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School of Rock Columbia
6935 Oakland Mills Road Suite N
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 415-1970

Location Specifics

Our cross Street is Snowden River Pkwy.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Columbia, 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
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

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.

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

At School of Rock Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Columbia'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 Columbia 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 Columbia are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Columbia 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
Performance
Ages 11-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Columbia 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 Columbia Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Columbia 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 Columbia'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 Columbia music venue.

Songwriting
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 Columbia, 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 Columbia is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Columbia 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.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Columbia'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 Columbia 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 Columbia.

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 Columbia 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 Columbia.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 8-18

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

Music Lessons in Columbia

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Columbia, 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 Columbia is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Columbia 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 Columbia'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 Columbia, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia. Unlike other Columbia 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 Columbia, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia. 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia 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 Columbia Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia’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.

General Manager Cody Carr

Cody Carr General Manager

Cody comes to School of Rock Columbia from a diverse musical and leadership background. He has studied the guitar, piano and voice for over 20 years. He studied Music Education at Towson University for three years and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall. Cody believes that positivity is the key to success and that you can achieve your dreams if you dedicate yourself to them. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his wife, and being a fur-dad to his two dogs and four cats.
Bass Guitar Teacher and Guitar Teacher Arnold Gottlieb

Arnold Gottlieb Bass Guitar Teacher and Guitar Teacher

Arnold S. Gottlieb is a bassist, guitarist, and actually plays the tuba. In New York City, he substituted in the Broadway Orchestra’s of ‘Wicked’, ‘Avenue Q’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Chicago’, and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. His tours have brought him to 49 US states and all through Europe.

In 2019, ‘Sufferin’ Moses’, of which he is a long term member, won ‘best blues act’ in Charleston SC.
He can be heard on recordings by; Sufferin’ Moses, Forty Mile Detour, Andy Germak, Ken Beasley and others. He’s been seen on ‘The Fox Morning Show’ in New York, and if you look closely, you might see him and his upright bass on ‘Southern Charm’.
Singing Teacher Siobhan Beckett

Siobhan Beckett Singing Teacher

Siobhan Beckett is an actor, singer, makeup artist and arts educator living and working in the Baltimore area. Siobhan studied Theatre with a special concentration in Acting at Towson University and graduated with her Bachelors in 2011. Siobhan is a freelance performer and vocalist, with vocal experience ranging from opera and musical theater to pop, acoustic, rock and metal vocals. Siobhan is comfortable singing anything from Italian arias and show tunes, to Adele and Janis Joplin. Siobhan focuses on "Alexander Technique" with her students, proper posture, breathing and diaphragm work. She encourages energy, imagination, individuality and finding your own inner rock star. Siobhan specializes in hard rock and unclean vocal styling and stage presence techniques.
Drum Teacher Randolph Gardner

Randolph Gardner Drum Teacher

Mr. Randolph Gardner Sr. has been involved in music for twenty-eight years. After exploring music at the age of three he began playing on an advanced level and received his first music position playing drums for the youth and young adult choir of The Good Shepherd Baptist Church located in Baltimore City at the age of five. Randolph continued his music study throughout elementary, middle and high school playing for the various instrumental music and vocal choral ensembles. Randolph attended the historic Frederick Douglass Senior High School in Baltimore, MD as a music major in The Cab Calloway Music Careers Program under the Direction of David C. Burton Jr. As a student he embarked on many great opportunities such as playing for Baltimore's own jazz singer the late great Ethel Ennis, playing for the late great Whit Williams and his jazz band, playing for world renowned saxophonist Gary Bartz, playing for Chris Calloway grandson of Baltimore's own the late great Cab Calloway, and being awarded the first recipient of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance Scholarship in 2009.

Since high school Randolph entered the Baltimore City Public School System, where he returned to Frederick Douglass High School and obtained the position as the Assistant Band Director and Percussion Instructor for seven years, and one year as the Acting Band Director. Randolph has also established his own band "The RoseGold Experience" and had the privilege to play for the various Mayors and former President Barack Obama at the White House for the 2016 Mayors Conference. In the spring of 2019 Randolph crossed the burning sands and was birthed into the brotherhood of Mu Phi Sigma National Percussion Fraternity Inc. This musical journey has not only increased his love for music, but it has also increased his ambition to service various communities and educate others through music!

Kevin Goren Drum Teacher

Kevin Goren is a drummer from Baltimore, MD specializing in playing a variety of styles of music such as rock, jazz, latin, pop, metal, reggae, and funk. He has been performing professionally in the Baltimore music scene for 6 years and toured nationally across the country with Stacked Like Pancakes for between 2016-2018.

Kevin studied percussion at an early age and received an award and scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Music. In 2020, he graduated from Towson University, majoring in Business with a minor in Jazz Performance. He has trained with Matt Halpern, a grammy nominated drum performer and nominated as Best Metal Drummer in Modern Drummer magazine, Chris Pierorazio, a Jazz performer from the Peabody Institute and currently studies with Frank Russo, a percussion professor at TU.

As a teacher, Kevin specializes in reading music, and applying rudimental concepts to the drum set, as well as giving his students a well rounded education in all styles and techniques. Each lesson Kevin provides will be accommodated towards the student's specific goals.

Currently, Kevin can be found performing with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, who reached #6 on the 2019 season of American Idol.
Little Wing and Rookies Director Taylor Hitaffer

Taylor Hitaffer Little Wing and Rookies Director

Taylor Hitaffer is a believer in the power of LOVE and MUSIC! She is an arts administrator and educator who began her career at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, working for the American College Theater Festival and Theatre for Young Audiences. She is a graduate of Towson University's Theatre Arts Department and a certified ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Children instructor. Taylor has been director of School of Rock Columbia’s early music appreciation series, Little Wing and Rookies, since 2018.
Singing Teacher Gabrielle Gilbert

Gabrielle Gilbert Singing Teacher

Gabrielle Gilbert is a University of Maryland student studying both classical voice performance and hearing and speech studies. These dueling areas of focus have given her the perspective to incorporate both scientific vocal techniques, as well as artistic techniques into her teaching method. She is involved with local art groups as well, performing both opera and musical theatre in the area, as well as being president and founder of 32 Bars, a musical theatre organization at UMD. She utilizes her classical technique and large ensemble experience to be both an effective voice instructor, but also band instructor and emphasizes both musicianship and intention, working to bring on those elements together to allow her students to become captivating performers.
Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher and Singing Teacher Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Gabriel Jose Rodriguez drew much of his musical influence from his father, himself a Latin composer. Interested in music all his life, he found it easy to pursue music composition at the Community College of Philadelphia and later at Eastern University. Since arriving at Eastern, he has produced musical compositions for numerous artists. As an aspiring music producer, he has also worked in studios and engineered for a number of clients. Gabriel also enjoys teaching keys, vocals, drums, songwriting, music production, and music composition to children of all ages. Gabriel has a deep desire to see children be inspired by music and for them to later be influencers of music through constant learning, practicing, and just having fun with their instruments.
Singing Teacher Eric Mann

Eric Mann Singing Teacher

Eric Mann considers music a hobby and a passion. Eric has been playing guitar for 8 years and is currently in school at University of Maryland studying vocal performance and music education. Eric has been playing in pop punk/metal bands since junior year of high school as well as written a fair share of original music, and has been invited to play gigs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Eric has sung with the UMD Chamber singers in places like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Eric considers music one of life’s greatest pleasures and is excited to teach a new generation of musicians, help people discover it for the first time, maybe rekindle a lost flame.
Singing and Keyboard Teacher Kathleen Stanley

Kathy Stanley Singing and Keyboard Teacher

Kathleen Stanley is a professional keyboard player and singer with experience in many different bands and musical groups since the age of 17, and is a coordinator of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Washington DC chapter. She also plays guitar and ukulele.

She currently plays keyboards and sings lead and harmonies in three groups in the DC area: two classic rock/variety bands, and an oldies duo. She’s previously played venues in San Diego, Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Alaska and Calgary, Canada, sharing the stage with many amazing musicians.

Kathleen is also a songwriter and independent artist. She plays showcases in the DC area, and has attended numerous NSAI song camps, coordinator training sessions and workshops in Nashville; has also pitched songs to publishing companies and secured two single song publishing contracts. She’s recorded her original songs at various studios in Nashville, and her music was featured in Cohesion Theater’s Baltimore performance of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, and their Political Cabaret.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher and Drum Teacher Mike DeProspo

Mike DeProspo Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher and Drum Teacher

Mike DeProspo is a professional guitarist, bassist, and drummer. He achieved his B.M. Jazz/Commercial Music (Guitar) from Towson University and M.A.T. Music Education from Mount Saint Mary University. He is the lead guitarist for Baltimore-based "Tickle Me Emo" and former lead guitarist for "As If". Mike currently works as an elementary general music teacher for the Baltimore County Public School system. His favorite guitarist is Eddie Van Halen.
Drum Teacher Ethan Hanson

Ethan Hanson Drum Teacher

Ethan is a music geek and lover of jazz and progressive rock. He enjoys playing neo-soul, jazz, "in the pocket" funk, and has been blessed to have played alongside Benzel Cowen (George Clinton's current drummer).

Ethan is a college student majoring in jazz and minoring in sound engineering, who loves teaching/jamming out with his students.
Guitar Teacher and Singing Teacher David Nenner

David Nenner Guitar Teacher and Singing Teacher

David is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Towson University. During the work week, David teaches young adults, using his background and music to connect. He works on multiple projects and brings the knowledge and experience he gains from those back to his main project, Spies Ascend. David enjoys exploring the depths of Spotify, drumming on his steering wheel, and drinking coffee.
Drum Teacher Jared Coffin

Jared Coffin Drum Teacher

Jared is a self-taught drummer and percussionist with almost ten years of experience. His style of playing and teaching is all about finding a balance between technical aspects of drumming, and knowing when to improvise and jam tastefully. Sometimes a song demands that you play something very specific, and other times, it’s more about finding a more laid-back “feel,” without overthinking. Jared also emphasizes the need to listen and know how to serve the song, not just the individual instrument. As Jerry Garcia said - “if you get confused, listen to the music play!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher and Drum Teacher Mike

Mike Williams Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher and Drum Teacher

Mike plays guitar, drums, keys, and bass. Mike has been in various bands from marching bands to alternative hard rock bands to heavy metal screamo bands!

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Our instructors are top of the line!

They are fun and instill confidence in students. They have a great relationship with the students who all look up to them. The students know that the staff care about their musical talents and therefore they are inspired to work hard.

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School of Rock offers the whole experience!

It has great teachers and social experience for young musicians!

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Everyone fits in here!

Everyone gets a chance to play regardless of skill or talent level. It allows every student to learn and improve.

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They specialize in motivation!

School of Rock has allowed my daughter to step outside her comfort zone. The ability to take lessons and perform while learning has motivated her more than I ever imagined possible.

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