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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 (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 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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Upcoming Events

    • February 14
      1:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: BEST OF SEASON
      concert
      A recap of our Winter season, with top selections from all of our shows! This is a multi-school event featuring students from SOR Downingtown, Main Line and Wilmington. Please note this show is...
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      A recap of our Winter season, with top selections from all of our shows! This is a multi-school event featuring students from SOR Downingtown, Main Line and Wilmington.

      Please note this show is at THE ARDMORE MUSIC HALL (23 E. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA)
      Doors open at 12 PM, Music at 1 PM. Two sets. All Ages, $10

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    • February 26
      5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      VOCAL RECORDING WORKSHOP
      Workshop
      Record your favorite song! Work alongside one of our talented vocal instructors and recording engineers to make your own version of your favorite song. Students are recorded singing over backing tr...
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      Record your favorite song! Work alongside one of our talented vocal instructors and recording engineers to make your own version of your favorite song. Students are recorded singing over backing tracks.

      Limited availability: 6 students only. $79. First come first served! Email downingtown@schoolofrock.com to RSVP.

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

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    • February 27
      7:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: DOWNINGTOWN vs WILMINGTON
      concert
      Top students from two Schools of Rock engage in a friendly exhibition of music. Everyone wins when the housebands play together. This will be a variety show with lots of classic rock, Prog, and a f...
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      Top students from two Schools of Rock engage in a friendly exhibition of music. Everyone wins when the housebands play together. This will be a variety show with lots of classic rock, Prog, and a few modern favorites.


      Doors open at 6:30 PM, Music starts at 7 PM.
      Two sets. All Ages, Free!

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

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    • March 4
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: 80s JUKEBOX (GRAD SCHOOL)
      concert
      A tribute to the 1980s!
      Doors open at 7:15 PM.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
    • May 6
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: ALTERNATIVE 80s
      concert
      Everyone knows the synthy 80s, the one-hit wonder 80s and the skinny necktie 80s, but we're digging a little deeper with this show. Lots of guitar rock from bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, REM...
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      Everyone knows the synthy 80s, the one-hit wonder 80s and the skinny necktie 80s, but we're digging a little deeper with this show. Lots of guitar rock from bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, REM, U2 and more!

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 7
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: ALTERNATIVE 80s
      concert
      Everyone knows the synthy 80s, the one-hit wonder 80s and the skinny necktie 80s, but we're digging a little deeper with this show. Lots of guitar rock from bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, REM...
      Read more
      Everyone knows the synthy 80s, the one-hit wonder 80s and the skinny necktie 80s, but we're digging a little deeper with this show. Lots of guitar rock from bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, REM, U2 and more!

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 13
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: 1966
      concert
      We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Rock and Roll's iconic years - 1966! Anything released that year is far game, and with so many iconic albums, there's lots to choose from. Get ready...
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      We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Rock and Roll's iconic years - 1966! Anything released that year is far game, and with so many iconic albums, there's lots to choose from. Get ready for cuts from Pet Sounds, Revolver, Blonde on Blonde, Freak Out and more!

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

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    • May 14
      2:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: DEVO
      concert
      A tribute to DEVO, featuring Whip It and more great songs that you may or may not be familiar with. This show is always FUN! Doors open at 1:15 PM, Two sets. All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students...
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      A tribute to DEVO, featuring Whip It and more great songs that you may or may not be familiar with. This show is always FUN!

      Doors open at 1:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 14
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: 1966
      concert
      We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Rock and Roll's iconic years - 1966! Anything released that year is far game, and with so many iconic albums, there's lots to choose from. Get ready...
      Read more
      We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Rock and Roll's iconic years - 1966! Anything released that year is far game, and with so many iconic albums, there's lots to choose from. Get ready for cuts from Pet Sounds, Revolver, Blonde on Blonde, Freak Out and more!

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 15
      2:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: DEVO
      concert
      A tribute to DEVO, featuring Whip It and more great songs that you may or may not be familiar with. This show is always FUN! Doors open at 1:15 PM, Two sets. All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students...
      Read more
      A tribute to DEVO, featuring Whip It and more great songs that you may or may not be familiar with. This show is always FUN!

