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School of Rock Issaquah
1640 NW Gilman Blvd, #1
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 395-7302

Location Specifics

In the Meadows Shopping Center, near QFC and right next to Garlic Crush & Legendary Doughnuts.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 11 AM - 6 PM

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Issaquah, 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 Issaquah, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 Issaquah'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 Issaquah 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 Issaquah are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Issaquah 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. Every few months, students take the stage and perform at a local Seattle music venue.

Performance music program for teens
Ages 12-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Issaquah'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 Issaquah music venue.

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

School of Rock Issaquah'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 Issaquah 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 Issaquah.

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 Issaquah 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 Issaquah.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 12-18

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

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 Issaquah

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Issaquah 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 Issaquah 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 Issaquah, 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 Issaquah 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 Issaquah, 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 Issaquah. 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 Issaquah, 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 Issaquah 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 Issaquah Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Issaquah 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 Issaquah music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Issaquah, 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 Issaquah, 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 Issaquah’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.

Zakkary Hale Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Zakkary Hale was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Zakk studied with Terence Dale Hansen from the ages of five to 15. His focus was theory, jazz composition and overall shredding. Zakk’s dad was a drummer and he learned a lot from him. Zakk has done session work with Vinnie Colaiuta, Jonas Persch and Vendetta Red to name a few. Zakk was an instructor for School of Rock in Sandy, Utah for eight years before heading to Seattle and eventually landing here with us at School of Rock Issaquah. Zakk’s primary instrument is guitar but he is also an accomplished vocalist, bassist, songwriter and drummer. You can see Zakk out performing with his prog-alt band, Melodramus.

Cole Paramore Drum Teacher

Cole has been playing and teaching drums for 10 years. Having studied under acclaimed drummers such as Mike Johnston, Mark Guiliana and Robert Searight, Cole has developed a proficiency in a number of styles including rock, pop, funk, R&B, blues and jazz. You can see Cole playing live in the Pacific Northwest with artist Harrison B.

Noah Martin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Noah Martin has read music for 25 years and is proficient on multiple instruments. He is a professional musician from Virginia Beach, VA, most recognized for his bass guitar work with Nuclear Blast Records artist, Arsis. He has appeared on releases for Arsis, Jake Dreyer (lead guitar, Iced Earth), Suspyre, Structure of Inhumanity, Dark Empire, Blood Promise and Lilitu. He can be seen in music videos for Arsis, Marty Friedman, Structure of Inhumanity and Blood Promise. In addition to a decade of international touring and recording experience, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies of Music from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Here, Noah tutored other music theory students, served as the sound designer for the Video Game Development Club and was invited to give a guest lecture. Securing a Sony Music internship at Columbia Records, he worked as an A&R coordinator during the 2015 Grammy Awards season. When Noah isn’t writing or touring with Arsis, he continues to make music with friends and inspire others to pursue music.

Sierra Rae Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Sierra Rae has a passion for music that derives from her early childhood. Sierra began learning the art of music from a very young age. Growing up she was taught classical fundamentals both in piano and vocals. At the age of 12, she branched out and began exploring other genres such as classic rock, R&B/soul, metal, jazz and even more classical. She attended Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts in high school, focusing on music theory, composition and piano. Being in a very musically active family, Sierra and her cousin Nick Petty started the soul/funk band Harlem Shuffle in 2010. They went on to gig and perform all over Utah, record demos and rough tracks, and were eventually invited to attend the NAMM Battle of the Bands in Anaheim, CA. There they won third place overall, and Sierra won Best Vocalist in the competition. Sierra got certified as a Vocal Instructor through BAST Teaching Course with Lisa Haulpert, and began instructing keyboards and vocals at School of Rock Sandy in 2012. There she met Zakkary Hale, frontman/lead guitarist/vocalist for Melodramus. At first, she collaborated and performed on Zakk's brother The Rose Phantom's albums. Zakkary then asked her to join Melodramus as the keyboardist and co-vocalist. She also contributes guitar parts and has written several songs for the band. They moved from Salt Lake City to Seattle as a band in 2015 to embrace the flourishing music scene and are gearing up to record their third full length CD/LP album with producer/engineer Matt Winegar (Primus, Coheed and Cambria, Faith No More). Sierra thoroughly loves what she does and enjoys sharing the magic of music with many other aspiring musicians.

