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About School of Rock Nashville

Welcome to School of Rock Nashville—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Nashville teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Nashville. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Nashville to get a feel for our methods and community.

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, 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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Upcoming Events

  • October 1
    12:00 PM
    School of Rock performs at College Grove Fall Festival
    Live Concert
  • October 2
    12:00 PM
    School of Rock at Bike to Jack and Back
    Live Concert

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Staff

    • Meet Michael Tyler Harris
      Guitar Instructor/Piano Instructor / Show Director
      Tyler Harris holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Morehead State University. He has been an educator for 13 years and has performed in musical ...
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      Tyler Harris holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Morehead State University. He has been an educator for 13 years and has performed in musical situations that entailed everything from working as a freelance musician in duo, trios, quartets, etc. for various society functions and dinners, playing in the orchestra aboard a cruise ship where he performed with Herb Reed and the Platters, to playing in many musical theater productions. He has also performed with notable artists such as Vince DiMartino, Mike Hackett, Lou Fischer, Pat Harbison, Greg Abate, Ken Hatfield, Jamey Aebersold, Gordon Brisker, David Glover, Don Rigsby, David Bixler, Jason Tiemann, Lynne Arriale, and Steve Davis. Tyler worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Morehead State University where his duties included teaching private applied lessons, directing jazz ensembles and combos, and directing and arranging for guitar ensemble. He was private applied instructor of guitar, piano, and various other instruments in both Pikeville and Morehead, Kentucky as well as an adjunct instructor of music at the University of Pikeville where he taught Music Appreciation: Rock and Roll and Class Piano courses.
      Tyler’s musical background embraces a wide range of stylistic influences. Any music, as long as it “speaks” to the listener/student, is valid and can be used as an educational opportunity. From rock to jazz to blues to country and bluegrass, a diverse musical background will only broaden one’s musicality and usefulness in any performance or educational situation. His teaching philosophy is very focused on proper technique, a working knowledge of musical theory, and an ability to play in many styles. The most important lesson a student can be taught is not just how to play their instrument, but how to think about music.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Cole Thannisch
      Vocal Instructor
      Cole Thannisch singer, songwriter and producer, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, has had music as an integral part of his entire life. Starting with piano lessons at the age of four, he would g...
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      Cole Thannisch singer, songwriter and producer, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, has had music as an integral part of his entire life. Starting with piano lessons at the age of four, he would go on to learn guitar at age eleven and singing at age fourteen. Recently graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Commercial Music - voice, and dual emphases in Music Business and Songwriting, Cole has amassed years of experience in classical and commercial vocal technique, performance and production. While performing as a pop/rock artist in Tennessee and Georgia, he also teaches at the School of Rock Nashville and composes original music for short films and independent video games.
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    • Meet Drew Kohl
      Guitar / Bass / Piano Instructor / Rock 101 Director / Grad School (Adult Program) Director
      Drew is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He has taught lessons on piano, bass, acoustic and electric guitar for over 7 years. He graduated with honors from the guitar program at the Atlanta ...
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      Drew is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He has taught lessons on piano, bass, acoustic and electric guitar for over 7 years. He graduated with honors from the guitar program at the Atlanta Institute Of Music. He was also accepted into the classical piano and music composition program at the University Of Georgia. After studying at UGA he moved to Nashville, Tn to pursue songwriting, performing, and teaching.

      Drew enjoys teaching beginners of all styles and intermediate to advance students on songwriting, music theory, rock, indie, folk, bluegrass, and country styles.
      He has studied and transcribed songs from a variety of artists for students including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, CCR as well as contemporary bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and Modest Mouse, to name a few.
      He enjoys working with students and helping them play the songs they love.
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      • Atlanta Institute of Music / University of Georgia
    • Meet Hannah Stallings
      Drum Instructor / Show Director
      Hannah Stallings is a drum set player, percussionist, and educator originally from Edmonton, Canada. She works as an independent performer both in the live and studio settings. She also instructs t...
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      Hannah Stallings is a drum set player, percussionist, and educator originally from Edmonton, Canada. She works as an independent performer both in the live and studio settings. She also instructs the Drum Set and co-directs for the Performance program at the Nashville School of Rock.

      Hannah has completed a Diploma in Music Performance from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada in 2010, and a Bachelors in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2014. She has performed, toured, and recorded with a number of artists, in a wide variety of styles, her favorites being rock, pop, R&B, gospel and worship music. Hannah also loves to teach, and having had experience in a number of teaching environments, she absolutely loves seeing her students develop musically and experience joy as they develop into young musicians.
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      • Grant MacEwan University / Berklee College of Music
    • Meet Noah Miller
      Drum Instructor
      Noah starated playing drums at the age of 13. He grew up in New York City and then later moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia where he went to the Main Line School of Rock. He participated in the h...
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      Noah starated playing drums at the age of 13. He grew up in New York City and then later moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia where he went to the Main Line School of Rock. He participated in the house band and eventually became a School of Rock Allstar. He now attends Belmont University seeking a degree in Commercial Percussion with emphasis in the Music Business. Noah's favorite bands are Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tool, and Jimi Hendrix
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    • Meet Keenan Payne
      Bass Instructor / Rock 101 Director
      Keenan is a bassist, composer, teacher, and open thinker. While he's been playing in bands in Tennessee for a while,he attributes a good deal of his playing experience to living and attending music...
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      Keenan is a bassist, composer, teacher, and open thinker. While he's been playing in bands in Tennessee for a while,he attributes a good deal of his playing experience to living and attending music school in Boston at Berklee. Upon graduation, he returned to Nashville to delve into the developing music scene(s). He contributes to musical projects in a diversity of genres and styles - rock/pop, blues, funk, rb, country, folk. He likes to bring a diligent work ethic and a positive, excited attitude to any musical atmosphere and to really connect with his fellow musicians (and that's when the magic happens!).
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      • Berklee College of Music
    • Meet Tyler Ritter
      Drum Instructor
      Tyler grew up in Birmingham, AL, first studying piano and later finding a love for the drum set. In 2004, he decided to further his music education and enrolled in the commercial music program at ...
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      Tyler grew up in Birmingham, AL, first studying piano and later finding a love for the drum set. In 2004, he decided to further his music education and enrolled in the commercial music program at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he studied both commercial drum set styles and classical percussion. During his four year stay at Belmont, Tyler studied drum set under Todd London, Chester Thompson, Derico Watson, and Zoro; and classical percussion with Dr. Christopher Norton and Todd Kemp. He also wrote, performed, and recorded with many student artists in a wide variety of genres. In 2008, he graduated with a BA in Commercial Music with emphases in performance and music business. Tyler performs year round and internationally with Moon Taxi, as well as local Nashville up and comer, Jack Berry. Tyler and Moon Taxi have performed over 1,000 shows since 2007, primarily as headliners. He has performed with the band at Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest, Coachella, Outside Lands, Mountain Jam, Pemberton Festival, and many other major music festivals in North America. Tyler has taught drum set privately throughout the years as well as instructing various high school drum lines throughout central and northern Alabama. He is currently endorsed by Mapex, Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Remo.
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    • Meet Erin Berry
      Vocal Instructor
      With roots in Dayton Ohio, this Midwest native was born with a passion for music. At a very young age, Erin showed extreme interests in singing, competitive dance, and songwriting. These musical af...
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      With roots in Dayton Ohio, this Midwest native was born with a passion for music. At a very young age, Erin showed extreme interests in singing, competitive dance, and songwriting. These musical affections lead her to study classical operatic voice at Wright State University. After desiring something “edgier”, she decided to embark to Nashville Tennessee, where she attended the prestigious Belmont University and graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Voice with a Performance emphasis.

      Shortly after graduating, Erin landed her first gig singing back up vocals for A Thousand Horses, touring with the talents of Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, and Cassadee Pope. At their premier performance at the Austin City Limits festival in 2014, Rolling Stone hailed the band as the best up-and-comer praising their "undeniable energy and stage presence for their live performance..." and of the back up vocals, "..three boho-chic backup singers whose head-turning gospel-style vocals added so much righteous padding to [the] frontman,”. She’s also sang back-up for Rayvon Owen (American Idol season 14) Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, and local favorite’s, Friends of Lola.

      She now pursues her music career through her artistry and songwriting, performing with The Downtown Band (voted “Best Live Band in Tennessee” & “Top 10 Best Live Band in the United States 3 years in a row by The Industry Expert Awards), an award winning, high energy, dance driven band which delivers top quality live music entertainment.

      She is thrilled to be sharing her love of all things rock and roll with School of Rock!
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      • Belmont University

News

    • Fall Season Show Signups Available!


      Signs ups can be done at the Nashville School of Rock, or by calling 615-730-5306

    • SUMMER SHOWS STILL OPEN!

      The Nashville School of Rock is excited to have rehearsals for our summer season under way. This summer we are doing We Need More Cowbell. This show will features your favorite songs with promine...
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      The Nashville School of Rock is excited to have rehearsals for our summer season under way. This summer we are doing We Need More Cowbell. This show will features your favorite songs with prominent cowbell parts. From Santana to Tone Loc and everything in between, this so promises to have something for everyone.

      Sign ups are still open for this show, so call the Nashville School today to sign up!
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    • Led Zeppelin Summer Camp

      Come experience one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin! This camp will meet Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm. We will do a small performance Friday at the conclusion of camp...
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      Come experience one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin! This camp will meet Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm. We will do a small performance Friday at the conclusion of camp at the Nashville School of Rock for any parents who would like to join us.

      To register for the camp, contact the Nashville School of Rock at 615-730-5306.
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    • School of Rock The Musical Camp

      School of Rock the Musical has taken over Broadway, and now its taking over the Nashville School of Rock. Join us as we learn songs from the new award winning musical. Camp will go from 10am until ...
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      School of Rock the Musical has taken over Broadway, and now its taking over the Nashville School of Rock. Join us as we learn songs from the new award winning musical. Camp will go from 10am until 3pm Monday through Friday and will conclude with a short performance at the Nashville School of Rock on Friday at 3PM.

      To register for the camp, contact the Nashville School of Rock at 615-730-5306.
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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