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About School of Rock Norfolk

Welcome to School of Rock Norfolk, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Norfolk’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk
430 Boush StNorfolk, VA 23510
(757) 961-7626

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Norfolk, 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.

    Norfolk 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 Norfolk’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Norfolk’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Norfolk, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Norfolk’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Norfolk’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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk, 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 Norfolk’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Norfolk learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Norfolk Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Norfolk enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Norfolk’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 Norfolk, 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. Norfolk students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by fa...
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At School of Rock Norfolk, 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.

Norfolk 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 Norfolk’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • September 3
      5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      OPEN HOUSE featuring singer/songwriter Lena Klett!!
      Open House
    • September 18
      5:00 PM
      End of Season Shows!!
      Concerts
      Three shows!! Something for everyone...
      Ride the New Wave
      Rock Delicacies
      Punkers in Paradise
    • September 19
      12:00 PM
      End of Season Shows!!
      Concerts
      Three shows!! Something for everyone...
      Ride the New Wave
      Rock Delicacies
      Punkers in Paradise

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Staff

    • Nate Sacks
      Vocal/Guitar/Saxophone Instructor
      Nate Sacks is a 24-year-old award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. In high school, Nate attended the Governor's School for the Arts, studyin...
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      Nate Sacks is a 24-year-old award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. In high school, Nate attended the Governor's School for the Arts, studying jazz saxophone, and continued his jazz-centric studies at Old Dominion University, graduating with a BA in Music. He has worked in music summer camps from the early age of 14 and has been teaching ever since. While his education was primarily in jazz, Nate's writing has a guitar-driven alternative rock feel with an indie-folk undertone. As a session-player, he has experience playing in many bands with varying genres and styles. Nate can play almost any instrument he picks up and he attributes this to the advanced Music Theory and Ear Training he endured in Old Dominion's music program. Nate was a finalist in the Sea Level Emerging Artist Contest 3 years in a row, and was the winner in 2012. Since then he has been featured on radio and TV shows including Paul Shugrue's Out of the Box, Hunter at Sunrise, and the Hampton Roads Show. His most recent band, Reckless Passengers, was nominated for several awards in the 2013 and 2014 Veer Awards, including Best Americana and Best Live Performer and Nate was nominated for Best Acoustic/Folk both years as well. He is currently working on a full length album of original material and plays frequently at many bars and restaurants in the Hampton Roads area.
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    • Richie Scharr
      Guitar Instructor
      The hottest band in the land''¦ "KISS"'¦ These words were heard by a 12 year old Richie Scharr, which began his dream of becoming a rockstar! At age 13, he got his first guitar and had st...
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      The hottest band in the land''¦ "KISS"'¦ These words were heard by a 12 year old Richie Scharr, which began his dream of becoming a rockstar! At age 13, he got his first guitar and had started a band by age 14. During his teenage years he played with several different bands performing cover songs as well as writing original music.He was then hired by the band 'Talon,' where he mastered his craft while on the road for two years. Richie also toured with the Van Halen tribute band 'Eruption', which included Judas Priest's drummer, Scott Travis.If you were lucky enough to go to the 1990 winter NAMM show in Anaheim CA, you probably would have heard the musical mazes and screaming solos emanating from one of Kramer guitar's newest demonstrators and clinicians Richie Scharr. Kramer's attention was piqued by this Virginian 'wizard ' when he won three first place awards in three of the most brutal guitar proficiency contests in the east, which landed him an endorsement with the company. Richie's passion for the guitar has earned him a reputation for being one of the best shredders in town.Richie's influences include some of the best guitarists of his time including Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, George Lynch, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert and Dimebag Darrell, just to name a few. Richie's current projects include 'Beaten Back To Pure' and 'White Trash Circus'. 'Beaten Back To Pure' is an independently signed southern metal band he has been with for the past ten years, and is featured in the movie documentary, "Slow Southern Steel". 'White Trash Circus' is his most recent venture, where he demonstrates his ability to shred 80's metal/hair band cover songs, the music that influenced him to be the guitarist that he is today.
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    • Matt Cooley
      Guitar/Bass/Piano/Voice Instructor
      Matt received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2010. Since then he has been teaching, playing, touring, and recording in the Metro D.C. area. Focusing primarily...
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      Matt received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2010. Since then he has been teaching, playing, touring, and recording in the Metro D.C. area. Focusing primarily on guitar instruction, Matt also teaches other stringed instruments such as bass guitar and ukulele, as well as the piano, voice, and music theory. Matt is fluent in a variety of styles ranging from classical and jazz to heavy metal and R&B.
