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School of Rock Portland
1440 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-2945

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Our main entrance and parking is located at the back of the building.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 8 PM

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

School of Rock in Portland, Oregon is proud to offer music classes to help teach Portland and surrounding communities how to play instruments with skill and confidence. Students can learn everything from drums, guitar, keyboard, and more in a supportive and encouraging environment. Portland has a thriving music scene with many great indie artists coming from here including Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, Yob, Red Fang, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pavement, Stephen Malkmus, The Decemberists, Nu Shooz, Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper, The Chromatics, Everclear, and Portugal the Man. This makes it a great spot for emerging artists to showcase your skills at many popular live music venues in the area.

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children in Portland
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Portland, 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 Portland, 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 in Portland for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Portland'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 Portland 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 Portland are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Portland 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 in Portland
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Portland, 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.

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

School of Rock Portland'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 Portland 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 Portland.

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 Portland 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 Portland.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Portland
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Portland

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Portland, 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 Portland is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Portland 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 Portland'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 Portland, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Portland

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Portland 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 Portland we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Portland, 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 Portland, 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 Portland. Unlike other Portland 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 Portland, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Portland 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 Portland

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Portland

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Portland. 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland, 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 Portland’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.

Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Cory West Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Cory West graduated from Berklee College of Music. He teaches drums, guitar and bass, along with some vocals and keys. If you wanna shred on guitar, Cory is your guy! He loves kale and eating at Riyadh's. He plays in a rad band now called Liquid Light. His influences are Genesis, Husker Du and Guided by Voices. He love puns and random stuff on Facebook. They put a smile on his co-workers' faces or maybe even a frown! We love it!
Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Amanda Sloane Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Amanda has been teaching and directing shows at School of Rock since 2017. She started playing piano and singing at age eleven and has a BA from Haverford College. Amanda is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, both as a soloist and with the art-rock band Pareidolia. Amanda completed a year long apprenticeship and is a Transformational Voice-trained vocal instructor that teaches students to bring their voice, body, and mind into singing. Amanda offers personalized instruction, creativity, and warmth to both in-person and online lessons. Amanda enjoys spending time with her teenage son, who is also a musician at SOR, and their two kittens.
Drum Teacher

David Coniglio Drum Teacher

As our Music Director and head drum instructor, David brings a ton of teaching and playing experience to our school. He's a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he worked with some of the world's finest musicians. He currently plays drums in local prog band Humours, psych soul band PigWar and instrumental electro jazz funk band Dove Driver. He also plays drums and vibraphone alongside Jose Medeles in their spacey instrumental trio, 1939 Ensemble. They have been featured on Pitchfork, Spin and Rolling Stone. Besides teaching and playing drums, David enjoys the simple things in life - spending time with his family, grilling and listening to baseball. Dave also makes the best drum faces in the history of drumming!
Drum Teacher

Eric Hedford Drum Teacher

Best known for his drumming in The Dandy Warhols and DJing as Aquaman at his long running soul night at The Goodfoot, Eric is a multi-faceted musician with a genuine appreciation of many styles of music and a ton of experience working patiently with both creative professionals and kids. He loves teaching, making ice cream and bidding on rare vinyl 45s on eBay.

Jesse Emery Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Jesse Emery teaches guitar, bass and drums at School of Rock Portland. He studied music under the late, great studio musician, Tim Ellis. His favorite artists include Tom Petty, Bill Frisell, Robert Fripp, Television and Roy Buchanan. When not playing music, you can find Jesse drinking coffee and reading while camping out in the mountains.

Joel Henigson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Joel Henigson graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Songwriting. Originally from Ashland, he’s been playing in bands and writing songs since he was eight years old and currently plays in two heavy metal bands in the Portland area. Influenced by a range of artists from Kris Kristofferson to New Order to Phil Collins, he enjoys listening to and playing a wide variety of genres. When not practicing guitar, Joel loves surfing, making fermented foods and watching old scary movies. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Portland.

Luke Broadbent Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Luke Broadbent is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance with a Bachelor's Degree of Music in Jazz Studies. He has toured internationally and worked as a studio musician for the last five years. With close to ten years of experience teaching music, Luke has developed a curriculum that caters to the individual needs of each student. Luke teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, and beginner keys.

An avid fan of Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, The Beatles, Prince, and D'Angelo, Luke has an eclectic taste in music and mastery of many different genres including rock, blues, jazz, latin, funk, reggae, soul, and R&B.

When not teaching, Luke can be found playing music with his band Spiller, watching sports (Go Packers), and enjoying the beautiful scenery Oregon has to offer.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher  Zach Alec Holden

Zach Alec Holden Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Zach Alec Holden has been a devoted musician since he was a teenager when he began playing rock guitar. Those early years consisted of everything from learning, practicing, and rehearsing to performing, writing, and recording music with various groups. Holden is a graduate of SOR who then attended Portland State University, earning a Bachelor of Music degree and further developing his musical ability and identity through his education in jazz and classical styles. During his education and thereafter, Zach has continued to write music, perform in bands and in the “pit” for staged musical productions in Portland, and has begun educating others about music as well. Zach is also an avid cook, a history and geography nerd, and a burgeoning language enthusiast who is currently studying Italian.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Tiana Jimenez-Srisook

Tiana Jimenez-Srisook Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Tiana is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and audio engineer from Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Design & Production at Columbia College Chicago and has engineered, performed, produced, written music and worked alongside musicians and engineers all over the country. Tiana is a lover of all things analog, lo-fi, or unreleased and you can usually find anything from Zappa to Japanese funk to AfroCuban to old country music on my record shelf. As a former School of Rock All Star, Tiana is happy to be teaching guitar, bass, and drums to the next generations of music makers. A fun fact about Tiana: “I once toured with an all-female Metallica tribute band Misstallica as Kirk Hammett!”

Tiana loves to cook and spends most non-musical brain power thinking about food and new recipes. Her favorite foods are the family’s traditional cuisines: Thai and Argentine. ”I’m a huge X-Files nerd and my favorite movies to watch over and over again are “Spirited Away, Harold and Maude, and The Hunger.”
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Peter Kramer

Peter Kramer Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Peter was born and raised in Portland. He began playing the guitar at the age of ten after discovering the music of Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith and Robert Johnson. Peter studied composition, piano, and violin at Mount Hood Community College and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a double major in Composition and Harpsichord Performance. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition at CUNY and has earned many awards for classical music composition. His recent compositions include a guitar solo entitled Still Life and a tempestuous piece for piano trio entitled Pietà.

Peter teaches keys, guitar, and bass and is excited to teach rock, pop, blues, and soul music to new students. He loves listening to the music of My Bloody Valentine, Miles Davis, JS Bach, as well as blues and folk musicians such as Skip James, Howlin’ Wolf, John Fahey and Sandy Bull. Peter’s first foray into making his own music was with a Tascam 424 cassette tape recorder, nowadays he loves to teach songwriting and music theory.

When not working on music Peter also likes reading poetry, cooking simple but delicious food, and watching films by directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Octavio Dowling

Octavio Dowling Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Octavio is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance with a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology. He has played in multiple Portland bands and composes music for films, TV shows, video games, and ads for everything from Sizzle Pie to Nike.

Having started his musical journey at School of Rock Portland when he was 11, Octavio has developed a deep passion for music education and music history. He’s always enthusiastic to have his students embrace their curiosity and learn from all genres of music.

When he’s not building synthesizers, Octavio enjoys reading history books, cooking Korean food, going to the movie theater, collecting retro video games, studying Japanese, and trading obscure vinyl soundtracks.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher Ryan Wykert

Ryan Wykert Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher

Ryan Wykert is a drum, bass, guitar, piano and voice teacher. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies. After studying with drummers Jim White and Chris Smith in Colorado, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he played in numerous bands and studied with Dave Elitch and Thomas Pridgen. Throughout his musical career Ryan has become proficient in many different styles on many different instruments. With a background in rock, jazz, metal, indie/folk rock, and freely improvised music, Ryan can adapt to the needs of any student, and most importantly, make it fun! Ryan is a recent transplant to Portland, and after teaching at the school of rock in Santa Clarita while touring and playing with bands in LA, he is looking forward to continuing the musical journey in Oregon! Favorite bands include Dillinger Escape Plan, John Coltrane, Nirvana, Alexisonfire, Led Zeppelin, and Tom Waits. Favorite hobbies include running around with his dogs and jumping into rivers.
Brienna Watson is a singing teacher and bass teacher at School of Rock

Brienna Watson Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Brienna was born in California and raised in Texas by two musicians. She was always surrounded by song, dance, and music. From a young age, she and her sister would make up songs together, performing them for their family. She always knew she was meant to pursue music. At 15 she was given the Jeff Bradetich Scholarship to pursue her passion for upright bass. At 18 she began pursuing music production and music education at a university in Seattle. By 19 she became the youngest jazz conductor at Ingraham High School in Seattle. She now releases music of her own, as Kelley Laike, as well as gigs with different groups whenever she can. She loves harmony, boba tea, sunsets, and is very excited to teach at School of Rock!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Wayan Zoey

Wayan Zoey Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Wayan Zoey has been making music for most of his life, starting on guitar before grade school, and picking up bass, drums, and keyboards along the way. He majored in Jazz performance at Lewis & Clark college and has studied with Dan Balmer, Jojo Mayer, and Joe Russo. He’s toured the country as a guitarist with The Funk Ark and as a Tour Manager for Nerve. He has multiple albums out on Ropeadope Records, and has previously worked as Production Manager at Brooklyn Bowl (NY) and Assistant Editor at Relix Magazine. Wayan has been teaching for over 20 years, and has numerous former students touring in bands. These days he mostly listens to instrumental music spanning the spectrum from Butcher Brown to Chon, and spends the bulk of his free time figuring out how to play the hybrid bass/guitar he got from Charlie Hunter.
School of Rock guitar teacher

Ron Varod Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Originally from New Jersey and a recent transplant from New York City, Ron has been teaching guitar lessons for over 15 years in various music stores, lesson studios, private lessons and after school programs. Over the past 10 years he has toured the US and internationally with the bands Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero and his solo project Zvi (to name a few), including appearances at Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands, Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig Germany, Psycho Las Vegas and a Japan Tour in 2016. In addition to playing and teaching music, Ron loves drawing and doing tons of Karaoke.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher Rachel Fannan

Rachel Fannan Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Rachel is a multi instrumentalist, singer songwriter, and audio engineer best known for her work with bands Black Mountain, Sleepy Sun, and UNKLE. In between tours she has accumulated over a decade of experience working as a musical instructor to all ages in the Los Angeles area and is excited to now call Portland home. Rachel is currently drumming for a feminist punk group and her favorite singers are David Bowie, Robert Plant, Billie Holiday, and Freddie Mercury.

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Great, caring instructors. The programs are well-organized and the staff does a good job of communicating with families and students. The structure of the program--with individual lessons and group shows--is very cool.

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