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School of Rock Silver Spring
8634 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-7625

Location Specifics

We are located between Georgia Ave. and Fenton St., and a few doors down from The Fillmore.

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Hours
  • Monday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 11 AM - 6 PM

Music programs at School of Rock Silver Spring combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Silver Spring, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
 
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Rookies music program for children in Silver Spring
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring, 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 in Silver Spring for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Silver Spring'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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Silver Spring 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 in Silver Spring
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

Songwriting
Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Silver Spring, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Silver Spring is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Silver Spring who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Adult music program in Silver Spring for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Silver Spring'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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring.

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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Silver Spring
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MD 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 Silver Spring and the rest of MD. 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.

Music Lessons in Silver Spring

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Silver Spring

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring'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 Silver Spring, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Silver Spring

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring. Unlike other Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Silver Spring

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Silver Spring. 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring, 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 Silver Spring’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.

Studio Manager Rose Barber

Rose Barber Studio Manager

Although not a musician herself Rose grew up in a musical family. Her father and two brothers are professional musicians and they all instilled a love of music in her from a young age. Rose's career took a long and winding road through finance and operations and a stint at a local private school working with kids ages 7 thru 12th grades, that has led her to our door. She is delighted to be a heading up our Silver Spring location and being a part of our students' musical journey.

Jaime Moffett Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jaime Moffett is a guitarist and bassist from Baltimore, MD, and is excited to share his musical knowledge with School of Rock Silver Spring students. Jaime did his formal musical training at Towson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2006 with a focus on jazz guitar performance. He has also been an active teacher since 2004, and has experience teaching students as young as five years old to adults in retirement. In addition to his time spent at Towson and as a teacher, Jaime has been performing music in a variety of ensembles as both a leader and sideman in the greater Baltimore/DC area since the late 1990s.
Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor Neel Madan

Neel Madan Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Neel Madan oversees all our music programs and teaching staff here at School of Rock. When he's not rocking here, Neel is the lead singer and guitarist of Hide Your Fires a local Silver Spring progressive rock band. He started his music career in musical theater during high school and followed his passion into college where he received his formal training. Neel teaches guitar, bass and vocals and heads up our songwriting program and has experience in audio engineering. In his free time he also runs sound for various venues in the area, including the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Brooks Owens Drum Teacher

Brooks Owens is Lead Instructor at School of Rock Silver Spring, as well as one of our Show Directors and Drum Instructors. Brooks' love for music began at a young age as he grew up in a family of musicians. As the youngest of four musical siblings, he took up playing the drums because every other instrument was already covered! He studied the instrument through private lessons and by playing in church throughout his teenage years, but it wasn't until college that he knew that playing and teaching music was his calling in life. As Lead Instructor, Brooks loves working with musicians and bands of all ages and skill levels. He is passionate about developing students into well rounded musicians who can thrive in any musical environment. Brooks loves playing indie, alternative, and punk rock and has performed with many artists in the DC and Baltimore areas, including Chasing Autumn and The Slang. He also enjoys recording drums from his home studio.

Ricardo "P'Nut" Johnson Bass Guitar Teacher

A DC native, Ricardo "PNut" Johnson began his musical journey on the bass in the fifth grade when he received his first instrument, a Sears electric guitar. He enjoyed the guitar but then he heard the bass in Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing" and from that point on he knew he wanted to be a bass player. Hearing of his new obsession, his uncle, a bass player in his own right, loaned him a bass and challenged him to see what he could learn by the time he got back from the road and the rest is history. During his years in the D.C. area, he played with various groups in a variety of styles. He played with the sensational vocal group Prim Degree, the cutting edge gospel group God's Creation, vocalist Gloria Brown and blues great Memphis Gold. In the 90's he toured Europe with the blues legend Memphis Gold. After years of playing on stage he decided to go get his music degree and attended the Music Tech College of Music, now called McNalley Smith, in Minneapolis, MN. After graduation he stayed in Minnesota for 10 years, where he was very active in the music scene and where he taught many aspiring musicians. He played with the blues group The HooDoo Kings, the 12-piece group Arayastone, the reggae mainstay Dred I Dred, the funk band Down with Gravity, jazz guitarist John Penny and a host of others. He is a consummate bass player and works at his craft continuously. In 2007 he attended Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey's Bass at the Beach and later that year he also attended Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp. He learned many things at these camps and has integrated them into his playing and teaching. Tired of the cold of Minnesota and homesick for the sights and sounds of D.C., he moved back in the area in 2011. He has played with a number of groups since being back and is happy to be a part of the School of Rock family.

Henry Meade Piano Teacher

Henry Meade is a multi-instrumentalist, currently studying at UMd, College Park. Most fluent on piano and guitar, he has played with various groups through school, and also with other artists in the DC area. Having spent time learning to play various styles of music, his teaching style centers on encouraging students to articulate their inner creativity. He has been teaching music for four years. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Silver Spring.

Laura Bollettino Owner

After running three schools for over 12 years, Laura Bollettino has seen the transformative power of School of Rock programs literally manifest in the thousands of students who have crossed our threshold. Not only the owner, Laura has been a School of Rock parent and knows that feeling of amazement as you see your child blossom on stage. She also saw her girls grow in confidence, leadership and teamwork skills as they developed into amazing musicians throughout their School of Rock years and is so grateful they got to have this experience. In college she studied International Relations and Business and spent over 20 years in the corporate world until she and her husband Jeff heard the call of School of Rock. Now she gets to say her job is inspiring the next generation of musicians to find their voice and express themselves on stage and in life. To know Laura is to see her energy and passion for helping her students and staff grow not only as musicians, but as people too. She adores her "kids” and finds each of them to have their own special sparkle.

Matt Picard Drum Teacher

Matt began his musical studies at the age of 5 on piano with Dr. Theodora Coob of Berkley. In the ensuing years, Matt dabbled with other instruments before finally being allowed to take his first drum lesson in the fifth grade. Within two months Matt was first chair percussion in the all city symphonic band and played his first paying gig that same year. After attaining early acceptance, Matt skipped his senior year of high school to attend Bard College. While at Bard, Matt split his academic focus between musical studies and sociology, as well as serving as house band leader for a sketch comedy group and performing throughout New England.

Matt has recorded and gigged with numerous groups He lived in central Florida, where he played as many as nine gigs a week in Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach, and played for a group twice named Tampa’s Best of the Bay area live musical act. After this Matt found himself in England. Though he continued to perform and record with different outfits his main gig was as house percussionist for a Leeds-based EDM production studio under an international distribution label. In this capacity Matt recorded and performed with various DJs. Since leaving England Matt has called the DMV home. He is currently a full-time drummer in two groups and sub for three others, all performing throughout the DMV and beyond. Matt is excited to be a drum teacher at School of Rock Silver Spring.

Tempest Thomas Bass Guitar Teacher

Tempest “Storm” Thomas is a DMV native. Tempest began her musical journey playing bass and singing in local churches with her dad’s gospel vocal quartet at the tender age of none. This invaluable experience led to a chain of musical opportunities. One of these notable experiences occurred in 2013, when she performed at the White House with the former music director/bassist for The Gospel Persuaders. Tempest also formerly served as the bassist for recording artist Ginuwine. Currently, she serves as the bassist for Washington DC’s dynamic premier all-female band, Be’la Dona. Tempest leads her own smooth jazz/R&B and funk band The Storm Unleashed Project. Tempest released her first solo single, "Love Triangle," back in 2018 and she is currently working on her full album. In 2018, she retired from a 30-year federal career to pursue her passion for music full-time. Tempest is currently pursuing a degree in Music Business at Berklee Online. Tempest is highly honored to be a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Silver Spring.

Jeffrey Orrence Guitar Teacher

Since his first guitar lesson at age 12, Jeff Orrence has been an avid guitar player and musician in the local music scene. He has performed countless shows with bands ranging from The Meer and The Escape Artist to Maulrat. Throughout the past five years, Jeff has gigged at local venues in DC, including The Rock and Roll Hotel, DC9, Black Cat, The Pinch, Treehouse Lounge, The Electric Maid, Joe Squared, The Ottobar, The Pie Shop and Slash Run. Jeff has put out multiple independent records at The Retreat Studio, one of which was mastered locally at Airshow in Takoma Park. Jeff has always seen the guitar as a way to connect emotionally with other people and bring joy. Learning and communicating via performing live with other musicians has been one of the greatest experiences of his life. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Silver Spring.
Singing Teacher Elizabeth Seablom

Elizabeth Seablom Singing Teacher

Elizabeth Seablom is a DC native and recent graduate of The Catholic University of America's Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art. Her music career began after performing in both musical theatre shows as well as vocal performance ensembles throughout high school and college. Her degree is in musical theatre performance and she has experience in singing, acting, and dancing. She has performed in venues such as The John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Embassy of Slovenia, as well as Arena Stage.
Drum Teacher Reginald M. James II

Reginald M. James II Drum Teacher

If given the option to choose between sleep and playing the drums, you can bet on Reggie choosing the latter each and every time. For nearly the entirety of his life, Reginald (Reggie) James has been connected to music. Introduced to the love of music at an early age through his mother, father, brother, and many relatives near and far, Reginald’s passion for good music continues to burns intensely. Growing up he studied and admired the craftsmanship, dedication, excellence, and creativity of his eldest brother, DeJuan Jackson, as he worked diligently to perfect his skill on the drums.

Losing his brother in 2010 ignited something in Reggie, driving him to dream and work harder, as he continues to follow the blueprint DeJuan laid for him many years ago. Reginald has played for countless churches, groups, bands, and artists like Bryan Lee, Gabrielle Hights, Dathan Thigpen to name a few. Bringing his own unique sound and energy to every music collaboration and opportunity he encounters, many who know him often say Reggie’s personality gets to the room before he does. But it’s that same personality that makes every room he steps into come alive.

There’s a number of career paths and other opportunities Reggie could have chased, but if he had to hit the reset button on life and start all over again...he’s choosing his drumsticks every time..
Guitar Teacher Mark Washburn

Mark Washburn Guitar Teacher

Mark is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar/bass/drums, some keyboards and sings as well. He has been playing and teaching guitar and bass professionally for over 40 years to all ages. He has a lifetime's worth of experience and has met and played with many wonderful people over the years and loves sharing his knowledge. He has performed up and down the east coast with his duo Wasburn & Russell and played in numerous bands performing many music styles including show bands where he did a Buddy Holly impression! He says the 7 years playing with The Teresa Gunn Group was his favorite music experience of his career, opening for Warren Zevon and other semi famous artists and recording an EP with them. For him writing songs and performing them to an audiences' applause, tops everything! He currently plays in a Black Sabbath cover band called The Disciples of Sabbath.
Bass Guitar Teacher Colin Sidley

Colin Sidley Bass Guitar Teacher

Colin began playing bass at the age of 15 and within a few short years became a multi-instrumentalist and singer. Colin found that coming from a family of musicians and being able to play everyday helped to cultivate his abilities in a short amount of time. Trained in classical music as well as jazz, Colin has a wide array of influences that shape his musical style. He’s active in the local D.C. music scene, playing various genres such as rock, r&b, and jazz. He plays in his family’s band, The Sidleys, and has taken part in various tribute shows for artists ranging from David Bowie to XTC. Colin attended the jazz program at the Frost School of Music in Miami before coming back to his hometown to focus on continuing his growth as an artist and an educator.

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