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!
Amanda Sloane Singing Teacher, piano Teacher
Amanda Sloane has been playing piano and singing since she was a kid. She started playing in bands 15 years ago and writes everything from psychedelic synth music to mandolin-based acoustic songs in her current project Pareidolia. She is also a Transformational Voice-trained vocal instructor. She loves hanging out with her 10 year-old son and dancing to French pop music.
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!
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.
Sonia Weber Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drums Teacher
Sonia Weber grew up in Portland and graduated from School of Rock in 2010. During her time here she participated in House Band and the AllStars program. Since then she’s been teaching drums, bass and guitar at School of Rock for the past eight years. If you want to play any kind of punk, work on songwriting or love chorus pedals she's the teacher for you. She loves Green Day, early 2000s pop-punk, and finding new ways to teach and think about music. Her biggest influences are 80s and 90s punk and alternative bands like The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine and Jawbreaker. She writes songs, sings and plays guitar in local queer punk band Alien Boy and has spent time playing drums in local bands such as Little Star, Floating Room and Perfume V. When she’s not busy with all that you can catch her booking all ages shows in Portland, eating veggie burgers at Blackwater and singing karaoke with her friends on the weekend.
Kyle Rozich Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Kyle Rozich teaches guitar and bass at School of Rock Portland and has a B.S. in Music Business from Appalachian State University. An avid prog and fusion aficionado, Kyle is heavily influenced by the music of Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Jeff Beck to name a few. Kyle enjoys photography, record collecting and of course playing music in and around PDX.
Frankie Piacentini Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Frankie Piacentini teaches vocals and keyboards at School of Rock Portland. His classical vocal training began almost 10 years ago and is rooted in technique that traces back to Juilliard. He also has a deep understanding of acoustics and audio engineering and is currently designing and constructing a recording studio from the ground up. His favorite bands and influences include The Magnetic Fields, Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush. In his spare time he enjoys programming synthesizers.
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.
Josh Thomas Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Josh Thomas teaches voice, guitar, bass, keys and trumpet at School of Rock Portland. He plays in local bands 1939 Ensemble and Humours, and has begun work on his solo project, Deep Salt. Josh is from Prescott, Arizona, and went to college at Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has performed on stage with Vulfpeck and David J (Bauhaus), and has opened for acts such as Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Battles, Earth, Marc Ribot, Tortoise, Medeski, Martin and Wood and many more.
Schuyler Neilson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher
Schuyler Neilson has been teaching guitar, bass, drums and piano since he was 17 years old. Following a few years studying at a jazz school, and going on tour across Germany, he moved down to L.A. for a year and a half to learn the ropes of studio recording and the music business. Coming back to Portland, he's been pushing his students in learning music theory and supplies a well-rounded music education for any age range at School of Rock Portland.
Stefan Simanton Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Stefan Simanton teaches voice, guitar, bass and keys at School of Rock Portland. He attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and graduated with a degree in Music Education. Stefan is a big fan of classic rock and indie rock, especially David Bowie, Cat Stevens, Modest Mouse and Radiohead. In his spare time he likes to cook, read, play video games and watch movies.
Glen Scheidt Drum Teacher
Glen Scheidt has been playing drums for 30 years and teaching at School of Rock since 2010 as a drum teacher. When not teaching, Glen plays in several bands in town ranging in genre from punk to country, including Don and the Quixotes, King Who, The Lonesome Billies and Bus Fights.
Derek Blackstone Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Derek Blackstone teaches drums, bass and guitar at School of Rock Portland. Derek pursued music from an early age and earned a Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He studied at the University of Washington, where he played drums for musical theater and dance. He is committed to lifelong learning and continues to take drum lessons and attend workshops. Derek collaborates with various artists and loves to improvise. He plays drums and synthesizer in his experimental duo, Unity Garnish.
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.
Jessica Manalo Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Jessica Manalo is a solo soul artist, who performed professionally in Las Vegas for seven years and continues to do so in Portland since she relocated in 2019. She has been part of the School of Rock family since 2016 as a vocal instructor and is excited for the opportunity to work at School of Rock Portland. Jessica is highly influenced by the sounds of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Paramore, Alabama Shakes and many more. She loves animals, nature, community work and coffee.
Ron Varod Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Originally from New Jersey and a recent transplant from New York City, Ron Varod 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), which included 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 karaoke. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Portland.