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School of Rock West Hartford
20 Isham Rd
2nd Floor
West Hartford, CT 06107
860-973-7625
Hours
  • Monday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Special Hours:

  • 07/04/2022: Closed

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

School of Rock in West Hartford is proud to offer music programs in our community and surrounding areas such as Bloomfield, Simsbury, West Simsbury, Farmington, Avon, Tariffville, and Weatogue, teaching kids how to play instruments and perform with skill and confidence. We teach electric guitar, drums, keyboards, bass guitar, songwriting, and vocals for all levels. At School of Rock, students perform live shows and develop their musical ability in a supportive and encouraging learning environment. Budding musicians perfect their skills with us and then get to perform at one of the many popular live music venues in the area including Arch Street Tavern, The Gastropark, and New Park Brewing.

Programs we offer

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

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

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

Rookies music program for children in West Hartford
Rookies
Ages 6-7

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

School of Rock West Hartford'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 West Hartford 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 West Hartford.

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 West Hartford 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 West Hartford.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock West Hartford

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock West Hartford

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock West Hartford 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 West Hartford, 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 West Hartford 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 West Hartford, 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 West Hartford.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock West Hartford

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock West Hartford 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 West Hartford 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 West Hartford, 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 West Hartford 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 West Hartford, 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 West Hartford

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Scott Rownin Owner

School of Rock West Hartford’s owner, Scott Rownin, is an entrepreneur, inventor of the “SafeRide” mobile app to halt texting while driving; and a drummer of 35 years.

After being asked to accompany his daughter’s fourth grade band for a performance of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” parents approached him about teaching their elementary school kids as well. “That was the spark,” he said. Right around the same time, he ran into an adult in Westport, CT where he currently lives, who was a student at a local School of Rock, and “it just dawned on me that this would be a great business.” When he got in touch with School of Rock, he learned that the company has been looking for someone to come into West Hartford for a long time.
General Manager, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Kyle Tripp General Manager, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Kyle is a multi instrumentalist who's been involved in the music industry from a very early age. With 25 years of drumming experience and 20 years of guitar playing, Kyle has been involved in almost every aspect of live music from performing to managing and everything in between.

Kyle's musical journey started at the age of 8 through a traditional fife and drum corps. From there, he moved to the drum set where he eventually played for several local and regional touring bands. By the age of 19, Kyle was not only performing, but also dabbling in the vast world of event production. From music festivals to corporate events, Kyle spent the next 12 years touring the country with many major shows. With his roots based in CT, Kyle continued pursuing his passion by managing local talent and working in music retail as an instrument dealer, while simultaneously teaching privately and managing one of the largest music education programs in the state.

Currently, Kyle is very excited to be a part of the School of Rock family and is eager to help grow the brand all across CT. He also serves as the drum sergeant in the First Company Governor's Foot Guard based right here in Hartford. Kyle's favorite bands are the Beatles and Dream Theater and he enjoys finding new local music at shows in his spare time.

Bryan Eng Bass Guitar Teacher

Bryan Eng is a professional bass player and music educator from Annapolis, Maryland. Picking up the bass guitar at age 14, he developed a passion for music and quickly excelled on his instrument. Before long, he was playing in various rock bands and gigging in the local music scene in Washington DC.

While in high school, Bryan was recommended by his local bass instructor to study in the world-renowned music school "Bassology" with Anthony Wellington, marking the beginning of a long apprenticeship that continues to this day. As he became exposed to different styles of music, he began studying jazz harmony and syncopated rhythms.

Upon completing his formal studies, Bryan spent several years in Madrid to study the Spanish language. In the meantime, he started auditioning for various cruise lines, and was offered a position with NCL and later continued on ships with Holland America Cruise Line. Since then, Bryan has begun teaching at School of Rock, where he's able to share his passion for music and teaching.

Chuck Peterson Drum Teacher

Professional drummer, Chuck Peterson has been involved in music since his early childhood. Following in the great footsteps of Jeff Porcaro, Steve Jordan, and Keith LeBlanc, he pours out energy and passion into playing a wide variety of genres such as rock, jazz, hip hop, country, funk, latin, r&b, reggae, and orchestral music.

Chuck has toured all over the United States and Canada with many different artists. He also recorded for some major labels such as Warner Brothers Records, Island/Def Jam Records, and International Records/Middle East. Chuck is also affiliated with The Motown Alumni Association, which became a direct link to the legendary Motown session group The Funk Brothers. The remaining legends heard Chuck drumming and enjoyed what they heard, that they dubbed him an honorary Funk Brother.
Danica Schofer music instructor

Danica Schofer Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Danica Isabelle Schofer is a music and dance artist and educator based in Northeast PA. As of Summer 2020, she is a rising junior at Muhlenberg College pursuing a dual Bachelors of Arts in Music and Dance. In music, Danica’s focus is specifically in jazz studies and improvisation, and she specializes in jazz piano, vocals, piano/voice combo work, and flute. She applies these skills in a variety of musical genres. At Muhlenberg, Danica is a music theory tutor for her fellow students and featured musician in the Jazz Improvisation Ensemble and Jazz Big Band. She also works closely with children of all ages as a creative dance teacher in city schools and a certified online ESL instructor to children in China. Danica believes that every student has a unique value that they bring to the world by being themselves and sees the student’s experience of making art as a daily practice of exploring that gift and inspiring others to do the same. Danica will be teaching at School of Rock West Hartford remotely until October.
Diego Smith - Guitar and Keyboard Instructor

Diego Smith Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Saxophone Teacher

Diego Smith grew up in rural Dominican Republic until the 7th grade. In his youth he was exposed to American Folk and Rock and Roll from his father and Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata from his mother. In his adolescent years, he was exposed to Metal, Jazz, and Classical music. He studied Composition at Berklee College of Music, where he studied Contemporary Styles and Jazz alongside his traditional compositional studies. While in Boston he wrote for and led an ensemble of about a dozen colleagues called the Mad Pop Tyccoons, with a surreal twist on Fusion.

After living in the Dominican Republic and spending some years studying and cataloging as many genres as possible, Diego returned to the states where he became a certified teacher and completed his Masters in Composition at the University of Hartford. While at Hartt, he wrote a number of pieces for chamber ensembles, electronics/mixed media, and the Composers Ensemble, a group of composers who wrote and played music that was often experimental and improvisational. His Thesis was a concept album lasting around an hour, including over 100 styles of music of original music, all recorded by Diego himself on about a dozen instruments.

Diego Smith currently teaches K-12 General Music, as well as private piano and guitar students. He writes, records, and films himself performing musical experiments on his youtube channel.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Jaeme Brennan McDonald

Jaeme Brennan McDonald Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Jaeme Brennan McDonald is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, and mix engineer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in music production from Berklee College of Music, and is a teaching artist at the CREC Academy of the Arts. Mr. McDonald has toured internationally with blues dub project Little Axe, and mixed for a variety of local and national acts such as The Bandshes, TangSauce, Jeff Pitchell, The Unforgettable Fire, Living Colour, FreekBass and Unlocking The Truth. He has also provided tour support as a back line instrument technician for Janelle Monae, Eddie Money, and BB King, and served as production manager for bassist Doug Wimbish’s WIMBASH Festival series. Mr. McDonald’s company, Mixed by Soundchild, has provided training and recording services for all levels of musicians, from beginner to professional. He also writes and performs music under the stage name JME Strchild.
Vocal Instructor Kayla Silverman

Kayla Silverman Singing Teacher

Kayla Silverman is a Boston based indie-pop artist who looks to the past for inspiration and guidance. Trained in the classical style, Kayla studied and performed compositions of Schubert, Mozart and Bach to audiences at Carnegie Hall. But as she reached young adulthood, she discovered the synergy of combining the sounds of classical music and the electronic sounds of bedroom pop can fuse into a single beautiful identity. One can describe Kayla’s music as the byproduct of a studio session with “Mozart and Billie Eilish.”

