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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

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 as 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 remains an active performer and studio musician in the L.A. area.

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.

Megan WaltmanSinging Teacher

Megan has been a professional vocalist for over a decade. She has been seen on nationally televised programs such as "American Juniors," "America’s Most Talented Kids" and "American Idol," and has performed at live venues such as NASCAR races, Los Angeles Lakers games, Los Angeles Dodger games and more. Megan grew up entertaining in the live performance culture of Chicago's south side, and has been singing for crowds for nearly 20 years.

By the age of 15 Megan had performed at over 160 gigs and accumulated several local and national awards as a vocalist for her impressive renditions of songs by celebrated artists such as Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and Kelly Clarkson. Megan cut her teeth as a career musician, singing with several bands all over Chicago and the Midwest. As her passion for live performance grew, she relocated to Los Angeles and recently earned her BM in Popular Music Performance form Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. While finishing her music degree and frequently recording in the studio, she continued working for the Walt Disney Company, where she was the co-host of the nationally broadcast "Nate and Megan in the Morning" show on Radio Disney in Burbank, CA. Megan is currently working on several exciting projects that combine her years of experience as a vocalist with her newly developed skills as an instrumentalist, producer, arranger and songwriter.

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.

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