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School of Rock Sacramento
6350 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael, CA 95608
916-907-7625
Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

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

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

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

At School of Rock Sacramento our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Sacramento, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children in Carmichael
Rookies
Ages 6-7

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

School of Rock Sacramento'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 Sacramento 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 Carmichael.

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 Sacramento 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 Carmichael.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Carmichael

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Carmichael

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Sacramento 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 Sacramento, 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 Sacramento 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 Sacramento, 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 Carmichael.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Carmichael

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Sacramento 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 Carmichael 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 Sacramento, 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 Carmichael 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 Sacramento, 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 Carmichael

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher Corry Coppin

Corry Coppin Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Cory first started his musical journey in high school when he decided to start a band with his friends. Once he realized how much fun he was having, he immediately joined every band and choir he could at school and was hooked. He majored in Music Theory and Musical Theater at College of the Siskiyous, where he sang in the jazz choir, played guitar and bass in the jazz band, and discovered a passion for songwriting. After his first experience teaching as the choir director at a local charter school, he realized there was no better way to share his love of music.

Since college, he has worked as both a private and public music teacher and as the musical director at multiple theatre companies. He has written the score for seven full-length musicals, the songs for an in-production movie rock opera, and has co-written several albums. He currently works at WestRoc Studios in midtown helping write and produce music for local artists and gigs around the area in his Irish Folk band, Lions of the North. In his free time, Cory enjoys watching and playing basketball, watching and playing fantasy football, and battling in Pokémon Go.
Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Joel Case

Joel Case Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Joel is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, well-versed in the foundational instruments of rock: guitar, piano, bass, and drums. His education began at four years old, when his parents noticed how much he loved the feel and sound of the family piano. He would often daydream while lying on the piano bench, with his head next to the walnut soundboard, while he tinkered with the keys overhead. His parents hired an instructor who showed Joel how to close his eyes and identify harmonic elements by listening. From there, the teacher showed Joel how to immediately perform what he heard on piano, without using trial-and-error. Using this knowledge, Joel became obsessed with the Beatles and quickly learned how to play their songs. Later, he learned to vocally harmonize by analyzing those same songs. After high school, he learned guitar, bass, and drums, and performed in bands for many years. His knowledge of vocal/piano technique and music theory comes from a combination of classical private instruction, textbooks, and coursework as a music major at Sacramento City College. Joel is very passionate and enthusiastic about music and the role it plays in confidence, inspiration, and personal artistic expression.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Alonso Hernandez

Alonso Hernandez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Alonso has been a music teacher since 2014, specializing in bass, guitar and group ensembles. He studied Jazz at West Valley College and is adept at many musical stylings including Rock, Jazz, Metal, Funk, Classical, Country and Gospel. As a bassist, Alonso has performed on the Vans Warped Tour with Pop Punk band Pounders, as well as multiple tours of Japan with nu-metal pioneers Insolence. He has also shared the stage with bands Alien Ant Farm, Exodus, Fishbone, Alkaline Trio, Reel Big Fish, Filter and DMX. As a teacher, he loves to focus on individual journeys. Every student/musician is different, and his approach adapts to each student’s need.
Drum Teacher Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald Drum Teacher

Enamored with the bombastic energy of punk rock from an early age, Ian started tapping along with Green Day’s “Dookie” and “Smash” by The Offspring on whatever he could. Over time, the tapping snowballed into a practice pad and a pair of sticks, to lessons with an industry veteran, to the drum kit and four years in the high school drum line.

Two decades later, that punk rock energy, ethos and enthusiasm has influenced his playing in a number of groups across genres, ranging from a little bit of time on the road with a hardcore band to the more introspective, indie rock feel of his current project - Vinnie Guidera & the Dead Birds.
Singing Teacher Alexa Irvin

Alexa Irvin Singing Teacher

Alexa has been singing and looking for any reason to perform since she was a small child who loved to watch musicals and sing "opera" around the house. Originally a self taught singer, she didn't receive any formal vocal training until her freshman year of college when she joined the Sac City College Choir. Through Sacramento City College she has performed in several concerts, musicals, recitals, and even had the opportunity to perform with the Sacramento Ballet. After finishing her time at SCC she transferred to Sacramento State and officially became a music major.

While pursuing her B.A. in music and ultimately music education, Alexa has done her best to immerse herself in the Sacramento music/live performance scene. She often attends events to support local musicians and bands, performs in a group with other SOR instructors, and even dabbles in the beloved Sacramento theater community that she grew up watching. Alexa's truest passion is to share music with others, to teach the value of arts and humanities, and to make music accessible to anyone with a song in their heart and a little sparkle in their spirit.
Drum Teacher Yacine Ofoe

Yacine Ofoe Drum Teacher

Yacine has been playing drums for 23 years. He started learning at 8 years old and took lessons for 3 years. His enthusiasm for drums led him to learn so quickly that his teacher told him there wasn’t much left to teach him. So he continued to build up his drum skills on his own while listening and playing along to all of his favorite bands. Starting with pop punk and moving on to hardcore, screamo, and metal. He started his first band at 12 years old with middle school friends covering The Misfits songs and playing house shows. After high school, he started a melodic hardcore band with his brother and closest friends. They were signed to a small label after their 2nd show, toured California, and recorded an album. Yacine has played in dozens of bands and played hundreds of shows/concerts throughout his career. He has been teaching for School of Rock Elk Grove since 2017 and is excited to be teaching at the new Sacramento location as well!
General Manager / Music Director Jared Casstevens

Jared Casstevens General Manager / Music Director

Jared grew up in the Bay Area, where he began his musical journey by taking piano lessons at his elementary school. At age 12 he picked up a guitar and it was love at first sight. His first teacher gave him the tools to learn and play his favorite songs by ear, a skill he would continue to hone over the next 25 years. His next teacher brought Jared back to the fundamentals, teaching him the scales and techniques that would further develop his style and dramatically enhance his playing. He formed a short lived Ska band as a freshman in high school and then moved on to start a pop-punk quartet with his brother Ryan on Drums. He played his first live shows and recorded his first EP with this group, and developed a passion for songwriting and performance.

Years later, Jared became a founding member of the Sacramento Rock band Smirker, a band whose influences include The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Ween and many others. Jared began as the band's bassist and quickly developed a fondness for the instrument. Smirker, whose shows were composed of both cover songs and originals, played frequent gigs in the greater Sacramento area and went on to record their own EP. Jared brings over 25 years of guitar playing and over 15 years of performance experience to School of Rock Sacramento, and looks forward to continuing his musical journey there for years to come.
Drum Teacher Nic Black

Nic Black Drum Teacher

Nic Black has been playing drums and percussion for almost 30 years. He began his musical journey with lessons and performance groups, before moving on to form his own bands and gigging regularly. Playing in these bands introduced Nic to many different genres of music and helped forge him into the versatile drummer and passionate music lover that he is today. His goal as a School of Rock instructor is to inspire love of instrument and love of community, as our music is informed by the people we love and stand by.
Keyboard Teacher Monique Horyza

Monique Horyza Keyboard Teacher

Monique Horyza was born a natural keyboardist and music lover. Before she could read, she could play piano. She began Classical piano lessons with a private instructor at the age of 4. By age 16 she joined a local pop rock band and was introduced to the culture of playing live music. It only took one show for her to know that playing keys live on stage was her calling! Studying at Musicians Institute was the next step for Monique to hone her skills. Graduating top of her class in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Keyboard Technology, she is now a professional-level keyboardist with the ability to play keys and piano in any genre or style of music. At advanced levels she understands music theory, composition, live sound, digital music, music production and music directing.

Monique has played keys live and in studio recording sessions for multiple artists in Los Angeles. For two years she also wrote, produced, and released her own music while working with a drummer in a band they called Adequate. In December 2021, Monique was hired at School of Rock as a Keyboard Instructor and Music Director for Rock 101. She says: "The incredibly talented souls that come to our school never ceases to amaze me. Watching them achieve bliss from music from beyond their time is so pure, and is certainly something I am glad to be able to help share with the world."
Studio Coordinator Ciara Anguay

Ciara Anguay Studio Coordinator

Ciara is a kindhearted polymath (Entrepreneur, Song Writer, Children's Book Author & More). Music is just one of the things that Ciara is extremely passionate about, especially because it has the ability to connect people in a very universal and whimsical manner. Ciara has an extensive background working with young children as a preschool teacher, youth instructor for a local church, and doing volunteer work with The United States Youth Volleyball League. Ciara has multiple early reader books available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is currently working on creating new material based on music fundamentals. Most importantly, Ciara is excited to be a member of The School of Rock Family!
Singing Teacher Maddy Vine

Maddy Vine Singing Teacher

Maddy is a recent college graduate and current masters student. During her undergraduate studies, she majored in voice per her music scholarship requirement which she applied for on a whim. Participating in choir, jazz ensembles, and as a classical soloist, Maddy was introduced to a multitude of vocal new genres. Here she fell in love with the Estill vocal method of training which focuses on anatomy and physiology of the voice. This method has allowed her to have free stylistic range with her voice and performances throughout her time in college. This method also allowed her to protect her voice and left her with a knowledge of how to isolate certain vocal mechanisms to produce any sound desired. After graduation, Maddy was unsure of the next steps on her journey in life until she stumbled into School of Rock out of curiosity and found how gratifying it is to pass on the love of singing and making music for the world.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Zach Rockafellow

Zach Rockafellow Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Specializing in music theory and improvisation, Zach started his musical journey when he was around 8 years old, playing trumpet in his school band. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that he was able to find his musical ‘home’ with the electric guitar. Inspired by the sounds of classical, jazz and 80’s hair metal, Zach acquired a strong sense of musical theory and technique early on. After refining his ‘improv’ skills in the local high school jazz band, he continued to pursue music at Musician’s Institute. There, he was able to learn one-on-one from some of the most notable players in the music industry, eventually earning a degree in both guitar and performing arts. Upon graduating, Zach performed with several groups around California, founded the company ‘ZR Guitar Pickups’ and continued teaching and recording freelance around the Bay Area and Sacramento.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Angel Alvarez

Angel Alvarez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Angel Alvarez began his musical journey with the purchase of his first album in 1982 of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." He immediately begged his parents for piano lessons and, although short-lived, these lessons solidified his yearn to be a musician. High school choirs tuned his voice but it wasn't until he got his first guitar as a junior that he finally found his calling. During his 13-year stint as the lead singer and guitarist for the Bay Area band Mystic Rage, he worked to get his bachelor's degree in studio recording and sound design. Additionally, he played in countless venues in California and Nevada, opening for bands like Slayer, Slipknot, Blue Oyster Cult, etc. He became the guitarist and one of the main songwriters for the band A Million Exploding Suns. After this project ended Angel decided to finally form the band he has always wanted. Now in a new band, Zero Day Threat, he has 100% creative control. Angel brings over 20 years of combined experience in performing, writing, engineering and teaching to School of Rock and is passionate about imparting his knowledge and experience to the next generation.
Guitar Teacher Adam Allas

Adam Allas Guitar Teacher

Adam began playing guitar at 17 and within a few years was writing songs and recording demos at his home in
San Diego, California. As his skills increased he began collaborating with other musicians and experimenting
with different musical styles. For several years he operated a home-based project studio, producing and
recording rock, indie, and underground hip-hop music with a number of local artists. During this time he also
learned live sound and technical theater while working at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Later
Adam began working with young children, teaching music fundamentals and performing in preschools and
classrooms. He rediscovered the thrill of performing and joined a few tribute and cover bands before finding his
home with local cover band The Deviant Strays as their sole guitarist.

Adam has experience in blues, funk, soul, country, folk, bluegrass, and Hawaiian slack-key music, but classic
rock is and always was his main inspiration. He hopes to pass on his love of music to the next generation of rockers!

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Reviews

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

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

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

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

It's the best music program in the city.

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

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

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