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About School of Rock Kirkwood

Welcome to School of Rock Kirkwood, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Kirkwood’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Kirkwood has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Kirkwood full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

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

    • August 31
      5:15 PM
      Rock 101 Showcase
    • August 31
      5:45 PM
      Hip-Hop Fall Season Show Rehearsals Begin
    • September 1
      6:45 PM
      Rock 101 Showcase
    • September 2
      5:45 PM
      Ozzy Osbourne vs. Black Sabbath Fall Season Show Rehearsals Begin
    • September 3
      5:45 PM
      Arctic Monkeys vs. The Strokes Fall Season Show Rehearsals Begin
    • September 5
      11:00 AM
      Decades of Punk Fall Season Show Rehearsals Begin
    • September 5
      1:00 PM
      Rock 101 Showcase
    • September 5
      1:30 PM
      Dark Side of the Moon Fall Season Show Rehearsals Begin

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Staff

    • 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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    • 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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    • 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, 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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    • 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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    • 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 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.
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    • JOE SPARKS
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      After studying guitar at Berklee College of Music, Joe Sparks has gone on to play in bands such as Jedi Nighties and numerous jazz trios. He currently plays in a 6-piece female fronted band, direct...
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      After studying guitar at Berklee College of Music, Joe Sparks has gone on to play in bands such as Jedi Nighties and numerous jazz trios. He currently plays in a 6-piece female fronted band, directs shows at the Kirkwood School of Rock location, and spends time with his tortoise, Carlton.
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    • MATTHEW INGRAM
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
    • JOE RODGERS
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
    • 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 Mo 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 Leo Rondeau. Scotti has now relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where he is currently gigging teaching at the School of Rock.
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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