School of Rock Pasadena
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About School of Rock Pasadena

Welcome to School of Rock Pasadena, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Pasadena has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Pasadena, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Pasadena together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Pasadena today.

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School of Rock Pasadena
1240 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
US
Main Number
(626) 508-1818(626) 508-1818

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Programs

  • At School of Rock Pasadena, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Pasadena students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Pasadena’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Pasadena’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Pasadena, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Pasadena’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • "Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Pasadena’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour – complete with tour busses – for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Pasadena musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows across the country. Our AllStars have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, Namm, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from experienced, larger-than-life legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash – just to name a few. School of Rock’s AllStars program provides an opportunity unlike any other: to learn to rock the stage for real audiences.

    All AllStars at School of Rock Pasadena can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can excel in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Killer jamming and collaboration with their band
    • A summer full of cool, practical learning-on-the-go
    • Development of advanced instrumental techniques
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!"

  • School of Rock Pasadena is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Pasadena, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Pasadena’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Pasadena’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Pasadena Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Pasadena’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Pasadena learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Pasadena Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Pasadena enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Pasadena’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

  • School of Rock Pasadena’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Pasadena.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

At School of Rock Pasadena, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Pasadena students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Pasadena’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

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Staff

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      Pierre Karlsson
      Show Director + Guitar and Bass Instructor
      Pierre is a Swedish born guitarist and songwriter that has lived in Los Angeles since arriving here in 1997. Influenced by many American rock bands/artists (such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black...
      Pierre is a Swedish born guitarist and songwriter that has lived in Los Angeles since arriving here in 1997. Influenced by many American rock bands/artists (such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Crows, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine, Primus and many others), Pierre toured and recorded with his own band, Fishlips, which placed first in a national music competition in Sweden. Pierre graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology at The Musicians Institute in 1999 with an award for Best Recording Project. During his tenure at MI, he had the opportunity to study with such esteemed artists including Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Carl Verhayen and Paul Gilbert to name a few. Pierre has collaborated in projects along producers such as Daniel Mendez (Lit, Dashboard Confessional) and Billy Sullivan (Six days In Roswell,Trekkies and The Nature Of Existence). He also sidelined on the movie 'I Love You Man,' and you can hear Pierre's playing in the documentary 'The Nature of Existence' and on the TV show 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. Pierre's written music for Ted Nugent's reality show, 'Running Wild' on CMT, 'I Know My Kid's A Star'/ VH1. Pierre remains an active performer and studio musician in the L.A. area.
    • Photo of Nick Mason
      Nick Mason
      Show Director + Drum Teacher
