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School of Rock San Jose
5035 Almaden Expy
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 960-8180

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Hours
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock San Jose combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock San Jose our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock San Jose, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock San Jose, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock San Jose, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock San Jose's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in San Jose have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in San Jose are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock San Jose who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 8-17

The Performance Program at School of Rock San Jose is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock San Jose Performance Program students take the stage and play at local San Jose music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock San Jose's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a San Jose music venue.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 8-18

The School of Rock San Jose House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock San Jose's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at CA rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout San Jose and the rest of CA. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in San Jose

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock San Jose, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock San Jose is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other San Jose guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock San Jose offers advanced guitar lessons that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our San Jose guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock San Jose's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. This program gets students performing onstage at a local San Jose venue.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock
Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Jose is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock San Jose we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in San Jose, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock San Jose, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our San Jose drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in San Jose. Unlike other San Jose drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.  

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock
Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Jose offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock San Jose, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock San Jose, our singing lessons are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in San Jose.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock San Jose teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Jose offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in San Jose and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach San Jose students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock San Jose, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

About Our Bass Guitar Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock San Jose's innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock
Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in San Jose. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock San Jose, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the San Jose area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Intermediate to Advanced Piano Lessons

At School of Rock San Jose, our keyboard lessons are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in San Jose and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

About Our Piano Lessons

The School of Rock San Jose's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Students in the San Jose area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock San Jose’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Amanda Smith Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Amanda Smith is a New York transplant and new to California. She recently joined the School of Rock family as a vocal and performance coach.

Amanda lived and worked in New York City for over 10 years, studying and performing musical theater, individual voice and audition technique. She toured the east coast and the Midwest in a children’s theater adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," and also voiced the character of Nell the shooting star in the best-selling children’s book "Fireflies and Shooting Stars: the Tale of Enzo."

She has spent the last year and a half sailing around the world, working for Carnival Cruise Line as a lead singer for their house rock band, and is excited to step foot back on land to perform locally and to teach others how to use and enhance their musical gifts. Amanda is excited to work with such talented musicians here at School of Rock.

Alonso Hernandez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Alonso Hernandez is a seasoned musician from the Bay Area music scene. He has been a bass and guitar teacher at School of Rock since 2015. Affectionately referred to as the Bass God, Alonso has toured the world performing with multiple groups that cover a wide diversity of styles. He has performed on the Warped Tour with his pop punk group Pounders, has had multiple tours of Japan with legendary nu metal group Insolence and has played throughout the US with jazz/hip-hop group SoleJive. Having studied jazz for nearly 15 years, Alonso is able to teach all musical styles. Along with teaching bass and guitar, he shares his experiences of live performance, touring, songwriting, the music business, showmanship and rock history with each of his students.

Alex Nguyen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drums Teacher

Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer from San Jose,CA. He was introduced to music at an early age and has thus found his passion in life. In high school, Alex was part of the symphonic, concert, marching and steel drum ensembles, where he learned the importance of being a well-rounded musician as well as playing with others. With these programs, he had the opportunity to play in various venues such as Disneyland and all the way across the world at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He attended the University of Oregon, where he studied Music, as well as branched off and played original music in bands. In the Bay Area, Alex plays in Love District, Socorra and other projects.

He does his best to share his passion and enthusiasm for music with all of his students. Since joining School of Rock, he finds joy in inspiring his students to play and helping them to find their own voice in music. You will never find him happier than when he is playing or teaching.

Alex Pipkins Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Alex Pipkins is a teacher and singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas. He's benefited from almost two decades of musical training, including studying Music Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Alex is a multi-instrumentalist who's performed in several punk rock and ska bands, as well as jazz ensembles and orchestras. He has taught guitar, keyboard, bass and vocal lessons to a wide range of ages. Alex finds nothing in life more fun than playing and talking about music, and is beyond excited to be teaching at School of Rock.

Carl Valdez Drums Teacher

Carl Valdez brings along 40+ years of musical experience to School of Rock. He was the founding member of legendary hardcore punk band Ill Repute, featured in their own documentary and book ("Clean Cut American Kids - the Story of Ill Repute”). Through the years, he has worked alongside famed pop/punk record producer Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182, Rancid). They have been inducted into the Ventura County Music Awards Hall of Fame. Ill Repute also has a song on the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things."

Carl's drum experience also expands to other genres, including orchestral, community concert bands and Dixieland swing. He is also a Scottish bagpipe side drummer. He is currently a member of the Silicon Valley Pipe Band, an award-winning competitive Scottish bagpipe and drum group based out of Saratoga, CA. Carl also has years of experience performing on other instruments including the clarinet, saxophone, mandolin and guitar.

Brian Hart Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Brian currently serves as a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock San Jose, where you can trust his commitment to providing students with lessons learned from his vast experience.

Chris Surma Guitar Teacher

Chris Surma from San Jose has been playing guitar for over 28 years. He has self-released three albums and has innovated and crafted several two-handed tapping techniques into his playing over the years. A few of his main influences are Joe Satriani, Michael Hedges, and Metallica. Chris won the Livermore Acoustic Guitar Competition (GuitarFestLive) back in September of 2012 and was featured in the 2012 December issue of "Guitar Player Magazine." He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock San Jose.

Jonathan Shaheen Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Jonathan Shaheen is a musician/vocalist/singer-songwriter based in the Bay Area since 2016 and has been teaching at School of Rock since 2016 as well. Jonathan is currently the Music Director at our school and teaches keys, vocals, guitar and bass, and is also the group show director.

Jonathan has worked, performed and studied music in many areas, from writing and music directing for large churches to playing in pop-punk screamo bands, studying music composition and recording in Australia, and of course playing in a few coffee shops along the way. Jonathan is currently involved in a few different projects. He has a solo project of his own called CNVS (Canvas), he plays keys for Socorra and is the front man for an alternative/pop-punk band called Second Wind.

Jonathan brings a variety of genres, skills and instruments to the table when teaching students, but what he is most passionate about is instilling a passion for music in each and every student that walks through the doors of our school. No matter the student, no matter the lesson, Jonathan is passionate about seeing each and every person leave feeling more passionate about music and equipped to play it than they did when they walked in.

Robbie Fureby Drums Teacher

Influenced early on by family members to play music, Robbie Fureby’s interest in drums has flourished into a limitless passion. During the 13 years he’s been playing, Robbie earned an Associate of Arts in Music Performance in drums from Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he studied with many talented drummers, including Rob Carson and Fred Dinkins. Robbie is currently the drummer for an alternative rock band, Soy Sauce Control, who have released two professionally recorded EPs. Through teaching, Robbie is able to share his passion for drums, as well as the positivity music brings into his life. He is a drums teacher at School of Rock San Jose.

Socorra Camposanto Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drums Teacher

Socorra Camposanto is a singer/songwriter from San Jose and has been teaching at School of Rock San Jose since 2014. She is a drummer-turned-guitar player and released her debut EP, "Break," in January 2017.

In April 2017 she was one of the featured musicians in "Content Magazine" and later that summer had the opportunity to open up for Blues Traveler at Music in the Park. Socorra is also heavily active in the local San Jose music scene and has worked with many local businesses and organizations to bring more live music to San Jose. At School of Rock, she has worked many positions, but these days she teaches Rock 101, Performance Group and our House Band.

Steely Nash Vocal Instructor

Steely Nash is an actress, vocalist and songwriter from Austin, Texas living in the Bay Area. She has studied voice with Kelley Cooksey of the Houston Grand Opera and Musical Theatre at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performance Arts: The Theatre Conservatory.

Since age 11, Steely has performed in over 100 musicals including "RENT" (Maureen) and "The Sound of Music" (Maria). After becoming a top 40 finalist of "American Idol" season 10, she signed with legendary pop manager Johnny Wright (Justin Timberlake, Ciara, Jonas Brothers) and has recorded at the famous Jim Hensen Studios in LA, where she received pop performance and vocal coaching from Doc Holiday (En Vogue, Toni Braxton, Britney Spears).

You can now see her playing shows with her girl group Steely Nash and The Cuts all over the Bay Area. Steely specializes in audition prep, songwriting and various vocal stylings such as pop, rock, opera, musical theatre and soul. She loves to teach and help students strengthen their voice through proper placement and inspired delivery.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

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Such Great Instructors!

My daughter has learned so much, and is having fun in the process. She gets to be surrounded by other passionate kids.

The kids are so excited!

Getting the kids to jump right into playing in a band not only gives them incredible confidence but also allows them to practice their craft in a real setting! They're excited to practice.

We play at real venues!

I can't say enough wonderful things about School of Rock! The instructors are great and my son can say he's in a rock band and performed at the Improv! You guys are doing something amazing for all our kids!

The students really evolve and grow!

I love that kids get one-on-one time with the instructors to work on technique. I especially look forward to the group performance shows each season!

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