Rahul Mathew Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drums Teacher

Rahul Mathew is a drummer, guitarist and bassist. He is currently the drummer for two bands: hard rock band Always Naked and punk duo Karoshi. He has experience recording and performing in the many studios and venues around Seattle and is currently attending the University of Washington, studying Sociology with a minor in Music. Having participated in a School of Rock camp when he was younger, he knows firsthand how this program encourages kids to play music and find something that they love doing.

Max Cobb Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Max Cobb is a professional guitarist, bassist, pianist and vocalist based in the Seattle area. After studying jazz theory and guitar performance at Gonzaga University, he has gone on to perform professionally at weddings and events in the Northwest and Austin, TX since 2012. When he's not performing, Max teaches music to students of all ages. He's been teaching private guitar and piano lessons for over five years, working with kids, adults, handicapped adults and seniors.

Duffy Delgado Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Duffy Delgado has been playing guitar for over 35 years in the NW with bands such as Palooka, The Hipsters, History of Thorns, The Chauffeur, Confused and Ruff Justice. His live performances have given him the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Alice In Chains, Candlebox, War Babies and Sweetwater, and has performed with members of Jerry Cantrell (solo), My Sister’s Machine, The Rockfords, Kim Virant, Jeff Rouse (Duff McKagan’s Loaded), Shawn Smith and The Posies. His studio experience throughout the years has partnered him with some of the best producers and engineers in the business at legendary studios such as Steve Lawson/Bad Animals with Brett Eliason (Pearl Jam, Heart, Mad Season, Screaming Trees), Laundry Room with Barrett Jones (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Melvins, Bush, PUSA), Reciprocal with Chris Hanszek (Soundgarden, Green River) and the personal studio of the late Tom Pfaeffle (Nirvana, Black Crowes, Heart). His teaching experience dates back to showing his own son Luke how to play before entering kindergarten and has since expanded to teaching students of all ages how to play guitar, bass, ukulele and even vocals at School of Rock Issaquah.

Preston Andersen Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Preston is super stoked to be a new addition to the School of Rock staff. He grew up and lived in Sandy, Utah for most of his life, during which time he was fortunate enough to be a student of School of Rock for over five years. Getting to go to rock school after "real" school was something he always looked forward to. It was a place to unwind, both physically and mentally. That's not to say School of Rock ISN'T a place that presents challenge - because it is, and it does. In a good way, though. Music is a fun kind of focus and discipline. It's a great way to push yourself, be creative and measure your own growth. Preston looks forward to meeting you all one by one.

Shaun Crawford Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Shaun Crawford is originally from Dallas, Texas. He teaches guitar and bass, as well as helps your kids get ready for the stage. Some of his favorite groups include The Temptations, The Beatles, St. Vincent, Slowdive and Run DMC. Shaun can’t wait to help introduce your children into the world of music and hopefully a life filled with art and adventures when it comes to being in a band.

Krista Kroiss Studio Coordinator

Krista Kroiss is a native to the Seattle area who loves rock music, Marvel movies and books. Although she began playing guitar at six years old, she found her passion for rock n’ roll as a student in the School of Rock Issaquah Performance Program and House Band. In her years as a School of Rock student she furthered her skills as a guitarist while also learning to sing and play bass guitar. In high school, her musical passion led her to join the rhythm section of the school’s jazz choir and form her own band (The Mildreds). She hopes to pursue her love for music at the University of Oregon, where she currently plans to major in Popular Music with a minor in Media Studies. After years of dedication to the School of Rock program, Krista is excited to be a part of the team at School of Rock Issaquah as our Studio Coordinator.

Chad Fondren Owner

Chad Fondren is a father of two and a local music industry veteran. Currently he is also serving as Director of Sales for Disc Makers, the nation's largest CD/DVD/vinyl manufacturer. Over the last 20 years he has run a successful record label focusing on punk music, was Director of Operations for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, ran a local booking agency/concert production company and managed a studio teaching private trumpet lessons to kids. Chad earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Business from Central Washington University, with a minor in Trumpet Performance. He is especially excited now in his mission at School of Rock Issaquah.

Bree Schmitt Studio Coordinator

Bree Schmitt started out here as one of the founding students of School of Rock Issaquah. Now 18 years old, and rounding up her role as a student at the school, she hopes to help out Chad and Tracy in whatever way needed to further their plans to expand and better the way things run around here. She has guitar, bass, piano and vocal experience from her time at School of Rock and previous choral and private lessons. Off stage she is a crochet artist and seamstress for her home business, Hazel's Web, which is a rebellion-inspired gothic handmade outlet.

Calah Webb Studio Coordinator

Calah Webb’s a homegrown Washington native with roots in Maple Valley. She was raised around every type of music you can imagine, from her grandpa’s bluegrass band to her dad’s fondness of Pearl Jam. Her dad is a part-time sound engineer so she’s been a backstage roadie almost all her life, tagging along on any show/fest/concert he put on. When she’s not hanging out in the music scene, she’s online playing video games or doing crazy makeup looks/nail art. Any creative outlet you can name, she loves. After having been in the salon/spa business for almost seven years, Calah’s ready to put away her nail polish and facial masks and focus on music.

Trevor O'Loughlin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Trevor O’Loughlin is a bassist, composer and teacher in and around Seattle. In his time as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Issaquah, he has become an active and eclectic member of the music scene. He is the bandleader of both the experimental jazz trio Memory Unit and the fusion quintet J-Tone, and has been a part of various other artistic projects. He is also a member of the San Jose-based ska/funk band The Frenzys since 2011 and has recorded and toured extensively with them. As a composer, he has written for Quince Ensemble and Inverted Space Ensemble, as well as a variety of other chamber groups. He spent four years at Cornish College of the Arts, studying with mentors Chuck Deardorf, Kerry O’Brien and Tom Baker. Originally from San Jose, California, he began playing classical bass at age 11 in a chamber setting and has performed with San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Cambrian Symphony.

Mimi Hubbard Studio Coordinator

Mimi Hubbard is a musician, multi-media artist and goth rock enthusiast born and raised in Issaquah. She grew up playing piano and cello, but has been a part of School of Rock Issaquah’s Performance Program playing bass and guitar since 2016. Aside from music, she is passionate about slam poetry and rollerskating. Additionally, she prides herself on knowing the lyrics to every Radiohead song. Mimi is beyond stoked to join the School of Rock Issaquah team as a Studio Coordinator and hopes to serve as a friendly face at the front desk.

Justin Clements Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Justin Clements' view is that music is at its best when it is authentic, organic and a little quirky. Justin takes his cue from a lifetime spent performing and pursuing music as a way of life. A Bostonian by birth and a Virginian most of his life, he has recently found his home among the evergreens of the Pacific Northwest. This change of pace from the East Coast bustle to the West Coast has opened the doors to a bevy of creative inspiration. He is excited to bring his passion for music to School of Rock Issaquah as a guitar teacher, vocal instructor and piano teacher.

Joseph Oakes Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Joe Oakes is a guitarist, drummer, composer and recording engineer. He studied Music Composition and Jazz Performance at Cornish College of the Arts. He can be seen performing at venues around Seattle with the bands Coach Phillips, No Baby and La Fille. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Issaquah.

Joe Eck Drum Teacher

Joe Eck is a Minnesota-born, full-time percussionist and teacher based in Seattle. He attended high school at the Perpich Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has performed in the Caribbean. He performs regularly with the groups Witch Ripper and Good Company. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Julian Priester, Jim Knapp, Bootleg Sunshine, A Cedar Suede, Matt Bayles, Geoff Ott and many others. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Issaquah.

Ruby Dunphy Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Ruby Dunphy is a Chicago-born and Seattle-based full-time percussionist, teacher and composer. A graduate from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018, she has toured throughout the U.S and Europe. Ruby has recorded with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Sylvia Massey, Mike McCready, Taylor Bowyn, Bus Man and No Baby, and is currently a drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Issaquah. Her main area of performance focus is with her band No Baby, as well as collaborations with local Seattle artists such as Kathy Moore, Trevor O’Loughlin, Jacob Neenan and many more.

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The entire staff cares.

They want to help the development of each student individually and watch them succeed in a group. The shows are so fun to watch and the venues are amazing!

Our kids love School of Rock!

It's such a great experience and they are learning so much. You can't get much more rock and roll than this place! I highly recommend them!

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We have been with other music-related lessons before but School of Rock is the best. The staff work hard to get these kids playing so well. My daughter continues to evolve and get better.

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The instructors are amazing, motivating and real rockers. They know the industry and the music. Everyone there is passionate about the kids having fun and building self esteem.