Ryan Wykert Drum Teacher
Ryan Wykert is a drummer/multi-instrumentalist living in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Casper, Wyoming, Ryan began playing drums and percussion at a young age, continuing throughout junior high and high school and eventually graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with drummers Jim White and Chris Smith. During his time at school, Ryan played with many bands in Colorado and began traveling around the country playing music.
After graduating college, Ryan moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to begin pursuing a career in music. He has since toured and recorded with multiple groups, played shows all over southern California, and studied with drummers such as Dave Elitch and Thomas Pridgen. Ryan began teaching at School of Rock Santa Clarita in the summer of 2018.
Ryan has been studying and playing various styles of music throughout his musical career, including jazz, rock, metal, free-jazz, experimental, Latin music and indie-rock. Some of his musical influences are as follows: Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, John Bonham, Travis Barker, Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Thundercat, Steely Dan, Nirvana, Frank Zappa, Alexisonfire, Black Sabbath, Squarepusher, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Avett Brothers and many more. He very much appreciates the opportunity to share his knowledge of music and performing with those who are eager to learn.
Katie Farmer General Manager
Katie has been with School of Rock since 2015 as a Studio Coordinator, drum instructor, show director and tour coordinator for three School of Rock AllStar tours. Katie graduated from The University of St. Thomas with a degree in TV and Film Production. Katie has been on the stage and behind the scenes most of here life through theatre, film, dance and music.
Joe Giddings Guitar Teacher
Joe Giddings has been the head guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita for over three years. Joe's passion is helping kids understand that music and playing their instrument means more than a lesson or hobby- it becomes a part of who they are and it brings comfort, energy and joy to the player, as well as the audience. Joe's style of teaching is by ear and through repetition of each section of a song. For over 40 years Joe has learned hundreds of songs that he can now teach to students, ranging from classic rock to metal and country. Learning and appreciating many genres of music is part of Joe's lessons as much as mastering the actual guitar or bass parts.
Joe leads the three to five-year-olds in the Little Wing class, the six to 10-year-olds in Rock 101, and two different Performance groups with ages from 12 to 17 at School of Rock Santa Clarita. Joe has worked with Dreamworks Animation, Jack Black, NASA, Comcast Cable, radio stations in Atlanta and many bands throughout the years. Joe now calls Los Angeles home and continues to play in local bands and records with many artists around the country and world via the Internet.
D'etta Brown Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
D’Etta Brown grew up in a vortex of musical creativity in Lubbock, TX, and soon couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She attended South Plains College to study Commercial Music and Entertainment Business, and then went on to teach there as a vocal instructor and at other local studios in the Lubbock area. She honed her passion for performing with numerous bands, singing everything she could, including rock, soul, blues and jazz. D’Etta relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 and now calls School of Rock Santa Clarita her musical home. She is a vocal instructor and piano teacher.
Jeremy Colson Drum Teacher
Jeremy Colson is a world-renowned drummer who was born and raised in San Francisco. Jeremy comes from a family of musicians and began playing drums at 10 years old and professionally at age 17. Although best known for his work with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, Jeremy has toured the globe with a long list of diverse bands and musicians, including Billy Idol, Marty Friedman of Megadeth fame, and Michael Schenker of UFO and Scorpions. In addition to touring, he is a sought-after session drummer who has recorded professionally with a wide range of rock, metal and pop acts, including Eric Gales, Johnny Hiland and Sebastian Bach, the original voice for the platinum-selling band, Skid Row. He also performs all over the world at numerous drum clinic tours and drum festivals.
Jeremy began his tenure with Steve Vai in 2002. After countless international tours and appearances, recording multiple full-length studio albums, two concert DVDs and a Grammy nomination for "Now We Run" from the iconic live album "Where the Wild Things Are," Jeremy remains Steve’s go-to drummer almost two decades later. Jeremy’s distinctive style of drumming originates from his love of progressive rock and metal. He cites legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart among his many influences and credits his childhood obsession with progressive rock and odd-time signatures for his ability to master the intricate details of the Steve Vai catalog. Jeremy blends his appreciation and understanding of progressive drumming with his passion for punk rock and metal to create an unmistakable and powerful sound that is uniquely his own. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.
Benjamin Forth Guitar Teacher
At a young age, Benjamin Forth was involved in his primary school’s concert band when he found his dad’s antique acoustic guitar in the closet one day. He hasn’t put a guitar down since. After high school, he went straight to Hollywood, CA to study in GIT at the Musicians Institute. He spent his short breaks from college teaching guitar classes at his former middle school. After graduating with his Associate of Arts degree in Guitar Performance, he was hired to play four nights at The Renberg Theatre with LA’s LGBT Transchorus for their “Ziggy Stardust” performance. He now currently plays for several Hollywood acts, including an all original jazz/fusion band Mr. Giant, alternative rock artist Esemae and classic rock cover band Agent 18. His influences include artists like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, B.B King, Albert King, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Bob Dylan and many more. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.
Jordan Ilous Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jordan Ilous is a Los Angeles native and multi-instrumentalist, and has been involved in music for over 15 years. His love for music began when he first picked up a guitar at the age of nine, and since then has never stopped growing. He has taken several courses on music theory, as well as studio engineering, and has been creating original music for about 10 years. He also collaborates with other artists and musicians in the studio.
Jordan has been teaching guitar and bass for over five years, but started teaching professionally since 2019. He has experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels, as well as playing many different styles and genres of music. Some of his work has been featured in independent films and documentaries. He has an immense love and passion for music, and loves the idea of helping other people reach their full musical potential. He believes learning to play an instrument is a fantastic way to express one’s self, not just musically but also emotionally, and strives to help each and every student he works with do just that. When he’s not teaching, he’s either in the studio writing, recording or producing, as well performing in live settings. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.
Max Codoceo Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Born and raised in Sacramento, Max Codoceo is a self-taught musician specializing in drums, guitar, piano and bass guitar. Growing up listening to 80s hair metal bands such as KISS, Mötley Crüe and Poison, he quickly dove further into the metal genre at a young age and became devoted to it. At just 17 years old, Max moved to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. He became a student at Musicians Institute and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree. After working and writing with several bands, Max continues writing his own music and plans to start a band to one day inspire others and share the stage with his favorite artists such as Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Neck Deep, Blink-182, and Angels and Airwaves. He is a guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.