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School of Rock San Mateo
711 South B Street
San Mateo, CA 94010
(650) 347-3474

Location Specifics

Located on B St., between 7th & 8th Ave.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2:45 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock San Mateo, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock San Mateo, 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

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 Mateo, 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 7-10

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock San Mateo'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 Mateo have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in San Mateo are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 10-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
Ages 10-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock San Mateo 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 Mateo Performance Program students take the stage and play at local San Mateo music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock San Mateo'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 Mateo music venue.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock San Mateo, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in San Mateo is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock San Mateo who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 19+

School of Rock San Mateo's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock San Mateo is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in San Mateo.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock San Mateo Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in San Mateo.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock San Mateo 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 Mateo'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

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 Mateo 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
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

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.

Music Lessons in San Mateo

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 Mateo, 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 Mateo is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other San Mateo guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock San Mateo's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar 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. At School of Rock San Mateo, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local San Mateo venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

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 learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock San Mateo offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our San Mateo guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Mateo 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 Mateo 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 Mateo, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock San Mateo, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in San Mateo. Unlike other San Mateo drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

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 Mateo, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our San Mateo 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.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Mateo 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 Mateo, 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.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock San Mateo teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult 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, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock San Mateo, our singing lessons for kids and adults 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 Mateo.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Mateo 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 Mateo 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.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock San Mateo, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach San Mateo 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 Mateo, 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.

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 Mateo. 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 Mateo, 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 Mateo area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock San Mateo Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the San Mateo 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 San Mateo music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock San Mateo, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults 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 Mateo, 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.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock San Mateo’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.

Patrick Talesfore, Jr. Show Director, Drum, Keyboard and Singing Teacher

Patrick Talesfore, Jr. is a drum set artist from Sunnyvale, California. He has studied and performed on the drums for most of his life with the opportunity to further his education under the tutelage of many great teachers including Jason Wall, Wally Schnalle, George Marsh, Anthony Cirone, Kenwood Dennard, Henrique De Almeida, & Sergio Bellotti. As a child he focused on the music programs his high school had to offer and playing out in the Bay Area with an array of bands ranging from Jazz, Punk, Funk, Rockabilly, and Blues. As an adult, he lived in Boston, Massachusetts, toured the United States and Canada with a few different established bands, traveled as a drum instructor for Camp Jam Co. to San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Hartford, recorded for multiple independent releases, freelanced as a private instructor, and all the while earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the Berklee College of Music.

As a teacher, Patrick focuses on Technique, Efficiency, and Creativity. Through years of study along with his experience onstage, Patrick has been constructing and deconstructing what it takes to be an exemplary modern drummer equipped to enhance any musical situation. His ultimate goal is passing this information on for future study, keeping the tradition of drumming alive.

"It's all the same to me as long as it's sincere. Honesty can be found in every musical discipline and it all relates back to the urgency of expression. I want people to experience that truth through my drumming no matter what idiom I may be focusing on." —Patrick Talesfore, Jr.

Bassam Habal guitar, bass guitar, singing and keyboard teacher

Bassam Habal was born in Boston in 1970. The first music to hit his consciousness was the great funk/disco of the late 70s. He began piano lessons around age 12 and by 14 he was done with piano. He took up the bass being inspired by watching a guy play it at hotel gig and also due to the bass line on Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” A few years into lessons, he asked his teacher to show him the rhythm guitar part to Van Morrison’s “Domino.” He then focused mainly on playing guitar. Outside of a one-off high school gig with The American Dream, his first band he started was a Grateful Dead cover band called Electric Hummus, who still performs today under the name Playin Dead. After leaving Electric Hummus, he continued to perform Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and other covers in a new band The Psychedelic Conspiracy. With the original drummer, after the demise of The Conspiracy, he formed what became one of Boston’s longest running soul bands The Chicken Slacks Soul Revue. After leaving the Chicken Slacks, he joined up with the Boston chapter of the School of Rock directing many shows from Aerosmith, Kiss, Southern Rock and his final show, Progressive Rock. Around the early to mid 90s, Bassam began working at MIT’s radio station WMBR on the side where he was a DJ for 20 years. He did a show called Lost and Found highlighting music from the 60s/70s. His passion to turn people onto great music is something that inspires him at the San Mateo School of Rock which he joined early on when he moved to the Bay area from Boston. He hopes a new generation can be inspired by the music that fuels his desire to improve as a musician.

Kevin T. White Bass Teacher

Kevin began playing bass when he was 11 years old, had his first professional gig at the age of 14, and has been on the road, on the stage, or in the studio ever since. Early in his career, he was a member of the House of Blues house band in Cambridge, Mass. where he cut his teeth playing behind a Who's Who of legends that included Bo Diddley, Susan Tedeschi, Ronnie Earl, David Maxwell, Joe Walsh, Peter Wolf and others.

In the late ‘90s, Kevin relocated to San Francisco and was sucked up into the local scene, playing with a dizzying array of artists until he caught the gig playing behind Shelby Lynne supporting her debut record. He soon found himself crisscrossing the globe, highlighted by an appearance on the "Jools Holland Show" in London.

During this time, Kevin was also a first-call bassist for Will Porter and the California All Stars. While with Porter, Kevin played with Grammy winners Al Wilson ("Show and Tell") and Billy Preston as well as soul legend Barbara Lewis ("Hello, Stranger"), The Coasters, and The Drifters.

In 2004, Kevin started playing with Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express. In 2008, Kevin appeared with Chuck and band on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Last Call with Carson Daly. It’s been 15 years, and he’s still with the band. He can be heard most recently on the 2017 Yeproc release “Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins.”

In 2019, Kevin was touring less with Chuck Prophet, which allowed him to work with a long list of touring and local artists including: Bloodshot recording artist Ruby Boots, Floating Record’s Jeff Halford and the Healers, Hablador Records, Ian Moore, San Francisco singer/songwriter Brad Brooks, Oakland garage rock band Ardent Sons, and Oakland instrumental guitar band Little Muddy, and JZ and the Straglers.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher David England

David England Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

David England has been teaching guitar and playing in bands for 20 years! Some of David’s bands are: Skyler Roads Band, Sapphire Rock and Teyha. He is currently in the Roads,Johnson & Ross Band. Right now they're having a blast in the recording studio perfecting all original material. When David’s not teaching or rehearsing with his band, he’s in his recording studio perfecting his recording and playing techniques. Chabot College: Music Major, 2 years. School of Hardknocks: Major Music, Masters Degree
Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher Clinton Henderson

Clinton Henderson Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Clinton first got into music at college. He had a guitar that his parents bought him in high school, and he had taken a few lessons during that time, but it collected dust for a few years. He picked it back up when he was home from college on winter break in 2009 and hasn't put it down since.

Clinton is mostly self taught, using various videos, book and jamming with friends to expand his knowledge. He is inspired to play everything and has written music ranging from mellow reggae to thrash metal to jazz to classical to hip hop and covering subjects like breakfast to love to politics to life and death.

He recently earned his Master's Degree in Education and a teacher's license for English Language Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder. He coaches gymnastics and martial arts tricking in addition to the guitar and beginner piano.
Keyboard Teacher, Bass Teacher, Guitar Teacher Anthony Del Barrio

Anthony Del Barrio Keyboard Teacher, Bass Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Anthony Del Barrio is an active performing pianist/keyboardist and music educator. Classically trained on piano, he is also well rounded to play more genres and styles of music including Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Jazz/Latin Jazz . Anthony also enjoys playing multiple instruments like guitar, bass, drums and percussion.

After Anthony graduated from San Francisco School of the Arts High School, his experience in jazz, funk, latin jazz among other styles led him to Berklee College of Music in Boston. His experience at Berklee provided an extensive foundation in performance skills and ensemble practice.

Sharing the musical experience and knowledge is what motivates Anthony to teach young students how to learn an instrument and most importantly to play and perform music at their best. Anthony has been teaching out of his private lesson studio for over 5 years. But now he is looking to prepare students of all ages to play and sound great in a band setting at School of Rock so they can put on the best live shows and performances for audiences that love live music.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Geoff Quinn

Geoff Quinn Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Geoff grew up in Scarborough, England and started playing guitar at age 14. After playing in numerous bands in the British heavy metal scene of the early 1980's, Geoff attended 3 music colleges. Geoff studied Classical Guitar, Theory and Composition at The Leeds College of Music. He studied Composition and Orchestration for T.V and Film at The London College of Music and Rock Guitar and Performance at The London Guitar Institute.

Band Influences: Queen, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Ufo, Queensryche, MSG, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Dio, Metallica, Cacophony, Jethro Tull, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Rush, Magnum, Scorpions.
Guitarist Influences: Jason Becker, Paul Kossoff, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Murray, Brian May, Gary Moore, Martin Barre, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Richie Blackmore, E.V.H, Randy Rhoads, Yngvie Malmsteen, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tony Mcalpine, Vinnie Moore, Ritchie Kotzen, Paul Gilbert, Jennifer Batton.

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I highly recommend School of Rock!

School of Rock has an awesome, dedicated staff who is really focused on the kids.


Unique, real and super creative!

The teachers and staff are so positive and trusting. It's SO refreshing to see kids away from screens and experiencing what collaboration really feels like. It's a true gem!


My eight-year-old is loving it!

He loves his teacher and I love the fact he could play his favorite song after his first lesson. He'll get stage confidence and learn to be a performer, as well as a guitar player.


So much passion for music!

My boy loves his weekly guitar lessons. We joined their year-round performance program. The shows they put on blow me away, and it's a pleasure to see a group of kids united in their passion for music.