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About School of Rock Austin

Welcome to School of Rock Austin —a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. A fixture in Austin that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2005, we believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument. This is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Austin teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Austin. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Austin to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Austin
2525 W Anderson Lane
Suite 138
Austin, TX 78757
US
Main Number
(512) 670-2360(512) 670-2360

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Programs

  • At School of Rock Austin, 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.

    Austin 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 Austin’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 Austin 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 Austin, 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 Austin students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

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

    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. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Austin’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • School of Rock Austin’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Austin.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

At School of Rock Austin, 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.

Austin 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 Austin’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!

Upcoming Events

  • December 20
    9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Stage Presence Workshop

    Stage Presence Workshop - December 20, 2017 9:30am to 3:30pm You've worked for months to get your songs sounding awesome, now it's time to work on your stage presence to make your performances ...
    Stage Presence Workshop - December 20, 2017
    9:30am to 3:30pm

    You've worked for months to get your songs sounding awesome, now it's time to work on your stage presence to make your performances really ROCK!

    Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to do with yourself on stage? Do you feel anxious before performing or awkward during your set? This workshop will guide you through the process of preparing for a show, feeling comfortable on stage, and even becoming the energy in the room that draws an audience’s attention to your musical performance!

    SOR staffers Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys frontman extraordinaire, Texas Music Hall of Fame) and Ben Chinisci (guitarist on national touring band Basketball Shorts) will help you unleash your inner Angus Young or Karen O! Topics will include preparing for getting up on stage, interacting with the audience, rocking our with your bandmates and having a plan to blow the roof of the joint!

    Whether you’re a guitarist, vocalist, drummer, keyboardist or bassist, this workshop will give you the resources you need to rock with confidence!


    $99•Purchase required to enroll

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    • Photo of Rick Carney
      Rick Carney
      Music Director & National AllStar Director
      Rick Carney is a musician, songwriter, producer, engineer and educator. A veteran of the American underground music scene, Carney moved to Austin in 1986 as a bassist with the infamous hardcore ba...
      Rick Carney is a musician, songwriter, producer, engineer and educator. A veteran of the American underground music scene, Carney moved to Austin in 1986 as a bassist with the infamous hardcore band EMG. In 1991, he switched to guitar and founded Jesus Christ Superfly, a mainstay of the Austin Punk scene. JCS was a critical and popular success, and celebrates its 20-year anniversary in June 2011. From 1997-2005, Carney also fronted Gravy Boat, a Roots Rock outfit that blended Southern Rock and Honky Tonk .

      As a performer, Carney has played nearly 1000 live shows and released records in the US, Australia and Europe. In 2004, he won the Crossroads Guitar Competition and has received a 4 star review in Guitar World magazine for his work on JCS’s Texas Toast CD.

      While primarily a guitarist-vocalist, Carney also plays bass and drums. Rick is not only the Music Director for the Austin School of Rock; he is also the National School of Rock AllStar program director.
      • Guitar Lessons
      • Keys Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
    • Photo of Ahmed Garcia
      Ahmed Garcia
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Born in NYC in the summer of love, Ahmed Garcia was up-rooted and taken to Austin, Texas where he was expertly raised by a pack of Austin Belly Dancers with his mother the great Belly Dancer “Luc...
      Born in NYC in the summer of love, Ahmed Garcia was up-rooted 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, of course. His exposure to music and the arts was early and took effective shape during the 1980’s when Ahmed would be given his first guitar a red Gibson “Flying V” was the spark. He would go beyond mere practice to reach virtual mastery and legendary live performer status. 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 as well earning many accolades for both live and recorded performances. Ahmed, having mastered a little known instrument called a “Glistintar” is an artist of profound experimentation and simply one of the finest you'll ever find.
      • Guitar lessons
      • Bass lessons
    • Photo of Jason McMaster
      Jason McMaster
      Vocal Instructor
      Jason McMaster is a vocalist, bassist and songwriter of the highest order. Starting with Progressive Thrash pioneers Watchtower, Jason has carved out an impressive body of work. Perhaps best k...
      Jason McMaster is a vocalist, bassist and songwriter of the highest order. Starting with
      Progressive Thrash pioneers Watchtower, Jason has carved out an impressive body of
      work. Perhaps best known for his work with Dangerous Toys, Jason continues his legacy
      with the high energy riff masters Broken Teeth. Along the way Jason has earned a Gold Record and been inducted into the Austin Chronicle’s Texas Music Hall of Fame and the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. Jason is also vocalist for the Power Metal band Ignitor and his newest outfit, Evil United. If that wasn’t enough, Jason finds time to play in the several tribute acts: Sad Wings (Judas Priest), Killa Maul (Metallica) and Capricorn USA (Motorhead).

      Since 2005, Jason has served as vocal instructor at the Austin School of Rock. With over 50 releases, thousands of live shows, and probably a million miles logged on the road. Jason brings a wealth of experience to the School of Rock.
    • Photo of Jamey Simms
      Jamey Simms
      Guitar Instructor
      Jamey Simms first instrument was the trumpet at the age of 8 years old where he began a formal education in music. Jamey started playing guitar three years later in 1984. He also played the horn in...
      Jamey Simms first instrument was the trumpet at the age of 8 years old where he began a formal education in music. 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 and is in demand for his ability to do so. Jamey has toured extensively regionally and nationally and has been based out of Austin since 1996. His influences on the guitar range from 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.
      • Guitar Lessons
      • Rock 101 Instructor
    • Photo of Travis Woodard
      Travis Woodard
      Drums Instructor
      Travis “trav” Woodard (born May 8, 1953) is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Originally,his brother Eddie had taken less...
      Travis “trav” Woodard (born May 8, 1953) is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Originally,his brother Eddie had taken lessons for drums, while Travis practiced guitar. After spending time playing Eddie's drum kit,Travis became more skillful at the drums than Eddie.

      In 1974, the Van Halen brothers, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony formed a band, simply called Van Halen. They were signed to Warner Brothers in 1977 and released their first album in 1978. The two brothers are the only members of Van Halen who have been in the band for its entire duration.
      • Drum Lessons
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      Geena Spigarelli
      Bass Instructor
      An Austin original, bass player Geena Spigarelli has been a part of the Austin music scene since picking up her first guitar in middle school. Now a fixture of Austin’s vibrant community of profe...
      An Austin original, bass player Geena Spigarelli has been a part of the Austin music scene since picking up her first guitar in middle school. Now a fixture of Austin’s vibrant community of professional musicians, Geena’s diverse experience includes studio recording, national touring, and teaching for a variety of ages at the Austin School of Rock. Geena began playing in 2001 at the age of 13, and immediately fell in love with the stage.Geena’s first experience with the Austin School of Rock was at age 13 when she started taking lessons, and advanced to become one of the national School of Rock AllStars.

      In 2006, Geena got the opportunity to go on her first national tour with the legendary vocalist Jon Anderson. After graduation from High School in 2008, Geena moved to New York where she first began recording and working in studios. While in New York, she recorded and played live with The Amputees, The Big Death Scene and Urgent Fury. Geena moved back to Austin in 2011, she is now focusing on developing her versatility as a bass player while studying legends, such as Carol Kaye, James Jamerson, and Lee Sklar. Geena has toured all over the U.S and Canada, giving her the opportunity to share a bill withThe Psychedelic Furs, The Wallflowers, X, and Peter Murphy.
      • Bass Lessons
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      Dave Chell
      Drums, Guitar, Bass & Rock 101 Instructor
      Dave was born in the Home stake (gold) Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota nearly 40 years ago. Raised by wolves until age 4, he was discovered playing Native American rhythms on a buffalo hide...
      Dave was born in the Home stake (gold) Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota nearly 40 years ago. Raised by wolves until age 4, he was discovered playing Native American rhythms on a buffalo hide drum by a young couple hiking on a trail near Mt. Rushmore.

      At age 6 he turned his attention to the guitar and by age 12, he was playing songs from artists such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis in local clubs and taverns.Jazz guitar followed during high school, as well as a touring band,which was also able to make a crash landing onto a small record label.

      Starting out as a self taught drummer, he began playing at age 15. He learned by listening to the albums his parents had laying around the house. Which pretty much covered the alphabet: The Allman Brothers to ZZ Top. After studying music history/theory and communications at North Dakota State University, the seed had been planted and a lifelong commitment was made to continually learn and someday be an instructor.

      Dave first moved to Austin in 2010 and has played in area bands with styles that range from Latin pop to loud,obnoxious, punk rock. Several of his former bands have shared the stage with acts such as Rise Against,Modest Mouse and members of Los Lobos.
      • Drum Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
    • Photo of Sara Houser
      Sara Houser
      Vocal & Keys Instructor
      It all started when Sara’s parents bought her a keyboard for Christmas. She started picking out songs she heard on the radio, Disney songs, and occasionally just pressing all the buttons to see w...
      It all started when Sara’s parents bought her a keyboard for Christmas. She started picking out songs she heard on the radio, Disney songs, and occasionally just pressing all the buttons to see what sounds came out. At 11, she started classical training and went on to study piano at the Charleston County School of Performing Arts where she competed in jazz and classical competitions all throughout middle school and high school. In Spring 2005 she was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and went on to graduate in 2009 with a degree in Song writing, piano her principle instrument.

      Setting all of that mumbo jumbo aside, she has been in bands and writing songs since she was 14. While piano is her main instrument in terms of education, Sara also sings and plays guitar. In the fall of 2009, she moved to Austin where she became a member in local rock band The Couch. The Couch split up in 2013 and since then Sara has been fronting Löwin. In addition to playing in Löwin, Sara does session work singing background vocals, filling in on keys/vocals for local acts like Walker Lukens and the Side Arms, and dabbles in film scoring.
    • Photo of Yamal Said
      Yamal Said
      Drums, Guitar, Keys Instructor & Rock 101 Instructor
      The first time Yamal Said can remember wanting to be a part of rock and roll was when he was 5 years old. He had a piano teacher, at that time she was mean, she was a mean German lady who made him ...
      The first time Yamal Said can remember wanting to be a part of rock and roll was when he was 5 years old. He had a piano teacher, at that time she was mean, she was a mean German lady who made him play things his fingers could not play. 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 bands like the Ramones, Chuck Berry, 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 n' Roll 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 the Austin School of Rock and loves teaching his students how to play the drums,keys and guitar like it’s nobody's business.
      • Drum Lessons
      • Keys Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
      • Bass Lessons
    • Photo of Jud Johnson
      Jud Johnson
      Drum Instructor
      Jud was born a 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 he and...
      Jud was born a 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 he 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 capitol 6 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.
      • Texas State @ San Marcos
      • Drum lessons
    • Photo of Zeke Zimmerman
      Zeke Zimmerman
      Keyboard, Vocal, Bass Instructor
      Zeke was born in Austin, to local jazz musicians vocalist Tina marsh and trombonist Randy Zimmerman, and has been immersed in the growing music scene his whole life. Though piano was his first inst...
      Zeke was born in Austin, to local jazz musicians 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 actually played Euphonium for several years before he picked up his first electric bass at the age of 18. He studied music and dance at McCallum High School's Fine Arts Academy and Texas State University. He gravitated towards Rock n' Roll in his teens after falling in love with bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream. He's played bass and sang in a variety of local bands that have ranged from hard rock, blues, progressive metal, funk, soul, and so on. His biggest bass influences are John Paul Jones, Jack Bruce, Bootsy Collins, and Paul Jackson. His tenor voice is heavily influenced by Robert Plant, Ian Gillan, and James Brown. Zeke currently plays bass in the local funk group The Holy Child and has also been working as a bassist and vocalist in various cover bands that travel around Texas.

      Aside from the music, Zeke is also a professional tap dancer where he learned a big part of his musicality through Tapestry Dance Company. Through Tapesty, he's had the opportunity to learn from Acia Gray, Nicholas Young, Jason Janas, and many more. In 2016, he appeared in the Wimberley Players summer production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar". He's had the chance to perform and collaborate with organizations and artists such as Tapestry Dance Co, The Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Dr. James Polk & Centerpiece, Alex Coke, and of course his father Randy Zimmerman.
    • Photo of Elliot Liebman
      Elliot Liebman
      Guitar, Drums, Bass Instructor
      Elliot was born and raised in Houston, TX. He began fostering his musical talents at an early age, attending several prestigious arts magnet schools in the Houston area. When Elliot was eight, he...
      Elliot was born and raised in Houston, TX. He began fostering his musical talents
      at an early age, attending several prestigious arts magnet schools in the Houston
      area. When Elliot was eight, he was placed into the all-girls entertainment group,
      Girl’s Tyme, allowing him the opportunity to rap and dance throughout the Houston
      talent show circuit. After receiving some local recognition, the group found
      themselves on the largest talent show on TV at the time, Star Search. Although
      the group did not win the show, they continued performing together and were
      eventually signed to Columbia Records. At this point, the group changed their
      name to Destiny’s Child and released their first self-titled album.

      Elliot spent several years with the group, however, as the obvious stand-out, he
      eventually left Destiny’s Child and embarked on his solo career. Since then,
      Elliot has risen to ultimate stardom, accruing countless honors and awards,
      including twenty Grammy’s. Elliot has become known as one of the most
      important and compelling popular musicians of the 21st century.
    • Photo of Nick Hughes
      Nick Hughes
      Drum Instructor
      Nick’s love affair with the drums started at the age of 9, at a rock show in New Orleans. One of the drummer’s sticks went flying into the audience – Nick, naturally, caught it and started ...
      Nick’s love affair with the drums started at the age of 9, at a rock show in New Orleans. One of
      the drummer’s sticks went flying into the audience – Nick, naturally, caught it and started
      banging on the nearest bang-able surface. The drummer noticed and summoned Nick up to the
      stage, asking him if he was a drummer: shaking his head “no”, the drummer asked Nick to hit
      his drum. “Harder!” he said, and Nick followed. “Even Harder!” he yelled, as Nick wailed on the
      kit. “You’re a drummer now!” he exclaimed. And so it began.

      Growing up in NOLA, Nick grew up soaking up the sounds and sights of the city’s incomparably
      lively music scene, attending every jazz and funk show he could get into. He attended the
      University of New Orleans on a Jazz Studies scholarship, graduating in 2011 and getting real-
      world experience playing at some of the best music venues in New Orleans.
      After graduating, Nick maintained several residencies and toured extensively, performing
      everywhere from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the Kennedy Center in
      Washington DC. In 2016, Nick moved to Austin: since then, he’s gained a new appreciation of
      Waylon Jennings, brisket and Buc-ees. In his free time, he goes thrifting, explores nature, and
      eats a copious amount of breakfast tacos.
      • Drums lessons
    • Photo of George Mack
      George Mack
      Drums, Keys, Vocals Instructor
      George Mack has been playing music most of his life. He focused on guitar, piano, cello, bass and choir during middle and High School. By age 17 he was playing bass with Austin punk group “Two Mi...
      George Mack has been playing music most of his life. He focused on guitar, piano, cello, bass and choir during middle and High School. By age 17 he was playing bass with Austin punk group “Two Minute Hate” when he first met Rick Carney. While studying Audio Engineering at ACC, George toured the country as Lead Vocalist for Funk Metal Vikings “Bouffant Jellyfish”
      In the mid 90’s he toured the country again with the multi genera band “SPLIT” playing saxophone, keyboards, percussion and backing vocals. He also then developed a love for the drums.

      Working his way through 2 years at the Drummers Collective in NYC, George studied Jazz, Funk, Brazilian, Reggae and Afro-Cubin styles. He worked at the school and as a background actor all while playing a busy schedule playing drums with local punk rock heroes “Team Spider”. Sometimes gigging with local bands on sax. CBGBs was a favorite spot, he played there 3 nights before it closed.

      In 2006 George toured the US again, this time on drums for Southern Cali band “Bargain Music” supporting Slightly Stupid and Pepper.
      Currently, George plays guitar and sings in the local metal band “Doctor Sleep” and plays Keyboards in “Small Furry Animals” a Pink Floyd tribute band.
      • Drums, Keys, Vocals lessons

Testimonials

  • “I like many things about the program. 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 them forever. My sons can just listen to a song and pick out their respective parts and play them. They aren't dependent on sheet music. I also like the camaraderie that develops between the students. Both boys have made lasting friendships with other students.”
    - Rebecca Robinson, Austin, TX
  • “Perfect fit for our 13 year old music buff! He learned so much in just 5 days of camp and the end of week performance was so awesome! Everyone at SOR was super friendly and great with the kids. We will be back for another camp for sure!”
    - Sue Atkinson, Austin, TX
  • “School of Rock Austin's Adult program rocks! The school has quality teachers with current gig and recording experience. SOR students are learning from teachers who are out in the “real world” playing in bands. 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. The staff is very supportive and profession. They also have Travis Woodard, an amazing drummer and awesome teacher! Go check them out!”
    - Cheryl Tepper, Austin, TX
  • “You have created a supportive learning environment that places the student in musical situations that stretch skills while stressing constant improvement, all lead by actively gigging, professional musicians. What more can you ask for from a music school?”
    - Corey Moser, Austin, TX