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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
(214) 856-4055

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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!

  • 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!

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 Alan Ayo
      Music Director
      Alan has been playing drums in metal bands since he was 16, first in Arizona where he went to high school, and later in Atlanta, where he attended The Art Institute's program for Music/Entertainmen...
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      Alan has been playing drums in metal bands since he was 16, first in Arizona where he went to high school, and later in Atlanta, where he attended The Art Institute's program for Music/Entertainment Management and Recording Arts. In Dallas, he performed for 5 years with Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs, starring actress Leslie Deane (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, 21 Jumpstreet, Dallas), performing on the band's first two records and touring with them as far away as NYC.

      More recently, Alan performed on the House Of Blues Dallas main stage with the Rage Against The Machine tribute band, Rise Against The Machine, in front of over 1500, and not only hosted the music festival Dia De Los Toadies 8, but got hired last minute as drum tech for The Burden Brothers for their set at the festival as well.

      As some might have recognized from the name, Ayo also works for IHeartMedia Dallas, where he holds down middays on 102.1 The Edge, essentially since 1999, interviewing literally hundreds of alternativ rock artists and hosting Edgefest and other big shows in front of tens of thousands. Alan served as KDGE's music director and APD for 7 years as well. Iheart keeps hiom busy on the side, filling in for TV station KOCO Channel 5 in Oklahoma City, and Radio 104.5 in Philadelphia.

      In his spare time Alan enjoys Scuba, Yoga, Music/Movie/Comic collecting, and spending time with the kids in his family circle together with his girlfriend Krystal. He has a son of his own, 22, who is quite a gifted musician himself.

      His favorite artists are Lisa Fischer, Clutch, Alabama Shakes, Deftones, and Pink Floyd.
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    • Meet Alan Painter
      Instructor: Guitar, Bass, Rehearsals, Rock 101
      Alan has been playing guitar for over twelve years. He teaches a wide variety of skills such as composition, technique, and production. He currently studies guitar performance at the University of ...
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      Alan has been playing guitar for over twelve years. He teaches a wide variety of skills such as composition, technique, and production. He currently studies guitar performance at the University of North Texas with a concentration in classical guitar. He has played in hard rock and metal bands across Texas for the last 10 years.

      Favorite artists/influences: Pink Floyd, Glassjaw
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    • Meet Adam Nelson
      Instructor: Keys, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rehearsals, Rock 101
      Adam has had experience playing since he first started taking piano lessons at age 5. After six years of reading sheet music, playing to a metronome, and performing at piano recitals, Adam picked u...
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      Adam has had experience playing since he first started taking piano lessons at age 5. After six years of reading sheet music, playing to a metronome, and performing at piano recitals, Adam picked up playing guitar as a way to escape the platitudes of classical piano lessons. At age 14, he started his first band with three friends, singing and playing keyboards and occasionally guitar depending on the song. He soon realized that his guitar had a few too many strings and wasn’t quite cool enough, so at age 16, he bought a bass. Since then Adam has rehearsed and performed with many different groups and types of musicians, primarily on the bass guitar.

      Adam believes that playing, writing, and experimenting with music are the most exciting and fulfilling things one can do and routinely encourages his students to start bands and write their own songs, in addition to learning the fundamentals of music and the styles of influential musicians.

      Favorite artists/influences: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Weezer, Soundgarden, Tera Melos, Pile
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    • Meet Michael Scordo
      Instructor: Vocals
      Michael began taking voice and acting lessons at a school run by his mother at the age of 8 and continued to be in choir through high school. At 19 years old, Michael met a guitarist at college and...
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      Michael began taking voice and acting lessons at a school run by his mother at the age of 8 and continued to be in choir through high school. At 19 years old, Michael met a guitarist at college and it was when the two began to collaborate that Michael realized he wanted to be more serious about his music. He spent the next 3 years with various vocal coaches and at 22, moved to Austin to perform in the area in a duet. At 25, Michael spent a year with a pitch monitor, returning to Dallas to begin his teaching career with the School of Rock where he specializes in rock, country, and pop vocals.

      Influences/Favorite Artists: Paul Rodgers, Freddie Mercury
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    • Meet Ethan Hope
      Instructor: Guitar, Drums
      My first musical endeavors were with the drums. A drum set was given to me when I was about 7 or 8, and I knew immediately that that’s what I wanted to do. I would spend hours a day teaching myse...
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      My first musical endeavors were with the drums. A drum set was given to me when I was about 7 or 8, and I knew immediately that that’s what I wanted to do. I would spend hours a day teaching myself to play different drum beats and songs that my parents always listened to; everything from Zeppelin to Al Green to The Beatles. After a couple of years of beating the drums, I decided to learn the guitar. My dad got an acoustic guitar for Christmas, and I fell in love with it. I spent the majority of my waking hours teaching myself chords, scales, songs, playing in bands with friends, &c.

      After teaching myself the basics, my interest in music grew and grew. I joined the School of Rock Frisco the week it opened and loved everything about it. Learning different songs every week, playing with other talented kids, and eventually touring with the School of Rock greatly enhanced my musicianship and shaped me to be the person I am today.

      Favorite artists: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Julian Lage, Stevie Wonder, King Crimson, Deerhoof
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    • Meet Collin Wiese
      Instructor: Guitar, Bass
      I began my musical journey playing saxophone when I was 12. I only ever played classical and jazz, but rock music was always playing from the stereo in my house. I became interested in guitar when ...
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      I began my musical journey playing saxophone when I was 12. I only ever 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.

      Favorite artists/influences: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie.
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence. ”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real" concert venues." ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA