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About School of Rock Madison

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

Contact Information

School of Rock Madison
845 Boston Post RoadMadison, CT 06443
(203) 350-0345

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Madison, 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.

    Madison 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 Madison’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 Madison’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 Madison, 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 Madison’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Madison’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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison, 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 Madison works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Madison’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!

At School of Rock Madison, 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. Madison students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by fa...
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At School of Rock Madison, 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.

Madison 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 Madison’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 20
    10:30 AM
    Best of Season at The Highline Ballroom in NYC
    Concert featuring students from regional School of Rock locations.
    Best of Season concert at The Highline Ballroom in NYC. Featuring students from all over the region, The Best of Season show is a great opportunity for students to meet and perform with other Schoo...
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    Best of Season concert at The Highline Ballroom in NYC. Featuring students from all over the region, The Best of Season show is a great opportunity for students to meet and perform with other School of Rockers from CT and the surrounding area!Read less

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Staff

    • Meet Brandon Terzakis
      Music Director, Guitar/Drum Instructor, Program Coordinator
      Brandon first became interested in playing the drums at the age of 10. A few years later he began studying privately and playing in bands with friends. At this point he also began to play guitar. J...
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      Brandon first became interested in playing the drums at the age of 10. A few years later he began studying privately and playing in bands with friends. At this point he also began to play guitar. Jazz appealed to him relatively early on in high school, so he auditioned for the jazz ensemble and from there knew he wanted to be involved with that realm of music in some form. After graduating high school, he began studying with Tony Lombardozzi and Joe Morris, whom had a great influence on his pursuit with free improvisation. Brandon currently plays in several bands based in Boston and New Haven.
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    • Meet Kevin Hanley
      General Manager
      Kevin has been involved in all aspects of music since age 10. After playing alto saxophone for years in school, he picked up a guitar and eventually found his new home with a bass guitar in college...
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      Kevin has been involved in all aspects of music since age 10. After playing alto saxophone for years in school, he picked up a guitar and eventually found his new home with a bass guitar in college. Ten years later he has played with multiple touring bands throughout the region. Currently, while acting as General Manager of School of Rock Madison, he is working on new original music with Inosoul, a reggae/rock band out of Stratford, CT.
      "School of Rock is a fantastic idea, I only wish it existed when I was younger. It's a fun, creative atmosphere that sure beats the dusty basements I received private lessons in as a kid!"
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    • Meet Mike Molyneux
      Guitar/Bass Instructor, Program Coordinator
      Mike is a rock guitarist and bassist who has been playing since he was thirteen years old. He graduated College in 2012 with a degree in sound engineering and recording. After graduating he quickly...
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      Mike is a rock guitarist and bassist who has been playing since he was thirteen years old. He graduated College in 2012 with a degree in sound engineering and recording. After graduating he quickly became involved with his project The Mike and Mike Band and the School Of Rock. With School of Rock Mike believes it is a great way to teach the importance of rocking alongside friends and having fun. Simple philosophy, but it works.
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    • Meet Henry Tobelman
      Guitar/Key Instructor, Program Coordinator
      Henry Tobelman is a 23 year old singer/guitarist/keyboardist from Killingworth, CT. He has been playing music and singing since before he can remember. He has been playing in bands since he was 10 ...
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      Henry Tobelman is a 23 year old singer/guitarist/keyboardist from Killingworth, CT. He has been playing music and singing since before he can remember. He has been playing in bands since he was 10 and singing in choirs and musicals since he was 12. He studied Music Education because music shaped his life in such a positive way and he always wanted to help others have that same experience. "I like to bring fun and enthusiasm into the room with me so my students look forward to learning!"
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    • Meet Brendan Galvin
      Drum Instructor
      Brendan is a Shoreline Connecticut native and began taking piano lessons at age 7 and started studying the drums at age 12. He has been playing ever since and has music to thank for his closest fr...
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      Brendan is a Shoreline Connecticut native and began taking piano lessons at age 7 and started studying the drums at age 12. He has been playing ever since and has music to thank for his closest friends and greatest adventures. He currently performs, records and tours with several projects and is thrilled to have a chance to pass along the gift of music at the School of Rock.
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News

    • School of Rock Conquers Connecticut

      Stand outside the vintage colonial house at 845 Boston Post Road in Madison on most any weekday afternoon or evening, close your eyes, and listen. Yup, that’s classic rock-and-roll music you hear...
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      Stand outside the vintage colonial house at 845 Boston Post Road in Madison on most any weekday afternoon or evening, close your eyes, and listen. Yup, that’s classic rock-and-roll music you hear, anything from Elton John to Johnny Winter, Deep Purple to Green Day, The Who to who is that? What you won’t hear, though, are all the nonmusical lessons being learned—mostly by kids, but a few baby boomers, too—inside School of Rock (SOR), the recently opened location of an ingenious franchise business where real and wannabe rockers let their freak flag fly.

      Step through the front door of the circa 1844 clapboard manse—originally the Dr. Daniel M. Webb House as listed by the town’s historical society, at one time a boarding house and most recently an art gallery—and enter a world of sights and sounds both modern and nostalgic that inhabit this unusual, raucous learning laboratory.

      Launched in April, the place has few remnants of its past lives, beyond low ceilings and creaking staircases. On a wall to the left, across from the reception desk, SOR brightly announces its latest incarnation with a gigantic wall piece that spells out R-O-C-K in lightbulb letters. To the right is a sort of living room, populated by a gaggle of adolescents and teens, lounging on a long couch and in arm chairs.

      They’re strumming guitars and flailing drumsticks as they chatter and chuckle. What distinguishes this from the typical family living room is the far wall, a patchwork of dozens of album covers.

      The gregarious SOR students are waiting their turns for a weekly private lesson on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, or vocals in one of the six practice rooms or a group session in one of the two rehearsal rooms. They’re preparing for the totally awesome culmination of each 12- to 14-week cycle of the curriculum—live performances. In January, ensembles will be on stage at Stella Blues in New Haven, rocking out in either Punk vs. Grunge or Led Zeppelin vs. The Who.

      Many of the kids performed in earlier shows, British Invasion and Americana, covering such diverse rock legends as Pink Floyd, Van Halen, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Devo, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Queen. Last summer, groups opened for The Fix, a punk band dating back to the 1980s, at the Madison Beach Club. Some have gigged at Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille, others are readying for open-mike nights at the Madison Arts Barn.

      Gibbons saw that happen with her own two kids, then 11 and 9, when they signed up at the SOR near their home in New Canaan. “Seeing my kids in their first School of Rock performance—my daughter beaming on stage, belting out Janis Joplin’s ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ with my son on drums—was really the clincher for me.” So impressed was Gibbons, she decided to leave her marketing career behind and open a franchise of her own. “I looked in other towns in Connecticut, but chose Madison so we could be near New Haven and the robust music scene along the shoreline.”

      Herself a classic rock devotee (“Neil Young is my favorite of favorites”), she’s about to give in to one of her instructors’ needling and take up guitar. Her business is successful—with around 60 students, ages 7–18, and a handful of adults (including a longtime air guitarist whose wife gave him the real thing for his 50th birthday)—but it’s the intangibles that are the biggest return on Gibbons’ investment. “I see kids who needed a space for themselves, somewhere that’s positive for them. So many have found that here,” she says. “They’re from different schools and ages, and making friends they might not have met otherwise. They teach each other, the olders often mentoring the youngers. They communicate in a seamless way, without any words. Someone takes the lead, but they all know it’s a group thing.”
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    • The Lefsetz Letter: School of Rock Convention Las Vegas 2015

      They’re doing God’s work. While the rest of America is dashing for cash, while wannabe musicians keep complaining about Spotify, as if they could hold back the future, as if they were owed a...
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      They’re doing God’s work.

      While the rest of America is dashing for cash, while wannabe musicians keep complaining about Spotify, as if they could hold back the future, as if they were owed a living in music, a ragtag band of musicians and entrepreneurs is birthing the next generation of rock and rollers for the sheer joy of it. I’m not saying they’re not getting paid, I’m just saying they’re not getting rich. In cash, that is.
      Greetings from Las Vegas, where it’s gray and the season is turning but it’s always the same. A place where people come to let loose and forget who they are, served by an underclass happy to have a job. When it’s 24 hour everything you can get a gig working the graveyard shift, it may not pay well, but no one’s paying attention. That’s the luxury of Vegas, what happens here no one cares about. Except if you’re rich and famous.

      But most people are not.

      The dynamo of the School of Rock is a dentist. Who’s not a player. He got infected when he saw the people his daughter was interacting with, so different from the usual suspects at her private Philadelphia school. Musicians have been the same since the dawn of time. They’re outsiders, who are about sharing and caring as opposed to dividing lines. When society pooh-poohs you, you come together.

      And there’s a surgeon who owns a couple of franchises. He may save lives on the operating table, but what really gets him off is the smiles of the young ‘uns who get up on stage and wail on the classics that soothed his youth.

      That’s right, music used to be different. Before the whole world changed, before it was us versus them and those with the money didn’t want to part with it and those left behind kept complaining that someone stole their cheese. We were all in it together, and what kept us together, was the music.

      Read the rest here: http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2015/10/17/school-of-rock-convention/
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Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Madison School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Madison, CT
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Madison, CT
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, Guilford, CT