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School of Rock Dallas
5606 Dyer Street
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 363-7625

Location Specifics

Near the SMU campus in the University Crossing neighborhood.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Dallas, 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.

Rookies music program for children in Dallas
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Dallas, 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 Dallas, 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 in Dallas for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Dallas'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 Dallas 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 Dallas are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Dallas 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 in Dallas
Performance
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Dallas 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 Dallas Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Dallas 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 Dallas'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 Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Dallas 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 in Dallas for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Dallas'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 Dallas 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 Dallas.

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 Dallas 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 Dallas.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Dallas
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Dallas

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Dallas, 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 Dallas is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Dallas 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 Dallas'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 Dallas, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Dallas

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Dallas 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 Dallas we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Dallas, 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas. Unlike other Dallas 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 Dallas, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Dallas 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 Dallas

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Dallas

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Dallas. 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas 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 Dallas Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas’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 Natasha Lefroy

Natasha Lefroy General Manager

Natasha comes to School of Rock with over 12 years of sales and small business management experience. Starting with School of Rock as the General Manager of the Temecula location, she has been a helpful hand in various corporate and franchise locations since 2016. Having a deep connection with music throughout her life (as a music lover rather than a musician) she also worked as a photographer/graphic designer for various small bands and musicians around California.

Originally from a small town 10 miles outside Helena Montana, Natasha comes from a family of artists. Natasha recently took up bass and had the opportunity to play a few gigs before moving out of California. With her two trust pug sidekicks (Franklin & Rupert) she is currently running a small art business of her own, and working on a degree in Psychology and Art. "
Music Director Erik Stolpe

Erik Stolpe Music Director

Erik started playing the family piano by ear and singing in choir at church and school by the time he was school age. His passion only grew and as a child and teen he took lessons and played with a variety of ensembles and bands on piano, guitar, clarinet, violin, voice and bass.

In high school Erik studied piano at Southern Methodist University's Piano Preparatory program and eventually received a minor in Music from University of North Texas, taking courses in everything from history and theory to jazz and the music of Frank Zappa.

With Erik on keys and occasionally lending his talents on acoustic guitar, his eclectic rock band The Raven Charter received praise for its technical prowess and high-energy live shows. During their 11-year run, they filled up rooms in Denton and Dallas and shared the stage with acts like Sevendust, Periphery and Nonpoint.

In recent years, Erik has branched out, playing a diverse cover catalog for events and weddings and sitting in with several pop, rock and country artists. Today, he is the bassist for singer-songwriter Troy Cartwright’s touring band. The group travels extensively and has a continually growing resume, opening for southern staples like Pat Green, Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers, to name a few.

Erik joined School of Rock in February 2016 and enjoys teaching, learning and coaching all styles and ages.
Assistant Music Director Richie Rodriguez

Richie Rodriguez Assistant Music Director

Richie began playing guitar at eight years old and fell in love with music and playing an instrument right away. At first, he was plucking his way through 90s rock songs that came on the radio and tapes that his parents had. After a few years, he was able to play along with more difficult songs after he was inspired by classic rock groups such as Led Zeppelin.

Guitar continued to be Richie’s first love, but since there was no place for him to play with others at the time, he joined the school orchestra in sixth grade and learned violin. Richie continued to play violin in school until 11th grade, when he decided to try and pursue other musical interests such as drum line and jazz band until finally he started a rock band with some classmates before the group eventually went their separate ways after graduation.

Over the past couple of years, he has gained a renewed love and appreciation for playing music and has been pursuing it in many different ways. Teaching people to play music and showing them what they are capable of, whether they know it or not, is an exciting new venture for him and he is glad to be a part of School of Rock.

Ashton Hart Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Ashton Hart is a Dallas-based blues guitarist heavily influenced by functional harmony. He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, where he studied both classical and jazz music. Later, he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance on Guitar and Music Theory. As an instructor, his goal is for each of his students to excel on their instrument of choice while also gaining a strong foundation in music altogether. His influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, John Scofield, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Wes Montgomery.

Sammi Bishop Drum Teacher

Sammi began her musical journey at the age of 15 by spending countless hours listening to her favorite bands, playing along to her favorite songs and learning from as many local professionals as possible. Sammi began cutting her teeth playing in local bars around Jacksonville, Florida at 17 years old and quickly became the “go-to fill-in” drummer around town and out of state. Soon, drumming became her full-time occupation.

At age 22, she received a phone call from Austin, TX regarding a new opportunity to tour Europe with the movie soundtrack extraordinaire band Tito & Tarantula, whom most might recognize from films such as "From Dusk Til Dawn," "Desperado," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Machete" and many more. Sammi entertained the masses with this amazing group in countless countries such as Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Italy, Russia and more. Sammi is still on the scene and currently, she’s making her mark as an independent drummer around the Lone Star state and beyond.

Sammi’s love of drumming already has and inevitably will continue to take her places far and wide. Currently, Sammi is a teacher at School of Rock Dallas, using her spark to lead young rockers to the big stage.

Vinnie Parma Drum Teacher

A devoted drummer with nearly two full decades of experience, Vinnie E. Parma has made substantial efforts to make a name for himself across the United States, as well as all over the globe. Based out of Dallas, TX, Vinnie is not only an accomplished percussionist, but singer/songwriter, entertainer, businessman, composer, guitarist and pianist.

Vinnie’s dedication to music and entertaining has taken him across the globe, playing to vast audiences and inspiring future generations to create music. In his spare time, Vinnie has worked as a drum tech for various bands (locally and nationally), stage manager/stagehand, music instructor and in production as an audio technician, lighting designer and projectionist.

With many years of national and international touring, recording, songwriting, performing and musical-related travels, Vinnie has mastered the ability to passionately speak and express himself through his instrument, resulting in his flashy tricks, aerobatic drumming, silly facial expressions, aggressive attitude onstage and humble attitude offstage, and successful delivery to audiences worldwide.
Drum Teacher Aaron ‘AC’ Capers

Aaron ‘AC’ Capers Drum Teacher

Aaron ‘AC’ Capers is a Dallas based musician who specializes in the Percussive Arts. The son of a bass guitarist (Joseph Capers), and vocalist (Gayla Capers). He has a background in the marching arts performing with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corp (2008) and taught the Revolution Drum & Bugle Corp from 2009-2011. He also marched WGI with Surround Sound Percussion from 2005-2008. Since departing from the professional marching side of things he taught at a bevy of high schools around the DFW metroplex and performing with the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, Cowboys R&B Drumline, The Cutting Edge Haunted House Performing Groups as a member of Dynamic Rhythm, and the FC Dallas Drumline. He also drums in a couple of different local bands Loyal Sally, Mayta, The Effinays, and Further North, and also freelances for local hip hop artist and DJ’s as the DJDrummerClub, looking to add a live flare to their set.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Melissa Johnson started her School of Rock journey in 2016 teaching vocals, keys, bass, and guitar. During her time with School of Rock, she has been an instructor, show director, Little Wing and Rookies teacher, and Music Director. After training in classical voice for over 18 years, she fell in love with rock music and pursued a career as a vocal instructor at School of Rock Plano. She first became interested in rock music when she was around six and heard her dad play guitar for the first time. After that, all she wanted to do was play music.

Melissa studied voice throughout grade school and continued throughout college. She pursued a Music Education degree while attending classes at Collin College and TWU. She started teaching voice in 2009 in the DFW area to assist high school students with their college scholarship and musical theater auditions. She has taught many different genres of music through the years anywhere from opera to country and loves singing all styles of music.

Music has always been a great passion for Melissa. Teaching gives her a way to pass on that love and passion to children and young adults, and that is the greatest gift one can give in her eyes.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Ian Griffith

Ian Griffith Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Ian got his first bass at age 14 and was immediately hooked. A month later he played his first gig with a band he had put together with his friends and there was no looking back! The next year he joined the school orchestra and began playing upright bass, eventually joining the school’s jazz band the following year.

After graduating, he became a member of the Collin College Jazz big band and began playing with a few local artists. He is now a student at the University of North Texas where he is minoring in music and plays frequently in different bands around DFW. Most recently Ian has branched out into playing guitar and piano and is excited about new opportunities to teach and share his passion for music.
Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Sydney Hefley

Sydney Hefley Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Sydney is an accomplished vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She began her musical training at the age of 5 with classical piano lessons. She soon incorporated other instruments and is proficient on piano, vocals, guitar, and bass. She is a formally trained vocalist and was a member of the prestigious Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas throughout her high school years. She had the honor to be chosen to tour England with the Choir in 2016. She attended the University of North Texas for two years after high school and continued with classical voice and piano studies. She has since transferred to Berklee College of Music Boston’s Online Master’s program and is studying Song Writing and Music Production.

Sydney has had a long affiliation with School of Rock Dallas, where she was selected for several summer tours as a student, and was brought on as an instructor as soon as she graduated high school. She formed the band Sweet Chaos, where she secured an Ernie Ball endorsement, while still a student with SoR and released a self-titled EP before the age of 16. She has since started a solo career as Sydney Harte and is continuing to release original material.

Sydney has had a long-standing love of music and is passionate about passing that on to her students.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher Michael Witt

Michael Witt Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Michael Witt is a passionate multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and artist based in Dallas, Texas. Starting on piano at age 5, Michael quickly developed a unique sense for musical composition. Michael’s ear got sharper, and at age 12 he began to teach himself the guitar. Catching on quickly, Michael translated his success on the guitar to bass guitar before joining percussion in the middle school band. Around this time, Michael fell in love with the music of legendary artists such as The Beatles and Bob Marley and the Wailers. The radical tradition of Bob Marley lead Michael to explore jazz and hip-hop music, where he discovered the sounds and stories of artists ranging from Miles Davis to Mos Def. With an ever-expanding interest in grooving and soulful music, Michael incorporated the influence of blues music into his sphere of influence. Artists like Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer filled Michael’s head, and Michael began to take music more seriously. John Mayer’s music in particular opened up Michael’s understanding of guitar composition, musical production, and songwriting in a way that no other artist ever had. At the end of high school, Michael began writing songs and playing open mic nights.

The tradition of songwriting propelled Michael into pursuing a career as a musician more seriously. Michael wrote, produced, and released an EP called ‘As A Brother’ in late 2018, which was met with critical acclaim and nationwide internet radio play. Since the release of that debut project, Michael has discovered the universe of The Grateful Dead, which has inspired him to greatly expand his sound. He has opened up the floodgates of musical influences with the intent to move beyond the singer-songwriter confessionals of ‘As A Brother’.

Reaching more deeply into the influences of jazz, funk, reggae, and rock, Michael is currently working on the most ambitious yet. Artists like Bob Marley, Anderson .Paak, The Grateful Dead, and Joni Mitchell are now propelling Michael’s musical aspirations to new heights and unexplored musical corners.

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