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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!

  • School of Rock Carmel’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Carmel Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Carmel’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

At School of Rock 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

    • Meet 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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    • Meet Nicole Roach
      General Manager
      Nicole is from Bloomington, Indiana and has worked with School of Rock Carmel since September of 2014. She began playing keyboard at an early age with her grandmother and fell in love with music an...
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      Nicole is from Bloomington, Indiana and has worked with School of Rock Carmel since September of 2014. She began playing keyboard at an early age with her grandmother and fell in love with music and the way it brings people closer with their friends and family. She then went on to sing and perform in choir during her middle school years which she loved. Although she did not stick with an instrument, she continued integrating music whenever possible and eventually found her calling with a career at School of Rock. Nicole loves seeing the students bond and form friendships, with music and performing on stage being the glue that holds those bonds together.
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    • Meet Joe Strakis
      Co-Music Director, Guitar instructor
      Joe Strakis grew up on a musical diet of KISS, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper, and a plethora of jazz legends (Coltrane, Miles, Wes Montgomery) leading to his obsession of the elect...
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      Joe Strakis grew up on a musical diet of KISS, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper, and a plethora of jazz legends (Coltrane, Miles, Wes Montgomery) leading to his obsession 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). A steady dose of touring with several heavy metal and hard rock acts (centered around Chicago IL and Sacramento CA) followed his study. His main influences as a guitarist are Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Billy Gibbons, Eric Johnson, Ace Frehley, Wes Montgomery, and David Gilmour (among so many others).
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    • Meet Dave Lawson
      Co-Music Director, 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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    • Meet Eric Baker
      Keyboard & Vocal instructor
      Eric grew up on the north side of Indianapolis, and began playing the piano and singing at a very young age. He majored in music at Olivet Nazarene University, has spent time working in the Nashvil...
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      Eric grew up on the north side of Indianapolis, and began playing the piano and singing at a very young age. He majored in music at Olivet Nazarene University, has spent time working in the Nashville music scene, and serving in several church music positions, including Music Director at Grace Community Church in Noblesville for over eight years. For the past 15 years, he has played keyboard and sung with several bands around Indianapolis, including Groove Essential, the Blue Door Jazz Combo, and Phoebe & the Mojomakers, among others. Eric has been a music teacher in some form for 20 years, and is passionate about helping students create music in ways that build confidence, character, and community.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Toni Carroll
      Vocal instructor
      Toni is a singer/songwriter who grew up in New Albany, Indiana and developed a love and passion for music at a very young age. She began her musical career at the ripe age of nine years old when sh...
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      Toni is a singer/songwriter who grew up in New Albany, Indiana and developed a love and passion for music at a very young age. She began her musical career at the ripe age of nine years old when she started studying voice and piano. She was classically trained in opera as well as musical theatre, and participated in many productions with local Opera and Theatre companies, including the Kentucky Opera. Toni used her musical influences such as Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin, Evanescence, Florence + the Machine, etc to inspire her to begin creating her own music. During high school, Toni began branching out from the Operatic and musical theatre world and started crafting her own alternative compositions. She has won many songwriting competition awards, including the 'Dare to Risk' honors for her composition titled, “20 Years.” She also performed for five years as the music director for the Northside Christian Church youth group program. Toni received her bachelors of science in music business with an emphasis in songwriting and performance. During her time at Indiana State University, Toni starred in many musical theatre productions as well as Opera/Theatre workshops. She also had the opportunity to travel to Italy for a week-long vocal workshop scholarship program. Toni is now living happily in Indianapolis and is currently working on numerous projects in the recording and production side of the music industry. Toni is thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock team and is passionate about bringing positive energy and creative drive to the students.
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    • Meet Erich Anderson
      Guitar Instructor
      Erich Anderson has been a fixture on the local rock and roll scene for over thirty years. He has played in both cover and original bands in a wide variety of styles. He has recorded albums in sever...
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      Erich Anderson has been a fixture on the local rock and roll scene for over thirty years. He has played in both cover and original bands in a wide variety of styles. He has recorded albums in several original bands and continues to play shows locally and regionally.
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    • Meet Gareth Somers
      Bass Instructor
      Gareth Somers is a bassist and guitarist who grew up locally in Carmel, and has spent the last 15 years working as a performing musician and private bass/guitar instructor. He has played in/compos...
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      Gareth Somers is a bassist and guitarist who grew up locally in Carmel, and has spent the last 15 years working as a performing musician and private bass/guitar instructor.
      He has played in/composed for groups ranging across numerous genres (pop, rock, r&b, blues, funk, alternative, jazz, hip-hop/soul, world) and has taught students of all ages and skill levels interested in learning more about music and mastering their instrument. Gareth has spent most of his professional career in the Philippines performing and recording with some of the countries best artists and musicians (Johnoy Danao, Julianne Tarroja, Sampaguita, Johnny Alegre, and Jack Rufo to name a few).
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    • Meet Seth Jenkins
      Keyboard/Vocal Instructor
      Seth Jenkins is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and performer with a diverse musical background. With a bachelors degree in music technology, Seth has studied jazz and classical piano at the univer...
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      Seth Jenkins is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and performer with a diverse musical background. With a bachelors degree in music technology, Seth has studied jazz and classical piano at the university level. Seth performs in local Indianapolis bands and also works for a local music booking agency. He teaches piano, vocals, guitar, drums and bass (primarily vocals and keyboard/piano) for the School of Rock in Carmel.
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    • Meet Alan Picard
      Bass Instructor
      Alan Picard was born in France and discovered the joy of music on his brothers guitars as a teen. He played during all his free time, though many nights and loved every bit of it. In the last 30 ye...
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      Alan Picard was born in France and discovered the joy of music on his brothers guitars as a teen. He played during all his free time, though many nights and loved every bit of it. In the last 30 years he has performed on bass, drums or guitar in 49 states, 17 countries and then he settled in Indiana ( because he loves corn. pop corn , corn dogs , corn on the cob, corn bread or corn flakes, also corn casserole :)
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    • Meet Scott Tolley
      Drum Instructor
      Scott has been playing drums for 30+ years. He's been teaching drums for about a year and a half. He currently play in four active bands in Indianapolis: Stealing Volume, The Lickers,19Clark25 and ...
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      Scott has been playing drums for 30+ years. He's been teaching drums for about a year and a half. He currently play in four active bands in Indianapolis: Stealing Volume, The Lickers,19Clark25 and The Dockers.
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    • Meet Rocky Rodriguez
      Drum Instructor
      Rocky Rodriguez has been playing drums for 20+ years. She studied music education at the University of Indianapolis for 2 years. She has taught marching band/drum line at local Indiana High schools...
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      Rocky Rodriguez has been playing drums for 20+ years. She studied music education at the University of Indianapolis for 2 years. She has taught marching band/drum line at local Indiana High schools. Along with teaching at School of Rock, Rocky works at Sam Ash Music store and gigs regularly in Indiana and around the Midwest. Her influences include Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Keith Moon, and Dave Weckl. Photo credit: Sean Molin Photography
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    • Meet Kristen Bennett
      Studio Coordinator, Vocal Instructor
      Kristen Bennett is a singer/songwriter fresh from the indie scene in Nashville, TN. With a background tour management (Creative Spotlights) and booking (Crawford Talent) Bennett accredits her passi...
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      Kristen Bennett is a singer/songwriter fresh from the indie scene in Nashville, TN. With a background tour management (Creative Spotlights) and booking (Crawford Talent) Bennett accredits her passion for the music industry to her roots in classical/contemporary voice and jazz guitar. In 2012 Bennett released a self-titled EP, “Kristen Bennett” following several years of touring, writing, and creating. A native of the Midwest, she became a familiar face among the Ohio River Valley, appearing at Camp Electric, The Underground, and working alongside independent filmmakers to cultivate a soundtrack for Titans of PS-271. In 2013 she recorded in the infamous Gaither’s studio, a space treasured by many gospel legends such as Sandi Patti, Bill Gaither, and Michael English. Bennett graduated with a BA in music business from Anderson University in 2015, and since then has been working on several projects of her own, such as a compilation album with Jon McLaughlin (Orangehaus Records).
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News

    • Music Go Round coming to Indy!

      There's a Music Go Round coming to Indianapolis! Music Go Round both provides and buys quality used music equipment. They pay on the spot for your gently used musical instruments and equipment ...
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      There's a Music Go Round coming to Indianapolis!

      Music Go Round both provides and buys quality used music equipment. They pay on the spot for your gently used musical instruments and equipment in great working condition—and they offer brand-new accessory items at a deep discount over retail prices. They will help you find quality modern and vintage musical instruments and gear without over-spending.

      They're coming to Castleton this fall! Be sure to check out their site for more info as they come to Indy, and be sure to check them out when they open!Read less

    • Book our House Band

      Book our House Band at your next event! We have an amazingly talented group of musicians who can perform for an hour to an hour and a half at your next event. We are currently booking their 2016...
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      Book our House Band at your next event!

      We have an amazingly talented group of musicians who can perform for an hour to an hour and a half at your next event.

      We are currently booking their 2016 schedule, so get in touch if you are interested in hiring them. They're sire to rock your next event!
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Testimonials

  • “We love the School of Rock. They have given our 3 boys a passion. They make kids really care about learning music, plus it's fun! This is not a place where the kids dread lessons. Our boys will come home from school playing, play a concert and are still playing at nearly 10 PM. It's the teachers there. They are amazing and every bit as passionate about what they do. Worth every penny. Our kids have gained confidence, friends, a talent that had given them more friends (at their age it is not easy to ask kids to play but it's so much easier to ask a group of musically able kids to come jam for a bit), more things to join in school- band, choir etc. Kids who learn music do better academically and have higher test scores (proven over and over) and it keeps them busy with a hobby, teaches them about practicing, not letting your band members (teammates) down. Our kids are more accepting. They now know kids express themselves differently, they aren't dangerous or bad just because they may have colored their hair, etc. We dropped regular piano, drums. It was BORING. They wanted to ROCK! Play songs they were interested in. So we switched and this works! We have been going to SOR for 2 years. Hands down you will not be disappointed. Amazing.”
    — Amy B., Mother of 3 School of Rock Carmel students
  • “I love the way you get kids to explore all types of music. I love the School of Rock format. I love the way you boost kids' confidence. The impact School of Rock has had on my son is indescribable. He does better in school, feels better about himself and has blossomed into a confident, young musician who is passionate about playing guitar but also loves drums and vocals now too!! ”
    — Diane B., Carmel, IN
  • “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