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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Encinitas’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Encinitas music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

Drew Pelisek Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Drew Pelisek is a multi-instrumentalist from Solana Beach, CA. In the past, he has toured as a member of Weatherbox, Chon and The Fall of Troy, and was an assistant music teacher at The Grauer School. He is currently writing and producing solo albums, in addition to enjoying his time as a School of Rock instructor.

Aaron De La Rosa Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Aaron De La Rosa was exposed to music at a very young age as his dad was a musician. He first picked up the drums at the age of five and took piano lessons for a year when he was six. He later played the saxophone in fourth grade, and finally discovered the guitar when he was nine. (Ironic since his dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) His father showed him his first chords and really got him started on the instrument, and he played in several local bands in high school, playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk and reggae. Aaron really didn't take music seriously until he was in college and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, and Dominic Castillo, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, who was a student of Jerry's as well. After studying under these talented musicians, Aaron went on to pursue his education in music and received his BA in Music from San Jose State University in 2004. Aaron started teaching music privately during his time with Jerry and Dominic and in college, and has taught hundreds of students since, continuing up until the present. Aaron now lives in San Diego where he teaches, works as a freelance musician, and plays in local funk/jazz/rock group Science Fiction Jazz and gypsy/kick-stomp outfit Quel Bordel.

Jordan Krimston Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Jordan Krimston is a multi-instrumentalist alumni from School of Rock San Diego. In the past, Jordan has worked as a session musician for various local recording studios and as an intern for FM 94.9. He currently spends his time working at the Encinitas and San Diego schools and booking and promoting shows through Dizzy Spells, a local creative agency. When he’s not booking shows or teaching lessons, Jordan is writing, recording and touring with one of his bands (Big Bad Buffalo, The Obsessives, Miss New Buddha).

Jordan Graham Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

At age six, Jordan Graham was introduced to drumming. In fifth grade, influenced by punk/dark wave music, he started a band called The Strange Ones with his older brother and went on to open shows for bands like The Addicts and The Skulls. When eighth grade came around, Jordan joined the junior high jazz band and began to learn other styles of music, discovering funk, jazz and rock. Later, in high school, he decided to join the Drumline Battery, playing the Tenors (quads) and began focusing on the more technical aspects of percussion. Outside of school he started focusing on guitar as well. During his senior year, no longer in the school band, he began playing drums in a new project called Paper Days. Paper Days had opened up for artists like Mac DeMarco, Ok Go, Casey Veggies and Reptar. They were also featured on the "Pitchfork" Music Blog. Jordan earned his Associate's Degree in Recording Arts/Engineering from Studio West Recording Arts Center. He is now currently writing/producing his own music as Lua Sculptor.

Adam West Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Adam West is a self-taught musician who started playing music at the age of nine. Mainly excelling at drums, at the age of 14 Adam started playing local San Diego shows in a band called Keeper. Later on he joined Monarch with former School of Rock instructor Matt Smith, and has filled in on tours around the country for The Great Electric Quest.

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