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About School of Rock Ann Arbor

Find your place in the music at School of Rock Ann Arbor. We have a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people.

At School of Rock Ann Arbor, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Ann Arbor’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock Ann Arbor today to learn more about our creative community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Ann Arbor
6101 Jackson RoadAnn Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 686-3333

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Ann Arbor'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 Ann Arbor'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!

  • School of Rock Ann Arbor’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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor’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!

  • School of Rock Ann Arbor’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 Ann Arbor’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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor’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 Ann Arbor'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 Ann Arbor'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 Ann Arbor'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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Upcoming Events

    • June 11
      10:30 AM
      Jackson Road Car Cruise
      Performance kids will kick off the Jackson Road Car Cruise. Music, food, cars and more!
    • June 24
      6:00 PM
      Manchester Fair
      Performance kids and the Jackson RoadHouse Band providing the jams at the fair on
      Friday night!
    • June 25
      11:30 AM
      NO PERFORMANCE REHEARSAL
    • July 14
      12:00 PM
      CHELSEA SOUNDS & SIGHTS
      NOW AND THEN - THAT'S MUSIC SEASONAL SHOW
      Rock 101, Performance and the Adult Group will perform.
    • July 14
      2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      CLOSED FOR LIVE MUSIC!
    • August 12
      1:00 PM
      Dexter Daze
      Performance Kids and the Jackson RoadHouse Band rocking it out at Dexter Daze!
    • August 13
      10:30 AM
      NO PERFORMANCE REHEARSAL/ NO LESSONS
    • August 20
      10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
      NO PERFORMANCE REHEARSAL/ NO LESSONS
    • August 27
      12:00 PM
      KARL'S CABIN
      NOW AND THEN - THAT'S MUSIC
      Seasonal show. Rock 101, Performance and the Adult Group.

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Staff

    • Meet Dianna Wilson
      General Manager
      Dianna is a business person and entrepreneur who has come to the school as much for her love of music and kids as a way to "stick it to the man" for keeping her down. She loves classic rock, rb, de...
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      Dianna is a business person and entrepreneur who has come to the school as much for her love of music and kids as a way to "stick it to the man" for keeping her down. She loves classic rock, rb, depressing sad puppy music and experiencing new things in life. Her mission is to make Ann Arbor THE premier school by maintaining an excellent program with the best staff.
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    • Meet Shawn Donaldson
      Shawn Wayne Donaldson is a guitarist, performer, recording artist, arranger and song writer beginning at the age of 14. Despite his visual impairment, and from a very young age, Shawn displayed a r...
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      Shawn Wayne Donaldson is a guitarist, performer, recording artist, arranger and song writer beginning at the age of 14. Despite his visual impairment, and from a very young age, Shawn displayed a remarkable aptitude for a variety of artistic media. He is largely self-taught and known for his remarkable talent for playing by ear. Over the years, Shawn has played everything from rock to jazz to bluegrass to classical. Some of Shawn’s major musical influences include Wes Montgomery, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Pass.
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    • Meet Lyndsay Burke
      Vocal and Key Instructor
      Lyndsay is a junior at the University of Michigan studying voice performance and also pursuing her teaching certification. She loves working with children and hopes to help her students to be confi...
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      Lyndsay is a junior at the University of Michigan studying voice performance and also pursuing her teaching certification. She loves working with children and hopes to help her students to be confident, develop their beautiful voices, and make the music their own. In addition to studying classical music and opera, Lyndsay is the music director of the U of M a cappella group, The Dicks and Janes, and loves singing music of many genres with them, including pop, rock, alternative, and jazz. She can't wait to help each student find his or her own voice and, of course, have fun making music.
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    • Meet Gordon Wilson
      Music Director
      Born and raised in Michigan, Gordon is a self taught multi-instrumentalist who firmly believes music should come from the soul. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. He loves most types of ...
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      Born and raised in Michigan, Gordon is a self taught multi-instrumentalist who firmly believes music should come from the soul. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. He loves most types of music but has covered ground in rock, jazz, blues and country. Working daily with music and teaching has been a life long dream.
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    • Meet Kat Steih
      Guitar, Keys and Vocal Instructor
      Kat started off her musical career when she was 12 as the lead singer of a rock band. Now, years later, she is a multi instrumentalist studying electronic music composition/perfomance and jazz voca...
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      Kat started off her musical career when she was 12 as the lead singer of a rock band. Now, years later, she is a multi instrumentalist studying electronic music composition/perfomance and jazz vocals at the University of Michigan. Kat's passions include live performance, sound design, and writing music. Her highest goal as a teacher is to accompany each student in exploring all of the possibilities inherent in their own musical passions.
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    • Meet Chad Sturdivant
      Chad has been playing drum-set for over 16 years, and it continues to be his passion. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a degree in cultural anthropology. His education br...
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      Chad has been playing drum-set for over 16 years, and it continues to be his passion. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a degree in cultural anthropology. His education brought him to the Ann Arbor area and helped to broaden his musical interests, both academically and through the numerous musicians he met. He has performed with many great musicians and in many different venues in the state and beyond. Currently, Chad plays drums professionally with the band RootStand and also in The Canastas (in addition to freelance work). He strongly believes in versatility as a drummer, and regularly plays styles ranging from hard rock and funk to bluegrass and reggae. Chad is extremely committed to facilitating the growth of his students. His teaching style is inspired, and his knowledge of the instrument is extensive.
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    • Meet Greg Wittman
      Guitar and Bass Instructor
      Greg brings a long history of guitar playing, study and technical knowledge. He teaches and plays both guitar and bass and is eager to share his knowledge and experience with his students. Greg bel...
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      Greg brings a long history of guitar playing, study and technical knowledge. He teaches and plays both guitar and bass and is eager to share his knowledge and experience with his students. Greg believes it is important for students to be comfortable and while they learn to express themselves through music.
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    • Meet Jack Szkutnik
      Jack is a multi-instrumentalist pursuing a degree in journalism at Eastern University while simultaneously trying to further his understanding of music. He's been teaching for three years and plans...
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      Jack is a multi-instrumentalist pursuing a degree in journalism at Eastern University while simultaneously trying to further his understanding of music. He's been teaching for three years and plans to continue throughout college. His genres include EDM, Jam Bands, and Hip-Hop.
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    • Meet Samantha (Sam)
      Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Laughter
      Samantha is a student at Eastern Michigan University studying music with a focus on piano. She has experience writing, playing, and fronting in rock bands. She is currently writing and performing a...
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      Samantha is a student at Eastern Michigan University studying music with a focus on piano. She has experience writing, playing, and fronting in rock bands. She is currently writing and performing as a solo artist. With her love of working with people combined with her passion for music, she creates music lessons that are filled with inspiration and infectious laughter. Samantha wants to help aspiring musicians to experience all the joy there is in music and to become confident and competent musicians.
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    • Meet Brandon
      Instructor
      Brandon is a Guitarist and songwriter from Monroe MI. He began playing guitar at the age of 12. He started out as a self taught musician and continues to evolve in his style and skills. He is profi...
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      Brandon is a Guitarist and songwriter from Monroe MI. He began playing guitar at the age of 12. He started out as a self taught musician and continues to evolve in his style and skills. He is proficient on guitar, bass and drums with a diversity of personal musical interests. Brandon enjoys working with students to help them discover their musical goals and how he can best help attain them.
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News

    • Enrolling Now! Call for a free trial experience.

      School of Rock Ann Arbor is OPEN! We are enrolling now! Contact Dianna at 734.686.3333 or DWilson@schoolofrock.com for more info. We look forward to hearing from you.

    • School of Rock opens first Ann Arbor area franchise

      Teddy Tolbert has a new place to explore her musical talents. Tolbert, a student at the new School of Rock franchise on Jackson Road, has taken vocal lessons, drums and guitar instruction since the...
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      Teddy Tolbert has a new place to explore her musical talents. Tolbert, a student at the new School of Rock franchise on Jackson Road, has taken vocal lessons, drums and guitar instruction since the performance-based music school had its soft opening last month. School of Rock, at 6101 Jackson Rd., teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. The first franchise was started more than a decade ago and there are currently more than 100 schools located throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. There are School of Rock locations in Farmington and Rochester. Opening a School of Rock franchise in the Ann Arbor area was a career switch for co-owner Dianna Wilson, who left her position as a manager at a factory. Although Wilson said she's not musically inclined, her husband, Gordon, is a musician. 'This is something I could really relate to and to make a difference in someone's life would be awesome. That's what got me going,' Wilson said. After searching for real estate in the Ann Arbor area, Wilson landed on a 2,400-square-foot space on Jackson Road. The parking and visibility were attractive, she said. School of Rock has seven lesson rooms and a performance room. Wilson said she's already in discussions with her landlord to build a recording studio and potentially expand the performance room. She also plans to open two additional School of Rock locations in Michigan. Four instructors work at School of Rock Ann Arbor, and Wilson said they are talented musicians who bring good energy to the school. Music ranges from rock to punk and blues. 'We do it all,' Wilson said. Students combine weekly one-on-one lessons with structured group rehearsals culminating in live performances at area venues. 'They learn how to do teamwork together. Everyone does have different styles when they play,' she said. She added: 'If the kids are up on the stage and all of a sudden, the drummer panics a bit and jumps to the chorus too soon, everyone else in the whole band needs to get to that spot, too, and do it kind of discreetly.' School of Rock Ann Arbor offers youth and adult programs. The studio will celebrate its grand opening with live entertainment from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 29. New students can receive a free trial lesson, and there will be discounts on enrollment and camps. Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for The Ann Arbor News. Reach her at 734-623-2584, email her: lizzyalfs@mlive.com or follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizzyalfs.Read less

    • The Accidentals Visit School of Rock Ann Arbor

      Savannah Buist, Katie Larson, Michael Dause and Missy Zenker. A few up and coming Michigan musicians were at School of Rock Ann Arbor on October 4 to jam and share some of their experiences. The Ac...
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      Savannah Buist, Katie Larson, Michael Dause and Missy Zenker. A few up and coming Michigan musicians were at School of Rock Ann Arbor on October 4 to jam and share some of their experiences. The Accidentals and artist Missy Zenker performed a few songs, answered questions and gave out CDs to School of Rock students. The young and talented artist also shared some insight to writing music. 'I swear I think I stopped someone on the side of the road and was like what's going through your head right now and they're like 'well I'm thinking about the pot roast I'm making at home right now,'' said Savannah Buist if The Accidentals. 'And I was like alright I'm gonna throw that in there.' Savannah said she gets inspiration from books, movies and people '“ like the pot roast guy. The Traverse City area band started three years ago and added their drummer, Michael Dause, a few months ago. Savannah and Katie Larson are quite the duo. The two girls play a slew of instruments to complement their folk-rock music. The band signed a four album deal with renowned singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw in September.The band has played more than 200 shows this year, which Larson said should be easier after recently graduating high school. 'Never expected this to happen, joke is that this is accidental,' said Larson. She said travelling doesn't really bother her, she actually enjoys it since taking up knitting. Her advice to young artist is to work hard, travel anywhere and play any show. 'I was super excited cause I got to see them and ask them questions how you perform on stage and stuff like that,' said 8-year-old School of Rock member Teddy Tolbert. The girls travel with Savannah's mom and band manager, Amber, who was an artist herself. Amber said she heard Zenker a few weeks ago and asked the young country singer to tour with The Accidentals. The Accidentals will be performing in Ann Arbor at The Ark on January 8. For more information about The Accidentals go to www.moreaccidentals.com. For more information about Missy Zenker go to www.missyzenker.com. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on pinterest_share More Sharing ServicesRead less

    • Foggy Bottom Host Fundraiser

      Foggy Bottom Coffee House in Dexter hosted an event over the weekend that helped raise nearly $1,300 for the Huron Valley Humane Society. Roughly 100 people attended the music fundraiser at the cof...
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      Foggy Bottom Coffee House in Dexter hosted an event over the weekend that helped raise nearly $1,300 for the Huron Valley Humane Society. Roughly 100 people attended the music fundraiser at the coffee house on Jan. 17. The event ran from 1-4pm and was put on by School of Rock Ann Arbor and its students. Dianna Wilson is the owner of School of Rock. She was thankful for Foggy Bottom hosting the event. It is such a cool place with a stage already set up in the back, she said. It's just a lot of fun to see the kids up on stage doing their thing,' said Doug Marrin, owner of the coffee shop.Read less

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