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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Cory WestGuitar 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 SloaneSinging 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.
Drum Teacher

David ConiglioDrum 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 HedfordDrum 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.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Gilly AvinaGuitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Gilly grew up both playing classical violin and also attending, interning and volunteering at the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls in Portland. She loves teaching, working with children and playing music. She plays violin, guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, banjo and sings. She grew up in both Portland and New York. She plays in lots of bands around Portland, loves to teach and music is a huge part of her life.

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