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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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.

Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

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 Mason

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.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

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.
Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

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.

Pierre KarlssonGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Pierre is a Swedish-born guitarist and songwriter that has lived in Los Angeles since arriving here in 1997. Influenced by many American rock bands/artists (such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Crows, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine, Primus and many others), Pierre toured and recorded with his own band, Fishlips, which placed first in a national music competition in Sweden. Pierre graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology at The Musicians Institute in 1999 with an award for Best Recording Project. During his tenure at MI, he had the opportunity to study with such esteemed artists as Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Carl Verhayen and Paul Gilbert to name a few. Pierre has collaborated in projects along producers such as Daniel Mendez (Lit, Dashboard Confessional) and Billy Sullivan (Six days In Roswell, Trekkies and The Nature Of Existence). He also sidelined on the movie "I Love You, Man," and you can hear Pierre's playing in the documentary "The Nature of Existence" and on the TV show "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Pierre remains an active performer and studio musician in the L.A. area.

Kapali LongGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano 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.

Stephen MillsDrum 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.

Ross ChaitDrum Teacher

Ross Chait is a drummer, singer, songwriter and composer born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up playing in bands and writing songs from the age of eight, he went on to study music and english at Oberlin College in Ohio. Since moving back to Los Angeles in 2013, he has been pursuing a career as a professional musician by writing film scores, doing studio and touring work as a drummer, writing songs for his own band Total Heat, working in music administration and distribution, and also teaching lessons. Over the past four years Ross has toured extensively as a drummer in the US, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. Ross currently plays drums with the indie rock group Girlpool and is an administrative assistant at The John and Alice Coltrane Foundation. Most importantly, he continues to pursue his lifelong dream of touring the world and spreading love and knowledge of music.

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