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School of Rock Watertown
120 Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-3434

Location Specifics

Across the street from the Filippello playground.

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  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Saturday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

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

School of Rock in Watertown, MA is proud to serve the Boston community (as well as surrounding areas like Newtown, Arlington, Cambridge, Belmont, Somerville, Brookline, and Waltham) with a revolutionary music education approach. Our expert instructors teach everything from singing to piano, bass guitar, drums, and keyboard. School of Rock Watertown even teaches music production, beat-making, songwriting, and recording using an in-house studio with tools like Ableton Live and ProTools. Students can learn a variety of musical styles like metal, soul, funk, classic rock, and even musical theater. The Boston area is no stranger to musical talent, with great acts like Boston, Aerosmith, The Cars, The Pixies, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys, Dresden Dolls, Guru, Gangstar, Extreme, Chick Corea, Mike Stern, and Mission of Burma calling the area home. With enough practice, students may even one day perform at legendary local venues like the Paradise Rock Club, The Sinclair, Brighton Music Hall, and Once Somerville.

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Watertown'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 Watertown music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Watertown
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Watertown, 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 Watertown, 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.

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 Watertown, 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 Watertown is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Watertown 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 Watertown, 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.

Adult music program in Watertown for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Watertown'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 Watertown 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 Watertown.

What To Expect

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 Watertown 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 Watertown.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Watertown

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Watertown

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Watertown

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Watertown, 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

General Manager Freddy Epstein

Freddy Epstein General Manager

Born in London and raised in Philadelphia, Freddy found his calling in music at a young age studying under Assistant Principal Bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Neil Courtney. Jazz soon became his focus and he began performing professionally at the age of 14. After graduating from Manhattan School of Music for Jazz Performance, Freddy’s love of music grew beyond any single genre. From singing at Showtime at the Apollo, to performing on Warped Tour for 3 years with his band IONIA, to traveling through Europe with Brooklyn-based Americana band, The Defibulators - the art is in the adventure! Freddy has spent the last 20 years in New York City as a musician, producer (Blood + Sand, ANML) and theater artist in NYC’s downtown experimental scene where he performed in numerous critically acclaimed productions including FUTURITY (Ars Nova/Soho Rep), The Infinite Hotel (Prototype Festival) and Animal Wisdom (Bushwick Starr). He believes music is medicine for the soul and is grateful to be at School of Rock Watertown as General Manager (and occasional show director)!
Assistant General Manager Wilbur Fisher

Wilbur Fisher Assistant General Manager

Wilbur has always had a love for guitar-focused music. When he was young, he gravitated towards hard rock from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. In his early teens, he was fascinated with pop punk and metal, and decided to pick up the guitar as a result. Immersed in music theory, he sought out more challenging theoretical and technical music, ultimately leading him to metal songwriting. By the age of 16, he had become a core songwriter for his first Metalcore band, and was playing in various towns across his home state of Alaska. After high school, he pursued higher education at Willamette University, where he studied jazz and classical guitar. He went on to graduate with honors from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's degree in Composition. Wilbur has led metal bands in the Boston scene and is always working on new music. He believes that music is the purest form of self-expression and that talent can always be taught, as long as you practice!
Music Director Paz Docmanov

Paz Docmanov Music Director

For as long as he can remember, music has been an integral part of Paz's life. By age 7 he was playing piano and studying classical voice and by age 14 he was performing all across Romania as a bassist in rock bands and classical ensembles. Music wasn't just a hobby for him, it was a refuge. At 18, he was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition, under the tutelage of bassist and Grammy nominated artist Victor Bailey. Paz has toured both nationally and internationally and is actively involved in the Boston local music scene. He also collaborates with multidisciplinary artists across the country as a session musician, multi-instrumentalist and Music Director. Paz specializes in bass, as well as guitar, keyboards, music theory and composition.
Drum Teacher Chris Narainen

Chris Narainen Drum Teacher

Chris Narainen was born and raised in the Republic of Mauritius in East Africa. A self-taught drummer, Chris started playing drums at the age of 11 and has never looked back. After moving to the US in 2004, he attended UMass Boston for Finance before becoming a drum instructor and performance director at the School of Rock Watertown for the last 6 years. Chris plays with multiple bands, touring both nationally and internationally. Current groups he performs with include JazzFirst, Proplydz (EDM), JD-MadMartian (Hip Hop), Lord Almighty (Metal), Vinal (Jam Band). Chris is a true music love who’s passionate about the drums and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Business at Berklee School of Music.
Guitar Teacher Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan Guitar Teacher and Bass Guitar Teacher

Matt Sullivan started playing guitar at the age of 12 and quickly made a name for himself by receiving the Louis Armstrong Award for Jazz Improvisation. After high school he attended Musicians Institute, a private college of contemporary music in Los Angeles. He's had the pleasure of studying with instructors like Danny Gill, Scott Henderson and Joe Diorio, and has attended seminars with Joe Diorio, Al DiMeola, Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai. Since graduating, he's taught music in Massachusetts for 25 years. He's done session work, international touring and plenty of local gigs, including the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra. Matt has taught at School of Rock Watertown for the last 5 years and specializes in Rock, Blues, Funk and Jazz.
Singing Teacher Gaby Cotter

Gaby Cotter Singing Teacher and Keyboard Teacher

Gaby Cotter is a Panamanian singer, songwriter, and music educator. Her music portrays the greatness of Latin-American sounds with a touch of jazz, pop, and R&B. Fusing powerful messages with her unique attitude, Gaby is currently working on her first studio album "Volver A Empezar", as well as recording with her band The Timba Messengers, a Cuban Salsa band. As an educator, her teaching specialties include voice, early childhood development, and piano, and guitar for beginners. Her approach is based on the maxim "every student can learn if they have a passionate teacher,” with fun, personalized lessons taught in a non-competitive and nurturing environment.
Singing Teacher Jordyn Elliott

Jordyn Elliott Singing Teacher and Keyboard Teacher

Jordyn is what happens when you mix a passion for music and child-like curiosity. Coming from a musical household and family, she started singing at the tender age of 2 in churches. She began performing when she was 6 years old with vocal training from her mother who is also a singer. She started receiving music lessons at age 8 with the flute and the clarinet at age 11. She would then move to receive formal vocal training from age 13-19. During that time, she started developing her music teaching chops by working with the younger vocal students in high school Appomattox Regional Governors’ School for Arts and Tech. Jordyn then started coming up with techniques to bring formal training from the classical music world into the contemporary world.

She is trained and has performed certain genres such as: Gospel, Blues, Soul, Rock and Alt- Rock. She started teaching students of all ages in a variety of settings and holding vocal workshops focusing on vocal health and techniques effective across genres. Jordyn's motto is “Since music can be infinite, as musicians, so should we”. School of Rock is grateful to have her teaching vocals, composition and our Little Wing program.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Tanya Orlova Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, and Keyboard Teacher

As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music manager, Tanya has been a musically invested person since childhood. They started by learning jazz piano and saxophone at an age of 6, and graduated the music after-school program in their country by 14. In 2017, Tanya was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. They pursued music management as their major, as well as explored guitar and bass at the college, and graduated in May 2021.

Tanya's musical influences vary from Alternative Rock, Shoegaze, Metal & Hardcore, to Folk and Country. They are also closely involved with the local scene in Boston as a performer and show-booker. Tanya's hope is to show their students the extraordinary ability that bass has to change the context & vibe of any song, as well as teach them how to emotionally share through music.
Guitar Teacher Justin Schaeffers