Kayla has immense live performance experiences already under her belt, such as her 2019 headliner show promoting her EP “I Believe,” at The Cutting Room and the Bitter End in New York City. Kayla is a two-time performer at the BBYO International Convention of six thousand people in which she performed with Justin Jesso, a rising pop artist. Seeing Kayla Silverman live is an energetic yet intimate experience as her dramatic red hair bounces around the stage and has a mind of its own. Her compositions have won songwriting awards from the “Unsigned Only Music Competition,” “Global Music Award” and “Los Angeles Film Awards.”
Simone Dube

Simone Dube Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Simone Marie is a musician from Wolcott, CT. Simone started singing and playing piano at the age of 5 and has been jamming ever since! She attended college at Hofstra University where she received her bachelors in Jazz and Commercial Music, and then attended the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz where she received her masters in Jazz Studies. She studied with great musicians including Dave LaLama, Holli Ross, Javon Jackson and Shawnn Montiero. She has performed at various venues around Connecticut including Cafe Nine and Black Eyed Sally's to name a few.

Simone has been teaching piano and voice for the past two years and is excited to continue her teaching endeavors at School of Rock. With her education in jazz, along with her diverse taste in music, she is hoping to inspire many future musicians.

Simone released her debut EP, "just the beginning" in August of 2020 and recently released a full album, "entwined" which can be found on all music streaming platforms.
Singing Teacher, Saxophone Teacher, Clarinet Teacher Mackey Pope

Mackey Pope Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Mackey Pope is a multi-instrumentalist, teaching vocals, keys, bass, and drums. His experience with music includes a bachelors of art in music from Keene State College as well as years of music education in the form of group and individual instruction. Mackey has a background in Rock, Classical, Jazz, Funk, and everything in between, with some of his favorite artists being Linkin Park, Muse, and Silversun Pickups. He has a family history of education and strives to bring his own energy to the next generation of musicians.
Singing Teacher Xondra O’Connell

Xondra O’Connell Singing Teacher

Alexondra (Xondra) O’Connell is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Long Island, New York . She earned her Bachelor’s Of Music Degree from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory Of Music and most recently earned her Master’s Of Music Business from Berklee College Of Music. She has been performing since she was 12 years old and now plays music venues with her band all around the Northeastern US. She has experience teaching both individual lessons and group classes at three other School Of Rock locations. She’s passionate about nourishing the love of music in her students and is excited to help them reach their full potential.
Singing Teacher Alexandra van der Hulst

Alexandra van der Hulst Singing Teacher

Alexandra van der Hulst, singing teacher, graduated from The Hartt School in 2021 with a bachelor of music in vocal performance. Although Alex studied classical music in college, she began her singing journey around the age of 8, doing musical theater with many community theaters in CT! She also participated in HaZamir, the International Jewish Teen Choir, where she sang at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2017. Alex's favorite musical is Phantom of the Opera, her favorite band is Green Day, and she is also a part-time Disney Princess!
Drum Teacher Tyler Shand

Tyler Shand Drum Teacher

Tyler has been playing drums for the last 14 years. He began drumming after listening to many of his favorite bands like Slipknot and Blink-182. He is now playing in his own bands and recording songs that will be released in the coming months. He has always had a passion for teaching and enjoys the process of helping the next era of great musicians at the School of Rock.
Drum Teacher David Counterman

David Counterman Drum Teacher

A diverse performer and devoted educator, David Counterman is constantly finding new, creative ways to communicate to his audiences and students. His studies from an associates to masters have led to a broad education, personal music style, and performance experiences in symphonic, chamber, jazz, world, and popular music styles.

Currently, David is part of several local CT music projects: Auxiliary Percussion and Keys/Synth for The POSSM (Professors of Sweet Sweet Music), Drumset for Illuminous, and a little bit of everything for the production studio/duo, Street James Street; which he co-owns and operates.

David is also fortunate to be able to help promote and enhance the local music community through his involvement with the Hartbeat Music Festival; which The POSSM and Riverfront recapture co-created. Since its start in 2018 David has run live-sound, provided instruments, performed in, and recorded/mixed/mastered (virtual Hartbeat on YouTube).
Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher Sydney Foote

Sydney Foote Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Sydney Foote is a singer and guitarist from Fairfield, CT. She picked up the guitar at the age of 7 and has been playing ever since. After meeting her band mates as a School of Rock student, she has been playing in venues around Connecticut since high school with her band, the Low Darts. She is currently a student at UConn studying animal science and music. She has a passion for music and teaching, and hopes to inspire young musicians!
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Zach Reggio

Zach Reggio Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Zach Reggio is a pianist and vocalist instructor that is currently studying vocal performance and music education at the Hartt School of Music. He first started learning music in a rock school at 9 years old. His favorite band is AC/DC and favorite song is Back in Black. He has been singing for 12 years and playing piano for 10 years, performing in a multitude of Musicals, Operas, Pit Orchestras, Marching Bands and other Ensembles.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Benjamin

Benjamin Rutledge Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Benjamin is a guitar and bass teacher from Southwick, Massachusetts. He holds an Associates degree in Jazz guitar performance from Holyoke Community College and a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree in electric guitar playing from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He has been teaching guitar and bass since 2018 and is excited to help students of all ages and skill levels navigate their musical journey. Benjamin has spent considerable time throughout his years as a musician developing playing technique and works hard to instill this in his students from day one on their instrument. He has a diverse world of musical interests, but his favorite genres include hard rock, post-hardcore, heavy metal, jazz, and progressive rock. Some of Benjamin's favorite artists are Thank You Scientist, The Mars Volta, Consider the Source, Led Zeppelin, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and The Fall of Troy.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher and Keyboard Teacher Elijah Atwood

Elijah Atwood Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Elijah Atwood has had an interest in both music and teaching from a young age. Primarily a guitarist, he also plays bass, drums, and piano, and enjoys experimenting with any instruments that come his way. He enjoys a wide variety of music and his favorite band is Steely Dan. He plays guitar in the Stanley Street Big Band. He loves connecting with students and finds their passion and excitement to be the most rewarding aspect of teaching.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher Mickey DiMichele

Mickey DiMichele Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

Mickey DiMichele has played and recorded with bands for 50 years. He's also played with many recognizable, successful artists. A song that Mickey wrote, sang on, and recorded charted at #56 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Top 100 Country list. Mickey is honored to teach guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals at School of Rock!

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.

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!

The staff makes sure every kid is comfortable.

The staff is phenomenal with kids. They make sure every kid is comfortable and move at their pace. I love listening to my kids talk about what they’ve learned- their love for music has grown tremendously. I drive 45-minutes to go to School of Rock and it’s worth it!

We've had an excellent experience!

We’ve had an excellent experience with this new location of the reputable School of Rock franchise. During COVID, we were pleased with the quality of the online lessons and the follow up from the team. An added bonus is that they will be conveniently situated in Blue Back Square!

Highly encouraged for anyone looking to make their kids feel like a rockstar!

School of Rock has taught my son to appreciate music, and work as part of a larger group in a band setting. Everyone that works there is passionate about music. Highly encouraged for anyone looking to expose their kids to music and make them feel like a rock star.

Strongly recommend!

I recommend you guys to all my friends, and many strangers as well. Keep it up!

Best music school!

It's the best after school money we spend on our kids.

Group practice is super beneficial

Private instruction combined with group rehearsal and performance is a brilliant and unique model. Because students are playing together in a band, they are motivated to practice, so as not to let the band down.

Our experience was positive and helped increase confidence

My child's confidence has increased noticeably in a short period of time. The coaches really get the best out of her. The other students made her feel part of the band right away. A very positive experience all around.