Nick Mason Drum Teacher
Nick Mason, is an international touring/studio drummer and music educator. Over his 30-year career in the music industry he has appeared on countless albums, movie soundtracks, music videos, TV shows and feature films. As an educator he helped build and manage the Buffalo Music School in Western New York. He conducts clinics, music seminars and artist consultations. Nick has one of the busiest private teaching practices in Southern California, and can regularly be seen in the pages of industry trade magazines. His performance credits include some of the industry's top acts, such as Street Drum Corps, V2A, The Rhythm Coffin, Beasto Blanco, Orianthi, TUFF, Daisy DeLaHoya, Shania Twain, Corey Feldman, Nik West, Rudy Mancuso, and many more. Nick officially endorses Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Regal Tip Drumsticks, Coffin Case, Cympad, Cool Claws and Zombie Killer Clothing. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Burbank.
Paxton McMurray Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Paxton grew up around jazz and blues music in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began on the piano at four years old, and continued his training on drums, bass, guitar and harmonica. In addition to his jazz training, Paxton attended NOCCA and The Colburn School for classical music, and later studied recording and mixing at the Musicians’ Institute.
He plays in several bands around LA as a multi-instrumentalist, and continues to write/record his own material. He is also a former School of Rock student. Paxton started on keyboards at School of Rock Burbank and began playing around town with the school at 10 years old. The school helped him discover his passion for drums and guitar as well, which he studied with School of Rock for several years.
Paxton is excited to continue to be a part of School of Rock, and hopes to share his experiences with this growing community of young musicians.
Chad Wolfinbarger Assistant Music Director
Chad Wolfinbarger’s musical aspirations started innocently enough. Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, he was introduced to New Wave through his sister. By the time he got to junior high, Chad had graduated to Iggy Pop, but the Euro-centric sounds of Depeche Mode, The Cure and even Falco had also made a permanent mark on his psyche. At 20, Chad grabbed his guitar, boarded a plane for the very first time and moved to Los Angeles. To make ends meet, he held a string of odd jobs — working as an extra on a Celine Dion video, cleaning toilets in exchange for studio time — and eventually landed an internship with renowned songwriter Diane Warren. The affable Chad eventually networked his way to a job at a small label, and through new relationships in the industry found himself house-sitting for a friend of famed Swedish producer Max Martin. Chad labored on and continued to refine his songwriting skills. The day came when he decided that it was now or never and as fate would have it, a phone call that very night would mean things were going to happen a lot faster than he ever imagined. His band's first record went platinum with the single "Show Me What I’m Looking for." The second record paved the way for the band to play arenas with Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw The Fray, One Republic, Rob Thomas and Lindsey Sterling. His newest band, Federal Empire, is currently charting at alternative radio across the U.S. He is the Assistant Music Director at School of Rock Burbank.
Pierre Karlsson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Before moving to Los Angeles to study music at the world renowned Musicians Institute (GIT), Pierre performed and recorded with various rock bands from his homeland, Sweden. Since graduating, Pierre Karlsson has established himself as a sought after guitarist, composer/arranger and music collaborator whose stylistic flexibility and enthusiasm speaks for itself.
He has been teaching at School of Rock since 2007, sharing his passion and love of music by being a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher, and directing seasonal shows. Pierre is a multi-faceted musician with credits like the film "Night School" (starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish), "Green Eggs and Ham" (Warner Bros) and Hollywood Reel Film Festival winner "The Truth About Marriage," as well as many commercial and indie projects. He has recorded with artists ranging from Benny Mardones (Into the Night) to Dona Oxford and producer/engineer Rob Brill (Paul McCartney), as well as Billy Sullivan (Trekkies) and Daniel Mendez (Motley Crue). His playing has been featured on television broadcasts around the world, including recent credits "Sing Like a Star," "Daily Blast," "Evidence of Innocence" and "Xploration Awesome Planet."
Kapali Long Music Director
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kapali Long has been performing music all his life since the age of three by learning piano, then ukulele and so forth. His main instruments are his voice and guitar, but he plays close to 20 instruments. He's proficient in all styles including acoustic, electric and lapsteel guitar. He can play guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, bass, percussion, banjo and a bunch of "band" instruments. Music is in his blood. Being from Hawaii and a native Hawaiian, Kapali's mother plays bass and sings, his grandfather and grandmother toured in the 60s he's also the nephew of Hawaiian music greats Buddy Fo and Mikilani Fo. Long has played and writes all genres from rock to reggae, metal to folk and country to urban. He is the Music Director at School of Rock Burbank.
Doña Oxford Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Producer, composer, songwriter, singer, keyboardist and teacher, Doña Oxford is an extraordinary, soulful and passionate musician. As a keyboardist Doña has played with many rock and blues legends, including Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Roger Daltrey, Ginger Baker, Albert Lee, Julia Fordham, Buddy Guy, Bob Weir, Levon Helm, Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin, Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Vivino, Steve Lukather, Leland Sklar, Harry Shearer and her idol, the former Chuck Berry sideman and father of rock and roll piano, Johnnie Johnson.
Doña has toured over 22 countries. In addition to recording five albums of her own, she also finds time to play on numerous Grammy and Emmy-winning albums, TV and movie scores, including the Eddie Murphy box office hit “Norbit," the Martin Lawrence film “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins,” “Senior Skip Day” and the soon to be released Kevin Hart feature, “Night School.” With over five million hits on YouTube, her “Boogie Woogie” performance video is a sensation. Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor called her the next big thing in music. She is a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Burbank.
Jeremy Cohen Bass Guitar Teacher
Jeremy Cohen began learning piano at the age of four in his hometown of Beverly, MA. Through public school programs, he also picked up the trombone. He played in and led the trombone section under the leadership of Ray Novack, a Beverly music veteran. Jeremy’s dreams of becoming an atomic scientist were forever changed when he picked up the bass guitar. He has since played in countless high school bands, local rock schools and also while getting his degree in Music Therapy and Bass Performance at Berklee College of Music. Jeremy’s stylistic flexibility and interest in different genres has led him to international touring, most recently as bassist/songwriter of indie rock band The Rare Occasions and as Music Director for pop singer Patrick Martin. Jeremy is the recipient of many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Song of the Year Award for “Dysphoric,” which he co-wrote with The Rare Occasions. He is a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Burbank.
Nate Hohman Guitar Teacher
Nate grew up in Los Angeles, California raised on a rigorous diet of Elton John, Prince, The Police, Billy Joel and Journey. At age 12 he received a guitar for Christmas and hasn't put it down since. Soon after he began playing he discovered his love for classic rock, and started learning as much Zeppelin, Cream, Ozzy and Rolling Stones as was possible. After a couple of years of learning the basics, he discovered School of Rock Burbank and joined one of their seasonal shows. He began to grow exponentially as a musician, which led to an invitation to play in their House Band. He soon discovered something that he loved even more than classic rock- performing. With School of Rock he played venues such as The Rose, events at the Greek, The Whiskey A Go Go, The Federal Bar in NoHo and the NAMM convention. After graduating high school and moving on from being a student at School of Rock he started working towards his degree at California Institute of the Arts, majoring in Guitar and Performance and also began playing for numerous local bands, opening for acts such as Oingo Boingo and Berlin. Nate's love for music has led him back to inspire others at School of Rock. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Burbank.
Ryan Schiff District Manager
Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ryan began playing guitar at age 13 after seeing the movie "La Bamba" about rock legend Ritchie Valens. He studied with Grammy-nominated guitarist Steve Briody for several years before starting his own projects and soon became an instructor himself. While still in New York, his band Code Anchor independently released several EPs and one full-length album, "Rosada," while touring extensively nationwide from 2005-2009. A co-writer in the band, Ryan also played lead and rhythm guitar while singing lead and backup vocals. Memorable stages include the Vans Warped Tour at Nassau Coliseum and headlining bills at some of New York City's greatest venues like CBGB's and The Knitting Factory. It was during this time that Ryan began teaching at School of Rock in NY. Hungry to pursue new musical ventures, Ryan departed from Code Anchor and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. Since then, he's been busy writing, producing and performing with his newest project, Lou Pine. As a Sony/ATV artist, Lou Pine’s music has been featured on television shows like “Chicago Fire,” “Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word” and “Food Paradise." Ryan enjoys playing every genre, including jazz, funk, country and folk, but credits the blues and rock n' roll as his main influences. He is the district manager at School of Rock Burbank.
Tevis Sauer-Karlsson General Manager
Tevis Sauer-Karlsson was raised in Dallas, Texas and loved all things music from the beginning. She cried in tune as a baby, began playing piano at the age of three and took lessons by four. She then began learning guitar at 13 and started classical voice studies in high school. After graduation Tevis made her way out to Los Angeles to attend the Musicians Institute vocal program, where she received multiple awards. She has since played in numerous bands both as a singer and bassist. She has written and recorded her original music all while teaching piano/keys, bass and singing lessons around the city. She found School of Rock in 2006 and joined the team as a vocal instructor and soon after began running summer camps and show directing. Witnessing what School of Rock programs offer students led Tevis to become further involved in the operations side of running the school and led her to eventually becoming the General Manager of School of Rock Pasadena and School of Rock Burbank. Tevis believes kids are better humans for having been in School of Rock programs and will put every effort in, along with her dynamic team, to make sure as many people have the opportunity to benefit from it as possible.
Michael Ijac Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Mike Ijac has been playing music all his life, from jamming with friends to joining folk band Low Ceilings in Boston and exploring the DIY scene of the Northeast. After spending some time in LA, Mike returned to his home state of Florida where he first started working for School of Rock. Since moving back to LA he decided to continue being part of the School of Rock family as a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Burbank. Mike currently releases music as Mykeadelic and released an album last year called "Magic Hour."
Scott Warren Piano Teacher
Scott Warren was the latest keyboardist for heavy metal bands Dio, and Heaven and Hell. Scott is a self-taught keyboardist. He began playing at age six. Later he trained professionally at Dick Grove School of Music. Scott Warren was a member of the groups Warrant, Keel and Berlin.
Today Scott Warren is part of Dio Disciples, which includes surviving members of the final line-up of Dio, along with former Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan. He also plays in the band Hellion alongside fellow Dio Disciples member Simon Wright. His most notable work with the band would have to include his keyboard solo on the recent "Killing the Dragon" album on a track titled "Before the Fall." He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Burbank.
Katie Cole Drum Teacher
Katie Cole has always had a passion for music and has been playing all kinds of instruments for the past 15 years. She specializes in drums and has played in multiple touring bands. She’s been in jazz bands throughout high school and college and has played anything from pop to heavy metal. Katie is currently writing with her band Dangerkids. She is a drum teacher at School of Rock Burbank.
Selena Manzo Assistant General Manager
Raised in Los Angeles, Selena Manzo has always been passionate about music, from photographing concerts to working as health and safety at music festivals. She is currently back in school, pursuing degrees in Business, Graphic Design and Photography. You can catch her custom-made show posters around the school.
When she's not behind the front desk, she enjoys learning new things, gardening and being outdoors. Selena loves helping build an amazing community, creating rad artwork and running around with her camera at School of Rock shows. She is our Assistant General Manager at School of Rock Burbank.
Derek Abrams Drum Teacher
Derek Abrams has been playing drums since the age of seven when he received his first drum kit, and he began playing professionally at the age of 15. In high school, he focused on jazz history, theory and composition. After high school, he embarked on an extensive study in world percussion and ethnic drumming. Throughout it all, he stuck by his musical first love - metal. There's no musical style he holds in greater esteem. Derek's goal is to be the most versatile and technically proficient drummer he can be, and, to that end, he holds himself to the highest possible standards. Over the past two years, Derek has toured the US and Canada four times, spent the last two summers in EU and UK, and played a historic stadium tour supporting Slayer on their final tour in November 2019. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Burbank.