      Nicholas Mason is a professional touring and studio drummer based out of Los Angeles. He has has performed on countless albums, singles and movie soundtracks, Appeared in several music videos, orch...
      Nicholas Mason is a professional touring and studio drummer based out of Los Angeles. He has has performed on countless albums, singles and movie soundtracks, Appeared in several music videos, orchestrated drum clinics, co-hosted an international music TV show, and makes regular appearances in percussion trade magazines such as DRUM! Modern Drummer. His credits include Street Drum Corps, Orianthi, Daisy De La Hoya, Shania Twian, Corey Feldman, TUFF, Nik West, Kevin Nealon, GLEE, MasterChef, NIKE, Cartoon Network, Showtime, FOX, ABC, and many more. Nick began providing private drum percussion lessons in 2001 and continues his ever-growing teaching practice with School of Rock, Pasadena
    • Photo of Tevis Aubrey
      Tevis Aubrey
      General Manager
      Tevis was raised in Dallas and migrated to the west in 1996 to attend Musicians Institute, VIT program, where she graduated with the Commercial Recording Award. Tevis performed for over 20 years a...
      Tevis was raised in Dallas and migrated to the west in 1996 to attend Musicians Institute, VIT program, where she graduated with the Commercial Recording Award. Tevis performed for over 20 years as a vocalist and bassist in her own project as well as multiple other bands around Los Angeles. She found School of Rock in 2006 and begin as a vocal teacher and soon after began show directing and teaching all other instruments. Tevis has a deep passion for what School of Rock offers to everyone on a musical and personal level. In 2015 she took over the role as General Manager and is committed to creating an opportunity for all to be able to benefit from this amazing program.
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      Brady Tait
      Bass, vocal, guitar, keys Instructor/ Rock 101 Director/ Show Director
      Brady Tait has been involved with music since the age of two, when he first began to play the guitar. Over the years, as his passion for music grew, he learned how to play bass, keys, and drums too...
      Brady Tait has been involved with music since the age of two, when he first began to play the guitar. Over the years, as his passion for music grew, he learned how to play bass, keys, and drums too. Another passion of Brady’s is writing and composing music, and he has written about about 70 songs to date, in many different styles. After moving to LA, he joined several bands as their bassist, and has performed throughout Southern California. He has almost completed the Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at Musicians Institute. Also of note, in a pervious life, Brady has performed in 55 plays and musicals, and won 5 Elly Awards (regional theatre awards). Brady is very is excited to be a part of School of Rock, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge, skills, and passion for music with the next generation of musicians!
    • Photo of Emily Toorean
      Emily Toorean
      Guitar, bass Instructor/ Rookies Director
      Emily's inspiration to begin in music all started when she was young and first listened to some Led Zeppelin CDs of her dad's, a drummer who set the example of being a musician and inspired her to ...
      Emily's inspiration to begin in music all started when she was young and first listened to some Led Zeppelin CDs of her dad's, a drummer who set the example of being a musician and inspired her to be dedicated to the art of music. Emily just recently graduated from high school and has completed several courses in music theory from the Berklee School of Music. She has had several years of formal training in guitar as well as more than a decade of performance experience; she thoroughly enjoys teaching others and seeing them grow and improve. In her spare time she enjoys reading, laughing, hiking, and most of all attending concerts. She has performed at venues in Los Angeles and Louisiana including the Voodoo Room at the House of Blues and The Whisky-a-go-go. Although she is heading for college this fall, she plans to always be strongly involved in music no matter what.
    • Photo of Christopher Eklund
      Christopher Eklund
      Guitar and Bass Instructor
      Chris Eklund is a Swedish guitar player and composer who is currently living in Los Angeles. Chris came to Los Angeles to study music at Musicians Institute, he was accepted with several scholarshi...
      Chris Eklund is a Swedish guitar player and composer who is currently living in Los Angeles. Chris came to Los Angeles to study music at Musicians Institute, he was accepted with several scholarships with the motivation: ’’The Swedish native earned the prestigious awards with a strong demonstration of his rock and (overall) versatile musical skills.’’

      Chris graduated from Musicians Institute with honors in 2016 and received the ’’Outstanding Player’’ Award.

      * After graduating from Musicians Institute in 2016, Chris has been performing with various artists and he has also been touring around the U.S.

      Chris is the former lead guitar player of the band Sifting. Sifting is an alternative metal band based in L.A that is currently touring across the U.S and also playing at venues around Los Angeles such as The Viper Room and Whiskey A-GoGo. Sifting recorded their latest album with producer Ryan Williams, famous for working with Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine, 30 Seconds To Mars, Slayer, Velvet Revolver, Deftones, PINK, among others. Sifting released an EP in fall 2015 which was produced by Steve Evetts, famous for working with Symphony X, Suicide Silence, Hatebreed, Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, among others.’
    • Photo of Genna Projansky
      Genna Projansky
      Bass and Guitar instructor/ Show Director/ Rookies Director/ Little Wing Director
      An alum of School of Rock Chicago where she was born and raised, Genna fell in love withperformance during her five years in the program. In 2011, she moved to LA to attend the USCThornton School o...
      An alum of School of Rock Chicago where she was born and raised, Genna fell in love withperformance during her five years in the program. In 2011, she moved to LA to attend the USCThornton School of Music where she studied bass under Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report,Santana, Jazz Is Dead). Genna has appeared as a musician on Glee, played at the San Jose JazzFest, and performed at notable venues such as the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the Metro inChicago.Since graduating with a degree in Popular Music this past May, Genna has continued performingaround LA with artists across many different genres. She is currently the bassist for LivSlingerland, a rock/pop artist whose upcoming EP was recorded by acclaimed engineer KeithArmstrong (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and will soon be joining female cover bandLadies Gentlemen. She is excited to be back at School of Rock, where it all began for her.
    • Photo of Chad Wolfinbarger
      Chad Wolfinbarger
      Guitar/ Bass/ Keys/Vocal Instructor, Little Wing, Rookies, Rock 101 Director
      In his day-to-day dealings with members of LA’s music community, there are two things singer Chad Wolf has heard repeatedly. One involves praise for his songwriting skills, which seem to effortle...
      In his day-to-day dealings with members of LA’s music community, there are two things singer Chad Wolf has heard repeatedly. One involves praise for his songwriting skills, which seem to effortlessly tow the line between infectious pop music and a deeper, darker rock discourse. The other: disbelief. How did your classic struggling musician, who toiled away at coffeehouse gigs for most of his adult life, end up in one of Europe’s biggest hit-making studios writing a full album of songs with a major label deal at his side? The story may seem far-fetched, some might even say too good to be true, but somewhere between accolades and accusations is honesty, which, ironically, is what Carolina Liar is all about.
      Chad’s musical aspirations started innocently enough. Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, he was introduced to New Wave through his sister, who was eight years older. “The first record I ever bought was a 45 of Duran Duran’s ‘View to a Kill,'” he says with sentimental pride. “I brought it to my third grade class for show and tell.” By the time he got to junior high, Chad had graduated to Iggy Pop, but the Euro-centric sounds of Depeche Mode, the Cure and even Falco had also made a permanent mark on his psyche. A career in music, it would seem, was calling.
      So at 20, Chad grabbed his guitar, boarded a plane for the very first time and moved to Los Angeles. To make ends meet, he held a string of odd jobs — working as an extra on a Celine Dion video, cleaning toilets in exchange for studio time — and eventually landed an internship with renowned songwriter Diane Warren. It was then that Chad honed his own writing chops while anxiously absorbing any and all advice that Diane had to offer. “At the time, my sound had no relevance,” he recalls. “Diane told me, ‘You’ve got to go to Europe. They’ll be able to relate to what you’re doing and help give you some focus.’ But, at the time, I really didn’t have the means to get out of the country.”
      Which is where the story starts to get really interesting — and, at the same time, unbelievable. The affable Chad eventually networked his way to a job at a small label, and through new relationships in the industry, found himself house-sitting for a friend of famed Swedish producer Max Martin. “Max and I became friends but I never wanted to bring up music,” Chad recalls. “We’d watch Italian football together and I thought it was better to leave it that way.” So Chad labored on and continued to refine his songwriting skills. But the day came when he decided that it was now or never and as fate would have it, a phone call that very night would mean things were going to happen a lot faster than he ever imagined.
      “No lie, on the very day I quit my day job, when I had no idea what I would do next, Max called at midnight and said, ‘I just listened to one of your songs. If you can write three more as good as this one, maybe we can work something out.”
      And it all worked out.
      The first record went platinum with the single Show Me What I’m Looking for. The second record paved the way for the band to play arenas with Kelly Clarkson , Gavin DeGraw and The Fray.

News

    • ROCK 101 TUESDAYS!!

      Beginners learn to ROCK and are putting a British Invasion set together for our show in June! Do not wait spots are filling up! We still have room for drums, keyboards, guitar, bass and vocals!!!
    • DON'T MISS OUT!

      We have a few spots left in our Tribute to Pink Floyd "The Wall" show rehearsing on Saturdays from 2-4! Call now to get in before it is full!
    • DON'T MISS OUT ON SUMMER CAMPS!

      Want to get really good really fast? Summer camp is the way! Campers convene with their band mates and one of our music professionals to create a plan of what songs they will put together for the f...
      Want to get really good really fast? Summer camp is the way! Campers convene with their band mates and one of our music professionals to create a plan of what songs they will put together for the final reveal on Friday, the last day of camp. It's a ton of fun so get signed up now!

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn selfconfidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical agebarrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming.”
    - Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “"I can't tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything!"”
    - Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with selfconfidence.”
    - Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We've already recommended the program to several friends.”
    - Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA