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School of Rock San Jose
5035 Almaden Expy
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 960-8180

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: 1 PM - 7 PM

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

School of Rock in San Jose, California is proud to offer music classes to help teach our community how to play instruments with skill and confidence. We teach everything from keyboard to bass guitar, songwriting, and vocals for all levels. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their musical ability in a supportive and encouraging learning environment. Iconic artists such as The Doobie Brothers, Dion Warwick, and Smash Mouth are all from San Jose. The city offers a wealth of opportunities for students to take the skills they learned at School of Rock and go on to perform at local venues such as Art Boutiki, a well known all-ages venue for local artists, and The Ritz.

Programs we offer

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

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock San Jose'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 San Jose have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in San Jose are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock San Jose 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 San Jose
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock San Jose'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 San Jose music venue.

Rookies music program for children in San Jose
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock San Jose, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock San Jose, 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.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in San Jose
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock San Jose 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

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 San Jose, 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.

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 San Jose, 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 San Jose is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock San Jose 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
All Ages

At School of Rock San Jose, 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


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.

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

The School of Rock San Jose 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 San Jose'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

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 San Jose 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
Age 17 and Under

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Music Lessons in San Jose

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock San Jose

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock San Jose

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Jose 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 San Jose we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in San Jose, 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 San Jose, 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 San Jose. Unlike other San Jose drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock San Jose, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our San Jose 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 San Jose

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Jose 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 San Jose, 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 San Jose teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock San Jose, 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 San Jose.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock San Jose

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock San Jose 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 San Jose 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 San Jose, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach San Jose 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 San Jose, 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 San Jose

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock San Jose, 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 San Jose, 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 San Jose’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.

Drum Teacher Chris
Drum Teacher
Chris is a professional drummer, drum teacher, drumline instructor, studio drummer, percussionist and Jazz band instructor. A local drummer from Sunnyvale, CA, he has displayed his talents in multiple bands and music genres over the past five decades. Accolades include touring Canada, a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, nominated as Drummer of the Year for Bay Area's 1st Annual Blues Awards. As a teacher, for several decades he continues to inspire his students to express their musical creativity and talents engaging in high school programs, private lessons, playing in bands and most importantly, practicing. Chris is a regionally endorsed artist for Yamaha Drums in Northern California. His passions include working the Jazz Festivals, enjoying the music, equipment, technology and the fans.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Alex
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer from San Jose,CA. He was introduced to music at an early age and has thus found his passion in life. In high school, Alex was part of the symphonic, concert, marching and steel drum ensembles, where he learned the importance of being a well-rounded musician as well as playing with others. With these programs, he had the opportunity to play in various venues such as Disneyland and all the way across the world at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He attended the University of Oregon, where he studied Music, as well as branched off and played original music in bands. In the Bay Area, Alex plays in Love District, Socorra and other projects.

He does his best to share his passion and enthusiasm for music with all of his students. Since joining School of Rock, he finds joy in inspiring his students to play and helping them to find their own voice in music. You will never find him happier than when he is playing or teaching.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Brian
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Brian currently serves as a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock San Jose, where you can trust his commitment to providing students with lessons learned from his vast experience.
Guitar Teacher Ace
Guitar Teacher
Nick (who goes by Ace), started playing guitar in 1991 at the age of 11. He has been in numerous bands and writes his own original songs. Ace is very passionate about teaching and has taught in multiple different locations and schools across the Bay Area. His goal is to make learning a more enjoyable experience by encouraging students to mix theory with learning their favorite songs.

Ace covers the following topics: intervals, major and minor scales, harmonic and melodic scales, pentatonic scales, building chords, determining key centers, modes, modal interchange, effects, pentatonic substitution, and more. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock San Jose.
Singing Teacher Alex
Vocal Teacher
Alex is a long-time Bay Area performer. Alex went to Milpitas High School where his interest in singing started. Alex has been singing a capella music, specifically Barbershop Harmony for the past 8 years of his life. He’s done many musical theatre productions, most recently “Cabaret” with City Lights Theatre Company. You might also have caught him performing at California’s Great America as an actor on the 4D Mass Effect ride, as Jack Frost, or most recently South Bay Shores radio cohost, Sonny Burns. His passion for singing is equally matched by his passion to teach singing. Alex thinks if everyone sang the world would truly be a better place.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Shand
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Shand is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Texas. He writes songs with a classic Rock vibe and great hooks that are both familiar and original. He has performed live throughout the South West and along the West Coast, as well as touring Europe on many occasions. When not playing guitar he enjoys walking his dog, Lola.
Assistant General Manager Josiah
Assistant General Manager
Josiah is a San Jose local and has lived here for most of his life. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in business administration. Josiah has been part of School of Rock since 2019 starting off as one of the studio coordinators and is now the assistant general manager. His passions include music, roasting coffee, gaming, and, while he won’t admit it, he thinks Nickleback is a pretty good band.
General Manager Chris
General Manager
Chris was a part of the team that opened School of Rock here in San Jose. Chris started out as a teacher teaching drums and helped direct the school's first show. Eventually Chris became the Music Director, and is now General Manager. He is deeply connected to the San Jose music scene, and continues to release music and perform live. Chris was a performer in the international sensation "Stomp," and has also toured around the United States and in Canada with the Vans Warped Tour. Past television experiences include "The X-Factor," "America's Got Talent" and "Conan O'Brien", and he acted in many various music videos for other artists like Taylor Swift, Neon Trees, Ozzy and Mariah Carey. Chris is excited to inspire students, teachers and keep the creative music community growing.
Drum Teacher Connor
Drum Teacher
Connor is a drum instructor at School of Rock San Jose. Drawing from over a decade of professional live performance, touring and recording experience, his goal is to teach students the essentials of drumming in fun and innovative ways. Using an eclectic blend of popular and experimental music, Connor’s goal is to teach students crucial drum knowledge while keeping them engaged and inspired. When he’s not teaching at School of Rock, you can catch him performing on stage both locally and nationally with his band Wolf King.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher Daniel
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Daniel was born and raised in San Jose, and has been living/working here ever since! He’s been playing piano/keyboard since he was about eight years old, circa 2000. He says it has been a huge blessing and opportunity of growth to teach at School of Rock! He has been teaching here for over a year now, and says it has been an incredible journey so far!
Music Director Eric
Music Director
Eric is the Founder of e2Music Productions, Media & Education. In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist, he is a producer, composer, publisher, teaching artist, mentor for the Links, San Jose Chapter Arts & Education Facet, and producer/radio host of The Drive Thru every Tuesday morning for The People’s Community Radio “KKUP” 91.5 FM. He is the recipient of several grants for his workshops. He is also a 2022 Creative Ambassador for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs.

Eric has toured the U.S. and Europe as a bassist. He has created and teaches two after-school program workshops, “Lyrically Speaking” and “Drum It Up,” which have been shared at many Title-1 schools throughout multiple school districts in our area. He has been a workshop instructor for the San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild Arts Education Program since 2005.
Assistant Music Director Kyra
Assistant Music Director
Kyra is a former School of Rock San Jose student who has joined the instructors to continue her journey at School of Rock. She teaches guitar and bass but has experience drumming and singing for her former band, [Artificial Lavender], which she formed from connections made at the school.

Kyra's 12+ years of musical experience helped her join the House Band and play in multiple performance shows. She also has a certificate in Commercial Music Production. She now aspires to help students get everything out of School of Rock just as she did herself!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher Zach
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Vocal Teacher, Drum Teacher
Zach has been playing music since he was six years old. Starting on the Piano in Elementary School, adding the Violin in Middle School, and rounding off his tool bag in High School with Guitar, Bass, Drums, and a focus on Vocal technique, he became determined from an early age to be as much of a musical “chameleon” as possible, hoping to be able to jump into any musical situation and create success. While he writes and records his own original music, plays in local bands, and is pursuing a career as a mixing engineer for studios and live music, he also has a background in primary education, camp management, and organized child care. Zach lives for the cross-section of those two passions, and having come from a diverse tapestry of different musical educational programs, he has a large pool of teaching styles, experiences, and influences to draw from. He would love to do what he can to help you or your child achieve any and all musical goals that bring you to School Of Rock!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Herb
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Herb is a native New Yorker and started playing guitar at 5 years of age. At 15 years old he started playing professionally in the club scene and shared the stage with such notables as Twisted Sister. He stopped performing to compete and win the 1992 Olympic Games Gold Medal in Taekwondo and then graduated Rutgers Law School. He currently performs in a few local bands but enjoys his true passion of teaching students the magic of Music at the School of Rock.
Bass Guitar Teacher Kenny
Bass Guitar Teacher
Kenny is a San Jose native and currently a Studio Coordinator at School Of Rock San Jose. A "hired gun" bass player, Kenny performs and tours with several different reggae rock bands all across the country. When not at School Of Rock or on the road touring, Kenny enjoys producing/recording music in his home studio and playing ice hockey. His goals are to educate and assist the youth on how to ROCK!!
Singing Teacher Bri
Vocal Teacher
A San Jose native, Bri began singing for audiences at 6 years old. She is a classically trained vocalist with additional experience performing jazz, musical theatre, and funk and has multiple international tours under her belt where she has had the opportunity to sing on stages like Carnegie Hall and with household names like Ryan Gosling and Josh Groban. As an instructor, helping students to develop and maintain proper technique for lifelong vocal health is her number one goal, along with guiding new singers on their journey of discovering what the vast expanse of what music as an art form has to offer.
Drum Teacher Nathan
Drum Teacher
Nathan is excited to join School of Rock San Jose as a drum instructor. He brings over two decades of experience performing and playing drums and holds a degree in music.

Nathan has had the privilege of playing with the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and performed on stage with Shania Twain. He is an original member of Street Drum Corps performing drum group BANG!, which performed at Vans Warped Tour and Six Flags in Southern California.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Tony
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Tony was born and raised in San Jose and began playing guitar when he was 15 years old. He was self-taught and developed his skills by learning his favorite songs and collaborating with other musicians in bands. Besides playing guitar, Tony has also been the lead vocalist in every band that he has played with. There are many styles that have influenced his songwriting over the years from alternative rock and pop punk to post-hardcore and metalcore.

Although music is Tony's biggest passion, teaching is another passion, and not just teaching music. After graduating from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, Tony became a behavior therapist and worked with children with special needs. After realizing his passion for teaching children, Tony decided to go back to school and is working towards a teaching credential and master's degree in Education. When he is not teaching at School of Rock, you can find him teaching English in a middle school class room.
Studio Coordinator Shay
Studio Coordinator
Shay is a Studio Coordinator here at School of Rock in San Jose, CA. She is a Business Management student at San Jose State University! Her musical background includes her participation in many musical theatre productions, choirs, and bands.

When she's not at School of Rock, you can find Shay caring for her pet fish and many houseplants, thrifting, walking her dogs, and singing with her university’s premier co-ed a capella team, the Spartones!
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Bryan
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Bryan is a local musician with over a decade of experience playing guitar and keyboard instruments. He has played countless shows, including opening for acts such as Y&T and Michael Franti, as well as playing for Facebook, SanDisk, and the San Jose Earthquakes.

Bryan has a true passion for music and its ability to bring focus, determination, and purpose into people’s lives. He loves to teach problem-solving, creativity, and improvisation through music. He is mostly self-taught, but began formal training in Jazz Studies and Classical Guitar in 2015.

Bryan teaches all styles with an emphasis on rock, blues, soul, pop, and jazz music.
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher AP
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
AP is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, artist, and performer born and raised in San José, CA. They got their start in music at the age of 8, taking lessons at School of Rock San José. AP joined the school’s House Band at the age of 10 and became a School of Rock AllStar at 12. Shortly after this, they began writing and recording their original music and have released a handful of albums, as well as playing drums on other artists’ recorded music.

AP has shared the stage with numerous up-and-coming regional acts such as Destroy Boys and Archer Oh. AP performs regularly with several local bands and as a hired drummer. They have a certificate in general music studies from Berklee College of Music. AP is thrilled to be instructing at School of Rock San José, and can’t wait to share their knowledge and passion for music with the students.
Vocal Teacher, Guitar Teacher Ary Ong-Beith
Ary Ong-Beith
Vocal Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Ary grew up listening to all kinds of music from hard rock to jazz to classical and found her passion for music by watching her father play in bands. Ary always had an affinity for singing and began taking vocal lessons at 10 years old. She has experience singing solo and in bands live for house shows, weddings, graduations, convention centers, and musical theater.

Ary has been writing originals since she was 9 and has learned piano and guitar to help with her songwriting and to accompany herself for solo gigs. Her favorite band of all time is Evanescence, but she appreciates every genre of music and thinks that everyone can find at least one song in each genre they can enjoy! Other influences include Kelly Clarkson, Arianna Grande, Billie Eilish, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC.
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