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About School of Rock Kirkwood

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

Contact Information

School of Rock Kirkwood
104 N Kirkwood RoadKirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 394-1994

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Kirkwood, 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.

    Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood’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 Kirkwood’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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Kirkwood’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Kirkwood’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood’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 Kirkwood’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Kirkwood’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 Kirkwood, 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. Kirkwood students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock Kirkwood, 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.

Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • February 24
      7:30 PM
      School of Rock Blues Workshop Featuring Sharon Foehner
      Workshop
      Feb. 24 School of Rock Kirkwood Presents Sharon Foehner! Well-regarded bassist/guitarist/vocalist Sharon Foehner will demonstrate and talk about Blues music, sharing her insight and experiences...
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      Feb. 24 School of Rock Kirkwood Presents Sharon Foehner!

      Well-regarded bassist/guitarist/vocalist Sharon Foehner will demonstrate and talk about Blues music, sharing her insight and experiences, and jam with School of Rock students.
      This workshop will feature bass, vocals, and guitar.

      This event will take place at School of Rock Kirkwood, Located at 104 N Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122Read less
    • February 28
      5:00 PM
      All in For KDHX
      Benefit Concert
      "All in For KDHX" show at Kdhx the Stage, Feb. 28 from 5-7 pm,
      $10 suggested donation at the door benefits KDHX.
    • March 12
      3:00 PM
      House Band St. Pattys Show
      House Band
      St Patty's Day House Band event in Cottleville from 3-5pm, both House Bands will be playing.
    • March 15
      7:30 PM
      School of Rock Blues Workshop Featuring Ethan Leinwand
      Workshop
      School of Rock Ballwin Presents Ethan Leinwand! Well-regarded pianist Ethan Leinwand will demonstrate and talk about Blues music, sharing his insight and experiences, and jam with School of Rock...
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      School of Rock Ballwin Presents Ethan Leinwand!

      Well-regarded pianist Ethan Leinwand will demonstrate and talk about Blues music, sharing his insight and experiences, and jam with School of Rock students at School of Rock Ballwin.

      School of Rock Ballwin is located at 14560 Manchester Rd, Ste 1, Manchester, Missouri 63011Read less
    • April 6
      7:30 PM
      School of Rock Blues Workshop Featuring Mike Battle
      Workshop
      School of Rock Kirkwood Welcomes Mike Battle! Well-regarded drummer Mike Battle will demonstrate and talk about Blues music, sharing his insight and experiences, and jam with School of Rock stud...
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      School of Rock Kirkwood Welcomes Mike Battle!

      Well-regarded drummer Mike Battle will demonstrate and talk about Blues music, sharing his insight and experiences, and jam with School of Rock students.

      This event will take place at School of Rock Kirkwood, located at 104 N Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122Read less
    • April 26
      7:30 PM
      School of Rock Blues Workshop Featuring Chris Shepard and Ron Roskowske from Kingdom Brothers
      Workshop
      School of Rock Ballwin Welcomes Chris Shepard and Ron Roskonwske of Kingdom Brothers! Well-regarded guitarists Chris Shepard + Ron Roskowske of Kingdom Brothers will demonstrate and talk about B...
      Read more
      School of Rock Ballwin Welcomes Chris Shepard and Ron Roskonwske of Kingdom Brothers!

      Well-regarded guitarists Chris Shepard + Ron Roskowske of Kingdom Brothers will demonstrate and talk about Blues music, sharing their insight and experiences, and jam with School of Rock students.

      This event will take place at School of Rock Ballwin, located at 14560 Manchester Rd, Ste 1, Manchester, Missouri 63011Read less
    • June 6 - 10 2016
      School of Rock Ballwin Beginner Summer Camp
      Summer Camp
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun! Throughout the week,...
      Read more
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun!


      Throughout the week, kids go from zero to a full set of songs and performance at our very own venue! These camps are designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Group rehearsal, workshops, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you play drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keyboard -- you’ll have a blast. Even relatively advanced musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other musicians; however, we have camps for complete beginners as well!

      Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes:

      • Learning the nuts and bolts of live performance

      • Studio/band rehearsal time

      • Instruction and clinics with music professionals

      • Music theory and songwriting courses

      • Rock & Roll music appreciation

      • Interacting with other young musicians

      • A LIVE rock show performance for your friends and family



      Details for New Rockers!

