Music Instruction Los Angeles
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School of Rock West LA provides both in-person and online music lessons for students of all ages. Our programs, camps and workshops for toddlers, kids, teens and adults make learning to play music fun and create great communities of musicians. School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. We combine one-on-one drum, bass, keyboard, vocal, and guitar lessons with group practices. Students learn to play music from day one and put on live performances at local venues. Our experienced instructors are local musicians themselves who combine the performance-based School of Rock Method and programs with individual music lessons to get results for your student.
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Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ryan began playing guitar at age 13 after seeing the movie "La Bamba" about rock legend Ritchie Valens. He studied with grammy-nominated guitarist Steve Briody for several years before starting his own projects and soon became an instructor himself. While still in New York, his band Code Anchor independently released several EP's and one full-length album, "Rosada", while touring extensively nationwide from 2005-2009. A co-writer in the band, Ryan also played lead and rhythm guitar while singing lead and backup vocals. Memorable stages include the Vans Warped Tour at Nassau Colliseum and headlining bills at some of New York City's greatest venues like CBGB's and The Knitting Factory. It was during this time that Ryan began teaching at the School of Rock in Melville, NY. Hungry to pursue new musical ventures, Ryan departed from Code Anchor and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. Since then, he's been busy writing, producing, and performing with his newest project, Lou Pine. He also keeps busy writing, producing, and performing with several other artists in the Los Angeles area. Ryan enjoys playing every genre including jazz, funk, country and folk, but credits the blues and rock roll as his main influences. email: email@example.com
Link: Ryan Schiff
Disciple of punk rock, missionary of ska, monk of metal, adherent of the funk, and harbinger of sounds previously unknown, Adrian is a scholar of music. A former college radio DJ of WLIU Southampton, Adrian credits music with helping him navigate the twists and turns of life. The son of two middle school teachers, Adrian has lived in and around educational settings since before he could walk, and has the somewhat rare experience of having seen school from both sides of the teacher's desk. The insight this affords him makes him uniquely suited to acting as a liaison between students, teachers, and parents. A rock 'n' roll diplomat, if you will. Adrian is a true believer in School of Rock's mission, and it shows.
Born in Little Rock, AR, but raised in Dallas, TX, Justin has been a music aficionado since elementary school. Inspired by his cousin's ability to riff on a Les Paul as kid, Justin finally picked up the guitar himself at the age of 13. Initially a rocker, his thirst for a deeper understanding of the inner workings of guitar and music led him to a more diverse repertoire and a greater knowledge of music theory. Taking advantage of the immense blues, jazz, country and RB culture that Texas had to offer, Justin broadened his influences and musical understandings, quickly becoming an old soul in a young body. This led to performing and recording with artists such as Nokie Edwards of the Ventures, Dave Bartholomew, song writer for Fats Domino; hip-hop legend the D.O.C., and Texas country legends The Light Crust Doughboys, which eventually led to a Grammy nomination in Southern Gospel. Graduating from the University of North Texas in 2007 and feeling the limitations of Texas, Justin relocated to Los Angeles in 2010. Here the guitarist has begun pursuing his own musical endeavors and a deeper understanding of production and recording. Never resting, Justin has continued to perform with a myriad of talented singers and songwriters in the LA club scene. As an instructor, Justin has over 7 years of experience in private guitar instruction. As an understanding and adaptive teacher, Justin has successfully guided students young and old to a greater understanding and ability to play guitar. His teaching style is one of empathy and necessity, tailoring each lesson plan to accommodate each student's individual desires and goals while providing the essential tools one needs to be a competent informed guitarist.
Link: Justin Salmons
Teaching voice privately and for various School of Rock programs for 5 years, Maureen has a unique yoga-based, performance-focused method that encourages the student to use his/her whole body in the performance - a technique she honed while on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Maureen was in the first residence Boston company of "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" (bringing theatre and rock roll together!) and then opened on Broadway in the original cast of "INTO THE WOODS" with Bernadette Peters. Shortly thereafter, she began to write rock music for TV/Film, where she focused on vocal arrangements and harmonies. This was followed by Carnegie Hall/Japan/Russia with an Andrews Sisters-like trio called "The Pearl" who toured with vibraphonist Gary Burton. Currently, Maureen has over 200 vocal and instrumental cues on TV and her new band THE FLUTTERBIES, placed 2 songs in THE DESCENDANTS starring George Clooney in 2011!
Link: Maureen Davis
Scott Mellis started out playing in heavy metal bands in high school - sneaking into bars underage, carrying the gear of older band members. In his solo project he has opened for folk-rock icon Richard Thompson (UK), Serena Ryder (Canada), Jeff Martin (Canada), Fink (UK), Joseph Arthur (US). He was asked to open for Jason Mraz and Tom Morello after being spotted playing an impromptu acoustic set at a clothing store in Austin for SXSW.
Link: Scott Mellis
Following a period of noisemaking on the family Hammond, Preston's mother walked him to the local church's organist to begin lessons in 1976. Infatuated first with the sound of Scott Joplin and John Williams, his study of classical music began alongside regular schooling. He discovered he could sound-out, and play, popular music on the piano without the need for sheet music. In this way, taking lessons and spending a great deal of time experimenting, he learned the fundamentals of music construction. Preston continued to develop his listening and improvisational skills through college. He found that he could memorize and deconstruct long, complex sounds or passages, which led him to synthesizers. As a young adult entering the scene during the few years before the digital age arrived, he built his first home studio-- before such a thing was a term of conversation. He cut his teeth on early MIDI sequencers, trying to mimic the 'big sound'Â he was hearing on records, He sought out, and befriended studio engineers, composers and professional musicians, learning from people who were doing the things he wanted to do. He composed and mixed his first full-length CD in 1994. As 2-inch tape recorders gave way to digital tape, he embraced (what was) the exciting new frontier of the 16-bit, nonlinear recording world. He purchased a Pro Tools 3 system in 1995, and began freelancing as a mastering engineer. Here he spent several years honing his skills at the technical side of sound-making; things like signal flow, compression, equalisation, gain-staging, and mixing. His work in synchronising tape machines with computers at Washington, DC studios led Preston to the television industry, through which he rose to become head of audio post production for the Discovery Channel in 2001. He designed their 5.1 mixing bays, and lead a team of 12 who, at peak, produced 40 mixes per week. He spoke as a panelist at HPA, NAB and AES, and served as a lightening rod for industry issues regarding 5.1 dialogue management. His tasks ranged from composing music, to training, to writing from scratch the network's audio technical specs. In the summer of 2008, Preston moved to Los Angeles. In the short time since, he has worked as an audio post mixer for 'American Idol'Â and 'Gray's Anatomy'Â, won an EmmyÃ¢â€žÂ¢ Award, and launched the Post Audio department for the Oprah Winfrey Network. He continues his work as a composer, recently completing a score for a video game trailer. In 2010 he composed a string quartet. National and web adverts, a sci-fi web movie, and a few long-format pieces as well, including an uninterrupted hour of instrumental music for National Geographic Home Video, an indie drama and a feature-length indie doc all bear his music. He teaches modern Keyboards to a wonderful group of dedicated and enthusiastic students, works as a session musician and performer, and is developing a practice method which he intends to publish in the public domain. Also, Preston plays organ and electric piano in Patrolled By Radar, a twang-infused roots rock and soul group based in LA.
Link: Preston Mann
Kevin Katich is a session drummer/percussionist, teacher, and Foley artist/sound engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been playing since 1997 and has been fortunate enough to study the art of percussion under legends such as Mark Craney (Jethro Tull, Tower of Power), John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil Lesh), Tony Pia (Edgar Winter, Brian Setzer Orchestra), and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Maynard Ferguson). In his career, Katich has appeared on stage with Gene Simmons, John Fogerty, Solomon Burke, Steven Stills, Reba Macintyre, Billy Steinberg, Stewart Copeland, and Gnarls Barkley. He has also written, recorded and performed with many Los Angeles based bands and has performed in the following stage musicals as a drummer and percussionist: The Devil and Billy Markham, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Children of Eden, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, and L'Innocent. Kevin loves to teach and is thrilled to join the faculty at School of Rock, West LA!
Link: Kevin Katich
Stefano Ashbridge began teaching the drums almost twenty years ago when his teacher at the time asked him to fill in. That allowed Stefano to pass on his love of the drums and music at a relatively early age; making it easy for him to relate to his student's frustrations and passion for drumming. Since then, he has gone on to teach hundreds of private and group students of all ages and skill levels. He has developed a teaching method that allows each student to reach their musical goals, while having fun learning the music they love. He is also involved with Hudson Music's Teacher Integration Program. Stefano has studied with noted drummers Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, New Edition) and Mark Schulman (Cher, Pink). He is located in the Los Angeles area where he is also involved in the music scene there as a session and live drummer; having played and toured with such artists as Brad Wilson of Stone and Grammy nominee Derek Jordan. He was also awarded "Electronica Drummer of The Year" at the L.A. Music Awards.
Link: Stefano Ashbridge
Alex Budrow started out in the basement with a passion at 11 years old, like many drummers, and has pursued that through today. He began playing professionally by age seventeen and has been studying and playing music for 18 years; attending The New England Institute of Art and McNally Smith College of Music. BA Audio Media Technology, AP Percussion Performance.His experience as an educator began while still attending NEIA, guest lecturing on Drum Set Production and Performance, which lead to teaching private lessons. A position as Music Director for the Boys Girls Clubs of Dorchester in Boston, MA followed soon after.As a drummer pursuing his calling, Alex has performed countless shows covering a vast spectrum of musical styles. His recording credits boast the same variety. Some of these recordings have even cracked local radio markets. These accomplishments only strengthen his commitment to the daily discipline of a professional musician.Alex believes the experience of music is for everyone. For those of us who choose to learn to play an instrument, the process, while a lot of work, should also be a lot of fun! His approach to teaching is a balanced mix of inspiration and diligence designed to take the student where they want to go in their pursuit of a musical life.
Link: T. Alex Budrow
Born in Northern California but raised in Dallas Texas, David started out playing violin in middle school, but when he discovered the music of Jimi Hendrix and bands like Van Halen, Nirvana, Pantera, and Metallica, he quickly switched to electric guitar. He began to learn riffs of his favorite bands and sought out other friends who played instruments to start rock bands in garages playing covers and originals. As David progressed and discovered players like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, he became more interested in learning theory and developing technique. As a result, David took it upon himself to practice several hours a day everyday. This lead to a desire to further his studies in college, andDavid went on to receive a bachelors of music from the University of North Texas where he studied jazz and classical guitar. During this time David also played in his own rock bands, taught lessons, and played freelance gigs around the DFW Metroplex in a variety of styles. David then moved to Los Angeles to study briefly at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He currently resides in L.A. teaching and doing gigs and session work for artists. He's toured extensively as a guitarist with guitar legend Guitar Shorty as well as the smash hit musical "Green Day: American Idiot". In addition, he plays in a rock band with the sons of RnB singer Brian Mcknight called, BRKN RBTZ. At the School of Rock he teaches guitar, bass and beginner keys lessons as well as directing the Rock 101 classes.
Link: David Abrams
Born and Raised in Los Angeles, California, Nick began playing guitar at the age of 11. After hearing his dad's records playing around the house, he was hooked on the Blues and Rock and Roll. Delving deeply into a rich musical tradition, Nick began learning everything from '60s and '70s Rock and Roll to early Blues, Folk, and Rhythm and Blues music. While continuing to develop a broad musical vocabulary, Nick started a rock band at age 13. The band went on to record an EP at the Record Plant studios here in Hollywood that was produced by the legendary Don Was. He continued to broaden his musical education by joining his school's jazz program. His school jazz band eventually went on to perform at the Panama Jazz festival and competed as finalists for the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. In high school, Nick was approached by Glen Frey of the Eagles after being seen performing at a club in Santa Monica. The two developed a relationship and Nick was later asked to be a part of Glenn's band that performed at benefit concerts organized by Nick. With Glenn and Don Was in the band, Nick enjoyed performances at venues such as the Roxy and House of Blues that spanned three years. He later took his talents to USC as a Popular Music Performance Major, where he continued to develop as an artist and professional musician. Nick currently resides in Los Angeles as a singer and guitar player. He loves writing songs, producing music, and performing with other musicians around town.
Link: Nick Shapiro
Evan Kolesar is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer from Los Angeles, California. Picking up the guitar at the age of 7 and touring by age 15, he quickly learned music was his true passion in life. Fast forward to today: After graduating at the top of his class at the Musicians Institute — where he earned his degree in Guitar Performance and was awarded Outstanding Player of the Year — Evan has become a true player in the industry. He has enjoyed playing guitar, bass, and drums on numerous recordings, producing and engineering local artists, and working with companies to develop new products. Evan is currently playing lead guitar in the Los Angeles-based band Seneca and The River.
22-year-old singer / songwriter/ Producer/multi-instrumentalist, Joe Dias lives and breaths music. From Boston, MA, Joe has been writing and recording music since 2012 and continues to work towards achieving his goals and dreams. Joe attended both School Of Rock in Boston and Berklee College Of Music. Joe gets much of his inspiration from his beloved sister, Gianna, who sparked his passion for pursuing music as a career while she was battling a rare type of terminal cancer. Her spirit inspires him everyday to be the best he can. When he's not working on music of his own, Dias continues his passion by teaching kids at the School of Rock and inspires them to do what they love. His main goal is to never stop believing in his dreams no matter what happens.
Nick Mizock was born in Chicago, Illinois and began playing guitar at the age of 11. By the age of 18 had already played professionally at Chicago Symphony Center and was a serious performer of rock, jazz, and classical guitar. In 2004, he became the first guitarist to double major in classical and jazz guitar at Northern Illinois University where he studied with the world-renowned guitarist Fareed Haque (Sting, Dave Holland, Paquito D’Rivera). While performing in the Northern Illinois University latin jazz ensemble he shared the stage with the Saturday Night Live Band’s percussionist, Valerie Naranjo. After graduation Nick was accepted into the classical guitar master’s degree programs at New England Conservatory and Mannes School of Music but chose instead to work and develop his skills as a professional musician in Chicago. There he led his own bands Zock and the Zock Organ Trio, performed with the band Magnetic, and played countless performances at some of Chicago’s best rock clubs including the Double Door and Lincoln Hall. Additionally, he averaged a little over 100 gigs a year, playing weekly at Potbelly Sandwiches, with the Connexion Wedding Orchestra, and freelancing as a solo guitarist and sideman. Nick released Zock’s debut album in 2015 and in 2016 was featured on Magnetic’s debut EP, both receiving positive acclaim. In 2017 Nick relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his master’s degree in studio guitar at the University of Southern California where he is currently studying with Grammy-winning classical guitarist Scott Tennant. His future plans are to release the Zock Organ Trio’s debut album and an album of Frank Zappa’s music arranged for classical guitar. Nick has performed at the Savannah and Chicago jazz festivals, and just about every major hotel in the Chicagoland area. Nick has been an instructor of private guitar lessons since 2007, and since then has expanded to teaching bass, drums, saxophones (alto and tenor), mandolin, piano/keyboards, and voice. He has worked for the School of Rock since 2011 and during that time has directed over a dozen shows of entirely student based performances.
Ed has been playing guitar since he was a teenager, when he first heard Clapton, Page and Beck of the Yardbirds in Led Zep, Cream and the Jeff Beck Group. He spent his early years figuring out classic rock guitar lines from listening to LP records. About 10 years later his ex father-in-law taught him music theory and set him up with lessons with his friend, swing jazz guitarist George Allen. Ed later took BeBop jazz and classical guitar lessons with Rob Curtis when he decided he needed a more modern jazz guitar approach. Since then he has been building his repertoire, working on left and right hand technique and integrating said jazz and classical techniques into rock music to aid his guitar students. He started teaching about fifteen years ago at two local music stores. Ten years ago he started teaching guitar and directing shows at School of Rock Chicago. He now teaches at School of Rock Venice and School of Rock West LA.
Lucas started his musical journey at a very young age. At the age of eight years old he started taking drum lessons by some of the most renowned drummers in Uruguay where he is from. It took him three more years to discover his true passion, the guitar. He immediately started taking electric/classical guitar lessons and playing in bands. He had over seven guitar instructors and three vocal coaches throughout his teen age years and by the age of eighteen he started teaching guitar and bass. Lucas moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and started the band Void Vator in which he sings and plays guitar. The band got picked up by Grammy nominated producer Ulrich Wild to be a part of his new Label Wurm group. Void Vator released their first EP “Dehumanized” in 2017 and got their first single Time Has Come placed in the very popular videogame Fallout. Lucas has worked with Ulrich Wild on other projects as a session guitarist and played for the world class metal band Devildriver in Knotfest 2016 for a crowd of over thirty thousand people. During the developing stages of Void Vator Lucas joined Patrick Kennison’s (Lita Ford, ex Union Underground) band Heaven Below, and recently released the album Good Morning Apocalypse through David Ellefson’s (Megadeth) Label EMP. Good Morning Apocalypse features legendary guest vocalists such as Udo Dirkschneider and Lita Ford. The band go endorsed by Schecter guitars and got a song placed in the TV show The Blacklist. Lucas is currently playing in both bands and teaching music which is his other passion besides performing.
Naiim Wilson was born in Arizona and raised in California, where he took up the guitar at the age of twelve. Inspired by bands such as Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, he joined School of Rock as a student at 13, honing his skills through relentless practice, private lessons, and show performances. After having performed at venues such as The Troubadour, The Joint, and the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, Naiim was placed under the tutelage of Emmy-nominated conductor Michael Bearden and continued to perform on his own, as well as with other acts. In 2017, Naiim returned to School of Rock as a guitar teacher, guiding the younger students through their journey as young musicians. Naiim plays a plethora of different styles, including Rock, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Folk, and Raga, with Rock being his leading style.
Born and raised in Oak Park, IL, Abigail Joy Miller has always been an avid music lover. She started taking bass lessons at the age of 12 at a small, local music store. Shortly after, she found her people and passion at School of Rock in Chicago. After a year at the Chicago School of Rock, her mom, an active member of the community, decided to open what has become the largest School of Rock in the country. In 2012, at 14 years old, she was the youngest member of a local punk band in the Chicagoland area and recorded a few EPs. In 2015 and 2016 Abigail was chosen to represent the elite top 1% of School of Rock students as a national AllStar, where she played and performed around the US including places like Gathering of the Vibes, Lollapalooza, Riot Fest and Summerfest. When she was supposed to be going into senior year of high school, she instead joined Dalton Rapattoni as the bassist and a backup singer in "The Inspired Attempt" tour. After tour she graduated early from high school and was already living in LA while her peers were going to prom. She is now attending the Musicians Institute for bass performance with a minor in audio engineering. Abigail has accomplished a great deal already at the young age of 19, and she's only just getting started.
Katie began playing piano at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since. In 2009 she joined school of rock as a keyboardist, bassist, and vocalist and later became a School of Rock Allstar, where she played venues such as Gathering of the Vibes, the Stone Pony and many others. She then studied at and graduated from Berklee College of Music, where she went on cross-country tours with bands she was in, as well as studied audio engineering. She’s played in venues all over the country, and engineers her own music as the music of other artists.
Atticus Reynolds is a drummer, composer, and educator, hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the first jazz musician and composer to receive the Kenan Music Scholarship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has been teaching students for nine years. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Atticus worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He has studied with renowned artists, including Kenny Washington and Joe Farnsworth in New York, and received extensive classical snare drum and Latin percussion training with composer-performer, Dr. Juan Alamo. He also studied for two and a half months at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. In 2016, Atticus composed and recorded an original suite of music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which resulted in the release of his debut album “Ventana” in 2017. KCRW and KJAZZ radio stations have recently played selections from the album in the Los Angeles area. In 2017, he was selected to participate in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada, directed by Vijay Iyer. Atticus has played a wide variety of music over the years, including for hip hop and rap artists, marching bands, and indie rock and pop artists. He is excited to join the School of Rock team!
Dave Rundell was born in Buffalo NY and started drumming at the age of 12. He studied under drumming legend Lou Marino and soon became a versatile and sought after drummer in Buffalo. After graduating high school, Dave moved to Southern California in 2008 to attend Musician's Institute. Since graduating from MI, he has played the LA music scene with various artists including his band Stonefeather. Dave is excited to bring his unique style and experience to the School of Rock teaching staff.