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School of Rock Vienna
111 Center Street South
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 242-2184

Location Specifics

We are located across from the library and next to the Town Hall.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Vienna, 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.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 5-6

At School of Rock Vienna, 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 Vienna, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Vienna'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 Vienna 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 Vienna are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Vienna 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 11-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 10-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Vienna'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 Vienna 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 Vienna, 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 Vienna is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Vienna 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 for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Vienna'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 Vienna 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 Vienna.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly Group Rehearsal
  • Optional Weekly Private Lesson

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 Vienna 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 Vienna.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

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

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Vienna, 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 Vienna.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Vienna 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 Vienna 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 Vienna, 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
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Vienna 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 Vienna, 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 Vienna. 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 Vienna, 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 Vienna 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 Vienna Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Vienna 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 Vienna music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Vienna, 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 Vienna, 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 Vienna’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.

Brian Highsmith Studio Manager

Brian Highsmith is our Vienna Studio Manager where he handles the day-to-day operations of this busy studio. Brian is a DC area native and began playing drums at age 11. His first drum set was actually a stack of Encyclopedia Britannica volumes. Brian has performed in various orchestras, jazz ensembles, marching bands and competitive drum corps throughout high school and college. He has also toured and recorded with several original rock bands, and currently plays with several local acts on the weekends. To this day, he can still attribute his life's successes, confidence, and many friendships to his study and love of music.
Music Director

Travis Adams Regional Music Director

As Music Director, Travis is in charge of all student programs, lessons, live performances, and both student and teacher development here in Vienna. Using his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and experienced teacher, Travis strives to build our students' confidence not just in music but in their every day lives. He holds degrees in both Entertainment Business and Recording Arts from Full Sail University (Orlando, FL). Travis's experiences and endless desire to become a better musician allows him to dig deep to bring a high level of energy and fun to all our lessons and groups at School of Rock.

Travis's journey through music started on the piano at age three, and by nine he had moved on to teaching himself guitar while taking private drum lessons from Bill Richards (Section Leader for The United States Army Band). Throughout high school, Travis marched in the snare line as well as sitting in on various instruments with his friend's bands as much as possible. He has since written, performed and recorded with a number of artists and has held various positions within indie record labels, radio, booking agencies and studios around the US.
Guitar Teacher

Dante Dalton Music Director

Dante Dalton started playing guitar in 2002 at the age of 15. It wasn't long before he was performing with various bands around the MD/DC/VA area. In 2011, he traveled to Hollywood, CA to attend Musician Institute's GIT program. While there he was taught by some of the top touring and studio musicians in Los Angeles. Trained in many different styles of music, he is an accomplished session player and IMDb-credited film composer. Currently he tours with critically acclaimed DC metal act Gloom.

Julian Berkowitz Drum Teacher

Julian Berkowitz is a drum instructor at School of Rock Vienna. He was born in the small town of Easton, CT but moved to Washington, DC. in 2013 to attend George Washington University. During his time at GWU, Julian studied under one of DC’s top Brazilian and Latin jazz drummers, Alejandro Lucini. He's also had the opportunity to learn from several other top drummers in the DMV, including Grammy-winning jazz drummer Quincy Phillips. Julian graduated from GWU in 2017 with a B.A. in political science and sociology with a minor in music.

Upon graduation, Julian has stayed in DC, where he is quickly making a name for himself. He has performed at many of the DMV's top music venues, including The John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Smithsonian Museum of American History, The Arts Club of Washington, Twins Jazz Club, Jojo, 49 West, DC9 and Velvet Lounge.

Julian frequently performs with the Julian Berkowitz Organ Trio, JB Quartet, Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet, The Peter Edelman Trio and The Landon Paddock Group. However, he also plays a number of funk, rock and R&B gigs in the DMV area.

Johnnie Cristaldi Piano Teacher

Johnnie began his study of classical music at age seven. He eventually became a piano student at American University at age 14 and upon finishing high school at Duke Ellington School for the Arts Johnnie studied piano, theory and voice at Peabody Conservatory of Music. His training in keyboards originated at the Georgetown Theatre company with courses of the basics of synthesis and programming of Moog synthesizers.

Johnie's began his professional experience as a session pianist/keyboardist musician for Malaco Studios, laying down keyboard tracks for various recording artists. He then began playing keyboards for and writing for recording group Natural High. Later on he toured with blues artist ZZ Hill and R&B artist Johnny Taylor. Upon completion of tours, Johnnie put together the funk/rock/prince tribute band Starz based out of the Gulf Coast. They released a local area hit called "My Secret World" and had the opportunity to open for The Deele, Bar Kays and Mothers Finest. Upon relocating to the DC area, he performed as a solo, duo and trio, as well as various cover bands in the area such as Clay Hunt, N2N, Framewerk, Jerx and his own band Flipside. Currently Johnnie is a hired gun for various cover bands in the area in a variety of styles such as rock, big band, funk, dance, top 40 and as household keyboardist for the Spirit of Washington Cruise line.

Kelton Norris Drum Teacher

Kelton Norris is a passionate and goal-driven musician and educator who strives to inspire and motivate students of all ages through music. With a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Jazz Studies, Kelton has years of experience teaching in public schools and as a private and ensemble instructor. Having served as a drummer for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, not to mention his accomplishment of being names DC’s Top Jazz Drummer of 2016, he can be seen performing regularly at major venues around town. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Vienna.

Ricardo "PNut" 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.

Chris Horton Guitar Teacher

Chris Horton began playing guitar at age 13, and trained in all things rock and metal with highly respected guitarist Matt Aub. Chris was also formally trained in jazz studies and performed with the academically acclaimed West Springfield Jazz Combo in Fairfax County, VA.

As of 2018, Chris is a touring guitarist for the metal band Alukah, in which he toured around the U.S. playing some of the most prominent metal festivals in the country. In addition to touring, he has recently completed his first EP with Baltimore-based metal band Apex. Chris also has experience as both an audio technician and live sound engineer for numerous local acts and theatre companies In the DC area. Having performed in such well-known venues as The Whisky a Go Go, Jammin' Java, Baltimore Soundstage and Power Plant Live, Chris has an extensive range of experience in knowing what’s expected of any School of Rock student who’s hoping to perform and take their musical journey seriously. Chris is also a former House Band member and student of School of Rock, and can provide each student with unique insight and a clear vision for the musical aspirations they wish to achieve. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Vienna.

Keith Butler Drum Teacher

Keith Butler, a Winston-Salem, NC native, is a drummer motivated by the tradition and future of the drum set. While at university in Wilmington, North Carolina he studied privately with Thomas Taylor and Michael D'Angelo. Prior to relocating to D.C., Keith was a member of several North Carolina bands including Onward, Soldiers, Mike Blair and The Stonewalls, Justin Lacy and The Swimming Machine, and Temple5. He has performed extensively as well as recorded several albums/projects with each group. In D.C. Keith is a member of two groups, Fiasco and The New World, and works regularly as a sideman for area jazz musicians. With influences such as Art Taylor, Joe Chambers, Tony Reedus and Billy Higgins, he seeks to support the band in any style and push the music forward. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Vienna.

Mike Ruby Bass Guitar Teacher

Mike Ruby is a professional bassist and educator. Having recently moved to the DC area, Mike played and taught in Chicago for 10 years, after graduating Columbia College with a BA in Music. While in Chicago, Mike recorded with and co-produced hip-hop project House Of Whales. He also played in numerous bands that played genres ranging from indie rock to blues. Mike has had the pleasure of opening for B.B. King and studying with musicians such as Joan Osborne, Christian McBride, Nicholas Tremulis and Chuck Webb. Mike is excited to share his expertise with the students at School of Rock Vienna as a bass guitar teacher. He also hopes to learn more from the talented staff here.

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 Vienna.

Will Conway guitar and bass guiotar teacher

Will is a guitar/bass instructor who began playing at age 11. He studied with teachers such as Dan Trainer (DC) & Jim Henry (MA), while filling in gaps himself and drawing from his extensive music taste. While The Stooges, Kiss & The Hellacopters are among his favorite bands, he also loves Guitar Wolf, MC5, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, New York Dolls & The D4. He currently serves as the frontman and principal songwriter for his group 'The SuperChargers' in the DC area (who played over 45 shows in the past year in the DC & up the East Coast), in addition to playing in the NYC based band 'French Kiss'.

Manuel Medina keyboard teacher

Manuel is a Peruvian artist that has been living in the Washington D.C. area for the last 15 years. He began taking piano lessons in Peru at the age of 11 and majored in Music and Music Technology with a minor in Jazz Studies from George Mason University. He has been teaching music for the last 12 years. Besides composing and teaching music, he also writes short stories in Spanish and practices creative drawing.

Sam Whetzel Guitar Teacher

Sam has played guitar with local bands for over 9 years. He was also a member of the School of Rock Vienna House Band, School of Rock Allstars Program, and a special “Zappanale” tour in Germany. School of Rock provided Sam countless opportunities to grow as a young musician and to shine on stage. Sam attributes the combination of exploring different music genres and performing them, as the cornerstone of what made his School of Rock experience so unique and fulfilling. "School of Rock has also allowed me to form lifelong friendships with other students, through doing what we love, together."
Singing Teacher Nikki Bellini

Nikki Bellini Singing Teacher

Nikki Bellini began her musical training at age six and has studied music ever since. She is currently finishing up a B.A. as a double major in both Music Business and Songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She is also a School of Rock Vienna alumni, and was a student for nine years and a House Band vocalist for five.

Nikki has professionally trained on multiple instruments across all genres of music, and has studied both classical voice for 15 years and contemporary voice for 11. During her time at Berklee, she has focused on studying vocal performance, songwriting, and music production. She has performed in multiple award-winning choirs and is currently a lead vocalist for Berklee’s a cappella group, On The Vox.

She has also gained experience in the music industry through her multiple internships at companies such as Sofar Sounds, Persistent Management, and Rolls-Royce Music Box. As she continues to forge her career in the music industry, she hopes to support and inspire young musicians to always pursue their dreams.
Singing Teacher Emma Whitney

Emma Whitney Singing Teacher

Emma Whitney started singing formally in 2012 and playing guitar in 2016. She is a student at the Berklee College of Music majoring in music business and her principal instrument is vocals. She has trained in many different genres including rock, pop, classical, and musical theater.

Formerly, Emma was a student at and a member of the School of Rock Vienna’s House Band. As a SOR alumnus, she enjoys helping current students to grow as musicians. As the lead vocalist for her band, Sunhead, Emma was nominated for two 2020 WAMMIE Awards.
Guitar Teacher Grayson Boatwright

Grayson Boatwright Guitar Teacher

Grayson Boatwright has shown a deep love for art and music since a young age and has been profoundly influenced by Jazz and Improvised Music. Grayson is currently pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies at George Mason University.

Grayson was selected to be the only guitarist of North Carolina’s High School All-State Jazz Ensemble for his Junior and Senior year as well as North Carolina’s High School Western Region Jazz Ensemble four years in a row. He has been mentored by Charlotte greats Bill Hanna, L.H. Dickert, Troy Conn, Lovell Bradford, Ocie Davis, and many more.

Following High School, Boatwright went on to complete his first year of his Undergraduate at Utah State University studying with world-renowned guitarist Corey Christiansen. During his time in Utah, Boatwright had the opportunity to perform with the Utah State University Jazz Ensemble in the globally famous Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz de Vienne, and Umbria Jazz Festivals during the summer of 2019.

After touring in parts of Europe, Grayson transferred to George Mason University in an effort to gain more experience performing in one of the premiere music scenes of the United States: Washington, DC. Since relocating, Boatwright has been mentored by legendary musicians in and outside of the DC area including Shawn Purcell, Wade Beach, Steve Herberman, Darden Purcell, Wayne Wilkinson, Bobby Broom, Bruce Forman, and John Pizzarelli. In September of 2019, Boatwright traveled to Denver, CO and performed solo guitar at the inaugural Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival.

Grayson's ultimate goal of being a musician is to enhance lives and share the gift of music with his listeners, no matter how small or large the crowd, and connecting with people through music.
Singing Teacher Emily Nesbitt

Emily Nesbitt Singing Teacher

Emily Nesbitt is a classically trained singer with a degree in Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Emily has performed as a soloist in the United States and Europe. She has sung Countess Almaviva in Marriage of Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mimi in La Boheme, The Abbess and The Maestra in Suor Angelica, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium. She has also performed the partial roles of Magda Sorel in The Consul, Nedda in Paglicci, Lakme in Lakme, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, and Mrs. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Emily's ensemble work includes The Gondoliers, Little Women, La Boheme, Suor Angelica, Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, and Beauty and the Beast. Although her professional endeavors have been primarily classical, Emily is very passionate about rock as well.

Emily's favorite thing about working at School of Rock is getting to teach other young vocalists who are passionate about Rock how to express themselves to the fullest while taking care of their voices. She has taught voice lessons for three years and loves teaching students of all ages and ability levels using her classical background and pedagogical studies to establish a strong technical foundation for her students. In her free time she enjoys playing piano, bass, drums, and guitar for fun and is always looking to learn new things.
Drum Teacher Alan Kayanan

Alan Kayanan Drum Teacher

Alan Kayanan is a Fairfax, VA area native and an enthusiastic contributor to the musical and arts community. He lends his expertise, heart, and mind both on-and back-stage to students and musicians all over the DMV area. He was given his first pair of drumsticks at the age of 10, and has also picked up Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele along the way. As a local musician, Alan has graced every stage in the DMV area backing up groups including Margot MacDonald, BearShark, Marian McLaughlin, The Sweater Set, Drop Electric, and Space&Time. Alan's ability to navigate multiple musical genres with seamless ease is a hallmark of his passionate performance style.
Guitar Teacher Knox Engler

Knox Engler Guitar Teacher

Knox earned his Bachelor of Music in guitar performance at UNC Chapel Hill. During his time at UNC and prior to enrolling in college, he studied multiple instruments in a number of different styles including violin, bass, piano and my principal instrument, guitar. He is a huge fan of the varying sub-genres that comprise Rock music. He has listened to and performed everything from early Beatles to more contemporary and progressive bands like Chon and Dream Theatre. While his heart lies with rock music, He is also very passionate about the other genres he has explored and studied which include but are not limited to Jazz and Classical music. When he was 17, he began his teaching career by offering private music lessons on his respective instruments to peers at his high school. He quickly discovered that teaching is an incredibly fun and rewarding pursuit. His affinity for teaching eventually led him to School of Rock to be an instructor.

He is currently enrolled in the Audio Technology Masters program at American University in DC. He loves
producing music and has recorded, mixed and produced a number of albums consisting of his own music as well as the music of several bands. Playing, teaching and recording music brings so much joy and my mission as a teacher is to pass that joy along to his students.

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