      Through various instrument workshops and lots of encouragement in a non-intimidating environment, we hope to hone in on your student’s love of music and/or natural talent. Each one-week session culminates in a performance for friends and family. This is a great way to experience the School of Rock 101 program in a condensed version. The songs are chosen to highlight the skills needed to build a strong foundation on a respective student’s musical instrument. For example, a beginning guitar player needs to learn power chord shapes, so we have picked a few well-known, classic songs that use these forms as a basis to introduce the concept.

      Recommended Ages: 7+, Kids DO NOT need to have musical experience to participate.

      Camp Details

      *Camp hours are from 9am-3pm. A lunch break is included. Students bring their

      own lunch Monday through Thursday. We will have a pizza party on Friday.

      *Campers need to bring their necessary gear for playing (depends on camp), a water

      bottle, their lunch for the first four days, and a great attitude.

      *A 50% NON REFUNDABLE deposit is required at time of registration.

      *Camp discounts are available including early bird, siblings and enrolling in multiple

      camps. Ask for details.

      *Students will receive special discounts, show tickets, and a School of Rock t-shirt if

      they sign up for any of our other programs!

      *Camp curriculum is based on students’ tastes and ability and is largely decided

      upon by the students with the guidance of the camp directors. We have a very large

      musical library to choose from that includes all kinds of rock (classic, punk, blues,


      funk, prog, modern, etc.)

      Through various instrument workshops and lots of encouragement in a non-intimidating environment, we work to expand on your student’s love of music and/or natural talent. Each one-week session culminates in a performance for friends and family. This is a great way to experience the School of Rock 101 program in a condensed version. The songs are chosen to highlight the skills needed to build a strong foundation on a respective student’s musical instrument.

      -Early enrollment by April 1st- $254, by May 1st $269
      -Before and After care is available for $15 a day
      -50% deposit required at time of enrollment
      -all additional camps are 15% off
      -all siblings are 10% offRead less
    • June 20 - 24 2016
      School of Rock Ballwin Intermediate/Advanced Summer Camp
      Summer Camp
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun! Throughout the week, k...
      Read more
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun!

      Throughout the week, kids go from zero to a full set of songs and performance at our very own venue! These camps are designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Group rehearsal, workshops, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you play drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keyboard -- you’ll have a blast. Even relatively advanced musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other musicians; however, we have camps for complete beginners as well!

      Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes:

      • Learning the nuts and bolts of live performance

      • Studio/band rehearsal time

      • Instruction and clinics with music professionals

      • Music theory and songwriting courses

      • Rock & Roll music appreciation

      • Interacting with other young musicians

      • A LIVE rock show performance for your friends and family



      Recommended Ages: 10-18, Basic performance proficiency is required. We require

      that all students have been playing at least 6 months.


      Camp Details

      *Camp hours are from 9am-3pm. A lunch break is included. Students bring their

      own lunch Monday through Thursday. We will have a pizza party on Friday.

      *Campers need to bring their necessary gear for playing (depends on camp), a water

      bottle, their lunch for the first four days, and a great attitude.

      *Students will receive special discounts, show tickets, and a School of Rock t-shirt if

      they sign up for any of our other programs!

      *Camp curriculum is based on students’ tastes and ability and is largely decided

      upon by the students with the guidance of the camp directors. We have a very large

      musical library to choose from that includes all kinds of rock (classic, punk, blues,

      funk, prog, modern, etc.)



      An ideal program for students who want an immersive summer day camp

      experience. Students spend one full week working in a hands-on atmosphere

      learning band fundamentals, performance techniques, and having one-on-one

      instruction. Each one week session ends with a performance for friends and family.

      This is a great way to experience the School of Rock Music program in a condensed

      version. Not only will they meet and interact with other talented young musicians,

      they’re also given unique access to established music professionals who will share

      their experience and knowledge to help students understand some of the options

      open to them in the music industry.


      -Early enrollment by April 1st- $254, by May 1st $269
      -Before and After care is available for $15 a day
      -50% deposit required at time of enrollment
      -all additional camps are 15% off
      -all siblings are 10% offRead less
    • July 11 - 15 2016
      School of Rock Ballwin Beginner Summer Camp
      Summer Camp
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun! Throughout the week,...
      Read more
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun!


      Throughout the week, kids go from zero to a full set of songs and performance at our very own venue! These camps are designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Group rehearsal, workshops, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you play drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keyboard -- you’ll have a blast. Even relatively advanced musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other musicians; however, we have camps for complete beginners as well!

      Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes:

      • Learning the nuts and bolts of live performance

      • Studio/band rehearsal time

      • Instruction and clinics with music professionals

      • Music theory and songwriting courses

      • Rock & Roll music appreciation

      • Interacting with other young musicians

      • A LIVE rock show performance for your friends and family



      Details for New Rockers!

      Through various instrument workshops and lots of encouragement in a non-intimidating environment, we hope to hone in on your student’s love of music and/or natural talent. Each one-week session culminates in a performance for friends and family. This is a great way to experience the School of Rock 101 program in a condensed version. The songs are chosen to highlight the skills needed to build a strong foundation on a respective student’s musical instrument. For example, a beginning guitar player needs to learn power chord shapes, so we have picked a few well-known, classic songs that use these forms as a basis to introduce the concept.

      Recommended Ages: 7+, Kids DO NOT need to have musical experience to participate.

      Camp Details

      *Camp hours are from 9am-3pm. A lunch break is included. Students bring their

      own lunch Monday through Thursday. We will have a pizza party on Friday.

      *Campers need to bring their necessary gear for playing (depends on camp), a water

      bottle, their lunch for the first four days, and a great attitude.

      *A 50% NON REFUNDABLE deposit is required at time of registration.

      *Camp discounts are available including early bird, siblings and enrolling in multiple

      camps. Ask for details.

      *Students will receive special discounts, show tickets, and a School of Rock t-shirt if

      they sign up for any of our other programs!

      *Camp curriculum is based on students’ tastes and ability and is largely decided

      upon by the students with the guidance of the camp directors. We have a very large

      musical library to choose from that includes all kinds of rock (classic, punk, blues,


      funk, prog, modern, etc.)

      Through various instrument workshops and lots of encouragement in a non-intimidating environment, we work to expand on your student’s love of music and/or natural talent. Each one-week session culminates in a performance for friends and family. This is a great way to experience the School of Rock 101 program in a condensed version. The songs are chosen to highlight the skills needed to build a strong foundation on a respective student’s musical instrument.

      -Early enrollment by April 1st- $254, by May 1st $269
      -Before and After care is available for $15 a day
      -50% deposit required at time of enrollment
      -all additional camps are 15% off
      -all siblings are 10% offRead less
    • August 1 - 5 2016
      School of Rock Ballwin Intermediate/Advanced Summer Camp
      Summer Camp
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun! Throughout the week, k...
      Read more
      SOR Rock N’ Roll Summer Camps are 5 days of learning music by playing music, making new friends, creating life long memories, and most importantly… having tons of fun!

      Throughout the week, kids go from zero to a full set of songs and performance at our very own venue! These camps are designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Group rehearsal, workshops, music trivia, song casting, one-on-one attention from our all-star instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you play drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keyboard -- you’ll have a blast. Even relatively advanced musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other musicians; however, we have camps for complete beginners as well!

      Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes:

      • Learning the nuts and bolts of live performance

      • Studio/band rehearsal time

      • Instruction and clinics with music professionals

      • Music theory and songwriting courses

      • Rock & Roll music appreciation

      • Interacting with other young musicians

      • A LIVE rock show performance for your friends and family



      Recommended Ages: 10-18, Basic performance proficiency is required. We require

      that all students have been playing at least 6 months.


      Camp Details

      *Camp hours are from 9am-3pm. A lunch break is included. Students bring their

      own lunch Monday through Thursday. We will have a pizza party on Friday.

      *Campers need to bring their necessary gear for playing (depends on camp), a water

      bottle, their lunch for the first four days, and a great attitude.

      *Students will receive special discounts, show tickets, and a School of Rock t-shirt if

      they sign up for any of our other programs!

      *Camp curriculum is based on students’ tastes and ability and is largely decided

      upon by the students with the guidance of the camp directors. We have a very large

      musical library to choose from that includes all kinds of rock (classic, punk, blues,

      funk, prog, modern, etc.)



      An ideal program for students who want an immersive summer day camp

      experience. Students spend one full week working in a hands-on atmosphere

      learning band fundamentals, performance techniques, and having one-on-one

      instruction. Each one week session ends with a performance for friends and family.

