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About School of Rock Columbia

Welcome to School of Rock Columbia, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Columbia that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2012, School of Rock Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia
6935 Oakland Mills RoadSuite NColumbia, MD 21045
(410) 415-1970

Hours of Operation

Monday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Columbia, 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.

    Columbia 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 Columbia’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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Columbia’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 Columbia’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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia’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 Columbia’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 Columbia.

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

Columbia 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 Columbia’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

    • April 30
      2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      SPRING PREVIEW SHOW!
      Show
      First show of the season! The SORC SPRING 2017 PREVIEW SHOW will be held at Union Jack's in Annapolis on Sunday, April 30th from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • June 10
      12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      SORC SEASON SHOW!
      Spring Season Shows, June 10th and 11th, 11am - 5pm
    • June 11
      11:00 AM
      SORC SEASON SHOW!
      Spring Season Shows, June 10th and 11th, 11am - 5pm

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Staff

    • Meet Annelise Montone
      General Manager
      Annelise comes to School of Rock Columbia after serving as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. She has played the violin for over twenty years and is a passionate advocate f...
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      Annelise comes to School of Rock Columbia after serving as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. She has played the violin for over twenty years and is a passionate advocate for music and arts education. She is also incredibly excited to be on this new journey to Rock and Roll with the amazing School of Rock! In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her sister, her husband, and her plethora of cats.
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    • Meet Karla Chisholm
      Vocal Coach
      I am a full time musician living right here in Columbia, MD. I was born in Mitchell, NE (I dare you to find it on a map! :p), but spent most of my life in Dallas, TX. In 2004, I received my Bachelo...
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      I am a full time musician living right here in Columbia, MD. I was born in Mitchell, NE (I dare you to find it on a map! :p), but spent most of my life in Dallas, TX. In 2004, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music ( Jazz emphasis ) from the University of North Texas and in 2007 grew roots in Baltimore, MD. I have lived many places and performed in venues across the United States. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to perform in Greece, United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Caribbean, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Each one equally beautiful and fascinating. In 2009, I released a straight ahead Jazz duo record called, "Live at Domenica's".In 2011, I released my debut album of original material called "Moving On".The CD release was held at a world renowned club in DC called Blues Alley.The Washington Post says, " Chisholm's songs will wriggle their way into your head and stay there for the foreseeable future ."You can learn more about my latest release and tour dates at www.KarlaChisholm.com In addition to pursuing my career as an Artist, I perform regularly in Baltimore, DC, New York and Miami with an 8 piece band called The Source. Band members include Baltimore natives Gary Grainger (bass) and Greg Grainger (drums). School of Rock is a great learning ground for young musicians. From performance experience to mic technique to ear training to being a band leader to booking gigs...I wish I had something like this when I was "growing up!"
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    • Meet Mike Smith
      Guitar Instructor
      Mike Smith is a platinum recording artist with over 25 years experience playing guitar. His skills have been utilized as a studio/live guitarist as well as a singer/songwriter/producer. Mike has wo...
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      Mike Smith is a platinum recording artist with over 25 years experience playing guitar. His skills have been utilized as a studio/live guitarist as well as a singer/songwriter/producer. Mike has worked with talented artists including Limp Bizkit, Snot, The Start, Stickball Britney Spears. With Limp Bizkit he co-wrote and recorded 7 songs off the Terry Date produced album "Results May Vary" which sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. He also toured with them as their live guitarist for 5 headlining/co- headlining tours performing on stages in stadiums, arenas, theaters festivals alike in Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States, which included co-headlining the summer sanitarium stadium tour with Metallica Linkin Park. His live TV appearances include Mtv Metallica Icon, Wrestle Mania 17, Mtv Live at Finsbury Park, AOL live, The Pepsi Smash live. His magazine features include Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, Hit Parader, Rip, and US weekly. With Snot Mike toured as a live guitarist all over the U.S. including Ozzfest '98 with Ozzy Osborne, Tool, Megadeth, Motorhead, System of a down Incubus. With The Start he was signed to 143/Atlantic records through producer Josh Abraham and legendary music producer David Foster , and then recorded guitars for the Start's "Shakedown" record with producer Josh Abraham. With Mike's band Evolver he has also worked with producer Brian Virtue .
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    • Meet Frank Grocholski
      Guitar Instructor
      Frank Grocholski, more popularly known as Frankie G., received his first guitar at age 3. From that point on he knew he was destined to pursue a career in the music industry. Frankie started writin...
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      Frank Grocholski, more popularly known as Frankie G., received his first guitar at age 3. From that point on he knew he was destined to pursue a career in the music industry. Frankie started writing/recording his own music by the young age of 11, and by the time he reached high school he was teaching private lessons. While at C. Milton Wright High he participated in the All County Jazz Band. Follow high school Grocholski attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After leaving Berklee Frankie went on to tour through the United States, as well as Europe and Japan with a variety of bands, including: Plunge (now Cinder Road), The Wes Mcdonough Band, Hindsight, Half Nasty, The Smash, Lucky and the Chain Smokers, 81 South, Eleven 54, The Bel Air Community Jazz Band, and many more. Frankie continued his teaching career at the School of Rock where he was the head guitar instructor for the Baltimore and DC schools. Grocholski has also taught at Dayjams/NGW and Music First. Currently Frankie G. teaches private guitar lessons, does live and studio session work, and is involved with several local Baltimore bands.
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    • Meet Evan Cooper
      Keyboard, Guitar, Voice
      Evan Cooper is a local multi-instrumentalist in the Baltimore-Annapolis area. Although he is a vocalist and guitarist his main interest is on the piano and he is pursuing a degree in Jazz Commercia...
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      Evan Cooper is a local multi-instrumentalist in the Baltimore-Annapolis area. Although he is a vocalist and guitarist his main interest is on the piano and he is pursuing a degree in Jazz Commercial Piano at Towson University. Evan began playing in local groups when he was 15 and has played in many groups since in a variety of genres such as funk, jazz, RB and rock and has played on several national stages at music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Hangout Festival. Evan is working towards memorizing a variety of works in the classical piano repertoire and plans to continue pursuing a career in music.
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    • Meet Jason Heiser
      Drum Instructor
      Jason is a seasoned performer and instructor, he can be seen touring nationally with Charm City Devils, regionally with Peterbuilt, and locally with Ed Lauer and various groups throughout Fells Poi...
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      Jason is a seasoned performer and instructor, he can be seen touring nationally with Charm City Devils, regionally with Peterbuilt, and locally with Ed Lauer and various groups throughout Fells Point and Canton. Jason is proud to endorse Vic Firth sticks, Paiste Cymbals, and Ludwig Drums.
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    • Meet Dimitri Fantini (Meech!)
      Drum, Guitar, Bass and Keyboard Instructor
      Dimitri Fantini received a drum set for his first birthday and has been playing ever since. He grew up in and around recording studios, and more formal music education began with drum teacher Wood...
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      Dimitri Fantini received a drum set for his first birthday and has been playing ever since. He grew up in and around recording studios, and more formal music education began with drum teacher Woody Sutton at the age of eleven. Dimitri was then accepted to the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in 2004 where he majored in percussion and piano studies, performing in several school jazz bands and live shows. Since graduating, Dimitri has been producing, recording, composing, and engineering in professional recording studios, and has recently moved to Maryland after working on a recording project in California. Dimitri specializes in rock, jazz, Latin and funk drumming and also teaches guitar, bass and keyboards.
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Promotions

News

    • SORC SPRING 2017 PREVIEW SHOW!

      SORC SPRING PREVIEW SHOW!

      Our first show of the season! Sunday, April 30th, 2pm - 5pm, Union Jack's in Annapolis.

    • SPRING BREAK PERFORMANCE CAMP!

      MAKING THE BAND! Spring Break Performance Camp Monday, April 10th – Friday, April 14th 9am – 12pm, daily $199 per student AGES 6-9 Does your 6-9 year old love to sing along with the rad...
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      MAKING THE BAND!
      Spring Break Performance Camp
      Monday, April 10th – Friday, April 14th
      9am – 12pm, daily
      $199 per student
      AGES 6-9

      Does your 6-9 year old love to sing along with the radio? Do they play a mean air guitar? Then they might be ready to make the band! Making the Band is a performance camp for some of our youngest rockers (all skill levels welcome!). Campers will get their hands on drums, guitars, keyboards and microphones as they prepare for their short show at the end of the week! Not only that, but they’ll get to design guitars and posters, name the band and rock out to some of the most awesome music ever written. This class is perfect as an introduction to our year-round Rookies or Rock 101 programs!


      EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! REGISTER BY MARCH 15th AND USE CODE EARLYBIRD FOR 20% OFF MAKING THE BAND CAMP!
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Testimonials

  • “Our son has been at SOR for 3 years. He loves the program and so do we. It's the one thing that we don't have to force him to practice. We're a SOR family for life!”
    - Kim and Erik, Columbia, MD
  • “The kids love the music and learning to play it, and as parents we love to hear them perform! Shows are EXCELLENT, staff / teachers are wonderful and very knowledgeable.”
    — Joe, Columbia, MD
  • “I love the concept of group rehearsals and private classes. My son has grown leaps and bounds in the short time he has been with the Columbia location. The variety of choices of music is also a plus!”
    — Echo, Columbia MD