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About School of Rock Ballwin

Welcome to School of Rock Ballwin, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Ballwin’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Ballwin 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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin
14560 ManchesterBallwin, MO 63011
(636) 220-8930

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Ballwin'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 Ballwin'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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin, 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 Ballwin students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Ballwin’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 Ballwin’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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin, 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 Ballwin’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 Ballwin’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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin’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 Ballwin'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 Ballwin'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 Ballwin'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

    • September 5
      11:00 AM
      Decades of Punk Fall Season Show Rehearsals Begin
    • September 5
      11:00 AM
      Radiohead Rehearsals Begin
      Performance Program Rehearsal
    • September 5
      1:00 PM
      Rock 101 Showcase
    • September 5
      1:00 PM
      Lollapalooza Rehearsals Begin
      Performance Program Rehearsal
    • September 5
      1:30 PM
      Dark Side of the Moon Fall Season Show Rehearsals Begin
    • September 6
      1:00 PM
      Ballwin and Kirkwood House Bands play Creefest @ Off Broadway
      House Band
      Creefest -- Sun Sept 6, 1-3pm @ Off Broadway

      $10 gets you a full day of amazing music
    • September 19
      7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
      Ballwin and Kirkwood House Bands Play The Circle of Concern 5k @Arnold Grove Park
      House Band
      School of Rock Ballwin and Kirkwood House Bands will be playing at the Circle of Concern 5k -- Sat Sept 19 7-9:30am @ Arnold Grove Park
    • September 25
      6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      Ballwin House Band Plays the Wildwood BBQ Bash!
      House Band
      School of Rock Ballwin House Band will be playing at the Wildwood BBQ Bash -- Fri Sept 25, 6-7pm @ 2801 Fountain Pl, Wildwood MO
    • October 16
      6:00 PM
      School of Rock Ballwin Student Showcase
      Student Showcase
      BANDS WANTED! OCTOBER 2015 STUDENT SHOWCASE Bands do not have to be enrolled at the School of Rock. Friday, October 16th from 6-8pm @ the Ballwin location SoR students and other 18 and unde...
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      BANDS WANTED!
      OCTOBER 2015 STUDENT SHOWCASE


      Bands do not have to be enrolled at the School of Rock.
      Friday, October 16th from 6-8pm @ the Ballwin location
      SoR students and other 18 and under rockers, it's time to practice up a few songs and show us what you can do! Each band will have 15 minutes to play. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend, so invite your friends and family.

      Please get in touch if you're planning to perform.
      School of Rock Ballwin
      636-220-8930
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    • November 29
      4:30 PM
      School of Rock Ballwin House Band plays The Baby Blues Showcase @ BBS Jazz Blues & Soups
      House Band
      School of Rock Ballwin plays the Baby Blues Showcase -- Sun Nov 29 @ BBS Jazz Blues & Soups

