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Rockin' Kidz Music Company has four studio locations located in Los Altos, Los Gatos, Saratoga and San Jose. We provide musical instruments, accessories, rentals and educate through music lessons, workshops and community outreach. 

Our mission statement is to provide quality music education to curious minds, to further instill a love for music and to help foster student’s creative talents in the bay area and beyond.

The gift of music is a gift for life.

Thanks for visiting our site!
~Tiffany, Founder, Rockin’ Kidz Music Company
   Tiffany Petrossi – Owner, Director, Teacher

    Tiffany is founder and director of Rockin’ Kidz Music Co. She is passionate and dedicated to providing quality instruction in the creative arts to
    children and adults. She teaches guitar, piano, voice, drama, songwriting and manages the retail stores and lesson studios. She studied at the University of Oregon, ACT
    (American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco and the GATE performing arts school in NYC. She is an accomplished songwriter, performer and actor. She remembers
    writing her first song at age seven and is very much aware of the joy and the importance of including music and dramatic education as part of a child’s development and
    life-long learning experience.

   She started Rockin’ Kidz to help encourage music education and provide a positive learning atmosphere for her students.

   Tiffany is an active member of the music community,  a voting Grammy member and enjoys traveling and singing under her songwriter name, “Wildflower.”

Stephanie Petrossi- Store Manager 

Liam Petrossi - Front Desk Reception

Joshua Arce - Front Desk Reception and Teacher

Leela Paymai -Front Desk Reception and Teacher
Music Major San Jose State University. Trombone player, piano and fun with drums!

Justin James- Teacher
Guitar, Drums, Piano, Ukulele, bass guitar and Singing Fun!

Dan Vo - Berkeley School Of Music trained guitar, ukulele, bass and trombone teacher!


   Alecia Petzinger – Piano, Guitar, Flute, Ukulele, Voice, Intro to Music/Rockin’ Toddlerz,  Coding (Java, C++), Minecraft
   is Educational/Minecraft Mods

   Alecia has a diverse background in music, sound design (creating and editing sound effects, music, ambience), mixing, video editing, and
   computer coding. She currently teaches piano, ukulele, guitar, flute, voice, coding, and educational Minecraft classes. She has been teaching at Rockin' Kidz for 4 years and loves working with her students!

   Alecia started piano at the age of 5 and picked up flute, piccolo, and french horn at Branham High School. During high school she participated
   in the field show competitions on the keyboard, marching band with the flute and piccolo, and symphonic band with the flute and french horn.
   She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Technology with a focus on Sound Design.

   In regard to Digital Audio Workspaces, she has experience working in Garageband, ProTools, Audacity, and SoundTrack Pro; with Video Editing
   she has experience with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, YouTube, as well as Adobe Photoshop, if needed. Regarding coding, She is
   fluent in Java and C++ and can teach beginner to intermediate learners. She uses code alongside Minecraft for students to design their own
   mods for the game and give them a basic understanding of the videogame – code relationship as well as introduce them to basic coding
   principles. She believes that music and technology are a powerful combination that can enrich any life no matter how young/old or level of skill.
    Alecia is thrilled to work with students who share the same interest and passion. 


    Andrew Boyd- Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Sax, Ukulele, Singing and Songwriting

      Musician – Songwriter / Composer of music for film and television/ Educator

      Andrew Boyd is an awesome teacher at Rockin’ Kidz. A graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, he is also a Lead vocalist,  
      songwriter, guitarist, producer, and composer of music for film and television. He is familiar with the art and technology required to produce
      and write music for radio advertisements, intro’s for radio spots and shows. The song “Here I am” was featured on PBS nationwide for the
      show Road Trip Nation.

     Andrew is experienced with recording software, Apple OSX, Logic, Ableton, and Pro Tools. He has a working knowledge of plugins, effects,
    mixing techniques and a myriad of music products, extensive knowledge about musical instruments, tonalities, and sound and studies in bass, keys, guitar, vocals, clarinet, sax, ukulele, and music composition.


   Jesse Gullicksen- Art director, Guitar, Ukulele, Garageband and Beginning Piano

    Jesse loves to teach art and music at Rockin’ Kidz. He is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician who creates original artwork and writes his
    own music as well. He has an upbeat, supportive and engaging style of teaching both children and adults. 

 

 


    Sue Malloy – Music Therapist, Flute, Guitar, Voice, Piano, and Special Friends Music Instructor

    Sue is a Board Certified Music Therapist and enjoys teaching music as well. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of  Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock.  As a therapist, she uses music to help clients working on physical, mental, cognitive, or emotional issues in groups or individual settings through singing, movement, playing or song-writing. Sue especially enjoys using the power of rhythm and drumming to energize, empower and build a sense of belonging.  For over 20 years, she has used her music therapy with both children and adult special needs groups.

As a teacher, Sue enjoys teaching flute, voice and guitar. She is also an Orff Shulwerk trained music educator and teaches elementary music classes in the publicschool setting. She has performed with many bay area orchestras, choirs, and praise bands



 Robert Allen – Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Violin, Mandolin Teacher, beginning Drums and Cello
   Robert is a talented guitarist and multi-instrument competent musician. He has his Masters of Education and also works in the San Jose Unified School district. His
   students foster and grow with him as a guide as he goes above and beyond to make sure his students are provided with a quality lesson that’s clear and encourages
   them to keep learning to play!


Travis Drumm- Drums, Piano, Ukulele, Bass Guitar


Alex Pipkins- Music Teacher of Guitar, Piano/keys, Singing/Voice, Ukulele, Trumpet and front desk/sales.

 


                                                                                                                                                                                     May/June Newsletter 2020

   Dear Rockin’ Kidz Community,
     I hope this message finds you well and healthy. It has been a pleasure to serve many of our students with remote music lessons and to deliver products to your homes over the past few months. I am grateful for all our wonderful customers and amazing staff for their continued support and efforts during these uncharted times. We are a small, family run business that was started in 2011 and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you. We would not still be here without you. 
     I wanted to provide you with an update of our store’s reopening status, review of our remote lesson program, new store protocols that will be implemented and… the announcement of two awesome students of the month and Teacher feature!  
                                                                                                                                                 ~Sincerely, Tiffany Petrossi, 
                                                                                                                                                                    Owner, Rockin ‘Kidz Music Co.


   Students of the Month - May 2020                                                                    

      
Manir takes online lessons w/ Ms.Tiffany. He has continued to do more than is required each and every week while on remote lessons. He has had 100% attendance during this time, has a fantastic attitude and really improved!  Awesome WORK! 

ANNA, age 5, is making remarkable progress for her age and only started her private lessons online! She always greets her teacher with a smile and has 100% attendance! Go ANNA!

It’s been a joy to watch all of the students grow musically!

***Teacher Feature***

                                                   

Alecia Petzinger

Alecia has received many kudos these past months from parents and students for her effort and wonderful teachings of the students online! We wanted to acknowledge her great work and thank her for continuing to spread her knowledge and love of music on to her students! 

Store Re-Openings & Co-Vid Ready Protocols

Rockin’ Kidz Music Co. will be able to open in phases following the guidelines set forth by Santa Clara County.

Here is an overview of our current status. 

NOW OPEN - RETAIL DELIVERY & PICK UP!

We have so many wonderful products from ukuleles and guitars to digital keyboards, band instruments,

drums, books and more for you to enjoy! 

Much of our inventory is  on sale to help with sales during this time

Browse our shop online! @www.rockinkidz.com! 

Use the code “musicisawesome” for 10% off. Have something you want but don’t see it? 
Email us at info@rockinkidz.com and we will be glad to help! 

 

We can also can offer guitar string changes!

 

NOW OPEN - REMOTE MUSIC LESSONS

 A successful new endeavor and we have been pleased with the positive results!

I have personally started with new students (never taught in person) as young as 5 and I've been very impressed! 

Rockin’ Kidz Remote Lessons will continue to be offered for all of our current students

and will also be an option for new students interested in taking music lessons! 

Sign up online here>!


BENEFITS TO REMOTE MUSIC LESSONS

    • No Commute, Convenient and more than 6 feet apart!   

    • No Need to wear a mask!        

    • Can be taken from anywhere. I recently had two students take their guitar lessons from their cabin in Tahoe!

    • Students have flourished in their own environments- Teachers are able to guide them on the instruments they use at home. They have taken initiative to mark down their own assignments, and notes therefore learning responsibility and being a more active participant in class.

    • If a student, parent, teacher for whatever set of reasons, can’t make it in for the lesson one week, they can dial in to their lesson from home instead of missing the class!

TIPS FOR ONLINE LESSONS!

  • Test your internet connection before the lesson.
  • Try out the camera angle ahead of time and test the sound, so that the teacher will be able to see and hear the student playing the instrument. 

  • Make sure you have appropriate books! (If you need to order new or the next level books we can deliver to your doorstep! Place your order online through our website or call in an order . (408) 398-0550 or (408) 402-5087

  • Choose a quiet area in your space to have lessons and minimize distractions.

  • Students should have a notebook and pencil ready to take notes.

  • Chrome browsers work best for Google Meets/hangouts.

  • If there is a glitch, sign off and sign on again. 

  • If you have a technical problem contact us immediately, we are on call to help!

Coming soon! Re-Opening: In Studio Lessons

     At the time of this letter, we have not been notified by the county to resume in studio learning. We hope this phase will be updated as early as June 8th or by the latest end of the June. approx.~ 1 to 4 weeks. We are already prepared to fully open with the CO-VID 19 guidelines for business implemented. We are waiting to hear which phase (late 2 or 3) that music lessons are classified in. According to my conversations with the county, it is unclear and they are currently reviewing our request to re-open. We will update you as soon as we get word! While we really want to fully reopen as soon as possible, we must continue to follow guidelines and be patient a little longer. Thank you!

     If you want to support us in the meantime, we have many ways to still offer our services to you! You can purchase retail goods from our stores (we will match any legitimate retailer’s price) or buy  Gift Certificates for products, online lessons, and/or future in studio lessons! Thank you!

Re-Opening Guidelines:

Please Review our New Store Protocol

Face Coverings: All staff, students, parents, customers that enter our store will be required to wear masks until advised otherwise by the county. *Students and children of customers 6 years old and under and those with special needs are not required by the county to wear a mask. 

Temperature Checks: All working staff and students taking lessons will be scanned with an infrared thermometer before entering the studio. Anyone with an elevated temperature (over 100.4 degrees) will be sent home. 

Hand Washing & Sanitizer: Upon entering our stores for lessons, students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer or wash hands before proceeding to the classroom while following social distancing protocols. 
For example; A teacher can greet their student at the entrance from 6 feet apart but not walk side by side to the classroom. 

Sanitized Equipment: We ask that students bring their own instruments when applicable.We will wipe down pianos/keyboards with cleaning/sanitizing wipes after each use. Teacher’s will not share equipment with students and will be wearing gloves if they have to demonstrate or pick up a book to hand to students or will use a separate instrument and piano to demonstrate in the classroom.

Social Distancing: Markers will be placed in the studio rooms, hallways and retail areas that notate  the 6 feet apart distancing. This will be helpful so customers, students and teachers can be guided to where to sit, stand or meet for their lessons or wait in line to purchase a product.

Contactless Payment Options: When making a retail purchase or tuition payment in the store, customers will be able to swipe their card themselves, pay online through our website on their phone or by calling in over the phone.

Common Areas: Our lobbies/waiting areas will be closed until further notice. Please drop off and pick up your student at the store entrance and wait outside until the lesson is over. Due to space constraints, please be on-time. Thank you!

Scheduling & Teacher Questions: Please address any questions for teachers regarding questions about the lessons or other matters for our billing/scheduling department over email or by calling our office. 

Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of (2) students per class with one teacher until further notice and guidance from the county.

Summer Camps Update: TBD 

At this point we have postponed/cancelled our in person summer camps over confusion with and short notice of the health orders. We will keep you updated if we can offer smaller camps in Late July and/or August either at our studios, remote workshops or off-site music camps.

We hope we can make something work. Stay tuned!

Contact Us!

Main Office (408) 402-5087 Email: losgatos@rockinkidz.com 

Scheduling/tech issues: Call Stephanie @ (408) 398-0550 

Billing Questions: Call Tiffany @(408) 410-8487 Email:  billing@rockinkidz.com 

www.rockinkidz.com