School of Rock Annapolis (410) 349-1456

Breadcrumb Navigation

> > > > 1460 Ritchie Highway

What's Going on at School of Rock Annapolis

Contact Information, Hours and Basic Information for School of Rock Annapolis

About School of Rock Annapolis

Welcome to School of Rock Annapolis, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Annapolis’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Annapolis 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis
1460 Ritchie HighwaySuite 105-106Arnold, MD 21012
(410) 349-1456

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Annapolis, 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.

    Annapolis 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 Annapolis’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!

  • School of Rock Annapolis’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Annapolis, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Annapolis’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • 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 Annapolis’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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis, 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 Annapolis’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 Annapolis’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Annapolis.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

  • School of Rock Annapolis’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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis’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 Annapolis, 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. Annapolis students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits b...
Read more
At School of Rock Annapolis, 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.

Annapolis 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 Annapolis’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!
Read less

Upcoming Events

    • September 30
      7:00 PM
      SP CARES - House Band Concert
      Concert
      Watch our House Band perform for the SP Cares event at Severna Park High School. Food Trucks and Live Music, you can't go wrong!
    • October 3
      6:00 PM
      Rock 101 - Free Trial
      We kick off the fall performance season for our youngest rock stars with our beginner class of Rock 101! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock wi...
      Read more
      We kick off the fall performance season for our youngest rock stars with our beginner class of Rock 101! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock with your bandmates! Beginners welcome, ages 7 through 9. You must sign up to attend the free trial, spaces are limited.
      Read less
    • October 4
      5:30 PM
      Guilty Pleasures - Free Trial Class
      We kick off the fall performance season with Guilty Pleasures - music you hate to admit you love, think "Dancing Queen" and "Never Gonna Give You Up" Sign up for a free trial using the form above ...
      Read more
      We kick off the fall performance season with Guilty Pleasures - music you hate to admit you love, think "Dancing Queen" and "Never Gonna Give You Up" Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock with your bandmates! Beginners welcome, ages 10 through 18. You must sign up to attend the free trial, spaces are limited.
      Read less
    • October 5
      6:00 PM
      The Beatles - Free Trial Class
      We kick off the fall performance season with music of the Beatles! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock with your bandmates! Beginners welcome, a...
      Read more
      We kick off the fall performance season with music of the Beatles! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock with your bandmates! Beginners welcome, ages 10 through 18. You must sign up to attend the free trial, spaces are limited.
      Read less
    • October 6
      5:30 PM
      The Killers vs The Cure Free Trial Class
      We kick off the fall performance season with music from The Killers vs The Cure - American Punk vs British Punk! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to r...
      Read more
      We kick off the fall performance season with music from The Killers vs The Cure - American Punk vs British Punk! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock with your bandmates! Beginners welcome, ages 10 through 18. You must sign up to attend the free trial, spaces are limited.
      Read less
    • October 8
      12:30 PM
      Rock 101 - Free Trial
      We kick off the fall performance season for our youngest rock stars with our beginner class of Rock 101! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock wi...
      Read more
      We kick off the fall performance season for our youngest rock stars with our beginner class of Rock 101! Sign up for a free trial using the form above and see how quickly you can learn to rock with your bandmates! Beginners welcome, ages 7 through 9. You must sign up to attend the free trial, spaces are limited.
      Read less
    • November 13
      6:00 PM
      House Band & Adult Band Concert
      Concert
      Watch the House Band Open for our ADULT BAND. This is the Adult Band's first live debut. They've got what it takes, come check it out at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge

Videos

View All

Take a tour of School of Rock to see how our approach to music education teaches kids to rock their worlds.

Staff

    • Meet Our Rockin' Team
      Meet our amazing family of instructors! We have a variety of talent at our school and every one of them has the passion and patience to teach rock n roll in a fun and creative way! Many of our in...
      Read more
      Meet our amazing family of instructors! We have a variety of talent at our school and every one of them has the passion and patience to teach rock n roll in a fun and creative way! Many of our instructors are active in local bands, theater and even musicals. Check out our team, then schedule a free trial to meet them in person!
      Read less
    • Meet Tobias Russell
      Music Director - Guitar & Piano
      Tobias Russell has been performing regionally in support of his original solo work since 2007. He has toured from New York to Florida, and as far as Austin TX, where he has been invited to perform ...
      Read more
      Tobias Russell has been performing regionally in support of his original solo work since 2007. He has toured from New York to Florida, and as far as Austin TX, where he has been invited to perform during the South By Southwest music conference three years in a row. His music has received airplay on MD/DC stations 103.1 WRNR and DC 101. A self-taught engineer/producer, he has released four EPs and one full-length album, and co-wrote a song which appeared in the major motion picture "The Way Way Back," which was released in 2013. In that same year he was voted Best Local Musician In What's Up? Annapolis Magazine's annual year-end poll.

      Tobias is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, where he worked as a classroom teaching assistant for the music program for two years and received the college award for Best Original Musical Composition in 2005. Tobias attended Archbishop Spalding High School, where he played timpani in the school band for three years. During this time, he began playing in bands outside of school, and has performed in various projects in the area ever since. His musical education started with piano lessons at the age of six. At ten, he began studying classically with Cecelia Wyatt in Annapolis and continued through high school. At twelve, he got his first guitar and started teaching himself to play.

      In addition to continuing to write, perform, and teach music, Russell plans to pursue his Masters in musical composition and theory in the fall of 2015. He is entering his third year teaching at School of Rock.
      Read less
    • Meet Lanie
      Front Office Coordinator
      Lanie is a tremendous asset to the school! Lanie has an administrative background in the medical field and transitioned to Rock n Roll this year in May 2015! Lanie is responsible for scheduling s...
      Read more
      Lanie is a tremendous asset to the school! Lanie has an administrative background in the medical field and transitioned to Rock n Roll this year in May 2015! Lanie is responsible for scheduling students, updating billing, answering questions of parents and prospective students and enrolling new talent! Lanie enjoys entertaining the kids while at the school and keeps the environment safe and fun. Lanie's daughter is a student of the school and performs on stage as a vocalist with her friends each semester!
      Read less
    • Meet Matt
      Guitar Instructor & Show Director
      Matt teaches guitar, bass and even ukele! Matt has been with School of Rock for several years and has directed several shows and summer camps. Matt has a vibrant energy and enjoys a wide variety o...
      Read more
      Matt teaches guitar, bass and even ukele! Matt has been with School of Rock for several years and has directed several shows and summer camps. Matt has a vibrant energy and enjoys a wide variety of music styles. He makes learning fun for his students and encourages his students to take risks and even make mistakes before they can truly master their instrument. When Matt is not teaching you can find him in his lesson room practicing and perfecting his own skills as a musician!
      Read less
    • Meet Ben
      House Band Director, Show Director and Bass & Vocal Instructor
      Ben is a man of many talents! Ben is an experienced instructor for guitar, bass, vocals and keys. Ben has been with School of Rock for several years and has worked to direct many performance shows....
      Read more
      Ben is a man of many talents! Ben is an experienced instructor for guitar, bass, vocals and keys. Ben has been with School of Rock for several years and has worked to direct many performance shows. He is also the House Band Director who oversees the development of the most elite students in the School of Rock Performance Program. The House Band has performed at the Naptown barBAYQ and multiple other venues throughout the area.
      Read less
    • Meet Ryan
      Drum Instructor
      Ryan has been playing drums for over 11 years. He works well with children of all ages and adults! He is very patient and challenges his students to the next level. Ryan plays in his own band in hi...
      Read more
      Ryan has been playing drums for over 11 years. He works well with children of all ages and adults! He is very patient and challenges his students to the next level. Ryan plays in his own band in his free time and also teaches at the School of Rock in Gambrills.
      Read less
    • Meet Dustin
      Drum Instructor
      Dustin has been playing drums since he began banging on pots and pans in his mother's kitchen at age two. These days, Dustin has progressed into a seasoned professional freelance drummer. For over ...
      Read more
      Dustin has been playing drums since he began banging on pots and pans in his mother's kitchen at age two. These days, Dustin has progressed into a seasoned professional freelance drummer. For over ten years, he has been performing live and in studio sessions with a plethora of musicians and bands. His passion and jovial personality make him a great fit for students of all ages. His goal in teaching is to be a positive guide to his students' pursuit of their passions.
      Read less
    • Meet Mike
      Instructor-Guitar and Bass, Adult Program Director
      Mike started playing guitar at age 12 studying rock,blues,jazz and more. At age 16 he started his own band called "Excalibur" playing at local venues and winning the battle of the bands on several ...
      Read more
      Mike started playing guitar at age 12 studying rock,blues,jazz and more. At age 16 he started his own band called "Excalibur" playing at local venues and winning the battle of the bands on several occasions at South River High. He began teaching guitar and music theory at age 18 and continued to study all styles of music. At age 21 Mike began touring the country with many working bands over the years learning and playing with great musicians. In 1991 he started the band "Radio City" and played all over the DC and Baltimore area including the Bush Junior inauguration ball. In 1998 Mike began teaching career at A.A.C.C. doing group and one on one classes in guitar and music theory. Mike recently joined School of Rock in February. Mike's current band is called" Music Room" a 5 piece classic rock band that plays a few times a month at the Ramshead Roadhouse, Black Wall Hitch, Middletons and privately as well.
      Read less
    • Meet Charlie
      Drum Instructor
      Charlie has been teaching drums for several years and plays in his own band when not teaching at School of Rock. Charlie is currently studying for his music degree and loves to watch students lear...
      Read more
      Charlie has been teaching drums for several years and plays in his own band when not teaching at School of Rock. Charlie is currently studying for his music degree and loves to watch students learn new tunes through practicing. Charlie has co-directed several performance shows and has also taught our younger musicians through Rock 101.
      Read less
    • Meet Erica
      Vocal Instructor
      Erica has been studying Vocal Music and performing in concerts and musicals since she was in elementary school. As a grown-up she attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated in 2...
      Read more
      Erica has been studying Vocal Music and performing in concerts and musicals since she was in elementary school. As a grown-up she attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Theater Atrs (concentration Musical Theater). Her dedication towards promoting healthy singing habits and proper technique apply to any style of music. Erica primarily surrounds herself with Musical Theater Showtunes,but she also enjoys classic rock and pop music from the 50's and up. She has always enjoyed sharing her knowledge with her students, and looks forward to discovering new songs her students are passionate about.
      Read less
    • Meet Ed
      Guitar Instructor & Show Director, Rock 101
      Ed has been playing guitar for about 8 years and is currently in AACC's Small Jazz Combo. He graduated recently with an associates of arts in music theory. He has played in a heavy metal band and...
      Read more
      Ed has been playing guitar for about 8 years and is currently in AACC's Small Jazz Combo. He graduated recently with an associates of arts in music theory. He has played in a heavy metal band and a four man jazz group in the past. He loves Rock, Hard Rock, Punk, Metal and even a bit of classical music. He enjoys exploring dissonant chords and melodic sonorities. Ed was recently featured in an article on loudwire.com for winning second in a guitar solo contest hosted by the band Avenged Sevenfold
      Read less
    • Meet Spencer
      Instructor - Guitar, Rock 101, Show Director
      Spencer began playing guitar at age 13 and not too long after began singing and writing his own songs. In 2009, he moved to South Korea where he toured the country in the band, Asleep Without Dream...
      Read more
      Spencer began playing guitar at age 13 and not too long after began singing and writing his own songs. In 2009, he moved to South Korea where he toured the country in the band, Asleep Without Dreaming. Now he currently lives in Annapolis and performs in the band, Lost Child.
      Read less
    • Meet Maddie
      Piano Instructor
      Maddie has been teaching piano since 2009, and is currently celebrating one year since joining SoR. She has studied music for nearly 20 years, including classical piano and pedagogical training wit...
      Read more
      Maddie has been teaching piano since 2009, and is currently celebrating one year since joining SoR. She has studied music for nearly 20 years, including classical piano and pedagogical training with Dr. Carol Wolfe. Although originally a classical pianist, Maddie enjoys playing and teaching musical styles as varied as R&B, pop, melodic metalcore, and EDM. She focuses on improvisation, theory, and solid technique with students of all ages in whatever genre piques their interest. Outside of the rehearsal room, Maddie has contributed as a ballet accompanist in regional performing arts studios. An educator at heart, she also plans to complete a Master of Education degree and teaching residency at the University of Maryland in 2017.
      Read less