      Set time will likely be early evening, Time TBD

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Staff

    • Scott & Sheila Rinaberger
      OWNERS/ROCKER PARENTS
      We are proud rocker parents of two very talented children whose music education journeys took two very different paths with two different outcomes. Starting in 5 th Grade, our son learned t...
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      We are proud rocker parents of two very talented children whose music education journeys took two very different paths with two different outcomes. Starting in 5 th Grade, our son learned the guitar from a well-reputed local bass and guitarist in St. Louis. Josh would spend countless hours practicing in his room and in the basement with headphones on. While Marc would tell us how great Josh was progressing, we never could tell since Josh would never perform for us or let us hear him practice. It wasn't until three years after starting lessons that we heard Josh play the guitar at his middle school talent show. We were amazed at his talents and felt how much better he would be if he had more opportunities to perform. Abby, on the other hand, began to learn the guitar in a similar environment but she lost interest after a year and stopped playing because she needed to be around others in the learning process. Had she been able to start her learning process in a program similar to School of Rock's Music 101 and had the opportunity to perform on stage, we believe she would still be learning and playing the guitar. Each of our children's learning experiences led us to seek out School of Rock and bring your children the opportunity to learn music in a way we wish existed for our children.
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    • Jordan Heimburger
      REGIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
      Jordan is a guitarist extraordinaire and passionate music teacher who has toured locally and nationally since the early 2000s in original rock groups The Incurables, The Feed, and The Cree Rider Fa...
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      Jordan is a guitarist extraordinaire and passionate music teacher who has toured locally and nationally since the early 2000s in original rock groups The Incurables, The Feed, and The Cree Rider Family Band, and lends his talents to tribute bands Celebration Day and Street Fighting Band. A St. Louis native, Jordan brings more than six years of teaching experience at local music schools and summer camp teaching groups and individuals to perform. In Jordan's Own Words "From the moment I got my hands on a guitar it was all over, and years of study and play continue to convince me that there is always more to learn about the guitar and music in general." Jordan's Bands The Feed - Listen to his music! The Cree Rider Family Band - Listen to his music! The Incurables - Check it out! Celebration Day (Led Zeppelin Tribute) - Find out more! The Street Fighting Band (Rolling Stones Tribute) - Find out more!
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    • Alyssa High
      STUDIO COORDINATOR
      Ever since she was little one of the most important things in Alyssa's life has been music. Having been raised in a family of musicians and music lovers alike, she has had a passion for learning an...
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      Ever since she was little one of the most important things in Alyssa's life has been music. Having been raised in a family of musicians and music lovers alike, she has had a passion for learning and performing music from the day she learned how to talk. Alyssa has since then taken that passion to the next level by taking lessons on guitar, performing in an assortment of music projects and songwriting. She has also spent time as a Music Teacher and Director for local music programs. Through her knowledge of being a musician, Alyssa dedicates her time to ensuring the best experience possible for every student in our School of Rock family.
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    • CHAN MAURICE EVANS
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      With over twenty years of professional experience, Chan Maurice Evans has shared stages across the U.S. with notable artists and bands such as System Of A Down, HUM, Fuel, Glen Kotche (Wilco), Pete...
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      With over twenty years of professional experience, Chan Maurice Evans has shared stages across the U.S. with notable artists and bands such as System Of A Down, HUM, Fuel, Glen Kotche (Wilco), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Sparta, Jucifer and St. Louis' own The Urge and has been associated with local and touring acts such as Fragile Porcelain Mice, Ghost In Light and LP Outsiders, to name a few. These experiences have given him insight on live performance, band dynamics, song writing and recording. Chan's outlook on teaching guitar is a direct reflection on how he learned. 'It has to be fun. If it felt like work, no one would want to do it. However, I still put lots of effort into learning all I can. But it's been a blast the entire time.' He also believes that if a person dedicates, in the beginning, a minimum of ten minutes a day to playing guitar or whatever your instrument, they will be amazed at the leaps and bounds that are possible. Beginning with alto saxophone, Chan learned the fundamentals of music structure, pitch and tempo in grade school and continued though high school. At the age of fifteen, he received a full drum kit and started a band with friends initiating a life-long love affair with music and performing at concert venues, talent shows and festivals. At sixteen he bought his first guitar. With lessons at his community music store along with at-home study and daily practice, Chan grew rapidly as a guitar player and musician, making his relative mark on the St. Louis music scene. Chan is currently a member of DIBIASE (Collinsville, IL) and The Tennis Lesson (St. Louis, MO) and is in the midst of recording guitar parts for DIBIASE's second, full-length release on Earth Analog Records. The Tennis Lesson is presently gearing itself up for shows in the near future. In Chan's Own Words "Like playing guitar, I suppose, teaching comes natural. I've always been very animated so being on stage and standing in front of a class/group have a certain organic sameness. What connects the two for me, teaching and expressing my feelings through music, is one thing.... F-U-N! Although I've had to and continue to work hard at both teaching and being a musician, I'm having fun and I want to make it fun for my students too." Chan's Bands The Tennis Lesson - Listen to his music! Dibiase - Listen to his music!
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    • AL HOLLIDAY
      KEYBOARD INSTRUCTOR
      Al Holliday is a soulful, genuinely ripened, keyboardist, guitarist, and singer from right here in St. Louis. Al first cut his teeth playing in punk rock, alt-country, indie, jazz, and bluegrass ba...
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      Al Holliday is a soulful, genuinely ripened, keyboardist, guitarist, and singer from right here in St. Louis. Al first cut his teeth playing in punk rock, alt-country, indie, jazz, and bluegrass bands while coming up as a youngster and junior rapscallion. For years after, Al was a member of Mizzou Big Bands and Jazz Combos while studying Jazz Harmony and Arranging and Jazz Piano at the University of Missouri. What Al is most recognized for, however, is leading and playing in the working Soul and RB group now known as the East Side Rhythm Band since 2007.Al also enjoys a career as a music educator. He has worked with private students, with students in a classroom aged Kindergarten to High School, and has also worked with Offender band programs as an officer with the Missouri Department of Corrections. Al's approach to music education is first based on empowering the student with fundamental musical knowledge and technique. A great component to this is listening to and learning songs by artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and especially artists that the student is interested in. The other essential component to this approach is that the student needs to regularly play and practice music in a group. This is the exact same approach that has been so successful for the School of Rock for years, and aims to produce students that "got the feelin' as sure as they're born".In Al's Words "My approach to music education is first based on empowering the student with fundamental musical knowledge and technique. A great component to this is listening to and learning songs by classic artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and especially artists that the student is interested in. The other essential component to this approach is that the student needs to regularly play and practice music in a group. This is the exact same approach that has been so successful for the School of Rock for years, and aims to produce students that "got the feelin" just as sure as they're born." Al's BandsAl Holliday and the East side Rhythm Band - Check it out!
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    • Cheryl Wilson
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      Cheryl has been gleefully singing since the age of three. Born in the Midwest and raised in California, she started performing in choirs in 4th grade, moving on to Concert Choir, Chamber, Madrigals...
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      Cheryl has been gleefully singing since the age of three. Born in the Midwest and raised in California, she started performing in choirs in 4th grade, moving on to Concert Choir, Chamber, Madrigals, Barbershop and honors solo work in High School. In college she studied Opera and music theory before transitioning to Theater. She has a profound love for harmony and singing from the heart. Cheryl is a member of the Cree Rider Family Band and the Cree Rider Family Duo, both of which perform regularly in the St. Louis area and on tour. As a former Girl Scout and camp counselor, she is delighted to share the joy of making music with anyone with the thirst to learn (and rock out!). Cheryl's Band The Cree Rider Family Band - Listen to her music!
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    • Elliot Liebman
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Elliot's musical journey began as soon as he was tall enough for his hands to reach the keys. As a young child in St. Louis, Missouri, he began playing piano by ear. Later, at age 9, Elliot began p...
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      Elliot's musical journey began as soon as he was tall enough for his hands to reach the keys. As a young child in St. Louis, Missouri, he began playing piano by ear. Later, at age 9, Elliot began playing cello in his school orchestra, and continued throughout high school. It was at age 12 that he began to play guitar. While as a young guitarist, he was initially inspired by punk and classic rock, Elliot's musical preferences have continued to broaden. Upon graduating from high school, Elliot moved to Denton, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Texas, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at UNT Elliot played guitar with the Latin jazz lab, studied percussion with the Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Ensembles, and also sang for three semesters in UNT's vocal jazz groups. He spent his summers working at Camp Sabra in Missouri as a songleader and later as the camp's Music Director. At Camp Sabra, Elliot was responsible for planning and executing 10 weeks of music programming for 450 kids, ages 7-16. He also put two rock bands together with the campers and oversaw their performances. Now Elliot enjoys performing and teaching students of all ages and skill levels - any variety of musical styles including classical, rock, pop, folk, metal, reggae, jazz, and more. Elliot is also an avid songwriter and loves to perform original music. He is currently working on a project called Many Voices, which is a folk-oriented acoustic group, and the focus of most of his creative energies. www.manyvoices.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/manyvoicesband As a songwriter, performer and versatile and accomplished musician, Elliot works with a wide variety of students to help them accomplish their unique musical goals - whether they be related to performing or songwriting or both. Part of Elliot's experience as a student was in attending a school very much like School of Rock in his hometown of St. Louis. It was during this time that he really discovered his love of music and of performing various styles. Elliot brings to our studio a genuinely enthusiastic approach to teaching - driven by encouraging each student as they pursue their unique musical interests. Elliot's love for teaching is evident, as he "comes to life" while teaching. He enjoys finding creative ways to communicate with students in a manner that is meaningful and unique to each one.
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    • Molly Simms
      Vocal Instructor
      Molly is an award winning vocalist and front woman of Bible Belt Sinners as well as Miss Molly Simms Band. She has shared stages with Chuck Berry, Wanda Jackson and Rev. Horton Heat to name a few. ...
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      Molly is an award winning vocalist and front woman of Bible Belt Sinners as well as Miss Molly Simms Band. She has shared stages with Chuck Berry, Wanda Jackson and Rev. Horton Heat to name a few. Molly has completed four national tours and is soon to release her fourth record since 2012. With a background in guitar and years of vocal training with several coaches, she was brought up in choir and musical theater. At the age of 18 Molly moved to Houston,TX after graduating high school early to pursue a career in music. Cutting her teeth at blues jams she learned the confidence to front her own band and came back to Saint Louis. Molly has recorded at notable studios in Nashville, TN like RCA Studio B and Welcome to 1979.
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    • Jessie Vendegna
      Drum Instructor
      Jessie's musical journey began at a very young age. She had fallen in love with Elvis Presley and would set up drumsets made of shoeboxes and pots and pans to play along with the tracks. By age 3, ...
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      Jessie's musical journey began at a very young age. She had fallen in love with Elvis Presley and would set up drumsets made of shoeboxes and pots and pans to play along with the tracks. By age 3, Jessie's dad bought her a youth drumset. At age 8 Jessie started taking drum lessons. By middle school, even though Jessie had a divine love for percussion, her teacher forced her to learn a new instrument, the trumpet. After successfully learning how to play the trumpet, Jessie's musical abilities soared. She began to play the guitar, piano, and bass along with the trumpet and drums.Now Jessie studies percussion at Lindenwood University. She is halfway through her degree in music performance. She is the section leader of the Lindenwood marching bassline. She also plays drum set and vibraphone for the LU jazz band and jazz combos and is the timpanist for the orchestra.Jessie performs in St. Louis with Kenshiro's, the Palmettos, and also plays in a wedding band. Her true love lies for musical theater percussion and has played in many musicals around the St. Louis area.
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    • Joe Meyer
      Drum Instructor
      With over 20 years of experience, Joe Meyer has toured both nationally and internationally, playing 16 different countries. Born in St. Louis, he attended Webster University and studied music, earn...
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      With over 20 years of experience, Joe Meyer has toured both nationally and internationally, playing 16 different countries. Born in St. Louis, he attended Webster University and studied music, earning departmental honors and graduating with a B.A. in Music. His professional experience has led him to play live and record with many, many great musicians. He has worked as a freelance studio drummer for 10 years, getting to work with such producers as Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica), Steve Haigler (The Pixies, Fuel, Clutch), Jason McEntyre, Jacob Detering, among others. Some of the people he has played with include Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Nikki Hill, Javier Mendoza, The Incurables, Erin Bode, Jeremy Davenport, James Harman, Superjam, Peter Case, Sarah Bettens (K’s Choice), and many more. Joe is very enthusiastic about the drums and music!
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News

    • Fall 2015 Shows Now Enrolling!

      We're doing Queen Monday nights, Blues Tuesday nights (in conjunction with the St. Louis Blues Society), Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest Wednesdays, Van Halen Thursdays, and Radiohead and Lollapalooza...
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      We're doing Queen Monday nights, Blues Tuesday nights (in conjunction with the St. Louis Blues Society), Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest Wednesdays, Van Halen Thursdays, and Radiohead and Lollapalooza (focusing on current bands like Muse, Imagine Dragons, Franz Ferdinand and more) Saturdays. Classes fill fast! Enroll soon to get your spot.
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    • Check out videos from the Spring 2015 concert at Old Rock House!

      Our YouTube channel is here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiM6__haUNw5xB6RsH-_MAg

Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, 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
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, San Diego, CA