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About School of Rock Allentown

Welcome to School of Rock Allentown, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Allentown that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2012, School of Rock Allentown is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Allentown equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Allentown and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Allentown
621 N 19th St.Allentown, PA 18104
(610) 434-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Tuesday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday - FridayClosed
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Allentown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Allentown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Allentown’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
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas 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 Allentown 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 Allentown, 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 Allentown students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Allentown’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Allentown’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Allentown musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues 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 and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Allentown can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Allentown’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Allentown Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Allentown’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!

At School of Rock Allentown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. Allentown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits b...
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At School of Rock Allentown, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Allentown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Allentown’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
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • September 11
      7:30 PM
      SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS FILLMORE EAST VS FILLMORE WEST
      This event is at Maingate Nightclub (448 N. 17th St. Allentown, PA 18104).
    • September 12
      5:00 PM
      SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS FILLMORE EAST VS FILLMORE WEST
      This event is at Rivals Sports Bar & Nightclub (5 Lehns Court Easton, PA 18042).
    • September 18
      7:30 PM
      SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS GREEN DAY
      This event is at Maingate Nightclub (448 N. 17th St. Allentown, PA 18104).
    • September 19
      8:00 PM
      SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS GREEN DAY
      This event is at Rivals Sports Bar & Nightclub (5 Lehns Court Easton, PA 18042).

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Staff

    • Duane Beller
      Music Director/Show Director/Instructor
      Once again living in the Lehigh Valley, and teaching here at the School of Rock, Duane feel like his musical life has come full circle. His musical journey started 25 years ago, a few miles down t...
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      Once again living in the Lehigh Valley, and teaching here at the School of Rock, Duane feel like his musical life has come full circle. His musical journey started 25 years ago, a few miles down the road,. After a year or so of bugging his parents, they finally gave in and bought him a guitar. Shortly after, he began weekly lessons with Lee Daniels, a talented jazz guitarist from Bethlehem. He studied under Lee from the age of 6 until he left for college. His first musical endeavors centered around the grunge and classic rock he heard on the radio on the 90s, but that limited range of music wasn’t enough. Thanks to the breadth and depth of Lee’s musical knowledge, he grew to enjoy and appreciate a wide range of eras and genres. Lee turned him on to blues rock guitarists like Hendrix, Duane Allman, and Mike Bloomfield, jazz greats like Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Charles Mingus, great songwriters like Dylan, the Beatles and the Band, classical composers like Beethoven and Stravinsky, and even Indian Classical musicians like Ali Akbar Khan. Duane always had an affinity for improvisational music, so his introduction of bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish struck a nerve that resonates to this day.
      In 1999, Duane left the Lehigh Valley for Boston and the Berklee College of Music. There he studied Classical Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production, which allowed him to dig deeper into his love of writing music. Duane's love of diverse styles of music revealed itself here too. He found my voice writing “classical” music (meaning music for symphony orchestra and chamber ensembles) but was always drawn back to the guitar and rock and roll. Duane was working for the Boston Symphony, seeing the music of Bartok and Sibelius, but making sure to catch Radiohead when they were in town. He was sitting with my friends bands playing everything from funky improvised jam music to spacy indie rock, then going home to work on a string quartet he was writing.
      Duane was fortunate to work with many great teachers while in Boston, most notably, John Bavicchi. Like Lee Daniels earlier, his teaching extended beyond just showing theory or technique. He shared with me his favorite composers, and favorite music. He showed Duane what that music meant to him, and how the ultimate goal as musicians is to communicate something more than just the notes on the page. Like Lee, John went beyond just a teacher and became a friend and mentor.
      Duane graduated from Berklee in 2004, and received the Harry Ellis Dickson award for graduating composers. He has been commissioned to write pieces for groups ranging from brass quintet, to chamber choir, to solo recorder. Duane has played guitar, bass, and on occasion, drums and keys in bands throughout his life, and he enjoys every aspect of writing, playing, and studying music.
      After meeting the mother of his beautiful daughter, Duane moved back to the Lehigh Valley in 2009. She was born in 2010, and since then the focus of his life has been being the best father he can while overseeing the growth of the amazing students here at the School of Rock. With the time left over, he continues to write music for the various commissions that comes his way, as well as for his own enjoyment.
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    • Jesse Braun
      Drum and Guitar Instructor
      Born into a family of musicians, Jesse has been playing music since he was old enough to walk. At the age of 14, Jesse began gigging in an original indie/progressive band that recorded, produced an...
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      Born into a family of musicians, Jesse has been playing music since he was old enough to walk. At the age of 14, Jesse began gigging in an original indie/progressive band that recorded, produced and released 2 albums independently, and at 16 went on his first national tour. Since then, he has released 2 full length records as the guitar player for Surf/Garage Rock band, Great White Caps, and tours extensively as the drummer of Start Making Sense - A Talking Heads Tribute. Jesse began teaching at School of Rock in 2009 and is always excited to share his knowledge and love of music with the students at the school.
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    • Thom Eiser
      Vocals and Keys Instructor
      Thom Eiser was born and raised in the heartland of sunny, rural Indiana. At age two, Thom started taking piano lessons. Sometime during his humble origins in local community musical theatre, he bec...
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      Thom Eiser was born and raised in the heartland of sunny, rural Indiana. At age two, Thom started taking piano lessons. Sometime during his humble origins in local community musical theatre, he became enamored with the poignant romance and high-brow buffoonery that is classical voice. After a short game of "pin-the-tail-on-the-atlas," Thom ended up majoring in vocal performance at Moravian College, where he enjoyed taking part in such disparate ensembles as vocal jazz, Baroque ensemble, improv ensemble, opera ensemble, and somehow still found time to star as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar during his final year. Well-versed in harmonic theory and borderline obsessive about rhythmic devices, Thom prides himself on his ability to express his passion for music theory as well as performance techniques in a fashion that is infectious to students. He makes an effort to help them better understand what makes their favorite music tick, and introduces them to new music in the hopes of broadening their horizons. In his spare time, Thom can be found hard at work on several songwriting endeavors, ranging from indie-pop to electronic, both solo and in tandem with his wife.
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    • Jennifer Miklus
      Vocals and Key Instructor
      Jen is thrilled to be sharing her considerable performing and singing talents to the Allentown School of Rock. Very active in the local music scene, she is the lead singer/songwriter and keyboardis...
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      Jen is thrilled to be sharing her considerable performing and singing talents to the Allentown School of Rock. Very active in the local music scene, she is the lead singer/songwriter and keyboardist for the original band, Beyond Eden, which is a winner of a Lehigh Valley Music Awards as well singer and keyboardist for She Said Sunday, a popular Lehigh Valley cover band.
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    • Anthony Newett
      Guitar, Vocals and Keys Instructor
      Anthony began teaching in Philadelphia back in 1986, (yikes... yes, he's been around for a while). In 2002, he was nominated for Grammy® awards in two categories for the music production and perf...
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      Anthony began teaching in Philadelphia back in 1986, (yikes... yes, he's been around for a while). In 2002, he was nominated for Grammy® awards in two categories for the music production and performance for the documentary, "Strut". Since then, Anthony continued to work in radio and television composing music on a national platform. All the while, he NEVER stopped teaching. He believes firmly in the School of Rock philosophy and he's honored to be a part of it! He'll turn you in to a rocker and has 29 years of experience to prove it!
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    • Travis Thierrin
      Bass, Drum and Keys Instructor/Show Director/House Band Director
      Travis started at the School of Rock as a student in 2008, first at the Chatham (NJ) SoR and then at the Easton SoR, and appeared in over two dozen SoR seasonal shows before graduating. Travis has ...
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      Travis started at the School of Rock as a student in 2008, first at the Chatham (NJ) SoR and then at the Easton SoR, and appeared in over two dozen SoR seasonal shows before graduating. Travis has been playing bass since he was 13. He has experience playing a wide variety of music including metal, classic rock, pop, jazz, funk, blues, and progressive rock. Travis is also a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist that plays electric and upright bass, drums, guitar, and keyboards. He is the bassist and backing vocalist for award-winning original hard rock band, Beyond Eden, and popular local dance/party cover band, Another Lousy Cover Band.

      Travis was nominated “Outstanding Bass Guitar” in the 2013 Lehigh Valley Music Awards. Through various musical projects he has performed at venues such as Musikfest, the Electric Factory, Allentown Symphony Hall, the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, and World Café Live. Travis has an A.F.A. in Music from Raritan Valley Community College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music business at Berklee College of Music. Travis currently teaches bass, drums, and guitar at the Easton and Allentown schools. He is also the director of the Bank Street Band (show band for the Easton and Allentown schools), as well as a show director at the Allentown school.
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    • Carlos Plaza
      Drum Instructor
      Carlos Plaza has been playing drums for nearly 20 years. He started at the age of 9 taking lessons at a small music shop in downtown Ottawa, in Ontario Canada. Carlos' teacher was very particular a...
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      Carlos Plaza has been playing drums for nearly 20 years. He started at the age of 9 taking lessons at a small music shop in downtown Ottawa, in Ontario Canada. Carlos' teacher was very particular about him perfecting the basics using just a practice pad before he was allowed to purchase a drum set. This might be why he fell in love with the art of teaching since the basics are the most important. The fundamental principles of drums are concrete and the better you have them the better you get. He is proficient in the Moeller Method for stick grip, heel up and heel down technique for the bass drum and has extensive training with the 40 rudiments.
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    • Justice Thyselius
      Guitar and Bass Instructor/Rookies Instructor
      Justice started at the School of Rock as a student at the Easton School of Rock in 2011, playing a dozen seasonal shows, and later performing with the School's House Band "The Bank Street Band". J...
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      Justice started at the School of Rock as a student at the Easton School of Rock in 2011, playing a dozen seasonal shows, and later performing with the School's House Band "The Bank Street Band". Justice plays guitar and bass, teaching both at the Easton and Allentown locations.
      Justice is currently pursuing an AFA in Music from Raritan Valley Community College, and plays bass for nerd culture cover band Pixelface. Justice's main influences are Jeff Beck, Robert Fripp, and Steven Wilson.
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Promotions

News

    • It's Back To School Time

      It's that time of year again, when the kids are going back to school. It's also a great time to get them scheduled for lessons at School of Rock. Give us a call for the best availability.

    • Summer Seasonal Shows Scheduled!

      The Schools of Rock from Allentown and Easton will be rockin' the rafters at Rivals Night Club in downtown Easton every throughout May. The shows are The Beatles, Fillmore East vs Fillmore West, Gr...
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      The Schools of Rock from Allentown and Easton will be rockin' the rafters at Rivals Night Club in downtown Easton every throughout May. The shows are The Beatles, Fillmore East vs Fillmore West, Green Day, Rolling Stones and Best of the 70s. See you there.
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    • Fall Season Shows Announced!

      In Allentown we are planning do the music of U2 and the music of the 90s. Signups are underway, so make usre you get in on the ground floor and enrol today!

    • Rookies Program for 6-8 Year Olds is Ramping Up!

      Our unique group program for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders is enrolling new students for our sessions on Monday. Contact us for times and more info.

Testimonials

  • “The School of Rock is not your average music school. Lessons can be taught anywhere, but SOR offers much more. The wonderful staff, excellent teachers and welcoming students provide an atmosphere to learn not only music, but self confidence and acceptance. If you want see your child on stage as a confident performer then The School of Rock is the best choice. I'm so glad I chose this school for my son. I have seen him change so much in a short amount of time. Thank you to Sue, Ray and everyone else at SOR!”
    — Jen M., parent, Allentown, PA
  • “The best gig in town. The teachers are amazing not only do they teach them great music, they give the students the confidence they need to succeed. You don't have to worry about being different here, just come and be yourself.”
    - Linda S., parent, Allentown, PA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake.”
    - Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up.”
    - Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors