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Book your free trial lesson and tour today. No matter your instrument, experience or goals we welcome you to come experience what goes on here every day. This is a creative factory of collaboration, training, rehearsals, and artistic exploration. “We don’t learn to play shows. We play shows to learn.” Unique Summer Camps for kids 6-18 include: ‘90s, Rookies, Rock 101, Pedal to the Metal Songwriting (with Owner/Creative Director Jake Walden), and Beatlemania - call us at 707-710-7625 to book :-)   Summer Camps Enrolling NOW!
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School of Rock Santa Rosa
1462 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-710-7625
Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Santa Rosa combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa'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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Santa Rosa 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 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa'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 Santa Rosa music venue.

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

School of Rock Santa Rosa'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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa.

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

The School of Rock Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa'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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa

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

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa'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 Santa Rosa, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa. Unlike other Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa.

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

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa. 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa, 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 Santa Rosa’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.

Mike Saliani Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Mike Saliani is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed and recorded professionally for the last 15 years as a bandleader, sideman and session player with a number of West Coast bands and artists. He has shared stages with notable acts like Marc Ford (Black Crowes), blues great Ana Popovic, The Mother Hips, Garth Hudson (The Band), Tim and Nicki Bluhm, Whitey Morgan and many more.

Mike’s band is the vehicle for his own songs. He blends authentic West Coast flavored rock and roll with soulful Americana. He continues to work on his craft as a songwriter and musician. Currently, he performs in his group, Mike Saliani Band. Mike has three solo records out: "Green Morning" (2007), "Dreams on Fire"(2012) and "Good Company" (2017).

Mike has been teaching part-time band workshops and guitar lessons since 2011. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with aspiring musicians and performers. He strives to bring the very best out of his students with their instrument, in performance and by maximizing their creative potential.

Lindy Day Guitar Teacher

Lindy Day, a five-star Yelp-reviewed guitar instructor, has joined School of Rock. After years of training with Professor Julio Reyes (classical guitar) and being tutored by many classic rock gurus, Lindy made the list of 2017 Top 5 Female Guitarists to Follow on Instagram, as well as became a Riffwars 2016 Female Guitarist Hall of Fame nominee. Lindy has toured the country as Briana May in the world’s only all-female Queen tribute band and has toured cross country with her own original projects.

Although highly proficient in acoustic and classical guitar, Lindy's specialty is classic rock. After moving to California, Lindy picked up electric lead guitar and co-founded an award-winning rock dance band, Ailura Fate, in 2013, which performed regularly at high-end casinos and wineries. In addition, Lindy plays in the nationally acclaimed Whispering Light, an original jazz-rock fusion group, as a female lead guitarist. Lindy appears on their internationally released "One Tribe" album in 2014. She is also a hired lead guitarist for Freak Clinic for their new live album and guitar arrangements.

Learning is a personal process and Lindy treats each student as an individual, delving into their unique interests and abilities. Her teaching style is encouraging, engaging and personalized. As a seasoned and dynamic performer, she is able to inspire and coach the performer within all.

Fran Vives Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Fran Vives was born in the U.S.A. from a Chilean marriage. He began his musical journey at the age of 12 next to an upright piano at his parents' house. At the age of 16, he learned how to play rhythms on his younger brother's toy drum kit. Later he got a real drum set and began his first band, Insigne, as a drummer. From 2002-2008 he studied Composition and Musical Arrangements at Escuela Moderna Institute of Chile.

At the age of 23, Fran traveled to the U.S.A. for a year and studied Afro beat rhythms along with other African styles. Back in Chile, he became a member of many different bands, including Uruz, Tréboles, Avioneta, The Zulus and Casi Famosos, and also began his career as a musician/event producer. At that time he developed a great interest in synthesizers and the infinite sounds and compositions that could be created. In 2010 he launched Armando Jarana Production Company, participating in more than 200 live shows. He also participates as a session keyboarder for the bands The Tiro de Gracia and Glup among others. Currently, he works as a music/event producer, composer, music instructor and live/studio session musician. Today Fran lives in California, always seeking new goals and growing his musical career.

Suzi Stewart Piano Teacher

Suzi, better known now as Q, grew up in New Orleans, where she fell in love with and found a passion for music. In elementary school she played maracas in a musical show, where she discovered she had a natural talent for rhythm. When Q bought her first guitar in her teen years, she knew then that music was her calling. After moving to California and raising a family, she received an AA in Music from Mendocino College and began her journey learning all she could about music.
Q joined a NorCal band as a bass player and co-writer of songs. When the band produced an album, she was thirsty to learn more about the recording aspect, as well as theory and performance. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Humboldt State University to deepen her musical abilities. Traveling back to Southern California, she obtained a certificate from Hollywood’s Musicians Institute (MI) in Music Business to round out all the aspects of the music industry and performance. While attending MI, she was a personal assistant in an audio post-production studio. Once the program was completed, Q relocated back to NorCal, where for the last five years she has been teaching piano for a Sonoma County-based program, instructing group and private lessons. Q is motivated to enhance the lives of students who share the same passion for music as her with instruction that is individualized according to their needs.

Heather Riley General Manager, Studio Coordinator

Born in England, Heather grew up with a love of all things music. She was immersed in decades of British artists, sang "The American Songbook" at home, and for a while provided vocals for a cover band performing at weddings and parties. In the mid 80s she attended a company conference in the US and discovered that in her northern California colleagues she had 'found her tribe.' She has lived in the US since 1991 and declared Sonoma County as her home in 2014.
Heather has had many careers, including as a sales and distribution specialist for computer peripherals, property manager for a large REIT, project coordinator for HP Printers and bundled products, co-owner of an insurance business, human resources administrator and as a certified massage therapist. She feels all roads have led her to School of Rock Santa Rosa where, as co-General Manager and Studio Coordinator, she can combine her love of music and people with her extensive customer service and business administration experience.
Heather has sung in choruses and choirs on and off for over 20 years. She is looking forward to learning how to sing solo with a band, and to play one or more instruments. She is determined to help make School of Rock Santa Rosa a community where all are embraced, creativity is cherished, and the sound of music and laughter prevails over all.

Ian Andrew Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Ian Andrew has been interested in music since he can remember and began his musical adventures by taking piano lessons as a child. After quitting piano for a few years he took up playing guitar around 12 years old. Ian attended Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and studied music theory, sight reading/musicianship and jazz/rock/pop theory writing for big band. He performed in the SRJC jazz band and jazz combos. Ian has toured and performed in the Pacific Northwest and western United States, where his highlights included opening up for Napalm Death at the Regency Theater in San Francisco and performing at The Whisky a Go Go.
Ian attended Sonoma State University (SSU) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies. He studied voice at SRJC and SSU and performed with SSU Chamber Singers. Ian has performed at Weill Hall, Cotati Accordion Festival and also private events with the SSU Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Band. He enjoys music of all styles and is interested in helping students express themselves and find their voice through music. Ian believes that the practice of music is a lifelong pursuit and improves one's quality of life and ability to connect with others. He is currently working on numerous projects and looking forward to performing live locally in 2019.

Katie Freeman Singing Teacher

Known for her powerful vocal skills and stage presence, Katie Freeman started her musical journey hearing lots of nos. Despite being told she sounded like Froggy from "The Little Rascals," Katie refused to give up her dream to perform in a rock band and prove the nay-sayers wrong.

Since childhood, Katie has pursued her calling as a professional musician. She has performed, recorded with and co-fronted multiple accomplished and popular Northern California rock bands. She has literally played thousands of gigs all over the US.

Katie has released four albums of original music with tracks that have charted in several radio markets, most notably with the Sonoma County rock band The Incubators. She co-writes, plays guitar and ukulele, and powers the vocals both in the studio and at live performances. Their "Must Hatch" LP and recent "Garden" EP both received great reviews. She collaborates with multiple ensembles within the local music community, including the popular and dynamic Space Orchestra.

Katie also brings her passion to her community, including as a volunteer for Rock 101, where she coached for a school-sanctioned after school program. Being a School of Rock coach is a dream job for her and she can't wait to mentor and share with her students what she's learned about being onstage and performing all these years.

Daniel Reiter Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Daniel Reiter is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer from the Bay Area. From learning to play the drums as a child, to guitar, bass and keyboard as a teenager, his passion for music has been lifelong. Along with playing in several local bands and performance groups throughout his high school years, Daniel also had the opportunity to compose original material, including for Sonoma Academy’s 2013 theatrical production of “Metamorphoses.”

Daniel’s work in performance and composition lead to his pursuit of a Music and Recording Arts degree from California State University, Chico. During his time there he studied music theory, composition, recording and audio production. In addition, he gained more performance experience both in-studio and live in jazz, classical guitar, rock, soul, folk and many other genres. His original composition “Gallivant” was selected for a special performance at Chico State’s 2017 New Music Symposium. He was also a selected two-time winner of the Chico Unplugged songwriting competition.

Daniel toured both in the States and abroad with soul rock band KLEZ, performing at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas and also in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently a working musician here in the Bay Area, while also being a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher for School of Rock Santa Rosa.

Steven Anderson Piano Teacher

Steven started singing in church at age three and began to play trombone in the fifth grade. Then a friend showed him how to play “Let It Be” on piano when he was about 13 and music instantly became the most important force in his life. When he first saw The Beatles on television, he knew that being a rock star was what he wanted to be.

As his love for music grew he spent more and more time practicing and was in his first rock band by age 13. With the desire to learn more about music, he went to Murray State University as a Music major and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Steven has performed and is still performing with numerous original and cover bands, including LuvPlanet (all original rock and roll), The Interpretations, Jimi Z Band and Invasion (tribute to all British invasion music). He has also accompanied and sung with choirs throughout the United States and Europe, including a 10-year stint as tenor section leader for the California Redwood Chorale. Steven is a spiritual person and has been the main accompanist for the One Heart Choir at Santa Rosa’s Center for Spiritual Living for the past 15 years. Music is his life and his love of it is infectious. Steven brings his technical and performance talents, kind heart and a ton of fun to his lessons, infusing his love of people and all things music.

Michael Papenburg Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Michael Papenburg is a Bay Area native with over 35 years of teaching and performing experience. He has performed and recorded with many local artists including The Jerry Hannan Band, Matadore, Matt Nathanson, Brittany Shane, Orange, Penelope Houston, Lilyvolt, The Mad Cattle Ensemble and Missile Harmony. He currently plays lead guitar for Petty Theft, a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Michael specializes in rock, alternative, slide guitar, blues, funk, country and folk. His influences include Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell, Robin Guthrie, Daniel Ash, Mike Campbell and many others. He is a very patient teacher with students ranging from beginning to advanced players. His teaching has a focus on playing technique, chords, scales, music theory, musicianship, and transcriptions of songs and solos in either tablature or standard notation. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Santa Rosa.

Hannah Pautler Vocal Instructor

Hannah Pautler has been in the performing arts since she was five years old. She was raised by a classical pianist mother and got immersed in intensive musical theater, dance, acting and classical vocal study through her teenage years. From performing a four-month long run of "Cats" the musical to singing Pat Benatar a week later in her first show at School of Rock Main Line, School of Rock became her backbone in the latter years of high school.

After graduating from School of Rock in 2015, she toured with the House Band around the Midwest to cities and festivals, and continued on tour with the School of Rock AllStars, singing her way from Austin, Texas to Lollapalooza in Chicago. She continued to pursue Performing Arts and Creative Writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design for one year, and has since independently released three records with the help of her tight-knit Philadelphia music circle.

A self-proclaimed concoction of Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and King Krimson, Hannah is a joyful, calm and fairly unassuming nerd, who can most days be found reading music memoirs, spinning records and noodling on the guitar with a pen, notebook and cup of tea. Deepening her obsession with music daily, she feels it’s a part of her path to help people discover themselves and heal through the freedom of music. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Santa Rosa.

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Reviews

What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!

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