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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Jeff WheelerDrum Teacher

Jeff Wheeler has been playing drums for 18 years and teaching drum lessons privately for five years. He studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music as well as at Cal State East Bay. He currently plays and performs professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He works with multiple local acts in the genres of pop, rock, funk, reggae and hip-hop. He also performs in the high energy, award-winning percussion ensemble known as Street Drum Corps.

When it comes to teaching music he loves to inspire students to do their best, as well as challenge them to go beyond their goals on the drum set while performing in their own style.

Bekah BarnettSinging Teacher, Piano Teacher

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 SagredosGuitar 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 MacedoGuitar 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 BakerGeneral 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 KameyaGuitar 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 BatchelorStudio 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 JefferiesGuitar 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%.

Robbie SchmitzGuitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

A Bay Area native, Robbie Schmitz has been writing and performing music since before he was 10. At age 17 he wrote, recorded and produced his first rock album with the band Can’t Please Becky. Robbie currently studies composition and theory at Diablo Valley College and regularly performs with the DVC big band as a keyboardist and vocalist. Robbie always seems to have some sort of musical project in the works and is very passionate about making this rewarding art form accessible to all who have a love for music.

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