School of Rock Burbank’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Toluca Lake music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Brady TaitGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Brady Tait has been involved with music since the age of two, when he first began to play the guitar. Over the years, as his passion for music grew, he learned how to play bass, keys and drums.
Another passion of Brady’s is writing and composing music, and he has written about 70 songs to date in many different styles. After moving to LA, he joined several bands as their bassist and has performed throughout Southern California.
He has almost completed the Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at Musicians Institute. Brady has performed in 55 plays and musicals, and won five Elly Awards (regional theatre awards). He enjoys sharing his knowledge, skills and passion for music with the next generation of musicians.
Nick MasonDrum 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.
Paxton McMurrayGuitar 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 WolfinbargerGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Chad’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.