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About School of Rock Cornelius

Welcome to School of Rock Cornelius, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Cornelius 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 Cornelius, 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 Cornelius 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 Cornelius today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Cornelius
21112 Catawba AvenueCornelius, NC 28031
Main Number
(980) 689-5257(980) 689-5257

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Cornelius, 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.

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

Cornelius 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 Cornelius’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

  • September 16
    12:00 PM
    Tawba Walk - Information and Merchandise Booth
    Festival
  • September 30
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    School of Rock Cornelius - Seasonal Performance "Arena Rock"
    We are proud to announce our next major seasonal performance! This show will run within the same context as our show at The Underground back in May, every band will be performing followed by our fe...
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    We are proud to announce our next major seasonal performance! This show will run within the same context as our show at The Underground back in May, every band will be performing followed by our feature of the evening "Tribute to Arena Rock". The show has been booked and locked in for Saturday, September 30th from 4 pm - 7 pm at Oak Street Mill in Cornelius. Oak Street Mill is the home of the Tawba Walk Festival, 2nd Friday Street Festival, and other local happenings throughout the year. We wanted to take a different approach this time around by adding this hybrid venue that allows guests to be outside or inside and still enjoy the music. We'll be working with a local food truck as well as other local partners for an array of food and beverages. Details on specific band times, arrivals, and ticket information will follow in the coming months. The event as always is open to the public and all-ages, photography/video is permitted and highly encouraged! Further updates will be provided accordingly, any questions please respond directly to this address.Read less

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Staff

    • Meet Christian Pearson
      Music Director
      Christian Pearson studied Music Theory, Theology, and Film at Evangel University from 2004 to 2009. Originally from the east coast, he was in the Springfield, Missouri music scene from 2009-2015, a...
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      Christian Pearson studied Music Theory, Theology, and Film at Evangel University from 2004 to 2009. Originally from the east coast, he was in the Springfield, Missouri music scene from 2009-2015, and has played in multiple bands including Call Me Beta, Skylines and Cityscapes, and Ships of Adamant.

Now in North Carolina, Christian is a composer who uses full orchestra and guitar in a classical expression of progressive metal; blending heavy riffs and shredding leads with layered, textured, and flowing melodies. He cites his greatest influences as Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Opeth, Symphony X, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Children of Bodom, Nevermore, Mudvayne, Pain of Salvation, Ayreon, Iron and Wine, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Metallica, Iced Earth, Nightwish, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Circus Maximus, Polyphia, Periphery, Chon, and Weird Al Yankovic. 

He has a long list of passions, but at the top of the list is his respect and love for music.
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    • Meet Eric Williams
      General Manager
      Having been introduced to the School of Rock originally as a student Eric brings his first hand experience of what the School of Rock is all about. In his time as student he completed every program...
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      Having been introduced to the School of Rock originally as a student Eric brings his first hand experience of what the School of Rock is all about. In his time as student he completed every program and was selected as one of the top drummers nation wide to join the touring SOR All-Star Band. Upon graduating he continued his education at the college level studying Music Business and Audio Production while further developing his career as a professional percussionist. Eric has studied along side some of Berklee College's top graduates and attended drum clinics by Mike Mangini and other professionals alike.
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    • Meet Kenneth Harris
      Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Keyboard Instructor
      Kenneth L. Harris is a native of Statesville, NC and has been involved in music for over 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Winston-Salem State University majoring in tr...
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      Kenneth L. Harris is a native of Statesville, NC and has been involved in music for over 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Winston-Salem State University majoring in trombone, and has also studied piano since the age of 8. He was the John Phillip Sousa Band Award recipient in high school and he also won the Director's Award. In college, he was chosen to participate in the Intercollegiate Music Association Band. Kenny is also a percussionist and has taught several different high schools throughout Rowan and Cabarrus Counties for over 13 years. He was also the band director of Salisbury High School in Rowan County and West Iredell High School in Statesville NC. He currently teaches piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar, and all brass instruments.
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    • Meet Dean Moran
      Guitar, Vocal, and Keys Instructor
      "I believe in a force of nature and a natural and universal language in which we learn to speak with our most authentic self. My first experience playing an instrument was learning guitar so I coul...
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      "I believe in a force of nature and a natural and universal language in which we learn to speak with our most authentic self. My first experience playing an instrument was learning guitar so I could play my favorite songs and learn to write my own songs that I made up in my head. My favorite performing experiences have been playing guitar with my high school's competitive jazz band, singing with my college choir, and playing and singing originals and covers around St. Louis with my bands. Since 2012 I have worked with several students on a variety of instruments teaching techniques to learn to play and to ENJOY music. "
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    • Meet Phil Martelly
      Owner
      A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Phil's passion for music is unmatched by few and is a driving force behind his bringing School of Rock to Cornelius. He is the definit...
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      A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Phil's passion for music is unmatched by few and is a driving force behind his bringing School of Rock to Cornelius. He is the definition of the word musician as he rocks at not one but several instruments; guitar, bass, and drums. Residing in Massachusetts where he owns and teaches at School of Rock Seekonk, Phil has played with a lot of New England's hottest bands including Pappy Chulo as the opening act for none other than Incubus.
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    • Meet Shawn Garrity
      Owner
      Shawn's musical journey began at age eleven when his Dad handed him a guitar and taught him a few chords. As he grew, so did his love for music. At fifteen, he joined a band, began writing music, a...
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      Shawn's musical journey began at age eleven when his Dad handed him a guitar and taught him a few chords. As he grew, so did his love for music. At fifteen, he joined a band, began writing music, and playing original and cover songs at clubs and venues throughout New England. He studied jazz and classical music at Western Connecticut State University and earned a B.A. in Music Industry from the University of New Haven. After college Shawn formed several bands which eventually resulted in the formation of his current band, VulGarrity. The band has completed three nationwide tours, signed an artist development deal with MySpace Records, obtained endorsement deals from DigiTech, Hercules Stands and WB Gear, won first place in 90.7 WXIN's 2010 Rock Hunt, and won first place in 95.5 WBRU's 2011 Rock Hunt. Shawn has shared the stage with Mike Doughty, Days of the New, The Misfits, King’s X, Sponge, The Joy Formidable, Sleeper Agent, Psychostick, The Prodigals, Ra, Robert DeLong, The Heavy, Ra Ra Riot and Electric Six. In addition to fulfilling his role as Owner and Music Director at School of Rock Seekonk, Shawn continues to record music and tour with his sister and VulGarrity bandmate Tracy. With the use of loop pedals, the two play guitar, bass, drums and keys simultaneously while singing, often switching instruments during their shows, creating a unique live music experience. While Shawn enjoys listening to and playing a wide variety of music, he is most inspired by all things rock. Favorite artists include Rush, Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Alice in Chains and Prince.
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    • Meet Sam Nasife
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Sam grew up in South Jersey and played in numerous rock cover bands throughout high school. After graduating, he spent a semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston and then transferred to The U...
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      Sam grew up in South Jersey and played in numerous rock cover bands throughout high school. After graduating, he spent a semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston and then transferred to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. It was at UArts that he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar and then his Master of Arts in Music Education. Sam lives in Huntersville with his wife and daughter. You can catch him at open jazz jams around the Lake Norman area. Sam works mainly on original compositions blending his background of rock and jazz. Some of his influences are Mike Stern, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Ozzy, Iron Maiden, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Wayne Krantz, Jaco Pastorius, Metallica, John Coltrane, Soundgarden, Steve Vai, Van Halen, Eagles, Stones, Beatles, Frank Zappa, Rush, Joe Satriani, Bob Marley, Dirty Heads, 21 Pilots, Foo Fighters, Journey, Dave Matthews, Black Sabbath, Michael Hedges, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin
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    • Meet Maura Streppa
      Maura studied at Interlochen Performing Arts School from 2011-2013 in Musical Theater. Originally from Chicago, IL, Maura trained with John Komasa for 5 years and continues her training with him to...
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      Maura studied at Interlochen Performing Arts School from 2011-2013 in Musical Theater. Originally from Chicago, IL, Maura trained with John Komasa for 5 years and continues her training with him today. She is the lead singer in the band 4 Years Apart and is working on her own album. Maura specializes in show tunes, blues, pop, and classical. Her inspirations and favorite performers are Alessia Cara, Amy Winehouse (only the music, not the bad stuff), Adele, Ray Charles, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan and Stop Light Observations.
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Testimonials

  • “The staff is amazing! The way the lessons are structured is perfect. There is plenty of opportunities for learning multiple instruments.”
    — Jennifer J. parent, Cornelius, NC
  • “My kids love them. Your staff seem sot genuinely enjoy working with kids and music.”
    — Christine B, Mother of School of Rock Cornelius Student
  • “School Of Rock offers a lot of experiences, all under one heading. I love that the kids socialize, work as a team toward a common goal,and explore new instruments, all while indulging their passion for music. Great job, Eric and Christian!”
    — Leslie S, Mother of School of Rock Cornelius Student
  • “My daughter really likes her instructor. Teaches her at what I feel is the correct level and speed, and does a great job at relating and making her feel comfortable.”
    — T. Elwell Cornelius, NC