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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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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM

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

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

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
Rookies
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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

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 for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-9

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
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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 9-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 10-17

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
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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.

Adult music program 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
  • 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 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 around town
House Band
Age 12-17

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
  • 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 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
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 Burbank

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
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
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
  • 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 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
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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

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
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
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • 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
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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

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.

Nick Mason

Nick Mason Drum Teacher

Nicholas Mason is a professional touring and studio drummer based out of Los Angeles. He has performed on countless albums, singles and movie soundtracks, appeared in several music videos, orchestrated drum clinics, co-hosted an international music TV show and makes regular appearances in percussion trade magazines such as "DRUM! Modern Drummer." His credits include Street Drum Corps, Orianthi, Daisy De La Hoya, Shania Twian, Corey Feldman, TUFF, Nik West, Kevin Nealon, "Glee," "MasterChef," NIKE, Cartoon Network, Showtime, FOX, ABC and many more. Nick began providing private drum percussion lessons in 2001 and continues his ever-growing teaching practice with 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.
Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

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. The 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 and The Fray.

Pierre Karlsson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Before 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 teaching guitar and bass and directing seasonal shows. Pierre is a multi-faceted musician with credits like the film "Night School" (starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish) and "Green Eggs and Ham" (Warner Bros), 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) and Billy Sullivan (Trekkies). 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.

Stephen Mills Drum Teacher

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Stephen is a co-founding member, co-writer and co-producer of Alley Cats LV, featuring Takashi O’hashi (Seikima-II) and Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat). Formed in late 2016, the band recorded and released their self-titled debut EP in January 2017, followed by a full-length album, “Wha Cha Say!” in January 2018. In between, the band has done three sold out tours of Japan, with a fourth already being booked for the end of this year. Stephen also currently tours the U.S. with country rocker Mark Mackay. In addition to headlining dates, Mark and his band have performed as direct support for legacy artists such as Marshall Tucker Band, Pure Prairie League, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and have opened a festival with Keith Urban as the headliner.

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 began learning piano at the age of four in his hometown of Beverly, MA. Throughout public school programs, he also picked up the trombone and was named a city-wide brass section leader. He played in and led the section under the leadership of Ray Novack, a Beverly music veteran, who put the city on the map as a consistent recipient of awards around the country. Jeremy’s dreams of becoming an atomic scientist, however, were forever changed when he picked up the bass guitar. He has since played in countless bands in high school, local rock schools and also while getting his degree in Music Therapy and Bass Performance at Berklee College of Music. His experience at Berklee, particularly in Music Therapy, showed him the power of community-driven music that can bring people together in many unique ways. Jeremy is a winner of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest as a co-writer of the song "Dysphoric" by his band The Rare Occasions, with which he currently gigs and records around LA. The band released their debut album in May of 2018.

Ty Asoudegan Guitar Teacher

Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is a visually exciting and powerful guitarist/songwriter. He is active with his band Fastride and also as a solo blues musician playing, recording and collaborating with artists nationally. Ty's work as a touring musician has led him to share the stage with Buddy Guy, Black Star Riders (Thin Lizzy), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne), Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Metal Mike (Halford), Dean Ween, Michael Graves (The Misfits) and Steel Panther, and even grabbed the attention of rock icon Slash (Guns N' Roses). He has also pursued teaching since leaving school, but does not limit his lessons to just the classroom. Ty leads ensembles, weeklong camps and hosts clinics/seminars. His band Fastride has recorded and released an EP alongside producer JD DeServio (Black Label Society). The band holds their own concerts/festivals called Fastfest.

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.

Garrett Blackwell Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Garrett Blackwell is primarily a guitarist, singer and songwriter. His influences are diverse, his perspectives fresh and his experiences unique. He loves to share with his students what he has learned.

At the age of nine Garrett grabbed the guitar and began playing. Receiving a steady diet of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin as a kid, Garrett started out with the classics. He went through a similar rock school program where he learned how to practice and perform with bands. While studying at Colorado College, Garrett became drawn to the fast-paced world of bluegrass. He played in the school’s top ensemble and served as assistant to the director of the bluegrass program, through which he enjoyed the opportunity to learn from and share the stage with bluegrass greats such as Sierra Hull, Molly Tuttle, Jeff White and Pete Wernick. Garrett’s involvement in the world of bluegrass helped him hone his technical skills as a guitarist and vocalist while picking up a few chops on the banjo and mandolin too.

Garrett recently graduated and moved to LA with his new rock band, where he continues to progress as an instrumentalist, singer and songwriter.

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.

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