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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
(214) 363-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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 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 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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Staff

    • Ryan Fitzgerald
      Show Director/Teacher
      Ryan Fitzgerald grew up in Dallas, TX and from an early age had music in his life coming from all directions. He would tag along to his grandfather's barbershop quartet rehearsals, and enjoyed list...
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      Ryan Fitzgerald grew up in Dallas, TX and from an early age had music in his life coming from all directions. He would tag along to his grandfather's barbershop quartet rehearsals, and enjoyed listening to both of his grandmothers play piano at family functions. Ryan was introduced to the guitar at an early age by hearing the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s played by his father and several uncles. At home his parents often played music by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and The Who. It wasn't long before there was a guitar in Ryan's hand constantly. In fact, Ryan began practicing up to six hours a day and soon became an accomplished guitarist. Ryan studied music at North Texas until he was drafted by The Polyphonic Spree to tour as their lead guitarist. The last ten years playing with the Spree has taken Ryan all over the world to share tours with the likes of David Bowie, Rooney, Grandaddy, The Danielson Family, and Interpol, just to name a few. Ryan has played in American festivals such as Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, College Music Festival, South by Southwest, and Coachella. Touring abroad has included Splendor in the Grass, Glastonbury, Summersonic, Gig on the Green, and many more. Television appearances include performances on the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, MTV Music Awards, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Las Vegas, and Scrubs. Ryan has also recorded music on such films as Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Thumbsucker. He has also been privileged enough to work alongside such producers as Tim DeLaughter, Eric Drew Feldman, and Jon Brion. Ryan currently sings, plays lead guitar, and writes for his own band, The Push.
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    • Casey Anderson
      Teacher
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    • David Fiegelman
      Teacher
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      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE 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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    • Joel Butterfield
      Teacher / Asst Show Director
      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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    • Aurora Wiley
      Instructor
      Aurora got her first guitar at age 13. She played on and off in bands since she was 14 yrs old. She is fluent in many different styles of guitar including rhythm, lead, and finger style. Her stylis...
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      Aurora got her first guitar at age 13. She played on and off in bands since she was 14 yrs old. She is fluent in many different styles of guitar including rhythm, lead, and finger style. Her stylistic strengths lie in pop, folk, classical, singer/songwriter and alternative rock. She is a formally trained musician majoring in music theory and guitar performance. She has professional experience as a touring musician and is versatile and well-rounded in many different instruments including piano, violin, and especially the cowbell. That last one is a joke (not really). She started touring when she was 21 yrs old as a lead guitarist and has played with a lot of great local musicians. She is now working on her solo career singing and playing guitar.
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    • Chris Holt
      General Manager/Music Director
      0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false · Five time Dallas Observer Music Award winner (Musician Of The Year three years in a row...
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      0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false · Five time Dallas Observer Music Award winner (Musician Of The Year three years in a row: 2005, 2006, 2007; also Best Instrumentalist in 2006, 2009) · Nominated more than 20 times for Dallas Observer Music Award awards as a solo musician, and with many different bands, including The Slack, Sorta, Chris Holt Jukebox, and Hard Nights Day; · Long-time member of Hard Nights Day, Dallas-based Beatles cover act, with multiple Best Cover Band DOMA award nominations and wins. · Accomplished singer/songwriter/multi- instrumentalist and Idol Records recording artist. Founding member of The Slack, Olospo, and various Chris Holt solo bands, including The Egos, The Cosmic Joke, and The Stargazers. · Accomplished session musician and sideman, recording and performing live with artists like Don Henley, Rhett Miller, Cas Haley, Salim Nourallah, Doug Burr, Johnny Lloyd Rollins, The Flat People, and many others. · Featured guitarist on Don Henley's upcoming album Cass County, due in 2015. Don also sings backup on Chris 's upcoming album Stargazer, also due in 2015. · Private Instructor, Music Director and Band Manager at performance based music education schools (2009 - 2014) teaching guitar, bass, piano, drums, and composition. In addition to his long list of musical accomplishments, Chris is the father of three. He not only knows the School of Rock program as a leader but also as a parent of a student!
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News

  • 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 a...
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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.
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock provides opportunities not just for kids to learn the classic material and techniques of rock and roll, but also provides them with fantastic lessons in problem solving, team building, and the rewards of hard work while building their self esteem and confidence (all while having a blast). The SoR experience creates not only rock stars on stage, but it transfers into other areas of the kids lives as well! ”
    — Rocker Mom, Salt Lake City, UT
  • “You are transforming my child into someone who knows that she "can." She doesn't hope for the "I can" anymore - she KNOWS she can now. Our daughter is learning how to come out of herself, take risks, close her eyes and just fly. We are so grateful. More than you can ever know. ”
    — Francine & Lou, Fort Washington, PA
  • “School of Rock has prepared me for the world because it is an environment that constantly challenges my creative abilities. ”
    — Jake, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock has taught me to work hard for things that I want to get (like being an AllStar), and it's taught me to work really well with others, and has improved my communication skills. ”
    — Adam, 18, School of Rock Rochester