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About School of Rock Carmel

Welcome to School of Rock Carmel, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Carmel’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Carmel 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 Carmel 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 Carmel
626 South Rangeline RoadCarmel, IN 46032
(317) 848-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Tuesday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Carmel, 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.

    Carmel 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 Carmel’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 Carmel’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 Carmel, 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 Carmel’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 Carmel’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 Carmel’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!

  • At School of Rock Carmel, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Carmel, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Carmel works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Carmel’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

At School of Rock Carmel, 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. Carmel students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famo...
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At School of Rock Carmel, 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.

Carmel 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 Carmel’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Matt Price
      Drum instructor
      Matt Price has been actively playing music for over twenty years. After dabbling in original bands in Indianapolis, Matt made the move to Los Angeles and planted himself firmly in the Los Angeles m...
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      Matt Price has been actively playing music for over twenty years. After dabbling in original bands in Indianapolis, Matt made the move to Los Angeles and planted himself firmly in the Los Angeles music scene. A proud graduate of The Los Angeles Music Academy, Matt continued his artistic pursuits in and around LA working as a live and session musician covering styles ranging from Brazilian, Jazz and RB. A reference from filmaker Joe LaMattinalanded Matt a spot with singer/songwriter Andrew Paul Woodworth which took him on multiple tours of Europe and as far as Australia and Dubai. Between touring Matt divided his time between working as hired gun for a variety of local LA acts performing in venues such as The Whiskey A-Go-Go, The Mint and The Viper Room and teaching drums for The Los Angeles Unified School district In some of East LA`s toughest schools. In Indianapolis Matt is dividing time between working with original artists, doing sessions at Azmyth and other studios and pit drumming for The Phoenix Theater. "Without deviation from the norm, change is impossible...Frank Zappa Photo Credit: Meyer Photography, 2012
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    • Steve McFarland
      Owner
      Steve began his musical career at age 16 playing with bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Rush ... ok it was air guitar but he was a rocking pretender from an early age. Actually, if you f...
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      Steve began his musical career at age 16 playing with bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Rush ... ok it was air guitar but he was a rocking pretender from an early age. Actually, if you fast forward 30 years... Steve saw the idea for School of Rock and wished it would have been around when he was young. After seeing his children take endless lessons with no motivation, the idea of getting kids on stage with School of Rock just made sense. With a sports background and having coached youth sports for many years, the idea of SoR was natural... individual lessons (practice), group rehearsals (team practice) and the show (the game). "I've always wondered why some people "make" their kids take an instrument just because they think it's a good idea to learn an instrument. You don't hear of anyone making their kids take a sport and never playing on a team or in a game. Why make them take endless lessons with no chance to perform?" As the owner, Steve challenges his team to make sure we are INSPIRING Kids to Rock on Stage and in Life in everything we do... lessons, shows, camps or just having cheese bread! Photo credit: Meyer Photography, 2012
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    • Elyse Causey
      General Manager
      While not a musician herself, Elyse immediately fell in love with the concept behind School of Rock and their mission of "inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life." Because she took piano lesson...
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      While not a musician herself, Elyse immediately fell in love with the concept behind School of Rock and their mission of "inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life." Because she took piano lessons as a child but eventually quit, she realizes the need for a program like School of Rock in order to get kids engaged in great music and in a fun environment in order for them to further their learning and to truly fall in love with music.Elyse enjoys getting to know each and every parent, student, and sibling who walks through the door, as well as seeing the connections the kids make to one another as they plug in to the program and truly make School of Rock "their" place.Photo Credit: Meyer Photography, 2012
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    • Eric Baker
      Music Director, Keyboard & Vocal instructor
      Eric grew up on the north side of Indianapolis, and began playing the piano and singing at a very youngage. He majored in music at Olivet Nazarene University, has spent time living and working in t...
