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Welcome to School of Rock Chapel Hill, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Chapel Hill has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Chapel Hill, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Chapel Hill together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Chapel Hill today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Chapel Hill
1500 N. Fordham BlvdChapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 338-1011

Hours of Operation

Programs

  • At School of Rock Chapel Hill, 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.

    Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill’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 Chapel Hill’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 Chapel Hill, 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 Chapel Hill’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Chapel Hill’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour – complete with tour busses – for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Chapel Hill musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows across the country. Our AllStars have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, Namm, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from experienced, larger-than-life legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash – just to name a few. School of Rock’s AllStars program provides an opportunity unlike any other: to learn to rock the stage for real audiences.

    All AllStars at School of Rock Chapel Hill can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can excel in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Killer jamming and collaboration with their band
    • A summer full of cool, practical learning-on-the-go
    • Development of advanced instrumental techniques
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill, 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 Chapel Hill’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 Chapel Hill’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 Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill’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 Chapel Hill’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

At School of Rock Chapel Hill, 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. Chapel Hill students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hi...
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At School of Rock Chapel Hill, 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.

Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill’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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Upcoming Events

  • May 1
    3:00 PM
    Open For Business!
    Don't miss out on the chance to be with us from the beginning!
  • May 20
    12:00 PM
    Grand Opening Celebration!
    Join us for VIP tours, live performances, refreshments, give-aways, and more! More details coming soon.

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Staff

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    • Meet Michael Montgomery
      Instructor
      Michael Montgomery is a guitarist and bassist. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, Michael started learning guitar at the age of 13 and immediately fell in love with it. Since then, Michael has worked ...
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      Michael Montgomery is a guitarist and bassist. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, Michael started learning guitar at the age of 13 and immediately fell in love with it. Since then, Michael has worked to develop his abilities in all genres, but has always especially enjoyed blues rock. Michael idolized guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Mick Taylor and would soon discover the early blues musicians like Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, and Elmore James that inspired his favorite guitarists so much.

      While obtaining his Mechanical Engineering degree from N.C. State University Michael began his live music career. Since then, he has played in several area bands and has also learned bass guitar. Shortly after beginning his live career, Michael began teaching a family member guitar and was hooked. Ever since, Michael has been teaching individual lessons for guitar and bass. Michael is very excited about his future at the School of Rock and can't wait to pass on some of the joy that playing music has given him over the years.
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    • Meet John Fichera
      Instructor
      John is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist performing live music for a variety of working bands over the last 30 years. While keyboards is his primary instrument, he also is proficient on guitar,...
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      John is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist performing live music for a variety of working bands over the last 30 years. While keyboards is his primary instrument, he also is proficient on guitar, bass and drums. He is the founder and leader of Big Love - a high energy, popular cover band in the Raleigh/Durham area. He has a love of all styles of music but is particularly fond of Funk, Rock, Fusion, Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, Jazz, and R&B. John loves performing either as a soloist or part of a band. He is originally from Massachusetts but has lived in the Raleigh/Durham area for the last 20 years. He is excited to share his passion for music with his students!
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    • Meet Zack Roberson
      Instructor
      Zack Roberson is a veteran drummer, percussionist, song writer, bass player, and vocalist of the New York music scene for 40 years. He has worked in the Funk, Rock, Pop, Corporate wedding, and Gosp...
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      Zack Roberson is a veteran drummer, percussionist, song writer, bass player, and vocalist of the New York music scene for 40 years. He has worked in the Funk, Rock, Pop, Corporate wedding, and Gospel world of the east cost. Zack has worked with members of PFunk, opening with his funk band the NHFA for Living Colure, Jen Durkin, also playing drums with Kim Sozzi opening for Taylor Dayne, C&C Music Factory, and George Thorogood. He has played drums for Jeff Roberson & LIFE, Creations Music Corp., First Impression and many others. His musical influences have been every artist he has worked with or listened to. The impact music has had on his life has been incredible and it's just the beginning! Zack has performed at the world famous Apollo theater, Harry Chapin theater, The World Trade Center (Windows on the World), the Copacabana, the Manhattan Center, the Amsterdam Ave St. festival, The Wetlands, and CBGBs all over NYC and Long Island including the Hamptons. Zack has recorded Rock, Gospel and Funk music with some of the best in the business and has put out 2 CDs with NHFA and 1 gospel CD with Kevin Harrington and Sheri Snyder. Zack has a recoding engineering degree from the Audio Recording Technical Institute, Liberal Arts degree from AIU, and a music therapy degree as well. Giving back is the purpose of the gift! The best is yet to come..
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    • Meet Jake Harrison
      Instructor
      Jake Harrison is a guitarist and keyboardist with over 7 years of teaching experience. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor's of Science in Music with emphasis in Rec...
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      Jake Harrison is a guitarist and keyboardist with over 7 years of teaching experience. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor's of Science in Music with emphasis in Recording Arts and has gone on to share his knowledge and love of music with students at multiple studios, including the School of Rock Denver. A studio junkie at heart, Jake loves sharing his passion for music technology with his students and found a niche in Denver as one of the few keyboard instructors that would delve into synth design and more advanced concepts like MIDI and sampling - an ever increasing part of the modern keyboard player's job on the stage. Jake has had the privilege of teaching students in a wide spread of topics, ranging from jazz to metal to theory to songwriting and arranging, and he's always excited to help foster whatever passions students may have. Above all, Jake hopes to leave his students with not just the ability to play along with the band, but with the broader concepts of musicianship so that students can progress to be strong creative, communicative and cooperative minds wherever they go in life.
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    • Meet Felix Allen
      Instructor
      Felix Allen is a drummer from Raleigh, North Carolina who studies Jazz Performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up, he was first attracted to the sounds of Rush, Led...
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      Felix Allen is a drummer from Raleigh, North Carolina who studies Jazz Performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up, he was first attracted to the sounds of Rush, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix; his mother, an avid Rush fan, wanted a drummer for a son! Throughout high school, he was also drawn to the groups of James Brown and Art Blakey, and he went on to study Jazz in college with the goal of becoming a professional musician and teacher. Felix plays with several ensembles at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Jazz Band, as well as the Hip-Hop collective No9to5 and Jazz groups in and around the triangle. One of his favorite performance experiences was playing with the UNC Gospel Choir. He has taught students throughout college and was inspired to teach by some of the great experiences he had at Jazz and Rock workshops and taking lessons growing up. One of his favorite things about teaching is that his students teach him, too! His goal is to help students gain the technique to improvise and the soul to make music happen.
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    • Meet Jessie Nash
      General Manager
      Jessie grew up going to concerts with her parents, instantly fell in love with live music, and began discovering music on her own. She's a proud UNC alumna, and has always felt at home in Chapel Hi...
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      Jessie grew up going to concerts with her parents, instantly fell in love with live music, and began discovering music on her own. She's a proud UNC alumna, and has always felt at home in Chapel Hill, enjoying its small-town charm and diverse music scene. Jessie has volunteered in elementary schools and has a masters degree in higher education, which have allowed her to work with students of all ages. She is excited to combine her love of music with her passion for education and personal development.
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    • Meet David Joseph
      Owner
      I’m passionate about rock and roll. It’s been that way forever. My favorite teenage memories involve playing the drums with my bandmates. There is simply nothing like it! Rock music makes m...
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      I’m passionate about rock and roll. It’s been that way forever. My favorite teenage memories involve playing the drums with my bandmates. There is simply nothing like it! Rock music makes me tick.

      Almost 20 years ago we made Chapel Hill our family home. We love this community and its vibrant musical scene. So many venues, festivals, and local bands! So, opening a School of Rock right here in Chapel Hill is more than a business opportunity...it's a musical mission to give back.

      The School of Rock Chapel Hill is here to share the joy and passion of rock and roll music with our friends and neighbors!  We hope to see you here soon. Rock On!
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News

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      We will be open for business starting May 1st, with a Grand Opening Celebration on May 20th! More details to follow.

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    • The Music In My Head on WCHL

      We are proud and excited to announce that we have begun the sponsorship of The Music In My Head with the beloved Ron Stutts on WCHL! Listen every morning at 9:15 to hear what music was in Ron's hea...
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      We are proud and excited to announce that we have begun the sponsorship of The Music In My Head with the beloved Ron Stutts on WCHL! Listen every morning at 9:15 to hear what music was in Ron's head when he woke up that morning. If you happen to miss it, you can find out what he was listening to and his story on his blog (linked).Read less

Testimonials

  • “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
  • ““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
  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence.”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends.”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA