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School of Rock Venice
12300 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 469-7625

Location Specifics

Across from CVS and Time Warp Music.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Venice, 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


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.

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

At School of Rock Venice 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

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 Venice, 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
Ages 5-6

At School of Rock Venice, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 to 6-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

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 Venice, 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 7-18

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Venice'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 Venice have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Los Angeles are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Venice who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 18-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
Ages 7-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Venice 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 Venice Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Los Angeles music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Venice'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 Los Angeles music venue.

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 Venice, 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 Los Angeles is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Venice 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.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 7-18

The School of Rock Venice House Band music program gives students ages 7-18 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 Venice'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

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 Los Angeles 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
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

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 Venice

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Venice, 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 Venice is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Los Angeles guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

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've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Venice offers advanced guitar lessons that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Venice guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock Venice's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs 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. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Venice venue.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Venice 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 Venice we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Los Angeles, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

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 Venice, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Venice 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.

Key Concepts

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in Venice Unlike other Venice drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Venice 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 Venice, 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Venice, our singing lessons 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 Venice.

Key Concepts

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock Venice teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. 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, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Venice 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 Los Angeles 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Venice 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 Venice, 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.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Bass Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock Venice’s innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

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 Los Angeles. 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 Venice, 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 Los Angeles area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Intermediate to Advanced Piano Lessons

At School of Rock Venice, our keyboard lessons 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 Venice 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.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Piano Lessons

The School of Rock Venice's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Students in the Venice 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 Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Venice’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.

Ryan Schiff District Manager

Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ryan began playing guitar at age 13 after seeing the movie "La Bamba" about rock legend Ritchie Valens. He studied with Grammy-nominated guitarist Steve Briody for several years before starting his own projects and soon became an instructor himself. While still in New York, his band Code Anchor independently released several EPs and one full-length album, "Rosada," while touring extensively nationwide from 2005-2009. A co-writer in the band, Ryan also played lead and rhythm guitar while singing lead and backup vocals. Memorable stages include the Vans Warped Tour at Nassau Coliseum and headlining bills at some of New York City's greatest venues like CBGBs and The Knitting Factory. It was during this time that Ryan began teaching at School of Rock in Melville, NY. Hungry to pursue new musical ventures, Ryan departed from Code Anchor and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. Since then, he's been busy writing, producing and performing with his newest project, Lou Pine. As a Sony/ATV artist, Lou Pine’s music has been featured on television shows like “Chicago Fire,” “Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word,” and “Food Paradise." Ryan enjoys playing every genre including jazz, funk, country and folk, but credits the blues and rock n' roll as his main influences.

Will McGrath Music Director

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Will McGrath moved to Los Angeles to further his love for music and passion for teaching. Nicknamed the Jack of All Trades, Will is a multi-instrumentalist, proficient with the guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano. In 2007 at the age of 19, Will founded the band Jackal as songwriter and guitarist. Jackal went on to release six successful albums and extensively toured. With his knowledge from working in the music industry as a touring and recording musician, Will has helped numerous students with their own musical ambitions and goals.

In 2008, Will graduated university with a diploma in Contemporary Music and was awarded Best Instrumentalist of the Year. He then went on to start his own private music tuition business in Auckland, establishing a large clientele and offering lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele. Through Will’s study and love of all genres, he structures his lessons based on the individual's own interests and personal taste. This approach in his teaching results in continual growth, commitment and enthusiasm from his students.

T. Alex Budrow Drum Teacher

Alex Budrow started out in the basement with a passion at 11 years old, like many drummers, and has pursued that through today. He began playing professionally by age 17 and has been studying and playing music for 18 years. He attended The New England Institute of Art and McNally Smith College of Music and got a BA in Audio Media Technology and AP Percussion Performance. His experience as an educator began while still attending NEIA, guest lecturing on Drum Set Production and Performance, which led to teaching private lessons. A position as Music Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester in Boston, MA followed soon after. As a drummer pursuing his calling, Alex has performed countless shows, covering a vast spectrum of musical styles. His recording credits boast the same variety. Some of these recordings have even cracked local radio markets. These accomplishments only strengthen his commitment to the daily discipline of a professional musician. Alex believes the experience of music is for everyone. His approach to teaching is a balanced mix of inspiration and diligence designed to take the student where they want to go in their pursuit of a musical life.

Drama Wyatt Drum Teacher

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California in a musical family, Drama has been around music her entire life and started playing guitar at the age of eight. However, it was when she was 14 years old and started playing the drums that she found her true passion for being a musician. She started taking lessons and enrolled at School of Rock West LA, and has been playing ever since. School of Rock has given her many amazing opportunities, such as learning how to play and interact with other musicians, as well as the chance to play legendary venues including The Whiskey a Go Go and The Troubadour with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jackson Browne. Now at the age of 18, she currently attends Musicians Institute in Hollywood, has played in several bands, currently plays drums for various singer-songwriters around town and writes her own material. Drama appreciates an array of genres, but prefers to play hard rock and alternative rock. Some of her favorite bands include The Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Royal Blood and Marmozets. She continues to strive to be a better musician everyday, and works very hard towards her goal of becoming a nationwide touring musician.

Joe Conner Drum Teacher

Joe Conner is a multi-talented musician hailing from Philadelphia, PA. A drummer and percussionist trained in the classical and Latin genres, Joe began playing drums at his father’s church at the early age of seven. With success coming early on, by the age of 12, Joe began sharing his skills by giving lessons to beginner students as well as some of his peers. His formal study began at the Settlement Music School with Philadelphia orchestra percussionist Susan Jones. He subsequently continued his training under the tutelage of great veteran drummers such as Craig McIver, Skip Hadden, Bertram Lehman and Casey Scheuerell. Through his vigorous training and study, he has become an extremely skilled musician on timpani, congas, bongos, cajon, vibes and marimba. Joe was rewarded a scholarship to attend The Berklee College of Music, where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Music Business and Management but not before managing backing bands he played in. He's worked with a long list of esteemed artists that includes "American Idol" finalist John Stevens, Jordin Sparks, Problem, Noel Gordin, Bobby McFerrin, Jessie J, Mickey Factz, Bilal, Jordan Knight, Meshell Ndegeocello, Walter Beasley, Rhythm Monks, JoJo and Sammy Adams, who he’s toured extensively with.

Scott Warren Piano Teacher

Scott Warren was the latest keyboardist for heavy metal band Dio and Heaven & Hell. Scott is a self-taught keyboardist and began playing at age six. Later he trained professionally at Dick Grove School of Music. He was a member of the groups Warrant, Keel and Berlin. Today Scott is part of Dio Disciples, which includes surviving members of the final line-up of Dio, along with former Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan. He also plays in the band Hellion, alongside fellow Dio Disciples member Simon Wright. His most notable work with the band would have to include his keyboard solo on the recent "Killing the Dragon" album on a track titled "Before the Fall."

Alyssa Robertson Assistant Music Director

After seeing My Chemical Romance on the 2011 Honda Civic Tour, Los Angeles native Alyssa Robertson knew music was what she wanted to do with her life. Within a year of taking guitar lessons, Alyssa soon found herself wanting more to sink her teeth into, and did so by walking through the doors of School of Rock West LA. In addition to participating in the Performance Program while at School of Rock, she was also a vocalist in West LA’s House Band, which gave her the opportunity to play gigs all over town, including alongside Brad Wilk and Danny Carey, and with the House Band on Conan O'Brien's show. While growing as a musician during her tenure at School of Rock, Alyssa became interested in songwriting, and has been doing so for five years. Alyssa has also played in many bands, and has played at venues such as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Troubadour, Amplyfi and DiPiazza’s. Her main influences are Nirvana, Hole, My Chemical Romance, Placebo, No Doubt, Sleater Kinney, Bikini Kill, Paramore, Streetlight Manifesto and The Smiths.

Jake Furgason Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jake Furgason began his music career at age 10 after picking up a guitar to play in a local band with some friends. He is originally from Littleton, CO, where he was one of the first students at School of Rock Denver. He is also a former School of Rock AllStar. His experiences as an AllStar and a member of the Denver House Band have given Jake many incredible musical opportunities, including playing with the likes of Josh Kilnghoffer, Vinnie and Carmine Apiece, and Andy "ROK" Guerrero in venues all over the country, including the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. In 2012 he was accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied there for four years, earning a degree in Music Production and Engineering as well as a minor in Acoustics and Audio Electronics. After leaving Boston he came to Los Angeles to further broaden his musical horizons. An avid tinkerer, he is often modifying his guitars or creating guitar pedals and microphones for his own personal use.

Adrian Flores General Manager

Adrian Flores is a scholar of music. A former college radio DJ of WLIU Southampton, Adrian credits music with helping him navigate the twists and turns of life. The son of two middle school teachers, Adrian has lived in and around educational settings since before he could walk, and has the somewhat rare experience of having seen school from both sides of the teacher's desk. The insight this affords him makes him uniquely suited to acting as a liaison between students, teachers and parents. Adrian is a true believer in School of Rock's mission, and it shows.

JJ Brown Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor

J.J. Brown is a multi-instrumentalist who's been playing since age eight and touring since 12. Proficient in guitar, drums, vocals, keys and bass, if you've got a student, J.J. can teach them. J.J.'s first touring experience came in 1982, when he was invited by Lola Falana to join her tour as a percussionist. Shortly after, he supplied music and voiceovers for Hanna Barbera cartoons, before playing extensively around LA with Lula and Afro Brazil, and joining metal outfit Civil Rights in the '90s. Over the course of his career, he's opened for B.B King, played with Marco Tulio and performed at the Latin Grammys. Along with all this, J.J. has over 20 years of experience teaching music, holds the spirit of music education in his heart and is thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock Venice family as a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, vocal instructor, piano teacher and drum teacher.

Ed Yeo Guitar Teacher

Ed Yeo has been playing guitar since he was a teenager when he first heard Clapton, Page and Beck. He spent his early years figuring out classic rock guitar lines from listening to LP records. About 10 years later his former father-in-law taught him music theory and set him up with lessons with his friend, swing jazz guitarist George Allen. Ed later took bebop jazz and classical guitar lessons with Rob Curtis, which is when he decided he needed a more modern jazz guitar approach. Since then he has been building his repertoire, working on left and right hand technique and integrating said jazz and classical techniques into rock music to aid his guitar students. He started teaching about 15 years ago at two local music stores. 10 years ago he started teaching guitar and directing shows at School of Rock Chicago. He now teaches at School of Rock Venice and is a guitar teacher.

Justine Markman Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Justine Markman is a School of Rock transplant. She was originally a voice/guitar/keys student at School of Rock Chatham in New Jersey and was a member of their House Band for three years. She then taught lessons, rehearsals and Little Wing there and at School of Rock Clark. She is a former voice principal and Songwriting major at Berklee College of Music. Justine is a nationally touring solo artist, who did two full runs on the Vans Warped Tour. Currently she is a touring and recording solo artist and touring keyboardist for punk band Crooked Teeth. She is a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Venice.

Julia Sokolowska Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Julia Sokolowska is an award-winning composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Since graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she has worked as a composer and orchestrator for many high-profile productions, including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Empire" and Hollywood feature films like "Book of Life," "Divos!" and many more. Julia has arranged for major pop and R&B artists, including Elton John, Rod Steward, Anthony Hamilton, Kendrick Lamar, NAS, Judith Hill, El DeBarge, David Foster, India Arie, Leona Lewis, Matt Morrison, Richard Smallwood and many others. Julia began her career in 2012 by working alongside Chris Walden and David Foster on producing Matt Morrison’s debut album featuring Elton John. Under this production team, she arranged albums, including Rod Steward’s "Merry Christmas, Baby," the Oscars and Hollywood Bowl shows, including a tribute to Ray Charles featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Count Basie Big Band featuring Arturo Sandoval, Babyface, Martina McBride and Dee Dee Bridgewater. In 2013 Julia started working as an arranger for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." From there she began a series of collaborations with artists like Anthony Hamilton, Mary Mary, El De Barge, Judith Hill and California Philharmonic. In 2014, alongside the composer Phil Eisler and orchestrator Tim Davies, Julia orchestrated for "Minions," "Revenge," "Troll Hunters" and other films and TV shows. In 2015 she orchestrated for Motorcycle Diaries at the Hollywood Bowl and a year later she founded the arranging group Hollywood Arrangers. Julia has since written iconic film scores for many Hollywood productions, including "Destino" by Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, "Beauty and the Beast" at the Hollywood Bowl, "Sailing Through life," "Aylesbury Estate," "The Whistle" for PBS and international film "The Unconsciousness." In 2018 Julia created the highly acclaimed all-female film scoring group Illuminating Music in order to promote gender diversity in Hollywood. This prestigious group has already created cinematic scores for several independent films. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Venice.

Christian Arriola Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Christian Arriola is a freelance musician, performer and music instructor. Christian's passion is to push his art to new sonic territories and share what he learns along the way. While pursuing his BA in Music at San Francisco State University, he trained under the guidance of Hafez Modirzadeh, Andrew Speight and Allen Biggs in order to further develop his unique voice on his instrument. For his senior thesis and recital Christian analyzed the music of Animals as Leaders and transcribed and performed five songs from their album, "The Joy of Motion." For the last four years, Christian has instructed students at private music schools in drums, guitar and bass. While teaching at Inspire Music Center, Christian reinstated the Rock 'n' Roll Camp and managed students in the instruction and performance of rock 'n' roll standards. Christian also played with multiple Bay Area bands, including The Blind Bandits, Gaviotas and Iridium. His current project is Phlogiston. Christian has played esteemed venues in the Northern and Southern California music scenes, including The Whiskey a Go Go, Bottom of the Hill, and Brick and Mortar. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Venice.

Franky Andreas guitar teacher

Franky Andreas is a 17 year veteran of the New England music scene. From 2003 to 2019 he founded and collaborated with several projects in and around Burlington, Vermont – ranging from Latin Jazz to Death Metal. However his professional experience as a music educator and advanced guitar instructor is his true pride and joy. Franky Andreas taught at several institutions during this 17 year timeframe, including but no limited to The Burlington Music Dojo – a coop of some of Vermont’s top level private music instructors. For 2 years he also managed 242 Main as both a music program manager and a showrunner. 242 Main was until recently North America’s longest running all-ages substance free teen center and punk club. Franky currently lives in Southern California and teaches at School of Rock in Venice.

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