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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

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.

Stefanie Keys Singing Teacher

Reared in a musical family, with formal training in the liberal arts, Stefanie Keys is a vocalist in the rock and roll and blues genres. Pursuing a passion for musical theatre, vocals and performing arts, she trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and Julia Richmond High in NYC in her formative years.

With many band projects as the songwriter, lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Stefanie’s dream has continued to be a reality. Working as a touring vocalist (she toured with Big Brother and the Holding Co. for five years), and becoming an accomplished recording artist, singer/songwriter and producer, Stefanie Keys is a known band/artist in the Bay Area and Nashville. Having had several vocal coaches with many modalities to draw from, Stefanie knows that we are always evolving. She is so excited to share her 25 years of experience with young people who are beginning their musical journey.

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.

Gabe Katz Drum Teacher

Gabe Katz was born in Los Angeles, California and due to his fascination with music, he started drumming at age three. He studied under Alex Cline until age seven, when he moved to Sebastopol, CA. Gabe started his first band in second grade. His high school band, The Coma Lilies, recorded and released three albums and did many tours. He has since been in and recorded with many bands (My Dads, Mean Girls, The Sarcastic Dharma Society, Hosannas, Rags, The Illumignarly and Neighborhood Brats). Gabe has toured all over America, Europe and Canada. In 2015 he did The Vans Warped Tour, drumming for Lee Corey Oswald. Most recently he toured with Swingin’ Utters. Gabe currently plays in Horders, Cash Pony and Acrylics. Beyond his career as a drummer, he has also composed and released eight solo albums.

Gabe has taught drums for nearly 15 years. He is very passionate about teaching and working with kids and teenagers. His teaching style is non-traditional, with an emphasis on learning through playing and ear training. Gabe seeks to find out what the student is excited about and they go from there. Technique is important, as is focusing on discovering the style of the student and strengthening it. Love of music and the passion for playing it is valued and protected. Music’s potential to be therapeutic and a means of communication and self-expression is honored and nurtured in Gabe’s lessons.

Paul Olguin Bass Guitar Teacher

Club gigs as a teenager In East LA dance bands led Paul to perform on tour with Mary Wells , Brenton Wood, The Drifters, Rosie and The Originals, Richard Berry and many more. He played the Hollywood punk era clubs with The Sheiks of Shake, sharing bills with Albert King, Clifton Chenier, Sparks, Captain Beefheart and Billy Idol. He also toured with the US Latin folk band Sabia, performing on bills with Pete Seeger and Jesse Ed Davis. With Bonnie Raitt he recorded album, "Portavoz," for Flying Fish Records.
Paul freelanced and played sessions in LA, working nonstop as a professional bassist. He relocated to the Bay Area in 1991 and performed and recorded with literally too many greats to mention here. Paul has toured extensively and for four consecutive years was the house bassist for The Porretta Soul Festival, performing with soul and R&B legends Carla Thomas, Willie Hightower, Frank Bey, Wee Willie Walker and Bernard Purdie. Paul is always in high demand as a session and live player and his radio appearances include "Prairie Home Companion," "West Coast Live," KPIG, KFOG, KRSH, KVMR and KPFA.
Paul is a sought-after local bass teacher. His years of experience and teaching style give his students the skills they need to enjoy themselves, and play well whether in a professional or recreational setting. He believes bass playing should be fun and makes it so.

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.

Steve Smyth Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Steve Smyth has been teaching guitar and bass in the Bay Area and internationally since 1986. He specializes in heavy metal and progressive rock music, guitar techniques, music theory and musicianship development. Steve has also taught sight-reading, fretboard skills, chord melody and guitar styles including blues, jazz, reggae, country and finger-style. While teaching university-level music at BIMM Brighton in the UK he received a post-graduate certificate in Music Education. In addition, he has worked as a tutor, course creator and workshop leader at both the Academy of Contemporary Music and Performance and the Institute of Contemporary Music and Performance (also in the UK).

Steve has over two decades of professional touring and recording experience with multiple well-known international recording acts. He is the founder and current lead guitarist/songwriter of recording artist One Machine, and also co-founded The EssenEss Project, a progressive rock instrumental duo. Currently Steve is working with several Bay Area-based bands in varying genres. As a guitar teacher and bass teacher at School of Rock Santa Rosa, Steve combines his passion, experience, extensive education, and skills honed while touring and recording to give thoughtful and dynamic lessons.

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