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School of Rock Orleans
2003 St. Joseph Blvd
Orleans, Ontario K1C1E5
(613) 841-8118

Location Specifics

Right across from Dairy Queen.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 5:30 PM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Orleans, 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.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 2-5

At School of Rock Orleans 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 Orleans, 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
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Orleans, 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 Orleans, 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 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Orleans'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 Orleans 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 Orleans are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Orleans who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 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.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 7-17

The Performance Program at School of Rock Orleans 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 Orleans Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Orleans 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 Orleans'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 Orleans 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 Orleans, 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 Orleans is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Orleans 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 Orleans'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 Orleans 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 Orleans.

What To Expect
  • 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 Orleans 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 Orleans.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Orleans 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 Orleans 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 Orleans, 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 Orleans 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 Orleans, 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 Orleans. 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 Orleans, 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 Orleans 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 Orleans Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Orleans 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 Orleans 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 Orleans, 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 Orleans, 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 Orleans’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.

Cindy Goldberg Studio Coordinator, Little Wing and Rookies Instructor

Cindy is not only our Studio Coordinator, she is our Little Wings and Rookies music instructor.

Cindy is a long-time musician; her first instruments were the piano, followed by the clarinet and saxophone. She has played with several jazz bands and concert bands, including Swing Shift, The Byward Winds and the Halifax Concert band.

Several years ago, Cindy fell in love with drumming. She studied with many local and renowned drummers, including Roy Nichol (April Wine), Mike "Machine" Mallais, and Jason Gianni. Last year, she ventured to New York City for several weeks to study at the Drummer's Collective; that was a dream come true! In 2019, Cindy was also busy producing and directing a feature documentary about female drummers called "Beat Keepers: Women with Rhythm."

Cindy is also a singer/songwriter and her previous band, Restless Soul, produced and performed several original songs. More recently, Cindy co-founded a new band "Retroz" - hopefully we'll hear more from them in the near future!

On an even brighter note, Cindy recently married American drummer and percussionist Rafael de los Reyes.
Drum Teacher Music Director

Jason Watts Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor

From Ottawa, Jason Watts is a talented musician with an incredible sense of rhythm. With more than 20 years of experience, he is an accomplished drummer, singer, producer and musician. He actually started as a DJ as a teenager and shortly after that turned his attention to drums and percussion. From rock to pop, blues to metal, he has played it all. As a member of various bands throughout the years, in support of multiple full-length albums, Jay has toured around the world from as far away as Australia, to Orlando, Iqaluit and Victoria, British Columbia. With over 1300 shows under his belt, from tiny dive bars to huge festival stages, he has played every kind of show you can imagine. Jay has had the pleasure of working with some really cool people over the years, like producers Jordan Zadorozny (Sam Roberts, Blinker the Star, Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur) and Terry Brown (Rush). He has shared the stage with great musical acts like Blue Rodeo, Mother-Mother, 3 Days Grace, Alan Frew (Glass Tiger), Thornely, Default, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Ill Scarlet and Amanda Rheaume, just to name a few. Currently, Jay plays in an internationally renowned band called Twin Flames, an indigenous indie rock husband and wife duo from Ottawa. Jay is also the drummer and back-up vocalist for Ottawa’s hottest high energy cover band, Bytown Lights. He is also a member of Ottawa’s now dormant Hearts and Mines. He gets his inspiration from such legendary drummers as Buddy Rich, Dave Grohl, Phil Collins, Carter Beauford and Travis Barker. Jay's showmanship, energy and rock solid inner metronome make him a fantastic drummer. His love of people, passion for music and life make him a great musician and a wonderful teacher. He is a drum teacher, vocal instructor and show director at School of Rock Orleans.

Troy Huizinga Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Troy Huizinga is an accomplished multi-instrumental performer, recording artist, and songwriter who has been captivating audiences since an early age. His excellence on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals has been featured in numerous recording and touring acts throughout Canada, the USA, and Australia.

Some career highlights include founding Autumns Cannon with fellow School of Rock instructor Shaun Francisco in 2009, and indie rock group High Waters in 2011. Troy’s compositional talents led to significant radio airplay nationwide. He has performed on stage with Susan Aglukark, the NAC Orchestra, Tom Wilson, Royal Wood, and Peter Katz. He has opened for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ashley MacIsaac, and more.

Troy is currently touring and recording with award-winning, indigenous folk-rock group Twin Flames. In addition he is recording new material for his solo project HENK, writing music with Hearts&Mines, and occasionally performing with local groups Bytown Lights and Satellite Birdhouse.

Called to positively influence and inspire the community, Troy is proud to offer his wealth of experience and passion for music to his students through the School of Rock.

Chris Buttera Drum Teacher

Chris Buttera has been playing drums since 10 years old. He started playing in bands and recording when he was a teenager. Bands like Boston, Rush, Thin Lizzy and Metallica influenced him at a young age and he began learning a large catalogue of classic rock and metal tunes.

He is mostly self-taught but he has taken professional lessons from Ottawa's own Jeff Asselin. He learned about technique, sight reading and advanced rudiments. Chris has been a consistent player in Ottawa’s music scene for over 10 years. He has played live in, and recorded albums with, Descendant, Vyc Vypyr, Ginger Fox Band and King Swan. With King Swan, the singles "Generation Zero" (from the self-titled debut EP), "Kaleidoscopic Eyes" and "Wicked Witch" (from the "Rituals of Fire" EP) appeared on various "Don Cherry's Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Hockey" DVDs. Recently, Chris has been playing around Ontario with The Steph Larochelle band and Danny Sylvester.

Scott Norris Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Coming from a house filled with rock music from the day he was born, Scott was influenced to pick up the guitar at age 10 and instantly fell in love with every aspect of the instrument. Learning various techniques at this early age under his dad's direction, Scott began to understand his passion for guitar as well as music in general. Playing his first real gig at an open mic night at Barrymore's at the early age of 13, Scott instantly knew the stage was where he belonged. He then began taking lessons at various facilities in the Ottawa/Orleans area and studied under a handful of different instructors all the while taking in all of their various influences and developing those methods into a style that worked for him. Shortly after beginning lessons Scott's musical interests turned towards the heavier side of the genre when he heard Pantera. From there he began to fall in love with the heaviest music he could find. Scott then began to focus on teaching himself and started to look into creating music on top of just learning what his favourite bands were playing. Scott was in and out of various local metal Ottawa bands from ages 16-18 and began learning about the music industry as a whole as well as spending lots of time performing on various local stages. From there, Scott began focused all his time and energy into his new project: Of Reverie, a post-hardcore/metalcore outfit from Ottawa. The band has worked with producers such as Adam Newcomb (Newcomb Studios) and Doug Meadows (Allspark Studios), as well as toured with acts such as Sirens Sailors, Chasing Safety and Horizons. Scott's time with Of Reverie has taught him many things about his own playing and the music industry, and given him a brief glimpse into what life on the road is like. Of Reverie disbanded in 2016 after releasing two albums and reformed as local metalcore outfit: Horcrux. Scott has been the primary songwriter and a founding member of Horcrux from 2016-present. The band has been featured on many different online platforms including Rocksound and Alternative Press. Horcrux is also sponsored by Legator Guitars. Albums "The Dark Mark" and "Heretic" can be found on all major streaming platforms.

Shaun Francisco Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

Shaun Francisco’s music journey began at the age of 14, a time where lunch hours were devoted to learning Nirvana riffs in the hallways of his high school. By the 10th grade, Shaun began to learn how to sing and play drums, choosing music in all of his electives including three different choirs and a music composition course. It was evident at a young age that music was a strong passion and would eventually lead to a career in writing, recording and performing.

Fast forward 20 years (and counting), Shaun’s resume includes a commercial release of the 2013 album “Open Letter” under the band name Autumns Cannon. The title track, produced and co-written by Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat/Mounties), charted #23 on the active rock chart, landing the group a six-date tour with ZZ Top, as well as a cross Canada tour with The Goo Goo Dolls. Three years after the release of “Open Letter,” Autumns Cannon hit a dead end with their record company, leading to a two and a half year wait before the band could put out their final independent release under the new name, Cannons. The album, “Written on the Wall,” gained enough attention to land them the opening slot for Bon Jovi in April of 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

From teenage years to present, performing on stage, working with producers and the record industry has given Shaun a desire to be a part of shaping and equipping other aspiring musicians not only with music theory, but with characteristics such as leadership, team work, respect and commitment. Along with joining the School of Rock team, Shaun Francisco continues to be active writing, performing and working with producers under his solo project Francisco.

Ryan Whealey Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

As a kid Ryan always loved listening to music. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 12 and quickly developed a passion for it, deciding then that music would be his career. At the age of 14 he was asked to join his first band and soon after he was playing shows all around Ottawa. After high school Ryan took Algonquin College's Music Industry Arts program where he learn all about how to produce and record bands. This gave him the skills needed to record Ginger Fox Band's two latest releases. Ryan has been a music teacher for over four years, teaching kids and adults of all ages guitar, bass and drums. He also works as a live sound engineer all around Ottawa. He has played gigs across Ontario in multiple bands, including The Ginger Fox Band and M'alice and Monsters, a tribute to Alice Cooper.

Galen Cussion Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Originally hailing from Innisfil, Ontario, Galen began his music journey after discovering The Beatles in his youth. At 12 he was given his first bass guitar and took to it with great enthusiasm, forming a band with friends shortly after. Upon exposure to Queen a few years later, he taught himself the piano, alongside guitar and vocals. Eventually this led Galen to studying music at Carleton University, taking lessons from Steve Boudreau and graduating with a BMus, majoring in jazz piano. With a very eclectic range of influences, Galen is well-versed in classic rock, prog rock, alternative, jazz, classic metal, musical theatre and electronic music. His list of musical heroes includes The Beatles, Queen, Rush, The Killers, Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Kraftwerk, The Who, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, The Rolling Stones, The Sheepdogs, The Beach Boys and too many others to list here.
No stranger to the stage, he competed in several battle of the bands in high school, as well as in a tribute act at the Orillia Beatles Celebration four consecutive years. Since moving to Ottawa in 2013, Galen has been a regular in theatre pit bands, and has twice been musical director for productions of rock musicals "Heathers: the Musical" and "The Rocky Horror Show." He currently performs with both Blind Aura and The Tackies, the latter of which have toured across Eastern Canada, performed at 2017's edition of Ottawa Bluesfest, won the "Ottawa Life Magazine" Cover Me contest and worked with artists such as The Lazys, Modern Space, LIGHTS, Alvvays and Jim Bryson.

Stephanie Venneri Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Raised in Timmins, Stephanie Venneri has been singing her heart out since she could talk. From auditioning for "Canadian Idol" in 2006 and "Canada's Got Talent" in 2012 to winning best French singer in Ontario in 2008, she always knew music was going to be a big part of her life. She graduated from the Performing Arts program at Sheridan College in 2010. Stephanie aspires to share her talent with the world as a performer and a teacher. She decided to make the big move to Ottawa in 2012, where she now is a vocal instructor, piano teacher, House Band leader and Performance music director at School of Rock Orleans. She performs with her cover band Bytown Lights, who met while at School of Rock.

Matt Spafford Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

After being told that taking guitar lessons meant starting acoustically, Matt began learning bass guitar at the ripe age of 7 years old. By the age of 11, he was participating in all manner of performance programs, private lessons and personal learning. Thus began Matt's passion of playing solo and blending genres in various bands. Upon starting high school, he began playing shows around the city in his pop-punk band Spirit of Commission. By the time he was 18, Matt had toured all across Ontario and Quebec, as well as over 15 American states with his band Castlefield. He has also worked as a touring bassist with a number of American bands. In addition to his experience as a musician, Matt has also worked as a concert promoter and booking agent, organizing concerts all over Canada and the United States.

Matt now spends his time playing with Ontario pop-rock group Certainty, as well as writing and recording music as a solo musician. He is also a full-time student at Carleton University, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Media Studies.
Guitar Teacher Alex Pharoah

Alex Pharoah Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Alex began his musical career at the age of 12. He was gifted an electric guitar for his birthday and it was love at first sight. He got his start playing at church in the band on Sunday mornings which evolved to performing at various church events around the Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area. Alex moved to Ottawa in 2014 to attend Algonquin College's "Music Industry Arts" program where he graduated in 2016. Quickly after moving Alex got involved as the lead guitarist for the band "Hearts In Stereo". Over the next year they played shows all over Ottawa and even as far as North Bay. A year later they unfortunately broke up as multiple members moved away. While in school, Alex met and became friends with Tori Dawson (who now goes by the stage name "Vi"). Alex has become her guitarist, performing live together and on her album "Blackwater". They eventually played at Ottawa's Bluesfest in 2019, opening for a band named "The Backstreet Boys". In 2015, Alex and a couple of his musician friends got hired to be the band in CBC Radio One's "Christmas Human Jukebox". They practiced for months beforehand learning every christmas song they could. Listeners would call in to the show with a special story and a song that reminded them of christmas. Then the band had to play whatever song they requested. Since January 2020, Alex has been a music director at a church here in Ottawa.

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Reviews

Proud Rocker Mom!

I usually get emotional watching my son perform but last night other parents' kids managed to choke me up. It's been so incredible to watch these kids for the past couple of years grow into talented, unique, awesome musicians and performers.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

I would never go to another music school.

Nine months ago, I was trying to figure out how to strum ONE string on my guitar. Now I am playing solos and full songs.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

I love the School of Rock model.

As a former piano teacher, I can honestly say my kids are having way more fun with their lessons than I ever did. School of Rock got them from beginner to player/performer in no time.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

School of Rock goes far beyond sheet music.

My child said the skills they have learned at School of Rock are immense compared to what was being taught at their high school. School of Rock teaches real life skills and promotes music with an exceptional staff.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

School of Rock goes far beyond sheet music.

My child said the skills they have learned at School of Rock are immense compared to what was being taught at their high school. School of Rock teaches real life skills and promotes music with an exceptional staff.

4.9
(OUT OF 5 STARS)