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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 Kirkwood 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

  • September 25
    12:00 PM
    Murmuration Festival
    Petting Zoo
  • September 28
    6:00 PM
    Hard Rock Cafe
    House Band
    6-8PM

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Staff

    • Meet Molly Simms
      REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER
      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the tea...
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      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the team at School of Rock Ballwin in September of 2015. I was inspired to join the team at School of Rock because of my experience teaching vocals at the school. I strongly believe in the value that comes from working in a group. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the development and growth of the kids during a show season. I love having a job where I can be constantly surrounded by music, and work closely with the amazing musicians who make our mission of inspiring kids to rock on stage in life possible. I front a 4 piece Rock 'n' Roll band under my name and I have released 5 records across two bands since 2012. Music is life!
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    • Meet Jordan Heimburger
      REGIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to ...
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      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to see numerous students take their first steps on stage at a rock venue, conquer new challenges in music, and build confidence through their musical successes.

      I also work as a professional guitarist with Celebration Day and Street Fighting Band as well as original bands The Cree Rider Family Band, The Feed and The Incurables. St Louis is a vibrant music community and it's rewarding to be able to open doors into music and performance for the students at School of Rock.

      I would be excited to get to know you and the aspiring musicians in your family!

      -Jordan
      jheimburger@schoolofrock.com
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    • Meet Shannon O'Connell
      STUDIO COORDINATOR
      I joined the team at School of Rock after graduating Extreme Institute by Nelly with a degree in Entertainment and Media Business with Management. I like 80's Rock 'n' Roll, Classic Rock and early...
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      I joined the team at School of Rock after graduating Extreme Institute by Nelly with a degree in Entertainment and Media Business with Management. I like 80's Rock 'n' Roll, Classic Rock and early 60's surf music (especially The Beach Boys).
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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 Rogers is a young musician from Collinsville Il that has played in several different St. Louis local bands. Being a guitar player first, Joe has opened up to bass and drums over the years and n...
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      Joe Rogers is a young musician from Collinsville Il that has played in several different St. Louis local bands. Being a guitar player first, Joe has opened up to bass and drums over the years and now could be considered a “jack of all trades”. From Prog rock, to the blues, to Math-rock, to heavy metal he truly loves a wide range of different genres. Being in a few different local bands has given him the opportunity to share the stage with some amazing bands, most notably, Tiny Moving Parts, Earth, and math rock gods The Bulletproof Tiger.
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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 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.
    • Meet James Wright
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Originally from St. Louis, Missouri James was born into a family full of musicians. His parents met in a professional band around the Midwest area and imparted their love of music into James throug...
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      Originally from St. Louis, Missouri James was born into a family full of musicians. His parents met in a professional band around the Midwest area and imparted their love of music into James through private piano and guitar lessons at age 10. It was at 12 years old when James decided to devote his talents into the drums and started taking private lessons in 2002. From Jr. High through high school, James played with numerous bands gigging in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan area as well as his home church. In 2008 James completed a 3 week Worship Music Intensive Camp at IHOP(International House of Prayer) located in Kansas City, Missouri. He continued to sharpen and elevate his skills for the next few years while playing at Churches, Venues, and bars. In the beginning of 2014, James moved to Atlanta to pursue his dream and was accepted into Atlanta Institute of Music & Media where he received one on one private lessons from notable drummers such as Tom Knight(TLC and Monica), Jerome Flood(Guitar Center Drum­Off Champion), Creig Harber(The Drifters, B.J. Thomas, and Bo Diddley), and Eric Sanders. He graduated with honors in the winter of 2014. Since graduation James has worked as an instructor at Music Authority in Cumming, GA and has performed at different churches and venues around the Atlanta area. Most recently he performed at America's largest bridal wedding expo at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Atlanta for a crowd of thousands. He strives to take his musicianship to the highest level as a musician, teacher, and performer while continuing his passion of passing on his love of music to the next generation of Influential leaders.
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    • Meet Phil Russo
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Phillip B Russo was born into a family of musicians, performers and artists. He began tap dancing at the age of 3 at his family’s dance studio, Performing Arts Center, in St. Charles, MO where he...
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      Phillip B Russo was born into a family of musicians, performers and artists. He began tap dancing at the age of 3 at his family’s dance studio, Performing Arts Center, in St. Charles, MO where he danced until he was 18 years old. Phillip has won titles from Dance Master’s of America at the local level and placed in the national competition on 4 separate occasions throughout his amateur dance career. By the age of 15, he began teaching tap dancing professionally at PAC, various studios and conventions in the metropolitan St. Louis area, and in New York City for Break The Floor productions. Phillip took piano and vocal lessons from a patron’s mother not long after he began dancing. Phillip performed in The Muny’s production of the Sound of Music in the ensemble when he was 10 years old. At 11 years old, Phillip discovered his love for guitar. He began with a few months of lessons at a local music store and was self-taught throughout middle school and high school. Phillip attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO from 2009-2014, where he received his Bachelors in Music Instrumental Performance w/ Guitar emphasis & a minor in Music Composition & Production. During his 5-year at LU, Phillip studied classical guitar and jazz guitar, music theory, orchestration and arranging, sound design, music production, conducting, and wrote several original jazz and orchestral compositions performed by the musicians of LU. In 2012-2013, Phillip received the Conover award for Most Outstanding Male Music Student for his compositions, performances and theory tutoring. In 2015, Phillip joined the International Tour of Tap Dogs, which toured Germany and China. Phillip was cast as a swing role, covering 3 different roles of the show. Phillip is currently the lead guitar player in The StepHounds, a Rock/Blues band that features world-famous tap dancers and a house musician for Alpha Brewing Co.’s Open Mic night
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    • Meet Adnan Kahvedzic
      KEYS/GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      My name is Adnan Kahvedzic. I have received a AA in Music in May 2014 at St. Louis Community College Meramec. Since transferring to UMSL I began to study Music Education and Piano Performance. I st...
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      My name is Adnan Kahvedzic. I have received a AA in Music in May 2014 at St. Louis Community College Meramec. Since transferring to UMSL I began to study Music Education and Piano Performance. I study piano with Alla Voskoboynikova, jazz piano with Ken Kehner and cello with Kurt Baldwin. During my undergraduate study at UMSL, I was was a finalist in the UMSL Music Department Concerto Competition in November 2015. I actively participate in various ensembles, playing the cello with the University Orchestra and jazz guitar with UMSL's Jazz Combo's.

      I love not only teaching but learning from students. I strongly believe in being "lifelong learners". This is one of my greatest joys, when students are curious and question fingerings, phrasing or technique. This helps reinforce my own playing and solidifies my teaching. Working at School of Rock has exposed me to many different musical genres and taught me different styles of music. The environment at SoR is very relaxed, students and teachers enjoy their time spent together because of it. Seeing students improve in just a couple of weeks is so rewarding not only for them but myself as well! This constant drive and motivation is very inspiring!
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    • Meet Olivia Cross
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I am a singer, keyboardist, and composer, currently studying music theory at University of Missouri Saint Louis. I have worked with students of all ages through UMSL’s tutoring program and in pri...
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      I am a singer, keyboardist, and composer, currently studying music theory at University of Missouri Saint Louis. I have worked with students of all ages through UMSL’s tutoring program and in private lessons over the last two years. You can catch me performing regularly with my jazz trio and as a soloist and chorus member with several choirs in the St Louis area. I have released some of my own compositions online. My favorite genres include electronic, indie, and ambient.
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      • University of Missouri Saint Louis

News

    • Fall 2016 Shows Now Enrolling!

      New Wave- Mondays 5:45-7:45, Best of the 2010s-Wednesdays 5:45-7:45pm, The Big 4- Thursdays 5:45-7:45, Songwriting & Recording- Saturdays 11am-1pm, 90s Grunge- Saturdays 1-3pm

    • Mark Schulman-Drummer of P!nk

      Mark Schulman, drummer of P!nk visited our school on August 13, 2016! We are so glad we get to be able to offer these awesome events. Keep an eye on what's next by "liking" our Facebook page!

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