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About School of Rock Highland Heights

Welcome to School of Rock Highland Heights—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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights. 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 Highland Heights to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Highland Heights
299 Alpha ParkHighland Heights, OH 44143
(440) 684-7625

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Highland Heights, 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.

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

    School of Rock Highland Heights’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 Highland Heights’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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Highland Heights’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 Highland Heights’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 Highland Heights.

    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

  • School of Rock Highland Heights’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 Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights’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 Highland Heights, 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. Highland Heights students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-...
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At School of Rock Highland Heights, 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.

Highland Heights 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 Highland Heights’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

    • December 27
      12:00 PM
      Guitar Pedal and Maintenance Workshop
      Winter Workshop
    • June 19 - 23 2017
      Rock and Roll Boot Camp
      Summer Camp
    • July 17 - 21 2017
      Warped Tour (Summer Camp)
      Summer Camp
    • August 7 - 11 2017
      Beginner Rock Summer Camp
      Summer Camp

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Staff

    • Meet Tommy Rich
      Music Director
      Veteran percussive engineer of the Cleveland music scene: American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen among the many local and national bands, tours, records to his credit. He'd been doing some music ...
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      Veteran percussive engineer of the Cleveland music scene: American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen among the many local and national bands, tours, records to his credit. He'd been doing some music directing and house band gigs for the Rock Roll Hall of Fame when in order to get him out of their collective hair, they pointed Tommy towards the new SoR franchise about to open and that was that.Now we're stuck with him.
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    • Meet Austin Mazurik
      General Manager
      General Manager of the Highland Heights School of Rock. Also, an engaged vocalist of Cleveland’s, Call Your Shot. He has an undying passion for music and constantly pursues his goals with every m...
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      General Manager of the Highland Heights School of Rock. Also, an engaged vocalist of Cleveland’s, Call Your Shot. He has an undying passion for music and constantly pursues his goals with every moment he is presented. Austin has experience in writing and recording albums, energetic live shows, and organizing exciting events! He looks to continue the highly sought after culture that the School of Rock has created, giving anyone the opportunity to pursue their musical goals. Positive vibes and high energy are what he looks to spread!
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    • Meet Maddie Finn
      Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Rock Rookies
      Maddie began playing and singing at a young age (about 7 years old!) and has become a successful self- taught musician. Gaining tons of experience though our local music scene right here in Clevela...
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      Maddie began playing and singing at a young age (about 7 years old!) and has become a successful self- taught musician. Gaining tons of experience though our local music scene right here in Cleveland. From competing in (and winning) the 2010 Tri-C High-School Rock Off, to playing headlining shows with her band Envoi at venues like the House of Blues.In addition she has toured the country and recorded in top of the line recording studios. She hopes to instill the same passion and love she has for music to every student who walks through our doors.
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    • Meet Dylan Kendrick
      Guitar Instructor
      Growing up somewhere between the city where you turn left at the third tree on the right and where you take a left at the fork in the road, Dylan was listening to artists like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, ...
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      Growing up somewhere between the city where you turn left at the third tree on the right and where you take a left at the fork in the road, Dylan was listening to artists like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Tool, and being influenced by guitarists like Mark Tremonti, Zakk Wylde, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and last as well as most importantly Randy Rhoads. Dylan has been playing guitar since he was eight years old. On top of striving to be versatile and well-versed in guitar, he also learned how to play drums beginning at the age of 10, being influenced by drummers such as John Bonham, Danny Carey, Joey Jordison and many more.

      Dylan currently plays in the local cover bands Pop Fiction as well as an original project called Darkhorse.
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    • Meet Jared Koepp
      Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard Instructor
      Jared Koepp starting singing when he was 4, and nobody has been able to get him to stop since. A lifelong Cleveland native, Jared has worked and performed around just about every type of music he c...
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      Jared Koepp starting singing when he was 4, and nobody has been able to get him to stop since. A lifelong Cleveland native, Jared has worked and performed around just about every type of music he can get access to. Jared has been singing with choral groups and bands for 15 years, covering everything from gospel and soul, to classical, and then of course mighty Rock and Roll. An experienced educator, Jared is well skilled in the art of patience, a necessity for teaching at the Paul Green School of Rock Music.
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    • Meet Donald Pelc
      Guitar Instructor
      Donald Pelc was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the city of Seven Hills. His interest in music sparked at a very young age. One day, he picked up a guitar, heard Black Sabbath for the first ...
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      Donald Pelc was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the city of Seven Hills. His interest in music sparked at a very young age. One day, he picked up a guitar, heard Black Sabbath for the first time, and realized he wanted to do just that, play music. At 12 years old (already with two years of noodling experience) he heard about this thing called the School of Rock Music in Rocky River. The young Pelc ultimately decided to become a student there, so he did.

      After joining the School of Rock, things took off. He started to develop (and still builds upon) a never-ending understanding of music theory and the whole feel of it all. Seeing the opportunity to join “The Headliners”, the School’s advanced group of musicians under the direction of Tommy Rich, he auditioned and succeeded. A few years later, he would do the same for the School of Rock Allstars (three years in a row, to his surprise).

      During his many years as a School of Rock student, Donald's musical taste and abilities continued to grow, while still pushing the envelope to this day. He credits all of the mentors and teachers he has worked with at the School for giving him the inspiration that drove him to grow as a guitar player and all around musician. Now a member of the School of Rock staff, Donald hopes that he can do the same for his students.

      Donald grew up listening to all of the great rock and heavy metal bands. Over the years he eventually got into other genres such as blues, funk, reggae, and more recently, jazz. His wide variety of influences are constantly changing as they continue to grow. He believes a good performance is universal, regardless of genre. Along with the guitar, Donald has dabbled at bass as well, and has also dabbled some at trumpet. On any given weekend you can catch him playing around town.
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    • Meet Ed Sotelo
      Bass and Guitar Instructor
      Edward Ángel Sotelo was born and raised on the West Side of Cleveland to immigrant parents from Argentina. Somehow he escaped the orbit of the Rust Belt, went to college out East, and came b...
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      Edward Ángel Sotelo was born and raised on the West Side of Cleveland to immigrant parents from Argentina. Somehow he escaped the orbit of the Rust Belt, went to college out East, and came back home, transformed (some say scarred) by the power of music. He joined Cleveland's thriving underground music scene of the late 90s, and began playing bass in punk bands such as The Conservatives, Viva Caramel, Proletarian Art Threat. He humped gear from one dive to another, wrote for zines, hung out and checked out some of that era's greatest bands at joints like Pat's In The Flats, The Euclid Tavern, and DIY venue Speak In Tongues. Call it a long rock n' roll internship. In the early 2000s, Ed joined Cobra Verde, a long-lived offshoot of legendary Cleveland rockers Death of Samantha. Almost immediately he was then whisked away on a series of tours with artists like J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fireHOSE), Evan Dando (Lemonheads), The Breeders, members of Detroit's MC5, and various others. During that time, Cobra Verde released a few albums that were acclaimed enough to get them and their music on the popular TV show, 'The OC'; in turn this lead to other current placements such as True Blood and Sons of Anarchy. During this time, Ed also toured with Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices) and Cleveland blues-punk trio New Lou Reeds. Back home, he recorded, performed, and in general got mixed up in all kinds of musical shenanigans in a wide variety of genres. A chance encounter with singer-songwriter Brent Kirby led to joining roots-rock band The Jack Fords, and entry into the world of being a session guy gigging at this region's seemingly endless watering holes. Currently, Ed's still playing with Brent Kirby, the Jack Fords, funk band We The People, The New Lou Reeds, and a variety of talented ne'er-do-wells and miscreants. Not a bad way to live, really.
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    • Meet Joe Stefano
      Drum Instructor/ Show Director/ Summer Camp Director
      Playing drums since the age of eight, and playing in rock bands steady since the age of 11, Joe has been a part of the music scene for 20 years. Dabbling in all genres, he is well versed in funk, j...
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      Playing drums since the age of eight, and playing in rock bands steady since the age of 11, Joe has been a part of the music scene for 20 years. Dabbling in all genres, he is well versed in funk, jazz, reggae, afro-cuban, drum corps, and is deeply rooted in rock. In high school, he was the recipient of the 'Louis Armstrong Jazz Award' in 2001, and was the percussion section leader in marching band. He has played in various groups such as Detagoh, The Recent Vintage, Drop Notion, Switchblade Scarlett, The Stereo Riot'¦and many more. One of the original staff members at both the East and West Side School of Rock, Joe loves teaching music and gives students every bit of knowledge that he can. He also takes pride in teaching kids how to live in their parents' basement until they're 30'¦just kidding!!!
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    • Meet Matt Storer
      Vocals, Guitar, 101 director
      From student to teacher as far back as he can remember. Cleveland's own Matt Storer has always been singing. His freshman year in high school, Matt discovered the School of Rock and it changed his ...
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      From student to teacher as far back as he can remember. Cleveland's own Matt Storer has always been singing. His freshman year in high school, Matt discovered the School of Rock and it changed his life forever. Allowing him to do things most would only dream (like playing at Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and Vans Warped Tour) by furthering his music knowledge,teaching him how to master his voice, and Somewhere along the line finding his own unique vocal style. After surviving 12 performance shows, 3 years of Tommy Rich's Headliners (Rockapocalypse), 3 All Stars tours, 1 East Coast (Rockapocalypse) tour, 3 years of assisting with the 101 program, and becoming 'self proclaimed' assistant general Manager of the Highland Heights School of Rock, he was offered a job to be the new 101 director and vocal teacher, which he immediately accepted. As his former vocal teacher and mentor Jared Koepp put it, the student did truly become the the master. Matt loves his job and believes its an amazing thing to be able to help teach and watch his student grow not only as young musicians but people as well just as he had. After High school, Matt decided to learn about the recording and live sound aspects of the music industry and is currently attending Tri-C to receive his associates in Recording and Audio Tech. You can most likely find Matt around the school of rock, harassing Kris Monroe, listening to Circa Survive, drinking coke, and continuing to follow his dreams of ruling the world through the power of music!
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    • Meet Joe Wheelock
      Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Vocal, and Drum Instructor
      Joe Wheelock began his studies in music at the age of 5 on piano. His teacher showed him Miles Davis and John Coltrane songs along with afro-cuban rhythms, jazz, and the blues. Taking a job at the ...
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      Joe Wheelock began his studies in music at the age of 5 on piano. His teacher showed him Miles Davis and John Coltrane songs along with afro-cuban rhythms, jazz, and the blues. Taking a job at the recording studio his piano teacher owned at the age of 13, he not only expanded the instruments that he played to include drums, bass, and guitar, but began learning how to use a mixing board, microphones, and various recording technology. After studying jazz guitar with Bob McGuire and Lee Bush, Joe went on to play bass in the band Redwater RoJo, nominated best rock band in Cleveland two years consecutively in the Free Times and Scene Magazine. Joe is now playing guitar and keyboards and singing in the soul/funk group We The People as well as directing a choir at St. Mary's Church in Chardon. He is currently working on the writing, recording, and production of his first album.
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    • Meet Alex Sorboro
      Keyboard Instructor
      Growing up in a household that had a grand piano to use at his disposal, as well as parents who both played, Alex became interested in music and piano at a young age, and it soon turned into his pa...
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      Growing up in a household that had a grand piano to use at his disposal, as well as parents who both played, Alex became interested in music and piano at a young age, and it soon turned into his passion. He started lessons at 5 years old, studying with several teachers over a 10 year period, becoming well versed in theory, and different styles of playing. He strives to further his knowledge of music and his playing ability everyday. He has gained lots of experience playing the Cleveland music scene in several original bands and in the cover band 'Pop Fiction'. He hopes to pass on his knowledge and passion for the piano to all of his students.
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    • Meet Tony Kazel
      Drum Instructor
      Tony Kazel is an active drummer/percussionist and educator residing in the Cleveland area. A native Clevelander, Tony discovered a passion for music at the age of 9 and began his studies throughout...
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      Tony Kazel is an active drummer/percussionist and educator residing in the Cleveland area. A native Clevelander, Tony discovered a passion for music at the age of 9 and began his studies throughout his school's music program. Tony began playing professionally around the age of 16 with various jazz groups comprised of his classmates who were all flagship musicians in the high school band program. Tony continued to gig throughout college in a multitude of bands ranging from percussion ensembles, big band jazz, scaled down combos, Funk/R&B groups and punk/alternative music. Tony received his Bachelors of Arts and Sciences degree in Music Performance from Cleveland State University in 2012. After college, Tony worked for Royal Caribbean International as the main stage "orchestra" drummer, touring Western Mediterranean ports for 6 1/2 months. After the cruise ship, Tony continued to perform and teach throughout Cleveland and in March of 2014, joined his present group, Yosemight. Tony continues to play with various groups and is active on stage, in the studio and as an educator.
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    • Meet Mike Kearns
      Guitar Instructor
      Mike Kearns (guitar, bass) was born and raised in New Jersey in a musical family. Early influences include a massive family record collection covering all kinds of music (including Bruce Springstee...
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      Mike Kearns (guitar, bass) was born and raised in New Jersey in a musical family. Early influences include a massive family record collection covering all kinds of music (including Bruce Springsteen, of course!), violin lessons, New York station WNEW-FM "where rock lives" (or used to anyway!), and memorably fantastic public school music programs that included field trips to Lincoln Center. He came to Ohio to study composition and guitar with Dr. Loris Chobanian at Baldwin-Wallace, graduating with honors, and has lived in the Cleveland area ever since. Mike's range of musical activities have included rock, classical, jazz and musical theater, including recent appearances with Cameo Theater rock musical productions of "Godspell", "Rent" and the world premiere of "Macbeth: A Rock Opera". Currently he performs with several bands including Shadow of Doubt: a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute; Mike, Jim and Bill Do the White Album; and Acoustic Tuma, whose CD releases he has often contributed to as a guest performer and engineer. For over 20 years Mike worked in IT management while maintaining a highly active musical career. He is thrilled to be with School of Rock working with the coolest staff and students and there's no looking back!
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    • Meet David Molnar
      Bass/Guitar Instructor
      Dave prefers to say that he “had bassness thrust upon him at an early age.” The youngest of three brothers, one a guitar player and one a drummer, he was “stuck” on bass at age 8. Howev...
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      Dave prefers to say that he “had bassness thrust upon him at an early age.” The youngest of three brothers, one a guitar player and one a drummer, he was “stuck” on bass at age 8. However, they wanted to play Beatles, Monkees, and eventually Led Zeppelin tunes. Learning the inspired, melodic, and kinetic bass lines of Paul McCartney, Carol Kaye, and John Paul Jones gave him both a love of the bass, and an appreciation for rock and pop arrangement. The bass was not simply a machine for holding down root notes, but was a dynamic and powerful element of the band. But, like most musical youth, the allure of the lead guitar was still powerful. So, while his older brother was out, Dave “borrowed” his guitar as often as possible, using whatever fake or tablature book (those young, pre-internet days) to teach himself whatever he could. Chord formations, lead lines, finger picking, anything to build up chops. Devouring the guitar work of David Gilmour, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, and early Eric Clapton, his efforts to better understand not only what he was learning, but why led him back to blues artists like T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Further study in college led him to the jazz guitar of Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian and the expansion of his theory knowledge and technique.

      Most people say that a certain concert changed their lives, but in this case, it’s true. Invited to see Pink Floyd in 1993, Dave met musicians Charlie Druesedow and Ben Gmetro. They were forming a Cream/Pink Floyd cover band and were looking for a guitar player. Dave joined before they hit the parking lot. They covered Cream, Floyd, and Zeppelin before switching to original music while still in high school, eventually becoming the core of local Cleveland bands the Dreadful Yawns with Dave on guitar, and, adding singer/guitarist Matt Cassidy, New Planet Trampoline with Dave on bass. This group, with the addition of madman vocalist Ken Jannsen, also became the self-proclaimed local rock super group the It Men. In between, he played guitar in the Youngstown State Jazz Ensemble and played and recorded with local groups Expecting Rain, Mike Uva & Hook Boy, The Hot Rails, and Volcano Fortress, as well as guesting on several local recordings. He became part of the Davenport Collective, a group of local artists and musicians focused upon providing the space, resources and atmosphere for artists to be able to create whenever and whatever they could.

      In addition to teaching at School of Rock, Dave currently plays bass with New Planet Trampoline and also Queen of Hell/Heavenly Queen. He is also the sound engineer at the Happy Dog on the west side of Cleveland, running sound for everything from punk, metal and noise to classical music and country. Music has been and continues to be his lifelong passion: to improve, to discover, to learn, to teach.
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    • Meet David Molnar
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Hey Austin, Please tell me if this bio and pic work for you. Thanks! Dave prefers to say that he “had bassness thrust upon him at an early age.” The youngest of three brothers, one a g...
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      Hey Austin,

      Please tell me if this bio and pic work for you. Thanks!

      Dave prefers to say that he “had bassness thrust upon him at an early age.” The youngest of three brothers, one a guitar player and one a drummer, he was “stuck” on bass at age 8. However, they wanted to play Beatles, Monkees, and eventually Led Zeppelin tunes. Learning the inspired, melodic, and kinetic bass lines of Paul McCartney, Carol Kaye, and John Paul Jones gave him both a love of the bass, and an appreciation for rock and pop arrangement. The bass was not simply a machine for holding down root notes, but was a dynamic and powerful element of the band. But, like most musical youth, the allure of the lead guitar was still powerful. So, while his older brother was out, Dave “borrowed” his guitar as often as possible, using whatever fake or tablature book (those young, pre-internet days) to teach himself whatever he could. Chord formations, lead lines, finger picking, anything to build up chops. Devouring the guitar work of David Gilmour, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, and early Eric Clapton, his efforts to better understand not only what he was learning, but why led him back to blues artists like T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Further study in college led him to the jazz guitar of Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian and the expansion of his theory knowledge and technique.

      Most people say that a certain concert changed their lives, but in this case, it’s true. Invited to see Pink Floyd in 1993, Dave met musicians Charlie Druesedow and Ben Gmetro. They were forming a Cream/Pink Floyd cover band and were looking for a guitar player. Dave joined before they hit the parking lot. They covered Cream, Floyd, and Zeppelin before switching to original music while still in high school, eventually becoming the core of local Cleveland bands the Dreadful Yawns with Dave on guitar, and, adding singer/guitarist Matt Cassidy, New Planet Trampoline with Dave on bass. This group, with the addition of madman vocalist Ken Jannsen, also became the self-proclaimed local rock super group the It Men. In between, he played guitar in the Youngstown State Jazz Ensemble and played and recorded with local groups Expecting Rain, Mike Uva & Hook Boy, The Hot Rails, and Volcano Fortress, as well as guesting on several local recordings. He became part of the Davenport Collective, a group of local artists and musicians focused upon providing the space, resources and atmosphere for artists to be able to create whenever and whatever they could.

      In addition to teaching at School of Rock, Dave currently plays bass with New Planet Trampoline and also Queen of Hell/Heavenly Queen. He is also the sound engineer at the Happy Dog on the west side of Cleveland, running sound for everything from punk, metal and noise to classical music and country. Music has been and continues to be his lifelong passion: to improve, to discover, to learn, to teach.
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    • GUITAR PEDAL AND MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP Tuesday 12/27/2016 12:00pm-2:00pm

      Heres an excerpt from the article written by Margrita Colubuno “Turn that racket down!” Many of us heard this from our parents growing up—and many of us are now saying the same thing to our ...
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      Heres an excerpt from the article written by Margrita Colubuno

      “Turn that racket down!”
      Many of us heard
      this from our parents
      growing up—and many
      of us are now saying the
      same thing to our own
      kids. Not Special Lines
      Marketing Manager Jesse
      McKendry. He beams
      with pride watching his
      son belt out Aerosmith
      classics on stage at the School of Rock, Cleveland.
      “I never even knew such a school existed, except in the movie,” says
      Jesse. “And there’s one location right here in Highland Heights.”
      Jesse discovered The School of Rock, Cleveland, while working
      on the International Motorcycle Show (IMS), which Progressive
      sponsors. He and his colleague, Marketing Events Specialist Todd
      Matthews, were brainstorming ideas to energize the show, which
      features all the major motorcycle manufacturers in the world. They
      realized rock ‘n’ roll was definitely missing from this event.
      “We knew we couldn’t afford to pay a rock band to tour with the
      show, but we wanted to find some way to incorporate that type
      of energy and excitement” says Jesse. “Todd suggested partnering
      with the School of Rock since they are the largest after-school music
      program in the country. With locations in most metro areas, they
      could bring in local students to perform at each of the 11 IMS
      shows. They were excited to get that kind of exposure—we provided
      the stage and they provided the music. It was truly a win/win.”
      Watching the budding rock stars perform at the IMS Show inspired
      Jesse in a more personal way as well.
      “The kids were amazing,” said Jesse. “And they were having so
      much fun on that stage. It got me thinking of my own son.”
      Jesse and his then 9-year-old son, Ryan, were taking guitar lessons
      together—something Jesse had always wanted to try.
      “We were doing this father-son thing and really enjoying spending
      time together,” says Jesse. “But I could see that Ryan’s interest in
      guitar was starting to wane.”
      That’s when Jesse had the idea to introduce Ryan to the School of
      Rock, Cleveland.
      “At first, I didn’t think he’d be into the performing aspect,” says
      Jesse. “But at his first group practice, they taught him how to play
      ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes, and from that moment
      on, he was hooked. Now he can’t wait to get back on stage after a
      performance!”
      Ryan started at the School of Rock by playing guitar in the 101
      group for beginners, but quickly advanced and now performs on
      a regular basis.
      “Some of his favorite songs to perform on stage have been ‘Rock
      and Roll, Hoochie Koo’ by Rick Derringer, which he played at the
      Battle of Ohio Show,” said Jesse. “He also loved playing ‘Walk This
      Way’ in the Aerosmith Show and ‘Foxy Lady’ by Jimi Hendrix in the 27 Club Show"Read less

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      FALL SHOWS ANNOUNCED!

      Highland Heights Fall Shows!

      'Rollling Stones' - Tuesdays 5-8pm
      'Anti-Everything' - Thursdays 5-8pm
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Testimonials

  • “ My son, Kyle has been at School of Rock for at least 7 years and it has been one of the most positive experiences for him. He has been exposed to many genres of music and has enjoyed exploring his musical talents. The instructors at School of Rock are excellent. Kyle sometimes feels as if School of Rock is his "second home." Kyle is very comfortable there and has gained confidence performing on stage. School of Rock has given Kyle a great passion for music.”
    -Cheryl S. parent, Highland Heights
  • “My daughter has been taking singing/guitar/keyboard lessons at the Highland hts school of rock for the past 3 years and it has been the best experience for her. she has not only been taught music but, also,life lessons. All of the staff are very nice, helpful and will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. The manager, Kris, is always available and very helpful. My daughter is quite the performer now and considers the staff and other students there as some of her very best friends. ”
    - Cathy B. parent, Highland Heights
  • “The programs are very interactive and well rounded. They prepare people not only for increasing their technical level on their "instrument" but also for live performance. We love School of Rock!”
    — Denise, Highland Heights
  • “The program has been a great experience for both of my boys. It has not only taught them to be musicians for life. It has given them the confidence to perform in any type of venue. It has given them the skills to be "professional" in their approach. And it has opened doors to a wide variety of friendships. ”
    — Michael, Highland Heights