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School of Rock Fort Collins
215 E Foothills Pkwy
Ste 720
Fort Collins, CO 80525
  • Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 1 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

School of Rock in Fort Collins is proud to offer music classes to help teach Fort Collins and surrounding communities how to play instruments with skill and confidence. Students can take classes in everything from drums, guitar, keys, keyboard, and even ukulele in a supportive and encouraging environment and then go on to perform at local summer festivals in the area such as New West Fest which is funded by the Bohemian Foundation. We also have a number of popular local venues including the Mishawaka Theater, the Aggie Theater, and Washingtons for aspiring artists to showcase their skills.

Programs we offer

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

At School of Rock Fort Collins 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

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 Fort Collins, 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 in Fort Collins
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Fort Collins, 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

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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Fort Collins'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 Fort Collins have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Fort Collins are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Fort Collins music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Fort Collins'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 Fort Collins music venue.

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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Fort Collins'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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins.

What To Expect

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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins.

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

The School of Rock Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at CO rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

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 Fort Collins and the rest of CO. 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
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

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 Fort Collins

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Fort Collins

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Fort Collins

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins. Unlike other Fort Collins 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

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 Fort Collins, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins 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

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Fort Collins

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins, 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
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Fort Collins. 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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins’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.

Studio Coordinator, Little Wing Teacher, Rookies Teacher

Christina Olson Studio Coordinator, Little Wing Teacher, Rookies Teacher

Christina Olson is a classically trained singer, voice actor, and performer. Her love of music and performing drew her to the theatre, where she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University, After spending a few years in Chicago performing and juggling multiple jobs, her journey brought her to Fort Collins. Here, Christina has had the opportunity to pursue multiple passions, including voice acting, becoming a yoga teacher, and getting back to her musical roots. Though well versed in many musical genres, Christina grew up in a family where the morning routine was always set to a soundtrack of classic rock and roll - so she is really a rocker at heart. We are thrilled to have Christina as part of our School of Rock family, and to support her quest to help young students discover their love of music!

Jordan Pasquin Music Director

Jordan Pasquin is a Drum Set performer and educator based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. He has been playing for 17 years, and in addition to performing across the country, he maintains a busy teaching schedule that includes students of all ages and skill levels. His diverse performance background and Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music allow him to authentically teach a wide array of styles and techniques, while focusing on helping his students achieve their personal goals. Jordan strives to demonstrate how music can be healthy for you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Jordan is known for his work performing with Write Minded, Cary Morin & Ghost Dog, and I Am The Owl. He also works regularly as a session musician for countless other artists across all genres. He takes great pride in all he does relating to music, including helping other artists sound their best as a Drum Tech for The Blasting Room. Jordan is grateful for the impact music has had on his life and loves passing on the joy of music to his students.

Abraham Dashnaw Stiles Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums Teacher

Abraham Dashnaw Stiles is a critically acclaimed and nationally touring multi-instrumentalist specializing in Bass, Drums, and Guitar. They have 5 years of experience as a music teacher, with one of those years working as the Music Director for the Larimer County Boys and Girls Club. To Abe, the best part of being a teacher is having the opportunity to help a student find their voice through their instrument and using music as an outlet for growth and self-expression.

Along with teaching, Abe also plays in a multitude of bands- their main projects being People in General and the Grace Kuch Band. People in General is a 3-piece jazz-pop band where Abe is the lead Songwriter, Singer and Guitarist. The trio recently won the FoCoMa Peer award for Best New Band of 2019. Their debut album piglet is available on all streaming platforms. Abe has played bass for the Grace Kuch band for the past two years. During that time the group has played some amazing venues, including the main stage at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena Arkansas, The Circle Bar in New Orleans, and BB King's Blues Club in Memphis Tennessee.

Jake DiFebo Singing and Keyboard Teacher

Jake discovered his love of singing in the eighth grade when he tried out for a rock opera and soon realized he had some potential. A few years of choir later he decided to major in music, and after applying to a number of colleges he chose to attend UC Santa Cruz for Vocal Performance. In his now eleven-year career as a singer, Jake has performed musical theatre roles, opera roles, sung in an a cappella group, and been featured as a soloist on a record.

Throughout his journey as a singer, Jake discovered his love for teaching. Now he is a Master's student in Music Education and Composition at Colorado State University. Nothing makes him happier than helping people to express themselves musically. Jake obsesses over a new band all the time, but his all-time favorites include: The Beatles, The Who, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Muse, Radiohead, Nirvana, Kung-Fu, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Yes, CHON, System of a Down, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush - and honestly far too many more for this short bio. Ask him about music and he will gladly talk your ear off!

Jesse Mathews Keyboard Teacher

Musician and educator Jesse has been active in the Fort Collins music scene since 2013. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2009 and has been making music and teaching others about making music ever since. Jesse picked up piano and trumpet when he was ten, and has learned guitar, ukulele, and a plethora of other instruments and skills in his career. One of his favorite experiences in education was teaching music technology to middle school and high school students.

Jesse’s main influences are in funk and jazz. Some bands and artists that he loves include Lettuce, Wulfpeck, Cory Henry, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stevie Wonder, Roy Hargrove - and many others who are harmonically exciting, devoted to their art, and just nasty relentless in their groove. Local bands Jesse has performed with include Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, Organomatron, Chunkayy Brown, Euforquestra, Supermagick, Smooth Beethoven, Colorado Swing, Punch Drunk Munky Funk, and more.

Jesse is classically trained, versed in jazz, Little Kids Rock certified, a music theory nerd, a multi-instrumentalist, and loves to ROCK! He brings a very wide and rich experience of educating and performing to his teaching. No matter what your musical pursuit, Jesse is happy to guide you down your path.

Mike Shamrock Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Michael Shamrock Robertson Jr., an American guitarist, was born into a military family that took him from coast to coast before finally settling in Fort Collins, Colorado at the age of 21. His earliest musical memories are of singing Billy Idol's "Mony Mony”, watching Michael Jackson's movie Moonwalker, and watching his dad, cousin, and their friend playing "Hotel California" at a backyard BBQ. He soon became mesmerized by the unique sounds of Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and Jane's Addiction. He began playing guitar at the age of 13, picking up bass soon after.

Shamrock's devotion to music is undeniable. His close friends, band members, and community acknowledge him as a guitar virtuoso. In 2009, he was recognized as the best guitarist and songwriter by KRFC's Night Howler JJ Johnson. He's been involved in numerous award-winning bands, such as 20XIII, AutoFate, Pretty Noise, Guerrilla Radio (Tribute to Rage Against the Machine), Sonic Temple (Tribute to the Cult), and Sabotage (tribute to the Beastie Boys) just to name a few! The mix of both original and tribute bands highlights Shamrock's versatility and diligent focus on his craft.

Shamrock's hard working disposition is shown through the countless acts and projects he delves into. On top of being currently active in six different bands, he utilizes his free time honing his technique, ear training, writing, and recording music, while also promoting his album "Not I!" Said the lil’ mouse.

Looking forward, he anticipates pushing 20XIII and his solo band, collaborating with other artists, and is especially excited about teaching his craft as an instructor at School of Rock Fort Collins.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Mike Adams

Mike Adams Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Mike Adams has been playing the keys for almost 25 years. He earned a degree in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music, where he was the president of the Songwriters Club — the largest club at Berklee.

He moved to Fort Collins in 2017 where he started working at the Downtown Artery. His work at the Artery sparked a passion for the Fort Collins local music scene, and in 2018 he started playing keys for local surf rock band Robert Shredford. Mike plans to spend the rest of his life playing music.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Stephen Segura

Stephen Segura Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

At 13 years old Stephen decided to learn the drums. The very first song he learned was 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' by Metallica. The fire was lit, and he was obsessed with metal drumming. Slayer, Pantera, Arch Enemy, and many more were his teachers until he graduated high school.

In 2007, he attended New Mexico State University and studied music and percussion under Dr. Fred Bugbee. He studied all percussion from marimba and timpani to drum set and world drums. While studying he performed with the Pride of New Mexico Marching Band, the Winds Symphonic band, and many garage bands.

Stephen joined the 44th army band in 2009 and toured across New Mexico for 6 years. In 2017 he was honorably discharged.

Throughout all his schooling and his time in the army he applied everything he learnt into his own music. He played in a variety of bands including metal, prog, ska, and of course, classic rock. He has recorded 2 albums with 2 different bands and won Gorilla Music's Battle of the Bands New Mexico.

Stephen knows that many things can be learned from all forms of music and that music teaches us many life lessons. He is excited to mold the next generation of rockers and pass on to them all of his knowledge and experience.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Lance Ruby

Lance Ruby Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Guitarist and music educator Lance Ruby recently earned his Masters of Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado studying with Steve Kovalcheck - and he also loves to rock! A Utah native, Lance completed his Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance at Utah State University studying with Corey Christiansen.

While in Utah, Lance co-founded the soul/funk band Danger 5, and continues in this project along with lead singer Dani Armour. Since moving to Colorado, he joined the Fort Collins based blues fusion band, Musketeer Gripweed. He is a also member of the New Orleans funk group Crescent City Connection, and recently joined Bevin Luna as well. Lance has toured the country with the Randy Burghardt Band, Bo DePena, and Jackson Taylor and the Sinners.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing TeacherJacob Maestas

Jacob Maestas Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Jacob Maestas has been playing rock, funk, ska, and punk in and around Colorado since he was 15 years old. In the short time since he’s built a solid musical resume that includes performing at major festivals like Taste of Colorado, and presenting TedX talks on how music education changes lives for the better. When it comes to teaching, Jacob tailors his approach to the uniqueness of each and every student, helping them to find their own unique musical voice.
Guitar Teacher Drew Rogers

Drew Rogers Guitar Teacher

Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Drew Rogers has been performing professionally since he was a teenager, and during that time has gained invaluable experience in a variety of styles including Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, and more. Drew has performed all across the United States and Europe, and was a semi-finalist awards at the 2017 Bucharest international Jazz Competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Arkansas, and a Master's in guitar performance from Utah State University, where he studied with Corey Christiansen. Drew also has eight years of professional teaching experience (including three at the college level), where he has taught students of all ages, ranging from complete beginners to advanced college students.
Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Daniel Ondaro

Daniel Ondaro Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

A Colorado native, guitarist and vocalist Daniel Ondaro grew up in Fort Collins and graduated from Rocky Mountain High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology and World Music from CU Boulder where he studied a wide variety of vocal and guitar styles including Classical and Brazilian. After graduating, Daniel went on to teach beginning to advanced guitar students at CU.

Daniel released his debut solo EP “Ao Brasil.” in 2013, and toured Europe from 2013 to 2016 leading his group "The Shy Birds” in support of their self-titled LP. In 2016, Daniel began working as a featured performer on cruise ships, often performing 7 nights a week, in locations worldwide up until March 2020.

Having been influenced by decades of travel, Daniel’s performances showcase a wide range of styles - from Rock to Country, and Folk to Classical. In addition to teaching at School of Rock Fort Collins, Daniel is also still active as a recording artist and performer.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher Michael Millan

Michael Millan Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Michael is a keyboardist and vocalist based in the Northern Colorado area. He recently graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and has been an active musician since his freshman year. Michael has had the great opportunity to study jazz piano under Dana Landry, Tom Amend, and Annie Booth, all active musicians in the Northern Colorado scene and beyond, and to study voice under Jenna McLean.

Having started playing classical piano at the age of 5, playing in jazz groups since middle school, and taking vocal lessons in college, Michael is well-versed in multiple genres of music. He has played in/for big bands, small modern jazz ensembles, salsa bands, musical theatre pits, and singer-songwriters.

Michael is excited to be a part of School of Rock Fort Collins, and he looks forward to making connections and guiding the next generation through their musical journey!
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Cody D. Schmitt Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Singing and keyboard teacher, Cody D. Schmitt, started learning piano from his dad at a very young age. By the time he was six, he was already a regular performer at church and actively competing in local talent shows. Adding violin to his musical arsenal, Cody earned a spot in the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, playing with them for three years. In High School, Cody was able to apply his piano skills to learning xylophone, marimba and vibraphone for marching band, and picked up ukulele and bass as well. Singing in all-state choir, barbershop and a capella groups became his passion, which brought him to the University of Northern Colorado where he studied voice. After graduating, Cody worked for the Missoula Children's Theatre, and over the course of two-and-a-half years on tour across 38 states and 3 countries he taught thousand of kids musical theatre. All this experience has given Cody a set of skills that can be applied to teaching all genres of music. He’s excited to be rocking out in Fort Collins!

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What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!