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About School of Rock Fort Wayne

Welcome to School of Rock Fort Wayne—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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne. 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 Fort Wayne to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Fort Wayne
9006 Coldwater RoadFort Wayne, IN 46825
Main Number
(260) 497-7625(260) 497-7625

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 Fort Wayne, 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.

    Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne’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 Fort Wayne’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 Fort Wayne, 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 Fort Wayne’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!

  • "Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Fort Wayne’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour – complete with tour busses – for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Fort Wayne musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows across the country. Our AllStars have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, Namm, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from experienced, larger-than-life legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash – just to name a few. School of Rock’s AllStars program provides an opportunity unlike any other: to learn to rock the stage for real audiences.

    All AllStars at School of Rock Fort Wayne can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can excel in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Killer jamming and collaboration with their band
    • A summer full of cool, practical learning-on-the-go
    • Development of advanced instrumental techniques
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!"

  • School of Rock Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne, 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 Fort Wayne’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 Fort Wayne’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Fort Wayne Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Fort Wayne’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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne’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!

  • School of Rock Fort Wayne’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 Fort Wayne.

    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

At School of Rock Fort Wayne, 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. Fort Wayne students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits...
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At School of Rock Fort Wayne, 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.

Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne’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

  • August 25
    6:30 PM
    Paranoid+ / Rockabilly Show
    Seasonal Show
    Come watch our students perform the entire album "Paranoid", one of Black Sabbath's best! In addition, they will perform some of your other favorite Sabbath hits. Our Adults will get you shake, rat...
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    Come watch our students perform the entire album "Paranoid", one of Black Sabbath's best! In addition, they will perform some of your other favorite Sabbath hits. Our Adults will get you shake, rattle, and rolling with some killer Rockabilly tunes! As always, Rock 101 opens the show.

    **ALL AGES**

    Doors open at 6:00pm.

    Tickets: $10

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  • August 26
    6:30 PM
    One Hit Wonders / History of Punk Show
    Seasonal Show
    Come watch our students take you on a journey through the History of Punk, playing orginal Punk Rock tunes, plus many bands that were influenced buy some of the Punk originals! Then, they'll per...
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    Come watch our students take you on a journey through the History of Punk, playing orginal Punk Rock tunes, plus many bands that were influenced buy some of the Punk originals!

    Then, they'll perform your favorite One Hit Wonders! You'll know every song on this set list, but maybe not who did it! As always, Rock 101 will open the show.

    **ALL AGES**

    Doors open at 6pm.

    Tickets: $10

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Staff

    • Meet Mark McKibben
      Owner
      Early in his musical career, Mark played some of the biggest stages to sold out crowds all over the world.... in his mind :) ... Growing up with a passion for music, Mark began piano lessons at an ...
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      Early in his musical career, Mark played some of the biggest stages to sold out crowds all over the world.... in his mind :) ... Growing up with a passion for music, Mark began piano lessons at an early age, eventually picking up the guitar a couple years later, because, you know, that's cooler. After beginning to play with his buddy, he decided to try his hand at Bass guitar to complete the sound of the two playing together. He enjoyed it and went on to play bass guitar in several bands through high school. After several rehearsals, he jumped on the drummer's kit, because he thought that was cool too, and asked several birthdays and Christmas' for a drum set, but to no avail. =/ Thinking he would grow out of it, his parents never condoned the noisiest of the instruments in their house. So, after purchasing his first home in his 20's, Mark's next 3 major purchases were a refrigerator, washer & dryer, and a drum set. Self proclaimed the "Jack of all trades and the King of none" Mark enjoys making music on any instrument he can get his hands on, but isn't winning any Grammy's any time soon. After ditching the band life to attend business school and graduating with a business degree, Mark entered the family business. He spent the last 13 years in that business but his love for music never wavered, as he played when he could and attended live shows as often as possible. When Mark first discovered School of Rock, he felt he was called to bring it to Fort Wayne. Having experienced the ineffectiveness of traditional lessons, both through his own childhood and his 11 year old daughter who he forced to take piano lessons much like he had been, he was excited to bring this new, exciting, and engaging method of instruction to Fort Wayne. He is truly passionate about fueling the music community in our city and helping to breed the next generation of young Rock Stars.
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    • Meet Justin Zych
      Guitar/Bass/Keys Instructor / Show Director
      Justin has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old. He picked up the guitar from watching his father play and never stopped. He has a Bachelors Degree in music performance from IPFW and excel...
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      Justin has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old. He picked up the guitar from watching his father play and never stopped. He has a Bachelors Degree in music performance from IPFW and excels at Classical, Jazz, Blues and Rock. He arranged a Metallica Medley for his Classical guitar ensemble and has sold this arrangement to several schools around the world. He is a touring musician and has been apart of national tour packages and has been teaching private and group/band ensemble lessons for 10+ years. The bands he currently plays/tours with are Zephaniah (www.zephaniahband.com), Viking (www.vikingthrashmetal.com), Vindicator (www.vindicatormetal.com), and Cougar Hunter (www.cougarhunterglam.com). He has filled in for countless bands for live performances as well as recorded bass, guitar and piano as a studio musician. Justin likes going to live music shows with his family, collecting music memorabilia, and playing video games when not shredding his instruments!
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    • Meet Kyle Smith
      Drum Instructor / Rock 101 Director
      Kyle is a music nerd through and through. His musical journey began in the tiny town of Wakarusa, Indiana, where there are more cornfields than people. He started playing drums and percussion as a ...
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      Kyle is a music nerd through and through. His musical journey began in the tiny town of Wakarusa, Indiana, where there are more cornfields than people. He started playing drums and percussion as a proud and full-fledged band geek in sixth grade and was hooked for life. All through middle and high school, Kyle jumped into any ensemble or opportunity to play he could find - from symphonic band, to Sunday morning church services, to drum line, to jazz band, to garage bands - falling in love with the drum set in the process. After high school, Kyle went to Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, to study music performance. There he had the unique pleasures of taking lessons from a phenomenal player named Luke DeJaynes (session drummer/drummer for Fundamental Elements) and learning theory from bass legend Jorge Casas (bass player for Gloria Estefan). While at Greenville, Kyle became interested in the study of philosophy and religion and ended up graduating with a degree in youth ministry instead of music. During that time, he still continued to take lessons and play in groups with singer/songwriters and experimental project bands. After college, Kyle moved to South Bend, Indiana, where he now lives with his wife Erin. He’s been working the club/bar circuit in the area with a handful of cover bands varying in genre from hard rock to dance to blues to country. In March 2015, Kyle joined The Detour, an indie-punk band based in Niles, Michigan. With his band mates, he’s been co-writing/arranging songs for their debut album which they are planning to release early 2016. More information on what Kyle is doing with The Detour can be found at their website thedetourpunks.com.
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    • Meet David Bobay
      Vocal / Keys Instructor
      David Bobay is a little bit of everything when it comes to music. Throughout his schooling, David took part in choir, private lessons, theater, and band opportunities around the state. Singing, sax...
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      David Bobay is a little bit of everything when it comes to music. Throughout his schooling, David took part in choir, private lessons, theater, and band opportunities around the state. Singing, saxophone, dancing, guitar, conducting, acting; the dabbling in the arts went on. He now holds a B.S. in Vocal/General Music Education from Ball State University. While there he was a member of the Ball State University Singers and Company Manager for their 50th season. His choral performance and music management experience has taken him to China, Texas, California, Disney World, and the 2012 World Choir Games. David has had a wide variety of performance experience including opera, a capella groups, show choir, chamber choir, musical theatre, as well as concert and show bands. He has been an instrumentalist for area show choirs and taken on several substitute and long-term choral teaching positions in Northeast and Central Indiana. He has recently worked for the Indianapolis based mentorship program TeenWorks and has been a clinician, adjudicator, and emcee in the show choir circuit the past few years. School of Rock is the perfect blend of an exciting environment and awesome musical material where David feels he can bring the best of his skills to his students and the community. Get ready to rock Fort Wayne!
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    • Meet Sam Stephens
      Guitar Instructor / Rookies Director
      Sam Stephens has been a herald of the divine art of music since his childhood. His interest in guitar was originally kindled by his uncle, who would frequently bring an acoustic guitar to family g...
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      Sam Stephens has been a herald of the divine art of music since his childhood. His interest in guitar was originally kindled by his uncle, who would frequently bring an acoustic guitar to family gatherings. At age 13 this interest manifested itself physically when said uncle allowed Sam to borrow an acoustic guitar with the condition that he must learn a full song within a month to be able to keep the instrument. Sam fulfilled this challenge by learning Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones, and thus his musical voyage had begun. Throughout high-school he cultivated his knowledge of guitar by taking lessons from a brilliant instructor: Michael Patterson, and by playing in assorted garage and school constructed bands. He is currently playing lead guitar in a Fort Wayne based group called The Passengers, who are in the process of recording and producing their debut album. Sam is enrolled at IPFW in pursuit of a History degree. The gift of music is truly one of the most sacred aspects of humanity, and Sam intends to wield this gift in the name of peace and freedom for all beings.
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    • Meet Olivia Reed
      Studio Coordinator
      Olivia was born in Turtle Town USA, Churubusco, IN, where she started learning her love for music at a young age. Her father, a rock n’ roll enthusiast, took her to attend her first concert for h...
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      Olivia was born in Turtle Town USA, Churubusco, IN, where she started learning her love for music at a young age. Her father, a rock n’ roll enthusiast, took her to attend her first concert for her twelfth birthday at the Embassy Theater, where she got to see Blue Oyster Cult and REO Speedwagon. There, she realized her passion for live music and once in high school started an internship with local radio station Rock104, where she was able to meet artists and attend concerts like Marshall Tucker Band, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, and Tom Petty. At Rock104, she was promoted to Promotions Director of Summit City Radio helping plan concerts and local events such as Pink Droyd Laser Show concert and Rock the Plaza. Olivia looks forward to seeing all the School of Rock students grow and experience their true musical potential.
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Promotions

News

    • Fall Shows Announced!

      Enroll now to perform in our Fall shows. Performance Program will be playing hits from your favorite Hoosier Hitters, performing Led Zeppelin, or paying tribute to Chris Cornell. The adults will be...
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      Enroll now to perform in our Fall shows. Performance Program will be playing hits from your favorite Hoosier Hitters, performing Led Zeppelin, or paying tribute to Chris Cornell. The adults will be learning and performing KISS!
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    • Now Hiring!

      Due to growth, we are looking to expand our team of instructors! If you, or someone you know, is interested in changing lives through dynamic instruction, email us at FortWayne@SchoolofRock.com.

    • Prince / Women of Rock Show was a success!

      Our Prince / Women of Rock shows, at the Grand Wayne Center, were a success! Click "Learn More" to check out some pictures from the show.

Testimonials

  • “I like that the kids get the on stage experience. It has provided my child with the confidence boost she needed to continue playing the guitar! As for the benefit to the parents, the incredibly nice staff. It is very apparent that the staff like children and enjoy teaching and providing support to them. Their encouragement for the kids is tremendous!”
    -Nicki V., SoR Mom, Fort Wayne, IN
  • “SoR programs are built for kids. One private lesson weekly, along with a full band rehearsal weekly, gives my son the motivation to continue to excel. It is fun for him, he feels responsible to his band members and instructors, and he always looks forward to going. The quarterly concerts keep all of us excited! There is no other place where a kid can get the experience of learning an instrument AND performing on stage in front of a large crowd; in a rock band! I can't say enough to express my amazement and LOVE of School of Rock! We also happen to have the best location, all of the staff, and owner, make School of Rock an amazing place.”
    -Dani L., SoR Mom, Fort Wayne, IN
  • “This program is second to none. The staff at the Fort Wayne School of Rock adopted my child like one of the family. Her passion for music has grown immensely. She is so excited to go every single time. The lessons she receives are professional level. The camaraderie between her and her fellow students will last a lifetime. This school is a class act.”
    -Jaimie H., SoR Mom, Fort Wayne, IN
  • “I have actually been playing guitar for a long time, but with starting up at School of Rock to brush up on some techniques, it has completely reinvigorated my passion for playing again. I have the same feeling coming home from work really wanting to get my hands on my guitar the same way I did when I was in high school.”
    -Michael R., Adult Student, Fort Wayne, IN