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About School of Rock Ahwatukee

Welcome to School of Rock Ahwatukee, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Ahwatukee’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Ahwatukee has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Ahwatukee full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Ahwatukee
4645 E Chandler Blvd#114Phoenix, AZ 85048
(480) 753-3266

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Ahwatukee's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Ahwatukee's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Ahwatukee is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Ahwatukee students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Ahwatukee’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Ahwatukee’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Ahwatukee’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Ahwatukee is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Ahwatukee’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Ahwatukee’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Ahwatukee’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

School of Rock Ahwatukee's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others...
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School of Rock Ahwatukee's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Ahwatukee's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Shane Baskerville
      Music Director
      Shane has been playing in rock bands for the last 22 years. One of his first bands 'Helva' was the first unsigned band to play Edgefest in Somerset Wi and they were voted one of the top 10 unsigned...
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      Shane has been playing in rock bands for the last 22 years. One of his first bands 'Helva' was the first unsigned band to play Edgefest in Somerset Wi and they were voted one of the top 10 unsigned bands in the country by Rollingstone.com. He moved out to Los Angeles where he joined the Virgin/Immortal band 'US Crush' where he played the Warped Tour and toured with artists such as 'Social Distortion', 'DI', 'Story of the Year' and 'Bullet's and Octane'. While he was in LA he was on the VH1 show 'You Rock With' where he beat out hundreds of guitarists to play on stage with 80's icons 'Poison' in Alabama in front of 10,000 people! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yziVRPQ8CYfeature=relmfu Shane moved back to Minnesota and attended McNally Smith college of Music and maintained a 3.60 GPA and made the dean's list. During that time he toured opening for Chicago rockers 'Chevelle'. Shane has been in the School of Rock community for 5 1/2 years, running 3 schools in the Midwest and he also ran the 2011 Midwest All Stars. sbaskerville@schoolofrock.com
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    • Chad Martin
      Drum Instructor
      Chad started playing in high school, but his love affair with the drums began when he was 8 and saw his aunt's rock band play at a tiny hotel bar in Columbus, Georgia. Every Christmas and birthday ...
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      Chad started playing in high school, but his love affair with the drums began when he was 8 and saw his aunt's rock band play at a tiny hotel bar in Columbus, Georgia. Every Christmas and birthday after that had DRUM KIT at the top of the list. He is self taught, aside from about 6 months of rudimentary lessons. In 1992, after moving to Phoenix from Washington DC, Chad started touring the country with small punk bands. With Ramen soup for dinner and sleeping on someones floor as a staple, this continued through the 90's and into the 2000's. During that decade or so, he saw crowds grow bigger as he spent more and more time on the road. He eventually ended up on Virgin Records with the band Fivespeed. His last major trips were with the Vans Warped tour in 2002, alongside the likes of Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, and NOFX. He's played his drums in all 48 continental states, Mexico and Canada. He began teaching drums in 2009 and has loved seeing kids fall in love with music as he did. At 41 years old, and with three kids and a wife at home, Chad is living proof that you can still rock, even when you're an old guy!!
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    • Siggi
      Bass Instructor-Show Director
      Sigurdur is a multi-instrumentalist and Music producer. He grew up in a musical household, where his Icelandic family members have been recording and performing music since the 1940s. Inspired by h...
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      Sigurdur is a multi-instrumentalist and Music producer. He grew up in a musical household, where his Icelandic family members have been recording and performing music since the 1940s. Inspired by his grandfather and his father, Siggi began playing with the piano and guitars around the house at a very early age. At 14 years old he discovered his passion for the bass guitar, and started bands with some of his high school friends. Sigurdur then went on to study music production/song writing with Berklee Music, and has been a bassist with multiple artists of various genres, performing from Time Square to the Las Vegas Strip.
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    • Darwin Scott
      Bass Instructor
      Darwin Scott has been playing bass since the age of 11 and playing professionally since 17. At 19 he signed with GMA and toured extensively for many years. He has played everything from Top 40, Dis...
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      Darwin Scott has been playing bass since the age of 11 and playing professionally since 17. At 19 he signed with GMA and toured extensively for many years. He has played everything from Top 40, Disco, Funk, Country and Rock/Metal. He also has 20 years' experience teaching bass and guitar. "I've tried to listen to everything available and without prejudice. I love music and know what moves me. I enjoy helping others develop their interests and talent."
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    • Joshua Rumsey
      Vocal and Bass Instructor
      Josh's singing experience has spanned nearly every genre, and includes a unique mix of rock and choir music. Since early 2012, He's been a part of the Arizona Vocal Project, a local alternative roc...
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      Josh's singing experience has spanned nearly every genre, and includes a unique mix of rock and choir music. Since early 2012, He's been a part of the Arizona Vocal Project, a local alternative rock choir with an accompanying band. For the last year, he's also been a weekly karaoke host. His 20-year rock career has consisted of bass guitar, and he has sung lead and backup in many bands. Overall, He's seen just about everything the local scene has to offer, which began singing and playing in a program somewhat similar to School of Rock. He also has over 20 years of choral experience, including high school regional honor and all-state choirs. His former bands from the Phoenix area include Eating Divas, Out for Revenge, XIII Black, Millennium/Cashed, Ayva, Backwoods (northern AZ) and many more. Those bands have opened for Ratt, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Madball, Earth Crisis, Alien Ant Farm, 40 Below Summer, Reveille, B-Foundation, Slaughter, Bullets Octane, Maylene the Sons of Disaster, Cage 9 and many popular local bands.
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    • Charlie Smith
      Keyboard Instructor
      Charlie is currently pursuing a bachelors in music in jazz piano performance at Arizona State university. He is a compassionate pianist who from an early age has shown a love for the classics, blue...
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      Charlie is currently pursuing a bachelors in music in jazz piano performance at Arizona State university. He is a compassionate pianist who from an early age has shown a love for the classics, blues and rock and roll. He has performed live music of many genres from Rock'n'roll at various house gatherings, to jazz piano at restaurants, to classical music in recital halls. And with a understanding of music and music theory Charlie understands how all these different types of music are related and connected to the creative process.
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    • Ryan Lynch
      Drum Instructor-Studio Coordinator
      Ryan Lynch began playing drums when he was 13 years old after being influenced by bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, and Foo Fighters. After seeing the music video for the song 'Basket Case'...
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      Ryan Lynch began playing drums when he was 13 years old after being influenced by bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, and Foo Fighters. After seeing the music video for the song 'Basket Case' by Green Day he immediately went out and purchased his first set of drums. Music quickly became his passion in High School where he played in numerous local bands and attended many concerts. His passion led him to attend Musician's Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California where he graduated in 2012 with a degree in Percussion Performance and Music Business. He is currently attending Arizona State University where he is completing another degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Throughout his music career he has had the opportunity to tour nationally with groups such as pop-rock band 'This Great Escape' and singer-songwriter 'Torin Dinh', as well as studying under various teachers such as Gary Garbitini and Ryan Brown. Along with keeping a regular gigging schedule he has found a love for teaching the next generation of rockers at School of Rock!
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    • Danielle Durack
      Vocal Instructor
      Danielle Durack began formally singing and taking lessons at age 10 funded by her father who was shocked by her singing one night at a karaoke party. She continued to take private voice lessons unt...
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      Danielle Durack began formally singing and taking lessons at age 10 funded by her father who was shocked by her singing one night at a karaoke party. She continued to take private voice lessons until her freshman year of high school. Danielle was extremely involved in choir at Saguaro High School where she participated in both the 80 member Varsity Choir and the small Jazz Choir, where her senior year, she won the National Choral Award. Danielle was also accepted as a vocal performance student at Berklee School of Music, but after a bit of sticker shock, ended up at Arizona State University. She has not yet declared a major, but is currently dabbling in music theory and performance classes. While Danielle considers herself a Singer/Songwriter, she loves and appreciates virtually all genres of music. She admires and draws inspiration from strong female vocalists like Lauryn Hill, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Norah Jones and Diane Birch.
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    • Cassidy Hilgers
      Vocal Instructor
      Cassidy was born into a rockin' family where Led Zeppelin and Joni Mitchell were constantly blaring throughout the house. These were her early inspirations as she grew into the musician she is toda...
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      Cassidy was born into a rockin' family where Led Zeppelin and Joni Mitchell were constantly blaring throughout the house. These were her early inspirations as she grew into the musician she is today.Cassidy first started hitting the stage in junior high where she starred in musicals, such as, Anything Goes, Hairspray, and Wicked. Musical theater was a huge part of her life, but she wanted to learn other styles of music as well. That's when she picked up her purple Ibanez acoustic guitar and started teaching herself the ways of rock! After high school, Cassidy formed her band, Sister Lip, an all girls blues/rock band. She has had the privilege of touring across the United States and Canada, played festivals, such as, Apache Lake Music Festival and McDowell Mountain Music Festival, has performed at the Musical Instrument Museum twice, and has recorded a six song debut EP at STEM Studio entitled, "Thanks For The Mondays."While Cassidy is still writing and performing with Sister Lip, she is also singing with Mesa Community College's Jazz Combo, plays guitar and sings harmonies for a local band, Field Tripp, and is now very excited to start her teaching career as a vocal instructor at School of Rock!
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News

    • Phoenix Magazine Best of the Valley 2012

      Best Way to Channel Your Inner Alice Cooper School of Rock Screw the Suzuki method: Who wants to repeat scales over and over when you could be thrashing the bass line to Pink Floyd's 'Money'? I...
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      Best Way to Channel Your Inner Alice Cooper
      School of Rock
      Screw the Suzuki method: Who wants to repeat scales over and over when you could be thrashing the bass line to Pink Floyd's 'Money'? Instructors at Scottsdale's School of Rock, which opened in late August, understand this. Fledgling and advanced students from kids to adults play popular tunes, and band members can snag industry advice via an artist development program. If your kid really rocks, he or she can live out their rock star fantasies as part of the All Stars traveling troupe. 13610 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-483-7625, scottsdale.schoolofrock.com
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    • Ahwatukee Foothills News

      The Ahwatukee Foothills Newspaper did an interview with Megan Rousey-General Manager of the Ahwatukee School of Rock about our opening on Aug. 24th! Click on the link and 'Read All About It!"

    • ABC 15 News Segment

      By: abc15.com staff PHOENIX - The School of Rock opened their newest Arizona location Saturday. The school is located near Chandler and 48th Street in Ahwatukee. Shane Baskerville stopped by ABC15 ...
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      By: abc15.com staff PHOENIX - The School of Rock opened their newest Arizona location Saturday. The school is located near Chandler and 48th Street in Ahwatukee. Shane Baskerville stopped by ABC15 Weekend Mornings with a few students to talk about the school, as well as play a tune. Meteorologist Randy Kollins even learned how to rock out by smashing a guitar. Watch the video in the player above to see. Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/ahwatukee/school-of-rock-opens-in-ahwatukee#ixzz2d7eq1VbT
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    • Fox 10 News

      AHWATUKEE, Ariz. - Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin and The Doors are all famous rock stars that had to get their start somewhere, right? The School of Rock is opening its second campus in Ahwatukee to h...
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      AHWATUKEE, Ariz. - Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin and The Doors are all famous rock stars that had to get their start somewhere, right? The School of Rock is opening its second campus in Ahwatukee to help kids get their start early. In true rock star fashion, the brand new school of rock in Ahwatukee was dedicated with the smashing of a guitar. This is the second valley location for the music school that teaches kids 7 to 18 everything they need to know about how to rock. "We take beginners to advanced, so any kid can come in, even if they've never touched a guitar, and we can help them grow and develop and we teach them the theory through the rock songs," said Megan Rousey. "I want to start recording my own original music and possibly touring with a band," said Alex Heckendorf. At the age of 14, Heckendorf has lofty goals. But, she says after studying at School of Rock for a year at their Scottsdale location, she's ready. "It's one big family. Everyone is pushing each other and challenging each other in the best way possible," said Heckendorf. The students learn everything from how to actually play an instrument, but also stage presence and music theory--all set to the soundtrack of rock n' roll. "Any of our teachers, no matter how cool and tough, the first show they see they cry because you see kids grow so fast and you see them become confident. They're making friends. It's a fulfilling job--it's not a job, it's the coolest thing," said Rousey. There is a tuition at the school, but they work with families so that anyone can attend if they want to.
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence. ”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real" concert venues." ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA