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School of Rock West LA
12020 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 442-7625

Location Specifics

Located across from Ralph's.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 6 PM

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-18

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock West LA'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 West LA 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 Los Angeles are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. 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
Performance
Ages 7-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock West LA 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 West LA Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Los Angeles 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 West LA'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.

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

School of Rock West LA'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 West LA 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 Los Angeles.

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 West LA 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 Los Angeles.

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

The School of Rock West LA 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 West LA's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at CA rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout 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
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in West LA

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock West LA, 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 West LA 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.

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 West LA'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 West LA, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Los Angeles 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 West LA 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 Los Angeles 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 West LA 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 West LA 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.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock West LA, 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 Los Angeles. Unlike other Los Angeles 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 West LA, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Los Angeles 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 West LA 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 West LA, 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 West LA 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 West LA, 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 Los Angeles.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock West LA 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.

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 West LA, 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 Los Angeles 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 West LA, 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 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 West LA, 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.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock West LA Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 West LA, 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 Los Angeles, 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 West LA’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.

Justin Salmons General Manager, Music Director

Born in Little Rock, AR, but raised in Dallas, TX, Justin has been a music aficionado since elementary school. Inspired by his cousin's ability to riff on a Les Paul as a kid, Justin finally picked up the guitar himself at the age of 13. Initially a rocker, his thirst for a deeper understanding of the inner workings of guitar and music led him to a more diverse repertoire and a greater knowledge of music theory. Taking advantage of the immense blues, jazz, country and R & B culture that Texas had to offer, Justin broadened his influences and musical understandings, quickly becoming an old soul in a young body. This led to performing and recording with artists such as Nokie Edwards of The Ventures, Dave Bartholomew (songwriter for Fats Domino), hip-hop legend The D.O.C.,and Texas country legends The Light Crust Doughboys, which eventually led to a Grammy nomination in Southern Gospel. Graduating from the University of North Texas in 2007 and feeling the limitations of Texas, Justin relocated to Los Angeles in 2010. Here the guitarist has begun pursuing his own musical endeavors and a deeper understanding of production and recording. Never resting, Justin has continued to perform with a myriad of talented singers and songwriters in the LA club scene. As an instructor, Justin has over seven years of experience in private guitar instruction. As an understanding and adaptive teacher, Justin has successfully guided students young and old to a greater understanding and ability to play guitar. His teaching style is one of empathy and necessity, tailoring each lesson plan to accommodate each student's individual desires and goals while providing the essential tools one needs to be a competent informed guitarist.

Lucas Kanopa Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Lucas started his musical journey at a very young age. At the age of eight years old he started taking drum lessons with some of the most renowned drummers in Uruguay where he is from. It took him three more years to discover his true passion, the guitar. He immediately started taking electric/classical guitar lessons and playing in bands. He had over seven guitar instructors and three vocal coaches throughout his teenage years and by the age of 18 he started teaching guitar and bass. Lucas moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and started the band Void Vator in which he sings and plays guitar. The band got picked up by Grammy-nominated producer Ulrich Wild to be a part of his new Label Wurm group. Void Vator released their first EP “Dehumanized” in 2017 and got their first single, "Time Has Come," placed in the very popular video game "Fallout." Lucas has worked with Ulrich Wild on other projects as a session guitarist and played for the world class metal band Devildriver at Knotfest 2016 for a crowd of over 30,000 people. During the developing stages of Void Vator Lucas joined Patrick Kennison’s (Lita Ford, Union Underground) band Heaven Below, and recently released the album "Good Morning Apocalypse" through David Ellefson’s (Megadeth) label, EMP. "Good Morning Apocalypse" features legendary guest vocalists, such as Udo Dirkschneider and Lita Ford. The band got a song placed in the TV show "The Blacklist." Lucas is currently playing in both bands and teaching music, which is his other passion besides performing. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock West LA.

Maureen Davis Singing Teacher

Maureen is a master vocal coach and a top innovative teacher, featured in the national publication "Music Connection Magazine" and on Fox News for her "story-first" and "speech-singing" techniques. She also incorporates yoga methods for natural breath control, stamina and vocal health. Having Broadway theatre credits, Maureen has trained young singer/dancers for Broadway, TV and film, and works with future performers on safe microphone technique and stage presence. Students can also work on songwriting with her. Maureen has placed over 200 songs in TV and film and has three albums out. When she is not teaching, you can catch Maureen with her rockabilly band, Maureen and the Mercury 5, performing at Disneyland, opening for bands including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Dick Dale or playing with all-stars from the bands Cheap Trick, Quiet Riot, The Sweet and Kiss at the Ultimate Jam Night at The Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Stefano Ashbridge Drum Teacher

Stefano Ashbridge began teaching the drums almost 20 years ago when his teacher at the time asked him to fill in. That allowed Stefano to pass on his love of the drums and music at a relatively early age, making it easy for him to relate to his students' frustrations and passion for drumming. Since then, he has gone on to teach hundreds of private and group students of all ages and skill levels. He has developed a teaching method that allows each student to reach their musical goals, while having fun learning the music they love. He is also involved with Hudson Music's Teacher Integration Program. Stefano has studied with noted drummers Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, New Edition) and Mark Schulman (Cher, Pink). He is located in the Los Angeles area, where he is also involved in the music scene there as a session and live drummer. He has played and toured with such artists as Brad Wilson of Stone and Grammy nominee Derek Jordan. He was also awarded Electronica Drummer of the Year at the L.A. Music Awards.

Naiim Wilson Guitar Teacher

Naiim Wilson was born in Arizona and raised in California, where he took up the guitar at the age of 12. Inspired by bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, he joined School of Rock as a student at 13, honing his skills through relentless practice, private lessons and show performances. After having performed at venues such as The Troubadour, The Joint and The Whiskey-a-Go-Go, Naiim was placed under the tutelage of Emmy-nominated conductor Michael Bearden and continued to perform on his own, as well as with other acts. In 2017, Naiim returned to School of Rock as a guitar teacher, guiding the younger students through their journeys as young musicians. Naiim plays a plethora of different styles, including rock, funk, jazz, blues, folk, and raga, with rock being his leading style.

Kevin Katich Drum Teacher

Kevin Katich is a session drummer/percussionist, teacher and Foley artist/sound engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been playing since 1997 and has been fortunate enough to study the art of percussion under legends such as Mark Craney (Jethro Tull, Tower of Power), John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil Lesh), Tony Pia (Edgar Winter, Brian Setzer Orchestra) and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Maynard Ferguson). In his career, Katich has appeared on stage with Gene Simmons, John Fogerty, Solomon Burke, Steven Stills, Reba Macintyre, Billy Steinberg, Stewart Copeland and Gnarls Barkley. He has also written, recorded and performed with many Los Angeles-based bands and has performed in the following stage musicals as a drummer and percussionist: "The Devil and Billy Markham," "The Rocky Horror Show," "Cabaret," "Children of Eden," "Grease," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "L'Innocent." Kevin loves to teach and is thrilled to join the faculty at School of Rock West LA.

David Abrams Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Born in Northern California but raised in Dallas, Texas, David started out playing violin in middle school, but when he discovered the music of Jimi Hendrix and bands like Van Halen, Nirvana, Pantera and Metallica, he quickly switched to electric guitar. He began to learn riffs of his favorite bands and sought out other friends who played instruments to start rock bands in garages, playing covers and originals. As David progressed and discovered players like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, he became more interested in learning theory and developing technique. As a result, David took it upon himself to practice several hours a day everyday. This led to a desire to further his studies in college, and David went on to receive a Bachelors of Music from the University of North Texas, where he studied Jazz and Classical Guitar. During this time David also played in his own rock bands, taught lessons and played freelance gigs around the DFW Metroplex in a variety of styles. David then moved to Los Angeles to study briefly at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He currently resides in L.A., teaching and doing gigs and session work for artists. He's toured extensively as a guitarist with guitar legend Guitar Shorty as well as with the smash hit musical "American Idiot." In addition, he plays in a rock band with the sons of R & B singer Brian Mcknight called, BRKN RBTZ. At School of Rock he teaches guitar, bass and beginner keys lessons as well as directs the Rock 101 classes.

Joe Dias Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Born in the mid-90s, singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Dias lives and breathes music. From Boston, MA, Joe has been writing and recording music since 2012 and continues to work towards achieving his goals and dreams. Joe attended both School Of Rock Boston and Berklee College Of Music. Joe gets much of his inspiration from his beloved sister, Gianna, who sparked his passion for pursuing music as a career while she was battling a rare type of terminal cancer. Her spirit inspires him every day to be the best he can. When he's not working on music of his own, Dias continues his passion by teaching kids at School of Rock and inspires them to do what they love. His main goal is to never stop believing in his dreams no matter what happens.

Hannah Kang Vocal Instructor

Hannah Kang is a 23-year-old Korean-American born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Hannah began singing at the age of eight and grew up singing in a non-profit organization called the Chicago Children’s Choir for 10 years. During her time in the choir, Hannah had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Al Green, Peter Eldridge and many more. Hannah grew up classically trained as well and developed her ability to play piano at the age of 15. After graduation, Hannah attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a Music Business degree as a voice principal in 2017. During her time there she discovered her passion for R&B & neo-soul. Many of her inspiration today derives from artists Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Robert Glasper. Hannah is living in Los Angeles and working as a record label manager for the artist/producer TOKiMONSTA. She plans to continue living in Los Angeles to find her passion for working in the music industry while developing her creative passion for singing. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock West LA.

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 School of Rock West LA and is a guitar teacher.

Maya Johnson Studio Coordinator

Maya Johnson recently made the transition from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Before moving, Maya became certified in Social Media Marketing and Event Planning at Emory University. Although she is not a musician, Maya enjoys music and watching talented people come together to rock out. She is our Studio Coordinator at School of Rock West LA.

Claire Goh Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Born and raised in sunny Singapore, Claire Goh started playing the piano at the age of five, violin at the age of nine and, soon after, the guitar. A multi-instrumentalist, she began teaching music at the age of 16 and decided to pursue music as a full-time career at 17. That was when she began performing in folk, rock and pop bands all around Singapore and South East Asia.

Claire moved to the United States in 2013 and is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied jazz theory, audio engineering, songwriting and performance. During this time she began writing and releasing her own music, and she is the lead singer and guitar player of her indie-rock project, Paper Citizen. She is also the lead guitarist of another female-fronted rock band, Neia Jane.

She has performed, recorded on different instruments with bands in both Asia and America, and has had the honour to perform for gigs and festivals across the world, including the 2011 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, the 2012 Ho Hai Yan Music Festival in Taiwan, the 2013/14 Singapore Grand Prix, 2018 Pink Dot Singapore and at venues in Boston, New York and, presently, Los Angeles.

As a multi-instrumentalist and composer, Claire truly loves everything about music. She especially finds its learning process interesting and enjoyable for students of all ages, and loves showing them how all the different instruments can work together. She is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock West LA.

Nick Shapiro Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drum Teacher

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Nick began playing guitar at the age of 11. After hearing his dad's records playing around the house, he was hooked on the blues and rock and roll. Delving deeply into a rich musical tradition, Nick began learning everything from '60s and '70s rock and roll to early blues, folk, and rhythm and blues music. While continuing to develop a broad musical vocabulary, Nick started a rock band at age 13. The band went on to record an EP at the Record Plant studios here in Hollywood that was produced by the legendary Don Was. He continued to broaden his musical education by joining his school's jazz program. His school jazz band eventually went on to perform at the Panama Jazz Festival and competed as finalists for the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. In high school, Nick was approached by Glen Frey of The Eagles after being seen performing at a club in Santa Monica. The two developed a relationship and Nick was later asked to be a part of Glenn's band that performed at benefit concerts organized by Nick. With Glenn and Don Was in the band, Nick enjoyed performances at venues such as The Roxy and House of Blues over the course of three years. He later took his talents to USC as a Popular Music Performance major, where he continued to develop as an artist and professional musician. Nick currently resides in Los Angeles as a singer and guitar player. He loves writing songs, producing music and performing with other musicians around town. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock West LA.

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 West LA.

Jake Fergason 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. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock West LA.

Jared Lee Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Born in Miami, FL, and raised just outside of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jared Lee grew extremely fond of music at a very young age. Between the ages of three to nine, Jared’s collection of music ranged from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Fuel to Metallica, Guns N' Roses and Pink Floyd thanks to his parents. Finally at the age of 10, he got a chance to take guitar lessons at a summer camp he was attending. After taking lessons for about a year, he played his first live performance, and that’s when the passion became true and it all hit home. At 14 years old, Jared found himself enrolling in his local School of Rock, where his musicianship would be taken to the next level. Shortly after his arrival, he tried out for the School of Rock House Band, where he would spend the next four years playing countless shows at many venues. Right around the time high school graduation came around, Jared started to work in bands. First was an original band called ZEN that won Battle of the Bands in South Florida. He was also in two cover bands, in which he learned how to get bar gigs and play four-hour shows. While that was happening, he wanted to learn more about music and taught himself music theory and how to read lead sheets. He also was able to start teaching guitar lessons at the same School of Rock he graduated from. Eventually, though, by the age of 22 he chose to move to a music city and attend a music college. Jared now resides in Los Angeles, while attending Musicians Institute for the Guitar Performance program. While attending MI through his first year, he got selected to play alongside Steve Vai at his big Jamathon event that happened in September of 2018. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock West LA.

Duncan Lee Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Duncan Lee is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Chicago who moved to LA to pursue music full-time. He graduated from Columbia College in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Film Composition. After starting guitar at 13, he proceeded to play in a number of bands and as a studio musician. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock West LA.

Cole Bruckner Piano Teacher

Cole Bruckner started at School of Rock West LA as a student in 2011 and became a teacher there after graduating high school in 2017. He was chosen as a School of Rock AllStar three times and served on tour as an assistant director two other times. His biggest inspirations come from the psychedelic and progressive rock of the late 60s and 70s that he was first introduced to as a student in his first show, "The Doors." He is a piano teacher at School of Rock West LA.

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