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About School of Rock Charlotte

Welcome to your one-and-only stop for seriously fun, lasting music education – School of Rock Charlotte. With passionate instructors, an impressive selection of instruments, and killer program offerings, School of Rock Charlotte equips students with the tools they need to rock their worlds.

Music is about way more than solo acts. School of Rock Charlotte is as focused on community, teamwork, and friendships as it is on inspiring awesome music. Through our performance-based approach, we foster an inclusive community of rockers in Charlotte to build a unique type of confidence only gained through cool, real life experiences. Whether we’re in serious shredding-mode or just jamming along with the band, our team spurs the growth of real, practical skills for music-minded students.

At School of Rock Charlotte, we believe everyone deserves to have fun and feel like a rock star. Visit us and get a feel for the awesome opportunities your child has waiting just around the corner.

Contact Information

School of Rock Charlotte
1105 Greenwood CliffCharlotte, NC 28204
(704) 525-5857

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
3:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Charlotte, 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.

    Charlotte 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 Charlotte’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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Charlotte 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 Charlotte, 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 Charlotte students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Charlotte’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 Charlotte’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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte, 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 Charlotte’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 Charlotte’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 Charlotte.

    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

  • School of Rock Charlotte’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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte’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 Charlotte, 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. Charlotte students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits b...
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At School of Rock Charlotte, 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.

Charlotte 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 Charlotte’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

    • July 25
      9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      21st Century Rock Camp
      Summer Camp
      ur tribute to rock music of the 2000s and beyond. This week-long camp will include music by the following artists: Foo Fighters, Muse, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Black Keys, The...
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      ur tribute to rock music of the 2000s and beyond. This week-long camp will include music by the following artists: Foo Fighters, Muse, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Black Keys, The Strokes, and more! At the end of the week on Friday, we have a pizza party and hit the road with our show.

      Guided by our staff of professional musicians, campers engage in a band setting, daily rehearsals, group instruction, music theory, and a fun end-of-camp concert open to the public! This camp is open to players of all abilities, but basic competency on each instrument is recommended. Camp runs 9am-2pm, M-F July 25th-July 29th, with a concert in the evening on the final day of camp. Ages 10-18.Read less
    • August 1
      9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      3-Day Rock 101 Camp
      Summer Camp
      Our tribute to rock music of the 2000s and beyond. This week-long camp will include music by the following artists: Foo Fighters, Muse, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Black Keys, Th...
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      Our tribute to rock music of the 2000s and beyond. This week-long camp will include music by the following artists: Foo Fighters, Muse, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Black Keys, The Strokes, and more! At the end of the week on Friday, we have a pizza party and hit the road with our show.

      Guided by our staff of professional musicians, campers engage in a band setting, daily rehearsals, group instruction, music theory, and a fun end-of-camp concert open to the public! This camp is open to players of all abilities, but basic competency on each instrument is recommended. Camp runs 9am-2pm, M-F July 25th-July 29th, with a concert in the evening on the final day of camp. Ages 10-18.Read less
    • August 5
      7:00 PM
      SoR Presents: Emotionalism by the Avett Brothers
      Concert
      School of Rock students will perform the album "Emotionalism" by the Avett Brothers on Friday, August 5th at The Broken Spoke! Join us for a special evening as we pay tribute to one of the greatest...
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      School of Rock students will perform the album "Emotionalism" by the Avett Brothers on Friday, August 5th at The Broken Spoke! Join us for a special evening as we pay tribute to one of the greatest folk artists to come out of the Carolinas. Directed by George Banda. Performed by a small group of SoR Students.

      Doors: 7pm
      Show: 8pm
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Staff

    • Meet Eric Lockwood
      Music Director
      Eric Lockwood was born and raised in rural South Carolina. His early years were steeped in music as his father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist jazz player and vocalist, surrounded him with ...
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      Eric Lockwood was born and raised in rural South Carolina. His early years were steeped in music as his father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist jazz player and vocalist, surrounded him with influences from every genre and form. He began to develop his talent as a self-taught drummer at age 7 and, by age 16, also began studying guitar intensely. Playing as a teen in the thriving punk and hardcore scenes of the South gave Eric his first taste of the stage, which included fronting South Carolina hardcore natives Sharptooth. By age 21 however, he traded in his screaming voice for a singing one and, after settling into his folk, country and rock and roll roots, he concentrated on the acoustic guitar and began to focus on his original songwriting and poetry. By the time he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in late 2007, he was perfecting his craft as an intense lyricist and skilled storyteller. Eric now performs locally as a singer/songwriter/guitarist in his folk-rock outfit, Little District, and is a co-founder of Charlotte's Milkjug Productions. He also operates El Strapo Customs, where he creates unique guitar straps using hand-crafted embroidery and original designs for the performer who truly want to stand out on stage.
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    • Meet Jill Livick
      General Manager
      Jill started School of Rock in 2007 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and assisted with franchise development and the launch of four School of Rock's in Northern New Jersey and New York. In 200...
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      Jill started School of Rock in 2007 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and assisted with franchise development and the launch of four School of Rock's in Northern New Jersey and New York. In 2008, she was the Event Manager for School of Rock's 3-day Music Festival @ Penn's Landing - featuring five stages, performances by over 400 School of Rock students from around the country, and 40+ bands including Devo, Dropkick Murphy's, Less Than Jake and Andrew W.K. One month later, she packed her bags and moved to Charlotte, to help launch North Carolina's very first School of Rock. Jill champions artists and projects that make a positive difference in the world.
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    • Meet Christina Lockwood
      Studio Coordinator
      Christina calls the great state of Tennessee home. She grew up with the radio antenna carefully tuned to WSM, listening to the Grand Ole Opry late into the night. Her fondness for Country, American...
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      Christina calls the great state of Tennessee home. She grew up with the radio antenna carefully tuned to WSM, listening to the Grand Ole Opry late into the night. Her fondness for Country, Americana and Rock and Roll music continues to run deep and fuel her style, interests and career. After high school, she attended Carson Newman College and then studied music business at Middle Tennessee State University. Since moving to Charlotte in 2007, she has gone on to work with local and regionally touring acts, involving management, booking, promotion, merchandising, styling and recording. Christina's other loves include makeup artistry and DIY. Her combined passions for music, style and performance make her the perfect fit for School of Rock.
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    • Meet Dylan Gilbert
      Guitar / Drums / Vox.
      Charlotte native Dylan Gilbert has been writing and releasing music for over 10 years now. In that time he has released 8 studio albums, 5 albums with post-punk band Hectorina (including the rock o...
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      Charlotte native Dylan Gilbert has been writing and releasing music for over 10 years now. In that time he has released 8 studio albums, 5 albums with post-punk band Hectorina (including the rock opera Collywobble, which has been developed into a stage play), along with a number of collaborations, film scores and commercial work.

      Dylan has performed over 700 times across the US with appearances at the Hopscotch Music Festival, CMJ Music Marathon and the Indie Grits Film Festival, sharing the stage with acts such as Man Man, Screaming Females, Sylvan Esso, Blitzen Trapper, Future Islands, The Ataris, Owen Pallett, The Love Language, Ava Luna, Hospitality, Captured! By Robots, Those Darlins, Annuals and Benji Hughes.

      In December 2010 he received the Examiner Award at the annual Charlotte Music Awards and in 2014 Hectorina’s “A Thousand Jackals” was voted Reader’s Pick for “Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months” in Creative Loafing’s ‘Best of Charlotte’ issue. Dylan has been called "Charlotte's true gem in the indie scene" by Creative Loafing Magazine and "The hardest-working musician in North Carolina" by The Salisbury Post. Music Writer Josh Hogan has described his work as "Pure song-writing genius".

      Alongside touring and recording, Dylan studied classical guitar and music theory at Central Piedmont Community College and Music Therapy at Queens University before dedicating his attention to School of Rock Charlotte as a teacher and director.
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    • Meet Johnny Wicker
      Drums/Guitar/Bass/Vocals
      Johnny Wicker is a singer/songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Raised on a combination of early 90s RB/Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock and Jazz. Johnny is an accomplished drummer who has played i...
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      Johnny Wicker is a singer/songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Raised on a combination of early 90s RB/Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock and Jazz. Johnny is an accomplished drummer who has played in various Jazz and Rock ensembles in the Charlotte area. Some of the ensembles include Bill Hannah's Vintage Dance Band: Covering Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, etc; The Lenny Federal Band: A rock quartet specializing in Blues and Rock Roll and the Relics: A Beach and Soul quintet with elements of Motown. In recent years, Johnny has increased his focus from the drum set to songwriting, vocals, guitar and percussion with Wicked Powers, an acoustic duo based out of Charlotte who have toured throughout the Southeast Gulf Coast areas for over 5 years.
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    • Meet Greg Lilley
      Drums/Guitar/Vocals
      Greg's passion for music began early in Canada with grandpa Lilley's old RCA suitcase record player, a stack of 45's and a Ludwig marching snare. In dad's 'music chair', he listened to the Beatles,...
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      Greg's passion for music began early in Canada with grandpa Lilley's old RCA suitcase record player, a stack of 45's and a Ludwig marching snare. In dad's 'music chair', he listened to the Beatles, Dylan, Neil Diamond, Gordon Lightfoot, Herb Alpert, Merle Haggard, Waylon and Dixieland Jazz.Sensing that music was calling him, Greg began private lessons in 7 th grade (Haskell Harr Drum Method) and continued learning through high school in Jazz, Orchestra, Musical Theater and Marching bands. At Auburn University, Greg learned the discipline of true performance, earning his way through school drumming/singing for two pro country bands. Upon relocating to Charlotte in 1994, Greg expanded his skill set by playing internationally on cruise ships, doing session work and playing in a Motown/Soul house band. He also became active in Charlotte's musical theater and worship communities and drumming for local/regional artists Mike Strauss, Chris English and the late Robin Rogers.In 2006, Greg began his first original solo project 'Greg Lilley Co.'. Currently, Greg drums for the original roots rock-n-roll band, 'The BlackHounds'. He is honored to be on board at Charlotte's School of Rock as he discovers his student's passions and inspirations, then helps build their skills and confidence to keep music alive and in their lives.
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    • Meet George Banda
      Theory / Guitar / Bass / Vocals
      George Banda was born into a family of musicians from the wilds of Arizona. His mother, an accomplished vocalist, and his father, a master of the saxaphone, keys and guitar encouraged him to pursue...
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      George Banda was born into a family of musicians from the wilds of Arizona. His mother, an accomplished vocalist, and his father, a master of the saxaphone, keys and guitar encouraged him to pursue his love of music from an early age. To their credit, George has been playing guitar for the past twenty years. As a child, George fell in love with the music of the 50s and 60s. Richie Valens and Buddy Holly were two of his favorites. These days, George is heavily influenced by Brad Paisley, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and Miles Davis. In 2006, George left his native Arizona to attend school here in Charlotte. He is currently an honor student working towards a degree in Music Composition, Theory and Guitar Performance. Active in the Charlotte music community, George can be found performing guitar solo throughout the city as well as playing upright bass with the old time string band, 'Too Wet To Plow.' In his free time, George enjoys outdoor activities with four wheeling, hunting and fishing being some of his favorites. Sushi is his favorite food. If George wasn't a musician he would be an astrophysicist or nuclear physicist.
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    • Meet Sydney Hough
      Vocal Coach
      Sydney Hough grew up in the small town of Lugoff, SC. Her mom raised her on rock music before she was even born. Sydney has been singing since she was 4 and started singing professionally at the ag...
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      Sydney Hough grew up in the small town of Lugoff, SC. Her mom raised her on rock music before she was even born. Sydney has been singing since she was 4 and started singing professionally at the age of 14, with Columbia Children's Theatre in South Carolina. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University in 2012. After college, she worked at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach from 2010-2012 as an in house vocalist for several shows, including The Magical Spirit of Ireland and Rock Around the Clock. After leaving beach life behind, Sydney moved to Charlotte to perform as a singer/dancer at Carowinds Amusement Park with D&G Entertainment, and spent 3 summers and falls at the park. Sydney spends her down time listening to way too much Coheed and Cambria, and works alongside her guitarist boyfriend to make their own music. Nothing makes her happier than passing along her passion for the arts to others, and watching kids eyes light up when they discover their own voice.
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    • Meet Jason Brennon
      Bass / Vocals
      Jason started playing bass at the age of eleven. From 2005-2011 he worked in music writing, performing, and recording in many different styles of music. During this time, Jason graduated from Music...
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      Jason started playing bass at the age of eleven. From 2005-2011 he worked in music writing, performing, and recording in many different styles of music. During this time, Jason graduated from Musicians Institute Hollywood for Music Performance, and was a key member and business manager of heavy metal band Jameson.

      Some of Jason's favorite bass players and influences are John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, Verdine White, John Paul Jones, and Paul McCartney. His favorite styles to play are Rock, Blues, Funk, and R&B. Music is a great passion to him and he's excited to share his knowledge and experience with other enthusiastic musicians!
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    • Meet Lacy Stevens
      Rock Chorus Director / Vocals / Keys
      Lacy is a singer songwriter from London, England. She has been involved in performing arts from a young age and gained her vocal performance degree from Europe's leading music school, The Academy o...
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      Lacy is a singer songwriter from London, England. She has been involved in performing arts from a young age and gained her vocal performance degree from Europe's leading music school, The Academy of Contemporary Music. She has been the lead singer for a variety of bands, performing throughout England and Europe. With her roots in Jazz singing, Lacy has a special love for Soul, Motown and Contemporary top 40 music. She loves teaching and people, especially children and teens, and guiding them to reach their musical goals. No dream is too big! In London, Lacy formed her own music academy where she successfully taught 7-16 year olds the art of singing solo and as a group and putting music performances to be proud of! She offers a lot of fun and exciting energy with every musical venture! Lacy recently moved from London to Charlotte, NC and is working as an original singer songwriter as well as developing a new Rock Chorus program at School of Rock. She is so excited to be part of this vocal arrangement group and has a lot of fun and unique ideas to ensure that this is the best vocal performance group around!
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Promotions

News

    • School of Rock Covers Arcade Fire at Amos

      I showed up at Amos’ to see a bunch of creative high-schoolers busy at work preparing to perform the music by Arcade Fire. Each of these young musicians were decked out in their own costuming, ro...
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      I showed up at Amos’ to see a bunch of creative high-schoolers busy at work preparing to perform the music by Arcade Fire. Each of these young musicians were decked out in their own costuming, rocking out the styles known true to the band’s modern, original flair. Read less

    • Larry Sprinkle Visits School of Rock Charlotte

      http://www.wcnc.com/video/larrys-look/Larrys-Look--School-of-Rock-214366541.html

    • We are Thumbtack Verified!

      School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life, announced that after five years of operation in Charlotte, has moved to a brand new...
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      School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life, announced that after five years of operation in Charlotte, has moved to a brand newCharlotte location in Dilworth. On June 22, 2013 the school will be hosting its grand opening celebration at 1105Greenwood Cliff.See our events page for more details!Read less

Testimonials

  • “When you take real, local, gigging, talented musicians as instructors and combine them with a stellar setting and customized program filled with excitement for embracing who you are and can become musically you have the amazing thing that is School Of Rock Charlotte. As a mom and musician, I could not ask for a better context for my sons to be not only learning to play instruments and perform but to be falling in love with music. They're organized, they're fun and their instructors are unparalleled here in town. There are even programs/lessons for adults (because every parent who sees this place is jealous they couldn't have had the same experience as a kid).”
    — Taryn Hofert, Mother of School of Rock Charlotte student
  • “School of Rock has truly changed my child's life! Both the instructors and staff clearly love what they do. They provide a positive, safe, and FUN learning environment all while fostering talent and creativity. You will be amazed at what your child can do when given the opportunity to shine. ROCK SCHOOL! ”
    — Kelly Kern, Mother of School of Rock Charlotte student
  • “If you or your child has an interest in music, this is the ONLY place to go in clt, rock hill, ft mill, etc. They have turned my soon into a wonderful musician and helped really bring out his personality and helped grow his love and passion for music. The instructors and staff are not only extremely talented but they go above and beyond when it comes to these students!!! They also have hearts of gold. The kind of people you want to have influence on your children!”
    — Hunter Thompson., parent, Charlotte, NC
  • “Music has always been one of my favorite things in the world, but for so much of my life actually performing music seemed so distant and unachievable. Strumming a guitar alone in my room seemed worlds away from actually performing in front of anyone, and I had no idea how people could even begin to bridge that gap. But that's exactly what school of rock has allowed me to do. Performing music has been one of the most wonderful and gratifying things I've ever experienced, and I'm so grateful that school of rock is here to give that opportunity to anyone willing to put in the work. I can't thank them enough. ”
    — Magdalene C., Student, Charlotte, NC