Neighborhood Rock School

Best Kids’ Rock & Roll Lessons

In a squat building with just four practice rooms, Neighborhood Rock Schoolisn’t the largest, fanciest, or best-known rock school in Los Angeles. The staff, however, is exceptionally patient and encouraging. Owner Don DeSimone is committed to teaching children with special needs. Instructors work with kids on the music they want to play—whether it’s the Beatles or Green Day, Led Zeppelin or Kelly Clarkson—while sneaking in theory. They talk to kids in their language, and newbies are welcome at the three-year-old school, which also holds a summer camp.