Promotions

News

    • Read what our talented House Band has to say about School of Rock!

      Read the latest about our House Band! We were featured in the Severna Park Voice.

    • It's almost concert time - it's the best way to see how SOR builds confidence in our students.

      Summer Concerts are almost here. Join us to watch our students rock on stage to showcase what they have learned this summer. 80's Flashback, Prog Rock and The Late Greats perform at Union Jack on...
      Read more
      Summer Concerts are almost here. Join us to watch our students rock on stage to showcase what they have learned this summer. 80's Flashback, Prog Rock and The Late Greats perform at Union Jack on September 24th and Twain's Tavern on September 25th. www.schoolofrock.yapsody.com for ticketsRead less

    • Have you tried Rookies yet?

      Rookies is for students ages 5 through 8 who want to learn and experiment with the rock instruments. Starting in June we will offer the class Wednesday from 4:30pm until 5:30pm and Monday from 4:3...
      Read more
      Rookies is for students ages 5 through 8 who want to learn and experiment with the rock instruments. Starting in June we will offer the class Wednesday from 4:30pm until 5:30pm and Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Register for a free trial today to check out the class that's right for you!
      Read less

    • Music Stimulates the Brain!

      Don't take our word for it check out this video from Brain Rules and sign your little one up to start reaping the benefits. https://vimeo.com/93047408

Testimonials

  • “I feel the experience of working in a team environment combined with the public performance element of the program provides my daughter with a high level of confidence that will directly translate into areas of future personal and academic success. ”
    — John N, Arnold MD
  • “Just started Rock 101 and private guitar lessons for my 10 year old son. This is the best place ever! His confidence level is so much higher and has a sense of pride from his personal accomplishments he has learned here! So happy we joined the School of Rock family :)”
    — Beth H, Annapolis MD
  • “Love the school of Rock Annapolis! My kids have been taking lessons, attending camp and performing in shows for years. They have learned so much and the performances are a great confidence booster. And fun for us parents too!”
    — Sandy L, Annapolis MD
  • “School of Rock Annapolis does a fantastic job of teaching music and even better at giving the students a chance to perform. From beginner to advanced, there's something for everyone. The instructors are top-notch, and owner/manager Kelly is fantastic at communicating to the students and parents. ”
    — Holly J, Annapolis MD