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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Pasadena’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Pasadena music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

Brady TaitGuitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

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.
Another passion of Brady’s is writing and composing music, and he has written 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. Brady has performed in 55 plays and musicals, and won five Elly Awards (regional theatre awards). He enjoys sharing his knowledge, skills and passion for music with the next generation of musicians!

Kapali LongGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kapali Long has been performing music all his life since he was the age of three learning piano, then ukulele. His main instruments would be his voice and guitar, but he plays close to 20 instruments with guitar being his primary instrument. He can play guitar and piano, studied voice classically, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, bass, percussion and banjo. Music is in his blood being from Hawaii and a native Hawaiian. Long has played and writes all genres from rock to reggae, metal to folk, and country to urban.

Pierre KarlssonGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Before before moving to Los Angeles to study music at the world renowned Musicians Institute (GIT), Pierre performed and recorded with various rock bands from his homeland, Sweden. Since graduating, Pierre Karlsson has established himself as a sought after guitarist, composer/arranger and music collaborator whose stylistic flexibility and enthusiasm speaks for itself.

He has been teaching at School of Rock since 2007, sharing his passion and love of music by teaching guitar and bass and directing seasonal shows. Pierre is a multi-faceted musician with credits like the film "Night School" (starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish) and "Green Eggs and Ham" (Warner Bros), as well as many commercial and indie projects. He has recorded with artists ranging from Benny Mardones (Into the Night) to Dona Oxford and producer/engineer Rob Brill (Paul McCartney) and Billy Sullivan (Trekkies). His playing has been featured on television broadcasts around the world including recent credits "Sing Like a Star," "Daily Blast," "Evidence of Innocence" and "Xploration Awesome Planet."

Ross ChaitDrum Teacher

Ross Chait is a drummer, singer, songwriter and composer born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up playing in bands and writing songs from the age of eight, he went on to study music and english at Oberlin College in Ohio. Since moving back to Los Angeles in 2013, he has been pursuing a career as a professional musician by writing film scores, doing studio and touring work as a drummer, writing songs for his own band Total Heat, working in music administration and distribution, and also teaching lessons. Over the past four years Ross has toured extensively as a drummer in the US, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. Ross currently plays drums with the indie rock group Girlpool and is an administrative assistant at The John and Alice Coltrane Foundation. Most importantly, he continues to pursue his lifelong dream of touring the world and spreading love and knowledge of music.

Emily TooreanGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

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.

Christopher EklundGuitar Teacher

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, where he was accepted with several scholarships. Chris graduated from Musicians Institute with honors in 2016 and received the ’Outstanding Player’ Award. Since graduating, 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-Go-Go. Sifting recorded their latest album with producer Ryan Williams, famous for working with Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and others. Sifting released an EP in fall 2015 which was produced by Steve Evetts, famous for working with Symphony X.

Hassan DahikGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Hassan Dahik is an Ecuadorian singer/songwriter and bass player influenced by a variety of world styles. He created HGroove, a high energy band that mixes rock, funk, hip-hop, pop and Latin to create an eclectic and unique sound. His aggressive but melodic style, paired with his energy onstage, make him a unique performer. For three years he studied music at UDLA (Universidad de las Americas), majoring in Bass Performance. Recently he graduated at LACM (Los Angeles College of Music) and continues to create, perform and record his original music.

Nick SittonSinging Teacher, Piano Teacher

Nick Sitton is a Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter. He was trained in classical and pop piano starting at the age of 10 and went on to get an Associates Degree in Operatic Singing. Nick's main instruments are voice, piano and guitar, but he can also play drums, ukulele and bass.

Nick has been building a catalogue of original music under the moniker Boy Bloom, of which he composes, arranges, records and produces all work himself. He also composes scores for films as well as plays in various projects locally.

Nick has been teaching kids and adults music since 2015 and continues to pursue music in all aspects because of his want to spread and engage with its transformative, empowering and healing nature.

Noel JassoDrum Teacher

Noel Jasso is a Los Angeles-based touring, recording and drum instructor hailing from Texas. Noel has played on over 200 tracks, toured extensively domestically and internationally, and has performed on major festival and award shows such as Teen Choice Awards, P.A.S.I.C, NAMM, Mayhem Fest, Warped Tour, Up Roar, SXSW, Coachella, Heaven and Hell Fest, and High School Nation. He was a part of the Las Vegas show "Recycled Percussion," where they performed at Planet Hollywood’s “V” and Saxe Theater four nights a week and later held a residency in Alaska and Canada. Noel has been fortunate enough to have his music licensed in both television and film, and continues to write with several artists and producers.

He has instructed drums and percussion at several private schools, as well as in high school drum lines in both Los Angeles and Texas.

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