. His biggest bass influences are John Paul Jones, Jack Bruce and Bootsy Collins. His tenor voice is heavily influenced by Robert Plant, Ian Gillan and James Brown. Zeke currently plays bass in the funk group The Holy Child and has also been working as a bassist and vocalist in various cover bands that travel around Texas.

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Reviews

They learn confidence and technical skills.

It's really exciting to see the students gain confidence with each show they perform. I also like the technical skills that are taught in a way that the students can utilize forever. They aren't dependent on sheet music.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

Awesome Summer Camp Experience.

A perfect fit for our 13-year-old music buff! He learned so much in just five days of camp and the end of week performance was so awesome! We will be back for another camp for sure!

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

The Adult Program Rocks!

The school has quality teachers with current gig and recording experience. The band program is a great way for a beginner to learn in a band environment. This program also helps for folks who are returning to their instrument and gigging.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

Supportive learning environment.

You have created a supportive learning environment that places the student in musical situations that stretch skills while stressing constant improvement, all led by actively gigging, professional musicians.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)