      Doors open at 1:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 20
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: WEEZER
      concert
      90s Nerd Rock is oh so chic right now! We'll be serving up a healthy dose of Weezer with this show, which will include a complete performance of the Blue Album. We're going surfing! Doors open a...
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      90s Nerd Rock is oh so chic right now! We'll be serving up a healthy dose of Weezer with this show, which will include a complete performance of the Blue Album. We're going surfing!

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 21
      2:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: BLUES GUITAR GODS
      concert
      A tribute to the great guitarists of the Blues, featuring artists like BB King, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Lots of great rock and roll in this one, and some exploration of the blues as...
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      A tribute to the great guitarists of the Blues, featuring artists like BB King, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Lots of great rock and roll in this one, and some exploration of the blues as well.

      Doors open at 1:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 21
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: WEEZER
      concert
      90s Nerd Rock is oh so chic right now! We'll be serving up a healthy dose of Weezer with this show, which will include a complete performance of the Blue Album. We're going surfing! Doors open a...
      Read more
      90s Nerd Rock is oh so chic right now! We'll be serving up a healthy dose of Weezer with this show, which will include a complete performance of the Blue Album. We're going surfing!

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • May 22
      2:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: BLUES GUITAR GODS
      concert
      A tribute to the great guitarists of the Blues, featuring artists like BB King, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Lots of great rock and roll in this one, and some exploration of the blues as...
      Read more
      A tribute to the great guitarists of the Blues, featuring artists like BB King, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Lots of great rock and roll in this one, and some exploration of the blues as well.

      Doors open at 1:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • June 3
      8:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: YES
      concert
      A tribute to Prog Rock's most iconic band - YES. Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets. All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students 478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335 610-518-7625 Like us on Inst...
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      A tribute to Prog Rock's most iconic band - YES.

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

      Like us on Instagram: SORDowningtown
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    • June 4
      12:00 PM
      SOR PRESENTS: YES
      concert
      A tribute to Prog Rock's most iconic band - YES! Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets. All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students 478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335 610-518-7625 Like us on Insta...
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      A tribute to Prog Rock's most iconic band - YES!

      Doors open at 7:15 PM, Two sets.
      All Ages, $8, Free for SOR students

      478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, PA, 19335
      610-518-7625

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    • June 20
      10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      SUMMER CAMP: CLASSIC ROCK JUKEBOX
      SUMMER CAMP
    • June 21
      10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      SUMMER CAMP: CLASSIC ROCK JUKEBOX
      Summer Camp

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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 RAVI ORR
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      RAVI ORR is a highly experienced multi-instrumentalist with a focus on vocals and teaching individuals how to fully utilize their voice for complete vocal freedom and expression. Ravi specializes i...
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      RAVI ORR is a highly experienced multi-instrumentalist with a focus on vocals and teaching individuals how to fully utilize their voice for complete vocal freedom and expression. Ravi specializes in chest/head/mix-voice, range expansion, breath support, falsetto, vibrato, screaming/distortion/grit and throat/overtone singing. As an independent musician, Ravi is also fluent in writing, recording and mixing music. He has worked with recognized musicians such as Pat Callahan (Seether), Mark Klepski (Breaking Benjamin) and Doc Coyle (God Forbid).
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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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    • 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. 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 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 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 MATT GERDING
      GUITAR/BASS INSTRUCTOR
      Matt Gerding teaches guitar and bass at School of Rock. A resident of West Chester, Matt was born in Cleveland, OH and moved to Pennsylvania at age 20. He grew up on his parents' record collection:...
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      Matt Gerding teaches guitar and bass at School of Rock. A resident of West Chester, Matt was born in Cleveland, OH and moved to Pennsylvania at age 20. He grew up on his parents' record collection: a virtual smorgasboard of classic rock that included Zeppelin, The Beatles and some Grateful Dead. He graduated from West Chester University, where he studied philosophy, education and music. His musical studies have focused on jazz and the blues with teachers from Berklee College of Music, The University of the Arts and West Chester University. His favorite band is Rage Against the Machine. Matt perform regularly throughout the Mid-Atlantic area with two cover bands. He is excited to be a part of the School of Rock family!
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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