      This is a great way to experience the School of Rock Music program in a condensed

      version. Not only will they meet and interact with other talented young musicians,

      they’re also given unique access to established music professionals who will share

      their experience and knowledge to help students understand some of the options

      open to them in the music industry.


      -Early enrollment by April 1st- $254, by May 1st $269
      -Before and After care is available for $15 a day
      -50% deposit required at time of enrollment
      -all additional camps are 15% off
      -all siblings are 10% offRead less

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Staff

    • Meet Melissa Maciorowski
      GENERAL MANAGER
      Classically trained in vocals since the age of 8, Melissa expanded her music interests to guitar and songwriting. This passion later turned into a degree in Music Business and Business Administrati...
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      Classically trained in vocals since the age of 8, Melissa expanded her music interests to guitar and songwriting. This passion later turned into a degree in Music Business and Business Administration. Through an even deeper understanding of theory and audio production, Melissa has given herself singer/songwriter status. However, performing was not the goal of these endeavors. Melissa starting photographing bands ever since she started to go to concerts and was determined to gain a complete understanding of how "behind the scenes" worked.When not writing,recording,mixing,and performing music, she's taking photos of local musicians and bands in the St. Louis area, following the swell of business in entertainment industry, collecting 7" LP vinyl of Classical and Romantic composers. Through these experiences and more to come, Melissa hopes to handle all the behind the scenes to make sure that the rock star experience is as genuine as possible.
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    • Meet Andi Maurer
      STUDIO COORDINATOR
      Andi is a graduate of Mizzou and is currently working on her grad degree from UMSL. She digs metal, indie rock, and gothic/symphonie rock. A weird fact about Andi - she can blow bubbles out of he...
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      Andi is a graduate of Mizzou and is currently working on her grad degree from UMSL. She digs metal, indie rock, and gothic/symphonie rock. A weird fact about Andi - she can blow bubbles out of her eye underwater. It's really freaky and you should totally ask her to do it sometime.
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    • Meet Jon Lumley
      MUSIC DIRECTOR
      Jon has been teaching guitar on and off for 20 years. He was a member of Shame Club and Ghoul 5 back in the day, and now plays around town with Valley. His favorite genres are rock and metal, but...
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      Jon has been teaching guitar on and off for 20 years. He was a member of Shame Club and Ghoul 5 back in the day, and now plays around town with Valley. His favorite genres are rock and metal, but he also dabbles with jazz music. His musical taste is all across the board though - he basically likes anything with guitars.
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    • Meet Scott & Sheila Rinaberger
      OWNERS/ROCKER PARENTS
      We are proud rocker parents of two very talented children whose music education journeys took two very different paths with two different outcomes. Starting in 5 th Grade, our son learned t...
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      We are proud rocker parents of two very talented children whose music education journeys took two very different paths with two different outcomes. Starting in 5 th Grade, our son learned the guitar from a well-reputed local bass and guitarist in St. Louis. Josh would spend countless hours practicing in his room and in the basement with headphones on. While Marc would tell us how great Josh was progressing, we never could tell since Josh would never perform for us or let us hear him practice. It wasn't until three years after starting lessons that we heard Josh play the guitar at his middle school talent show. We were amazed at his talents and felt how much better he would be if he had more opportunities to perform. Abby, on the other hand, began to learn the guitar in a similar environment but she lost interest after a year and stopped playing because she needed to be around others in the learning process. Had she been able to start her learning process in a program similar to School of Rock's Music 101 and had the opportunity to perform on stage, we believe she would still be learning and playing the guitar. Each of our children's learning experiences led us to seek out School of Rock and bring your children the opportunity to learn music in a way we wish existed for our children.
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    • Meet Joe Rogers
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Joe went to school in Collinsville, Illinois and has been teaching at School of Rock for over a year. He likes prog rock, blues, and metal music. He plays in 3 St. Louis area bands - We Are Like ...
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      Joe went to school in Collinsville, Illinois and has been teaching at School of Rock for over a year. He likes prog rock, blues, and metal music. He plays in 3 St. Louis area bands - We Are Like Computers, Spatula, and Crucial Ghouls.
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    • Meet Mathew Dale
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      From classical concertos to progressive fusion rock, Mathew's style brings a new balance to grace and grit. He has performed live extensively throughout the Midwest as a solo artist and in many roc...
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      From classical concertos to progressive fusion rock, Mathew's style brings a new balance to grace and grit. He has performed live extensively throughout the Midwest as a solo artist and in many rock, blues, jazz, and pop groups. As a magna cum laude graduate from McNally-Smith College of Music with a bachelor's degree in guitar performance, Mathew is passionate about sharing the joy of music. For over five years, Mathew has been passing along his expertise to a variety of students. He is also an active composer and arranger. He writes and performs many solo guitar arrangements as well as large ensemble pieces.
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    • Meet Joe Sparks
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      After studying guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Joe Sparks has gone on to play in bands such as Jedi Nighties and numerous jazz trios. He currently plays in two local bands - Spatula a...
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      After studying guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Joe Sparks has gone on to play in bands such as Jedi Nighties and numerous jazz trios. He currently plays in two local bands - Spatula and Frontal Lobe, directs shows at the Kirkwood School of Rock location, and spends time with his tortoise, Carlton. His favorite type of music is any kind of rock music. His birthday is August 16th, the same day Elvis died.
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    • Meet Rudy Torrini
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Rudy is a 2012 graduate of DePaul University and is currently attending UMSL. He has been teaching since 2008. He has played in jazz combos, wind bands, and avant-garde groups at UMKC, DePaul, an...
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      Rudy is a 2012 graduate of DePaul University and is currently attending UMSL. He has been teaching since 2008. He has played in jazz combos, wind bands, and avant-garde groups at UMKC, DePaul, and UMSL. His favorite genres to play are classical, 20th century avant-garde, jazz, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, space rock, math rock, post-rock, and jazz fusion. One weird fact about Rudy - he has met Buzz Aldrin. Might be why he likes space rock.
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    • Meet Matthew Ingram
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Matthew is a graduate of Webster University and has been teaching for 5 years. He currently plays in 4 areas bands - Stone Sugar Shakedown, the Richie Khilken Band, Big Winners, and the Matt Ingr...
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      Matthew is a graduate of Webster University and has been teaching for 5 years. He currently plays in 4 areas bands - Stone Sugar Shakedown, the Richie Khilken Band, Big Winners, and the Matt Ingram Jazz Quartet. His favorite styles to play are jazz, funk, and drum 'n' bass. He also plays the Didjiridoo (ask him about it!) and can circular breathe.
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    • Meet Scotti Iman
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Originating from the small town of Salisbury Missouri, Scotti has followed a musical life style since he was a boy. After being inspired by the drummers from his father's blues bands, Scotti decide...
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      Originating from the small town of Salisbury Missouri, Scotti has followed a musical life style since he was a boy. After being inspired by the drummers from his father's blues bands, Scotti decided to make drumming his life. This led him to studying percussion at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri then up to the twin cities where he graduated from the McNally Smith College of Music with a degree in percussion performance. Over the years, Scotti has studied with Marv Dahlgre, Gordy Knudtson, Dave Stanoch and Paul Stuber of Minnesota and Loyd Warden and Kirby Spade while in Missouri. After receiving his degree, Scotti moved to the Austin, Texas area and has played with The Ryan Bales Band, Gary P. Nunn, The Jon Napier Band, Horse Opera, and Leo Rondeau. Scotti has now relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where he is currently gigging and teaching at the School of Rock. He has played with or is playing in the following bands - Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, Aching Hearts Country Band, We Are Like Computers, Spatula, and Arson For Candy. He claims he can clap with one hand.
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    • Meet Nathan Jatcko
      KEYBOARD/VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      Nathan Jatcko is a lover of music, food, books, and cats. He is first and foremost a pianist, but has a background in several instruments and loves the science and art of singing. Playing in severa...
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      Nathan Jatcko is a lover of music, food, books, and cats. He is first and foremost a pianist, but has a background in several instruments and loves the science and art of singing. Playing in several different bands in the area, including Kentucky Knife Fight, Yankee Racers, Naked Rock Fight, and Soulfaction, and backing many artists such as Dawn Weber and John Henry, he plays hundreds of very diverse gigs throughout the year. Nathan's musical tastes are just as diverse as the projects he enjoys, from classical music to jazz to rock to soul to metal and all the stops in between. Nathan is excited to teach in an atmosphere that embraces the eccentric tastes of individuals, and gives aspiring musicians of all varieties and backgrounds the rock solid foundation that we all need to develop as artists.
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    • Meet Daniel Copeland
      KEYBOARD/VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      Daniel got his undergraduate degree from Truman State and a master's degree in music therapy from Maryville University. He has been teaching for 5 years and currently sings in 2 a capella groups ...
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      Daniel got his undergraduate degree from Truman State and a master's degree in music therapy from Maryville University. He has been teaching for 5 years and currently sings in 2 a capella groups and a '70s/'80s band. His favorite music to listen to is '70s rock, funk, big band, jazz, and pop. He does a mean trumpet sound with his mouth.
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    • Meet Charlie Brumley
      KEYBOARD INSTRUCTOR
      Charlie Brumley is a composer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and performer who plays an active role in the St. Louis music scene. His thirteen-piece band The Educated Guess was recently selected ...
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      Charlie Brumley is a composer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and performer who plays an active role in the St. Louis music scene. His thirteen-piece band The Educated Guess was recently selected as the RFT's Best Pop Band, having produced four records while also participating in KDHX Tributes to The Kinks and Marvin Gaye. In 2013, he premiered his epic space rock opera CHRONO MAN, featuring a trombone choir and ensemble of dancers alongside local bands Volcanoes, Bear Hive, Nee and Dots Not Feathers. Brumley is the keyboard player for Via Dove and continues to write for side projects Palaver and Uncle Sam and the Minutemen. He has written several chamber works in addition to choral compositions for the Lindenwood University Concert Choir and Memorial Presbyterian Chancel Choir. Roy Orbison is his favorite singer, George Harrison is his favorite Beatle, and Este is his favorite Haim sister. And he also once shook Bono's hand.
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    • Meet Chase Rigby
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      Chase is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is one of our newest teachers. His favorite genres of music are blues, jazz, electronic, and indie. A weird fact about Chase - he can't crack ...
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      Chase is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is one of our newest teachers. His favorite genres of music are blues, jazz, electronic, and indie. A weird fact about Chase - he can't crack his finger knuckles but he can crack his toe knuckles.
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    • Meet Ben Osborne
      GUITAR TEACHER
      Ben is a graduate of Webster University and he's been teaching for 4 years. He currently plays with Sarah Jane & the Blue Notes and his favorite kind of music is jazz and punk. Lots of variety in...
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      Ben is a graduate of Webster University and he's been teaching for 4 years. He currently plays with Sarah Jane & the Blue Notes and his favorite kind of music is jazz and punk. Lots of variety in Ben's tastes. Although Ben's a great guitar player and teacher, he didn't start playing guitar until he was 18. It goes to show that it's never too late to start!
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News

    • FALL 2015 SHOWS NOW ENROLLING!

      We're doing Hip-Hop Monday nights (includes Beck, Beastie Boys, etc), Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath Wednesday nights, Arctic Monkeys vs. The Strokes Thursday nights, and Decades of Punk (classic punk...
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      We're doing Hip-Hop Monday nights (includes Beck, Beastie Boys, etc), Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath Wednesday nights, Arctic Monkeys vs. The Strokes Thursday nights, and Decades of Punk (classic punk through today) and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Saturdays. Classes fill fast! Enroll soon to get your spot.
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    • CHECK OUT VIDEOS FROM THE SPRING 2015 CONCERT AT OLD ROCK HOUSE!

      Our YouTube channel is here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiM6__haUNw5xB6RsH-_MAg

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock provides opportunities not just for kids to learn the classic material and techniques of rock and roll, but also provides them with fantastic lessons in problem solving, team building, and the rewards of hard work while building their self esteem and confidence (all while having a blast). The SoR experience creates not only rock stars on stage, but it transfers into other areas of the kids lives as well! ”
    — Rocker Mom, Salt Lake City, UT
  • “You are transforming my child into someone who knows that she "can." She doesn't hope for the "I can" anymore - she KNOWS she can now. Our daughter is learning how to come out of herself, take risks, close her eyes and just fly. We are so grateful. More than you can ever know. ”
    — Francine & Lou, Fort Washington, PA
  • “School of Rock has prepared me for the world because it is an environment that constantly challenges my creative abilities. ”
    — Jake, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock has taught me to work hard for things that I want to get (like being an AllStar), and it's taught me to work really well with others, and has improved my communication skills. ”
    — Adam, 18, School of Rock Rochester