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School of Rock Fort Washington
425A Delaware Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034
(215) 542-0503

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Just off the PA Turnpike next to Lifetme Fitness.

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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: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 11 AM - 6:30 PM

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

Programs we offer

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

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Fort Washington'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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

Rookies music program for children in Fort Washington
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington, 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.

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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Fort Washington 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.

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Fort Washington, 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.

Adult music program in Fort Washington for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Fort Washington'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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington.

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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Fort Washington

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Fort Washington

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Fort Washington

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Fort Washington. 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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington, 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 Fort Washington’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.

Bass Guitar Teacher ERIC COOPER

ERIC COOPER Bass Guitar Teacher

Eric Cooper, more commonly known as "Coop", has been playing bass for about 18 years, and doing so has taken him all over the world. After a few years playing in the Philadelphia music scene, Coop traveled the globe as a professional musician, playing on cruise ships with his band, The Funky T. That experience led Coop to seeing 37 different countries in 2 years while also honing his skills on the bass and truly learning how to play in a band.

Since the cruise career, Coop has continued to play in the Philadelphia music scene with The Funky T, while also backing up local artists such as Emily Drinker, Maggie Mae and John Gilbride at venues like The Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Milkboy, 118 North and many more. In addition to playing in bands, Coop also has a solo bass project called "Coop a Loop" which consists of bass-centric music created with nothing but a bass, a loop station and effects pedals. The most recent chapter of Coop's musical journey has led him to teaching at School of Rock. Influenced by bassists such as Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Joe Dart, Flea and Les Claypool, Coop hopes to continue his own search for knowledge while teaching the next generation of musicians.
GUITAR Teacher, BASS Teacher JOSHUA LEE

JOSHUA LEE GUITAR Teacher, BASS Teacher

The journey began 40 years ago, when Joshua first picked up one of his father's battered old Harmony acoustic guitars at age 4. At first he would sit on his old sofa in Washington DC, picking out melodies by ear from the radio, his father's records, TV commercials. . .whatever. Everything changed when the family moved to South Orange NJ, when the discovery of 89.5 WSOU (New Jersey's Hardest Rock!!) out of nearby Seton Hall University introduced Joshua to the sounds of the thrash, black and death metal that would become his main source of inspiration.

Founding several NJ hardcore and metal acts (Face First, Deadbolt and Eyes Of The Blind, respectively) and a stint as guitarist for legendary DC crust/grind act Flinch firmly entrenched Joshua in the underground music scene, where he has remained ever since. After a favor to a friend turned into several years as the lead guitarist and second vocalist of the southern NJ based power-pop band The Colorfield Theory, Joshua has once again returned to his roots and currently masterminds the one-man project Mastemah, combining elements of black, thrash, death metal, and hardcore. He plans to teach, record, and release music into the foreseeable future.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Chris Caulder

Chris Caulder Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Chris Caulder is a musical jack-of-all-trades. Staring his career as a drummer for the underground rock band Downside, Chris went on to play guitar and sing for several hardcore bands in Florida, including Signal 13 and No Way Out. Most recently, he played guitar, bass, and piano in a downtempo electronic-based duo Beauty’s Confusion. Currently, Chris is busy writing and recording music. He is working on his 14th solo project CD, currently entitled The Surcharge. To date, Chris has self-released thirteen solo music CDs of various styles and sounds, all of which are available from his upstart record label Ousted Records. In addition to Chris’ live band and recording experience, he co-wrote a book about computer recording with author Michael W. Dean entitled “Digital Music DIY Now!” This Creative Commons-licensed e-book is freely downloadable from diynow.org. Furthermore, he has provided music for several video games, independent lms, and has collaborated with and remixed countless indie artists including Bitstream Dream, Buck 65, East Hundred, and Lovespirals. Chris listens to and loves every style of music under the sun, and some of his favorites include Jet To Brazil, Van Halen (only with David Lee Roth!), the Mists (Danzig-only!), Queen, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Pink Floyd, Jimmy Eat World, Azure Ray, Julianna Hateld, Minipop, Nada Surf, The Smiths, and Metric.
Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Mike Kiker

Mike Kiker Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Mike Kiker is a multi-instrumentalist, session player, producer, recording engineer, and film composer. He currently plays keyboards in Philly-based psychedelic rock band St. James & The Apostles.

He started playing piano at age 4, but didn't take music seriously until picking up guitar and bass at age 9. After taking guitar lessons for over a year at the original School of Rock, during which time he also picked up the drums. After moving on to the music program at Archbishop Ryan High School, he rotated between instruments in different ensembles. A common joke heard from his band director was "Jeez Mr. Kiker, which instrument are you gonna learn this week?". His Senior Year Spring Concert featured him in different groups playing guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and flute, respectively. He also had a side career at the time as a church organist.

After high school, he ended up in the music program at Community College of Philadelphia, graduating with honors in 2010 with a double major in Music Theory and Sound Recording Technology. While there
he sang as a tenor in the school choir, and rotated between bass, drums, vibraphone and percussion in the Jazz ensemble.

Soon after graduating, he formed St. James & The Apostles with his cousins, while also teaching one-on-one lessons on the side. They've since released 4 albums and started their own recording studio, Green Rock Recorders, with the purpose of producing their own records, which soon blossomed into a fun side career as a sought-after production team. They were also awarded "2019's Best Band" by Philadelphia Magazine. Mike has also contributed instrumental scores to the science fiction web series "The Weirdness" and created a new score for the 1911 silent film "L'Inferno", both of which are available to view
on YouTube.
Drum Teacher Johnny Hertler

Johnny Hertler Drum Teacher

Johnny Hertler, better known as Johnny Zabo, has been playing drums professionally live and in recording studios for 14 years. At the age of 25, he has performed with many artists and recorded with some big names in music in the world of rock, pop, hip hop, jazz and more. He now plays in the Philadelphia native and local legend original bands The Electric Boa & Mach 22 and the American tribute to Santana, Santana Amigos. He was trained by many professional drummers like Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot) Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) and many more as he was thrown into the fire to tour at the age of 12. He has performed and toured with many bands, both local and international, such as Black Stone Cherry, Hinder, Bowling for Soup, The Stray Cats and many more. Johnny has recorded and been on many albums of local and touring artists, was a studio drummer for Nickelodeon for two years, and is still a working studio Drummer for Netflix. He has recorded on albums with Lukas Graham, Michael Buble, Dominique Pruitt, Bowling for Soup, Hinder, Black Stone Cherry, Ariana Grande & many more.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher Jessie Wexler

Jessie Wexler Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, Jessie performed over 200 performances prior to starting college. Throughout his academic career Jessie participated in many music programs. In this time, Jessie developed a skill for performance at a young age while studying various composers. Jessie composes and performs various styles of music from rock, jazz, film scores, middle eastern and world music. At The University of the Arts, Jessie holds a bachelor’s with honors in music composition. He has studied with some of the cities most talented composers and artists In college. Jessie focused on music production through classes and personal music projects collaborating and composing music for animators, film makers, dancers, and music business students. Jessie has performed with and produced for original bands in the Philadelphia area such as Seoul Delhi, Juice Wax, and Breathing, collectively performing hundreds of shows and creating a fan-base in the Philadelphia area. Jessie’s passion for music continued into education. Through private and group lessons, Jessie dedicates to teach his students to learn their instruments and to play what they want confidently. Jessie is proficient at both production and performance, with a passion for writing high quality content and performing at a professional level.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher WILL HENRICKSEN

WILL HENRICKSEN Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Will Henriksen is a guitarist, violinist, bassist, singer, songwriter, and occasional keyboardist. Raised in a musical family and originally trained on violin, he studied music theory at the Longy School of Music, taught himself guitar and performed classic rock covers in high school. Early adulthood in New England had him performing and releasing music with many rock, dream pop, and post-punk acts including Harmoos, Blau Blau, Beverly Tender, and Mini Dresses. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2017, he has performed in a quartet under his own name, as well as with alt-country outfit Florry, performance art group Tiffany's House, and singer-songwriters Michael Cormier and Snow Caps.
Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Luca Schmidt

Luca Schmidt Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Luca Schmidt is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional keyboardist from Baltimore, MD. They began singing in elementary school choirs and started guitar lessons at Baltimore School of Rock in high school. They write in a variety of styles ranging from folk to punk. They have played their original music in numerous small venues both solo and with a band. Luca relocated to Philly in 2019 to study voice, guitar and music tech at University of the Arts, where they currently attend. In addition to their original music, they are now training in classical and jazz styles. Luca gets inspiration from a variety of genres and artists, including local indie bands like Hop Along and Big Thief. They are also influenced by great jazz vocalists like Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. Luca was hired at School Of Rock in 2022 with the goal of empowering younger musicians through music.
Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Zoë Jean Tanner

Zoë Jean Tanner Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Zoë Jean Tanner is from Baltimore, Maryland. She began playing music at a very young age. She studied piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, and voice. Zoë has been studying classical voice for fifteen years. She has performed in multiple traveling choirs across the world. She moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after studying vocal performance at The University of Valley Forge. She has since performed and written for multiple bands in the area such as Geisha Facade. Currently, Zoë is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and composer for Good Things Take Time. Zoë takes great care that each student gets to work on material that excites and engages them. She uses method based teaching with theory influence to ensure a strong musical knowledge that will help carry the student throughout their musical experience.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher DAKOTA DEYOC

DAKOTA DEYOC Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Dakota Deyoc is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer from Plymouth Meeting, PA. His musical journey started at the age of 11 when he decided that he wanted to pick up guitar and drums. Video games such as Guitar Hero and Rockband really got him involved with music, but the plastic instruments were soon traded in for the real thing. Since then, Dakota has picked up other instruments such as bass, piano, and various smaller stringed instruments. Dakota currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree from Temple University, where he graduated in 2020. Dakota was trained in audio engineering, composition, conducting, and music theory. As a producer, his influences span a wide variety of genres and styles so that he can constantly take in new information and approaches to the craft. His primary influences include Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Dream Theater, Flume, Queen, John Mayer, and many others. He has performed and composed in various styles of music including rock, metal, R&B, funk, and psychedelia. Dakota has been a part of many different bands and projects over the years, but in June of 2019 he decided to take matters into his own hands and go solo. He has been releasing music independently since then, taking full control of the creative process. Dakota is excited for his future at the Fort Washington School of Rock, and looks forward to helping musicians blossom into their full potential.
Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Mark Terrizzi

Mark Terrizzi Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Mark started his life with music early. At age 6, he was playing drums along to all his favorite albums. As a teen he taught himself guitar along with bass, mandolin and piano. After years of touring as a multi-instrumentalist, he took the knowledge he gained and focused it on teaching all the tricks, secrets and fundamentals of music he's picked up over the years.

Mark has been influenced by many different genres and bands. Ranging from the classics like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes to the more obscure acts like Magma, This Heat and Talk Talk. He has taken his love for all things experimental and put that into over 20 original albums written, produced and recorded by himself. As music director at School of Rock, Mark is here to help you learn more about not just your instrument of choice but also a deep history of rock and rock related music.
Drum Teacher Darren Ellis

Darren Ellis Drum Teacher

Darren has been playing drums for a little over 20 years. He has studied drums and percussion in college and his experiences encompass a wide variety of styles with many different people and bands in Ohio, Tennessee, New Jersey, and New York. Some artists in which he has performed with include the Dave Landeo Band, Stonewater Groove, Jagstar, Jason Allen Phelps and Donald Brown.

Darren has recently spent much time over the last two years studying at The Drummers Collective in New York City where he continues to study. Drums are his primary focus, however, beginning in 1998 he worked as a systems technician for a pro concert sound company in the southeast. During this time, he gained valuable experience in the music industry that he applies not only to his playing but everyday life as well. He has been fortunate to have been a technician on a long list of shows varying in genres and artists that include the Black Crowes, Sister Hazel, Slayer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Nickelback, Johnny Lang, Moe, Wilco, Old 97's, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, Keb Mo, James Brown, Rascal Flats, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker/Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, as well as many others. Darren holds a BSC in audio production from Ohio University.

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