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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Emilio GarzaGuitar Teacher

Emilio's expertise is on guitar, bass and vocals. Emilio has been teaching at School of Rock San Antonio since 2014. He not only teaches how to play rock music, but also how to perform on stage! Emilio has played in many bands through the years and recently toured with a KISS tribute band. He played for Wolfpack here in San Antonio for several years and is currently in Arrowhead, a local rock band that performs throughout San Antonio and other South Texas cities. He is also in another KISS tribute band, Black Diamond, where he plays the role of Paul Stanley.

Emilio is a wealth of music information from working the stages of many great artists through the years. He plays all types of classic rock music and shreds with the best of them. He also understands guitar amps and the specifics needed to make a great sound.

Emilio teaches Rock 101 as well as our Performance Programs.

Sofi LopezGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Sofi Lopez has always been musical for as long as she can remember. After graduating high school, she picked up the guitar and never turned back. After attending a couple years at Northwest Vista College where she studied with guitar teacher Dan Smith and performed in ensembles directed by Katchie Cartright, she transferred to Texas State University and graduated with a degree in guitar jazz studies. She has studied guitar with Mark Cruz and Russel Scanlon. She has also been in jazz combos and ensembles directed by Freddie Mendoza, Morris Nelms and Kieth Winking. Sofi has performed at the university but also at local jazz clubs like Kirby's Steakhouse, Swig, Club Luna and Firehouse Lounge in Austin. The Sofi Lopez Jazz Quartet has had their track, "Black Orpheus" (written by Luis Bonfa), played on the San Antonio Jazz radio station, KRTU 91.7. In Fall of 2014, the quartet was featured on KRTU's show, "The South Texas Jazz Project." This included a live studio performance and a brief interview. Sofi is currently the vocalist, guitar player and arranger of her own group but also has been called to play guitar or sing for groups like Midtown Jazz Sound, Hillcountry Jazz Bigband and The Powerhouse Big Band.

David PattonSinging Teacher, piano Teacher

David has been playing piano since he was three. He is heavily trained in music theory and has years of experience with both classical piano and rock keyboards. David's musical journey has included playing the bassoon for several all region bands, as well as in the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, which included touring England. He also plays guitar, sax, drums and bass.

David attended School of Rock as a teenager and was a two-year School of Rock AllStar as a keyboard player and lead vocalist. He toured the east coast including venues like DC9 and Webster Hall as well as events like Lollapalooza and Gathering of the Vibes.

He is currently lead singer and keyboard player in the heavy metal band Alpha Syndrome.

Jason "Shakes" WestDrum Teacher

Jason's been playing drums for over 25 years. He started playing at 11 years old. He's played with Sebastian Bach, Murder Dolls, Wednesday 13 and more. He currently plays with Evil United, Athanasia, Union Underground, Down Generation and Thunderhorse. Jason has been a touring drummer for the last 15 years and toured both the United States and overseas and now he's excited to be sharing his craft with the younger generation.

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