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    • Lena Klett
      Vocal Instructor/ Guitar Instructor
      Lena Klett is a singer/guitarist and songwriter originally from a small town in central New Jersey. She moved to Norfolk in 2008 to attend college where she received her baccalaureate degree from O...
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      Lena Klett is a singer/guitarist and songwriter originally from a small town in central New Jersey. She moved to Norfolk in 2008 to attend college where she received her baccalaureate degree from Old Dominion University. As the daughter of two musicians, she started playing guitar and singing at an early age. She has choral experience as well as solo vocal performance and loves singing blues, folk, pop and rock! She finds inspiration for her music through some of the greats such as, Joni Mitchell, Carol King, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and The Allman Brothers but also from contemporary artists such as Regina Spektor, Susan Tedeschi, Grace Potter, Umphrey's McGee and the Avett Brothers. Lena teaches beginner guitar and voice lessons. She enjoys working with all age groups and loves to make learning music fun!
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    • Thomas Kargbo
      Drum Instructor
      Originally from the DC metropolitan area, Thomas Kargbo started playing percussion in preschool. Since, he has played throughout grade school and high school in various ensembles: jazz ensemble, pe...
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      Originally from the DC metropolitan area, Thomas Kargbo started playing percussion in preschool. Since, he has played throughout grade school and high school in various ensembles: jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, marching band, musical theater, and the Arlington Junior Symphony. Thomas minored in music performance at Old Dominion University while playing in ODU Percussion and Jazz Ensembles. Currently he plays for various artists in the Hampton roads area like Sunny Gabe, Reckless Passengers and singer songwriter Nate Sacks.
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    • Matt Erlichman
      Drums/Guitar/Keyboard/Bass Instructor
      Matt is a drummer by trade but also teaches guitar, keyboard, and bass. He has played in bands performing a wide range of styles including; jazz, blues, rock, country, metal, hip-hop, and pop and h...
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      Matt is a drummer by trade but also teaches guitar, keyboard, and bass. He has played in bands performing a wide range of styles including; jazz, blues, rock, country, metal, hip-hop, and pop and has also performed as a classical and marching percussionist.From 2006 through 2010 he attended Shenandoah University's Conservatory and graduated receiving a bachelor of music degree in Music Production and Recording Technology and Jazz drumset performance.Matt currently runs and owns Va Noise, a recording and music production studio in Norfolk, VA and is the drummer for Fierce Allegiance, the Fold, the Sparkz Fly Band, Shaman Ultra, as well as performing local and regional pick up gigs and teaching at the School of Rock in Norfolk.Matt is a great teacher who works with students of all ages and skill levels from beginners to advanced players. He offers not only goal oriented exercises and guidance but also meaningful musical conversation and lessons which can be applied to various aspects of life and personal growth.
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    • Derek Garman
      Guitar/Bass/Piano Instructor
      DerekGarmanhas been playing guitar (electric, acoustic, bass) for 7 years, piano for 3 years, as well as having vocal drumming experience on the side. He has studied 2 years of Intermediate Adva...
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      DerekGarmanhas been playing guitar (electric, acoustic, bass) for 7 years, piano for 3 years, as well as having vocal drumming experience on the side. He has studied 2 years of Intermediate Advanced Music Theory at Tidewater Community College, especially conducting thorough independent studies on the guitar as his most prominent instrument. He has recently been accepted into Old Dominion University to further his education in Music History. Heavily influenced by the likes of Classic Rock Heavy Metal, he strives to incorporate a hybrid of various influences technique ranging from Classical Western music, blues, jazz, rock roll, metal.
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    • Devon Gronka
      Bass/Banjo/Violin Instructor
      DevonGronkareceived his Bachelor's of Arts in music performance from Reinhardt College (now Reinhardt University), focusing on classical guitar, in addition to studying upright bass and piano. Afte...
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      DevonGronkareceived his Bachelor's of Arts in music performance from Reinhardt College (now Reinhardt University), focusing on classical guitar, in addition to studying upright bass and piano. After graduating Cum Laude and with honors, he taught guitar lessons and played in jazz and blues groups in Atlanta. He later worked with Carnival Cruise Lines, playing bass guitar in show bands on board cruise ships. He has always beenafan of Soul, Rock, Blues, and Jazz, but hasalove for all musical genres, and has experience performing everything from Metal to Bluegrass to Classical.
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News

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    • Where to PARK!!

      As a result of recent construction activities commencing adjacent to our building, please use parking available at the Bute/Boush Street parking garage and at the Freemason/Boush Street Parking gar...
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      As a result of recent construction activities commencing adjacent to our building, please use parking available at the Bute/Boush Street parking garage and at the Freemason/Boush Street Parking garage. We apologize for any inconvenience!!
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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “The School of Rock in Norfolk is great! The staff there are very kind and helpful. My experience in the SoR Norfolk has been awesome. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a good musical education. The place is always kept clean, safe, and fun. It is a great environment to play music in!”
    — David S., student from Norfolk School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA