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About School of Rock Ballwin

Welcome to School of Rock Ballwin—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Ballwin teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Ballwin. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Ballwin to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Ballwin
14560 ManchesterBallwin, MO 63011
(636) 220-8930

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:45 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 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

  • August 28
    10:30 AM
    End of Season Show @ The Atomic Cowboy
    $8 without ticket/pass from School of Rock 10:30 load in & sound, 11:30 doors 12pm- LOL 1:15- Bowie Prince 2:30- Fleetwood vs The Eagles 3:45- Muse 5:00- Decades 6:15-Stones 7:30- Stax vs M...
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    $8 without ticket/pass from School of Rock
    10:30 load in & sound, 11:30 doors
    12pm- LOL
    1:15- Bowie Prince
    2:30- Fleetwood vs The Eagles
    3:45- Muse
    5:00- Decades
    6:15-Stones
    7:30- Stax vs Motown
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Staff

    • Meet Molly Simms
      REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER
      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the tea...
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      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the team at School of Rock Ballwin in September of 2015. I was inspired to join the team at School of Rock because of my experience teaching vocals at the school. I strongly believe in the value that comes from working in a group. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the development and growth of the kids during a show season. I love having a job where I can be constantly surrounded by music, and work closely with the amazing musicians who make our mission of inspiring kids to rock on stage in life possible. I front a 4 piece Rock 'n' Roll band under my name and I have released 5 records across two bands since 2012. It's exciting being in a thriving music community like Saint Louis, and watching so many awesome young musicians come up through School of Rock.
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    • Meet Jordan Heimburger
      REGIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to ...
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      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to see numerous students take their first steps on stage at a rock venue, conquer new challenges in music, and build confidence through their musical successes.

      I also work as a professional guitarist with Celebration Day and Street Fighting Band as well as original bands The Cree Rider Family Band, The Feed and The Incurables. St Louis is a vibrant music community and it's rewarding to be able to open doors into music and performance for the students at School of Rock.

      I would be excited to get to know you and the aspiring musicians in your family!

      -Jordan
      jheimburger@schoolofrock.com
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet David Maness
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      David has been in bands playing guitar for the past 13 years. He is currently in a two-piece blues group called "The Maness Brothers". They have been named "Best Blues Band" in Saint Louis by the ...
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      David has been in bands playing guitar for the past 13 years. He is currently in a two-piece blues group called "The Maness Brothers". They have been named "Best Blues Band" in Saint Louis by the Riverfront Times for 2014 & 2015. David has traveled the country as a touring musician, playing with countless amazing musicians at many different legendary venues. He is also in a folk band called "The Barn Mice" that plays around the Saint Louis area on a regular basis.
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    • Meet Jake Maness
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      My name is Jake Maness. I play drums & sing in the two-piece blues rock outfit, The Maness Brothers. We've had the opportunity to play over 200 cities with a number of notable acts including The Al...
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      My name is Jake Maness. I play drums & sing in the two-piece blues rock outfit, The Maness Brothers. We've had the opportunity to play over 200 cities with a number of notable acts including The Alabama Shakes. With much honor, we've been voted "Best blues band" in St. Louis 3 years running by The Riverfront Times. We have also traveled to Memphis to represent St. Louis in The International Blues Challenge. I haven't felt as connected with a job before starting here at School of Rock. It's amazing how quickly the kids here learn and pick up on music. Providing them with the opportunity to play on some of the best stages in the city at such young ages is a really big step for each of them as a musician. It's an amazing experience to be a part of their musical growth by working as a director & drum instructor.
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      • Best Blues Band by Riverfront Times
    • Meet Alex Bardon
      BASS INSTRUCTOR
      Being a teacher at School of Rock is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have. Observing a student succeed at mastering a riff or song is something truly humbling to me. I also learn a lo...
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      Being a teacher at School of Rock is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have.
      Observing a student succeed at mastering a riff or song is something truly humbling to me. I
      also learn a lot from being a teacher at SOR. There have been many instances that a student
      wants to learn a song or riff that I've never heard of, so when I teach them the new riff I'm also
      learning that riff, which is pretty cool considering we're both learning at the same time. School of Rock is more than just a job, it's a family, and I'm proud to be a part of it.
      I received my degree from Lindenwood University with a B.A. In music performance. My primary instrument is the bass, but I also enjoy playing piano and the drums. I played in the university's jazz band, orchestra, musicals, and jazz combos. A few bands I've played with around town are The Gorge, Beckon, The Greenhouse Effect, and my solo project The Know. I also enjoy recording and writing music with my friends.
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      • Bachelors in Music Performance from Lindenwood University
    • Meet Shelly Koesterer
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Hi, I'm Shelly and I've been a playing music since I was 11. I have been in and out of bands since age 13. I love teaching at School of Rock because it gives students an opportunity to play what t...
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      Hi, I'm Shelly and I've been a playing music since I was 11. I have been in and out of bands since age 13. I love teaching at School of Rock because it gives students an opportunity to play what they practice at real music venues. I'm currently in two bands, Toefire Tribe and Skin Tags. We were nominated for Best Punk Band in 2016 by RFT. I'm also a music therapy intern and hope to be complete with my schooling at the end of September 2016.
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      • Currently In College
      • Music Therapy Intern
    • Meet Julio Prato
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      My name is Julio Prato. I am a guitar performer and sound engineer from Caracas, Venezuela. I came to Missouri to study Music Performance in Lindenwood University, where I graduated magna cum laude...
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      My name is Julio Prato. I am a guitar performer and sound engineer from Caracas, Venezuela. I came to Missouri to study Music Performance in Lindenwood University, where I graduated magna cum laude and received the Conover Award for Outstanding Male Music Student and the Musica Cum Laude Magnum departmental award. I love music more than anything else in the world. I spend most of my free time listening to new material and expanding my stylistic knowledge to unexplored horizons.

      Performing live is a very big part of my life; my experience co-founding and leading STL based experimental punk band Kenshiro's since early 2013 has been wonderful and has taught me a lot in terms of how to put together and coordinate a musical group. I also produce all sorts of music under my moniker "nebulosa", with material ranging from simple beats to expansive electronic compositions. Recording, mixing, producing, arranging and composing are all common practices in my day to day; that's why I always strive to teach my students to love and interpret music in their own way, using all the technical and ethereal tools the musical world has to offer.
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    • Meet Juan Luchini
      GUITAR/KEYS/VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I've played instruments for the past 16 years, starting as a drummer, and eventually moving on to guitar, piano, vocals, and bass. I have extensive performance and touring experience in Argentina a...
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      I've played instruments for the past 16 years, starting as a drummer, and eventually moving on to guitar, piano, vocals, and bass. I have extensive performance and touring experience in Argentina as well as in St. Louis, and have taught private lessons for several years now. I like to work with the students on their own tastes, interests, and desires within music and as musicians, and teach them about how so many professional musicians before us have organized their playing and performing in order to achieve the best sound/emotion.

      My favorite part about teaching is realizing the moments of connection with the students, where my own insight as a passionate musician and student can be translated into their minds, so that they inherit the concepts and understanding necessary to become a professional musician.
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    • Meet Olivia Cross
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I am a singer, keyboardist, and composer, currently studying music theory at University of Missouri Saint Louis. I have worked with students of all ages through UMSL’s tutoring program and in pri...
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      I am a singer, keyboardist, and composer, currently studying music theory at University of Missouri Saint Louis. I have worked with students of all ages through UMSL’s tutoring program and in private lessons over the last two years. You can catch me regularly performing with my jazz trio and as a soloist and chorus member with several choirs in the St Louis area. I have released some of my own compositions online. My favorite genres include electronic, indie, and ambient.
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      • University of Missouri Saint Louis

News

    • Fall 2016 Shows Now Enrolling!

      Area Rock- Mondays 5:45-7:45, Spirit of the 70s: Jam Bands- Tuesdays 5:45-7:45, Songwriting & Recording- Wednesdays 5:45-7:45pm, They're Baack! - Saturdays 11am-1pm, Pink Floyd- Saturdays 1-3pm

    • Check out videos from the Spring 2015 concert at Old Rock House!

      We're so proud of all of our kids at School of Rock! Check out some videos from end of season shows here:

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

    • Drum Clinic with Mark Schulman of P!nk

      On August 13, Mark Schulman, drummer of P!nk will jam at School of Rock Ballwin at 5:00pm! Completely free and open to the public, come see what School of Rock has to offer the Rockstar in your life.

Testimonials

  • “Jordan and SOR Friends - Signing my son up for guitar at School of Rock has been one of the most satisfying decisions we have made as parents. He is in love with guitar and all that SoR has to offer. SoR has really assisted him with his transition into the teenage years. You all have helped him develop into a confident young man - he has always yearned for new experiences, but this past year at SoR has been the best yet! Our son has finally found his "select sport" - yea!!!! We look forward to his continued growth at SoR and just wanted you to know how much we all appreciate your tutelage.”
    — A Happy Parent, Ballwin, MO
  • “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