Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock SW Austin’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 of Operations
Alex Vallejo is best known as the drummer of the award-winning Austin, Texas rock band VALLEJO.
Aside from performing in his band VALLEJO, Alex is also the VP of Austin music production label VMG (Vallejo Music Group), board member and artist consultant at the Austin Music Foundation, operations director for School Of Rock (Southwest Austin/Round Rock, TX), co-founder of the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, sits on the advisory board of EQ Austin and is also a partner and talent buyer for EPS Presents.
Justin Pratt is a San Marcos, TX based musician who plays Guitar, Bass and Vocals. Justin studied Music performance at Los Angeles Musician’s Institute and is well versed in Rock, Blues, Country and R&B. Justin currently performs with Broken Arrow and Sami and The Engine.
Amanda Wisniewski graduated from North Central College in 2020 with a BA in Music Liberal Arts focusing on classical voice and music composition. Through her education and other opportunities, Amanda has performed at Carnegie Hall, Disney World, Navy Pier, and Wentz Concert Hall. Along with voice and composition, Amanda is trained in piano, electronic synthesis, orchestration and theory, and conducting, as well as self-taught on guitar, ukulele, and bass. Aside from her music training, Amanda has been teaching for almost six years, with experience in early childhood and special education. Amanda is so happy to be a part of the School of Rock family where she can share her love and knowledge of music with those around her.
Vinnie Ambrosone was born and raised in Corning, NY. His father was a professional Jazz drummer who encouraged Vinnie to pursue his dream of playing drums professionally. After graduating from high school, Vinnie started earning money for playing out and then becoming a professional drummer to this day. After honing his skills with cover bands and playing original music throughout the northeast, Vinnie moved to Austin, Texas in 1999 to further pursue his dreams.
As a result of this move, Vinnie began to meet and work with many professional musicians covering genres like Rock, Blues, Americana, Funk and Country. In 2004 Vinnie was asked to audition for the legendary Bill Hamm of ZZ Top fame. Vinnie worked as a touring country/rock drummer for Bill and performed in arenas and stadiums opening for the likes of Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Big & Rich, Diamond Rio and many other Texas regional acts. There are many artists he has performed with over the years and continues to perform throughout Texas and the Southwest.
With over 30 years of touring and recording, Vinnie brings a vast knowledge of experience and he is dedicated to helping the students of The School Of Rock pursue the same dreams he had as a kid. Currently Vinnie is teaching drums at The School Of Rock SW Austin, Texas.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Nikko Vallejo is an Austin based musician who has worked at the School of Rock for over 3 years. Nikko has a long history of performance, starting at just the age of 13 with local Austin band, 24/7 and has continued to perform over ten years in bands such as FOAM, KMET and Quentin & The Past Lives. He has 2 dogs and a cat.
Drums Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Grady's musical journey started with his family. His grandmother had a piano and his father had a guitar. He started picking out all the drum parts and playing them on the dashboard of the car to the radio. Eventually, Grady’s grandmother bought him a drum set and he started practicing. In 19991, Grady moved to Austin and has been a part of the music scene as a working drummer ever since.
Media Manager, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals and Keys Teacher
Alejandro “Alex” Camet is originally from Mexico, and attended The Art institute of Austin where he studied a bachelor’s degree in audio production. Alex also attended many different music schools in Mexico including Canzion Institute.
He plays Guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano. He currently plays with his band Black Noize and his solo project, Alejandro’s music influences includes Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Molotov, Cafe Tacuba, John Mayer, and Guns and Roses.
School of Rock is where music and learning come together
For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.