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About School of Rock Main Line

Welcome to School of Rock Main Line, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Main Line has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Main Line, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Main Line together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Main Line today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Main Line
511 Old Lancaster RoadBerwyn, PA 19312
(610) 647-2900

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
SaturdayClosed
Sunday
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Programs

  • At School of Rock Main Line, 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.

    Main Line 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 Main Line’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 Main Line’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 Main Line, 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 Main Line’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 Main Line’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 Main Line’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 Main Line 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 Main Line, 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 Main Line’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 Main Line’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 Main Line’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 Main Line, 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. Main Line students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits b...
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At School of Rock Main Line, 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.

Main Line 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 Main Line’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 11 - 12 2015
      Cream of Clapton
      This event is at Main Line School of Rock (511 Old Lancaster Road Berwyn, 19312).
    • September 18 - 19 2015
      The Black Keys vs. The White Stripes
      This event is at Main Line School of Rock (511 Old Lancaster Road Berwyn, PA 19312).
    • September 25 - 26 2015
      Best of 1994
      This event is at Main Line School of Rock (511 Old Lancaster Avenue Berwyn, PA 19312).
    • October 2 - 3 2015
      Arena Rock
      This event is at Main Line School of Rock (511 Old Lancaster Road Berwyn, PA 19312).
    • October 9 - 10 2015
      Prince vs. Michael Jackson
      This event is at Main Line School of Rock (511 Old Lancaster Road Berwyn, PA 19312).

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Staff

    • Terry Conrad
      Bass/Guitar/Drum/Keyboard/Vocal Instructor
      72 1024x768 Normal 0 false false false Terry is a jack of all trades who is capable of playing and teaching just about anything that mi...
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      72 1024x768 Normal 0 false false false Terry is a jack of all trades who is capable of playing and teaching just about anything that might be played in a rock band. In his band The Union, Terry shows off his versatility by playing bass, guitar, keyboards and backing vocals. He has also performed with such notables as John Petrucci of Dream Theatre, Steve Perkins of Jane's Addiction, Carl Restivo (Wyclef), Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Seamus Blake (John Scofield) and Helen Sung (Blind Blade). In addition to his playing experience Terry has a bachelors degree with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to go along with his master's degree in jazz studies from the same school.
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    • Rik Alison
      Music Director/Guitar Instructor
      Rik has over 20 years of professional performing experience and taught 65+ students a week for over 15 years.From traveling the Midwest in a road cover band, to playing his own music in some of the...
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      Rik has over 20 years of professional performing experience and taught 65+ students a week for over 15 years.From traveling the Midwest in a road cover band, to playing his own music in some of the top venues on the eastern seaboard, including the Middle East in Boston, CBGB's and the Continental in N.Y.C., the Trocadero, the TLA and J.C. Dobbs in Philadelphia '¦ Rik has played thousands of gigs and brings this real world experience to the classroom.As an Alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he majored in Performance and Music Education, Rik has devised a program to solidify student's understanding of harmony, arranging and ear training as it pertains to their instruments and the music they love.In addition to all the road work and studying, Rik has also logged hundreds of hours of studio time in everything from 8 track demo studios to fully automated 48track facilities and uses this experience to help prepare students for the different situations that can arise in live performances and studio sessions.Rik believes in continuing education and is always trying new things and looking for time to study new concepts. His main goal is to help people increase the amount of beautiful music in the world.
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    • Darren Ellis
      Drum Instructor
      Darren has been playing drums for over 20 years. He studied drums and percussion in college and his experiences encompass a wide variety of styles with many different people and bands from Ohio, Te...
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      Darren has been playing drums for over 20 years. He studied drums and percussion in college and his experiences encompass a wide variety of styles with many different people and bands from Ohio, Tennessee, New Jersey, and New York. Darren has performed with the Dave Landeo Band, Stonewater Groove, Jagstar, Jason Allen Phelps and Donald Brown, among others. Darren has spent the last two years studying at The Drummers Collective in New York City and is currently scheduling gigs in the Philadelphia area.Drums are Darren's primary focus. However, in 1998, Darren began work as a systems technician for a pro concert sound company in the southeast. While working as a technician, he gained valuable experience in the music industry that he applies to his teaching. Darren has been a technician on a wide range of shows varying in genres and artists that include the Black Crowes, Sister Hazel, Slayer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Nickelback, Johnny Lang, Moe, Wilco, Old 97's, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, Keb Mo, James Brown, Rascal Flats, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker/Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, as well asmany others. Darren holds a BSC in audio production from Ohio University.
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    • Wally Smith
      Keyboard Instructor
      Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Wally Smith 's experience covers over 30 years of live performance and recording ...
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      Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Wally Smith 's experience covers over 30 years of live performance and recording session work in the Philadelphia and New York areas. He studied piano Hammond organ as a child, continuing into his twenties with classical studies at the Russell School of Music in Cherry Hill NJ, and private jazz studies with Terry Haverty. In the late 70's he recorded and toured with the CBS band Quincy, who were then managed by CBGB owner Hilly Krystal. After Quincy's national tour supporting the Vapors, he became the 'house' keyboard player for JC Dobbs' legendary Last Minute Jam Band. Throughout the 80's 90's they backed up artists like Ace Frehley (Kiss), Scott Henderson Gerald Veasly, Frank Gambale, Bo Diddley, and many others. Wally has also been a keyboard session player for David Ivory at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios, and has worked with producers Mike Tarsia George Manney. Wally has recorded and/or performed with: Johnny O's Classic Dogs of Love, Essra Mohawk, Living Color's guitarist Vernon Reid, Philadelphia 76ers House Band, Soul Survivors, Mike LeCompt, Hooters members Andy King Fran Smith, Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Will Lee (Fab Faux, Letterman House Band), Cutting Edge, Jeannie Brooks, Kenn Kweder, Richard Bush, Dave Manley, Chuck Treece, and Jay Davidson. As a member of the Philly All Stars he performed at the Spectrum for Electric Factory's 20-year Anniversary concert. Wally also made trips to Europe as a backing musician for singer-songwriter Joseph Parsons, and again with blues guitarist Stevie LaRocca. He also recorded on Bill Currier's award winning "We Kids Rock" children's music collection . Wally currently performs in the prog-rock trio Ottokar, which includes x-Stickmen drummer Jim Meneses Philly guitarist Tim Motzer. He also leads the rock-jazz organ trio Crosstown Traffic, which he formed with Beru Revue guitarist Greg Davis in 1991. Crosstown Traffic has a TLA concert video release and a CD recorded live in Osaka, Japan. He is also an active member of the local power pop band Smash Palace. http://www.myspace.com/crosstownphilly http://www.myspace.com/ottokartrio http://smashpalacemusic.com
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    • Nick Bockrath
      Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keyboard Instructor
      Nick Bockrath is a guitarist/bassist/multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia where he is currently finishing a BA in jazz studies at University of the Arts. Nick began playing cello at age eigh...
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      Nick Bockrath is a guitarist/bassist/multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia where he is currently finishing a BA in jazz studies at University of the Arts. Nick began playing cello at age eight and played in orchestras and bands throughout school. By the end of high school Nick started playing guitar in several bands in downtown clubs in Philly and New York. In high school he founded the funk/rock/dance group Bodega and put out their debut record 'Bounce' on Ropeadope Records. Since moving to Philadelphia, Nick has established himself as a freelance musician, playing and doing session work at local studios. Nick is a steady member of Elevator Fight (featuring Zoe Kravitz) who have toured the US and appeared on national shows such as Good Morning America and MTV. Nick has also been a steady member/writer for bands including Highbrid, Cortez! Cortez!, Dragonzord, and Gina Ferrera. Known for versatility, Nick has recorded/performed with a wide variety of artists including The Disco Biscuits, Marco Benevento, The Roots crew, Tom Hamilton and American Babies, Gospel artist Larry Colbert, string arranger Larry Gold, Eliot Lipp, Chuck Treece/MCRAD, Arturo Serra (as a composer), commercial work for Vera Wang, Jazmine Sullivan, and many more. Nick is currently working on finishing two albums in the studio and scoring a film.
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    • Ian "Dizzy" Krier
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Ian, a New Jersey native, comes to the School of Rock bringing with him many years of rock g...
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      Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Ian, a New Jersey native, comes to the School of Rock bringing with him many years of rock guitar 'gunslinging' experience. As a self taught guitarist he began his learning by playing along with his cassette tapes at the age of 12 to groups such as Guns 'N Roses, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many others. With the help of his cassetes and many guitar magazines he learned the basics of his instrument and practiced relentlessly. At age 14 he began giving private guitar lessons after school. Upon highschool graduation Ian decided to head to college and set his guitar down and focus on his studies as an Economics major at Utah State University. It wasn't long before Ian found himself spending all free time playing his guitar and marveling at how great the natural reverb of his dorm room aptartments bathroom was with an amp roaring in the tub. Upon his return to New Jersey Ian set out to find others who wanted to make a go if it in the world of modern Rock 'N Roll. He played in many east coast original rock acts such as FailsafeNation, Hydrus, Handful of Dust, Fur, and a very brief stint with a cover band. Over those years Ian had learned the basics of performing and working with numerous musicians of all varying 'Rock' genres. In the summer of 2005 Ian received an invite to meet with Chicago based rock band Royal who were in need of a guitarist/songwriter. Ian got the gig and moved to the windy city. Over the course of the following year new material was written and tracked for Warner Bros. at the famous Groove Master Studio with grammy nominated producer Johnny K. (Disturbed, Alkaline Trio, Finger Eleven, etc.) Due to internal strife and differnces with management the band imploded. Ian decided to head back to the east coast and regroup. In that interim a close friend and former singer of a band in New York had co-written a film about Rock 'N Roll that had been picked up was going to be made and Ian was asked play a role in the film. It was after this experience that Ian first set out to start writing songs on his own without a band. Tracking at home his first 'solo' batch. That batch of songs largely became the first Star Killer EP and North American Tour in support of electro rockers Combichrist. Ian continues to work with Star Killer in New York and has begun work on a new rock project in Philadelphia, PA. Ians teaching style comes from years of learning, performing, and being the hired 'gun' in other peoples projects around the US. Those years have helped him to find his own way of writing, performing, and teaching Rock 'N Roll.
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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA