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Welcome to School of Rock Germantown, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Germantown has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Germantown, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Germantown together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Germantown today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Germantown
9309 Poplar Ave#102Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 209-4170

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Germantown, 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.

    Germantown 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 Germantown’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 Germantown 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 Germantown, 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 Germantown students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Germantown’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!

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

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Germantown musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues 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 and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Germantown can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Germantown, 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 Germantown, 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 Germantown works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Germantown’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 Germantown’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 Germantown 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 Germantown’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 Germantown 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 Germantown Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Germantown 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 Germantown’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 Germantown, 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. Germantown students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits...
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At School of Rock Germantown, 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.

Germantown 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 Germantown’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 28
      7:00 PM
      House Band at Delta Blues Winery
      Come out to Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland to their Friday Night Music Night and catch our House Band from 7:00-10:00. Bring your chairs or blankets, some food, but a bottle of wine and enjoy an a...
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      Come out to Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland to their Friday Night Music Night and catch our House Band from 7:00-10:00. Bring your chairs or blankets, some food, but a bottle of wine and enjoy an awesome evening!
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    • September 7
      12:00 PM
      School closed today! Enjoy the day, and play some music!!
      School closed 9/7/15.
    • September 13
      5:00 PM
      House Band Opening for The Drifters at Delta Fair
      House Band will play the main stage at Delta Fair and open up for The Drifters. The school has discounted admission tickets to the fair so come on out and enjoy the fair and catch two great shows!
    • October 3
      2:00 PM
      Rockstock Music Festival!
      Music Festival
      In the spirit of "Woodstock" and "Waynestock" from the Wayne's World II movie we will be putting on "School of Rockstock Music Festival" at Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland on 10/3/15! We will be do...
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      In the spirit of "Woodstock" and "Waynestock" from the Wayne's World II movie we will be putting on "School of Rockstock Music Festival" at Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland on 10/3/15! We will be doing all four shows in one day starting at 2:00 pm and going until 10:00 pm. There is a 32'x16' stage at the bottom of a grassy slope and you will be able to set up blankets, lawn chairs, etc to watch the shows. We have hired a professional sound company to manage the all day festival. You can bring a picnic basket, we will have food trucks out there as well, and you can taste and buy wine right there at the winery! What else would you want to do on a fall day???
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Staff

    • Blake Rhea
      Instructor/Director
      Blake Rhea has been teaching and performing music for the last 15 years. His career as a bassist/guitarist has crossed several genres and allowed him to play both nationally and internationally. ...
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      Blake Rhea has been teaching and performing music for the last 15 years. His career as a bassist/guitarist has crossed several genres and allowed him to play both nationally and internationally. After graduating from Rhodes College he co-founded CYC, a band that blended rock, funk, hip-hop and jazz. CYC recorded three records and regularly toured and played on Beale Street. In 2003 he joined the Gamble Brothers Band. GBB, a soul and rock/pop group, beat out 1,200 bands to win the Billboard Sponsored Independent World Series in Nashville. While recording Continuator he had the opportunity to work with producer Jeff Powell (Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Big Star). In 2009 he began to tour with Austin-based singer/songwriter Charlie Mars as well as drummer J.J Johnson (John Mayer) and organist John Ginty (Robert Randolph, SOR musical director Montclair). Also during this time he recorded Rapocalypse with local hip-hop group Lord T. and Eloise. While on tour supporting the release of this record they had the opportunity to play for George Lucas and Seth Green at Skywalker Ranch in San Francisco, CA. In 2011 he began collaborating with local blues musician Billy Gibson (2009 Blues Music Award Instrumentalist of the Year-harmonica, 2005 Beale Street Entertainer of the Year). In September of that year they were invited to play for the troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Blake has gained valuable experience both touring and in the studio. Working on these diverse projects gave him the opportunity to share the stage with Jim Dandy, Al Kapone, Eightball and MJG, Roy Hargrove, Galactic and Eric Gales, to name a few. Throughout these years he has always made time to share with students his passion for music.
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    • Dena Brown
      Instructor
      Dena Brown is a lifelong vocalist who began singing at the age of five. 'I'll Always Love You' by Taylor Dane was the first song she ever sang. From that time on, Dena has devoted her life to m...
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      Dena Brown is a lifelong vocalist who began singing at the age of five. 'I'll Always Love You' by Taylor Dane was the first song she ever sang. From that time on, Dena has devoted her life to music. She has participated in countless programs and concerts throughout her childhood. Dena was honored with the coveted All-West Tennessee Honors Choir 5 Year Participant Award. She also participated in the All-State choir two years in a row. Dena continued her musical journey into college. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC) with a BA in Music and a concentration in voice. While at UTC Dena studied the Estill Voice Method under the instruction of Jan Cochrane. Estill Voice Training is a method of vocal training which develops vocal skills based on vocal maneuvers that improve a person's vocal mechanism which gives them a greater quality of sound. Dena currently serves as an Orff Music Specialist with Memphis City Schools. She has been with the school system for six years. She also taught voice privately for three years. She has a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Music Education from Union University. She also holds an EdS. from the University of Mississippi. She has obtained two levels of Orff Music Certification from the University of Memphis. Dena also sings with the Memphis Symphony Chorus.
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    • Tommie Closson
      Instructor/Director
      At an early age, Tommie was surrounded by the Rock N' Roll and Blues music that came from his parent's speakers. Raised in a household with music constantly playing, it wasn't long until he picked ...
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      At an early age, Tommie was surrounded by the Rock N' Roll and Blues music that came from his parent's speakers. Raised in a household with music constantly playing, it wasn't long until he picked up his father's acoustic guitar and began learning the instrument. He also learned the drums around this time, but chose to stick with the guitar as his main instrument At age 11, he and his brother wrote their first song, ultimately sparking the beginning of a collaboration between the two that is still active today. The two performed an original song in their middle school talent show and won first place. Afterwards, the two found a drummer and bass player and formed 'Young Guns.' For the next five years the band went on to record an EP at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and graced the stages of numerous venues and festivals all across the Mid-south. Among these, they opened for ZZ Top, and Blues Traveler at Snowden Grove Amphitheater, where he was asked to jam onstage with them for a song. They also opened up for Country bigs Luke Bryan and Eric Church. They performed at the El Dorado Music Fest in Arkansas three years in a row, and also played at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR on the main stage. He has also expanded his horizons in variousJazz and Blues acts within the Memphis scene.Tommie has been teaching for the past 4 years, and enjoys passing along and sharing the music. The future of music is left in the hands of the younger generations, and he recognizes the importance this has on the longevity of music.
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    • Kris Sharp
      Instructor/Director
      From an early age, music has been a major part of Kristopher Sharp's life. He hit the ground running when he received his first guitar at the age of 13. His career as a rock and roll, rhythm and bl...
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      From an early age, music has been a major part of Kristopher Sharp's life. He hit the ground running when he received his first guitar at the age of 13. His career as a rock and roll, rhythm and blues guitar player has allowed him to play both nationally and internationally. With influences like Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith he always preferred classic rock to the music being made during his generation. This has helped to shape his overall style and has allowed for a more creative approach to his music. He received a Bachelor Degree in Recording Technology from the University of Memphis in December 2011. While there, he spent countless hours behind a mixing board recording several well known southern musical acts. This led to him having the opportunity to spend a season running live sound for the Levitt Shell. For the past five years, his band Modern Slang, has done everything from releasing their first EP, Nitty Gritty in the River City, to having a song in an independent horror film called 'Huff.' They perform regularly across the mid-south at events ranging from the 'Susan G. Koman for the Cure Benefit' at Minglewood Hall to the Radio Memphis worldwide live broadcasts at the New Daisy and Hard Rock Café on Beale. Kristopher started teaching guitar four years ago as a way to help make ends meet while going to school full time and working as a martial arts instructor. Since then it has evolved into so much more. With hours of experience in and out of the recording studio, he has a passion for music that will stay strong for many years to come.
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    • Jeff Burch
      Instructor
      Jeff Burch has been performing and teaching drums and keys for over 20 years. A carrer spanning all genres has taken him all over the world playing drums. His education began in Memphis while atten...
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      Jeff Burch has been performing and teaching drums and keys for over 20 years. A carrer spanning all genres has taken him all over the world playing drums. His education began in Memphis while attending blues and rock concerts at a young age. While being in bands in high school, he was studying drum set and concert percussion. This led to studying Jazz drumset at the University of Miami. Upon returnng to Memphis, he was awarded the Drum throne for the Southern Comfort Big Band at the University of Memphis. He co-founded CYC during this time as well as performing and recording with many touring acts. During this time he began studying with many diverse teachers and became immersed in the opportunities of an ecclectic music scene. In 2004 Jeff joined Blues rocker Tinsley Ellis (Alligator Records) for almost a decade of touring and recording full time. 2005 marked the release of "Live Highwayman", Tinsley's caree-spanning live album recorded in chicago. The tour for this record spanned 48 states and concluded with a tour of Europe and Africa. Followed by two more studio albums and tours all over North America and a sold out performance in the Czar's Ballroom in Moscow. Averaging 200 dates a year, Jeff sharing the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Guitar Shorty, Rufus Thomas, and Johnny Winter, and performing in many legendary music venues and festivals, this experience provided invauable real-world lessons that Jeff is able to hand down to a younger generation. Always remaining active in the Memphis local scene, he was asked to be a part of an all-star group to perform Memphis music for the troops at Guantanamo Bay as part of Armed Forces Entertainment all while performing locally with Jeremy Stanfill, Jim Dandy and Reba Russell and Eric Gales.
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    • Peyton Favi
      Instructor/Director
      Peyton Favi has been playing both the acoustic and electric guitar for over 13 years. He is a well rounded musician that also plays the drums and piano. His interests in different genres of music a...
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      Peyton Favi has been playing both the acoustic and electric guitar for over 13 years. He is a well rounded musician that also plays the drums and piano. His interests in different genres of music are endless ranging from blues to heavy metal and everywhere in between. He began playing the guitar in a metal band at the age of 13 that would go on to play hundreds of shows at venues in Memphis such as The New Daisy Theater, Tower Records, and The Skate Park of Memphis. Currently, Peyton is the guitarist of a touring Hard Rock band called Skyline Divide. The band is constantly making big moves and has opened for national acts like Shinedown, The All-American Rejects, and Of Mice and Men. This past summer, Peyton and his band played at Rockapalooza, a rock festival in Jackson, Michigan that averages 12,000+ fans a year. Skyline Divide recorded an EP at CrossTrax Studio with producer and former guitarist of the nationally acclaimed bands 12 Stones and Breaking Point, Justin Rimer. They have attracted label attention and have been played on both satellite and terrestrial radio. Having played in bands for nearly 10 years, Peyton understands what it takes to successfully write music and work with other musicians on stage, in rehearsal, and in the studio. With this acquired knowledge, he enjoys teaching others how to play music and work together as a band.
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    • Todd Sims
      Instructor
      Todd H. Sims is a composer/songwriter, vocalist, and producer. I play piano, acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, trombone and I sing. (First real musical influence: Mom played the ...
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      Todd H. Sims is a composer/songwriter, vocalist, and producer. I play piano, acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, trombone and I sing. (First real musical influence: Mom played the piano; dad tried to sing). I first fell in love with classical music through watching Looney Tunes. I also have to admit that I was also a member of the KISS Army Fan Club at a young age. I started playing guitar in fourth grade and was in the school band from sixth grade on. My musical background comes from two distinct areas, Classical and Rock n Roll! I studied music at Delta State University (Opera Performance Scholarship) and the University of Southern Mississippi. While working towards my degree in Music Industry (Voice Emphasis), I trained in film, radio, drama, conducting a 20th century music composition with composer Luigi Zaninelli. I had singing/acting roles in performances of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium (my first opera and I played a mute!), West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti, and featured solo's with full orchestra in Benjamin Britten oratorio's A Ceremony of Carol and Rejoice in the Lamb. All this helped get me a gig as a singing waiter at Bravo's Restaurant where I would consistently bring the house down every time I sang 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables! I have also always been involved in rock music and recording. I've sang in rock bands throughout Mississippi and Tennessee since the 1980's. I've had the pleasure of working with many Memphis musicians including Ruby Wilson, Matt Tudor, Reba Russell and Wendy Moten. I have also composed musical scores for about 20 independent films and commercials in my home studio. I am so happy to share my love of music, because I know that it helped me develop confidence, discipline and sense of self-worth, especially during my teen years. My favorite band of all time is Queen.
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    • Jeff Pruitt
      Instructor
      Jeff Pruitt began his musical career early on as a trumpet player and an active choir member. After a few years of playing classical music, Jeff's interest moved over to Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz an...
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      Jeff Pruitt began his musical career early on as a trumpet player and an active choir member. After a few years of playing classical music, Jeff's interest moved over to Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz and Bluegrass. Jeff's musical background includes ten years of guitar and trumpet, with experience in musical notation and performance. He also plays piano and bass proficiently. Jeff is a former student of the Stax Music Academy playing both trumpet and guitar, and has played with Grammy-Winning Saxophonist, Kirk Whalum,along with other acts such as Phillipe Sasse and Windy Moten. After high school, Jeff studied Jazz Performance briefly at The University of Memphis before going on to play in a heavily performing RB and Soul group as their lead guitar player. He did his time in the trenches of touring and decided to start writing his own music. He began playing out locally at coffee shops and Songwriter Nights around Memphis, and shortly after he gathered musicians to form his own original band where he acted as Lead Vocalist, Guitarist, Songwriter, and Band Manager. Jeff has played at Memphis venues such as Minglewood Hall, The New Daisy Theatre, Newby's, Neil's, The Buccaneer, and The Cove. If you've gone and seen local music in Memphis, you've seen Jeff somewhere. Jeff is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and wants to continue playing, learning and teaching others about the pure joy of music
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    • Geoff Smith
      Instructor
      Geoff Smith has been playing guitar since he was nine, but it wasn't until he was 14 when he started taking it much more seriously than ever. He started playing by ear and found it easier than to p...
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      Geoff Smith has been playing guitar since he was nine, but it wasn't until he was 14 when he started taking it much more seriously than ever. He started playing by ear and found it easier than to play by reading music. At the age of 14, he started playing bass, singing with his friends, and playing in bands around town. When that subsided, he co-founded the local band, Star Micey, with his best friend, Josh Cosby, when they were 20 years old. Geoff then taught himself to play drums, piano, and organ just to soak up as much as he could. From there he learned how to write songs, melody, and harmony. He has recorded in many studios around the country, and has worked with producers such as Curry Weber, Dennis Herring, Jeff Powell, John Hampton, and Mark Neil. He has toured all over North America with Star Micey for the past five years; played SXSW four years in a row; The International Folk Alliance four years in a row; the NXNE Festival in Toronto, Ontario; The Beale Street Music Festival; and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. They have also opened up for such bands as The Lumineers, The Black Keys, Dawes, and Shovels and Rope. Star Micey has been named third best local band four years in a row, and were Paste Magazine's #1 Band to see live in Tennessee. Soon Geoff and the other gents of Star Micey will record their third release with Mark Neil (The Black Keys). Geoff has dedicated his life to music and will continue to do so. He wants to be able to share everything he has learned from music with others and show that as long as you have passion for music, you will get everything out of it that you put into it.
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    • Brandon Closson
      Instructor/Director
      From an early age, Brandon has been associated with music for the majority of his life, while his parents began teaching the ins and outs of true rock 'n' roll. With his brother influencing him to ...
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      From an early age, Brandon has been associated with music for the majority of his life, while his parents began teaching the ins and outs of true rock 'n' roll. With his brother influencing him to pick up a guitar, Brandon started playing music at the age of six, entering a worldthat would bring him endless comfort. While playing with his brother and performing songs around the house, he developed a habit of how to sing that eventually became his primary instrument as time passed on. Throughout the early ages of being a teenager, he and his brother wrote multiple songs, increasing their momentum and gaining experience through playing shows. The two decided to finally form their band, Young Guns, while eventually addinga bass player and a drummer. For the next five years, the band went on to record an EP at Ardent Studios in Memphis, while further impressing the general public enough to perform at many venues and festivals across the Mid-South. Among the shows that they performed they opened for ZZ Top and Blues Traveler at Snowden Grove Amphitheater, while also opening for the country artists known as Luke Bryan and Eric Church. He has also done much collaboration with local artists around Memphis and has performed at local high schools to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for various Varsity events. Brandon has been teaching for the past two years, while also passing many valuable lessons to the youth through the evolution of music. From being in a band at an early age, Brandon recognizes and understands that the kids must be taught the proper lessons to be able to expand the principles of music.
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    • Greg Reding
      Instructor
      Greg is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience in the music industry. In 1967, his band, The Village Sound, signed a recording contract with legendary record company, Stax Records. In ...
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      Greg is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience in the music industry. In 1967, his band, The Village Sound, signed a recording contract with legendary record company, Stax Records. In 1973, Greg joined the famous southern rock band, Black Oak Arkansas, where he played lead guitar and keyboards. In 1985, Greg wrote a song 'Against the Night' which was featured on 38 Special's Strength in Numbers album, selling over one million copies and earning Gold Record status. He's performed locally and nationally with world renowned artists such as legendary blues vocalist and guitarist, Albert King(,) and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash. He's also worked with a wide variety of musicians and bands such as Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles, Tommy Roe, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, The Drifters, The Coasters, and Bo Diddley, just to name a few. In 1989, Greg formed 'The Memphis All-Stars', a local rhythm blues band, which he still owns and operates to this day. Album credits include: Blues Train - The Memphis All-Stars,(;) Race with the Devil I'd Rather be Sailing - Black Oak Arkansas; Strength in Numbers - 38 Special; and Say What You Mean - The Hot Dogs.
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    • Stephen Chopek
      Instructor
      Stephen Chopek was banging on pots and pans as a toddler, so it was natural that at a young age he was ready for a drumset, and soon after, for classical percussion studies. By age 15, as a member ...
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      Stephen Chopek was banging on pots and pans as a toddler, so it was natural that at a young age he was ready for a drumset, and soon after, for classical percussion studies. By age 15, as a member of the Bergen Youth Orchestra, he had performed throughout New Jersey and New York at venues such as Carnegie Hall. An inquisitive musician, Stephen also drew on lessons acquired in rock groups and his high school's jazz program. Making the short trip from New Jersey to New York City, he would visit clubs to hear the legends whose music he was learning by day. While performing with William Paterson University's percussion ensemble, he pursued his interest in composers such as Steve Reich, John Cage, and Edgar Varèse. Later, Chopek furthered his studies with drummer Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood and percussionist Leon Parker. As a drummer, Stephen has toured the world and recorded with Charlie Hunter, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Jesse Malin, The Alternate Routes, The Pimps of Joytime, Todd Carey, The Everymen, and many others. He is also an accomplished singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Stephen believes that teaching is an essential part of the musical journey and enjoys sharing his love of music and years of experience with students of all ages. Website: http://www.stephenchopek.com/
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    • Stan Smith
      Instructor
      I grew up in the "red hot" music scene of Springfield, Missouri. From The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to Granny's Bathwater, to private lessons, Symphony, Rock and Jazz, it was all there for my enjoy...
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      I grew up in the "red hot" music scene of Springfield, Missouri. From The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to Granny's Bathwater, to private lessons, Symphony, Rock and Jazz, it was all there for my enjoyment and I went for it! A couple of my successful industry friends talked me into moving to Nashville, where I was able to make some really cool connections. Tanya Tucker, obviously, got the ball rolling and I did my country thing performing with: Dottie West, Vern Gosdin, Tony Toliver, Hank Cochran, Clinton Gregory, Wayne Carson, Tim McGraw, Johnny Rodriguez, David Allen Coe, Tony Joe White and Ken Melons, to list a few. Television shows, song demo recording sessions, jingles, custom records and a very cool Jazz scene all crossed my path! After 15 yrs, an industry friend in the Memphis/Tunica area made me an offer I couldn't refuse, where I began a seven year stretch as one of three "House Band" drummers at Goldstrike Casino, performing with: Ruby Wilson, Bobby Kimball, Preston Shannon, Jimi Jamison, John Roth, Pat Register, Little Jimmy King, Fingers Taylor, Luther Kent, Jack Rowell and Don McMinn, to name a few, and extended touring with Bobby and Jimi! In addition, a progressive country band, Seventh Sundown, came knocking and we did a record at Ardent Recording Studios, and enjoyed four years of popularity in the Tri-State area. In the middle of all this, I was blessed for 10 years being a part of the "Praise and Worship" band at Church of the Harvest, Olive Branch, MS. Because of my love for teaching, I reached out to School of Rock, Germantown, which I'm very excited about and brings me to another verse and chorus of an exceedingly rewarding and blessed career! To be continued... STAN
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    • Ashton Riker
      Instructor
      If one were to wonder how it would be to experience Elvis (or at least the 'spirit' of Elvis) with the combined influences of Black Gospel, Rhythm Blues, plus Pop, with the addition of the nat...
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      If one were to wonder how it would be to experience Elvis (or at least the 'spirit' of Elvis) with the combined influences of Black Gospel, Rhythm Blues, plus Pop, with the addition of the natural showmanship instincts and the passion for music in a 21 st Century form, one would certainly rush to hear this up-and-coming star, Ashton Riker.' Ashton 'J. Cline' Riker, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, has been creating a lot of buzz in the music industry. In his melodies, one can hear the soul of Al Green, the range of Philip Bailey, and the attitude of Michael Jackson. His talent and professionalism have landed him opportunities to sing backup for Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Kirk Whalum, and Phillipe Saisse, to name a few. Ashton toured Italy, London, and the U.S. as a featured vocalist for Stax's Summer Soul Tour, which included performances at Cleveland's Rock Roll Hall of Fame, the opening of the Poretta Soul Festival, and a spectacular evening on the 4th of July at the Kennedy Center. Berklee College of Music found Ashton's talent worthy of a full tuition scholarship. He is a Dean's List student, and is majoring in songwriting. Recently, Ashton found Ricky Lawson (Drummer for Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Beyonce) through a mutual contact, and Mr. Lawson quickly began teaching Ashton what it takes to make it in the industry. Through a mutual contact, recently Ashton found Ricky Lawson, drummer for Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, and Beyonce, who quickly began teaching Ashton what it takes to make it in the industry. From Soul and RB, to Pop and Rock, Ashton can sing it all. His style, however, is a unique blend of old-school soul, neo-soul, jazz, and pop that is new to listeners everywhere. Berklee College of Music found Ashton's talent worthy of a full tuition scholarship. He is a Dean's List student, and is majoring in songwriting. Recently, Ashton has shown a great interest in teaching those who are passionate about learning to sing the right way. He is very excited to share his knowledge and experience at School of Rock!
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence. ”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real" concert venues." ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA