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School of Rock Elk Grove
9045 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 500-7625

Location Specifics

We're located in the heart of Old Town Elk Grove.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/28/2019: Closed
  • 12/25/2019: Closed
  • 12/31/2019: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-4

At School of Rock Elk Grove 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 Elk Grove, 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 5-7

At School of Rock Elk Grove, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 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 Elk Grove, 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 8-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Elk Grove'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 Elk Grove 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 Elk Grove are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Elk Grove 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 11-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 10-18

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

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

School of Rock Elk Grove'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 Elk Grove 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 Elk Grove.

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 Elk Grove 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 Elk Grove.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 10-18

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

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Elk Grove

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Guitar Teacher

Angel Alvarez Guitar Teacher

Angel Alvarez began his musical journey with the purchase of his first album in 1982 of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." He immediately begged his parents for piano lessons and, although short-lived, these lessons solidified his yearn to be a musician. High school choirs tuned his voice but it wasn't until he got his first guitar as a junior that he finally found his calling. During his 13-year stint as the lead singer and guitarist for the Bay Area band Mystic Rage, he worked to get his Bachelor's in studio recording and sound design. Additionally, he played in countless venues in California and Nevada, opening for bands like Slayer, Slipknot, Blue Oyster Cult, etc. He became the guitarist and one of the main songwriters for the band A Million Exploding Suns. After this project ended Angel decided to finally form the band he has always wanted. Now in a new band, Zero Day Threat, he has 100% creative control. Angel brings over 20 years of combined experience in performing, writing, engineering and teaching to School of Rock and is passionate about imparting his knowledge and experience to the next generation.
Drum Teacher

Yacine Ofoe Drum Teacher

Yacine has been playing drums since he was eight. He realized he wanted to play the drums after seeing his uncle played in his punk rock band. At the time he was taking piano lessons and was not very interested in it. He then asked his parents if he could quit the piano to play drums. They were hesitant at first but they finally gave in and Yacine loved it so much, which made him learn it so quick that his drum teacher told him there was nothing left to teach him after only three years. He started his first band when he was 11 years old and they played Misfits songs every weekend at house shows. After that band ended he went on to keep playing drums alone with his headphones while listening to his favorite albums. This taught him multiple new playing styles of drums by playing along with punk, screamo and alternative rock bands. After high school he started another band with his brother and best friends. They wrote melodic hardcore music for a few months and then started to play shows at venues. After their 2nd show they were asked to join a label. This label gave them an opportunity to grow as a young band. They were able to record an album and go on tour playing shows all over California. He has also been playing the drums for 18 years and he is very excited to start teaching drums at School of Rock in Elk Grove.

Stevie Mello Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Stevie Mello has been perorming for audiences with his wide vocal range and musical abilities for years now. He started his music career as a solo artist during travel overseas. Stevie has a wide range of creativity thanks to Enka, Shomyo, Forro and Samba, however his influential soulful, R&B and jazz background always stands out. Later he went on to choir directing for the Sacramento, Elk Grove and San Juan Unified School Districts. Stevie is currently performing as a solo singing pianist and for the MelloSmoove Band.

Marissa Wargo Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Marissa Wargo is a saxophone, keys and vocal instructor at School of Rock Elk Grove. Growing up, her dad was always playing music around the house. From classic rock to modern metal, the house was always filled with sound. Marissa picked up the alto sax at age 12 and joined the school band, where she learned to play jazz and classical music. At home she learned how to play by ear, listening to the radio and playing the melodies on her saxophone. She often had jam sessions with her brother and sister. They eventually formed the family band Underpaid Phone Monkeys and played small shows around Sacramento and Elk Grove. She became the vocalist and songwriter for the group and learned how to sing harmony with her siblings. In 2010 she joined the band Better Off Blue and On Higher Tide.

Matt Wagers Drum Teacher

Matthew Wagers grew up in Elk Grove. He first began playing the drums at the age of 14. He played in a punk band for a few years, playing at local venues such as Ace of Spades, The Boardwalk and Crest Theatre. During this time, he realized his passion was to pursue his dream of audio production and live sound. He is currently at Sacramento City College and then plans to complete his bachelors degree in the UC system.

Ben Hamilton Drum Teacher

Ben grew up on the gut- busting, high voltage classic rock developed by the likes of The Who, Rush and many more. He has been playing drums for 11 years and has been studying them for the past five. He’s been in bands since he was 12, playing for a variety of crowds. He opened for Brian Howe (Bad Company) and played snare drum for full stadiums in the Washington State University drumline. Ben has met a variety of musicians and learned many things. He is currently gaining momentum with musicians in Sacramento and seeks to make and record as much as possible, as well as play more shows in the upcoming years.

Jared Casstevens Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jared grew up in the Bay Area, where he began his musical journey by taking piano lessons at his elementary school. After a few years he decided to shift his focus to the saxophone, but after months of lessons he knew he still had not found the optimal tool for his own musical expression. With the guitar it was love at first sight. His first teacher gave him the keys to learning and playing his favorite songs just by listening to the recordings, a skill he would continue to hone over the next 20 years. His second teacher brought Jared back to the fundamentals, teaching him the scales and techniques that would further develop his style and dramatically enhance his playing. He formed a short lived Ska band as a freshman in high school and then moved on to start the pop-punk quartet A Better Half, with whom he’d go on to play his first live shows and record his first EP. Years later, Jared became a founding member of the Sacramento rock band Smirker, a band whose influences include The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Ween and many others. Jared began as the band's bassist and quickly developed a keen fondness for the instrument. Smirker, whose shows were composed of half cover songs and half originals, played frequent gigs in the greater Sacramento area and went on to record their own EP, “Seriously." Jared brings over 20 years of guitar playing and roughly 15 years of performance experience to School of Rock Elk Grove, and looks forward to continuing his musical journey there for years to come.

Nathaniel Chung Bass Guitar Teacher

Nathaniel wanted to be a musician since he was a child. At around six or seven he started piano and took lessons for four years while being exposed to his parents’ Beatles records. Some time down the line, he started listening to Metallica and around middle school picked up the guitar. It wasn’t until the eighth grade when he started playing with his sister’s bass guitar that he wanted to focus more attention on that instrument. During this time he began playing in a church worship team from middle school up until early college and even formed a small garage band during high school. In college he performed in various music courses, ranging from commercial music, jazz band and orchestra. Outside of school, he currently performs bass in the worship group at Greenhaven Lutheran Church in Sacramento, performs with the Ryder Green Band and Ro Harpo the Bluesman.

Matt Stone Drum Teacher

Ever since he bounced his knee to musical inspirations such as Metallica, Van Halen and Phil Collins, Matt knew music would be part of his life. As a kid when he made a drum set out of buckets, barrels and metal dust pans, he knew percussion was the way to go. With inspiration from his dad, who was a drummer as a kid too, Matt started his musical journey in elementary school as a trumpet player. Although he made first chair, his passion for drums eventually won out. He began playing drums in beginning band at Joseph Kerr Middle School under the leadership of Dave Winstead and Nancy Kreis. Learning quickly, Matt joined concert and jazz band, participating in ensembles that won awards at the prestigious Golden Empire competition. He continued musically into high school, joining a few bands, including Paranoid Delusions, a cover band playing Black Sabbath and Marylin Manson. Matt graduated from Sheldon High School as a letterman in Visual and Performing Arts. Shortly after high school he joined his church praise band as drummer and vocalist, where he played for more than 15 years. In college Matt joined the Chamber Singers, where he honed his vocal skills and sang a solo at the State Capital Rotunda. He also joined a local performance group called the Village Opera Theatre in which he had multiple principal roles, including the lead role in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado." Matt continues his musical talents to this day as drummer and vocalist for The Maple Tones, a local cover band playing for various business and events. Matt currently resides in Elk Grove with his high school sweetheart and wife, Jennifer. Some of his other musical inspirations include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Harry Connick Jr., Coldplay and Garth Brooks. Matt hopes to continue playing and sharing music for as long as possible.

Kimmy Aston Singing Teacher

Growing up in Fresno, California, Kim’s earliest memory of singing was around the age of five when she was caught by the older boy next door singing in a reflection in a mirror in the garage. Her emotions were torn between being completely embarrassed to being elated that someone actually heard the fabulous song she’d just made up. This was the first of many songs she would in the future write as a lyricist. From the age of 15 to the age of 20 she performed in Southern Sound Band, performing all over the California Central Valley. This band had the distinction of being the most booked band in the area at the time. There were no high school dances or proms for Kim as the band was scheduled almost every weekend- sometimes Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights back to back. Eventually she moved to Branson, Missouri to try her luck in the music business, singing in many smoke-filled bars and attending many songwriter’s nights. Attempts to hit the “big time” in the country music scene after a long, hard fought battle led Kim to seek other musical genres. She was asked to sing in a rock band and became a member of Leather and Lace, and, later, Carousel. Kim ultimately moved back to California and wanted to experience singing in an R&B band. She auditioned for and got a spot with Innersoul Band. After taking a respite from the music business to focus on her family, Kim is now singing in The SoulCats.

Renée Pettersen Piano Teacher

Renée is a musician and poet from Sacramento, CA. She is the daughter of musicians and grew up playing piano in jazz and blues bands. At 18 she moved to New York to attend Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. There she collaborated with students at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, writing lyrics and accompanying singers on piano. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Literary sStudies with a concentration in Poetry and Writing in 2012. After college she accompanied stage productions on piano and accordion, eventually taking a residency at a Brooklyn circus called The Muse as their accordionist. After years of travel she returned home to Sacramento, where she began her career in education. She has taught elementary bands within the Elk Grove Unified School District and private piano lessons before joining School of Rock. Her students range from age four to 18, beginning to intermediate skill levels primarily. Her area of expertise ranges from blues to jazz to rock. Her lessons are focused on music theory and reading charts, but she can teach students how to read music traditionally, as well. Renée is currently enrolled in a teaching credential program to earn her dual credential in English and music. When not teaching, she is collaborating with artists in her community. Most recently she contributed poetry to Vox Musica, a Sacramento-based women’s choir.

Jason Ashcraft Guitar Teacher

Jason Ashcraft began playing guitar at the age of 12 when he lugged home a giant amplifier and an off-brand guitar from a neighbor's house. He began by making loud noises and rocking out to Metallica albums like "...And Justice For All." With a combination of lessons and being self-taught, he quickly grew as a performer and songwriter through high school. He attended Pinnacle College, where he graduated with a certificate in Audio Engineering. He is now the founder/songwriter of the national touring metal band Helion Prime, signed to AFM Records (Danzig, Flotsam and Jetsam) out of Germany.

Jason has a passion for teaching. He has been teaching music, as well as children with autism, for over eight years. He believes music is something to be shared with everyone and being able to help others evolve into the performer/songwriter they wish to become is a great feeling not much can compare to.

Jason Brennan Music Director

Jason Brennon started playing bass at the age of 11. From 2005-2013 he worked in music, writing, performing and recording in many different styles. During this time, he graduated from Musicians Institute Hollywood for Music Performance, and was a key member and business manager of heavy metal band Jameson. Jason's favorite bass players and influences are John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, Verdine White, John Paul Jones and Paul McCartney. Some of his favorite styles to play are rock, blues, funk and R&B.

Joel Case Vocal Instructor

Joel Case is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, well-versed in the foundational instruments of rock: guitar, piano, bass and drums. His education began at four years old when his parents noticed how much he loved the feel and sound of the family piano. He would often daydream while lying on the piano bench with his head next to the walnut soundboard while he tinkered with the keys overhead. His parents hired an instructor who showed Joel how to close his eyes and identify harmonic elements by listening. From there, the teacher showed Joel how to immediately perform what he heard on piano without using trial-and-error. Using this knowledge, Joel became obsessed with The Beatles and quickly learned how to play their songs. Later, he learned to vocally harmonize by analyzing those same songs. After high school, he learned guitar, bass and drums, and performed in bands for many years.

His knowledge of vocal/piano technique and music theory comes from a combination of classical private instruction, textbooks and coursework as a Music major at Sacramento City College. His stage presence comes from collaboration with experienced mentors and photographers such as Dennis Scott, who captured the picture above. Joel is very passionate and enthusiastic about music and the role it plays in confidence, inspiration and personal artistic expression. He is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Elk Grove.

Calvin Hazy Guitar Teacher

Calvin Hazy found his love for music by playing keys for a youth orchestra in Miami, FL at six years old. He performed in various event halls and concerts, including in a performance for the release of "Shrek." Inspired by Jack Black in "School of Rock" at age 12, he begged his parents for a guitar for Christmas and started taking lessons. After also receiving a hand-me-down MP3 player from his older brother, he discovered artists such as Buckethead, System of a Down, Pantera and Lamb of God and fell in love with the genres of rock and metal.

After finding out a childhood friend of his played drums with similar musical interests, they started a thrash metal band, Amnesia, and performed live for a few years with other high school friends. Eventually disbanding, Calvin joined the rock band Second Day Silence, with influences such as Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge and Shinedown. In search of finding his sound, Calvin and his previous co-guitarist from Amnesia attended The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona. They both used their education for recording their own music, as well as uploading guitar playthrough videos on YouTube. Currently, his musical interests range from Gorillaz, RHCP and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard to artists such as Necriphagist, Flying Lotus and various classical composers. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Elk Grove.

Jackie Lorona Piano Teacher

Jackie Lorona learned piano in the sixth grade by watching his music teacher play and learning melodies by ear. He began playing ragtime after learning a simpler version of "The Entertainer," which sparked interest in the composition and the composer. After purchasing a book on Scott Joplin's works, he began to learn all his favorite rags with midi files on the internet for reference. After performing the full composition of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" for a sixth grade talent show, a teacher donated a baby grand piano from her living room to Jackie. He spent many hours learning ragtime songs and his favorite songs on the radio by listening to midi files and mp3s online.

By the end of high school he had taken musical classes like orchestra, jazz band, choir and beginning piano to learn the fundamentals of music. He then shifted his focus to his voice and began to accompany himself while singing songs, and performing in talent shows and for small parties. As a prize for winning a high school talent show he was given the opportunity to tour nationwide with the group J’on Harris and the Voices. He has also performed in the San Joaquin County Honor Choir, and became a winner in Stockton California’s Apollo Night at Bob Hope Theatre in the Male Teen Vocalist category. Since then he has played with the group Archeara, and the groups Nightshift and People of the Sun, occasionally opening for artists like KRSone and La Circa. At age 19 he took classes at Sacramento City College, where he studied voice, music theory, commercial music ensemble and modern recording techniques. Some of his musical influences include India Arie, Erykah Badu, Dave Brubeck, Scott Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and more. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Elk Grove.

Moriah Spencer Vocal Instructor

Growing up in a family of musicians, Moriah Spencer was influenced to be a singer at a very young age and was first put on stage at the age of three. She later took piano lessons form age seven from her grandmother and learned to play some guitar from her father around the same time. Throughout her childhood she was heavily influenced by blues and rock artists like Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, then later became obsessed with classical, jazz, gothic rock and metal genre. Moriah studied classical voice through college and became a vocal mentor to beginning/advanced voice students for three years after completing the Voice program at Sacramento City College. She is currently finishing her degree in Music Education and continues to perform in the band 3 Stones Cry with her father and brother. Moriah has an incredible passion for music that she hopes to share and inspire all the students that come her way. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Elk Grove.

Christopher Martin Piano Teacher

Christopher Martin was born in Sacramento and raised in Elk Grove, CA. Ever since his uncle bought him his first guitar, he knew he wanted to be a musician. He took his first guitar lessons, then took up saxophone in middle school and high school, and eventually took piano lessons in Elk Grove. After high school, he attended Sacramento City College and earned two AA degrees in Commercial Songwriting and Commercial Performance. Now a certified music-maker, he is determined to share his love of piano, keyboard and songwriting with his students at School of Rock Elk Grove, where he is a piano teacher.

Gaby Montoya Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Gaby Montoya has had a love for music since she was very young. Growing up she had a love of jazz and classical music due to exposure from her parents. She has a wide range of musical influences, from opera stars such as Joan Sutherland, to vocal jazz groups like New York Voices, all the way to country, blues, rock and folk music. Although she doesn’t come from a musical family, she grew up around music and grew up performing. Gaby has experience in many genres of singing, including musical theater, jazz, opera, gospel and classical. Gaby is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s of Music degree with a focus in Vocal Performance. During her academic career she found a love for teaching and sharing what she has learned with others. Now Gaby gets to continue doing what she loves by being a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Elk Grove.

Brandon Martin Guitar Teacher

Ever since Brandon Martin received his first guitar at the age of 12, he's been obsessed with music. Brandon grew up in Folsom. He first started taking guitar lessons at 13, tackling his first challenge of learning “One” by Metallica. From there, he stayed consistent with his lessons for three years until he visited a record store and saw the album “Shogun” by Trivium. Never hearing the band before, he popped the CD in the car and from there on decided to start writing music of his own. At the age of 17 he started his metal band, Salythia. Salythia went on to perform many shows locally and out of town, sharing the stage with touring acts such as Trivium, Animals as Leaders, Suicide Silence, Escape the Fate, Chelsea Grin, Chon, Carnifex and Within the Ruins, just to name a few. As a guitar teacher at School of Rock Elk Grove, Brandon plans to use his stage performance and music experience to introduce students to the amazing world of music.

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Reviews

MY DAUGHTER LOVES EVERY MINUTE OF IT.

We signed my daughter up for the performance group on day one. She has absolutely loved it. After seeing the great experience with my daughter I decided to join the adult program.

I highly recommend School of Rock.

My son has developed a real sense of camaraderie with the members of each band he has been in, and I am amazed at the growth in his skills. Most importantly, the staff are able to connect to their students and stoke their passion for performing music.

FUN, DYNAMIC PROGRAMS.

School of Rock has quality instruction, fun, dynamic programs with music the kids love and great opportunities for the kids to play together in a band. I appreciate the safe and very positive and enthusiastic learning environment.

It teaches music and self-confidence.

The facility and the staff are top-notch. It is a very welcoming, and uplifting place. The lessons learned during practice and on stage help children in all facets of their lives.