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About School of Rock Mason

Welcome to School of Rock Mason, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Mason’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Mason 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 Mason 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 Mason
755 Reading Rd #1Mason, OH 45040
(513) 770-1257

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Programs

  • At School of Rock Mason, 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.

    Mason 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 Mason’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 Mason’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 Mason, 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 Mason’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 Mason’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 Mason 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 Mason 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!

  • School of Rock Mason 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 Mason, 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 Mason’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!

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

Mason 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 Mason’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 3
      5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
      Everybody's Records Led Zeppelin Preview Show
      Performers from our upcoming Led Zeppelin Shows will preview some of the songs from the shows at Everbody's Records in Pleasant Ridge, 6106 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213. FREE
    • September 9
      7:30 PM
      Nirvana Show
      A celebration of Nirvana's album Nevermind and other Nirvana tunes. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. Doors open at 7pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance and $8 at t...
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      A celebration of Nirvana's album Nevermind and other Nirvana tunes. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. Doors open at 7pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Click Learn More to buy tickets online.Read less
    • September 10
      5:30 PM
      Nirvana Show
      A celebration of Nirvana's album Nevermind and other Nirvana tunes. At Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223. Doors open at 5pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance and $8 a...
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      A celebration of Nirvana's album Nevermind and other Nirvana tunes. At Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223. Doors open at 5pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Click Learn More to buy tickets online.Read less
    • September 16
      7:30 PM
      Led Zeppelin: The Later Years Show
      Students will perform Led Zeppelin music post the Led Zeppelin Four album. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. All ages welcome. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 a...
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      Students will perform Led Zeppelin music post the Led Zeppelin Four album. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. All ages welcome. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Click Learn More to buy tickets online.Read less
    • September 17
      7:30 PM
      Led Zepplin at the Mason Heritage Festival
      We'll be the headlining music act at this year's Mason Heritage Festival, presenting an all Led Zeppelin concert. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Fireworks follow the ...
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      We'll be the headlining music act at this year's Mason Heritage Festival, presenting an all Led Zeppelin concert. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Fireworks follow the concert. 6000 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040. Click to learn more about the festival.Read less
    • September 18
      6:00 PM
      Led Zeppelin Xtravaganza To Benefit Ovation Music Fund
      We're putting on a mammoth Led Zeppelin concert to raise money for the Ovation Music Fund, a 501 (c) public charity that facilitates music education scholarships for underserved children ages 7-17 ...
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      We're putting on a mammoth Led Zeppelin concert to raise money for the Ovation Music Fund, a 501 (c) public charity that facilitates music education scholarships for underserved children ages 7-17 at music schools across the USA. All money raised will be earmarked for scholarships for kids in the Greater Cincinnati area. At the 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209. All ages welcome. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Click Learn More to buy tickets.Read less
    • September 23
      7:30 PM
      Motown Show
      We'll have you dancing in the streets with our tribute to Motown. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. Doors open at 7pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of sho...
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      We'll have you dancing in the streets with our tribute to Motown. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. Doors open at 7pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Click Learn More to buy tickets online.Read less
    • September 24
      7:30 PM
      Ramones vs The Clash Show
      Our students take on two of punk's greatest bands. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. Doors open at 7pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Click Learn ...
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      Our students take on two of punk's greatest bands. At The Sonic Boom Room, 755 Reading Road, Mason OH 45040. Doors open at 7pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Click Learn More to buy tickets online.Read less
    • September 25
      4:00 PM
      Ramones vs The Clash Show
      Our students take on two of punk's greatest bands. At The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Doors open at 3pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Click Lea...
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      Our students take on two of punk's greatest bands. At The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Doors open at 3pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Click Learn More to buy tickets online.Read less
    • September 25
      7:00 PM
      Motown Show
      We'll have you dancing in the streets with our tribute to Motown. At The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Doors open at 6pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of ...
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      We'll have you dancing in the streets with our tribute to Motown. At The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Doors open at 6pm. All ages welcome. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of show. A ticket is also good for our Ramones vs The Clash Show that starts at 4pm. Click Learn More to buy tickets online.Read less

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Staff

    • Meet Carl G Shepard
      GUITAR, BASS AND VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      With a deep love for music from a very early age, Carl has been performing professionally in different local bands for 15 years. His high school cover band, The Rockefellers, had their first paid g...
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      With a deep love for music from a very early age, Carl has been performing professionally in different local bands for 15 years. His high school cover band, The Rockefellers, had their first paid gig when Carl was just 15. They performed for a festival at Boldface Park in 1997, and from that point on Carl knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He comes from a musical family; his mother Barbara was a featured vocalist for the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus and performed for Max Rudolf's retirement from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In high school, Carl participated in the Senior Choir, the Show Choir, and played bass guitar in the Jazz band. He was also the first student at Western Hills High School that was permitted to sing lead vocal while performing with the Jazz band.After high school, Carl attended the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH. There he became a certified sound engineer, learning skills that would help him record compositions that he and his sister Alison Shepard created. In 2001 they formed an original band called entheos. The sibling duo entheos has released 2 studio albums, and they are currently recording a 3rd album and making music videos. Over the years Carl has performed with several cover bands including The Rockefellers, The T-Sly Band, and 3 Day Rule. He has pulled multiple duties in each group, playing bass and guitar and singing lead. He is currently performing multiple solo/duo acoustic gigs around the Tri-State area. You can find his schedule here on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carl-G-Acoustic/273736686011046 Carl has a sincere passion for teaching music and has been working as a guitar/bass instructor for six years. He is very enthusiastic about sharing the joy of music with students of all ages, and is thrilled about being given the opportunity to further his career by participating with the School of Rock. "I'm so excited about the potential that the School of Rock will have, and I hope to help build a stellar reputation along with the other instructors", says Carl.Carl G grew up in Sayler Park. His initial "G", stands for Gracely, a family name for which the main street of Sayler Park was named. "It's a nice feeling to know my family changed the history of Sayler Park. I aspire to have an impact that great someday", states Carl. His art, and his talents are unique. From his vocal stylings to his original work with his sister Alison, Carl truly is one of a kind. Check him out in the local music scene, in entheos, or see his videos on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/entheosband
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    • Meet Joe Klug
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR AND SHOW DIRECTOR
      Joe has been playing drums for 30 years and has been in bands in and around Cincinnati for almost as long. He currently is the drummer for Wussy , a critically-acclaimed Cincinnati-based indie ban...
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      Joe has been playing drums for 30 years and has been in bands in and around Cincinnati for almost as long. He currently is the drummer for Wussy , a critically-acclaimed Cincinnati-based indie band. Wussy has released four well-reviewed albums and has toured across the country, including showcase appearances at the prestigous South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX.Joe is a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to drums, he plays keys (which he will also teach), guitar, and bass. He is in high demand around town as a recording sesssion musician.Joe is also a record producer. He was co-producer on Wussy's most recent album Strawberry and is also producing Wussy's next recording. Other current producing projects include work for High Heels and Robert Cherry .
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    • Meet MELISSA FAIRMOUNT
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR AND SHOW DIRECTOR
      Melissa began her rock career in 1989 as a founder, guirarist and lead singer for The Murkins , Cincinnati's first all girl band. She has kept rocking ever since with projects that have encompasse...
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      Melissa began her rock career in 1989 as a founder, guirarist and lead singer for The Murkins , Cincinnati's first all girl band. She has kept rocking ever since with projects that have encompassed a wide variety of musical styles, including indie rock, acoustic folk, country, world beat, and hip hop.Her longest running project has been Cincinnati's legendary punk-pop band Fairmount Girls , which Melissa helped to form in 1996. The band is still going strong. While the band's line-up has changed over the years, Melissa has been one of its constants as singer, keyboardist, and songwriter. The band has recorded three albums and been included on three compilations of the best of Cincinnati's music. It has won numerous Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and Cammy awards, and it has played throughout the country and internationally, from small clubs to large festivals, including such legends as New York's CBGB.Melissa is a superb vocalist, whether singing solo lead or creating lush harmonies in duets and trios. She is a seasoned songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, organ, and bass. She works as a session musician, usually called in for vocals. She has shared the stage with several notable musicians, including Peter Frampton. All-in-all, she has much to offer her School of Rock students. "It's time for me to teach my rock to another generation to make sure its done right. After all, the song says to ROCK ON!"When not on stage, in the rehearsal room, or in a recording session, Melissa is often found in the kitchen. She has been a professional cook for about 30 years. She currently is the chef at Park + Vine, a downtown Cincinnati vegan restaurant and retailer specializing in green products.
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    • Meet Michael Horrigan
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Michael brings a wealth of rock performance experience to School of Rock. He has played drums and bass professionally for more than 20 years as a member of 7 different bands. Most prominently, he w...
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      Michael brings a wealth of rock performance experience to School of Rock. He has played drums and bass professionally for more than 20 years as a member of 7 different bands. Most prominently, he was the drummer for The Afghan Whigs from 1997-2000 and toured on bass with Brendan Benson from 2004-2005. He has extensive touring and performance experience throughout the United States and Europe. Venues and events have included small clubs, theaters, arenas and European festivals such as Reading, Glastonbury, Pinkpop, O2, and Pukkelpop. His bands have headlined at many of these and have also opened for such acts as Aerosmith , The White Stripes , Beck , Keane , and The Melvins. Michael has appeared on national and international television shows such as 'The Craig Ferguson Show', 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', and 'Later'¦ with Jools Holland' (U.K.), and he has performed on live radio broadcasts such as 'The World Café' and 'The BBC' (U.K.).Michael also has extensive recording experience. He has appeared on 12 different albums with the bands that he has played in, both as a drummer and as a bassist.Michael taught drums in Detroit for more than five years prior to joining School of Rock. He enjoys tailoring instruction to each student's interests and skill level.Michael earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University in English Literature in 1989.
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News

  • Summer 2016 Show Season Show line Up Announced - Enroll Now To Particpate

    We plan five shows for the Summer 2016 Show Season: Nirvana Motown Led Zeppelin - The Early Years Led Zeppelin - The Later Years Ramones vs. The Clash Sign ups begin April 25. Rehearsals begin in J...
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    We plan five shows for the Summer 2016 Show Season:
    Nirvana
    Motown
    Led Zeppelin - The Early Years
    Led Zeppelin - The Later Years
    Ramones vs. The Clash
    Sign ups begin April 25. Rehearsals begin in June with shows performed in September. Must be enrolled to sign up. To learn more, contact us by phone at 513-770-1257 or by email at mason@schoolofrock.com.
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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