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School of Rock Highland Heights
299 Alpha Park
Highland Heights, OH 44143
(440) 684-7625
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 12/25/2021: Closed
  • 01/01/2022: Closed

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

Expand your musical knowledge at School of Rock Highland Heights and surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. While drums and vocals are the most popular at this school, students can learn everything from keyboard to piano, bass to songwriting, and much more so they can one day rock out at local venues such as Beachland Ballroom, The Grog Shop (recently had a Vans collaboration), The Rock Hall (famous for its museum), and House of Blues.

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children in Highland Heights
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Highland Heights'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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Highland Heights 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.

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Highland Heights, 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


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.

Adult music program in Highland Heights for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Highland Heights'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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights.

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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Highland Heights

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Highland Heights

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Highland Heights

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights’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.

Tallulah Swasey General Manager

Tallulah Swasey began her musical journey at age six when she picked up the electric guitar. Her love of music began with bands like The Ramones, Green Day and Better than Ezra. She joined School of Rock as a Rock 101 student at age nine and truly fell in love with the school. Through it she learned guitar, bass, drums, a little bit of singing and a lot of performance skills. After graduating from School of Rock, Tallulah was hired on as an Assistant Manager at School of Rock Westlake. She continued to grow in the School of Rock Highland Heights family as a drum teacher, 101 director, assistant show director and now General Manager. Tallulah’s favorite kind of music is anything loud and a little weird, from Led Zeppelin to Diet Cig, and even Weird Al. Outside of the school, you can catch Tallulah as the front-woman in her energetic indie-pop-punk band called, Grumpy Plum.
Singing Teacher

Hallie Hertrick Singing Teacher

Hallie’s music ‘journey’ began at a super early age. After learning correct vocal technique from her mother (who studied voice and has years of performance experience), And starting guitar lessons, Hallie was quickly thrust in to playing with church bands. Hallie studied jazz and classical guitar for years and learned the fundamentals/gained musical experience through involvement in marching band/jazz band in high school, studying music theory in college, continuing to perform in church bands and playing in her own bands. In addition to singing and playing guitar, Hallie figured out bass, drums, piano and ukulele and considers herself “not too shabby” at those instruments. She is currently the lead singer, songwriter and one of the guitar players in a rock band called heyohwell. heyohwell has recorded in top-notch studios, worked with huge producers, opened for some of their favorite artists, played sold out shows and have gotten the opportunity to travel to really cool places for their music.

Donald Pelc Guitar Teacher

Donald Pelc was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the city of Seven Hills. Donald developed a love of music at an early age and began playing guitar around eight years old. A former School of Rock student himself, Donald sought out to be the best musician he could be and still does so today. After making it into the school's house band and touring with the national AllStars, Pelc realized he could have a future in music.

After high school, Donald chose to further his music education by attending Cleveland State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Guitar Performance. After joining the School of Rock staff, he quickly discovered his love of teaching and sharing his knowledge with other students. He is well-versed in the musical styles of rock, funk, blues, heavy metal and jazz. Donald plays guitar in various local bands and you can catch him playing around town any given weekend.

Ed Sotelo Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Though he played in a few bands during my college years, it wasn’t until the late 90s that Ed connected with Cleveland’s thriving punk rock scene. Ed's experience being around so many creative people taught him that rock music is an art, a craft and an essential part of his life. In the early 2000s, Ed connected with Cleveland rock band Cobra Verde. They toured, recorded a few albums and even found themselves on the soundtracks of "The O.C." and "True Blood."

Since then, Ed has played in a bunch of original bands. Currently he's busy with groups like The Jack Fords, Mike St. Jude and the Valentines, and Brazilian folk ensemble Chamba Music. Ed considers himself a student of musical history, and a big fan of music from around the globe, made by people from times and places very different from our own.

Joe Stefano Drum Teacher

Playing drums since the age of eight, and playing in rock bands steady since the age of 11, Joe has been a part of the music scene for 20 years. Dabbling in all genres, he is well-versed in funk, jazz, reggae, afro-cuban and drum corps, and is deeply rooted in rock. In high school, Joe was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2001, and was the percussion section leader in marching band. He has played in various groups such as Detagoh, The Recent Vintage, Drop Notion, Switchbladd Scarlett, The Stereo Riot, Surrounding Cities and many more. One of the original staff members at both the Cleveland West and Highland Heights School of Rock, Joe loves teaching music and giving students every bit of knowledge that he can.

Jeff West Drum Teacher

Jeff started playing gigs when he was 15 years old. While in Cleveland, the notable area bands he played with were Strutter, Club Wow and the infamous Baloney Heads. All released records, were played on the then behemoth WMMS and opened for major touring acts. In 1978, Jeff moved to NYC to get deep into the punk rock scene. His punk band, Testors, toured and was on Bleeker Bob’s great punk label (punk fans, look this up!). With The Testors guitar player Gene Sinigalliano, they built and ran Ultra Sound Rehearsal studios for 33 successful years. It was one of the biggest, longest running rehearsal complexes in New York.
Some great musicians Jeff's had lessons with are Steve Smith, Thomas Pridgen, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, Pat Petrillo, Neal Smith and Norman Grossman. Some great musicians he's hit with are Cheetah Chrome, Jimmy Zero, Walter Luhr, Johnny Thunders, Sami Yaffa, Billy Sullivan, Frank Secich and Sonny Vincent. Jeff recorded at most of the great NYC studios (like Hit Factory and Right Track) and was signed to Atlantic, Geffen and MCA Records.

Alex Sorboro Piano Teacher

Growing up in a household that had a grand piano to use at his disposal, Alex became interested in music at a young age. He started lessons at the age of five, studying with various teachers over a 10-year period and becoming well-versed in theory and different styles of playing. He strives to further his knowledge of music and playing ability every day. He’s gained experience playing the Cleveland music scene over the years with several original bands, as well as his current cover band, Pop Fiction. He hopes to pass his knowledge and passion for music and the piano to all of his students.

Tommy Rich Music Director

A veteran percussive engineer for the Cleveland music scene, Tommy played in American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen and many local and national bands. He'd been doing some music directing and house band gigs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when, in order to get him out of their collective hair, they pointed Tommy towards the new School of Rock franchise about to open, and that was that.

Matt Storer Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

As far back as he can remember, Cleveland's own Matt Storer has always been singing. His freshman year in high school, Matt discovered School of Rock and it changed his life forever. Matt survived 12 performance shows, three years in the house band, three AllStars tours and one east coast tour. Eventually, Matt was offered the opportunity to join the staff at School of Rock. Matt loves his job and believes it is an amazing thing to be able to teach and watch his students grow not only as young musicians, but as people too.

Joe Wheelock Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

Joe began his studies in music at the age of five on piano. His teacher introduced him to Miles Davis and John Coltrane songs along with afro-cuban rhythms, jazz and the blues. Taking a job at age 13 in a recording studio his piano teacher owned, he expanded the instruments that he played to include drums, bass and guitar. He also learned how to use a mixing board, mics and recording technology. After studying guitar with Bob McGuire and Lee Bush, Joe went on to play bass in the band Redwater RoJo, nominated best rock band in Cleveland two years consecutively in "The Free Times" and "Scene Magazine." Joe now plays guitar, keys and sings in the funk/soul group We The People, as well as directs a choir at St. Mary's Church in Chardon. He is currently working on writing, recording and producing his first album.

Mike Kearns Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Mike Kearns was born and raised in New Jersey. Early influences include a massive family record collection covering everything from Stravinsky to Springsteen, violin lessons, a life-changing viewing of "A Hard Day's Night" on a tiny TV set and New York station WNEW-FM. He came to Ohio to study composition and guitar with Dr. Loris Chobanian at Baldwin-Wallace, graduated with honors and has lived in the Cleveland area ever since. Mike's range of musical activities have included rock, classical, jazz and musical theater, including appearances with Cameo Theater rock musical productions of "Godspell," "Rent" and the world premiere of "Macbeth: A Rock Opera." Currently he performs with Shadow of Doubt: a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute, Mike, Jim and Bill Do the White Album, and AT33. Recorded output includes collaborations with local area musicians Chris Tuma, Elvis Manson, Derek DePrator and Rhys Miller. For over 20 years Mike worked in IT management while maintaining a highly active musical career. He is thrilled to be with School of Rock Highland Heights as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher working with the coolest staff and students.

Josh Perelman-Hall Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Josh Perelman-Hall, also known by his online creator moniker Josh Isn’t, is a Cleveland-based musician, songwriter, producer, audio technologist and video creator. As a multi-instrumentalist, he creates recordings in his studio and pairs them with funny videos to post online. His music evokes the musical stylings of Brian Wilson approached with modern sensibilities. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Highland Heights.
Drum Teacher Matt Zanin

Matt Zanin Drum Teacher

Throughout grade school, Akron-born drummer/percussionist Matt Zanin tapped, stomped, and clapped his way into trouble with every teacher he had. His first opportunity to play drums came in church bands at age 12, and after adding lessons with Cleveland legend Tom Konopka into the mix, never looked back. Zanin took on every opportunity he could drum for in high school, including jazz and marching bands, numerous musicals, and show choirs.

Studying for two years with Jim Rupp of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra at the Tri-C Jazz Studies Program, and a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Matt’s a lifelong student, always trying to improve, discover, and share any and all knowledge with his students. His influences range from The Strokes to Miles Davis, from James Brown to Sufjan Stevens to George Harrison to My Chemical Romance and August Burns Red, to name a few. Matt's well-versed in funk, jazz, folk, soul, blues, as well as rock!
Drum Teacher Chris Walker

Chris Walker Drum Teacher

Chris Walker began teaching himself to play the drums at the age of 5. He took piano, guitar, clarinet, flute and cello lessons as a child, so naturally he ended up following in his dad’s footsteps and became a drummer. His solos landed him in the Guitar Center Drum-Off store finals when he was 13 years old, he competed in the competition for years and eventually became a judge. His musical tastes range from Hip-Hop and Live Electronic music to Jazz and Heavy Metal (and of course Rock n Roll!!!) - and he has been an avid concert goer for his entire life. He played in the jazz and jazz improv bands throughout high school before moving to New Orleans to begin his college career in 2005. After spending a few years in Louisiana he returned to Cleveland and started a band, Broccoli Samurai, in 2010. The project grew from a local improv trio to a nationally touring entity, playing in over 30 states for several years, and continues to play reunion shows sporadically at both festivals and venues today. He has been privileged to play on stage and in the studio with artists such as DJ Logic and The Sugarhill Gang, while his band grew from a basement jam band to playing at legendary venues around the country and at major festivals like Euphoria Festival in Austin, TX and Electric Forest in MI. Chris also played with other bands — The Lorax Tree, Jones for Revival, EP3, Octopus Prime and his DJ/Drum project Chris/Tucker. He has been an intern and volunteer at the Bop Stop Music Settlement, and is honored to have had the opportunity to play music for so many people over the years. Chris enjoyed teaching fourth grade students in East Cleveland through a program called We the People at John Carroll University, where he eventually graduated from in 2019 with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communication. Now he is excited to begin his journey as a drum instructor at the School of Rock, having begun teaching at the Highland Heights, Strongsville, and Westlake locations.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Eric Perez

Eric Perez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Eric Perez is a 21-year-old guitarist, bassist, vocalist, and saxophonist from Philadelphia, PA with years of live and studio experience. At the age of nine, he joined the Main Line School of Rock where he eventually became a Houseband member and School of Rock All-Star four years in a row. He was also a part of the Classical and Jazz programs at Conestoga High School as first chair tenor saxophone and earned the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. At the same time, Eric was also writing music and performing a smattering of shows as a solo act and with his bands THE NARROWS and The Fairfield Project. He toured briefly with THE NARROWS after a long-awaited album release and headed to college at Temple University for music education. After a year at Temple, Eric moved to Ohio where he now instructs at the Cleveland School of Rock.

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