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School of Rock Beacon
344 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM

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

Sharpen your music skills at School of Rock Beacon, proudly serving Beacon, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Ulster and other surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Here, students are taught instruments like guitar, vocals, drums, piano, and more in a variety of different styles. With enough practice, students may even one day be able to play at notable venues like the Town Crier, The Chance Theater, Darrl's House, and the Bardavon Opera House.

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program in Beacon for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

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

Performance music program for teens in Beacon
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Beacon'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 Beacon music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Beacon
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Beacon, 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

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 Beacon, 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.

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

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

School of Rock Beacon'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 Beacon 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 Beacon.

What To Expect

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 Beacon 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 Beacon.

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

The School of Rock Beacon 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 Beacon'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

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 Beacon 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
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 Beacon

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Beacon

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Beacon

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Beacon 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 Beacon, 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 Beacon 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 Beacon, 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 Beacon.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Beacon

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Beacon 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 Beacon 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 Beacon, 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 Beacon 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 Beacon, 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 Beacon

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Beacon. 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 Beacon, 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 Beacon 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 Beacon Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Beacon 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 Beacon music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Beacon, 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 Beacon, 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 Beacon’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.

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher  Dane Farley
Dane Farley
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Music Director
Dane is a guitar teacher, touring performer, and music producer with over a decade of experience. He has played many styles of rock, metal, progressive, and indie music, experimenting with a wide variety of instruments including 7 and 8 string guitars. Beginning his musical journey at only nine years old, Dane began learning about songwriting alongside performance, touring with original music by the time he was sixteen.

Dane has played in a number of bands, both original and cover, and played over two hundred shows. Dane has also written and produced hundreds of songs and soundtracks, a number of which have had international listeners. As a teacher, Dane has worked extensively with instructing both technical skill on the guitar and understanding the concepts of music past simple song memorization. Dane has experience with students as young as five years old, and has worked with students on the spectrum. Dane is very excited to be working with students at School of Rock Beacon, NY, where he hopes to see the community of performance grow.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Alyssa Warner
Alyssa Warner
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Alyssa is a musical theater performer, singer, and dual degree graduate from William Paterson University in Music Business and Vocal Performance. She started studying music in elementary school within the Beacon City School District, playing both Trumpet and French Horn, and singing in chorus. She continues to explore various vocal styles including classical, opera, musical theater, rock, pop, jazz, and punk rock.

Alyssa has experience producing and directing shows, including projects with the Metropolitan Opera, the Concerts for Young People Series with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and an 80s Rock Concert Fundraiser which featured Daryl McDaniels from Run DMC and MTV VJ Mark Goodman. Alyssa has taught voice and keys for several years and is excited to be a part of the School of Rock Beacon team!
Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Greg Enkler
Greg Enkler
Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Greg spent the majority of the last 20 years playing bass in various Hard Rock and Metal bands in Austin TX. Having had the opportunity to open for bands like Anthrax, The Misfits, Type O Negative, Slayer, Staind, Machine Head and many others over almost two decades, he has ample experience performing live in front of crowds small and large.

Along with playing bass, his first instrument was drums, and he’s stayed with both instruments over the years. Learning in his basement and keeping up with drummers in bands kept him on his toes over the years.
Drum Teacher Jared Nelson
Jared Nelson
Drum Teacher
Jared is a drummer, guitarist, and music producer based in New York’s Hudson Valley. He has been playing drums since he was 9 years old and graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Jazz drum set performance. During his undergraduate career, Jared became one of the most sought after drummers in the Mid-Hudson region, performing all over the area with a multitude of musical ensembles including loud and fast punk bands, middle-eastern psychedelic rock, blues power trios, large funk outfits, small jazz combos, pit orchestras, and pop cover acts. Jared recently completed a month-long tour in Belgium with Upstate New York blues legend Jonny Monster. Though he has dabbled much in jazz and funk, Jared’s roots are deep in the Rock world, drawing most of his early influence from bands like Led Zeppelin, Green Day, The Clash, The Doors, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. After teaching informally for several years, Jared is excited to be a drum instructor at School of Rock in Beacon NY.
Keyboard Teacher Ryan Perrone
Ryan Perrone
Keyboard Teacher
Ryan Perrone is a multi-instrumentalist with an extensive background of jazz theory and improvisation training. He has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old and has picked up trombone, trumpet, and sousaphone along the way. He received his degree in Jazz Performance at SUNY New Paltz. Ryan is in multiple performing groups with stylistic genres such as funk, R&B, jazz, rock, reggae, and countless others. Thanks to Ryan’s experience with many instruments, he brings a unique perspective to School of Rock Beacon NY students.
Guitar Teacher John Smith
John Smith
Guitar Teacher
A born and bred New Yorker, John Smith’s musical journey began with the award-winning jazz big band at Martin Van Buren H.S., Queens, NY. From there he went on to study performance and education at Five Towns College and Long Island Univ. (Brooklyn Center) on a full scholarship. He has studied with Chuck Loeb, Ted Dunbar, Kevin Eubanks, Doc Powell, Rick Stone and Bob Mintzer.

John is a much sought after guitarist, producer, composer and arranger that has worked in the music industry for over 20 years. He has performed and worked with many gospel and R&B artists including: Heavy D., Dr. Jonathan Dubose Jr., Christian Jazz Saxophonist Mel Holder, Inger Reid, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Gary Anglin, CCC Music Group, Youthful Praise, Chrisette Michele, Vanesa Bell Armstrong and Baby Face, to name a few.
Performing worldwide, he has toured Europe and had the prestigious opportunity to play before the Pope in Bologna.

John has played in small intimate venues as well as to audiences of 300,000 presenting the same powerful, magnetic prowess that is his guitar playing. John’s talents have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Beacon Theater and the world famous Apollo Theater.

As the current Minister of Music for Faith Baptist Church in Hempstead, NY, he uses his gifts and talents to continuously build the music ministry. Working alongside his father and Pastor, the world renowned gospel music great, Rev. Joe L .Brown, John understands the significant role music plays in the Christian church. Prior to joining his father at Faith, John was Music Minister at Faith Exchange located in the bustling Wall Street area of New York City. Under his spiritual leadership and God’s guidance, the worship ministry grew from just 3 members to 27 members.

Whether he is playing with a full band, accompanying a choir, praise ensemble or doing a solo acoustic set, John’s musical presentations are explosive, and inspirational.
David Richman Drums Teacher
David Richman
Drums Teacher
David Richman is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and has played professionally since 1989 on thousands of gigs with bands of all stripes: rock, jazz, heavy metal, lounge, punk, fusion and who knows what else. David is perhaps best known for his drumming with the Original Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke band, a much-loved New York institution, enjoying a 15-year run. In his capacity as drummer for the group, Dave has backed up everyone from rank amateurs dragged onstage from the bar to Ryan Adams, Britt Daniel (Spoon), Jimmy Fallon, Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), Robbie Williams, Ween, the Beastie Boys and more. An accomplished studio drummer, Dave has played on album projects with Century Club, Ghostbound and Witch Taint. He is currently writing and recording with doom metal band St. Bastard and performing with popular 80s tribute band Rubix Kube. In lessons, Dave stresses fun while instilling necessary technique and timekeeping knowledge, along with drum and music history.
Drum Teacher Benjamin Lieber
Benjamin Lieber
Drum Teacher
Benjamin is a multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter as well as a creative director for musicians and artists. He played in numerous national touring & recording acts, having done 8 full US tours & 10+ label-released studio albums. He has extensive experience in music business management and art direction for music release. First, the drummer from the Buffalo rock band, Head North, then to more recent years forming & fronting his own rock group, Marigold, on guitar and vocals. He's also run his own business as a creative director for bands & musicians the past 4 years, creating album artworks, music videos, and related visual accompaniments to artist’s releases.
Singing Teacher Ursula Seymour
​Ursula Seymour
Singing Teacher
Ursula Seymour is a singer-songwriter hailing from Mount Kisco, NY. She has a true passion for performing and has never stopped singing. Ursula graduated with a bachelor’s of music in music business and studied vocal performance at NYU Steinhardt. In college, she was Assistant Music Director of the NYU Mixtapes, her competitive a cappella group that won ICCA Quarterfinals and earned an award for outstanding choreography. Ursula is also an a cappella arranger and coach. She loved being the resident music director and arranger of the Pelham High School AcaPelicans. They excelled and learned to become an independent student-led group and now perform gigs all around the state. Ursula is proud to be an arranger, and she creates innovative and fun a cappella arrangements. She tries to bring that spirit to the classroom as well. At International Ivy Enrichment Camps, you would find Ursula teaching her courses A Cappella 101 and Digital Harmony (how to create split-screen a cappella music videos). Ursula’s original music can be found on all streaming platforms. She writes, records, and produces her own tracks. An energetic spirit with an empathetic nature, Ursula sings with a soulful, delicate, and authentic sound.
John Newhall Guitar Teacher
John Newhall
Guitar Teacher
John Newhall is a musician from Newburgh, NY. He began singing in school at the age of six and started writing songs soon after. At the age of thirteen, he received an acoustic guitar for Christmas and finally put music to the songs he had written. While in high school, Newhall formed bands and began to gig locally on a regular basis. He then attended The College of Saint Rose and became more proficient in his craft, adding piano, bass and drumming to his repertoire. His music is influenced by a combination of music both past and present, including John Mayer, Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel. As a performer, Newhall has had many incredible opportunities, playing with artists such as Foreigner and Kidz Bop on historic stages including Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center and Lincoln Center. He hopes to make music he can enjoy playing while teaching others how to do the same.
Christopher Scanlon Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Christopher Scanlon
Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Christopher Scanlon is a musical theatre performer, singer, pianist, and music instructor from Wappingers Falls New York. Christopher has been performing for over a decade and has been studying voice, piano, and musical theatre. Some of Christopher’s significant musical theatre roles were Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Bobby Strong from Urinetown, Pugsley Addams, Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Christopher has also been involved in several collegiate-level choirs, performances at Bardavon Opera house and Carnegie Hall NYC, and has placed in several national vocal competitions. Christopher has been teaching voice and piano since the age of 16, has been actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, and is excited to further share his passion for music with his students to help aid their musical journeys.
James Roberts Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
James Roberts
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
A guitarist and bassist with a background in education and performance, and experience playing Classical, Jazz, Hardcore, Metal, Emo, Indie, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country, Funk, Latin, Soul, and Experimental/Ambient/Noise music, James spent the first half of the 2000s touring the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest, playing every basement, VFW, concert hall, pool hall, festival, theater, and venue possible, opening for diverse acts such as Every Time I Die, Coheed and Cambria, Ween, Disco Biscuits, Nile, Lit, Powerman 5000, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Bill Monroe, among many others. In between road gigs, James hosted a popular open mic night for several years as MC and head of the house band at the storied Monopole in Plattsburgh, NY, and took any pickup and fill-in gig available to strengthen his musical repertoire. By 2008 James settled in Brooklyn and joined the then-flourishing experimental scene, and combined his education in classical and jazz bass with his improvisational and performance-based background. It is the combination of technical know-how and performance that underpins James’ educational approach.
Dominic Minasi Guitar Teacher
Dominic Minasi
Guitar Teacher
From the time Dominic was little, music has always been part of his life. Dominic’s father, Dom Minasi was and still is a jazz and Avant Garde musician with his concentration in guitar. Despite his fathers hatred of Rock and Roll, as often happens Dominic found his way into rock music at a young age through classic bands (Kiss) and the realization that rock stars impress the girls. After many years of instruction and practice Dominic eventually became involved in music at his church, performing at weddings, parties, and other events, as well as working with their children’s classes putting together different performances for the teenagers special Sunday services. Since 2001, Dominic has played in multiple bands, performing in local gigs, writing, recording, and continues performing at Church on Sundays. Currently, Dominic has been recording and performing with his current band Peregrination, and sharing his skills at School of Rock Beacon NY.
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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!