Justin Schaeffers Guitar Teacher

After watching A Hard Days Night at age ten, Justin Schaefers began his lifelong passion for music. Soon after starting guitar lessons, Justin began writing songs and fronting bands in California’s Bay Area. This is where he learned the value of communication and musicianship through an ensemble setting. This interest in composition and guitar eventually led him to Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a BA in songwriting and emphasis on guitar. Throughout college, he worked as a music director of the Beatles Ensemble while leading his current band, Winkler. Teaching guitar, bass, and songwriting, Justin has developed his musicianship in multiple genres and has guided aspiring musicians as well as directed bands for the past seven years.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Sky Schumacher

Sky Schumacher Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, and Singing Teacher

Sky knew from the moment he was put on this earth that he was here to make music. He wrote his first song at age 5, performed on his first professional stage at age 7, formed the first band of his own at age 9, and has been making music nonstop ever since. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Sky has used music to make sense of life's inherent chaos. He would spend hours on end jamming, playing with local bands, and expanding his repertoire of original and cover music and arsenal of creative vocabulary. Sky currently attends Berklee College of Music on a full-ride scholarship, where he has delved deeper into the world of songwriting, performance, and production. Sky released his first self-produced single and is currently working on a solo album.

Sky believes that as a society, we are embarking on an immense shift in consciousness laying the groundwork for the next great musical revolution. In order to actualize this, we must use theory and repertoire, not as rules or destinations, but as ideas to apply to the creative and emotional spectrums upon which great art is built. He believes that the deeper one can connect with their own vulnerability and authenticity, the more they can allow the audience to access those parts of themselves they may not have even known existed. Through the cultivation of each student's authentic artistry utilizing the framework of the great musicians of the past, Sky hopes to help usher in an era of artistic freedom, independence, intelligence, and connectivity.
Singing Teacher

Shelby Guffey Singing Teacher

Shelby Guffey is a music maker from the midwest, and a lover of all things melodic. She has an extraordinarily large family, sitting at the second oldest of 32 children. As such she is a natural caretaker. Shelby has been singing since she was a kindergartener, in honors choirs, and contemporary groups. She attended Berklee College of Music, where she studied vocal performance and cultivated her love of teaching. She has a speciality in Folk, Pop, Jazz, and Rock. Shelby believes in empathy and patience above all else, and cherishes creativity and fun.
Guitar Teacher Michael Couch

Michael Couch Guitar Teacher and Bass Guitar Teacher

In attending School of Rock himself, Michael discovered a passion for music and art that helped him find his path in life. Writing and performing around Chicago led him to attending Berklee College of Music in 2017 and graduating magna cum laude with a degree in contemporary writing and production, with guitar as his primary instrument. Though fundamentally a Rock musician, Michael has experience playing, writing, and producing in multiple styles including Punk, Ska, Electronic, Funk, Orchestral, and Progressive Rock. He has a strong understanding of music theory and an exceptional ear for production, and he deeply values experimentation, independence, and the power of art to make a positive impact in the world. He shares these things with his students through a belief in practical application and helping others find themselves through music the way School of Rock helped him.
Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Dylan Walsh

Dylan Walsh Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Ever since Dylan began playing piano at age five, he's always pushed himself to be the best musician he could be. By the time he was 18, Dylan was proficient playing not just piano, but guitar, bass, and drums as well. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he majored in songwriting and minored in music production. Throughout his schooling, he played with many bands and toured, mostly playing synths and guitar. Comfortable in the Boston and Rhode Island scenes, he occasionally plays in Los Angeles and Seattle. Trained in various genres and a multi-instrumentalist, Dylan is a well-rounded musician who knows that with hard work and practice, the sky's the limit. Dylan specializes in keyboards and guitar, as well as songwriting and music production.
Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Ian Ridenhour

Ian Ridenhour Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Ian Ridenhour fell in love with music in the womb. Starting on drums and percussion at age 4,
Ian gradually added formal music theory and songwriting to his studies, alongside the piano.
Graduating high school early, he spent time building a music career in his hometown, Asheville,
NC, before pursuing his education further. In 2018, Ian received a scholarship to the Berklee
College of Music, studying songwriting and piano. Ian has shared the stage with The Accidentals, BJ Leiderman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Third Eye Blind and has presented at TEDx twice. While primarily performing on piano, drums remain Ian’s true love, and rhythm guides his every note. Ian's focus is on helping kids find joy through music and their creative pursuits.
Guitar Teacher Jennings Smith

Jennings Smith Guitar Teacher

Jennings Smith had a rocky start to his musical journey, finding the guitar clunky and awkward. A few years older and wiser, he picked it back up with the help of a skilled teacher. That changed everything, and a few short years later, he was performing in the local venues of his home state, North Carolina. Jennings went on to attend Berklee College of Music with a major in contemporary songwriting and production. It was during this time that he founded his band Myth of I, an instrumental metal band that has become a staple in the Boston scene. He knows how important a good teacher can be, and hopes to provide that same opportunity to grow and learn that he was given as a kid.
Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Pedro Paez

Pedro Paez Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Pedro V. Paez is a Venezuelan musician who started learning piano at the age of 8, but later changed to drums at the age of 11. During high school, he realized that music was the path that he wanted to pursue, as he had been performing as a drummer with several artists in genres like Hip-hop and Latin Rock. After graduating, he moved to the US and earned a bachelor of music degree in music technology. With a never-ending interest in music making, he picked up the piano once again and became proficient at composing. This, coupled with his music production skills, has led him to create original tracks that have been used for podcast intros, fashion shows and promotional videos. Pedro is fascinated by rhythm in all its forms. The rhythmic language found in the Caribbean, as in Salsa, Merengue and Afro-Venezuelan music, has a strong presence in his musical persona. Jazz is also a core part of his musicianship, as he started studying it during high school before coming to the US. Pedro specializes in drumset, latin percussion, piano, music production and composition.
Drum Teacher Robby Perkins

Robby Perkins Drum Teacher

Robby Perkins was raised in a musical family on the North Shore of Boston. At the age of 11, his mother bought him his first drum set and his love of music continued when he started playing the drums along to Rock and Rhythm and Blues records from his mothers Vinyl Collection. When he was in high school, he played overseas in Umbria, Italy at Berklee College of Music’s Umbria Jazz program. When he was 18, he continued on to Berklee College of Music in Boston, learning about music theory and arranging as well as meeting other musicians who shared his passion. Robby’s goal when teaching the drums is to garner excitement and passion for playing, and through the experience of playing, to teach others about how music works. Robby strives to give students all the tools needed for a fun, educational, and successful musical journey.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher Alianora Reilly

Alianora Reilly Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Music has been the focal point of Alianora Reilly’s life since childhood. Growing up in a musical family, Alia started playing piano at 4 years old and continued with violin, guitar, and ukulele, finally finding a passion for singing when making it to round two of X Factor in 2013. After winning the Berklee High School Jazz Fest in 2016, Alianora was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. In 2020, Alianora won the Outstanding Soloist Award from Downbeat Jazz Magazine. Her influences extend beyond just jazz, including indie rock, folk, and pop.

Alianora has extensive experience in teaching voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele, having worked in music education since she was 16. She currently is the music therapy intern at Massachusetts General Hospital, focusing on pediatrics and psychiatry. Alianora’s hope is to cultivate an enjoyable, successful environment for her students, combining the fun of creating music with the knowledge of the elements behind it.

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The teachers are wonderful, with real world experience, and the kids are terrific. What's not to love? If you have a child who likes rock music and is interested in gaining some experience performing, send them to School of Rock!

School of Rock is amazing.

The individual lessons and the show programs emphasize practical musical and technical skills. This is very valuable because it prepares students (and graduates) to easily fit in and contribute to a band or larger group.

I love the culture of School of Rock!

The group is extremely welcoming and supportive. The staff are extremely kind, fun and totally nonjudgmental. It is one of the highlights of my week.

I'm amazed at how much they learn!

At School of Rock, everyone fits in regardless of talent level or age and then they learn to rock together. It is great for confidence, teamwork and skill improvement!