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About School of Rock Eden Prairie

Welcome to School of Rock Eden Prairie, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Eden Prairie that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2006, School of Rock Eden Prairie is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Eden Prairie equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Eden Prairie and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Eden Prairie
6585 Edenvale BlvdEden Prairie, MN 55346
(952) 934-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Eden Prairie, 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.

    Eden Prairie 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 Eden Prairie’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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Eden Prairie is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Eden Prairie, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Eden Prairie students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Eden Prairie’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Eden Prairie’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 Eden Prairie’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 Eden Prairie’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 Eden Prairie’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 Eden Prairie, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Eden Prairie enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Eden Prairie’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 Eden Prairie, 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. Eden Prairie students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of ...
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At School of Rock Eden Prairie, 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.

Eden Prairie 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 Eden Prairie’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

    • Chad Hanks
      Instructor, Bass & Guitar
      Chad teaches bass and guitar at the Eden Prairie location. He has been with the Minnesota School of Rock since October 2008.Chad moved to Minneapolis in 1996 and started his band, American Head Cha...
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      Chad teaches bass and guitar at the Eden Prairie location. He has been with the Minnesota School of Rock since October 2008.Chad moved to Minneapolis in 1996 and started his band, American Head Charge, who was signed to uber-producer Rick Rubin's label, American Recordings/Universal Music Group. The band moved to California and recorded their debut album at the infamous Houdini mansion in Laurel Canyon. American Head Charge toured for the next two years straight, playing such far off locales as the UK, Europe, and Japan with bands like Slipknot, System Of A Down, Slayer, and Rammstein. The band Chad created has produced multiple records and traveled on many world tours. Chad continues to balance life between the road and sharing his talents with upcoming musicians at the School of Rock.Chad Hanks began playing guitar at the tender age of 6 after his uncle, a hard-rock DJ, gave him his first KISS record. He took private lessons for 8 years in Los Angeles, California and then attended The Idyllwild School of Music the Arts at age 15. He went on to take music classes at Pierce College in Tarzana, California and attend the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood at age 18. After attending MI, he headed east to the Twin Cities.
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      • The Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts High School, Idyllwild, CA
      • Guitar Institute of Technology, Hollywood CA (Now Musicians Institute)
      • Guitar Teacher
      • Bass Teacher
    • Dan Knoflicek
      Instructor- Guitar and Bass
      Dan Knoflicek teaches guitar and bass at School of Rock and is currently writing music for a yet-to-be-released video.A 2012 graduate of McNally Smith College of Music Dan earned an AAS in Bass Per...
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      Dan Knoflicek teaches guitar and bass at School of Rock and is currently writing music for a yet-to-be-released video.A 2012 graduate of McNally Smith College of Music Dan earned an AAS in Bass Performance, and a BA in Music Composition. In addition to his skills on bass and guitar, Dan calls on his 20 years of music experience to compose multi-instrumental music. One of Dan's musical highlights was arranging and performing a Dr. Dre Medley in the recently dissolved Funk band Soulacious. Not limiting himself to one genre, Dan has spent the past 10 years performing Rock, Funk, Folk, Fusion, Gypsy Jazz, Orchestral music and two Musicals (Sweeney Todd, and The Lebowitz Sisters.) Originally from Sioux Falls South Dakota, Dan now calls the Twin Cities home.
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    • Rob Wright
      Guitar Instructor
      Rob has been with School of Rock since 2010 and brings with him over 30 years of guitar playing experience in various styles. He is a 1987 graduate of what is now known as McNally Smith College of ...
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      Rob has been with School of Rock since 2010 and brings with him over 30 years of guitar playing experience in various styles. He is a 1987 graduate of what is now known as McNally Smith College of Music. If you've ever heard the expression, 'Still waters run deep,' that describes Rob. A quiet man who is filled with music knowledge and expertise. When he isn't teaching, Rob plays with a local Rush tribute band as well as sitting in with other bands playing everything from Classic Rock, Blues, 50s 60s Rock and RB, to a little Surf, Reggae, and even a little Country pickin'. His own favorite genres of music include Progressive Rock, Metal, Fusion and Jazz.
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    • Taylor McKee
      Bass and Guitar Teacher, Drum Lessons, Key/Piano Instructor, Rock 101 Director
      Taylor McKee has been teaching bass guitar lessons and drum lessons at Eden Prairie School of Rock since he came to the Twin Cities in 2012. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Taylor came to Minne...
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      Taylor McKee has been teaching bass guitar lessons and drum lessons at Eden Prairie School of Rock since he came to the Twin Cities in 2012. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Taylor came to Minneapolis/St Paul to pursue a degree in audio engineering at McNally Smith College of Music, which he earned in May 2014. The son of a professional musician, Taylor studied jazz guitar and music technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha prior to coming to Minnesota. He was also a guitar teacher, bass teacher and piano teacher at Omaha's School of Rock. Taylor has been playing music for 13 years and teaching music lessons for half of that. He teaches guitar lessons, bass guitar lessons, piano lessons and drum lessons. Taylor is an exceptional music teacher for kids, which shines through in his Rock 101 class. In addition to teaching music lessons, Taylor is working on a variety of original music projects and plays with Pub/Punk band, The Manchester Social Club.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music, 2014 Graduate
      • Guitar Instruction
      • Bass Instruction
      • Drum Instruction
      • Keyboard/Piano Instruction
    • Leon Lombardo
      Instructor, Drums
      When Leon was 8 years old he watched the drums in a high school marching band and at that moment, knew he was going to be a drummer. When his high school garage band enjoyed success, Leon knew he w...
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      When Leon was 8 years old he watched the drums in a high school marching band and at that moment, knew he was going to be a drummer. When his high school garage band enjoyed success, Leon knew he was going to be professional drummer.

