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About School of Rock Dallas

Welcome to School of Rock Dallas, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Dallas’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Dallas has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Dallas full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Dallas
5606 Dyer StreetDallas, TX 75206
Main Number
(214) 363-7625(214) 363-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Dallas, 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.

    Dallas 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 Dallas’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 Dallas’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 Dallas, 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 Dallas’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!

  • School of Rock Dallas’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows 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 with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Dallas’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas’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 Dallas’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 Dallas.

    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 Dallas’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 Dallas 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 Dallas’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Dallas learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Dallas Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Dallas enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Dallas’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 Dallas, 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. Dallas students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famo...
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At School of Rock Dallas, 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.

Dallas 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 Dallas’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • May 27
      12:00 PM
      CONCERT @ Curtain Club!
      End of Season Show
      Details TBA
    • May 28 - June 3 2017
      CLOSED WEEK - School of Rock
      Staff Training / Off Week
      This is School of Rock's Seasonal 'off week' - You can still reach us by Phone, Email, or Carrier Pigeon 😉 As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, ...
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      This is School of Rock's Seasonal 'off week' - You can still reach us by Phone, Email, or Carrier Pigeon 😉

      As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here is a complete explanation of our policy:

      There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, and Christmas Eve & Day. Please see our Seasonal Calendar if you have any questions regarding our schedule.
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    • June 5 - 9 2017
      Summer Camp
    • June 12 - 16 2017
      Summer Camp
    • June 18
      12:00 PM
      ❤️HAPPPY FATHER'S DAY! ❤️
      We love our papas
      Happy Father's Day to all the amazing, radical, hard-working, putting-up-with-everything, dads out there. YOU DUDES, ROCK!
    • June 19 - 23 2017
      Summer Camp
    • June 26 - 30 2017
      Summer Camp
    • July 4
      12:00 PM
      CLOSED FOR 4th OF JULY!
      National Holiday
      🎉 ✨ 💫 🎉 As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here is...
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      🎉 ✨ 💫 🎉

      As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here is a complete explanation of our policy:

      There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, and Christmas Eve & Day. Please see our Seasonal Calendar if you have any questions regarding our schedule.
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    • July 10 - 14 2017
      Summer Camp
    • July 17 - 21 2017
      Summer Camp
    • July 24 - 28 2017
      Summer Camp
    • July 31 - August 4 2017
      Summer Camp
    • August 6
      10:00 AM
      Save the Date for Mid Season Show!
      Save this date! Mid-season Showcase! Details TBA.
    • August 7 - 11 2017
      Summer Camp
    • August 14 - 18 2017
      Summer Camp
    • August 21 - 25 2017
      LAST SUMMER CAMP!
    • September 4
      12:00 PM
      CLOSED for Labor Day
      national holiday
      🎉 ✨ 💫 🎉 As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here i...
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      🎉 ✨ 💫 🎉

      As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here is a complete explanation of our policy:

      There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, and Christmas Eve & Day. Please see our Seasonal Calendar if you have any questions regarding our schedule.
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    • September 24 - 30 2017
      CLOSED WEEK - School of Rock
      Staff Training / Off Week
      This is School of Rock's Seasonal 'off week' - You can still reach us by Phone, Email, or Carrier Pigeon 😉 As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, w...
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      This is School of Rock's Seasonal 'off week' - You can still reach us by Phone, Email, or Carrier Pigeon 😉

      As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here is a complete explanation of our policy:

      There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, and Christmas Eve & Day. Please see our Seasonal Calendar if you have any questions regarding our schedule.
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    • October 9
      12:00 PM
      WE ARE OPEN!
      for Columbus Day
      This is NOT an SOR Closed Day! There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor...
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      This is NOT an SOR Closed Day!

      There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, and Christmas Eve & Day. Please see our Seasonal Calendar if you have any questions regarding our schedule.
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    • October 31
      12:00 PM
      We are OPEN!
      for Halloween!
      LET US KNOW IF YOU WON'T BE ATTENDING, SO WE CAN PLAN ACCORDINGLY! There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Me...
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      LET US KNOW IF YOU WON'T BE ATTENDING, SO WE CAN PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

      There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, and Christmas Eve & Day. Please see our Seasonal Calendar if you have any questions regarding our schedule.
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    • November 20 - 22 2017
      WE ARE OPEN: Mon-Wed
      PLEASE let us know if you will be unable to make your REHEARSAL or LESSONS, so we can plan our teacher's schedule's accordingly. THANKS! 🌽
    • November 23 - 24 2017
      CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
      gobble gobble!
      As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here is a complete explanatio...
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      As a reminder: while we do not charge extra for for 5 Lessons or Bands in a month, we also do not do make-ups for the few holidays or Training-Weeks we are closed for. Here is a complete explanation of our policy:

      There are also a few holidays that we are closed for, and do not offer make-ups. These holidays are: New Year’s Eve & Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, and Christmas Eve & Day. Please see our Seasonal Calendar if you have any questions regarding our schedule.
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Staff

    • Meet OUR STAFF!
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    • Meet Ray Kidd
      Music Director+
      Ray grew up in a highly musical atmosphere, living under the same roof as a Music Minister, Band Instructor and singer for the Vocal Majority. From a young age, he gravitated towards Elvis & The Ra...
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      Ray grew up in a highly musical atmosphere, living under the same roof as a Music Minister, Band Instructor and singer for the Vocal Majority. From a young age, he gravitated towards Elvis & The Ramones instead of the 80’s new wave of the day. A cancerous tumor left him deaf in one ear, but that didn’t sway his love for music. Living in Grand Junction Colorado, young Ray decided he wanted to learn guitar. His parents took him to a member of their church, the guitar-tech-turned-guitar-player of the 80’s Hair-Metal band, Quiet Riot. (“Come on feel the noise” and “Bang your Head/Metal Health”) . Ray picked up guitar with ease, as he seems to do with any instrument (except vocals!)

      Moving back to Texas his Senior year of high school, Ray immediately joined a band looking for a bass player. After graduating he became a Private School Kindergarten teacher by day / Rockstar by night. His band Atention Deficit won the Dallas Observer Award for best punk band in DFW, playing with such bands as: Bowling for Soup, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday and more.

      Eventually some severe health problems resulted in Ray becoming completely deaf for a few months, putting his life & band on hold. When he regained hearing in his good ear, he moved back to Dallas, and joined back up with his band-mates. They re-formed as a new band named Peacemaker, and worked with still unknown producer Geoff Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids, Artist vs Poet, Memphis Mayfire) to record their first full-length as this band. Peacemaker quickly garnered a large following playing with bands such as: Bad Religion, Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake and more.

      When the Frisco School of Rock opened in north Dallas, Ray was a perfect fit as an instructor. Working under Marty Morris, Ray quickly learned that his passion could become a reality and a career. Ray worked his way up to becoming the Music Director of what became the second largest School of Rock in the nation, leading him to later train and work in multiple locations in the Dallas, TX area.

      After 6 years, Ray and his wife were offered the amazing opportunity by their school’s franchise owners to move out to Southern California and lead a cultural revolution by opening up multiple brand new schools from scratch! About a year and a half later, the Kidds were moved back to Dallas, TX to work with 27 locations across the US in a leadership role. Ray still actively teaches in the Dallas School of Rock, also using this schools as a training ground for new staff!

      Ray loves teaching, song writing, and working with local musicians all day, every day. If you want to reach out to him, you can drop call or email: RKidd(at)SchoolofRock(dot)com
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    • Meet Kiva Rapattoni
      General Manager
      Kiva spent 7 years in radio & advertising managing 50+ people at a time, and learning the ins & outs of the entertainment industry. Then her family's growing tanning salon business took off, and af...
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      Kiva spent 7 years in radio & advertising managing 50+ people at a time, and learning the ins & outs of the entertainment industry. Then her family's growing tanning salon business took off, and after 20 years and multiple locations, they finally decided to sell it and move on.

      Kiva is a mother 3 amazing children, all of which are completely different from one another! Her oldest was a competitive cheerleader for 12 years who went on to cheer at TCU and just recently graduated with her BS. Her middle child started at SOR Dallas when he was 12 (one of the original Dallas students) and has gone on to seek music professionally, even placing 3rd on the last season of American Idol. Her youngest child plays all instruments at the Dallas School of Rock currently, and has done multiple tours with the most advanced students in the nation.

      For the past decade, Kiva has been a proud parent and supporter of our program. When the position opened for a new General Manager at her HOME School of Rock, she was ready to jump in and take our school to the next level. She has never met a dog she didn't like and rumor has it that she makes a pretty mean gumbo.
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    • Meet Dave Escamilla
      Instructor: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rehearsals
      My name is David Escamilla, I'm 25 years old and have been playing music since I was 12. I've been in multiple touring acts that have traveled the globe. 5 years ago my band Crown the Empire wa...
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      My name is David Escamilla, I'm 25 years old and have been playing music since I was 12. I've been in multiple touring acts that have traveled the globe.

      5 years ago my band Crown the Empire was signed to Rise Records and Outerloop Management. I have worked with countless big name producers and songwriters as well as experienced artists. I gained a reputation as a "screamer" in the industry and transitioned into singing and playing guitar for the band as well. But before I even considered screaming, I took singing and guitar lessons to hone in on my craft. I have had the amazing experience of playing festivals like Download in the UK, Soundwave in Australia, SxSw, Austin City Limits, Warped Tour (multiple times), among others. I got to tour with The Used, and share the stage with bands like Judas Priest, KISS, and more, and was even featured on the cover of AP magazine a few times.

      Once I fell in love with music, many other aspects of music became a passion of mine. All in all, I love to inspire and influence people in a positive way.
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    • Meet Seth Falkner
      Instructor: Rehearsals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Vocals
      Seth Falkner grew up listening to his fathers' tape and CD collection which ranged from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Cat Stevens and Hall and Oates. He was gifted his first guitar by an o...
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      Seth Falkner grew up listening to his fathers' tape and CD collection which ranged from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Cat Stevens and Hall and Oates. He was gifted his first guitar by an older co worker who listened to him go on on about wanting to learn to play. After a few lessons and open mic’s in his home town, he graduated high school and headed to recording school in Dallas, TX.

      In 2005 Seth acquired an internship at Maximedia Studios and over the next 8 months he would land a full time position as a staff engineer. At Maximedia, Seth had the pleasure of working with all kinds of recording artists. Orchestras, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Hip/Rock, book reading and radio spots. In 2006 he started Dirty Little Mouth with friend and fellow engineer Matt Aslanian. An 8 person extravaganza that sounded like a mix between Zeppelin and Sly and the Family Stone.

      After recording an EP and playing shows for a few years the band decided venture in different directions. In 2013 Seth started with the Dallas School of Rock as a vocal and guitar instructor and eventually made his way to the Frisco School as a Music Director. Now he’s back in Dallas!

      His favorite foods are tacos, broccoli, and steak. His favorite band is Led Zeppelin. Bagpipes make his eyes tear up and his dog Holiday loves to sing with him.
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    • Meet Joel Butterfield
      Instructor: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys
      Born in El Paso, Tejas, Joel has loved music since April 23, 1988, the day he was born; his musical parents had a big influence on young Joel. Joel started playing music in school, but started taki...
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      Born in El Paso, Tejas, Joel has loved music since April 23, 1988, the day he was born; his musical parents had a big influence on young Joel. Joel started playing music in school, but started taking it seriously at the tender age of nine. He has played in bands since age 13, and at 18 joined My Son My Executioner, where he learned the set and immediately started to tour for the next 5 years! Pizza is the way to Joel's heart, along with Seinfeld and the genre of Metal.
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    • Meet David Fiegelman
      Instructor: Drums
      David Fiegelman was born playing drum rudiments in the far-off land of New Jersey. His older brother played guitar, and after moving to Plano, young David started off playing drums for his brother....
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      David Fiegelman was born playing drum rudiments in the far-off land of New Jersey. His older brother played guitar, and after moving to Plano, young David started off playing drums for his brother. Now, with over twenty years' experience, David plays in a rockin' country band called Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward. His first professional gigs were with Grant Jones and the Pistol Grip Lassos, and David's favorite kinds of music are 'old' punk and metal, which he listens to on his Zune. David's favorite drummer is Josh Freese, and enjoys playing golf in his spare time!
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    • Meet Dennis Davidson
      Instructor: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys
      Dennis began gigging over 18 years ago, and has been teaching for nearly as long. His first formal lessons were in piano at age nine. When the Beatles, classic rock radio, and grunge were nearly si...
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      Dennis began gigging over 18 years ago, and has been teaching for nearly as long. His first formal lessons were in piano at age nine. When the Beatles, classic rock radio, and grunge were nearly simultaneously introduced into his life, he turned his attention toward learning guitar. Attention quickly became obsession, not just guitar but all things music, especially the rock and roll kind... of music.

      Over the years, Dennis has played in bands in Dallas, Denton, and Los Angeles, CA. He holds a bachelor's degree in Music Composition from University of North Texas, and is currently working toward a master's in music therapy from Texas Woman's University.
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    • Meet Erik Stolpe
      Instructor: Guitar, Bass, Keys
      Erik started playing the family piano by ear and singing in choir at church and school by the time he was school age. His passion only grew and as a child and teen he took lessons and played with a...
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      Erik started playing the family piano by ear and singing in choir at church and school by the time he was school age. His passion only grew and as a child and teen he took lessons and played with a variety ensembles and bands on piano, guitar, clarinet, violin, voice and bass.

      In high school Erik studied piano at Southern Methodist University's Piano Preparatory program and eventually received a minor in music from University of North Texas, taking courses in everything from history and theory to Jazz and the music of Frank Zappa.

      With Erik on keys and occasionally lending his talents on acoustic guitar, his eclectic rock band The Raven Charter received praise for its technical prowess and high energy live shows. During their eleven year run, they filled up rooms in Denton and Dallas and shared the stage with acts like Sevendust, Periphery and Nonpoint.

      In recent years, Erik has branched out, playing a diverse cover catalog for events and weddings and sitting in with several pop, rock and country artists. Today, he is the bassist for singer-songwriter Troy Cartwright’s touring band. The group travels extensively and has a continually growing resume, opening for southern staples like Pat Green, Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers, to name a few.

      Erik joined School of Rock in February 2016 and enjoys teaching, learning and coaching all styles and ages.
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    • Meet Brandon Crabtree
      Instructor: Guitar, Bass
      “Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Hello! My name is Brandon Crabtree, I'm 27 years of age and...
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      “Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

      Hello! My name is Brandon Crabtree, I'm 27 years of age and have been playing guitar since I was 13! Born and raised right here in Dallas! Although It may sound a little cliche, music is my entire life.

      In 2010, I started professionally playing guitar and touring for a band called Ivoryline, while I was still in my own band back home called Euphony. I have traveled and played across the globe with acts such as Thousand Foot Crutch, Disciple, Oh sleeper, Skillet, Chevelle, P.O.D, The Almost, Crown The Empire, and many more!

      My passion for guitar eventually led me to recording music because I was having a hard time remembering my riffs and ideas, so I built my own home recording studio from the ground up and have poured my entire self into it. I have been professionally recording and producing all genres of music , and artists ranging my from metal, pop, and hip hop since 2009! I love creating something from nothing, and collaborating with other people to create music. I have a passion for helping others progress and further themselves, and it's beyond rewarding for me to watch others grow.
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    • Meet Sammi Bishop
      Instructor: Drums
      Sammi began her musical journey at the age of 15 by spending countless hours listening to her favorite bands, playing along to her favorite songs & learning from as many local professionals as poss...
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      Sammi began her musical journey at the age of 15 by spending countless hours listening to her favorite bands, playing along to her favorite songs & learning from as many local professionals as possible. Sammi began cutting her teeth playing in local bars around Jacksonville, Florida at 17 years old & quickly became the “go-to fill-in” drummer around town & out of state. Soon, drumming became her full-time occupation.At age 22, she received a phone call from Austin, Tx regarding a new opportunity to tour Europe with the movie soundtrack extraordinaire band Tito & Tarantula whom most might recognize from films such as From Dusk til Dawn, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Machete & many more. Sammi entertained the masses with this amazing group in countless countries such as Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Italy, Russia and many more beautiful countries.
      “I was lucky enough to travel the world, get the full-on rockstar treatment & play all of Tito’s coolest hits from the movies. It was a dream come true.” -Sammi
      Sammi is still on the scene! Currently, she’s making her mark as an independent drummer around the Lone Star state & beyond.
      Sammi’s love of drumming already has and inevitably will continue to take her places far and wide. Currently, Sammi is a teacher at School of Rock in Dallas using her spark to lead young rockers to the big stage. Look for her as this drumming beauty continues on her extraordinary path to making more of her rock n roll fantasies come true.
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    • Meet Kate Hearne
      Instructor- Guitar, Bass
      The daughter of performing songwriter Lindy Hearne, Kate Hearne grew up surrounded by songwriters and guitars. One day when no one was looking she made the fateful choice, picked up a guitar, and d...
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      The daughter of performing songwriter Lindy Hearne, Kate Hearne grew up surrounded by songwriters and guitars. One day when no one was looking she made the fateful choice, picked up a guitar, and discovered a new way to express herself. With added guidance from famed guitar instructor John DeFoore, Kate began to take her songwriting and guitar studies even more seriously.
      A multi-award-winning instrumentalist, Kate Hearne has shared the stage with Kacey Musgraves, Lloyd Maines, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kunio Kishida and many more. March of 2013 she accompanied Texas singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters on a two-week European tour. In May of that same year, Hearne graduated with a Commercial Music degree from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. From performing and touring the states since 2005, to leading her own band in Fort Worth, Kate has had a wide-variety of experience on and off the stage. She has been teaching guitar lessons for over 10 years and loves to inspire young musicians to pick up an instrument and play.
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    • Crafting musicians: School of Rock uses nontraditional approach to teaching music

      .Photo courtesy of School of Rock - Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue visits with students from the School of Rock in Dallas. The school's season showcase will take place from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday ...
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      .Photo courtesy of School of Rock - Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue visits with students from the School of Rock in Dallas. The school's season showcase will take place from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., in Dallas. By Kenny Green, kgreen@starlocalnews.com Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 2:27 PM CDT Rock music has long been a staple of American culture. The School of Rock is helping pass its legacy on to the next generation through its unique instruction format. "We don't teach music lessons the traditional way," said Dean Tarpley, Dallas School of Rock co-owner. "In the old world of teaching music, you would sit a kid in a room and give them instruction. We don't believe in that method. We are all about a nontraditional approach to teaching music." As part of the learning experience at the School of Rock, each student is assigned to a group and each group focuses on a specific artist or genre of music. They rehearse the music together in preparation for their exam, which consists of a live performance at one of many venues around the Metroplex. "I often compare the School of Rock to sports. A lot of people quit music because it wasn't fun for them. Imagine in sports if you went to take a lesson and all you did was sit in a class, then had to go home and practice alone. If that was the way it was done, a lot of kids would not stick with sports," said Terry Longhway, Dallas School of Rock co-owner. The school will often bring in guest professors to help give the students a sense of what they can expect if they continue to pursue music as a career. "The guest professors are intended to be a fun and unique experience for the kids. They are real musicians that have gone into the industry and made it," Longhway said. Each of the school's live performances has a theme to it. Longhway said the next Dallas School of Rock performance will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St. The show will be split into two sessions; from noon to 4 p.m., some of the less-experienced artists will perform, and from 4 to 6 p.m. the concert will feature some of the more advanced musicians from the school as part of its Dean's List showcase. "The Dean's List is something the kids audition to be part of. They will do a variety of different types of music. A lot of their music will be a little more challenging and wide spectrum of music," Longhway said. School of Rock has several locations in the Metroplex including Dallas, Frisco, Fort Worth, Keller, McKinney and Southlake. Another location is scheduled to open in Flower Mound on Sept. 21. For a complete list of school locations and events, visit dallas.schoolofrock.com . "We try and bring fun and happiness into the communities. We play a lot at different schools and other events. These performances allow us to show the community the really great attitudes of these kids," Longhway said. Tarpley and Longhway decided to open a holding company to manage, operate and acquire several School of Rock locations after working together as consultants over a 10-year period. They opened their first location in Rochester, Mich., and decided to form the holding company to allow them to open additional franchise locations. They want to open an artist-development company in the near future to help their students learn how to make the right choices when dealing with agents and producers within the business. "That part of the industry is just a completely different business," Tarpley said.Read less

    • Band Coaching

      School of Rock’s new Band Coaching program gives your band the edge and outside perspective it needs to succeed. Bands will work on defining their sound, developing a stage show, and key elements...
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      School of Rock’s new Band Coaching program gives your band the edge and outside perspective it needs to succeed. Bands will work on defining their sound, developing a stage show, and key elements of marketing and promotions, including creating a scene and navigating social media tools. Existing bands can join Band Coaching at anytime to take their band to the next level.

      The Band Coaching Program includes:

      • Weekly 90 minute group band rehearsal with a specially designated band coach who is a professional musician with live playing experience
      • Unbiased constructive criticism and guidance around: overall presentation (using real estate on stage), overall feel, song structure arrangement adjustment/analysis, overall mix, interplay between band members
      • A showcase or live show booked at the end of a season
      • Periodic recorded rehearsals and written feedback
      • Guidance to enhance your live show
      • Instrument specific coaching including guitars, rhythm section, vocals and drums
      • A clean, safe rehearsal space to practice
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Testimonials

  • “We just referred a friend into the program, so yes, we love it. My child has been attending for 5 years and has grown into a performance band group as well. He enjoys the social aspect of the school a lot. He's also grown more confident and relaxed in his performances. His personality is coming out more on stage and he enjoys being part of the group. He's becoming more versatile by learning both guitar and bass with an occasional keyboard lesson thrown in for good measure. The staff and teachers at his local SOR are supportive and very helpful. The school has grown its use of technology in service of families and does a great job of problem-solving when I run into issues. I'm a fan! ”
    — Lorea Sidel, Dallas, Texas
  • “My son has been involved with School of Rock for two years and it is wonderful. He is learning musical skills, but also being exposed to lots of great music. The instructors are talented, encouraging and great communicators and the other students become friends fast.”
    —Megan Jennings, Dallas, Texas
  • “One of the great things about sports is it's ability to create a peer group of friends for a kid, a group where they feel like they belong. The School of Rock does the exact same thing. If kids are interested in music, a whole new group of friends is opened up to them. Since they play shows with different lineups for every song, they end up bonding with a pretty large group. In our case, that's directly led to our son's forming a band with some of those friends. Second, I'd say there is an inner confidence born of spending a lot of time on stage in front of people. That's an invaluable life skill going forward. Finally, it's great they get exposed to a lot of music (of our youth :-) and learn to play an instrument with the discipline that entails. No one wants to disappoint the group they're playing with in front of a large audience...so they practice a lot and get better rapidly. As for SOR Dallas, they have a great team, a truly caring group, and the kids love them.”
    — Lance Spellman, Dallas, Texas
  • “Laid back approach draws my son in and makes playing music fun. He really enjoys the band aspect and having input in songs taught. The teachers make it fun to learn various instruments, and music history, while applying social skills and collaboration.”
    — Natalie Louis, Dallas, Texas