School of Rock Queens’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Queens music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Tom Vidal Owner
Tom Vidal’s love affair with rock began as a third grader in rural New Jersey, when a classmate dropped the needle on Kiss’ "Detroit Rock City" during recess. He joined his first band at age 13 and went on to graduate from Shenandoah University with a degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Classical Guitar Performance. In the early 1990s, he was the lead guitarist and songwriter for the Irish-influenced original rock band Surrey Lane, performing regularly in some of NYC’s most popular venues. Like many other aspiring musicians, Tom grew up, got married, entered a career in software quality assurance and had two children. After seeing his children flourish at School of Rock Roslyn, Tom was inspired to launch a School of Rock franchise here in Bayside, where he can share his love of music and performance with a new generation of future rockers. Tom is currently a member of the classic rock cover band Crossing Sunrise, which was nominated Best Cover Band in Long Island.
Karen Flyer General Manager
Karen Flyer’s background in marketing, advertising and non-profit management has allowed her to hone her business, leadership and management skills, which she is thrilled to leverage as part of the School of Rock Queens family. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1991 and her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She has spent the past 25 years in marketing, running non-profits and as a small business consultant, and is the author of two books. School of Rock is the perfect landing spot for Karen as music has always played a significant role in her life. Alternative rock has been her jam since she was a teenager. Karen’s daughter, now in college, was part of School of Rock Roslyn for over a decade, and Karen credits the program with making her daughter the extraordinary musician and person that she is. Karen is excited to bring an outstanding music experience to the children, teens and adults in the Queens community.