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School of Rock Oceanside
4095 Oceanside Blvd Suite F
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 734-1529
  • Monday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Oceanside, 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.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

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

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Oceanside'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 Oceanside 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 Oceanside, 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 Oceanside is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Oceanside who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

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

School of Rock Oceanside'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 Oceanside 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 Oceanside.

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 Oceanside 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 Oceanside.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 10-18

The School of Rock Oceanside House Band music program gives students ages 10 to 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 Oceanside's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at CA 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 Oceanside and the rest of CA. 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 Oceanside

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Oceanside, 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 Oceanside, 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 Oceanside’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.

General Manager

Olivia Buscemi General Manager

Olivia Buscemi is a well-established musician who has had classical training in violin and piano, as well as extensive and varied contemporary music experience. Additionally, she has abundantly written and recorded in various rock, southern rock and alternative rock bands. Her former bands include Lowletter, Randy Watson, Aaron Lee and the Love Vigilantes and Lexington Field. Aaron Lee the Love are under contract and supported by EMI, Universal, Light-year and Visionary Records, giving Ms. Buscemi solid experience with the requirements needed within a band signed by a label. In addition, in 2013 Lexington Field was nominated by the San Diego Music Awards for Best Alternative Album. Olivia studied the violin at Palomar College to receive her degree in Music and Performance. For two years she studied very closely with Ulli Riener, a highly accomplished violinist in the San Diego area. From the age of six, Ms. Buscemi has been a member of many chamber strings and civic orchestras. Olivia is currently playing fiddle with a San Diego-based world punk band called Quel Bordel. Her extensive experience in both the classical and contemporary genres and training give her a wide, unique, extensive and savvy array of musical knowledge. She is the General Manager at School of Rock Oceanside.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Matt Rothstein Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Music Director

Matt was a student at the original Paul Green School of Rock in Philadelphia from 2001-2004. While there, he was a member of the AllStars and played the Zappanale festival in Germany and toured the U.S. playing the music of Frank Zappa with Zappa alumni Napoleon Murphy Brock. He enrolled in Drexel University's Music Industry program in 2004 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 2008. He taught bass and guitar at School of Rock Downingtown and School of Rock Wilmington throughout college. From 2006-present, he's been the co-founder, bassist and background vocalist for the band Cheers Elephant. They have released three full-length albums and multiple singles, with two million plus listens on Spotify. Their song "Leaves" reached #1 on Hype Machine in 2012 and "Airliner" reached #1 in 2015. He's played multiple national tours and SXSW Official in 2013 and 2014. He's licensed numerous songs featured on advertisements and TV shows (Sperry Topsider, Drexel University, Virgin Banking, "The Real World," Victory Brewing, ABC Family). From 2009-2014 he was Branch Manager at School of Rock Main Line (Berwyn, PA). He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and Music Director at School of Rock Oceanside.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jason Simmons Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jason Simmons is a highly knowledgeable and experienced performing musician, audio engineer and composer. He received his music education formally from Mira Costa College as well as from playing guitar and bass in a variety of styles with bands here in San Diego. Eventually he went on to teach guitar courses for his college and received several vocational degrees and certifications in the fields of music technology including live sound reinforcement, recording arts and computer audio production. He currently writes and performs with his fellow instructors in their group The Blue Moonies. Sharing influences of soul, reggae, funk, and rock and roll they have played at many legendary venues such as the Belly Up Tavern and have opened for national acts such as the Plain White T's. His main focus at School of Rock is to empower the students with all the information they would need to make it as modern musicians.
Drum Teacher

Kai Taylor Drum Teacher

Kai is a hard-working studio drummer and producer who performs with a variety of musicians, as well as independent projects. In his years of experience, he has collaborated with multiple studio engineers and artists around Southern California, and has gained two years of academic experience in Audio Production at The Art Institute of California, San Diego. Some of his recent accomplishments include writing and recording his band's most recent EP, touring the west coast, enrolling in school and getting through his first year with the Palomar College Jazz Ensemble. Kai takes great pride in his ability to persevere through his goals and ambitions, while eagerly encouraging others to achieve the same. An environment that demands a positive attitude and dependability are where he thrives the most. The opportunity to share his knowledge of music is an honor, and he looks forward to shredding away with you in the future.
Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Noah Rabe Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Noah has been playing music and performing his entire life. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Noah began taking piano lessons at the age of five. As he got older he fell in love with many other instruments. He started taking voice lessons when he was 14. This fueled his desire to make a career using music. At the age of 13 he joined a band that had management in Nashville and through that opportunity Noah played in all 48 continental U.S. states before the age of 16. Since then he has released two self-titled albums. He also graduated from Ocean’s Edge Music School focusing on vocals, and recently started a non-profit organization and a band that uses their music to raise money for relationship abuse awareness.

Theresa Layne Vocal Instructor

Theresa Layne holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and an MFA in Acting. She began her vocal training in opera, has professional performance experience in musical theater, and has sang and drummed in several bands. Her most notable professional stage credits include performing at the Old Globe Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheater, North Coast Rep, New Village Arts and The Lawrence Welk. She teaches theater and film courses at MiraCosta College and CSUSM and enjoys playing drums and singing in the band, Vortex Drag. Additionally, she has been in countless local and national commercials, TV movies and award-winning independent films. She currently can be seen in the film "Debunkers, Inc." on Showtime and Amazon Prime. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Oceanside.

Audrey Young Vocal Instructor

Audrey Young has been singing for as long as she can remember. She is passionate about performing in every respect and feels most at home on a stage. Audrey has a degree in Vocal Performance and many years of experience in music theory. She loves soft rock and pop music the best. If you can’t find her, she’s probably at Disneyland. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Oceanside.

Mike Mcgrogan Drum Teacher

Michael Mcgrogan was born in Pittsburgh, PA and started playing drums at the age of 10. Mike set about private lessons and joined the school music program as soon as he could. He took private lessons at Drum World throughout high school. Upon graduation, Mike was accepted in to the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena, CA. Mike graduated in 2005 after completing the drum program. At LAMA he studied under Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey and the late Sherman Ferguson. For the past several years Mike has been an active studio drummer, performed live in the LA music scene and played countless shows nationwide. Mike currently resides in San Diego. He continues his musical conquest by teaching private lessons and performing at clubs and casinos in the southern California area. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Oceanside.

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Lifelong skills are born here.

The kids have a great time while learning to play. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this exposure to music when I was growing up!


School of Rock has given my son confidence.

My son now has a passion for music and new friends through School of Rock. It has become his home away from home. Playing music with friends has been so much more motivating for my son than traditional piano and guitar lessons.


The staff really connect with the students.

School of Rock has taught my son about not only music, but confidence, self expression, teamwork and creativity in a fun manner that fits his learning style. The staff help them learn that the only limits are the ones we set for ourselves.


The shows have a great atmosphere!

In a short period, your teachers have been able to cultivate and expand my son's techniques on guitar and vocals. I like the real world, working musician atmosphere you create with the creation of shows.