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School of Rock Palo Alto
2645 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 388-9964

Location Specifics

Located next to Baskin-Robbins.

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Hours
  • Monday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 4:45 PM

Upcoming Closures:

  • 12/25/2019: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

At School of Rock Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Palo Alto'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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Palo Alto 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
Performance
Ages 8-17

The Performance Program at School of Rock Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto'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 Palo Alto music venue.

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

School of Rock Palo Alto'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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto.

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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 12-17

The School of Rock Palo Alto House Band music program gives students ages 12-17 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 Palo Alto'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
  • 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 Palo Alto 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
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.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Palo Alto

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Claudia Conrad Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Claudia Conrad has performed in the Bay Area as a vocalist for many years. As the co-founder and lead vocalist of several rock bands, she wrote and recorded a highly acclaimed CD while in the group Psycho Betty, from which two songs received national attention on television and in international syndication. Psycho Betty opened for a number of rock groups, including War, Edgar Winter and Ronnie Montrose. Claudia is currently performing in jazz big bands and with Fog City Band doing rock, funk and soul music.

Rob Horvath Studio Coordinator

Robert Horvath is the Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Palo Alto. He is originally from the east coast and is a recent transplant to northern California. Robert has over 20+ years playing guitar. bass and vocals. He has played in multiple bands that have been featured on the Vans Warped Tour and cross country independent tours. Most of the bands he has been in (Deagle, Reflective Insight, Torch the Throne, Cult Classic) have put out LPs and EPs. He has played notable venues such as CBGBs in NYC and the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. His current band is called Cult Classic.

Patrick Wallworth Drum Teacher

Patrick has been involved with music for around 18 years. His main instrument is the drums, on which he has learned many different genres and styles. Along with the drums, he taught himself how to play and read music for the guitar, bass and piano. Patrick has also sang with many college choirs like SJSU, WestValley, De Anza and Stanford. Some of Patricks's musical influences are Green Day, AC/DC, Incubus, Polyphia and blink-182. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Palo Alto.

John Paul Jimenez-Estrada Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

John Paul Jimenez-Estrada has been playing guitar for over 16 years and has a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education. His goals at their core have always been to refine and improve what it means to be a professional musician. He specializes in making breakthroughs in left and right-handed guitar technique, songwriting, theory and musicianship. The genres of music he plays are progressive, power and heavy metal. He looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals as a musician. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Palo Alto.

Julia Day Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Julia Day joined a choir in 2005 and hasn't stopped singing since. She was awarded the music service award in high school and earned her Bachelors in Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands. While her specialty is in Broadway and opera, she loves playing music with her School of Rock bandmates and students. Julia's favorite bands are Radiohead, The Beatles, Rage Against the Machine, Green Day and Queen. Little known fact: she is currently writing a book about classical composers and all the personal drama they endured being the rock stars of their days. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Palo Alto.

Alan Bendit Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

In 1959 Alan Bendit asked his parents if he could get a guitar and they said no, but he wanted to play so he bought a guitar at the pawn shop for 20 dollars and didn't tell his parents. He kept the guitar hidden in his closet and every time his folks would leave the house he would get out the guitar and learn a new chord. A few months later he was jamming at home with two of his buddies when his parents came home unexpectedly to find a rock band in their garage. They didn't like their music but they soon grew to accept it since they started making money at local gigs. By the time he was 18 he had played with two bands with hit records, The Rivieras and The Castaways. Playing with these groups, he had the opportunity to open for some major rock legends including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Yardbirds, and Paul Revere and The Raiders. Alan is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Palo Alto.

Trayen Burke Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Trayen Burke is a professional guitarist, songwriter and music producer. With over 17 years of experience as a musician and expertise in music theory, advanced guitar technique and audio engineering, Trayen has a specialized skill set to offer students of all ages and abilities (especially those who want to take their playing to an advanced level). As a multi-instrumentalist, Trayen is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Palo Alto. He is also the Music Director of the school, meaning he has a direct involvement in every aspect of the music curriculum and education on site. In addition to his musical credentials, his own professional projects have reached successful accolades such as obtaining millions of views and hundreds of thousands of streams online. His band and solo project have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the modern metal scene. If you are looking to take your playing or musicianship up a notch, book a lesson with Trayen today.

Erick Recher General Manager

Erick Recher is the General Manager of School of Rock Palo Alto. He has been playing the drums/percussion since he was 10 years old. He eventually learned to play the guitar, bass, ukulele, piano and mandolin, and learned how to sing. He went on to become a DJ and a live sound/recording engineer. He has a Bachelor's degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Tech. He has worked as a private instructor for 10 years, worked in music sales for 12 years and worked as a DJ for three years. He currently is in the band Death of a Sellout with Robert Horvath and Patrick Walworth.

Matt Pharisien Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Matt Pharisien's old band Bear Puns played their first show in Reno, Nevada at a small restaurant/bar (he doesn’t even remember the name). They played a five-song set (acoustic with cajon, guitars and ukulele) and did pretty well despite the nerves of playing for their first time together in a live setting. After the show, a guy named Ken came up to them saying how he really liked their music and thought that they had a unique sound. He told them that he had a great recording studio in his house, with a big, great sounding room, and lots of really nice mics and guitars. He offered to record them for free. The next day they went to his place and recorded two songs that at the time were their best sounding recordings. They put the songs up on Bandcamp and ran out of free downloads super quickly. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Palo Alto.

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Reviews

Everyone shines here.

School of Rock really has it all for you and your kid. Yes, that's right, I said YOU! They teach adults, too, and it's awesome!

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

It's been a blessing for my son!

The staff help the kids feel so comfortable and welcome. My son has such a fun time playing music and he really looks forward to going every week. His drumming has improved immensely as well.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)