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Bio Picture Brian Clemens
Keyboard Instructor

Brian Clemens is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer from Santa Monica, California. Brian learned to play the piano at a very young age and ever since then, has dedicated his life to music. Writing his first songs at age 7, Brian learned early that he had a strong passion for songwriting. When he was 12, he became part of the School of Rock and learned to play the guitar. Being involved in several shows at the Santa Monica location, Brian quickly noticed also noticed his strong passion for performing.

As a composer, Brian has scored for student films and wrote several pieces for his high school's orchestra. His teaching career began in high school when he tutored students who were struggling in music theory. Soon enough, he began to teach private lessons around Los Angeles to students of all ages. Brian is currently earning his B.A. in Music at Chapman University and has founded his own popular-music based ensemble there. 

As a classically trained musician, Brian ensures that his students learn the basic hand motions and techniques first in order to be successful in their instrument, whether it be in piano or guitar.  Being a past student of the school, Brian is excited to be part of School of Rock once again and is looking forward to working with more students. 

Bio Picture Jordan Del Rosario
Multi-Instrument Instructor & Show Director

Jordan Del Rosario is Southern man from North Country.  Originally from Philadelphia, PA, he started working in 2005 at the Downingtown, PA School of Rock as head sound/lighting engineer, Guitar/Bass/Drums/Vocal teacher and show director.  He has directed numerous shows over the years, including Foo Fighters and The Beatles.  As an artist he left his mark on the school with murals, paintings and show posters.  As guitarist and vocalist for Cheers Elephant, Jordan has performed at famous Philadelphia venues such as World Cafe LIVE, and the TLA, as well as many national yours with the band.  In 2014 Cheers Elephant relocated to Southern California where Jordan currently works at the Tustin School of Rock.

Bio Picture Matthew Hill
Multi-Instrument Instructor & Show Director

Matthew Hill taught himself guitar beginning at the age of 12 after his father showed him some introductory chords, quickly realizing his dream was to write and play songs for people to enjoy. Matthew moved from his native San Diego, CA to Long Beach to pursue a degree in Classical Music Studies, but soon found his true nature was in Audio Production, in which he holds his degree. Matthew has taught guitar, bass, drums, piano and voice to people of all ages for more than six years. Having taught underprivileged children music for years in Long Beach’s Westside neighborhood, Matthew had the unique experience of often providing the students’ very first exposure to instrumental music. Matthew actively plays in many rock groups that regularly gig Long Beach, LA, and tour California

Bio Picture Nikki Klein
Drum Kit Instructor

Nikki was destined for drums since she could sit up on a throne. At a young age she was handed two sticks longer than her toddler arms and was taught her first basic fundamentals but it wasn't until she was twelve that she truly fell in love with playing drums. She’s studied privately under a wealth of teachers from an array of musical backgrounds and joined every percussion/drum set class that her schools, from junior high to college, offered. Her resume of previous and current musical endeavors is long and compiled of many different styles of playing. Nikki loves playing as much as she can and in the past years realized that mixing together her passion for drums and her experience with teaching/mentoring young people would result in passing on her love and experience therefore keeping drummers alive and interested. Nikki is currently in an Orange County based Ska/Punk band named Hooray For Our side.

Bio Picture Patrick O'Konski
Guitar/Drum Kit Instructor

Patrick O'Konski is currently finishing his B.M. with an emphasis in Music Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. He has performed in many different musical settings, from band and orchestra to choirs, jazz and rock bands. Patrick is comfortable teaching all levels and ages and brings his wealth of experience in wide variety of genres to give each student the education they seek and deserve.

First and foremost, I think lessons should always be fun and interesting. I also believe that it's very important to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals on any instrument you're learning. I like to spend the first half of a lesson warming up, playing exercises, and working on technique. The second half consists of playing grooves, riffs, and to music. Once the student is able to play comfortably, I like to play along with the student on drums or guitar to build their playing and listening skills. I care very much about what each and every student wants to get from their lessons, and will do my best to give them a great foundation.

Bio Picture Jaclyn Ortiz
Vocal/Guitar Instructor and Studio Coordinator

Jaclyn is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and recent Midwest transplant from Chicago. Though new to this strange land of California, she is no stranger to the music or the stage. Bit by the music bug at a young age, she began singing at age 2 and throughout the years picked up guitar and even clarinet. Her love for music and culture brought her to DePaul University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology, with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology. She has had the opportunity to play at renown Chicago venues such as The Chicago Theatre, Double Door, Abbey Pub, Uncommon Ground, and Elbo Room with high hopes of continuing performing in California.

 

Always an advocate for the arts, she hopes to create a learning environment for students that helps foster creativity and a pathway to becoming killer performers.

 

When not at School Of Rock, you can find Jaclyn volunteering for Musicians On Call or the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, playing music around Long Beach, or adventuring throughout California.

 

Bio Picture Sandro Razciel
Guitar/Bass Instructor

Born in Mexico City and raised in Fullerton, CA.  Sandro Razciel fell in love with music in his teens and ever since has dedicated his life to it. A professional musician, songwriter and music Instructor  whose goal is to show the world the magic of music in hopes of making a positive impact in people lives. He graduated from the music program at Fullerton Junior Collage and then went on to study at Cal State Fullerton for a couple of semesters. He studied under amazing studio and session musicians such as Mitch Holder, Joe Jewell, Mike Scott, John Caterino and Joseph Morton. Sandro activly plays in various groups with a wide range of music styles all over California.  There's no end to his talent and vision. Be sure to follow him on his journey through life and music! 

Bio Picture Iveta Shved
Vocal and Keyboard Instructor

Iveta Shved is a talented vocalist and musician with over a decade of experience and has been developing music teams & teaching since the age of 17. 

Iveta is currently the administrator and music director at Lionsgate Leadership and Missions Institute in Orange County, CA, a cutting edge school that trains young people to be leaders in the field of music and arts and entertainment.

Having attended the noted American River College in Northern California, where she majored in Music Theory and Studio Recording, she learned the nut and bolts of teaching and sound engineering. Today she carries a wide range of experience on both sides of the microphone.

As a songwriter since the age of 13, Iveta's songs are sung by churches and in venues around the U.S. Iveta has traveled to different nations and uses her rich experience to impart a international flavor to her musical style. 

Iveta currently resides in Orange County CA, where she enjoys the great outdoors and her church family and friends. 

Bio Picture Renee Sigal
Voice Instructor/Asst. Studio Coordinator

Renee Sigal or more commonly known as “Nay Nay,” found her performing arts passion early on in life. The California native’s musical zeal was sparked by her mother’s position at the famous Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, formerly known as Irvine Meadows. At just five years old Renee was provided with the exciting opportunity to perform song and dance on the big stage and at that special moment she knew her life aspiration was to become a performer.
At three years of age Renee joined performance groups and began private voice lessons. By the age of eight, she performed countless solos in elementary school performances, excelled in honors choir and was an active member of the Advanced Ladies and Chamber Choir at Aliso Niguel High School under the direction of the talented Tom Flannery. In Renee’s early high school days, she worked behind the scenes managing street teams for bands such as Maroon 5, Phantom Planet and local labels such as Drive-Thru Records, Fearless Records, and various local talents. Through her extensive networking she was able to find a niche by using her talent to provide voice lessons to bands. Post-high school, Renee graduated from the Musician’s Institute; Vocal Institute of Technology (VIT). During her time at the Musician’s Institute she continued to share her love for music while working with bands such as Underminded, As Night Falls, Ambriel and Wiggum. She also led the backup vocals for the Hard Rock live performance workshop.
Today, Renee is the on-call vocal coach for NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood; a world class recording and production facility that has produced some of the world’s best artists such as Incubus, Linkin Park, No Doubt, P.O.D., and many more. In this role she has worked with two Monster Uproar Festival winning bands; Mindset Evolution and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show along with Anchored and Girl on Fire. Her most recent work was with Eyes Set to Kill prior to their album recording and she prepared the Butcher Babies for their tour, opening for Marilyn Manson and Mayhem Festival.          
Not only does Renee work behind the scenes with the music industry, but she is also active in creating her own music. Her credits include singing “Call Me Maybe,” for an iPhone app commercial, vocals on a few EDM tracks and her repertoire includes: rock, pop, hardcore, and much more. She has also worked as a singing telegram for birthdays and various life celebrations. Renee is currently working on her own release, along with producer Justin Bohorquez on vocals for a developing project called GHOSTDANCE.
 As a singer, songwriter and vocal coach, Renee is able to detect and highlight the gifts within each student and provide a positive environment to discover and develop their unique talents. She works with her students on tone, texture, dynamics and connecting with the story the song tells. Every student has a personal connection with music and she takes pride in providing the perfect environment to explore each students individual musical aspirations.  She believes that vocal performance is more than just technique and she is passionate about creating a vocal adventure or story and most of all having fun. Renee’s passion for music comes from a place of sentiment and she believes that music is an escape from the world and a language all on its own.