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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

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

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 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.

Doña OxfordSinging Teacher, 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.

Jeremy CohenBass 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.

Connor MillitelloGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Connor is a born and raised Californian. He knew from the age of five that music was his calling and hasn’t looked back since. At 12, he was blessed to receive his first instrument (drum set) and his life has revolved around playing music since that day. Music has been a rock for Connor and he can be heard saying “it’s the friend that never leaves you and never changes.” After years of teaching himself instruments and gaining experience by playing in bands and doing session work, Connor was lucky to be hired at School of Rock San Ramon. It was truly a landmark in his musical life. After a couple years of teaching he decided to make the big move down to Hollywood to pursue his own musical education at Musicians Institute. After solidifying his knowledge of music in an academic setting he decided it was time to get back to sharing that knowledge. Connor specializes in advanced guitar and bass lessons and also teaches drums. He loves to work on music theory, ear training and advanced visualization techniques. Connor is a huge nerd about music and looks forward to seeing you here at School of Rock.

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