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School of Rock Port Jefferson
4837 Nesconset Hwy
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
(631) 476-7625

Location Specifics

Located on Route 347 next door to Wahlburgers Restaurant and across the street from Home Goods.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program in Port Jefferson Station for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

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

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

Rookies music program for children in Port Jefferson Station
Rookies
Ages 6-7

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

School of Rock Port Jefferson'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 Port Jefferson 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 Port Jefferson Station.

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 Port Jefferson 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 Port Jefferson Station.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Port Jefferson Station
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Port Jefferson Station and the rest of NY. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

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

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Music Lessons in Port Jefferson

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Port Jefferson Station

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Port Jefferson Station

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Port Jefferson 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 Port Jefferson, 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 Port Jefferson 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 Port Jefferson, 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 Port Jefferson Station.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Port Jefferson Station

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Port Jefferson 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 Port Jefferson Station 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 Port Jefferson, 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 Port Jefferson Station 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 Port Jefferson, 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 Port Jefferson Station

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Matt Marek

Matt Marek Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Matt is a guitar teacher, show director and Houseband director with a bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University. He has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old. As a School of Rock Alum, he uses his past experiences in the program as well as his musical knowledge to motivate and educate all of his students. Matt has performed in multiple Rock and Metal bands, and has gotten to share the stage with many talented musicians including members of “Guns n Roses”, “Skid Row”, Michael Angelo Batio and comedy metal band “Psychostick”. Matt has written and recorded multiple songs in his bands, and enjoys teaching his students to write and record as well. Through positive reinforcement, Matt encourages his students to not only work hard, but to enjoy their musical journey in the hopes of also expanding their interests and goals.
Keyboard Teacher Daniel DeLucia

Daniel DeLucia Keyboard Teacher

Daniel DeLucia has been playing and studying piano for 18 years. He attended LIU Post in 2013 and since then has played in their Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos as well as performing chamber music, background music, and solo recitals. Daniel has had the opportunity to perform for Esperanza Spalding, Jimmy Heath, Bill Charlap, and many others. He also has experience playing in the 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. In addition to piano, Daniel has also performed as an electric bassist and classical guitarist. Daniel is currently in the process of pursuing an MS in music therapy at Molloy College.
Singing Teacher Catherine Daniels

Catherine Daniels Singing Teacher

Catherine Daniels is a classically trained professional singer who recently graduated from Fredonia School of Music with a degree in vocal performance. Catherine has been involved in many operas, and has worked with the Hillman Opera Company. Not only that, she has competed in concerto competitions, and is also an alumni of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. She has performed at numerous venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City, and Citi Field. Catherine is currently working as a vocal instructor here at School of Rock. She is also an experienced Youth Choir Director locally. Catherine hopes to share her knowledge and experience with her students so that they may sing healthily, and for them to find their unique sound. She hopes to share her love of music to each and every one of her students.
Singing Teacher Kristen Comolli

Kristen Comolli Singing Teacher

Kristen is a vocal instructor with a degree in music performance in jazz/commercial music as a vocalist from Five Towns College and another degree in music industry/business from SUNY Oneonta. At both colleges, Kristen was part of many ensembles, jam bands, and also did solo performances. Before college, she was also doing the same as well as being a School of Rock student for roughly 5 years. Kristen enjoys teaching all genres and helping students become a stronger musician. She plays multiple instruments, but her main focus is vocals as she has had a lifetime love for singing. Kristen was mentored by many great names that have taught her that if you combine your musical talents and musical knowledge, you can go far.
Director, Guitar Teacher Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt Guitar Teacher

Chris Schmidt has a bachelors in music from Stony Brook University. He currently plays in multiple bands such as Nicolls Road (top 40 cover band), Tired Radio (original band), Know Your Enemy (a tribute to Rage Against the Machine) and Mikki May (solo act). Chris is also familiar with home recording software and engineering. He also had the opportunity to perform at the NAMM festival in California in 2016. Chris loves teaching all of his students ranging from beginners to even advanced students. In addition to directing shows in our performance program, he also enjoys teaching music theory and songwriting/composition!
Director, Drum Teacher, Horns Teacher Ryan McGovern

Ryan McGovern Director, Drum Teacher, Horns Teacher

Ryan started playing percussion at the age of 15 when he joined the Longwood High School Marching Band. He was inspired by his teacher Ed Walsh to pursue a career in music education. Ryan has his B.S. and M.A. in music education from Hofstra University. Ryan has taught general music at the Riverhead Charter School and the Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School. Ryan also has taught musical theater at the Longwood Youth Theater Experience and Theatrics Performing Arts. Ryan often performs with his ska band Crisis Crayons around Long Island. He has been teaching at School of Rock Port Jefferson since 2013 where he teaches percussion, brass, and woodwinds. Ryan is also a seasonal show director and directs the Grad Band.
Guitar Teacher Bobby Rosenthal

Bobby Rosenthal Guitar Teacher

Bobby Rosenthal picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and has been involved in music and performance ever since. Bobby has a bachelor of music degree from Five Towns College, where he studied with John Kelly and Peter Rogine. Though most of his college career was spent studying Jazz music, Bobby’s knowledge and expertise span the genre spectrum to include Classic Rock, Reggae and Blues. Bobby has played guitar, bass and keyboards in multiple bands since high school. Performing numerous times at venues across Long Island and New York City with friends, he recorded, produced and released his first full-length album by the age of 19. Bobby’s time playing with many different bands illuminated his capacity for teaching and his love for helping others learn music. During many practices he found himself teaching the other band members their parts. His work with his friends inspired Bobby to begin teaching privately and ultimately led him to School of Rock Port Jefferson, where he is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher.
Director, Singing Teacher

