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About School of Rock Downingtown

Welcome to School of Rock Downingtown—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Downingtown teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Downingtown. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Downingtown to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Downingtown
478 Acorn LaneDowningtown, PA 19335
(610) 518-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Downingtown, 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.

    Downingtown 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 Downingtown’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 Downingtown’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 Downingtown, 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 Downingtown’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 Downingtown’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 Downingtown’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!

  • At School of Rock Downingtown, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Downingtown, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Downingtown works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Downingtown’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Downingtown’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 Downingtown 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 Downingtown’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

At School of Rock Downingtown, 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. Downingtown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hi...
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At School of Rock Downingtown, 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.

Downingtown 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 Downingtown’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

    • Meet TOM MCKEE
      GENERAL MANAGER/MUSIC DIRECTOR
      TOM McKEE is the general manager and music director at the Downingtown School of Rock. He has worked at the school since January 2007, teaching countless piano lessons and directing a wide range of...
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      TOM McKEE is the general manager and music director at the Downingtown School of Rock. He has worked at the school since January 2007, teaching countless piano lessons and directing a wide range of shows, including Frank Zappa, Jesus Christ Superstar, Motown and many more. Tom directed the School of Rock All Stars for five years between 2011 and 2015. Tom plays keyboards and sings and has spent much his adult life touring, practicing and recording with the band Brothers Past. As one of the band’s two primary songwriters, Tom has contributed music for Brothers Past’s four official releases, which includes two studio releases, one live record and a five-song EP. In 2005, Brothers Past released This Feeling’s Called Goodbye on Sci-Fidelity Records, gaining critical acclaim for its unique fusion of indie rock and electronic music. The band toured the nation several times, appearing in more than 40 states and much of Canada. In 2006, Tom performed with Brothers Past at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, alongside Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello.
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    • Meet BRIAN DAVIS
      ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR
      BRIAN DAVIS is a jack of all trades. The longest-tenured member of our staff, Brian began teaching at School of Rock in 2004, and teaches guitar, bass and audio engineering. He can also be found be...
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      BRIAN DAVIS is a jack of all trades. The longest-tenured member of our staff, Brian began teaching at School of Rock in 2004, and teaches guitar, bass and audio engineering. He can also be found behind the drum kit or the microphone at show rehearsals and noodling at the piano in the rehearsal room. When he's not teaching and directing, he's into circuit-bending, video game music and building his own custom guitars. Brian's currently making music in various projects - you can catch him filling in on guitar all over the country with Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense, or shredding 80s style metal riffs with power trio On Top.
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    • Meet JOHN NORCROSS
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      John began his involvement with the Downingtown School of Rock as a student in 2004. As a standout student at School of Rock, John was selected to be a School of Rock All Star, performing all over ...
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      John began his involvement with the Downingtown School of Rock as a student in 2004. As a standout student at School of Rock, John was selected to be a School of Rock All Star, performing all over the East Coast, and touring with Jon Anderson of Yes. He also performed with Jello Biafra (The Dead Kennedys) at the original School of Rock Festival in Asbury Park. John has toured nationally, playing both guitar and drums with various local heavy metal acts including Trasher, B.S.O.M. and Coffin Dust. He has performed at local fundraisers alongside prominent musicians like Mark Rivera (saxophonist for Billy Joel) and Christine Ohlman (former SNL singer.) John graduated from Temple University with a degree in sociology in 2013.
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    • Meet ERIC ANDERSON
      BASS/GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Eric Anderson is a bass instructor and former student at the Downingtown School of Rock. He received a Bachelor of Music from Syracuse University and a post-bachelor degree in Music Recording and ...
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      Eric Anderson is a bass instructor and former student at the Downingtown School of Rock. He received a Bachelor of Music from Syracuse University and a post-bachelor degree in Music Recording and Production from the University of Stavanger. As a student at School of Rock, Eric toured nationally with the School of Rock All Stars, playing with guest artists like Adrian Belew and Jon Anderson, as well as travelling to Bad Doberan, Germany to perform at the Zappanale festival. He also teaches guitar and runs multiple Rookies and Rock 101 classes, covering basic theory and technique for all instruments offered at School of Rock. In his free time, Eric enjoys building synthesizer modules, and experimenting with other forms of electronic music composition.
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    • Meet ADAM McREADY
      GUITAR/BASS INSTRUCTOR
      ADAM McCREADY is a guitar instructor at the Downingtown School of Rock. He is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition, and a minor in Music Business and Te...
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      ADAM McCREADY is a guitar instructor at the Downingtown School of Rock. He is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition, and a minor in Music Business and Technology. Adam has been playing guitar for 10 years, and currently serves as singer/songwriter/guitarist for adam+colin, a dynamic rock duo from the Philadelphia area. He also teaches bass and ukelele. Beyond his guitar playing, Adam is skilled on the trombone and in the world of Recording and Live Sound.
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    • Meet MATT PENA
      GUITAR/BASS INSTRUCTOR
      Matt Pena is a musician and audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matt became interested in music at a young age. He started piano lessons at the age of 8 and picked up the guitar at the age of 10. At ...
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      Matt Pena is a musician and audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matt became interested in music at a young age. He started piano lessons at the age of 8 and picked up the guitar at the age of 10. At a high school level, he received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, which is given to the most outstanding senior jazz student. In college, he studied Jazz Improvisation with world-renowned trumpeter Sean Jones (sideman for Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller), and Jazz Guitar with Mark Koch (Max Roach, Pat Martino). In 2014, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Technology degree from Duquesne University. Matt teaches guitar and bass to students of all ages and skill levels. He also does live sound mixing for the School of Rock venue. He is passionate about finding great instrument tone and improving playing technique for his students.
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    • Meet AVERY COFFEE
      GUITAR/BASS INSTRUCTOR
      AVERY COFFEE began playing guitar at age 10 and has been a working musician for 20 years and counting in and out of the region. Avery cut his teeth playing in bar bands before settling into the Phi...
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      AVERY COFFEE began playing guitar at age 10 and has been a working musician for 20 years and counting in and out of the region. Avery cut his teeth playing in bar bands before settling into the Philadelphia music scene, performing with local favorites Chuck Treece, JD Malone and Hezekiah Jones. He is currently working as Chubby Checker's touring guitarist. Avery has toured nationally and internationally playing various styles: Country, Punk, R&B, even Folk, and is a touring accompanist for the Philadelphia Boys Choir. Besides performing, Avery has been teaching privately for 10 years. He has always studied extensively, whether it be in a college setting or privately, and believes in teaching the most useful aspects of an academic approach mixed with years of real world experience on stage. His goal as a teacher is always to create a better version of himself, hopefully in less time.
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    • Meet MITCH HOOD
      GUITAR/BASS INSTRUCTOR
      At the age of 12, Mitch Hood sweet-talked his mother into buying him an electric guitar. The Hood household was never the same. Mitch's obsession with learning to play every record in his collectio...
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      At the age of 12, Mitch Hood sweet-talked his mother into buying him an electric guitar. The Hood household was never the same. Mitch's obsession with learning to play every record in his collection led him to form his own band, Double Zero, which made a splash in the East Coast punk scene in the late nineties. Mitch had a brush with success when he began opening tour dates for national acts The Ataris, MXPX and Ghoti Hook — all while still in high school. His non-stop work ethic and dedication caught the attention of indie labels Fat Records AND Tooth & Nail Records. He then went on to form another project, Grandview, which turned the heads of A&R at Atlantic Records. The mid 2000's saw Mitch opening for The Click Five and working on a solo record with Ethan Mentzer (The Click Five, Boh Doran) which eventually led him on a path to write, produce and play for other artists. Mitch began playing guitar for Dana Alexandra in 2011, working his way into the position of band leader/music director and helping catapult her into appearing on The Voice, landing an endorsement from Taylor Guitars, and a record deal with with Think Loud Entertainment, a label founded by Chad Taylor (Live). In 2012, Mitch moved to Philadelphia where he cultivated a relationship with many native artists, among them NPR critically-acclaimed rapper Kuf Knotz. Most recently, Mitch spent the better part of 2014 on tour with Rick Springfield. Mitch has currently been developing a slew of talent ranging from all ages. In Spring, 2015 Kuf Knotz released his album, "A Positive Light," featuring three tracks written and produced by Mitch, including the single "Elevation," on which he is also featured performing the lead vocals.