      Originally from Berwick, Louisiana Leon came to Minnesota via California. Having performed with six bands and played countless sessions, Leon’s real passion is teaching. And he particularly likes teaching at School of Rock. “The students and staff are always bringing a smile to my face to make this job more of passion and fun than hard work.” You can see Leon’s enthusiasm for teaching with each student.

      Leon joined School of Rock in 2011.
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      • Drum Teacher
    • Parker Grones
      Guitar, Bass, Keys Instructor, Show Director
      Parker is a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable teaching southern rock as he is metal. He is a patient and caring instructor who actively engages each of his students in the learning proces...
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      Parker is a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable teaching southern rock as he is metal. He is a patient and caring instructor who actively engages each of his students in the learning process. In addition to teaching multiple instruments, Parker serves as a Seasonal Show Director in the Performance Program.
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      • Bass Lessons
      • Guitar Lessons
      • Keyboard Lessons

News

    • School of Rock to Perform at Progressive Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis

      The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is a 12-city nationwide tour offering 600,000 consumers and over 900 exhibitors from all powersports lifestyles an all-access pass to the world of mot...
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      The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is a 12-city nationwide tour offering 600,000 consumers and over 900 exhibitors from all powersports lifestyles an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling."Every year we look for new ways to enhance the IMS experience for attendees," said Dan Kamionkowski, Product Manager at Progressive. "For family-friendly events like Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, bringing in School of Rock musicians is a natural fit. It's inspiring when you see these kids rocking out and pulling off complex guitar riffs. It's easy to see the connection between rock music and motorcycle gatherings."The Twin Cities School of Rock students will perform several times throughout the January 17-19, 2014 show at the Minneapolis Convention Center.To learn more, read the article here.
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    • School of Rock Students Tour The U.S. Heartland

      17 Twin Cities teens lived out their dream is summer as they toured the American Heartland, performing five rock and roll concerts over five nights in five different cities. The teens, ranging in a...
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      17 Twin Cities teens lived out their dream is summer as they toured the American Heartland, performing five rock and roll concerts over five nights in five different cities. The teens, ranging in age from 13-18, are all students at the St Paul School of Rock or the Eden Prairie School of Rock. In order to participate in the tour, students auditioned for three local, professional musicians, a local show promoter and the Schools' owner, Stacey Marmolejo. Judges included Al Church- guitarist and vocalist for BBGuns, Adam Azra'el - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion with Human Empire, Leon Lombardo - session drummer and local show promoter, Nick Osberg of OzEnterprizes.'There wasn't a limit to the number of students we would take on tour,' said the schools' owner, Marmolejo. 'If the student met the qualifications, then they were invited on the tour. ''Students were judged on their command of their instrument, their stage presence and their musicianship,' said Adam Azra'el who ultimately served as the tour's manager. 'And I'd put the students who went on this tour up against any professional band.'Once chosen, the students were assigned their songs, which they learned on their own. About eight weeks prior to leaving, the band began weekly rehearsals to tighten their performance as a group. Then, on June 23, 2014 they stepped on the tour bus in front of the St. Paul School of Rock, excited but uncertain about what lie ahead. Six hours later, they pulled into their hotel in Omaha NE, dropped off their suitcases, changed clothes, grabbed some pizza at a local pizza joint and headed to The Waiting Room for sound check and their first gig of the tour. A small but supportive crowd cheered them throughout their 45-minute set. As good musicians do, they stayed at the club to watch the other bands on the lineup that night. Then it was off to the hotel, for a short night's sleep and then back on the bus.From there it was Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee before coming back to the Twin Cities. Imagine the story they'll each tell when the teacher says, 'What did YOU do this summer?'
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    • School of Rock students shake convention center

      Students from the School of Rock, located in Eden Prairie and St. Paul, performed at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Feb. 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Riders and motorcycl...
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      Students from the School of Rock, located in Eden Prairie and St. Paul, performed at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Feb. 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Riders and motorcycle enthusiasts took a break from looking at bikes and enjoyed two sets of classic rock songs covered by the teenage musicians. While some band members may not be old enough to get their driver's license, the event is still an exciting chance to perform live, according to students. 'This is our second time performing at this event,' guitarist Owen Bacskai said, 'and we love it.'The band performed classics such as 'Godzilla' by Blue Oyster Cult, 'Heartbreaker' by Pat Benatar and 'Low Rider' by War. Read the full article at the Sun Current
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    • School Of Rock Twin Cities To Perform Music Of Minnesota Bands To Raise Money For Local Non-Profits

      School of Rock is known for its rock concerts but the school doesn't teach music lessons to put on concerts; it puts on concerts to teach music lessons. Perhaps the biggest lesson yet is on the hor...
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      School of Rock is known for its rock concerts but the school doesn't teach music lessons to put on concerts; it puts on concerts to teach music lessons. Perhaps the biggest lesson yet is on the horizon as School of Rock Eden Prairie and School of Rock St Paul team together to perform their first major FUNDRAISING concert. School of Rock, the premier performance-based music education program in the world, continually seeks ways to challenge their students to strive for more. This Spring their local students, ages 8 '“ 18, will be put to the test as they perform side by side with some of Minnesota's most notable professional musicians at BEST OF MINNESOTA. 'The concept of having our students perform with local pros was launched in our Portland Oregon School of Rock several years ago and it has become an annual 'must-attend' concert for music fans in the northwestern city,' explained Regional Director/Franchise Owner Stacey Marmolejo. 'I don't believe Portland's music scene has anything on the Twin Cities so I've invited the Twin Cities School of Rock student musicians to perform a concert that rivals that produced in Portland.' School of Rock not only teaches music and performance, but also teaches students to be responsible musicians. One of those responsibilities includes using their talent to give back to the community. The professional musicians who join the students on stage will be excellent role models in this regard. School of Rock Twin Cities Regional Manager, Nate Beck, is in discussions with more than a dozen of the Twin Cities most iconic musicians and expects to begin announcing the lineup in the next two-three days. 'I'll do my part to bring you an incredible lineup and I'd like to challenge local music fans to join forces with us to not only create a mind-blowing event but also to raise an unprecedented amount of funds for the local non-profits we ultimately partner with,' said Beck. 'Every dollar from ticket sales will go to local non-profits.' For more information on BEST OF MINNESOTA, visit BestofMNMusic.com
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Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, San Diego, CA