Regan Balman
38 year player, 18 year full time teacher
Newly signed at Regan's Rock School
Expert Drum Instructor Dane Wallace
Graduate of Berklee College of Music


Stella's dad
played on stage with major label acts.  He is the guitar tech and luthier for the Foo Fighters and formerly for Nirvana, yet he brings Stella to Regan's Rock School.

Samantha chose Regan over several other teachers.  She's now a talent show star
maria smiles
little drummer girl Maria has lots of fun
silas first lesson
4 year old Silas' very first guitar session
Silas age 4 - no height requirement! 
Kids 9 and under are welcome at the Rock School!

Oliver as a 7 year old singer songwriter. Now age 9, he performs at the Puyallup Fair!  check him out on my Facebook page!

matt watanabe
Matt's first day on an old guitar.  Upon inspection, Regan made a recommendation for a new guitar.  Matt's sister Lindsay plays too, at age 7 she can now read music.

josee outlaw
Josee strums light as a feather
And how cool is Mitchell?


Ian is learning the art of heavy metal

"Thank you for being a part of Ian's life he greatly admires you and your teaching talents." S.S.

Holly rocks, raps and plays country!
Alicia singing at the Regan's Rock School
Devon Evans Concert in August 2012


Luella Riker looks to go pro, and sounds like it.
Will James
"Will really enjoys working with you and we are delighted you guys have bonded as student/teacher....Thanks Regan. You are making a positive impact on his life. I am in your debt."  Col. William "Buck" James, US Army
Sky is learning the art of self expression! 
Anyone who's bored should try skydiving.
Hanah Sutich at the Devon Evans Concert


Dr. Steven Davis N.D. comes to Regan's Rock School
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Navy Lt. Commander Jeff visits the Rock School for stress relief 
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Regan teaches middle aged students and seniors, too.  Bill McDonald 78, plays Beatles on youtube
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David Muganda, from Africa by way of Arkansas, is recording his own gospel reggae CD.  He travels over an hour each week from North Seattle to Regan's Rock School.
Ed Bressette, Student of the Month
Josh Feinstein
Josh Feinstein and Regan
Matt's mom Shannan enjoys it enough to start her son and daughter Matt and Linsday on guitar with a family discount.

Anyone who's bored should take up skydiving!


Ian B student of the
Ian, student of the month for February
Elizabeth Rutledge, Top Student of the Month
Kyla rocks

Kyla, Rock School student of the month for July

See her Rock on youtube
Regan helps Kyla channel her inner heavy metal star.
Haley, Kyla's sister, student of the month for April 2012, learns the finer points of pitch and timing.

 Vastly different types of people learn differently.  Regan discovers who they are, enters into their world and helps them gain confidence as they grow.


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When YOU are ready to rock...

                                  Rock School
Est. 1995

We Play REAL Rock Band

Call (253) 853-4188


Melanie recorded her own songs on CD after just a few lessons.
Ed is learning to cope with the extreme high pressure of a pro recording studio ;)

See him in a before and after video on youtube.
Myrielle sings at the Devon Evans show

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Anastasia is a local performer who comes to the Rock School 6 times per month to keep in tune for her performances.
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It's all serious business at Regan's Rock School




Devon Myrielle
kyla shows devon
Kyla shows Devon some Free Falling
brett show
devon hosts
Devon devon sings
A great part of the show with Tori on bass
the devon band sammie
Sammie overcomes stage fright to show her ability
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Regan and Kyla rock the Devon Evans show
Laurel and Mick
Kyla's parents are performing students, too!
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Devon and Regan close out the night
Devon and Regan close out the night with a tribute to Bob Marley

The Puyallup Fair and Talent Shows

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Regan introduces Mason at the
Puyallup Fair
stella joe
"Hi Regan,  Thank you for bringing your students to perform at the Fair. I was so happy to see all of them confidently sharing what they have learned with you. I hope they all enjoyed the experience...  Kyla was happy with her performance and as parents we were so pleased to see her enjoy herself. You did a good job keeping all the students relaxed and they all had good performances...We look forward to lessons next Saturday."

Laurel Schultz Program Director
Communities In Schools of Peninsula
Oliver Strachan rehearses for the talent show.

sky live
Click the image to see a 5 minute video documenting Sky's meteoric rise from beginner to local country star in only 8 days, after just two singing lessons at Regan's Rock School.

"He had never sang and played guitar before, and yet he shows up wanting to perform a song in front of the whole school.  'Well, when is it?' I asked him.  'Thursday' he says... "Hmmmm, well Sky, you've come to the right place!"


ed and sky
Parents and kids can play together at Regan's Rock School. Ed his son Sky are now in their fourth year of lessons here.  They play everything from the Pokeman theme song to Jason Mraz to the Kingsmen to the Monkees!  They rock! Click to see SKY SING LIVE!
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Keloree and Maisy playing guitar and drums

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Ethan and Elizabeth
These brothers travel from Sumner each week
The Corsi sisters
Regan and Chris Corsi perform Bob Marley's "Redemption Song"
Chris is a former student doing American Sign Language while Regan sings and plays guitar


Newly signed at Regan's Rock School

Expert Drum Instructor Dane Wallace is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.  He plays in two bands...

sky drums
Students are encouraged to sample several instruments including drums (click for video), bass, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, sax, clarinet, percussion.
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Maria plays drums,  keyboards, and is learning guitar. She wears a lot of hats!
This is Maria's very first drum lesson...
...her first time playing real drums...


 Ross"'Ross did his Senior Presentation today and it was phenomenal!! ....It was so amazing!... He spoke extremely highly of his mentor, friend and guitar teacher, Regan Balman. Regan has been much more then a music teacher to Ross. He has given him guidance in numerous areas, friendship, praise and a safe place to learn and express himself. As Ross put it today,  'Regan really helped him develop into who he is, he's a very cool guy and I can't say enough about him'.... "Thank you for your patience and influence & being such a special person & friend to Ross!  You bring much Joy to his life!" Tracy&Matt
"Your star student (Ian) has been accepted to Cooper Union College in NY... it's like going to Harvard... you can accept some of the accolades, Regan"  Mike.K. (Ian's dad)   Ian's Original Song
"Dear Regan, Not only am I amazed at what you've been able to teach Oliver, the times I've been able to watch the lessons have really helped me understand how to help him learn (without getting frustrated myself). Thanks for all of your time and effort." E.S.
"Thank you and Devon sooo much! My little baby girl Holly has been so happy since her performance with you and Devon...she has not shown such happiness in long time. She has been so excited that Devon called her an artist. She has confidence now. she loved performing. Thank you so much Regan and Devon! I could go on and on."  K.C.
"I truly thank you for all you've poured into  Isaac. I have no hesitation to recommend you." Brian L.
"Dear Regan, Thank you for all you're doing to help Taylor.  I know he will make you proud... May God continue to bless you and your music. With love and admiration" Joan S. [vocalist for Glenn Miller Orchestra]

Chris P
"Over a year ago you gave my son guitar lessons.  He really enjoyed taking lessons from you, but we wanted to take your advice and get him playing “with other kids” and so we have been taking him to “Seattle School of Rock” for the last year. 

... I am emailing you because it seems like he has learned about as much as “Seattle School of Rock” can teach him so I am reaching out to you to see if you have any openings.Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you. " P.P.
josee feathers
"Thank you so much for spending extra time with Josee and myself last night!!!  What a treat it was to hear you play and to see Josee so excited about making music!  It was also wonderful to talk about something I am so passionate about, health and nutrition, and to get to know you as a person and not only Josee's music coach  You definitely added to a wonderful day yesterday!!  Take care and we will see you next week!!!" L.O.

Student Story:  Regan receives an email from a lady who is sampling various local guitar teachers for her daughter...

"Hi  Regan,

I am checking out guitar teachers for my daughter. We would like a "sample" lesson, if you offer them. I am setting up a few of them with a couple of other places as well. My daughter is a little shy, so the right teacher is really important.  I like how your website portrays you, and I think you could be a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you."  K


A few days after the trial lesson K writes:
  "Hi Regan,
Thanks for the lesson! She really liked you. She said you were "very encouraging" and "super patient", so that's really great. You simultaneously moved her forward and kept her going, so I think it went well, too. We have one more sample lesson today, and we will contact you if that is where this leads!"  K
Regan Replies... 

"Thanks K,

It's always nice to hear those kinds of comments from my students.  I hope to work with her, but either way it was nice meeting you all.

I specialize in introducing the guitar to young people and taking the student on a short cut to the end of the game, which is playing the music they like right away.  Meanwhile I impart a more thorough understanding of the instrument than others generally provide.  I am often a refuge for students who have given up on other teaching programs.  Please let me know if I can be of service.

Thanks again,


regan and

Final Result :  "Hi Regan,
She would love for you to be her teacher! She really liked your energy.... She would like to start next week, if you're available. I look forward to hearing from you."  K

Update:  Sammie is still a regular weekly student after three years from June of 2009 through today!



Meera's first lesson in rock

Olyvia's 1st Guitar Soloing & 1st Original Song
Taylor: Guitar Drums Bass & Vocals

"Dear Regan, Thank you for all you're doing to help Taylor.  I know he will make you proud... May God continue to bless you and your music. With love and admiration" Joan S. [vocalist for Glenn Miller Orchestra]


Andrew is working hard to make the band
"I truly thank you for all you've poured into  Isaac. I have no hesitation to recommend you." Brian L.
Isaac Jams Behind His Head

Mason still learns each week since 2010
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Mike on bass, regan with the tam
Conner reads the staff
andrew martinez
Andrew Martinez plays acoustic and electric
little Shea
Regan's nephew Shea learned both left and right handed!

The Rock School Studio


open spring, summer...

...fall and winter
"Rockhenge" was built by legendary guitarists Kyla and Myrielle
A strange power runs through it.  (see the cable?)
bird cam view
The Rock School is nestled inside the beautiful Wollochet Bay wildlife estuary and
ild Osprey habitat. click for live birds!

evening bay view
The Rock School is a CLEAN non-smoking recording studio!  We're polishing it up right now just for you!
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Our lovely little Rock School
play area
The studio is below crumb cruncher park. Walk through the mysterious "Rockhenge" built by legendary guitarists Kyla and Myrielle
Tools you can use:  Cakewalk Sonar, Dual Core Athlon X2 2.4 Ghz 3.0 GB Ram 360 GB computer, Allen & Heath ZED 12-FX, Mackie THUMP Th-15A Powered Monitors, Alesis MONITOR ONE MKII 2-Way Nearfield Reference Monitors, Alesis RA500 Power Amp, Panasonic sv-3700 DAT recorder, Alesis QS6.1 Keyboard, Alesis 3630 compressor, Lexicon Reverb,Yamaha DTXPRESS III Electronic drum set, extra Alesis D-4 drum module, Shure 57 mic, Studio Projects C-1 condenser mic, other various mics, Roland D-110 Sound Module, Peavey SP-3 monitors, Behringer V-amp guitar modeler, Roland Jazz Chorus amp, pro pedal board, Hartke bass amp, Yamaha RB850 bass, Boogie Bodies electric guitar, Vantage electric guitar, Fender mini-squier, Fender Acoustic, Epiphone Acoustic, Acoustic guitar amp, Dean Markley acoustic pickup, Sony and Technics headphones, and more

Amazing short cut methods to play in a band right away!  Beginning Drums and Keyboard Lessons offered too. Lots of patience and relaxation, your musical retreat.  Call anytime.


Regan travels to your location
one hour only $99
Great for full bands
plus .50 per mile travel costs
must be within 25 miles

coach regan
Regan Balman (a.k.a. "Octaman") is a professional recording artist who has played on top stages in the northwest with major label talent.  He's written and performed hundreds of original songs in several musical genres including rock, reggae and jazz.  A guitar expert, he has played for 37 years with nearly 18 years of professional teaching.  
the coach
Regan is a pro's pro who shares his experience in and around the world of music with both kids and adults.   Regan is very relaxed and easy going and makes it comfortable for anybody to learn.  He can help you to play any style, from heavy metal to smooth jazz.  You will have more fun playing the guitar.  You can learn to sing and write songs very easily.  He shows you how to pull off any riff. 

You can learn finger picking styles, play jazz or classical, and sight read music at a glance.  He provides expert advice on how to present yourself as a performer and coaches bands on how to put on a great show.
Students are also encouraged to learn about the drums and the keyboards.  Regan is also an experienced vocal coach who focuses on pitch, power and performance.
Regan live
Regan Balman:  Teaching unique individuals since 1995

"I'm a personal trainer for music.  You request a song and usually before the song is finished playing once, I learn it, find you the right music, correct the chords, print it and hand it to you to start playing yourself.

I teach you the genuine style, or an easier way to play any song.  I pour my heart and soul into each individual student's improvement.  My goal for you is to play your music as soon as possible, and I work hard to help you do it....

Why Visit Regan's Rock School?

People come here because they want to excel at guitar.  That's what professional private lessons are all about!  So if you're just thinking about it, or you're not sure if you're child is really interested, or if you don't own a guitar yet, you might try learning chords from youtube for a while first... 

Lessons are tailored to fit the individual.  The ultimate goal is to get you into playing your music as quickly as possible.

Regardless of age or experience, Regan's lessons encourage steady growth in musical knowledge and ability.  Focus, organization, goal setting and achievement are emphasized.  Musical knowledge is key.
We are striving for excellence at Regan's Rock School\

(253) 853-4188
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His two most recent projects were  "Octaman and the All Stars" shown above live on stage at the Underwater Music Festival playing rhythmically interesting versions of popular songs both past and present, plus originals, promoting his latest CD releases...

...and "Live Sky", an exciting jazz-rock quintet from Seattle that plays progressive music by Weather Report, Tony Williams Lifetime, Pat Metheny Group and more.  They played several shows around Seattle.  Click to scroll down to see him live on youtube.

While specializing in starting young people on the guitar, Regan also offers advanced instruction.  Even very experienced players will understand the fretboard like never before, as he takes you through the scales and modes, extended chord voicings and advanced music theory

You are invited inside Regan's personal recording studio to learn what it takes to excel at music and "climb rock mountain".  We coach students of all levels how to play the guitar or the bass guitar with a simple, positive approach.  You can learn to play at a professional level, or any level of interest.  We also teach vocals, songwriting, beginning drums and keyboards with amazing short cut methods, while imparting a thorough understanding of music.

"I offer individualized instruction catered to your unique personality. I examine where each individual student is at musically and personality wise and then I go from there.  There's no cookie cutter approach, as there are no two musicians exactly alike.  Finding the best way to interact with different types of kids is perhaps what I do best.  And personal instruction is the best way to go.  An online lesson or DVD can't adjust your fingers for you, or give moment to moment feedback and offer tips on specific areas, which I always do." 

Free Materials, Accurate Chords!

"I set you up with songs, books, material, CD's with backing tracks and more. You will have a thorough knowledge of music, how to read, how to play by ear, how to write your own songs in one easy lesson.. You can learn theory, TABS, STAFF ,complex solos and chord arrangements....

"You can't trust the internet for accuracy! I will provide you with the correct chords and Tabs, then I can transpose any song to your key, with special attention devoted specifically to helping you play YOUR music the way you want to."
island gig
Playing on a custom made Boogie Bodies guitar  made famous by players like Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton, Regan specializes in reggae music but is proficient in many styles. Click on the guitar samples and listen.

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rock sample from the album Rock of Offence
reggae/jazz from the album Rock of Offence
country from The Great Creed Smashing
ska/punk from the album Giant Hail
cd Before....
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              celtic After...
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                creed smashing

Regan's Rock School

EST. 1995
Regan's Rock School: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Keyboard and Drum Lessons