Julianna Gape Director, Singing Teacher

Julianna is a singing teacher with a degree in early childhood education. On top of her vocal lessons, she can also be found directing shows, running our yearly holiday choir and running every rookies class that we have to offer! As a School of Rock alum, she is more than familiar with our programs, having worked her way to the top in the School of Rock Allstar program. Her experience with music has found her doing everything from singing in a funk band to belting Painkiller by Judas Priest. It is very likely that Julianna will be the person that welcomes you into our school!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Peter Scoma

Peter Scoma Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Peter Scoma is primarily a guitarist, songwriter, and composer. He has been a music educator for over 10 years. He has a passion for music creation and production. His secondary instruments include bass guitar, drums, piano and voice. He graduated from SUNY Purchase in classical guitar performance. He is currently pursuing an MFA in film music at Brooklyn College. He has written and recorded albums with the group The Vigilance Committee, and has contributed to many others as a session musician. At School of Rock, he has directed over 50 shows covering Rock music of all styles.
Director, Guitar Teacher Vanessa Torre

Vanessa Torre Director, Guitar Teacher

Vanessa got her associates degree at Suffolk County Community College. She is currently working on obtaining her bachelor's degree at Stony Brook University. She plans on teaching music theory at the university level one day. Vanessa has been playing electric guitar for eight years and classical guitar for three years. She specializes in teaching music theory and Alternative Rock. She is a guitar and bass teacher, as well as a performance program director. Vanessa was a student for four years prior to working at the school. She was also a part of School of Rock Port Jefferson’s house band for three years.
Bass Guitar Teacher Michael Perlmutter

Michael Perlmutter Bass Guitar Teacher

Michael Perlmutter is a bassist, audio engineer, modular synthesist, and producer. Michael shares his time between School of Rock and running live sound for his Manhattan venue where he is director of tech: Chelsea Table of Stage. Michael is passionate about learning and eager to share his knowledge about music, performance, sound, acoustics, and audio circuitry. Live performance has always been a part of his life. He performs in a band that opened up for local legends Taking Back Sunday and Glassjaw. If you’re looking to learn bass, music production, audio recording, live sound or detailed explanations of the mechanisms of synthesis, then take a trial with Michael!
Keyboard Teacher Erin McNamara

Erin McNamara Keyboard Teacher

Erin is a keyboard teacher who has been playing for over ten years. She specializes in teaching Classic Rock. She is a School of Rock alum, having been in the program since she was 8 years old. Through her time as a student here, she earned herself a position on the House Band. Erin believes that everyone should get a chance to be the best musician they can be and looks forward to helping her students achieve their goals!
Director, Drum Teacher Harry Smith

Harry Smith Director, Drum Teacher

Harry Smith is a drummer that loves to perform live and inspire all of his students with his passion for music. He started playing drums in School of Rock at the age of seven and is continuing to follow his musical passion professionally. He toured around the country 4 consecutive years with the School of Rock All-Stars. He graduated from New York University in spring of 2021 with a bachelor of music in Jazz studies. One of his highlights at NYU would be winning a quintet competition and traveling to Costa Rica to represent them. He was a co-masterclass instructor in Costa Rica who shared his musical ideas with many inspiring musicians of all ages. He has experience recording music in a few different professional recording studios. He has experience being the drummer in musical theatre shows like Elf, and Saturday Night Fever. He also performs in the tri-state area at private events that play Motown, Rock, Jazz Standards, Top 40, and many other genres. Harry wants to share his love of music with as many people as he can, and he loves to inspire his students. Music is a language and he aspires to help his students find their own voice.
Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Patrick Brennan

Patrick Brennan Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Patrick’s love affair with music began at the age of 9 when he picked up his first guitar. From there, he fed himself a steady diet of music from Rock's greatest guitar gods, and cut his teeth playing in various bands in the Long Island area. Patrick began studying at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2005. There, he not only honed his craft and became one of Berklee's preeminent Rock guitarists, but began studying composition and production in all styles of music. Patrick was selected to perform at Berklee's Guitar Night Rock/Pop Showcase in 2009. That same year, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual major in guitar performance and contemporary writing & production. Patrick has since been making a name for himself in New York’s vibrant music scene. Patrick has shared the stage with such legendary performers as Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and Living Colour’s Corey Glover, toured all over the country and played multiple showcases at South By Southwest (SXSW), America's largest music conference. When not performing, Patrick regularly contributes to prominent magazines like Guitar Player and Premier Guitar as a Lesson Writer. His published lessons include “Making The Jump: Mastering The Art Of Sweep Picking”, “How To Craft More Melodic Solos” and “Hendrix Chords”.
Drum Teacher Dan Marcus

Dan Marcus Drum Teacher

Dan has been playing drums since he was 6 years old and teaching drums for over 35 years —
from children to adults, beginner to advanced. Dan is also a qualified NYSMA instructor for
students of all levels. Dan studied under some of the most well known drummers, Frank Bellucci, Rod Morganstein, and Terry Bozzio. The collective knowledge from his mentors shows through in his teaching and philosophy. Dan has played in various bands since 1985, both studio recording and live shows in venues such as Westbury Music Fair Theater, and performing on the Joe Franklin Show.
Dan takes a lot of pride in his teaching, molding the student into a well versed musician. He
focuses on all styles of drumming, hand techniques, rudiments, independents, and reading. As an educator, his goal is to provide a fun and welcoming environment for students of all ages
to learn and grow. Dan knows that every student is different and adjusts his teaching style
accordingly. He believes patience and enthusiasm are the keys to make learning and mastering
the drums fun and interesting. Dan is also well versed in piano, music theory and composition.

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