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About School of Rock Charlotte

Welcome to School of Rock Charlotte, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Charlotte that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2008, School of Rock Charlotte is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Charlotte equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Charlotte and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

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
FridayClosed
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 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 (geomodifer) 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, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Charlotte enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Charlotte’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

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

    • August 30
      1:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents: Rock 101 Tribute to Queen
      Show
    • August 30
      2:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents: U2
    • August 30
      3:30 PM
      School of Rock Presents: Hip Hop
    • August 30
      5:30 PM
      School of Rock Presents: Best of Jack White
    • August 30
      7:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents: Rolling Stones
      Show

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Staff

    • 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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    • 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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    • 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 after the festival, she packed her bags and moved to Charlotte, to help launch North Carolina's very first School of Rock @ Sam Ash Music. Before rockschool, Jill worked in Public Relations at Mountain Creek ski resort and 5WPR in Manhattan - ranked in the top 25 PR agencies in the country.Jill champions artists and projects that make a positive difference in the world. She thanks her parents for giving her an eclectic musical upbringing and now wishes she had taken lessons from her mother, who was accepted to Juliard as a pianist. But alas...we never want to learn from our parents!
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    • Dylan Gilbert
      Guitar / Drums / Vox.
      Dylan Gilbert has sold over 4,000 albums independently since 2006 and in December 2010 he received the Examiner Award at the annual Charlotte Music Awards. He has been called "Charlotte's true gem ...
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      Dylan Gilbert has sold over 4,000 albums independently since 2006 and in December 2010 he received the Examiner Award at the annual Charlotte Music Awards. He 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 from IndependentClauses.com called his work "Pure song-writing genius". Dylan Gilbert has performed over 600 concerts all over the country (including stops in New York City, Nashville, Philadelphia and Atlanta) alongside both regional and national acts including Man Man, The Love Language, Blitzen Trapper, Lost In The Trees, Future Islands, Owen Pallett, Those Darlins, Annuals, Farewell, Hospitality, Screaming Females and Benji Hughes. More recently he performed at the 2011 Hopscotch Music Festival with headliners The Flaming Lips, Superchunk and Drive By Truckers. In 2012, Gilbert entered the Queens University Music Therapy Program after a long stint at Central Piedmont Community College studying music theory. He has worked at the Charlotte branch of School Of Rock as a music instructor and his music is currently available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDbaby.com, Rhapsody and more.
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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News

    • School of Rock Charlotte Proves Rock and Roll is Here to Stay with New Location

      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!
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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