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About School of Rock Nashville

Welcome to School of Rock Nashville, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Nashville’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville
3201 Belmont BlvdNashville, TN 37212
(615) 730-5306

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Nashville, 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.

    Nashville 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 Nashville’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 Nashville 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Nashville’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Nashville’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 Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville’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 Nashville’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Nashville Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

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

Nashville 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 Nashville’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

    • Derek Frank
      General Manager
      Derek started with music at an early age. At the age of 5 he already had his own drumset and was setting in with his dad's bands. He started taking drum lessons at age 8 and then his musical career...
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      Derek started with music at an early age. At the age of 5 he already had his own drumset and was setting in with his dad's bands. He started taking drum lessons at age 8 and then his musical career started to bloom. Derek played in several groups through high school, and also starred in numerous school productions including the lead roll in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Big River, Aladdin, Babes in Arms, and several others. Derek then went on to be a percussion major at Eastern Illinois University. While attending EIU, Derek started playing more guitar and singing as a front man. He fronted several bands through the years, including The Quad Cities Favorite, Grazin District, and has opened for such artists as Blackberry Smoke, Phil Vassar, Big and Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Levi Lowrey, Sunny Sweeny Clay Cook from the Zac Brown Band, The Janedear Girls, Love and Theft, The Invite, Darryl Worley, and several others. In 2012 Derek Decided to further his journey and move to Nashville where he has been writing and recording with some of the industries top names. Derek's debut EP is being by Grammy nominated producer and writer Robert White Johnson, and is set to be released January 2014.
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    • Aaron Keen
      Guitar Instructor (bass, keys, violin, vocals)
      Aaron Keen, accomplished electric and fingerstyle guitarist, seasoned rock/blues/jazz pianist, and a former Young American with over four thousand hours of performing, teaching, and stage productio...
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      Aaron Keen, accomplished electric and fingerstyle guitarist, seasoned rock/blues/jazz pianist, and a former Young American with over four thousand hours of performing, teaching, and stage production studied guitar performance at MTSU and played in rock venues in the Nashville area before taking touring work with The Young Americans. Aaron has also performed on Holland America cruise lines as the house band guitarist in several tours of the Caribbean, in a 2009 nationally syndicated Best Buy Christmas commercial, and three summers as the band leader at Boyne Highlands Dinner Theater. He has taught guitar, piano, violin, choreography, and stage acting in over fifty workshops with an average of one hundred fifty students per three-day workshop, and has taught private instruction since 2004.
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    • Brandon Barnes
      Drum Instructor
      Brandon is a professional drummer and percussionist hailing from Pittsburgh, PA now based in Nashville, TN. He has been teaching drums and percussion privately, since 1997 and in public and charter...
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      Brandon is a professional drummer and percussionist hailing from Pittsburgh, PA now based in Nashville, TN. He has been teaching drums and percussion privately, since 1997 and in public and charter schools since 2003. Brandon started studying drum kit and percussion instruments at the age of three. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Percussion) from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Timothy K. Adams, Jr. and Paul Evans. He also had the privilege of studying drum kit under Roger Humphries , Nick Gimiliano , and Joe Porcaro and percussion under Timothy Genis , Gerald Unger and Conrad Alexander just to name a few. Brandon was a part of the Pittsburgh based rock band Missing Pages , which released a live concert DVD, Modus Operandi as well as an EP, It's About Time . Missing Pages was honored to open for acts such as Deep Purple, Journey, Def Leopard, Winger, Bret Michaels of Poison and Jani Lane of Warrant. Brandon was also Patrizio Buanne's North American touring drummer, which allowed him the opportunity to play shows at venues such as the Montreal Jazz Festival , the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago, IL, the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA and the Xanadu Theatre at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Additionally, Brandon earned the opportunity to travel to Utrecht, Holland to play with blues legends Tommy Brown and Roy Lee Johnson in Europe's premier blues event, Blues Estafette . Brandon is well versed in an array of styles including rock, jazz, soul, funk, blues, Latin, folk and concert percussion. If you would like to discover more about Brandon, his background, recording portfolio, experiences and projects please visit www.brandontbarnes.com
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    • Caleb Crosby
      Drum / Percussion Instructor
      A drummer since age 11, Caleb moved to Nashville in 2007 to study music at Belmont University. By 2008, he was performing with several artists and becoming versatile in the studio. While at Belmont...
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      A drummer since age 11, Caleb moved to Nashville in 2007 to study music at Belmont University. By 2008, he was performing with several artists and becoming versatile in the studio. While at Belmont, Caleb studied percussion under Todd London, Chester Thompson, and Zoro. In 2009, Caleb met Tyler and has played and toured with the band ever since. Caleb has earned endorsements from Gretsch drums, Paiste cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks. After graduating from Belmont in 2011 with a BA in music, Caleb chose to stay in Nashville where he continues to write, play and tour, primarily with Tyler Bryant.
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    • Michael August Walton
      Guitar / Piano / Voice
      Michael August Walton has been writing music and performing for about as long as he can remember. It all started back in the confines of his family's music school. Born and raised within the wood-l...
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      Michael August Walton has been writing music and performing for about as long as he can remember. It all started back in the confines of his family's music school. Born and raised within the wood-laden walls of the "New Jersey School of Music", he could be found roaming around from one room to another banging on every piano and miscellaneous instrument he could get his hands on. Not much has changed. While maintaining a rigorous writing and performing schedule, Michael also taught private guitar/piano/voice lessons and directed the "Rock Shop" program at New Jersey's "Conservatory of Musical Arts". Michael attended the University of Arts in Philadelphia finishing a Master's degree in Arts and Teaching.
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    • Gerry "Ping" McCuthison
      Guitar & Bass Instructor / ROCK 101 Director
      Gerry "Ping" McCuthison (AKA Ping D Rose) is a skillful musician whose talents have taken him around the world. Mixing his Tennessee musical roots (Memphis Soul/Nashville Country) with his formal e...
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      Gerry "Ping" McCuthison (AKA Ping D Rose) is a skillful musician whose talents have taken him around the world. Mixing his Tennessee musical roots (Memphis Soul/Nashville Country) with his formal education in classical and jazz, he has been well received by many audiences since 2006. Whether it's solo acoustic or with a band, this Memphis native knows how to get down.
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    • Kaleb McEwen
      Guitar & Bass Instructor / Show Director / Adult Performance Director
      Just before his freshman year of high school, Kaleb bought Van Halen's Best Of Vol. I and his life took a drastic turn. 'My desire to play guitar can be traced pretty much solely to Eddie Van Halen...
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      Just before his freshman year of high school, Kaleb bought Van Halen's Best Of Vol. I and his life took a drastic turn. 'My desire to play guitar can be traced pretty much solely to Eddie Van Halen,' he says. 'There's only so much you can listen to someone like him before you want to try it yourself.''The guitar offered an outlet for creativity and self esteem that I desperately needed at that age,' he says. 'For a kid who had some inferiority issues, suddenly I was doing something that most people around me weren't doing. It made me feel unique.' Kaleb was also lucky enough to have an extremely accomplished guitarist by the name of Scott Whitehall living in the same town who took him under his wing for the ensuing years. 'I would come over and see these things I heard on the album being played right before my eyes. It was incredible.'After high school, Kaleb studied music theory among other things at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL, then in 2006 transferred to Western Illinois University and studied guitar with Dr. Matthew Warnock. 'Matt challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before, and I learned so much about improvising and overall life as a musician from him.' It was during his tenure at WIU that Kaleb met a young bassist by the name of Andy Bowers. 'At first, Andy and I were just acquaintances that happened to be in classes together. I knew he was an amazing bassist, but we had never really played together before. One night, something told me to approach him about doing a project and West of Eden was basically formed then,' he says.Kaleb wrote and recorded with West of Eden throughout 2008-2010.In 2012, Kaleb had another musical opportunity arise when he was asked to join regional country-rock act Grazin District. The band was in need of a new bassist and Kaleb jumped at the opportunity for a fresh, new direction. "In Grazin, I got to take on a new role that I really enjoyed. The band came along at a time when I really needed something new and exciting. In addition to bass, I also got to hone in on my singing."In fall 2013, Kaleb took a huge step and relocated to Nashville, TN to continue work with Derek Frank and to pursue studio session work. He has also recorded with Nashville-based vocalist Camille Rae.
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    • Alex Tomkins
      Guitar Instructor / Keys Instructor
      Born in Leicester, UK, Alex moved with his family to the US to settle in New York at the age of 12. He began playing the guitar shortly before his family made the move and continued throughout his ...
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      Born in Leicester, UK, Alex moved with his family to the US to settle in New York at the age of 12. He began playing the guitar shortly before his family made the move and continued throughout his teenage years. Alex is a former School of Rock student himself, having attended the Highwood School of Rock in Evanston, IL. According to Alex, his time at the School of Rock was the point in time when he knew that music was something that he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Alex moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University for engineering and quickly realized that music was his true passion and what he was born to do. While attending Vandy, Alex formed the band Kid Freud with two musicians he met and they have quickly become a local favorite. Per reviews of Kid Freud, "frontman Alex Tomkins' goofy charm keeps all eyes on him, whether or not the music is flowing. The crowds fall silent under the rapture of Tomkins' earnest yet playful melody and the accompanying gently strummed guitar chords." Alex is also an amazing talent on the keys.
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    • Adam McDonough
      Guitar Instructor / Show Director
      After graduating Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Adam quickly made his way working the music industry building his chops and honing the business skills playing the cover band scene and coll...
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      After graduating Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Adam quickly made his way working the music industry building his chops and honing the business skills playing the cover band scene and collaborating as much as possible. His influences include artists such asTom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jackson Browne, and Paul Simonto name a few. Adam has worked his way up to pack some of the most prestigious venues throughout New York City and the greater area. Adam has been fortunate enough to share the stage and studio with international artists such as James McCartney, Foy Vance, Nicole Atkins and even work with Producer Aaron Johnson (The Fray, Secondhand Serenade...) at Swinghouse Studio in Hollywood, CA. He is now building his career through the narrow cracks of the industry by writing, playing shows, figuring out the social media scene, and recording as much as possible. Adam is releasing his debut record 'Coast To Coast' October 1st.'Songwriting is a true passion of mine. Collaborating with other songwriters and artists gives me the energy that keeps me feeling alive.'
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News

  • Summer 2015 Season Show Signups Available!

    The Nashville School of Rock has announced lineup for the SUMMER 2015 SEASON SHOWS! There will be a super exciting lineup for this summer and you won't want to miss out on being a part of these sho...
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    The Nashville School of Rock has announced lineup for the SUMMER 2015 SEASON SHOWS! There will be a super exciting lineup for this summer and you won't want to miss out on being a part of these shows! Beginning May 4th, the Nashville School of Rock will begin casting for these amazing shows that will be performed at various venues around town. Consider joining our 80s HAIR NATION cast! BIG HAIR? WE DON'T CARE! Come join the 80s HAIR NATION cast and rock out to the favorite hair bands of the 80s! Enjoy the music of these epic bands that are from the era when pretty men were COOL! To much hair for you? Then join our Reggae Rock show....Let's get together and feel alright! You don't need to worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing will be alright if you join this cast. Learn about how Reggae music has evolved and influenced many of the most pospular genres today, all while playing the music of the most iconic reggae artists around. Or if you wanna pick up the pace....join the show where the music of the Black Keys and the White Stripes will go head to head! This show is sure to be a crowd pleaser, consisting of the best these two bands have to offer. Current students may sign up via this link: https://nashville.schoolofrock.com/summer-2015-show-sign-current-students-onlyNew students to the School of Rock need only to give us a call at 615-730-5306!Come spend your summer with us at the Nashville School of Rock! You'll be glad you did!
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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 Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “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 of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “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, San Diego, CA