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School of Rock Burbank
4516 Mariota Ave
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
(818) 980-1522

Location Specifics

Located at Riverside and Mariota, behind the post office.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/23/2021: Closed
  • 11/24/2021: Closed
  • 11/25/2021: Closed

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

The School of Rock in Burbank is proud to offer music classes to help teach our community how to play instruments with skill and confidence. We teach everything from drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals. Students can develop skills in playing popular local genres including punk and garage rock. At School of Rock, our students are given the chance to perform live shows and develop their skills in a supportive learning environment. While there are not a ton of music venues specific to Burbank, there's a wealth of opportunities for students to take the skills they learned at School of Rock and perform in the greater Los Angeles area.

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Toluca Lake
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Burbank our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Burbank, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children in Toluca Lake
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Burbank, 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 Burbank, 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 Toluca Lake for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Burbank'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 Burbank 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 Toluca Lake are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Burbank 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 Toluca Lake
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Burbank'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 Toluca Lake 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 Burbank, 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 Toluca Lake is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Burbank 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 Burbank, 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.

Adult music program in Toluca Lake for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Burbank'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 Burbank 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 Toluca Lake.

What To Expect

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 Burbank 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 Toluca Lake.

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

The School of Rock Burbank 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 Burbank's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at CA 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 Toluca Lake and the rest of CA. 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 Burbank

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Toluca Lake

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Toluca Lake

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Burbank 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 Burbank we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Toluca Lake, 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 Burbank, 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 Toluca Lake. Unlike other Toluca Lake 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 Burbank, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Toluca Lake 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 Toluca Lake

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Burbank 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 Burbank, 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 Burbank 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 Burbank, 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 Toluca Lake.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Toluca Lake

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Burbank 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 Toluca Lake 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 Burbank, 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 Toluca Lake 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 Burbank, 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 Toluca Lake

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Burbank, 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 Toluca Lake, 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 Burbank’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.

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.
General Manager Selena Manzo

Selena Manzo 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 General Manager at School of Rock Burbank.
Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Pierre Karlsson

Pierre Karlsson Music Director, 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."

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.
Nick Mason

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.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

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.

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.

Kapali Long Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

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.

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.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Studio Coordinator Stephanie Howie

Stephanie Howie Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Studio Coordinator

Stephanie grew up around a family of musicians and began her music career by singing in church and kids choirs. She began taking classical vocal and piano lessons at the age of 8 and found herself gravitating more towards contemporary music as she got older. At 15 she formed and performed with an all-girl rock band through high school and later joined her university A Cappella group where she toured India performing. She has won awards competing against some of the top teams in the country. At 17 she was signed as an in-house musician for the Taj Group of Hotels in India while pursuing a degree in Psychology. She later completed her classical music training at Trinity College of Music, London.

Upon graduating, she decided to move to LA where she attended Musicians Institute (Independent Artist Program) and now spends her time writing and working on her music, and teaching herself to produce when she’s not teaching at School of Rock.
Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Bruno Vega

Bruno Vega Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in Mexico City, Bruno started playing guitar at age 7. Coming from a family of actors, he used to spend a lot of time with the musicians from the musicals his mother was a part of. By age 9, after meeting Spanish pop legend Nacho Cano (who was the main producer of the musical at the time), Bruno knew he wanted to live his life making music just like him. By age 11, he got into the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City where he studied both music theory and piano as the main instrument for four years. In his senior year, wanting to record his original music, he attended SAE Institute, where he learned recording techniques and use of synthesizers. At age 18, Bruno was part of several bands as a bass and guitar player, performing at venues all around Mexico City and Monterrey like the “Irish Beer Festival”.

In 2019, Bruno moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians’ Institute, where he graduated “Cum Laude” from the Music Performance/Independent Artist Studies degree.

He is currently working on his own original music and as a guitar player/producer in other productions.

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."

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.
Drum Teacher Alejandro Mercado

Alejandro Mercado Drum Teacher

Alejandro Mercado is a drummer born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and now resides in Los Angeles, California.

He attended and graduated from Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he received his Associate of Arts Degree before fully immersing himself in the local music scene. Besides studying with the MI faculty, he studied privately with Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Jeremy Colson (Steve Vai), and Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol).

Since moving to Los Angeles, Alejandro has played for a variety of artists ranging from all sorts of genres such as EDM, Metal, Rock, and Jazz. A few artists he has worked with include: The World Over, Rhythm Monks, Street Drums Corps., Street Beat The Show, Philm, Tommy C. & The Black Widows, Idol X, and Rocky Kramer.

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