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School of Rock Highland Heights
299 Alpha Park
Highland Heights, OH 44143
(440) 684-7625
Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Special Hours:

  • 09/05/2022: Closed

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

Expand your musical knowledge at School of Rock Highland Heights and surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. While drums and vocals are the most popular at this school, students can learn everything from keyboard to piano, bass to songwriting, and much more so they can one day rock out at local venues such as Beachland Ballroom, The Grog Shop (recently had a Vans collaboration), The Rock Hall (famous for its museum), and House of Blues.

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program in Highland Heights for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Highland Heights'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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Highland Heights who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 11-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Highland Heights
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

Rookies music program for children in Highland Heights
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 21+

School of Rock Highland Heights's Adult Program is for students over 21 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights.

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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Highland Heights

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Highland Heights

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Highland Heights

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

General Manager Louie Novotny

Louie Novotny General Manager

Louie is a working Cleveland musician as well as School of Rock Highland Heights and Westlake's General Manager, and School of Rock Cleveland’s Sales Manager. Louie has been with the school since 2009. Louie is the bass player for local rock act Hot Ham & Cheese which has also toured regionally and nationally. Louie also holds down bass duties for the acoustic/cover act Duo-Ish, and cover bands Sorry William & Dude, Where’s My Cover Band.

Donald Pelc Guitar Teacher

Donald Pelc was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the city of Seven Hills. Donald developed a love of music at an early age and began playing guitar around eight years old. A former School of Rock student himself, Donald sought out to be the best musician he could be and still does so today. After making it into the school's house band and touring with the national AllStars, Pelc realized he could have a future in music.

After high school, Donald chose to further his music education by attending Cleveland State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Guitar Performance. After joining the School of Rock staff, he quickly discovered his love of teaching and sharing his knowledge with other students. He is well-versed in the musical styles of rock, funk, blues, heavy metal and jazz. Donald plays guitar in various local bands and you can catch him playing around town any given weekend.

Ed Sotelo Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Though he played in a few bands during my college years, it wasn’t until the late 90s that Ed connected with Cleveland’s thriving punk rock scene. Ed's experience being around so many creative people taught him that rock music is an art, a craft and an essential part of his life. In the early 2000s, Ed connected with Cleveland rock band Cobra Verde. They toured, recorded a few albums and even found themselves on the soundtracks of "The O.C." and "True Blood."

Since then, Ed has played in a bunch of original bands. Currently he's busy with groups like The Jack Fords, Mike St. Jude and the Valentines, and Brazilian folk ensemble Chamba Music. Ed considers himself a student of musical history, and a big fan of music from around the globe, made by people from times and places very different from our own.
Singing Teacher Ayana Cheston

Ayana Cheston Singing Teacher

Ayana Mollie Cheston is a vocalist, songwriter, and visual artist based in Cleveland, OH. She has loved music from an early age and grew up playing violin, acting, singing, and dancing in school musicals, and singing in church and school choirs. Ayana attended The Ohio State University, where she performed with multiple student organizations, community theatre companies, and choral ensembles. Her highlights included playing the lead role of Deena Jones in a production of the musical "Dreamgirls" and performing a solo during The Ohio State University School of Music’s “CONCEPT: Freedom” choral festival — a three-day summit addressing the topic of human trafficking.

After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she returned to Cleveland to launch her career as a musician. She is the former frontwoman of 5-piece alternative rock outfit Goldleaf, and currently one-fourth of the glam folk-pop band The Prom Queens. A multimedia artist, Ayana also creates through photography, graphic design, ceramics, and embroidery.
Singing Teacher Jessi Nemeth

Jessi Nemeth Singing Teacher

Jessi Nemeth grew up in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls Ohio. She had a love of music from a very young age, and even though her parents weren't musicians themselves, they exposed her to an eclectic mix of different types of music. Always gravitating to singing, she started private voice lessons at the age of 14. From then on, throughout her teens and 20's, she became extremely passionate about performing many different genres of music including rock, musical theater, choral, and classical. She went on to attend the Kent State School of Music where she majored in vocal performance in classical voice. During that time she was introduced to The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus. She performed with the Blossom Festival Chorus with The Cleveland Orchestra over the course of 5 years.

In 2009, she moved to Columbus Ohio where she and her sister formed their rock band, The Rubicons in early 2012. In 2013 she moved to Cleveland where the world of the local music community opened wide for her. Along with singing in The Rubicons, she has joined many other artists in the Cleveland music community in one way or another; singing lead, backup, and joining recording sessions at various recording studios in NorthEast Ohio. She also formed an acoustic rock duo called Jessi Rose and Fabián, and sings in multiple other projects as well.

In December 2021, she joined the School of Rock Cleveland as a vocal instructor, and is thrilled to help current and future musicians find their voice, and confidence to perform in whatever capacity they desire.

Joe Stefano Drum Teacher

Playing drums since the age of eight, and playing in rock bands steady since the age of 11, Joe has been a part of the music scene for 20 years. Dabbling in all genres, he is well-versed in funk, jazz, reggae, afro-cuban and drum corps, and is deeply rooted in rock. In high school, Joe was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2001, and was the percussion section leader in marching band. He has played in various groups such as Detagoh, The Recent Vintage, Drop Notion, Switchbladd Scarlett, The Stereo Riot, Surrounding Cities and many more. One of the original staff members at both the Cleveland West and Highland Heights School of Rock, Joe loves teaching music and giving students every bit of knowledge that he can.

Jeff West Drum Teacher

Jeff started playing gigs when he was 15 years old. While in Cleveland, the notable area bands he played with were Strutter, Club Wow and the infamous Baloney Heads. All released records, were played on the then behemoth WMMS and opened for major touring acts. In 1978, Jeff moved to NYC to get deep into the punk rock scene. His punk band, Testors, toured and was on Bleeker Bob’s great punk label (punk fans, look this up!). With The Testors guitar player Gene Sinigalliano, they built and ran Ultra Sound Rehearsal studios for 33 successful years. It was one of the biggest, longest running rehearsal complexes in New York.
Some great musicians Jeff's had lessons with are Steve Smith, Thomas Pridgen, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, Pat Petrillo, Neal Smith and Norman Grossman. Some great musicians he's hit with are Cheetah Chrome, Jimmy Zero, Walter Luhr, Johnny Thunders, Sami Yaffa, Billy Sullivan, Frank Secich and Sonny Vincent. Jeff recorded at most of the great NYC studios (like Hit Factory and Right Track) and was signed to Atlantic, Geffen and MCA Records.

Alex Sorboro Piano Teacher

Growing up in a household that had a grand piano to use at his disposal, Alex became interested in music at a young age. He started lessons at the age of five, studying with various teachers over a 10-year period and becoming well-versed in theory and different styles of playing. He strives to further his knowledge of music and playing ability every day. He’s gained experience playing the Cleveland music scene over the years with several original bands, as well as his current cover band, Pop Fiction. He hopes to pass his knowledge and passion for music and the piano to all of his students.

Mike Kearns Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Mike Kearns was born and raised in New Jersey. Early influences include a massive family record collection covering everything from Stravinsky to Springsteen, violin lessons, a life-changing viewing of "A Hard Day's Night" on a tiny TV set and New York station WNEW-FM. He came to Ohio to study composition and guitar with Dr. Loris Chobanian at Baldwin-Wallace, graduated with honors and has lived in the Cleveland area ever since. Mike's range of musical activities have included rock, classical, jazz and musical theater, including appearances with Cameo Theater rock musical productions of "Godspell," "Rent" and the world premiere of "Macbeth: A Rock Opera." Currently he performs with Shadow of Doubt: a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute, Mike, Jim and Bill Do the White Album, and AT33. Recorded output includes collaborations with local area musicians Chris Tuma, Elvis Manson, Derek DePrator and Rhys Miller. For over 20 years Mike worked in IT management while maintaining a highly active musical career. He is thrilled to be with School of Rock Highland Heights as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher working with the coolest staff and students.

Josh Perelman-Hall Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Josh Perelman-Hall, also known by his online creator moniker Josh Isn’t, is a Cleveland-based musician, songwriter, producer, audio technologist and video creator. As a multi-instrumentalist, he creates recordings in his studio and pairs them with funny videos to post online. His music evokes the musical stylings of Brian Wilson approached with modern sensibilities. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Highland Heights.
Drum Teacher Chris Walker

Chris Walker Drum Teacher

Chris Walker began teaching himself to play the drums at the age of 5. He took piano, guitar, clarinet, flute and cello lessons as a child, so naturally he ended up following in his dad’s footsteps and became a drummer. His solos landed him in the Guitar Center Drum-Off store finals when he was 13 years old, he competed in the competition for years and eventually became a judge. His musical tastes range from Hip-Hop and Live Electronic music to Jazz and Heavy Metal (and of course Rock n Roll!!!) - and he has been an avid concert goer for his entire life. He played in the jazz and jazz improv bands throughout high school before moving to New Orleans to begin his college career in 2005. After spending a few years in Louisiana he returned to Cleveland and started a band, Broccoli Samurai, in 2010. The project grew from a local improv trio to a nationally touring entity, playing in over 30 states for several years, and continues to play reunion shows sporadically at both festivals and venues today. He has been privileged to play on stage and in the studio with artists such as DJ Logic and The Sugarhill Gang, while his band grew from a basement jam band to playing at legendary venues around the country and at major festivals like Euphoria Festival in Austin, TX and Electric Forest in MI. Chris also played with other bands — The Lorax Tree, Jones for Revival, EP3, Octopus Prime and his DJ/Drum project Chris/Tucker. He has been an intern and volunteer at the Bop Stop Music Settlement, and is honored to have had the opportunity to play music for so many people over the years. Chris enjoyed teaching fourth grade students in East Cleveland through a program called We the People at John Carroll University, where he eventually graduated from in 2019 with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communication. Now he is excited to begin his journey as a drum instructor at the School of Rock, having begun teaching at the Highland Heights, Strongsville, and Westlake locations.
Drum Teacher Devin Gilbert

Devin Gilbert Drum Teacher

Devin has been teaching for over 10 years and has a true passion for inspiring the youth. His love for music started at an extremely young age; he’s been a drummer for most of his life and has learned to play 32 instruments. During his college years while attending the University of Toledo, he became the center snare in the Marching Band program. Devin went on to tour professionally and afterward became involved in several successful bands, he even went onto become one of the guitar players, producers and founding members of the original hip hop band Red Rose Panic.

Currently, Devin composes and produces music for artists, you might even catch him on the big screen if you’re ever at a Cavs game as he plays for the extremely popular entertainment team the 216Stix!

Devin hopes to positively impact his students by reminding them that with hard work, determination and of course fun anything is possible!
Singing Teacher Jessica Yafanaro

Jessica Yafanaro Singing Teacher

Jessica Yafanaro is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist based out of Cleveland, Ohio. Influenced by jazz, gospel, and R&B, Jessica draws from the greats to create an original sound. Born on July 5th, 1991, Jessica had a natural ability for music, discovered at an early age.
Jessica was able to hear any song, and recreate it on a keyboard. Seeing her ability to do so with no prior music experience, at the age of seven, her parents decided to enroll her in private piano lessons. In those lessons, Jessica discovered that she had perfect pitch, a rare ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone . This knowledge was a determining factor in Jessica’s desire to pursue music on a serious level. She began to study saxophone in fifth grade, and upon entering middle school, taught herself flute, clarinet, bass guitar, electric/acoustic guitar, and drums. With this knowledge, Jessica started playing multiple instruments at her home church, Christian Assembly in Richmond Heights, Ohio, and eventually became the music director for eight years. At the same time, Jessica studied classical voice at The Cleveland Music School Settlement on a vocal scholarship, under the guidance of Kimberly Lauritsen.

Upon graduation from Mayfield High School in 2009, Jessica became the assistant director of the show choir and theatre program at her alma mater. Jessica studied music education at Baldwin-Wallace University for one year. But her love for music would truly awaken when she heard through a friend about a jazz school in the heart of downtown Cleveland. She transferred to the metropolitan campus of Cuyahoga Community College, where she studied jazz through Berklee College of Music’s articulate program, working with world renown artists and producers such as Diana Krall, Janis Siegel, Tommy LiPuma, and many others. In 2014, Jessica became the bassist and soon transitioned to the role of assistant director at South Euclid United Church of Christ for seven years.

Along with her experience during her school years, Jessica has been a professional vocalist and musician in the Cleveland Music scene for over ten years. You can hear her singing and playing with many bands and artists such as Dan Wilson, “Collin Miller and the Brother Nature,” and many more. Her debut album is set to be released in fall of 2022.

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Fantastic for kids and adults!

For kids it builds confidence and it is an incredible amount of fun! Adults get to revisit their teenage dreams of being a rockstar!

It's been so wonderful for our daughter.

She has made many new friends and has much more confidence than before. She has done many other activities in the past, but nothing resonated with her as much as her voice lessons and performance groups have.

We love the incredible instructors.

It’s very welcoming. My daughter really enjoys the camaraderie among the students. Working towards a definite goal has been vital to her growth as a vocalist.

Love the continuity, training and instruction,

Students can learn so many different instruments and there are so many dedicated teachers. They enjoy their time in class and in band practice and they are engaged.