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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 - 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

    • December 9
      6:00 PM
      Open House at Fusion Academy Dallas
      Open Mic
      We are taking our Open Mic Night to the Fusion Academy Dallas! We will be partnering with them to have a joint Open Mic Night Holiday Bash! Everyone is invited to play! Please come to Fusion Academ...
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      We are taking our Open Mic Night to the Fusion Academy Dallas! We will be partnering with them to have a joint Open Mic Night Holiday Bash! Everyone is invited to play! Please come to Fusion Academy Dallas (located in the Shops at Park Lane) and bring your family and friends!
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    • December 18
      12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Rockfest
      Concert
      Performance groups from all 9 area School of Rock locations will be performing on one day at House of Blues Dallas! Tickets $12 for adults presale at SOR only. $6 tickets for kids 6-17. Tickets at ...
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      Performance groups from all 9 area School of Rock locations will be performing on one day at House of Blues Dallas! Tickets $12 for adults presale at SOR only. $6 tickets for kids 6-17. Tickets at the door $20/$6Read less
    • December 26 - 30 2016
      Winter Camp ONE (12/26-12/30)
      FIRST 50 CAMPERS GET 30% OFF! $495 FULL PRICE $346.50 WITH DISCOUNT WINTER CAMPS ENROLLING NOW! There is simply nothing quite as amazing as a School of Rock Camp. Through workshops, clinics, ...
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      FIRST 50 CAMPERS GET 30% OFF! $495 FULL PRICE $346.50 WITH DISCOUNT

      WINTER CAMPS ENROLLING NOW!

      There is simply nothing quite as amazing as a School of Rock Camp. Through workshops, clinics, and private instruction, our comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. We know from experience that playing in a band speeds learning and creates “seasoned” musicians. Even relatively advanced student musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other kids.

      Just click the link for camp dates and more details! The first 50 campers enrolled save 30%
      Save 30%

      WINTER CAMPS: http://bit.ly/2fDw2ieRead less
    • December 30
      7:00 PM
      Open Mic Night
      OPEN MIC NIGHT We will be having an Open Mic Night on Friday December 30 at 7:00pm. SIGN UP for Open Mic Night are posted at the school! We welcome solo acts, bands, acoustic sets, or anythi...
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      OPEN MIC NIGHT

      We will be having an Open Mic Night on Friday December 30 at 7:00pm. SIGN UP for Open Mic Night are posted at the school!

      We welcome solo acts, bands, acoustic sets, or anything you feel like playing! The sets are 20 minutes long. $5 Cover!

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    • January 2 - 6 2017
      Winter Camp TWO (1/2-1/6)
      FIRST 50 CAMPERS GET 30% OFF! $495 FULL PRICE $346.50 WITH DISCOUNT WINTER CAMPS ENROLLING NOW! There is simply nothing quite as amazing as a School of Rock Camp. Through workshops, clinics, ...
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      FIRST 50 CAMPERS GET 30% OFF! $495 FULL PRICE $346.50 WITH DISCOUNT

      WINTER CAMPS ENROLLING NOW!

      There is simply nothing quite as amazing as a School of Rock Camp. Through workshops, clinics, and private instruction, our comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. We know from experience that playing in a band speeds learning and creates “seasoned” musicians. Even relatively advanced student musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other kids.

      Just click the link for camp dates and more details! The first 50 campers enrolled save 30%
      Save 30%

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    • January 22
      11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
      End of Season Show
      Concert
    • January 28
      11:00 AM
      End of Season Show
      Concert
    • June 5 - 9 2017
      Summer Camp - Week One
    • June 12 - 16 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Two
    • June 19 - 23 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Three
    • June 26 - 30 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Four
    • July 10 - 14 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Five
    • July 17 - 21 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Six
    • July 24 - 28 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Seven
    • July 31 - August 4 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Eight
    • August 7 - 11 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Nine
    • August 14 - 18 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Ten
    • August 21 - 25 2017
      Summer Camp - Week Eleven

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Staff

    • Meet Tamara Everheart
      General Manager / Studio Coordinator
      Tamara Everheart has been a friend of School of Rock and a person that has been around our business for years, as Marketing Director at the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show and long time employee...
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      Tamara Everheart has been a friend of School of Rock and a person that has been around our business for years, as Marketing Director at the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show and long time employee at House of Blues. As a University of North Texas Alumni, she has studied Music, Marketing and Business. Along with previous experience working with local concert promoters, radio, and other live venues throughout her 10 years in the entertainment business, music is running through her blood and School of Rock Dallas is a perfect marriage!
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    • Meet Joel Butterfield
      Music 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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    • Meet David Fiegelman
      Teacher
      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 Chris Unziker
      Teacher
      Chris has been playing music since the age of 13 years old. He studied music and sound engineering at Cedar Valley College. Over the last 15 years he has played and toured with bands like Wilt,...
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      Chris has been playing music since the age of 13 years old.
      He studied music and sound engineering at Cedar Valley College.
      Over the last 15 years he has played and toured with bands like Wilt, Dead Like Romance, and The Crimson Veil. Currently he plays with My Son My Executioner and Fallen From Aether.
      Chris is skilled in a variety of music genres but especially enjoys playing classical and metal, sometimes even combining the genres.
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    • Meet Ronnie Gierhart
      Teacher
      ronnie gierhart loves to teach the great american art form known as rock & roll! he’s been teaching music for about 7 years and 5 at School of Rock. despite being primarily a guitar player/inst...
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      ronnie gierhart loves to teach the great american art form known as rock & roll! he’s been teaching music for about 7 years and 5 at School of Rock. despite being primarily a guitar player/instructor, ronnie also has years of experience teaching bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals.

      ronnie also has experience on stage! he fronts a solo project that goes by the name RONNIE HEART. it’s a self produced dance/funk/pop experience reminiscent of early 80’s legends, prince or michael jackson. before the solo project, ronnie heart played in several other bands, most notably, neon indian.

      ok now! let’s rock with ronnie!
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      • Guitar
      • Bass
      • Piano/Keyboard
      • Vocals
      • Drums
    • Meet Dennis Davidson
      Teacher
      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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      • Guitar, Bass, Keys
    • Meet Aaron Sutton
      Instructor
      Aaron is a talented and versatile guitarist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Berklee Valencia's Master of Music program in Spain. Throug...
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      Aaron is a talented and versatile guitarist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Berklee Valencia's Master of Music program in Spain. Throughout his career he has studied and worked with a variety of renound artists such as Jon Finn, Patrice Rushen, and Gary Willis. Aaron is a well-rounded guitarist who is always eager to play in any musical situation he can, both in the studio and on stage. He has experience in teaching all levels of music to musicians ranging from the very beginner to the advanced performer. He has extensive knowledge in traditional jazz theory, tonal harmony, and counterpoint as well as advanced playing techniques. He is known by his peers for having a professional work ethic and a contagiously positive attitude while being someone who strives to not only play his best, but also bring out the best in everyone he plays with.
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    • Meet Dewey Reikofski
      Teacher
      Dewey Reikofski was born in England where his trombone playing father turned air force pilot and classically trained singing mother were stationed. In 1986 the Reikofski family moved to Denton, TX ...
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      Dewey Reikofski was born in England where his trombone playing father turned air force pilot and classically trained singing mother were stationed. In 1986 the Reikofski family moved to Denton, TX where Dewey resides today.

      When Dewey was young he wanted to learn to play the guitar! His mother however, having a formal education in music, said that first he must learn to play the piano. He relented to her wishes and started taking piano lessons from Anna Farish in the summer before second grade and continued through his senior year of high school.

      Growing up, Dewey sang in the children's and youth choirs at church and on through middle school and high school. As well as being the bass in his high school barbershop quartet, he was a percussionist in band, a thespian, and a member of the 2000 Texas all-state choir. His love of music and theatre led him to pursue a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas to become an opera singer.

      Dewey Performed in his first professional opera at 19 with the American Bel Canto Opera Company as Ct Ceprano in Riggoletto. The following year he performed the role of Dr. Grenville in La Traviata at Teatro Accademio Castel'“Franco, Venito, Italy.


      At 21 Dewey moved to Minneapolis MN where he was a member of Cantus and by the age of 24 he went on to perform the roles of Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Betto in Gianni Schicchi with the Amarillo Opera company. Last year he performed the role of Ambrogio in The Barber of Seville with the Mill City Summer Opera. Dewey has been a regular member of the Ft.Worth Opera Chorus for four seasons where he has recently played the Jailer in Tosca, and Scottish Soldier Number 3 in the Pulitzer prize winning opera Silent Night.

      In college, Dewey's first foray into the world of rock and roll came in the form of a Tenacious D cover band called Tenacious 3 in which he sang (beautifully). Since then he has aspired to writing and performing in Jambunctious (along with SOR legend Richard Sanchez) where Dewey plays keys and sings. Dewey is currently employed at First United Methodist Church of Denton, as a Section leader in the Chancel Choir, Chamber Choir, and Men's Ensemble as well as a singer, substitute drummer, and master tambourine shaker in the praise and worship service's Connection Band.
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    • Meet Chasen Hallford
      Teacher
      Chasen Hallford is from LA, California born May 31st 1996. Chasen started playing drums his freshman year of high school at the age of 15 when his best friends wanted to start a band and the only t...
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      Chasen Hallford is from LA, California born May 31st 1996. Chasen started playing drums his freshman year of high school at the age of 15 when his best friends wanted to start a band and the only thing missing was a drummer. Ever since then he fell in love with music and playing the drums. Although he has only been playing for about 5 years he in no way lacks experience, knowledge, and skill as a drummer and a musician since he has devoted all of his time and effort the past 5 years to becoming the best drummer he could possibly be.

      When Chasen first started playing drums he played with his church youth group band at McKinney First Baptist and he did that for about 3 years. Now Chasen plays at Prestonwood First Baptist church, one of the biggest churches in Texas and has been playing there a little over a year. Chasen also plays live shows and records with many different bands in the DFW area; Chasen has learned a lot from the different musicians he has played with and the many different styles of music he has played. He has also been taught a lot from the many different drum/percussion teachers he has had ranging from marching band teachers, professional jazz percussion instructors, and much more.
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News

    • WINTER CAMPS ENROLLING NOW!

      Let your kids spend winter break rocking out with friends! There is simply nothing quite as amazing as a School of Rock Camp. Through workshops, clinics, and private instruction, our comprehensive ...
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      Let your kids spend winter break rocking out with friends! There is simply nothing quite as amazing as a School of Rock Camp. Through workshops, clinics, and private instruction, our comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. We know from experience that playing in a band speeds learning and creates “seasoned” musicians. Even relatively advanced student musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other kids. 5-Day camps run Monday - Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, with a concert on Friday. Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes: Learning the nuts and bolts of live performance, studio/band rehearsal time, instruction and clinics with music professionals, Rock & Roll music appreciation, interacting with other young musicians, a LIVE rock show performance for your friends and family...and lots of fun! Our camps are accommodating for all levels of players from the ages of 7-17. Read less

    • 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