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About School of Rock McKinney

Welcome to School of Rock McKinney, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of McKinney’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock McKinney 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 McKinney 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 McKinney
1600 W LouisianaMcKinney, TX 75069
Main Number
(214) 856-4055(214) 856-4055

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock McKinney, 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.

    McKinney 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 McKinney’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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock McKinney is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock McKinney, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows McKinney students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock McKinney’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock McKinney’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 McKinney’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!

  • At School of Rock McKinney, 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 McKinney, 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 McKinney works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock McKinney’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!

  • School of Rock McKinney’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 prepare them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our McKinney 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 McKinney’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 McKinney, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at McKinney enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in McKinney’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

  • School of Rock McKinney’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock McKinney.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

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

McKinney 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 McKinney’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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Staff

    • Meet Our McKinney SOR Staff
      Get to know all of our staff by reading their bios. Click 'VIEW ALL!' for the info!
    • Meet Shannon Jabczynski-Allen
      General Manager: Plano, McKinney
      Shannon was born into a Rock n Roll family. Both of her parents were in a band together, Mid City Rock, where mom was the Lead Singer and dad was the Lead Guitarist. So, needless to say, Rock n Rol...
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      Shannon was born into a Rock n Roll family. Both of her parents were in a band together, Mid City Rock, where mom was the Lead Singer and dad was the Lead Guitarist. So, needless to say, Rock n Roll is in her blood! At a young age, she developed her love for Aerosmith and Heart which are still two of her favorite bands.

      A born entertainer, Shannon discovered her passion for dance when she was just a tot. Although her parents would've loved for her to pick up an instrument, they realized that dancing was her way of expression and let her pursue it. She attempted to learn guitar but it just did not compute in her brain so she stuck with movement though never walking away from rock n roll.

      When she was 16 years old, she got her first job in sales. This was something that came very easy to her and in a few years Shannon stepped into a management role. After 15 years with that company, they decided to sell the business and Shannon came to School of Rock! Funny how things come full circle in life. Starting with Rock to end up in the business of it!
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    • Meet Keith Wood
      Music Director
      He was born one day
      He likes Guitars and The Rolling Stones.
      He teaches.

      (He's done some stuff in between)
    • Meet Teresa Self
      Assistant General Manager
      Teresa grew up listening to all the cool stuff from the 50's and 60's on records, and then rock the 80's and 90's. A die-hard fan of music videos, saw all the cool bands play way before they were c...
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      Teresa grew up listening to all the cool stuff from the 50's and 60's on records, and then rock the 80's and 90's. A die-hard fan of music videos, saw all the cool bands play way before they were cool. Now she is a rocker mom with two kids. Her daughter has excelled in the School of Rock of program, and now she wants to help introduce every kid to rock!

      She is a trained barber and shows it off with her crazy hair that changes frequently. Even her kids and husband have interesting hair. But this chill lady isn’t all good looks, she has the authority to set any child or adult on the path to fame.

      Writing is hard.
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    • Meet Zack Wiese
      Asst. Music Director, Instructor: Drums, Guitar/Bass
      "I watched a documentary about The Beatles when I was 13 and just thought, Well... that's it. I want to play music." Born in Seattle, Washington the land of espresso and grunge, Zack's musical jour...
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      "I watched a documentary about The Beatles when I was 13 and just thought, Well... that's it. I want to play music." Born in Seattle, Washington the land of espresso and grunge, Zack's musical journey began. Zack's parents were huge music nerds. "Everything From Miles Davis, to The Rolling Stones, to STP, to Death Cab for Cutie was played in our house. It was fantastic!" Being around all that music as a kid, It's no wonder he ended up here! Zack started here in Frisco as a student when he was 13. After being here for 4 years he's progressed into becoming a teacher here at School of Rock. He began as drum student, but also taught himself Guitar, Bass, Piano and has been known to sing every now and again. He's got a good ear for all genres of music, but says his favorites would be The Classics, Indie Rock, And Garage Rock. "I love this job so much. School of Rock was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, and I hope that I can share my love of music with next generation of young musicians!" Zack currently plays drums in a band with fellow staff members Joaquin Reyna and Zoe Haislip known as 'Post Palace' as well as playing everything in his solo project, 'Fluorescent Dreams.'
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    • Meet Collin Wiese
      Instructor: Guitar/Bass, Keys
      Collin began his musical journey playing saxophone at the age of 12 years old. “I played classical and jazz, but rock music was always playing from the stereo in my house. I became interested in ...
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      Collin began his musical journey playing saxophone at the age of 12 years old. “I played classical and jazz, but rock music was always playing from the stereo in my house. I became interested in
      guitar when visiting the Experience Music Project in Seattle, where I was born. From there on, I've been unable to put down the guitar and bass.”

      Collin started off as a student at the School of Rock in Frisco. He soon progressed to become a guitar and bass instructor at both School of Rock Frisco and School of Rock McKinney. During his
      time here, he has also taught himself drums and keys.

      Favorite artists/influences: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie.
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    • Meet John Curtis
      Instructor: Vocals
      John Curtis has loved to sing ever since he was a child. Seeing Luciano Pavarotti one night on television as a child filled him with electricity, and although he gravitated towards rock music rath...
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      John Curtis has loved to sing ever since he was a child. Seeing Luciano Pavarotti one night on television as a child filled him with electricity, and although he gravitated towards rock music rather than classical, he’s been eager to share that feeling with others ever since. Taking professional vocal lessons for one and a half years at Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, whose students include the likes of Rob Thomas, Usher, Collective Soul, and Mastodon, as well as at Oglethorpe University, John learned to harness his vocal capabilities through a dedicated, foundational approach to singing, which has served him well in gigs with his band Spaced Age, as well as in solo concerts. John can find something to love in nearly every style of music, and whatever kind of music his students want to focus on, getting people to feel the same passion for it that he does – and have fun performing it – are his primary goals.
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    • Meet Melissa Johnson
      Show Director, Instructor: Vocals, Keys
      Melissa Johnson has been classically trained in opera, jazz, musical theater, and classical voice for 18 years. She first became interested in rock music when she was around 6-years-old and she hea...
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      Melissa Johnson has been classically trained in opera, jazz, musical theater, and classical voice for 18 years. She first became interested in rock music when she was around 6-years-old and she heard her dad play guitar for the first time. After that, she would sit with her dad and listen to him educate her on the music of Journey, Queen, Styx, and AC/DC (among others). She sang in choirs with her schools from late elementary school through high school when she began teaching basic music education to preschool aged children in her community. In 2007, she enrolled in music classes at Collin College in Plano where she pursued a music education degree. While enrolled, she performed with their jazz, classical, musical theater, and eclectic A Capella groups. In 2009, she began teaching voice as an independent instructor for high school students in and around the Plano and McKinney areas to better prepare them for their college scholarship auditions. Music has always been a great passion for Melissa. Teaching gives her a way to pass on that love and passion to children and young adults, and that is the greatest gift one can give.
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    • Meet Jade Owens
      Instructor: Guitar/Bass, Rookies
      Jade Owens grew up in Corsicana, Texas. His family consisted of numerous musicians ranging from banjo players to vibraphone players. One of his fondest memories of his family is playing instruments...
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      Jade Owens grew up in Corsicana, Texas. His family consisted of numerous musicians ranging from banjo players to vibraphone players. One of his fondest memories of his family is playing instruments on the front porch of his grandfather's home. Jam sessions were something he grew up with.

      Today, Jade enjoys giving the gift of music back to the world in as many facets as possible. Music is a means of expression that needs no words. That is his main goal in his teaching. To give his students the ability to truly be themselves through music and in life.

      Jade plays a handful instruments (Guitar, Drums, Bass) and is in the band Bad James. Check out the social media outlets for shows and updates.
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    • Meet John Inman
      Instructor: Guitar/Bass
      Guitarist John Inman has been storming the stages and studios of Dallas, TX for well over a decade. John has earned a reputation as a dynamic live performer as well as a technically advanced Guitar...
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      Guitarist John Inman has been storming the stages and studios of Dallas, TX for well over a decade. John has earned a reputation as a dynamic live performer as well as a technically advanced Guitarist. After spending his formative years in the local Rock/Metal scene as a self taught player, John sought out private instruction to sharpen his theory and playing skills. These studies led John to develop a passionate interest in Jazz and Fusion, while still keeping one foot firmly planted in Rock-n-Roll.

      John’s influences range from Randy Rhoads and Neal Schon to Frank Gambale and Al DiMeola. His ability to adapt quickly to almost any playing style is evidenced by his long time employment with Dance/top 40 acts, cruise ship work, and recent recruitment by the Dallas DEF LEPPARD tribute band, DEF LEGGEND. John brings more to the table than just extraordinary chops and the ability to memorize large catalogs of playlists. He is also a talented vocalist with an amazing vocal range that has allowed him to perform as both frontman and in backing vocal positions with various bands.

      In 1999 John wrote and recorded his debut solo CD modeous eclectic which contained a balance of Fusion influence as well as solid melodic Rock compositions. The album scored as high as #2 on Guitar 9 Records’ Progressive Best Sellers charts and has maintained a respectable position since it’s release. John’s trio, John Inman Netwerk instantly scored opening slots and shared billing with notable acts such as Gary Hoey, King’s X, and Dream Theater.

      In 2002 John released his second CD, skiesWIDEopen. This album went even further into Fusion realms as well as more intense Progressive Rock, while still keeping a strong focus on melody. SkiesWIDEopen scored as high as #4 on Guitar 9 Records’ Progressive Best Sellers charts.

      Playing around 240 dates a year, John stays busy as a full time musician playing around Dallas and also does some nationwide showcasing. John is also endorsed by FRACTAL AUDIO SYSTEMS and IN-TUNE GUITAR PICKS.

      "I've been with S.I.T. for well over a decade now. Tim and the guys have always taken care of me, and continue to rock my world with the strings I grew up, and depend on....set after set, night after night, week after week, and so on..."
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    • Meet Lester Murphy III
      Instructor: Drums, Keys
      How's it going I'm Lester Murphy III. Music is my life and my passion. I love to play as well as instruct all levels. My for passion drums started at the age of 2, of course playing in the church. ...
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      How's it going I'm Lester Murphy III. Music is my life and my passion. I love to play as well as instruct all levels. My for passion drums started at the age of 2, of course playing in the church. That is really where I got most of my training under some, very skillful and humble, musicians who didn't mind showing just how to get the job done. My pops' on the spot training got me to moving very quickly. Through that and humble attitude always stuck with me always looking to help my fellow brother more skillful in his craft.

      Over these 28 years I've had the opportunity to play on several big stages in front many people with many popular artist which increased my experience in this field. Currently I'm working with four different projects (CARMECÌ, Dope Tunes, Emotion Brown and the Cosmos and SILASSIE I) will have those official details for you soon. My regular schedule is sort of constant. Lots of small tours around Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. Now I've just been focusing more on getting the albums released and currently studying at the Cedar Valley College music education and performance.

      Encouraging my students to learn all that they can is what I'm all about. Teaching music is motivating in helping the next man, because there's no point in getting it all and never sharing what was giving to you since it could be snatched away. With that being said, I look forward to growing and learning even more and meeting new people with this new opportunity. It's all about networking and creating relationships. Peace.
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Promotions

News

    • Summer EOS Shows Announced!

      McKinney and Plano are teaming up to bring you 3 days of rock! Join us at Red Rock or TUPPS to see all of our talented students show off the hard work they've put in this season! It's a not miss ...
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      McKinney and Plano are teaming up to bring you 3 days of rock! Join us at Red Rock or TUPPS to see all of our talented students show off the hard work they've put in this season! It's a not miss showRead less

    • Summer 2017 Shows!

      It's not too late to join our Summer Season Shows! Whoop! Enroll now and get you kids off the couch and on the stage!

    • Come check out Rookies!

      Rookies is awesome! Do you have a kid that wants to learn all the things when it comes to music? This is the class for them. Each week the students, ages 6 and 7, learn about the instruments and...
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      Rookies is awesome! Do you have a kid that wants to learn all the things when it comes to music? This is the class for them. Each week the students, ages 6 and 7, learn about the instruments and get to jam together learning something new each week. Join us Mondays at 4 pm for an hour long class of ROCK!Read less

    • We're looking for talented musicians!

      School of Rock is looking for fun, amazing musicians that want to join our team! Do you enjoy teaching others great music and want to turn that into a career? Click and fill out the application!

Testimonials

  • “My son really enjoys the experience, & it's teaching him how to work with others to achieve a common goal. He is also getting exposed to different types of music & experiencing the thrill of performing.”
    — Susan K., Mother of a Rock 101(er), McKinney, TX
  • “Great customer service, constant communication and excellent instructors! My son had never picked up drumsticks before and in 3 months he was playing really good music. He is exposed to many music genres. Our family loves going to the Rockstravaganzas and seasonal shows. It really feels like he is a rock star. He was fascinated with becoming a drummer and now his is passionate about it and now listens to music in a completely different way.”
    — Veronica M., Mother of Performance Program student
  • “Great opportunity for kids to learn individual and team skills. Performance package is the only way to go as kids progress and develop season to season, show to show!”
    — Joe B., Father of Performance Program student, McKinney, TX
  • “Collin (guitar instructor) is great, talented and able to customize training for what I need to work on!”
    — Matt W., Adult Program/guitar student, McKinney, TX