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    • Meet MARK NESTMAN
      GUITAR/BASS INSTRUCTOR
      Mark Nestman is a classically trained musician who teaches electric bass and guitar. His musical upbringing began at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Helen Slavin in Rockaway, New Jersey. Since t...
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      Mark Nestman is a classically trained musician who teaches electric bass and guitar. His musical upbringing began at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Helen Slavin in Rockaway, New Jersey. Since then he has played clarinet, electric bass, upright bass and guitar. Mark was a member of the marching band and jazz band in high school, where he also participated in the musicals and the Tri M Music Honor Society in High School. He studied under Doug Mapp at Rowan University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies for Upright Bass and played in the Jazz Band, Lab Band, String Ensemble and Orchestra, as well as in many other ensembles. Mark has written, recorded and played live with a multitude of groups ranging from folk and jazz to rock and classical. These groups have played in cities all across the country on tours and single concerts in places like New York City, Nashville and Denver. Mark has taken all these influences and focused them into teaching to allow students the knowledge and capabilities to play in all styles of music masterfully.
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    • Meet RYAN BERG
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Ryan Berg is a dedicated drum-set performer and educator with international touring and teaching experience. Ryan's educational background includes studies conducted at Berklee College of Music in ...
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      Ryan Berg is a dedicated drum-set performer and educator with international touring and teaching experience. Ryan's educational background includes studies conducted at Berklee College of Music in Boston and extensive studies with world-renowned educator Gary Chaffee, whose former students include many of the top drummers working today. An active performer, Ryan has performed internationally in diverse musical settings with artists such as Project/Object featuring Frank Zappa band alumni, composer Chris Opperman, indie rock band Strand of Oaks, folk/roots singer Phil Minissale, as well as appearing with many other artists in a variety of professional settings including improvised music, general business, and musical theatre. Former students have performed internationally, attended music college, and participated in national tours. Current and former students alike include professional performers and educators across the northeast.
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    • Meet DANNY PISELLI
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      DANNY PISELLI is a drum instructor and former student of the Downingtown School of Rock. He was a member of School of Rock's esteemed All-Star group, preforming with such artists such as The Buttho...
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      DANNY PISELLI is a drum instructor and former student of the Downingtown School of Rock. He was a member of School of Rock's esteemed All-Star group, preforming with such artists such as The Butthole Surfers, Andrew WK, Napoleon Murphy Brock (Frank Zappa) and Brendon Small (Metalocalpyse). His first tour experience was at 17, traveling throughout the US and Europe with the School of Rock All-stars. Since then, Danny has organized countless tours with his original bands Fisthammer, On Top, and Coffin Dust, preforming across much of North America. As a teacher, Danny places an emphasis on versatility, delving into many different styles from latin and jazz to rock and metal.
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    • Meet IAN BARR
      KEYBOARD INSTRUCTOR
      Ian Barr is a pianist, composer, and keyboard instructor at the School of Rock in Downingtown. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition from Westminster Choir College, where he ...
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      Ian Barr is a pianist, composer, and keyboard instructor at the School of Rock in Downingtown. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition from Westminster Choir College, where he also had the privilege of performing with world class orchestras in New York and Philadelphia as a part of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Some of his compositional output includes pieces for Piano, Organ, Solo Voice, Orchestra, and String Quartet. Despite his classical training, Ian is a School of Rock alum who was first inspired by rock legends such as Yes and Frank Zappa to write music. He has a passion for any music that can be both ear catching and complex. Ian's favorite part about teaching is when he's able to help students gain a deeper understanding of the music that they love most.
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    • Meet KEVIN CROSSAN
      KEYBOARD INSTRUCTOR
      Kevin Crossan has been teaching at School of Rock since the summer of 2015 and playing piano for more than 20 years. Kevin studied at Eastern University, graduating in 2012 with a BA in music and ...
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      Kevin Crossan has been teaching at School of Rock since the summer of 2015 and playing piano for more than 20 years. Kevin studied at Eastern University, graduating in 2012 with a BA in music and additional coursework specializing in working with and teaching youth. Along with piano, Kevin sings, plays acoustic guitar, and dabbles on electric and bass. He has been active as a curch musician and loves leading groups and helping students to hone their skills to the best of their ability. Kevin has lived in Downingtown since 2010 with his wife and two children.
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    • Meet PEGGY HENRY
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      Peggy studied at University of the Arts where she achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Voice and a Master's Degree in Music Education. She is a voting member of NARAS, which means she gets to vote on th...
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      Peggy studied at University of the Arts where she achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Voice and a Master's Degree in Music Education. She is a voting member of NARAS, which means she gets to vote on the Grammys! She is very passionate about her teaching and with her training and experience, has developed her own technique of getting singers to scream high notes in healthy ways. Peggy is the award-winning vocalist of Minerva, an original rock band that was recently nominated for 5 Homey Awards (awarded by local radio station 93.7 FM and voted on by the public.) Peggy recently won a Homey Award for Best Singer. When not teaching at School of Rock, you can find Peggy in the studio with Minerva, where the band is recording an EP with some renowned producers: Grammy-nominated David Ivory (The Roots, Halestorm, Erykah Badu), Ritchie Rubini of The Caulfields, and Cliff Hillis of In the Pocket. She also runs a non-profit for abused children called MECA Music Heals (Musicians Empowering Children of Abuse) and put together a compilation CD and several benefit concerts with members of The Hooters, Ben Arnold, Lauren Hart and more.
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    • Meet LAURA CHEADLE
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      In addition to more than eleven years of vocal teaching experience at various schools in the Tri-State region, award winning singer-songwriter/musician Laura Cheadle has received multiple awards fo...
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      In addition to more than eleven years of vocal teaching experience at various schools in the Tri-State region, award winning singer-songwriter/musician Laura Cheadle has received multiple awards for her vocal skills including "Best Singer" three years in a row for in the hit radio station 93.7FM WSTW, was named a "Superwoman of South Jersey" for her singing/charity work and recently received two "Best Blues Singer/Band" Awards for the Tri State Music Awards sponsored by WXPN as well as the Atlantic City, NJ Music Awards. Laura's impressive musical resume includes opening for/touring with heavy hitters such as: John Oates/Hall and Oates, Average White Band, Peter Tork of The MONKEES, The Jonas Brothers, Sister Hazel, Spin Doctors, Ryan Cabrera, Kasim Sulton, Terrence Simien, Garland Jeffreys, Clarence Clemons III for Bruce Springsteen's After Party and Constantine Maraoulis of American Idol. In addition, Laura has toured nationally and internationally everywhere from the East Coast/West Coast to London. Laura has appeared on 6ABC’s “Tuned In” as the very first viewers choice, The “NBC 10″ Show, and the National reality show ‘Next Great Family Band” with her family band on NBC and Cosi TV. Laura has six successful albums under her belt including her latest all blues release: “Where The The Blues Hangs Out” currently played on major FM radio stations worldwide.
      Laura Cheadle's music can be heard at http://www.lauracheadle.com.
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    • Meet Vanessa Pottiger
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      When Vanessa was 5 years old she wrote in her diary that she was going to be a singer and teacher, and she's so grateful she has the opportunity to do both. With a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Perf...
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      When Vanessa was 5 years old she wrote in her diary that she was going to be a singer and teacher, and she's so grateful she has the opportunity to do both. With a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, Contemporary from the University of Valley Forge, Vanessa is trained in classical, jazz, pop and rock styles. She has written and produced her own solo EP and music video under the name JANE and is currently writing and recording her first full-length studio album. Vanessa's passion is songwriting. She loves helping students expand their own vision for their music, find their own unique voice and style, and leap towards bolder performances. To continue her learning, Vanessa is currently training under Janellen Farmer of The Studio of Valley Forge.
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    • Meet KAREN WEAVER
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      KAREN WEAVER teaches vocals. She is a classically trained vocalist with a theatre arts degree from Wake Forest University. A singer and songwriter, Karen has been performing with bands and creating...
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      KAREN WEAVER teaches vocals. She is a classically trained vocalist with a theatre arts degree from Wake Forest University. A singer and songwriter, Karen has been performing with bands and creating music since 1992. Following 5 years working with an original rock band, she is now performing locally and focusing on her new band, Free Rein. Karen is also an educator with 15 years of teaching experience, and a Master’s Degree from Cabrini College.
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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