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School of Rock San Ramon
460 Montgomery Street
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 415-3340

Location Specifics

Located in the San Ramon Marketplace (corner of Alcosta & Bollinger Canyon).

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Hours
  • Monday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:30 PM - 7 PM

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/27/2019: Closed
  • 11/28/2019: Closed
  • 11/29/2019: Closed
  • 11/30/2019: Closed
  • 12/01/2019: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 5-7

At School of Rock San Ramon, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 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 Ramon, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 Ramon'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 Ramon have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs. Each Rock 101 group will perform on stage in front of a live audience as the opening act for our older kids who put on a full-length rock show.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY 30-MINUTE PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY 90-MINUTE GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in San Ramon are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock San Ramon who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. 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
Performance
Ages 11-18

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY 45-MINUTE PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY 2.5-HOUR BAND REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock San Ramon'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 Ramon music venue. Approximately every four months, students will take the stage and play at local music venues.

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

School of Rock San Ramon's Adult Program is for students over 19 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 Ramon 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 Ramon.

What To Expect
  • A WEEKLY 45-MINUTE PRIVATE LESSON
  • A WEEKLY 90-MINUTE BAND REHEARSAL

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 Ramon 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 Ramon.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 11-18

The School of Rock San Ramon House Band music program gives students ages 11-18 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 Ramon'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 Ramon 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 Ramon

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 Ramon, 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 Ramon is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other San Ramon 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 Ramon'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 Ramon, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local San Ramon 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 Ramon 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 Ramon 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 Ramon 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 Ramon 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 Ramon, 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 Ramon, 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 Ramon. Unlike other San Ramon 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
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

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 Ramon, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our San Ramon 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 Ramon 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 Ramon, 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 Ramon 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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock San Ramon, 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 Ramon.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Ramon 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 Ramon 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 Ramon, 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
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach San Ramon 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 Ramon, 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 Ramon. 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 Ramon, 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 Ramon 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 Ramon Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the San Ramon 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 Ramon music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock San Ramon, 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 Ramon, 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 Ramon’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.

Bekah Barnett Studio Manager

Bekah grew up in Santa Cruz doing musicals with the Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lo-mond and singing acappella harmonies with her sister at family gatherings. She took piano lessons from a young age and in her senior year of high school she began to focus on playing to accompany her singing. That year she also joined the choir at Harbor High School and discovered her love of improvisation in a small jazz ensemble when she was introduced to scatting.

She majored in Vocal Performance at Mills College in Oakland where she was thrilled to study everything from classical and operatic techniques to improvisation and early music with wonderful teachers. During her time at Mills she also began composing her own original songs on the many pianos littered across the campus. In her junior year she did a study abroad program in Florence, Italy where she studied voice at an Italian conservatory and continued to write original material. In her senior year at Mills she began giving piano and voice lessons to children. When teaching she feels that the most important factor is that the child is working on learning music that they are genuinely interested in and excited about.

She has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene and writing songs for 17 years and continues to play regularly in small listening rooms and piano bars and restaurants. She has recorded two full-length albums of her original songs and she's currently working on material for a third record. She is constantly amazed and inspired by music's ability to connect people to their emotions and to create a shared experience between people from all walks of life.

Andres Sagredos Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Andres has been fronting rock bands since he was a wee lad. He first picked up the guitar at age 10 and began performing in his early adolescence. Since he moved to Oakland in 2011, he has spent his time gigging and collaborating with fellow Bay Area musicians. Andres believes in the importance of fostering a creative instinct in his students. Music is a vehicle for self-expression, and he is thrilled to be sharing his passion for songwriting and live performance with the next generation of players.

Rafael Macedo Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Rafael has over 20 years of experience teaching and performing as a guitarist, composer and producer for his band The Element. At the age of 12 Rafael started playing acoustic guitar and only two years later the electric. Rafael learned and played by ear till he was 17. Hungry for knowledge, he went to study guitar and music theory with Alexandre Lima at the Prediger Music School in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After two years of intense study, Rafael was invited to teach at Prediger School in 1998. In that same year, Rafael realized that he needed a band where he could explore different kinds of music and styles. This created The Element.

Besides The Element, he also was part of the Orchestral Choir of OSPA (Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra), where he studied vocal techniques with teacher Decápolis de Andrade and with maestro Manfredo Schmiedt. In that period Rafael was part of many important concerts, such as the Mahler 2º Symphony, Verdi Quattro Pezzi Sacri and Beethoven 9º Symphony. Nowadays, besides managing, producing and composing for The Element, Rafael is a music major in composition at Diablo Valley College, and will be transferring to a four-year school. He also works as a freelance composer/arranger.

Toni Baker General Manager

Toni began studying classical voice at age 13. Upon returning to the Bay Area after college, she started singing back-up for a jam band. Tired of standing around with nothing to do while the band was jamming, she taught herself to play bass. She now plays bass and sings in a multi-genre rock band and as part of an acoustic duo. In addition to playing music, Toni owned and operated a successful organic meal delivery service. After eight years, she closed it down to stay home with her two boys. School of Rock is now their second home. She is excited to combine her business experience with her love of music.

Brian Kameya Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Since the age of five, Brian Kameya has lived a life around music. He began piano lessons at that age and continued until he was 14 when he taught himself to play the electric guitar. As time passed he would learn the bass, as well as the drums. After some time performing on stage with various bands, he decided to to take a break and focus on the recording aspect. He graduated from The Conservatory of Recording Arts in Tempe, Arizona and spent the next several years working with bands in Los Angeles as an audio engineer. He would eventually return to the Bay Area where he now lives and teaches. One of his many passions is music and he feels that with the right guidance, anyone can share this passion.

Melanie Batchelor Studio Coordinator

Since she was a kid, Melanie has always had a fondness for both playing and listening to music. She taught herself how to play piano at a young age and joined the school band at eight years old as a flute player. She also played keys, drums and guitar in the Oakland-based new wave band Subculture, gigging for four years and making friends throughout the Bay Area indie music scene.

Nick Jefferies Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Nick started playing guitar when he was 12 years old, made his first punk band at 14 and has been playing guitar, bass and singing for various projects ever since. He has been involved in the local Bay Area music scene for quite some time now, whether its been on the stage or behind the board doing sound for local events. He graduated from SF State in 2013 with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications with an emphasis in music production while simultaneously managing the student-run radio station KSFS, airing his own weekly radio music show and interning for Alice 97.3 radio. They even let him write and record a new theme song to their "Sarah and Vinnie Secret Show" podcast. So whether he's working on his next album, collaborating with and recording artists around the Bay with his mobile recording rig, or warming up for your upcoming guitar lesson, he always brings a smile and is willing to put in 100%.

Ian White Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Ian’s mom played Mötley Crüe for him while he was in the womb, so he has been a rock fan from the very start. Growing up Ian was a huge heavy metal fan, and when he saw KISS live for the first time at eight years old it sealed the deal. That same Christmas, Santa delivered him his first guitar and he started pursuing his dream of becoming a rock star. Since then, heavy metal and playing music has consumed his entire life. He plays in two bands, First Contact and Shirlee Temper, and he loves acting like a maniac onstage. His favorite bands are KISS, Mötley Crüe, Avenged Sevenfold, AC/DC, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.

He prefers high energy, in-your-face music, and also really loves ska, big band and swing, classical and romantic era music. Spreading musical knowledge is one of Ian’s passions in life. At School of Rock, he hopes to inspire kids to have the same burning flame for music that he does.

Tyler McClellan Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Tyler McClellan’s mom took him to his first concert when he was five. She considered it the beginning of his training as it sparked a passion for him to become a musician. He started playing drums and guitar at six years old and never looked back. At 10 years old he became second chair drummer in Diablo View Middle School's jazz band, and soon after started his first rock band Pandemonium. As he transitioned into high school he became the conga player, then lead jazz drummer, at Northgate High School. He competed in festivals such as the Folsom Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival. Playing drums every day helped him learn genres such as funk, soul, rock, metal and salsa. His love for music pushed him to learn trumpet, tuba and bass guitar. As a senior in high school he started teaching drum lessons to beginner and intermediate students. This also gave him the opportunity to band coach, record in studio settings and become a studio drummer and guitarist. Currently he is in a jazz big band in Walnut Creek, and is in his rock band At This Point. He is excited to bring many years of experience to every student and help them strive to be their best. He is a drum teacher, guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock San Ramon.

Sarah Vela Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Sarah Vela is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of the renowned Oakland School for the Arts and was a founding member of two-time national a cappella champions Vocal Rush. Sarah is the recipient of both the 2012 International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Outstanding Soloist award and the 2013 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for Best High School Soloist.

Sarah majored in Songwriting at Berklee College of Music. Without the intention of songwriting at first, Sarah found her passion for songwriting and poetry during her time at Berklee. Along with songwriting, Sarah gained a passion for arranging and singing background vocals and performing world music with international friends she made. During her time in Boston, Sarah was able to challenge herself to be the best musician she could be in a very competitive setting.

Now back in her home of the Bay Area, Sarah believes in the power of music and is humbled to be able to share her knowledge and skills with the community that poured so much into her growing up. Sarah seeks to create and teach music that heals and has a strong belief in the responsibility she holds by being an artist, musician and instructor.

Jake Kessel Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Jake Kessel has been playing guitar and percussion for over 20 years, and teaching music since 2001. He teaches all levels of guitar and congas, as well as beginning piano, voice and drum set. Jake has an M.A. in Music Composition and was Music Program Director at Mission Hills Middle School in Union City for three years. Before that, he was the guitar and percussion teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland. Jake has also been a music instructor with COVA, Star Power Music, Art and Soul Music Studios, Hayward Music Center and ALMA.

Jake has performed and recorded with musicians like Boots Riley, Kent Nagano, Ambrose Akinmusere, Thomas Pridgen and Dayna Stephens. He has played jazz festivals like Montreux, North Sea, Vienne and Umbria. Jake has also performed at venues like Yoshi’s, Zellerbach Hall, Cleopatra’s Needle and Small’s. Jake studied jazz guitar with Steve Erquiaga, Dave Creamer and Jack Wilkins, and percussion with Josh Jones, Ramon "Sandy" Perez and Grupo AfroCuba de Matanzas. He also studied voice with Lazaro Galarraga and Jane Sharp, and piano with Ellen Wasserman.

Jake is also a songwriter and music producer. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his dogs and exploring new restaurants and music venues. He also likes learning computer programming. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock San Ramon.

Kristen Riter Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Kristen Riter was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where she began her performing artist career as an actress at age 16 and starred in the comedy "Student Bodies," as well as several national commercials. Her strong interest in music led her to Europe for international work and studies. During a 20-year residency in Munich, Germany, she engaged in a wide spectrum of musical projects as a singer, composer, studio artist and teacher. She then moved with her family to Spain, where she taught voice and piano for 10 years. She has returned to California and continues to cultivate her love for music and teaching. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock San Ramon.

Aaron Hoffman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Aaron Hoffman was forced to take piano lessons when he was young but his love for music was inspired at age 14 when he started to play bass with a friend who was learning guitar. He then joined a jazz combo at the Berkeley Jazz School, where he also played bass. He naturally gravitated towards drums as well, beginning to learn on a friend's kit that was left behind at his house after a rehearsal. Aaron frequently attended jazz band performances and music appreciation events at his high school. He also started playing shows with his band while he was in high school and has continued to play out with many projects over the years. Aaron has studied music at Diablo Valley College, where he focused on theory, jazz improv and songwriting. He was in a Beatles combo for a couple years and then his interest swiftly changed to all things punk. Over the years he’s also delved deeply into jam bands, garage rock, prog rock and math rock. Ultimately he finds improv to be the most fulfilling, but he loves working with his students. He enjoys exploring unconventional ways of learning music and seeks to inspire a love for music in his students that will help guide them as they take their first steps and beyond. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock San Ramon.

Christian Lofaso Drum Teacher

Christian Lofaso has been involved with music since a young age. Growing up, he listened to rock bands like The Beatles, Metallica and Led Zeppelin. He studied with local teachers to learn to play piano and drums. In addition to these private lessons, he taught himself how to play bass and guitar. Christian went on to study music and production at Diablo Valley College and got his Associate of Arts in Music Industry Studies. He currently plays bass and writes music for his band, which consists of sounds influenced by Tame Impala, MGMT and Pond. Christian has been playing piano and drums for 12 years, bass for two years and guitar for one year.

Christian has a strong passion for teaching. He has a lot of experience with collaboration and wants every lesson to be a fun, exciting learning experience. He loves sharing what he knows about drumming and music in order to help students grow as musicians and help develop their own unique sound. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock San Ramon.

Jazmyne Evans Drum Teacher

Jazmyne Evans is an experienced drummer in a variety of genres, including gospel, classical, pop, R & B, funk and jazz. While at Skyline High School, Jazmyne was an active member and section leader in the marching band, jazz band, concert band, symphony orchestra, pit band and numerous small combos that performed for various public and private events in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been recognized for superior musicianship as a member of the Skyline High School jazz band. She was also recognized at the University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival as a drummer with exceptional soloing and accompanying skills. She studied at The Berklee College of Music in Boston for 18 months and then returned to the Bay Area to play locally. She loves to teach and it is her aim to give inspiration and intelligence to younger players. She is a drum teacher at School of Rock San Ramon.

Daniele Citti Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Daniele Citti has been surrounded by music since the day he was born, from the Italian opera he heard in the womb to the hours of Pink Floyd he listened to in his dad’s car. Being raised by a musical family with diverse tastes has led to a wide understanding and appreciation for every genre under the rainbow, and ultimately has led Daniele to pursue music as a life passion. He first began learning guitar at the age of six after watching his dad play, and although he has picked up many more instruments along the way (piano, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet and bagpipes to name a few), he still loves to play guitar every day.

Daniele received a Bachelor’s in Music from Saint Mary’s College of California and during his time there sang all four years with the Chamber Singers and Glee Club. While in the choir, he traveled the world participating in singing competitions, winning both gold medals in the Champions categories at the World Choir Games in Latvia, Hungary and South Africa. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock San Ramon.

Matias Guerrero Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

With a strong family background in music, Matías Guerrero started in the industry at a very young age when he signed up for piano lessons. From that point onward, music was a constant part of his life. In middle and high school he played cello because of his grandfather, who was also a cellist, and participated in his school orchestra. After graduating high school, Matías picked up an electric bass and started prepping for a career in music. During his time as a bass and audio production student in Miami and Los Angeles, he was fortunate to learn from and be personally mentored by some of the very best in the industry. He’s taken part in a few bands and performances along the way, as well, and has honed his skill set into a versatile one that encompasses a wide set of genres. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock San Ramon.

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Reviews

More than a 10 out of 10!

My daughter has gained confidence, is having a lot of fun and feels like she belongs to something that alone is worth more than a 10! She is also learning to read music, play an instrument and work as a team/band.

Organized but still authentic!

My son's confidence has grown by leaps and bounds. The program is very organized but still authentic for the kids to truly feel what it's like to be a performing musician. The notes we receive after each lesson really let parents know how their child is doing.

We are so happy we found this place!

The instructors have supported my daughter every step of the way, letting her know mistakes are allowed and okay! Her vocals - wow! We can't believe how far she has come! We love the school and the instructors!

You'll be right at home at School of Rock.

The talented staff really care about turning your goals into reality and teach you new skills in a go at your own pace manner. In a few weeks of lessons, having never picked up an instrument before, I've already learned to play songs on the drums.

It's a home away from home.

School of Rock is a place where my child can learn the kind of music he loves and get excited about being an artist. He’s found friendships that mean the world to him through your programs.

It's more than an after-school activity.

The program is really well-run. The instructors are qualified, personable and great mentors. They have created an environment that goes beyond a fun after school activity. It has been the most meaningful course my child has taken.

Kids work together and support each other.

The teachers are hardworking and dedicated. The program teaches kids to work together in different groups and support one another. The kids also learn a wide variety of music styles and genres. It’s great.

The teaching philosophy makes a difference.

The quarterly shows give the students a goal and they work together to put on a good show. I recommend School of Rock to any parents who have children interested in music.

The community vibe builds confidence.

I love the community feeling at School of Rock. My daughter so enjoys being there and comes out after her lessons with such confidence.

I highly recommend School of Rock.

The people at School of Rock do a great job of creating and enhancing a love of music, working on musical skills improvement and providing a fun and stimulating environment for the kids in the program.

School of Rock makes a difference that goes beyond music.

My son is normally very shy and I was worried he wouldn’t like the group format of Rock 101. We decided to give it a try and the results are amazing. He has so much fun and is much more willing to practice.

School of Rock programs are wonderful.

School of Rock is a great foundation to introduce your kids to music, build confidence and be around kids who are like-minded. We love watching our son and his band members perform at the end of every season. It's evidence that he is learning.

School of Rock creates a life-long love for performance.

The format of being performance-focused is a great entry point into a music education for kids and even adults. It's less intimidating for newbies because it's about teamwork and creating music together.

School of Rock is the best thing we've done for our kids.

I love that School of Rock has given my kids so much confidence in their abilities. They believe in themselves. I love the performance class for them because they are working with their peers instead of just being in lessons once a week.