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School of Rock Williamsburg
294 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-210-1720
Hours
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

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

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

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

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

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

At School of Rock Williamsburg 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

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 Williamsburg, 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
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Williamsburg, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Williamsburg, 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 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Williamsburg'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 Williamsburg 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 are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Williamsburg who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

Songwriting
Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Williamsburg, 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 Brooklyn is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Williamsburg 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 Williamsburg'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 Williamsburg 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 .

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 Williamsburg 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 .

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Williamsburg 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 Williamsburg's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NY 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 and the rest of NY. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Music Lessons in Williamsburg

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Williamsburg 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 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 Williamsburg, 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 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 Williamsburg, 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 . 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 Williamsburg, 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 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 Williamsburg Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the 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 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 Williamsburg, 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 , 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 Williamsburg’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.

Ken Kramer Owner, General Manager

Ken has always been passionate about music and an avid, aspiring guitarist. He's had his eyes set on starting his own music school for years which inspired him to open the School of Rock Williamsburg! It's a culmination of all the characteristics that he loves from building a business, being immersed in music, providing the highest quality music education and creating a fun, lively environment that is part of an exciting, growing and passionate community.

Prior to leaping into the rocking, shredding world of School of Rock, Ken worked in Information Technology for over 30 years, building state of the art computer systems. Starting as a software engineer, Ken worked his way up to designing, architecting and managing large projects and IT departments ranging from start-ups to large companies, including financial, media and government. All of this work ultimately led to Ken becoming a Chief Technology Officer.

Ken loves the diversity, energy and excitement of Brooklyn and has lived in Park Slope for over 20 years with his wife and two daughters. He has been an integral part of the community from coaching kids’ soccer teams, being a member of the New York City Community Education Council where he worked with the local public schools, city officials and parents to advocate for improved schools and education, and being a member of the local Civic Council promoting safer streets.

We strive to have School of Rock Williamsburg be seen as an integral part of the fabric of the community, with much to offer to all, so come join the band and rock out with us!

Andrea Ochoa Studio Coordinator, Singing Teacher

Andrea is an opera singer, currently wrapping up her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at NYU. Her love of music education and rock brought her to SOR Williamsburg, and she previously worked at SOR Clear Lake, TX. Some of her favorite hobbies include exploring Brooklyn, yoga, reading, and learning more about her art.

Michael Hart Music Director, Guitar Teacher

Michael is a prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Ridgewood, NY. He holds both a Bachelors of Music from SUNY Purchase (2012) and a Masters of Music from the University of Miami (2016), where he studied Media Writing and Production. Michael has produced music for Nickelodeon, Amazon, is a regular composer for CBS Football and various overseas clients, and most recently wrote rhythm charts for Starkid’s 10th Anniversary concert, which featured Darren Criss and Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton. A guitarist for 20 years, Michael has played at venues all over the US, including world premieres for musicals in Chicago (Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier) and New York (Alice Unraveled, which he orchestrated) and enjoyed a stint in Colorado as Guitar II for Rock of Ages. He currently co-writes and produces music for Beldame, a goth-rock duo beginning to make waves in New York’s music scene.

Michael is an accomplished teacher, having taught at both grade school and collegiate levels in every facet of musical education, and has been a part of School of Rock for the past 5 years in Miami and NYC, both as an Instructor and Show Director. He is thrilled to bring his expertise and knowledge to the Music Director role at School of Rock Williamsburg. Music has never been a cut and dry affair and Michael hopes to facilitate an environment where students accept, embrace and deconstruct that thought.

Kate Koenig Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Singing Teacher

Kate is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music journalist based in Brooklyn. She's been singing since she could open her mouth and grew up learning trumpet, studying classical piano and learning rock and fingerpicking style guitar playing. From 2016 to 2018, she was editor of Music Alive!, a music education magazine for middle schoolers, as well as associate editor for its sister publication, In Tune Monthly.

She has had experience teaching students of all ages, apprenticing as a instrument tech for acoustic guitars and world instruments at Music Inn in Manhattan, composing for mixed ensembles, and transcribing music like Frank Zappa's "Cruisin' for Burgers" and Gentle Giant's "On Reflection." Along with teaching guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals at School of Rock Williamsburg, she interviews professional musicians and edits music notation for Premier Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines.

She recently released her debut album as a singer-songwriter, Haircuts for Barbers (which can be found on Spotify), and has performed at New York's Pianos, Pete's Candy Store, and Bowery Electric. When teaching music, she focuses on discovering the quickest way to help a young musician realize their personal connection with and strengths in music, and how capable they are of growing in their art.

Christian Cepeda Guitar Teacher

Christian is a professional musician and instructor from Long Island, NY. He received his Bachelor's Degree in 2012 from SUNY Purchase in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of the world-renowned Fred Hand. After graduation and moving back to Long Island, Christian started working at the School of Rock Port Jeff Station. It was here that his passion for teaching flourished along with his desire to start making music in the local scene.

From indie-rock to progressive-punk to soul-funk outfits, Christian's musical experience is as eclectic as his interests. In 2018 he had the pleasure of working as musical director/composer for a musical run at The PIT for SketchFest, one of the nation's largest and New York City's Premier sketch festival. Ever the versatile musician, you can even find him performing as a one man band at a monthly Brooklyn comedy show as he improvises beats and tracks using his guitar and the ever so handy Ableton software.
Through his studies he's channeled his passion for jazz, education in classical music, guitar pedagogy, and experience in teaching contemporary music to gain a multifaceted understanding of the guitar. With an understanding that allows a readiness for any musical situation, this is exactly the kind of level of comfort he wishes to pass down to his students so they can be their best, uninhibited, musical self.

Brian Duke Show Director, Drum Teacher

Inspired by the rich music and culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Brian Duke grew up learning to play drums like his paisley clad idols. Branching off into the world of Jazz and Blues, he enriched his grooves playing with Little Tower (formerly the Hoochie Coochie Men), and studying under drum legend Bill Goodwin (Phil Woods Quartet). Shortly after graduating from Lafayette College with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Brian started playing with the NYC-based alternative rock band, Cale and the Gravity Well. The band quickly broke into the touring scene with stops including SXSW and the Singapore Grand Prix. They released an EP in 2017 produced by Jim Fairchild (Modest Mouse, Grandaddy). In late 2016, Brian also began working with guitar virtuoso Roger Filgate, a former member of Wishbone Ash, tracking drums in a studio co-founded by Filgate. In February of 2017, Brian started drumming for country star Jessica Lynn, embarking on extensive tours in the US and overseas and sharing the stage with the likes of ZZ Top, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Keith Urban. In February 2019, Brian took part in the filming of Jessica’s third TV special which was released Summer 2019 in Europe and Fall 2019 in the US on PBS. Additionally, Brian drums in his brother’s band, Kyle Duke and the Brown Bag Boys, which continues to build a following in NYC while breaking into the DIY scenes in D.C. and Ohio. The band has been touring around the Eastern US for the past few years and made their TV debut in April 2019 in support of their latest single.

Brian’s teaching career began at an early age, taking on his first students while still in high school. While attending Lafayette College, Brian continued to give private lessons and worked as a teaching assistant for various world music classes and the college’s Percussion Ensemble. In February of 2017, Brian began teaching at School of Rock in New Canaan, CT. Shortly after, he also began working at the Ridgefield, CT and Bedford, NY School of Rock locations. In June of 2019, Brian joined the team at School of Rock Williamsburg. An integral member of the launch crew, Brian is also show director and drum instructor for the newly formed franchise. As an instructor, Brian brings many elements to his lessons, pulling from a diverse stylistic background and years of practical experience touring and recording with a multitude of artists.

Brielle Liebman Assistant Music Director, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Singing Teacher

Brielle Liebman is a singer-songwriter originally from New Jersey. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in music from William Paterson University, where she studied performing, songwriting, music theory and ear training. While in school, she ran ensembles nearly every semester and worked on arrangements and performances with these ensembles. She has been writing melodies and lyrics ever since she can remember, but started taking her craft seriously around age 13. She has been a dedicated singer and guitarist since then and has been playing professionally (with bands and solo) for around eight years. She has held residencies at restaurants and has played at venues such as The Stone Pony in New Jersey and Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. Most recently, her focus has been collaborating with other songwriters. She has also been co-writing as much as possible with other writers and producers to make various kinds of music. As a teacher, she has taught at four School of Rock locations throughout the years, as well as private schools and private lessons. She has worked as an instructor, ran Little Wing, Rock 101 and Rookies programs, and has show directed. Her main teaching focus is working with her students to develop knowledge and skill on their chosen instruments. She also cultivates creativity so that her students may one day become artists as well. She loves finding out what inspires each student and meeting them there to build their musical foundations. She is the assistant music director as well as a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, ukulele teacher, songwriting teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Williamsburg.

Chris Heinz Drum Teacher

New York native and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Heinz has been a professional touring and session drummer for over 20 years. Proficient in multiple styles, Christopher’s main focuses are Jazz, Rock and R&B. Christopher studied drums and music theory with renown drummer and educator John Riley, author of “The Art Of Bop Drumming” and “Beyond Bop Drumming”. During this time, Christopher learned valuable ways to perform and create in a healthy manner, a skill he passes down to his own students at School of Rock and privately. Among others, Christopher has worked with Katharine McPhee, Miranda Lambert, Walking Shapes, The Wailers, Alabama, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

In addition to his performance work, he has scored music for television and film. His credits include MSNBC’s “Locked Up” series; Amnesty International’s documentary Women of Liberia; and MTV’s Sorority Life and Fraternity Life series.

Juliana Parker Piano, Singing Teacher

Juliana was born and raised in Cos Cob, CT on a house blend of classic rock, musical theater, and modern folk music. A keyboard player and vocalist with a flair for the dramatic, she grew up writing songs imitating her favorite artists such as Sara Bareilles and Billy Joel. She got her start teaching in the music department at Buck’s Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp, where she worked for 3 years with children ages 8-18. At Berklee College of Music she studied songwriting and performance under her mentor Livingston Taylor, and after graduating in 2018, she moved to Brooklyn to be where the music is. Her song “Waiting on the Line” feat. Miss Beltran placed runner-up in the Radio Airplay Love Song 2017 Contest. Another original tune, “Rhode Island Roads,” was awarded Best Performance in the Berklee Perfect Pitch Competition 2018, and in 2019 she was selected to join the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Kelly Vargas Singing Teacher

Kelly Vargas is a 23-year-old musician, singer-songwriter, producer and music instructor. She attended Berklee College of Music and graduated in May 2019. She is passionate in writing her music, performing, and teaching the power and the love of music to others.

Marcela Campos Guitar teacher

Marcela Campos is a Brazilian Blues-Rock guitar player. She has played with some of the most renowned musicians of today including Guthrie Govan and Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai). Hailing from Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Marcela played her first notes on guitar at age 16. After taking private lessons with acclaimed Brazilian guitar player Roger Franco, she started playing out and giving guitar lessons.

In 2012, Marcela came to the US to sharpen her skills at the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM), studying under great players as Tariqh Akoni (Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Joss Stone), Jody Fisher (Mike Stern, Joe Diorio, George Benson), Art Renshaw (Joe Pass, Frank Gambale), Philip Bynoe ( Steve Vai) and her mentor, Scott Henderson. In 2015, Marcela was one of finalists on “Queen of Strings”, a worldwide female bass and guitar competition organized by Nik West in collaboration with Jennifer Batten and Orianthi. Marcela walked away from the competition as the guitarist with the highest public vote. Marcela’s debut album was released in 2016 and features some very special guests including the guitar legend Scott Henderson.

The guitarist has toured all over Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. promoting her original music and giving guitar masterclasses. Marcela has over 10 years of experience teaching guitar (electric and acoustic), having taught privately and in music schools in Brazil, Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York City. Marcela is currently endorsed by Xotic Guitars & Pedals, Spectraflex Cables, Gator Cases, Levy’s Leathers and Steve Clayton Picks.

Max Yassky Drum Teacher

Max Yassky is an American drummer, composer, and educator based in New York. A veteran touring and recording drummer/percussionist, Max has provided rhythm for countless live performances and recordings, including international blues singer Bette Smith, Matt Pond PA, Broadway Battles Bullying: A series of fundraising events featuring Broadway and Off-Broadway luminaries, Jim Royle's Rome Earthquake Relief Tour, The Off-Broadway productions of Honestly Abe and Reefer Madness, and NYU's Music Education Jazz Ensemble as the 1st chair drummer. He has also worked with a host of local and international groups like Taking Meds, Upright Man, Ewe Dew, Lilly Odelle, Petal Crush, City Girl, Patch Kid, New Rock City, The Patrick Duffy Band, Rum Buffalo, Vanderwoolf, Pyschobaby, and many more.

Max has performed at major music festivals worldwide including The Montreux Jazz and Cazorla Blues Festivals, television programs like La Hora Musa in Barcelona and Le Quotidien in Paris, on radio stations including BBC1, WNYC, iHeartRadio, Europe 1, World Cafe's WXPN, Austin Texas's KUTX, WSHU-FM, and more across the United States and Europe.

In high school, Max was immersed in percussion studies at The Jim Royle Drum Studio, touring nationally and internationally with various percussion ensembles. At the age of 16 he began teaching privately as part of the program The Association for Bridgeport Communal Development, which offered drum lessons and ensembles to underprivileged inner city children. After spending a year studying music education at New York University, Max switched his field of study to performance/writing and graduated with a BA in Music Composition. At NYU he studied with renowned composer Justin Dello Joio and drummers/percussionists John Hadfield, Sean Statser, and Jonathan Haas. Since graduating he has studied drums/percussion privately with Ron Tierno and Shawn Pelton. He has taught drums, percussion, theory and writing consistently since 2008.

Nick Trautmann Bass Teacher

Nick Trautmann is a Connecticut-born bassist who has been living and performing in New York City since 2015. In 2014, he earned a B.A./B.M. in Jazz Studies and Music Theory from the University of Connecticut, where he studied under bassists Chip Jackson, Gregg August, and Stephan Crump. Nick’s studies continued in Paris at IRCAM with the Eastman School of Music’s course, “Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music". Nick has toured internationally with BMA award-winning artist Vanessa Collier and is currently the musical director and bassist for American Idol alum Drew Angus. Nick’s funk, fusion, and prog-rock inspired playing style can best be heard with his Brooklyn-based progressive soul band Valipala. Nick is currently a bass Instructor at School of Rock Williamsburg, where he gets to pass on his love of music to the next generation.

Sebastián González Guitar Teacher

Sebastián is a guitarist, composer and music teacher born in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied music at the Javeriana University, El Bosque University and the Cristancho Academy in Bogotá. In 2001 Sebastián became part of the Colombian project, Mauricio & Palo de Agua, a group signed exclusively to EMI Music. The project has released 3 albums to date, Canto Caribeño, Contigo and Viernes. The albums yielded a number of radio hits that reached the top of the charts for Latin American music and led to numerous nominations for the Shock and Nuestra Tierra awards in Colombia, winning the Golden Sigla Award at the Latin American Festival in Milan, Italy and two nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards (best new artist, best tropical song). During Sebastián’s time in the band, he collaborated in the composition and production of these albums, and performed over 800 concerts throughout Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and Germany.

Highlights include performing at the White House in celebration of Columbian Independence and participating in official events for the Colombian government on both national and international stages.

Sebastián later moved to Australia where, over the course of 2 years, performed over 1500 shows on the P & O cruise line. Returning to Bogotá, he directed the project Moonetz and released the internationally acclaimed album, “A New Direction”, in 2014.

Sebastian has shared stage with artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Fito Páez, Marc Anthony, Aterciopelados, Gilberto Santarosa, Juanes, Los Prisioneros, Fonseca, Cabas and others. In addition to his performance, recording and touring experience, Sebastian has been involved in teaching both as a high school music teacher and privately. Currently living in New York City, Sebastián is performing with bands like Outernational, The Ritualists and Axel Music Box in addition to working on projects at Premier Studios in Times Square.

Melody Chibnik Piano and Singing Teacher

Melody is a musician and artist originally from the Jersey Shore. She has had an interest in music ever since she was a child, where she first got involved with School of Rock. Beginning as a student and working her way up to a member of staff, Melody learned to play guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele under the guidance of teachers at School of Rock. Currently, Melody plays in a band based in New York. While she is a talented instrumentalist, Melody was classically trained in vocals and considers her voice to be her best “instrument”.

After high school, Melody won a scholarship to study classical singing, however, having already decided to attend art school, she used the funds to buy a double bass. Learning the instrument sparked her love of jazz music. She is passionate about teaching proper vocal technique and watching students sing in ways that they didn’t know they could. Having grown up through the School of Rock program, she has not only taught private lessons but also has worked as a camp director, taught the Rock 101 program, and helped to assist the Show Directors on various SOR Performance Program shows. She now works and studies in NYC, teaching private lessons and working as a studio assistant to various composers in the city.

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Reviews

What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!