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About School of Rock Portland

Welcome to School of Rock Portland, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland today.

Contact Information

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

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Programs

  • School of Rock Portland's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Portland'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Portland’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 Portland, 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 Portland’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 Portland’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Portland musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Portland can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Portland, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Portland, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Portland works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Portland’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Portland’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 Portland 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 Portland’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!

  • School of Rock Portland’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 Portland.

    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

School of Rock Portland's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others....
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School of Rock Portland's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Portland'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • December 16
      11:30 AM
      Fall Preview Show
      Don't miss this awesome showcase of all the cool programs offered at School of Rock Portland! Plus the big reveal of our Spring shows! Performances by each Fall show, Rock 101, House Band, Adul...
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      Don't miss this awesome showcase of all the cool programs offered at School of Rock Portland! Plus the big reveal of our Spring shows!

      Performances by each Fall show, Rock 101, House Band, Adult program and even The Staff!

      All Ages show, Tickets $5 in advance/$10 at door
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    • January 12
      5:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland performs XO by Elliott Smith
      School of Rock is proudly performing XO by Elliott Smith, one of the greatest songwriters of our generation and local hero. Fresh off the heels of his breakout album Either /Or, Elliott Smith made ...
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      School of Rock is proudly performing XO by Elliott Smith, one of the greatest songwriters of our generation and local hero. Fresh off the heels of his breakout album Either /Or, Elliott Smith made the move to his first major label release with XO in 1998. Thanks to the production and producing direction of Jon Brion, XO is a sonic and song writing masterpiece featuring songs like Waltz #2 and Baby Britain. XO is considered one of the greatest albums of the 90's and is sure to be a magical journey to see performed by SoR!

      Holocene 5:00pm Doors
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    • January 12
      5:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland performs Let it Be by The Beatles
      See School of Rock students performing Let it Be; the final Beatles album release just months after the band broke up. Returning to an ensemble approach of playing and less overdubs and studio tric...
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      See School of Rock students performing Let it Be; the final Beatles album release just months after the band broke up. Returning to an ensemble approach of playing and less overdubs and studio tricks. Let it Be was Paul McCartney's last attempt to get the band into playing live again. This is a fantastic rock album featuring gems like Let it Be, Dig a Pony, Across the Universe and Get Back.

      Holocene - 5:00pm Doors
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    • January 19
      7:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland presents: Best of Portland! 6
      It's time once again for Portland SOR's blowout show of the year. Best of Portland 6 returns with a curated display of the diverse music in the Portland music scene today. Over the course of the se...
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      It's time once again for Portland SOR's blowout show of the year. Best of Portland 6 returns with a curated display of the diverse music in the Portland music scene today. Over the course of the season, we will bring in some of the finest musicians in town to rehearse their songs with our students, culminating in an epic show at the mighty Wonder Ballroom. Artists include Mascaras, Gaytheist , Ural Thomas & the Pain , Moorea Masa, SKULL DIVER, Lithics, Jessica Boudreaux & more! This is a truly special show and one of the coolest things SOR offers to its students and community. Proceeds will go to Prowus Portland for youth music education grants!

      Wonder Ballroom Doors 7:00 pm
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    • January 21
      3:30 AM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to KISS
      "You wanted the best! You got the best! The hottest band in the world!!!" Beyond all the makeup and explosions you will find an amazing rock band with a smoking hot rhythm section, legendary guitar...
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      "You wanted the best! You got the best! The hottest band in the world!!!" Beyond all the makeup and explosions you will find an amazing rock band with a smoking hot rhythm section, legendary guitar parts, and awesome vocal harmonies. We'll be playing your favorites like Rock and Roll All Nite, Deuce, Detroit Rock City, I Love it Loud, Strutter, and more! And, yes...we will be doing it in full KISS makeup!

      Show January 21st at Star Theater
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    • January 21
      3:30 PM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to Metallica
      SOR is bringing back some serious metal this season with a tribute to one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Metallica. Expect hits such as Enter Sandman, One, and Fade to Black. Also expect ...
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      SOR is bringing back some serious metal this season with a tribute to one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Metallica. Expect hits such as Enter Sandman, One, and Fade to Black. Also expect a concentration on the first three albums: Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets.

      Star Theater Doors at 3:30
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    • January 26
      5:00 PM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to Sub Pop
      School of Rock students pay tribute to one of the most iconic record labels of all time. Sub Pop achieved fame in the late 80’s for first signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and many other ban...
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      School of Rock students pay tribute to one of the most iconic record labels of all time. Sub Pop achieved fame in the late 80’s for first signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and many other bands from the Seattle alt rock scene.

      Holocene Doors 5 pm
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    • January 27
      11:30 AM
      School of Rock Portland pays tribute to Talking Heads
      Formed in 1975 in New York City, the Talking Heads played their first show at CBGB opening for the Ramones. Talk about a rad start to a career! Being former art school students who were involved in...
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      Formed in 1975 in New York City, the Talking Heads played their first show at CBGB opening for the Ramones. Talk about a rad start to a career! Being former art school students who were involved in the NYC 70's punk scene, David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth began creating a sound of high energy, danceable, and unique music that could be defined in so many ways, including New Wave, Art Pop, and Post Punk. The songs of the Talking Heads are incredibly fun and equally challenging to learn to play. So take a moment of your life to Stop Making Sense, and come take on the music of the Talking Heads performed by School of Rock Portland!

      Doug Fir Doors 11:30
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    • January 27
      11:30 AM
      School of Rock Portland presents: Disco Inferno
      Our students will be performing Disco hits of the 70s and 80s, including artists: Chic, Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Kool & The Gang, the Bee Gees & more! Bring your dancing shoes! Doug Fir Do...
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      Our students will be performing Disco hits of the 70s and 80s, including artists: Chic, Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Kool & The Gang, the Bee Gees & more! Bring your dancing shoes!

      Doug Fir Doors 11:30
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Staff

    • Meet Danny Fish
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Dani is one of most tenured instructors. She teaches guitar and bass and directs many of our shows. Dani is currently playing in Sleeveless Love and Caring. She is DJing Funk/Boogie/Dance vinyl al...
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      Dani is one of most tenured instructors. She teaches guitar and bass and directs many of our shows. Dani is currently playing in Sleeveless Love and Caring. She is DJing Funk/Boogie/Dance vinyl all around Portland as well as collaborating with lots of her talented friends. In her spare time, she writes articles and gear reviews for She Shreds magazine, and plays with her cats.
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    • Meet Sonia Weber
      Rock 101 Director/Rookies Director/Drum and Bass Instructor
      Sonia was a School of Rock student for 4 years while attending high school and participated in our All Star Program! Sonia is a very talented drummer and bass player and busy working musician. Wh...
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      Sonia was a School of Rock student for 4 years while attending high school and participated in our All Star Program! Sonia is a very talented drummer and bass player and busy working musician. When she's not utterly busy with her music projects, she likes to go to shows, collect records, have sleepovers with her BFF's and eat pizza. Her favorite video game is SSX Tricky for gamecube. Awesome!
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    • Meet Dan Lee
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Dan graduated from Lewis and Clark college with a degree in Music Performance with a focus in Jazz guitar performance. He also spent several years after school studying with local jazz legend Alan...
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      Dan graduated from Lewis and Clark college with a degree in Music Performance with a focus in Jazz guitar performance. He also spent several years after school studying with local jazz legend Alan Jones. He teaches guitar and bass at the school of rock. In addition to playing solo and combo jazz gigs, he also plays with local bands like Emulator, Brad Parsons and the Local Talent and Manimalhouse amongst others.
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    • Meet Dave "Davey C" Coniglio
      Music Director/Head Drum Instructor
      As our 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...
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      As our 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 spacy instrumental trio, the 1939 Ensemble. They are signed to Jealous Butcher Records, and have been featured on Pitchfork, Spin, and in Rolling Stone. Beside teaching and playing drums all the time, David enjoys the simple things in life, his family, grilling and listening to baseball. Dave also makes the best drum faces in the history of drumming.
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    • Meet Jon Brownhill
      Keyboard & Electronic Music Instructor, Director of Adult Program, Graphic Designer for SoR
      Jon grew up taking classical jazz piano lessons from the age of 4 on. His degree is in Digital Media, where he learned electronic music production and graphic design. Currently, besides teaching a...
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      Jon grew up taking classical jazz piano lessons from the age of 4 on. His degree is in Digital Media, where he learned electronic music production and graphic design. Currently, besides teaching at School of Rock, he produces and plays in a number of projects around Portland including: Portland Cello Project, Chanti Darling, Du Og Meg, DNVN, and Ripley Snell. You can hear his production work at www.soundcloud.com/ZipZapStudios
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    • Meet Cameron Turner
      Guitar/Vocals Instructor
      Not only is Cameron one of our busiest guitar, bass, and vocal teachers, he is also a graduate of the School of Rock. Cam attended the school all throughout his teenage years, playing on countless ...
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      Not only is Cameron one of our busiest guitar, bass, and vocal teachers, he is also a graduate of the School of Rock. Cam attended the school all throughout his teenage years, playing on countless shows. He was always a leader and an incredibly hard worker. He volunteered at a bunch of our summer camps, and was a great role model to the other students, both musically and as a person. When he turned 18, he was just so darn good we had to hire him.Since then, Cameron has taken on a full roster of students, directed shows, run our Rock 101 beginner program, and become one of our summer camp directors. He is an awesome representation of what can be accomplished in our school, and we are incredibly proud of him.
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    • Meet Cory West
      Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor
      Cory is one of our work horse instructors, who spends an equal amount of time as a guitar and bass instructor as well as running show rehearsals and teaching drums. Cory migrated from Boston in 201...
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      Cory is one of our work horse instructors, who spends an equal amount of time as a guitar and bass instructor as well as running show rehearsals and teaching drums. Cory migrated from Boston in 2012 after completing a B.M. in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, where he focused on playing guitar and performing in original music projects around the New England area. He has also been gigging and recording as a Bassist and Drummer for the past three years, with 10+ years of prior experience on each instrument respectively. When he's not teaching at SOR he spends his time working with his band, LiquidLight while also deriving great joy from coming up with terrible jokes and puns that put a smile (and sometimes a frown) on the faces of his co-workers and students.
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    • Meet Donna Cruz-Moreno
      Guitar Instructor
      Donna started playing guitar at a very early age. She was influenced by her father who also played guitar. By the age of 12, she started playing Electric guitar on stage in her father's band. I...
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      Donna started playing guitar at a very early age. She was influenced by her father who also played guitar. By the age of 12, she started playing Electric guitar on stage in her father's band. In her father’s band she was the lead guitarist playing all styles from Top 40/Soul/Country and Latin genres. She has a Classical guitar Performance Degree as well as a Master in Business Administration from ASU. Donna continues to study her passion of music from Rock/Blues, Funk, Classical and Jazz and loves to share with others what she has learned.
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    • Meet Glen Scheidt
      Drum Instructor
    • Meet Mark Mullen
      Guitar/Bass/Keyboard Instructor
      Mark has 20 years of guitar playing under his belt as well as a Degree in Guitar Performance from West Chester University with a minor in Piano. He is fluent and passionate about all kinds of Rock ...
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      Mark has 20 years of guitar playing under his belt as well as a Degree in Guitar Performance from West Chester University with a minor in Piano. He is fluent and passionate about all kinds of Rock music as well as classical, folk, and electronic. Mark is also a singer/songwriter, improviser, piano player, synth collector, and an experienced recording and production engineer. Mark has played in many bands over the years ranging from Punk Rock to EDM, and his most recent project is his rock group, Spotted Atrocious. Mark is also a former employee of School Of Rock in Downingtown, PA.
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    • Meet Josh Thomas
      Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Trumpet Instructor
      Josh Thomas plays in Portland bands 1939 Ensemble, Humours, pigWar, and DoveDriver. He plays and teaches voice, trumpet, guitar, bass, and keys. He studied at NAU in Flagstaff, under Joel DiBartolo...
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      Josh Thomas plays in Portland bands 1939 Ensemble, Humours, pigWar, and DoveDriver. He plays and teaches voice, trumpet, guitar, bass, and keys. He studied at NAU in Flagstaff, under Joel DiBartolo( Tonight Show Band, Buddy Rich Band), and then at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has played with or opened for Battles, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, David J of Bauhaus, Marc Ribot, and many others!
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    • Meet Wade Murff
      Drum & Vocal Instructor
      As an aspiring professional touring and studio drummer, Wade has been playing for over 20 years and has been featured in local newspapers and various recordings over the years. Wade's playing show...
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      As an aspiring professional touring and studio drummer, Wade has been playing for over 20 years and has been featured in local newspapers and various recordings over the years. Wade's playing showcases technical ability and musicianship as well as versatility and ability to record and/or tour with numerous established acts. The reputation he has built over time makes him an immediate consideration among local artists looking to start music projects or acquire his services for work on existing ones.
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    • Meet Schuyler Neilson
      Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor
      Schuyler began to express his lifelong love of music with piano lessons at a young age, but one instrument led to another, and by his teens he was also studying guitar, trumpet, bass (both electric...
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      Schuyler began to express his lifelong love of music with piano lessons at a young age, but one instrument led to another, and by his teens he was also studying guitar, trumpet, bass (both electric and upright), and drums.

      Schuyler’s diverse professional background includes both west coast and European tours with Poeina Suddarth and the Lucid Dreamers, a residency as the upright bassist with the Portland, OR jazz combo “Plan B”, an award winning turn in musical theater, as well as extensive work as a studio musician. He’s performed with Grammy Winner Thara Memory, Fred Wesley of James Brown fame, Radiation City, and Page Hamilton of Helmet, among others.

      In his spare time, Schuyler likes skateboarding,and he’s also known to sit in at jazz jam sessions, because improvisation has been a large part of his music studies. He loves playing most styles of music, with most anyone he meets. He’s a graduate of the Alan Jones Academy of Music where he worked with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, and also a graduate of the School of Rock in Portland, OR.

      While in Europe with Poeina Suddarth and the Lucid Dreamers, Schuyler met LA musician Ethan Goodman. As a result of this fortuitous meeting, Schuyler relocated to LA from Portland, OR where he grew up, to form the band Cheer Up Club. He's since back in Portland with some new projects
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    • Meet Austin Christ
      Guitar/Bass instructor
      Austin Christ is a musician based out the the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a Bachelors degree in jazz guitar and piano from Portland State University. He currently plays in various jazz and fun...
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      Austin Christ is a musician based out the the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a Bachelors degree in jazz guitar and piano from Portland State University. He currently plays in various jazz and funk bands around the Portland area. Austin teaches guitar and bass. Growing up in the Bay Area, Austin enjoys surfing and spending time on the beach with his dogs.
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    • Meet Darya Babenko
      Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Darya was born and raised in Ukraine in a home that was always filled with the music of the Beatles, Queen and ABBA. She has always been involved in arts in one way or another with Ballet and Hip-H...
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      Darya was born and raised in Ukraine in a home that was always filled with the music of the Beatles, Queen and ABBA. She has always been involved in arts in one way or another with Ballet and Hip-Hop. Darya soon got a record deal with Ukrainian Records and came to the United States as a part of a reality talent show “American Chance” in 2007. Shortly after she was accepted into the Vocal program at the Musicians Institute in LA, where she graduated with honors in 2011 with a degree in Vocal Performance.

      In April 2014, Darya moved to Portland to continue her education and musical journey. She was accepted to Portland State University to complete a BM in Music Composition. She is currently working at the School of Rock Portland where she is teaching vocals, keys and now Music Theory to children in hopes she can inspire your child to truly take music seriously and become a great force in the music world. Songwriting is Darya's greatest passion.
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    • Meet Angie Fritz
      Angie Fritz is a guitar and voice teacher. Born and raised in Chicago, her roots lay in blues, folk, and classic rock. She studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas before moving to...
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      Angie Fritz is a guitar and voice teacher. Born and raised in Chicago, her roots lay in blues, folk, and classic rock. She studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas before moving to Portland in 2014. She plays shows around town as either a jazz singer, folk songwriter, or rock guitar player, depending on the night. Outside of music, she works as a dog handler.
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    • Meet Zack Rodriguez
      Drum Instructor
      Zack is a graduate of School of Rock Portland and a ripping Drummer! One of Zack's greatest memories is touring with the School of Rock All-Stars when he was a student. He met/played with other ama...
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      Zack is a graduate of School of Rock Portland and a ripping Drummer! One of Zack's greatest memories is touring with the School of Rock All-Stars when he was a student. He met/played with other amazing musicians from around the country, and it was a very humbling experience. On the tour Zack played Red Rocks & Gathering of the Vibes, as well as other major events. Recently, he's also been touring with this band LiquidLight. He loves recording and performing music. "As I continue to do both of those things, my goal is to continue improving at both; if I work hard and get a little lucky, I hope to make a living off of my creative outputs."

      I hope that my students know how to be honest with themselves; they should be able to recognize things they need to work on and that they know how to tackle those challenges effectively. I hope more than anything, though, that they have fun doing whatever we're doing.

      Here are some bands who have influenced Zack: Soundgarden, Frank Zappa, Mike Patton and his various projects, Yes, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, The Beatles, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Aerosmith, Husker Du, The Replacements, Death, Swervedriver, Boards of Canada, Kendrick Lamar

      Zack's Dream band line up: Stewart Copeland on drums, Jaco Pastorious on Bass, John Mcluaghlin and Frank Zappa on Guitar, Mike Patton on Vocals

      Zack projects and bands include: LiquidLight. And also played with Mursa, The Adam Finger 4tet, Aseitas, Dragon Curve
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    • Meet Tamar Berk
      Keys/Vocal Instructor
      Tamar is a 4th grade teacher as well as a composer, musician, vintage keyboard collector and business owner. She currently plays with Farfisa, Vox Jaguar, Hammond Organ, Rhodes Bass and piano (any...
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      Tamar is a 4th grade teacher as well as a composer, musician, vintage keyboard collector and business owner. She currently plays with Farfisa, Vox Jaguar, Hammond Organ, Rhodes Bass and piano (any keyboard actually) in the local bands Paradise and The Pynnacles. She moved here from Chicago where she worked at the Chicago School of Rock when it first opened. She then moved to Portland and was a full-time employee at the Portland School of Rock since 2008. She’s directed some of the most beloved shows at the school including The Who’s Tommy, Hedwig vs Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Pixies.
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Promotions

News

    • Music on the Street Talks with Portland SoR Music Director, Dani Fish

      Music On The Streetis a weekly serieswhere OMN talks to local people and personalities about their relationship with music. This week our own Music Director and Instructor, Dani Fish, talks about o...
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      Music On The Streetis a weekly serieswhere OMN talks to local people and personalities about their relationship with music. This week our own Music Director and Instructor, Dani Fish, talks about organizing Best of Portland 4, the amazing event that brings together our thriving music community in Portland to raise money for Pride Foundation and PROWUS. Plus it just ROCKS!!!Read less

    • Best of Portland 4 Gets Rave Reviews!!!

      Good news is never too late! We all had an amazing time at this show and raised money for 2 great organizations: PROWUS and Pride Foundation. Check out the review of our BOP 4 show!!! We can't wait...
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      Good news is never too late! We all had an amazing time at this show and raised money for 2 great organizations: PROWUS and Pride Foundation. Check out the review of our BOP 4 show!!! We can't wait for next year :)Read less

    • School of Rock Portland House Band plays NW Hesh Fest!

      A great write up about NW Hesh Fest. Our House Band kicked off the 3rd day opening for YOB and Acid King! They performed Sad Wings of Destiny by Judas Priest - It RULED!

    • Matt Pike of Sleep & High on Fire visits School of Rock Portland

      Students in our Sleep v High on Fire rehearsal were surprised by a visit from Matt Pike! Check out video of Matt rockin' out with the kids.

Testimonials

  • “My daughter was taking private music lessons for two years until she started to get bored. "I want to play with other kids. I want to be in a band". We looked into the School of Rock, and it was the perfect fit! She really enjoys practicing now because she loves her teachers and she knows that the other kids are counting on her. Best decision to come here. ”
    — Chrissy Segal, Parent of School of Rock Portland student
  • “School of Rock, well, rocks! The instructors are not only fantastic teachers and caring people but great musicians. How they so expertly bring together kids of different ages and skill levels to put on such amazing shows is beyond me. So glad my daughter can be part of such a positive, inspiring community! ”
    — Susie Kaplan, Parent of School of Rock Portland student
  • “My son and daughter both perform with School of Rock, and take individual lessons once a week. My 14 year old son has been playing piano and drums for several years. We arrived at school of rock last year to mix things up a bit. He was hoping to learn more about performance, gigging and playing a show with many other styles and personalities. Being thoroughly introduced to playing classic rock, meeting with teachers every week and a great group of kids of all ages to shape another amazing show : his confidence has really grown, as well as his ability and his passion for playing. There is so much nuance to be found when you break down a song into its simplest form and then build it up again in a group. So much jazz in Zappa ! So much landscape in Pink Floyd. My kid is on a journey with SoR- having the time of his life. The group at the school are very supportive, friendly, talented and enthusiastic. Everyone takes care of each other and they all help one another out- both in rehearsals and at shows. This is such a wonderful community to belong to when other aspects of life can be fragile and challenging. All of the staff are excited, smart and available: it's very refreshing ! We plan to stay for years.”
    — Karissa Rippy, Parent of two School or Rock Portland students
  • “Through SOR, our son has become a much more confident performer, which has helped him with presentations in class or at school, as well as in other music venues. He says, "SOR is a great place to play music with your friends, and try out new instruments and styles." I so look forward to the Monday night adult rehearsal to be surrounded by music with other engaged adults, who are really interested in learning and having fun!”
    — L.S. - School of Rock Portland parent and member of Adult Program