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      Eric grew up on the north side of Indianapolis, and began playing the piano and singing at a very youngage. He majored in music at Olivet Nazarene University, has spent time living and working in theNashville music scene, and serving in several church music positions, including Music Director at GraceCommunity Church in Noblesville for over eight years.He has played piano and sung with several bands around Indianapolis for the past 10 years. He is afounding member of the Blue Dorian Jazz Combo, and has done recording session work as a keyboardistand vocalist in several studios in the city.In 2011, Eric released Hope and Thin Space, a recording project on which he served as song-writer,pianist/keyboardist, and lead vocalist. The album was produced by Thom Daugherty (The Elms, TheBand Perry, Jason Aaron Coons), and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.Eric has been a music teacher in some form for over 15 years, and is passionate about helping studentscreate music in ways that build confidence, character, and community.Photo credit: Meyer Photography, 2012
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    • Joe Strakis
      Guitar instructor
      Joe Strakis grew up on a musical diet of Alice Cooper, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Black Sabbath, and a plethora of jazz (Coltrane, Miles, Wes Montgomery) which led to his love of the electric guit...
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      Joe Strakis grew up on a musical diet of Alice Cooper, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Black Sabbath, and a plethora of jazz (Coltrane, Miles, Wes Montgomery) which led to his love of the electric guitar by age 12. He formally studied jazz, fusion/blues, and classical guitar receiving his B.A. in music performance in the winter of 2008 from Columbia College Chicago under the tutelage of Chris Forte (blues/fusion), Dr. Angelo Favis (classical), and Steve Grismore (jazz) to name a few throughout his college years. A steady dose of touring with several heavy metal and hard rock acts (primarily centered around Chicago IL and Sacramento CA) followed his study.His main influences as a guitarist are Randy Rhoads, Eric Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Eddie Van Halen (among countless others).
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    • Dave Lawson
      Guitar Instructor
      Dave started playing trumpet in IPS public schools in the fifth grade, along with piano lessons. His first performance in front of a large audience was with the Shortridge Jr. High rap club at Bush...
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      Dave started playing trumpet in IPS public schools in the fifth grade, along with piano lessons. His first performance in front of a large audience was with the Shortridge Jr. High rap club at Bush Stadium in 7th grade, and he quickly found peers in the 8th grade that wanted to start a punk band. That lead to picking up the guitar at 13, and he has played in dozens of bands in the ensuing 25 years. He maintained brass instrument chops and played in the top tier perfomance bands throughout high school, while also studying jazz guitar and playing in the competitive jazz band at Pike High School. Apart from recording in studios from the age of sixteen on and touring both nationally and internationally from the age of 18 as a guitarist, he has also played bass and drums in a variety of bands and toured filling these roles as well. He currently plays in multiple bands that span territory ranging from country, heavy metal, classic rock, modern rock, and punk.
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    • Rhonda Baker
      Vocal Instructor
      Rhonda Baker has been a professional singer for over 20 years. During her professional career she has had the opportunity to sing with some of Indiana's most talented musicians including Henry Lee ...
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      Rhonda Baker has been a professional singer for over 20 years. During her professional career she has had the opportunity to sing with some of Indiana's most talented musicians including Henry Lee Summer, Carl Storie, Jimmy Ryser, and Troye Kinnett. She is currently the lead singer and musical director for her corporate variety band Groove Essential; original funk band SoulShine and acoustic duo rhonda and greg. She has also recorded 5 CDs of original music and is currently working on #6. Rhonda has studied with some of the most talented vocal instructors in the field of music education, earning her BS from Ball State University, and Master of Music Education and jazz vocal studies from Indiana University. Rhonda combines her training and experience to create a unique vocal coaching technique that will take any singer's performance skills to the next level.
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    • Mark Cutsinger
      Drum instructor
      Mark Cutsinger comes to School of Rock with impressive performing and band experience.Mark is one of the founding members of the band The Zero Boys, which was established in 1982 and has recorded a...
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      Mark Cutsinger comes to School of Rock with impressive performing and band experience.Mark is one of the founding members of the band The Zero Boys, which was established in 1982 and has recorded and put out multiple records and performed all over the country and world. He is currently the drummer for the band which actively tours, including an upcoming European tour in Summer of 2014.
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News

    • Fall 2015 Show Themes

      It's time to announce our shows for our Fall, 2015 season! And, it looks to be a great, exciting, and rocking season, indeed! Students, be thinking about which show(s) you're interested in, and p...
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      It's time to announce our shows for our Fall, 2015 season! And, it looks to be a great, exciting, and rocking season, indeed! Students, be thinking about which show(s) you're interested in, and plan to have a conversation this week with your teacher. Next Monday, you'll receive an email with a survey link, asking for your show preferences.



      So, without further ado...

      Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest

      Two of heavy metal's true heavyweights, duking it out song for song! Both bands represent the NWOBH movement("New Wave of British Heavy Metal") and have influenced countless musicians with each of their unique brands of melodic, hard hitting, anthemic songwriting. This show will be both challenging and fun for vocalists (both male and female), guitarists, drummers, and bassists alike.
      Essential Listening: Iron Maiden: "Wrathchild," "Wasted Years"

      Judas Priest: "Victim of Changes," "Electric Eye"

      Steely Dan

      Spearheaded by the songwriting and musical duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker in the early ‘70s,Steely Dan defied the conventional rock band mold. Incorporating elements of jazz, blues, R&B, and pop, they evolved into a band that was both commercially successful, as well as greatly respected within the musicians’ community. This show will skew advanced, and give plenty of opportunities for keyboard players wanting a challenge, drummers, bass and guitar players who are ready for something different, and vocalists who love the idea of learning interesting and intricate harmonies. If you’re ready to explore unique and dynamic arrangements, let’s step into the jazzier side of rock and play some of the most complex and interesting pop tunes of the last 40 years!
      Essential Listening:“Reelin’ In the Years”“Kid Charlemagne” “Josie”

      The Best Arena Rock Songs Ever!

      Like the idea of playing some of the most epic, familiar, and anthemic songs in all of rock music? If so, this show is for you! We’ll play instantly recognizable hits from bands like Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Boston, and Journey. This show will have soaring vocal lines (with plenty of tight harmonies), huge, melodic guitar and keyboard solos, exciting and interesting grooves, and plenty of audience participation!
      Essential Listening:“Carry On My Wayward Son”, Kansas“Come Sail Away”, Styx“Barracuda”, Heart

      Top of the Rock!

      These are the modern rock hits taking over the airwaves! We’ll play favorites from bands like Muse, Shinedown, Mumford & Sons, and Florence + the Machine. There will be a little something for everyone in this current playlist show.
      Essential Listening:“Figure It Out” – Royal Blood “Tear In My Heart” – twenty one pilots “Ship to Wreck” – Florence + the Machine
      The Best of Southern RockGrown out of pride, Southern rock is a deeply rooted sub genre of Americana; the bloodline of good 'ol American music. A fusion of rock, blues, and country, Southern Rock has long served as the soundtrack for the outlaw. This show will feature tons of classic guitar riffs, attitude filled pocket-playing drums, and catchy melodies that tell a story.
      Essential listening:"Keep Your Hands to Yourself" ~ Georgia Satellites "Mississippi Queen" ~ Mountain"La Grange" ~ ZZ Top
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    • Summer Final Performances!

      Join us for our Summer Final performances, tickets are now on sale at School of Rock! Final Show Lineup: Saturday, September 12th 1-1:45pm - Cyrus's 101's (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday R...
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      Join us for our Summer Final performances, tickets are now on sale at School of Rock!

      Final Show Lineup:

      Saturday, September 12th

      1-1:45pm - Cyrus's 101's (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Rock 101's)
      2:30-3:30pm - British Invasion
      4:15-5:45pm - Best of The Doors
      6:30-8:15pm - Tribute to Frank Zappa

      Sunday, September 13th

      1-1:30pm - Rhonda's 101's (Wednesday Rock 101's)
      2:15-3:45pm - Songs of Summer
      4:30-6pm - Guitar Gods


      The Grove Haus is located at:
      1001 Hosbrook St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

      **Please have students to venue 30 minutes before they are scheduled to go on stage.
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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA