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School of Rock Las Vegas West
9340 West Flamingo Road, Suite 117
Las Vegas, NV 89147
(702) 778-9382

Location Specifics

Located at West Flamingo & Fort Apache.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 6 PM

Upcoming Closures:

  • 09/26/2021: Closed
  • 09/27/2021: Closed
  • 09/28/2021: Closed
  • 09/29/2021: Closed
  • 09/30/2021: Closed
  • 10/01/2021: Closed
  • 10/02/2021: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Las Vegas West combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Sharpen your music skills at School of Rock Las Vegas West, proudly serving Las Vegas, Summerlin, Spring Valley, and other surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Here, students are taught instruments like guitar, vocals, drums, piano, and more in a variety of different styles. With enough practice, students may even one day be able to play at local venues like House of Blues, Fremont Street Stages, Brooklyn Bowl, and larger venues in Las Vegas.

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Las Vegas
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Las Vegas West our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

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

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Las Vegas West'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 Las Vegas music venue.

Songwriting
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 Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Las Vegas West 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
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

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 Las Vegas for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Las Vegas West'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 Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Las Vegas
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Las Vegas and the rest of NV. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Las Vegas West

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Las Vegas

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Las Vegas

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas West we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Las Vegas, 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 Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas. Unlike other Las Vegas drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Las Vegas West, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas West teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Las Vegas

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Las Vegas West 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 Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas West, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Las Vegas West, 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 Las Vegas, 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 Las Vegas West’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.

Music Director

Teddi Tarnoff Regional Manager

At the original School of Rock in Philadelphia, Teddi was one of the first-ever students and All Stars. She has taught voice and directed countless shows, as well as ran the All Stars program for a time and developed some of the curriculum at the core of the School of Rock program. Outside of that, Teddi has studied music both in the states and abroad. She has had the pleasure of working with such famed opera teachers as Enza Ferrari and Bruno Rigacci, and attended Temple University for Jazz Vocal Performance. At the tender age of 11, Teddi began studying classical violin at The Curtis Institute. Teddi was in two all-female tribute bands, Misstallica and Queen Diamond, and performs original music with her band Mother Mercury. She has performed all over the world with some serious musicians including Jon Anderson (Yes), Alice Cooper, Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Miriam Linna (The Cramps), Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Napolean Murphy Brock (Frank Zappa, George Duke Band), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Dethklok), Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth) and Stuart Copeland (The Police).
Guitar teacher

Erik Carlsson Music Director

Erik Carlsson has been playing the guitar for the past 20 years. During that time, he has played in countless bands and been involved in many rewarding musical endeavors. Erik attended San Francisco State University where he received his B.M. in Theory and Composition. While in college, he focused heavily on performing jazz and metal on the guitar, while also teaching music at a local K-8 private school in Northern California. After moving back down to Southern California, Erik joined a heavy rap metal band named 3rd Strike and was signed by Hollywood Records in 2001. While in 3rd Strike, he was fortunate enough to be on the Vans Warped Tour in 2001-02, and also played Ozzfest. Other credits include heavy video play on MTV 2, a tour of the USA and Europe, music in "Ultimate X: The Movie," and a song on the "Tomb Raider 2" soundtrack. After leaving 3rd Strike, Erik was involved in several other projects in Los Angeles and has worked with producers such as Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn), Mudrock (Godsmack), Bob Marlette (Seether) and Chris Lord-Alge.
Guitar teacher

Mario Ortiz Guitar Teacher

Hailing from Los Angeles County, Mario Vittorio Ortiz comes to School of Rock with over 10 years of experience as an educated, versatile and passionate guitar instructor with a comprehensive background in performance and teaching. Mario excels in offering a solid knowledge of music theory, technique and a wide variety of musical genres including rock, blues, punk, funk, heavy metal, soul and pop. Armed with a diverse sound/style and several years of charismatic live performances on many noted Las Vegas stages, Mario was also the lead guitarist, lead singer and main songwriter of the power trio At It Again. Focusing on music curriculum for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists, Mario helps students by teaching them to use their individual strengths and styles to develop unique practice rituals that incorporate theory, history, and the love and inspiration of music itself.
Drum Teacher

Adam Fisher Drum Teacher

Adam Fisher was born and raised in Las Vegas. With his father being a drummer, he has been around music his entire life, which helped to fuel his love and passion for it. At the age of two he picked up a pair of sticks and played on his first drum kit. After years of playing off and on, he began to take it seriously at the age of 15, playing with other musicians as much as possible. He then began performing with local artists with big followings such as punk/rock band Absent Minded, rap/rock band Cornerstone and various funk artists. After being in the local scene for a few years, Adam decided that he wanted, and was determined, to attend Musicians Institute located in the heart of Hollywood, CA. There he studied jazz, latin, funk, contemporary music and digital drumming/computer programming. After receiving his Associates Degree in Music/Performing Arts, Adam began his professional career as a musician/drummer/teacher. Shortly after graduating, he landed a gig with rap/rock artist RapScallions. His biggest success has been having one of their songs featured on the video game "Rocksmith" by Ubisoft for PS3 and Xbox. Adam then moved back to Las Vegas to continue teaching, gigging and doing studio work. Specializing in rock, he is now teaching at School of Rock and helping to share his knowledge and musical experiences.

David Vincola Drum Teacher

Las Vegas-based drummer/percussionist and multi-­instrumentalist David Vincola continues to provide a rock-solid groove and a sound as wide as they come for a variety of musical genres and performing situations across the globe. At various high points in his career, he has found himself performing onstage with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones and John Williams. Whether performing alongside some of the finest artists in the business or providing the rhythmic foundation for a few of the biggest hit Broadway musicals, he continues to adapt and evolve as a musician and share his passion for music with anyone he meets along the way. David has been teaching in private, group and classroom settings since his time at The University of Miami School of Music where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. He continued his performance studies at The Boston Conservatory and soon after relocated to New York City, where he taught privately out of his studio in Brooklyn for more than a decade. Calling Las Vegas home since 2014, David has appeared in some of the most popular shows on and off the Strip, such as "Rock of Ages," "Million Dollar Quartet," "MJ Live" and "The Rat Pack is Back," as well as many other live music venues, theaters and lounges.

Brittany McKay Singing Teacher

Brittany McKay has been performing for over 10 years and has been introduced as a "raw soulstress with a jazzy tone and a hip edge." She is known as a singer, songwriter, producer and vocal coach that has recently worked in Los Angeles with various artists and producers in the entertainment industry. She attended Las Vegas Academy for vocal performance, then moved on to Berklee College of Music in Boston to study Vocal Performance, Education and Songwriting. Since then, Brittany has been in Las Vegas teaching, recording and performing alongside her seven-piece band. They have performed at various venues in Las Vegas and won the Brooklyn Bowl Battle of the Bands to play Life is Beautiful Festival in 2016. She is now approaching her fourth year teaching at School of Rock and recording her third EP. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Las Vegas West.

Andrew Caballero Guitar Teacher

Andrew Caballero is a Hall of Fame graduate of School of Rock Las Vegas West, as well as a graduate of Las Vegas Academy, having majored in Electric and Classical Guitar. Having played guitar for 10+ years, he's had many opportunities to play shows all across Las Vegas and go on tour throughout the Midwest and Southwest with the School of Rock Continental Tour. Along the way, he formed his own band with fellow School of Rock students called FSTR SPRNT. Andrew enjoys giving back to School of Rock in his role as an instructor, helping to inspire younger musicians and share the knowledge he has gained from both School of Rock and Las Vegas Academy.

Maria Wynants Studio Coordinator

Born and raised locally in Las Vegas, Maria Wynants represents the core ideals and charm School of Rock has become known for. Working as Studio Coordinator since 2016, she manages the flow of lessons between the teachers and students, offers full information to the program's details and benefits, and shares her musical knowledge with any who seek it. While she's outside the teaching program itself, Maria has practiced in a repertoire of instruments since very early in her life, including piano, guitar and flute. Singing being a vital passion in her life, Maria has studied and trained her vocal talents extensively over a variety of styles, such as classical and modern genres, and can also be found featured on a few independent singles online. Maria is essential to the school and its successes by keeping the environment fun, open, intuitive and welcoming to all who come through the door.

Liz Ofte Singing Teacher

Liz has been singing since she was a little girl. Music and expressing herself have always been in her blood, from playing trumpet and piano to singing in musicals, jazz choir, show choir, concert choir, barbershop quartets and state solo competitions in high school and college. She’s toured the whole state of Wisconsin two summers in a row in a traveling troupe called Kids from Wisconsin, performing 73 shows a summer. She went to college for Trumpet Performance at the University of La Crosse Wisconsin with a minor in Theater. Now she sings in the Las Vegas pop/synth/rock band Pet Tigers that she has fronted for six years, playing keyboards, trumpet and singing. She has also been in cover bands in her home state of Wisconsin, as well as in Las Vegas for years. She’s toured the west coast and the Midwest and played in the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as in music festivals in Las Vegas.

Niko Gemini Bass Guitar Teacher

Niko Gemini is a Russian-born musician and songwriter. He moved to the US in 2011 after graduating from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory College to start his career as a professional musician. After joining Davey Suicide for their The Reckoning Tour, Niko became a permanent member of the band. In 2016 Niko started his new band, Cry Venom, together with Jacky Vincent (ex-Falling In Reverse). Their first full-length album, "Vanquish The Demon," was released via King Records (Japan). The band went on its first Vanquish The West Tour, following it up with a performance in Japan at Loud Park'17 music festival alongside Slayer, Devin Townsend Project, Meshuggah, Alice Cooper and others. In March 2017 Davey Suicide's new album, "Made From Fire," charted on Billboard. After performing at a few summer festivals, the band started the Made From Fire World Tour that so far includes North America, the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Russia. Niko is Vegas-based now, on and off the road, and brings a lot of industry expertise, along with his exceptional musicianship, to the School of Rock family.

Spencer King Piano Teacher

Spencer King grew up in Las Vegas and began classical training on the piano when he was six years old. In high school he played with a rock band until he graduated. Shortly after he moved to Boston, where he attended the Berklee School of Music, as well as gigged and toured with multiple bands. After two years, Spencer moved to back to Las Vegas, where he has since been gigging with multiple bands ranging from jazz to metal styles.
Sawyer Schneider Guitar Instructor

Sawyer Schneider Guitar Teacher

Throughout Sawyer Schneider's career he's written and produced many songs, scored for film, mixed multiple artists and performed relentlessly. In 2012 he received his acceptance letter to Berklee College of Music and within four years earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Contemporary Writing and Production. After earning his degree he has worked as an audio production mentor for YOUmedia, produced contemporary jingles for ReelWorld, worked for the world’s largest live audio company, Clair Global, and now he resides with us at School of Rock Green Valley as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher. The pursuit of knowledge and the necessity to be creative motivates him.
Lenny Widegren Guitar Teacher

Lenny Widegren Guitar Teacher

Lenny Widegren received his Bachelor of Music from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California where he is a faculty member. At MI he studied contemporary guitar performance, and learned styles such as Blues, funk and R&B, but his main focus has always been rock, and he also loves to play punk and metal. He has five full-length albums to his credit with original bands, and has also contributed as a studio guitarist on many projects. Lenny has toured internationally and in the U.S. and was also featured as the guitarist in the movie “Get Him To The Greek” alongside Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. He has shared the stage with many great musicians such as Ray Luzier (Korn) Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper band) Billy Sheehan (Mr.Big) Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses) Richie Ramone (Ramones) among others, and also opened for bands such as Drowning Pool and L.A. Guns. Lenny loves teaching and inspiring players, and loves to perform live. Other than his original band “Elegantly Wasted” he also plays in the ABBA tribute band “ABBA L.A.” and the punk rock cover band “DTH”.
Guitar Teacher Jim Papanek

Jim Papanek Guitar Teacher

Jim found his first love at around the age of 12 or 13 and has been playing the guitar ever since. He worked his way through college teaching lessons, as well as performing classical guitar at weddings and other special events. Jim earned his Bachelor of Music in Education from Roosevelt University in his hometown of Chicago. Jim has over 25 years experience in teaching that includes general music, private lessons, and group classes on several instruments. As a performer, Jim has played guitar and bass in a few rock bands during his college days. He has also been a part of worship teams at various churches for nearly 30 years. Currently, Jim uses his talents as part of the praise team at his church in downtown Las Vegas. He also plays guitar and sings in the Las Vegas based rock band Atomic City.
Chad Henley - Drum Teacher at School of Rock Las Vegas West

Chad Henley Drum Teacher

Chad Henley is a Las Vegas native. He is currently nearing the end of his undergraduate degree in music education at UNLV, where he studies both classical percussion and jazz drum set. He has performed across the valley alongside incredible musicians encompassing an array of genres.

From classical to popular, heavy rock to funk, hip hop to jazz, and everything in-between, playing and performing music is his passion. Outside the world of academia, Chad has been working with an all original alt rock band named Damaris, who is presently finishing up their second studio album. Chad has been teaching drums in percussion in both group and private settings since completing his Associates degree from CSN in 2015. Groove, and how it relates to the bigger musical picture, is an essential element in his teaching philosophy.
Singing Teacher Audrey Brazell

Audrey Brazell Singing Teacher

Audrey realized from a young age, music is the lens in which she views the world. She began studying music in elementary school, leading her to find her passion for singing and songwriting. She is known as a singer, songwriter, performer and producer who has recently collaborated with various artists in one of America’s entertainment capitals, New York City. In over six years of professional performance, Audrey has performed in popular venues around The United States both as a solo artist and as a lead singer for Noir Movement, a nine-piece jazz band based in her hometown of Las Vegas. Audrey now writes and performs for her genre-bending band, Red Dragons, who has been described to “paint landscapes, musically.” In addition to that, Audrey also ghostwrites for numerous artists in the entertainment industry amongst various genres and teaches local vocalists the art of production and self-recording.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Gregory Delcore

Gregory Delcore Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Greg Delcore is a Boston native who plays electric bass, guitar and keyboard. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1992. Greg has played and composed a wide range of music styles and genres from Rock to Pop, Hip Hop to Be-Bop. Greg has performed all over the world and most recently was the bassist/keyboardist for Britney Spears Award winning “Piece of Me” Residency at Planet Hollywood from 2013-2018. In addition, he has performed with Tracy Bonham, Iggy Azalea, Tinache, Ray Green (Santana) and has been featured on the Lifetime Movie soundtrack “Last Hours in Suburbia”. His original music has produced 3 number #1 hit singles and won 4 European Music Awards. Greg’s music has been released by SONY Music, EMI, Millennium Records (CZ) and his own production company Delcore Music (BMI).

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Reviews

I am so thankful for School of Rock!

Our son has been taking guitar here for the past three years. The team at School of Rock is fabulous. My son loves learning from them and loves performing in the shows. If my son had more hours in the day, he'd probably want to go to School of Rock on a daily basis.

It's a REAL rock show!

My 10-year-old daughter has been playing electric guitar here since she was eight and she's developed so much confidence. The shows they do are amazingly well-produced. This isn't like going to watch a bunch of kids playing recorders in a school gym.

What more could you want for an 11-year-old?!

My daughter sings at School of Rock and she feels confident, safe and empowered. It's a great way to socialize kids away from their normal social circles. I'm so happy to have a place for my daughter where the peer pressure is positive and constructive.

I wish this place was around when I was learning to play!

Like a lot of kids, it was a bit of a challenge to find an activity that put a fire in my son's belly. We signed up for a trial lesson at School of Rock and the rest is history! I would recommend School of Rock to anyone whose child shows any interest at all in playing music.