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About School of Rock Oviedo

Welcome to School of Rock Oviedo, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Oviedo’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Oviedo 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 Oviedo 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 Oviedo
5420 Deep Lake RdSuite 1024Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 706-3900

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Oviedo, 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.

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

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

Oviedo 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 Oviedo’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

    • Adam Balmert
      Music Instructor / Show Director
      A Show Director and guitar/bass instructor at School of Rock, Adam is passionate about the benefits of music education, and in particular School of Rock's performance-based approach. After earning ...
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      A Show Director and guitar/bass instructor at School of Rock, Adam is passionate about the benefits of music education, and in particular School of Rock's performance-based approach. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Vermont, he spent 7 years teaching at a local school specializing in instructing students with learning disabilities. He is an integral part of the local Orlando rock and blues music scene, one of the most respected slide guitarists in the area, and currently plays with The Honeyslides. He has a broad education in musical theory, music appreciation, and music performance.
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    • Wes Simmons
      Owner / General Manager
      On opening a School of Rock location, "In addition to having an absolute love for rock music, I wanted to provide kids with an environment in which they can not only learn to play great music, but ...
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      On opening a School of Rock location, "In addition to having an absolute love for rock music, I wanted to provide kids with an environment in which they can not only learn to play great music, but learn about individuality and develop self-confidence. This is simply the BEST music program I have encountered, featuring the most compelling teaching strategy I have ever seen in music."
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    • Brian Chodorcoff
      Music Instructor
      Since 1996, Brian has been a touring musician, session recording artist, and an accomplished instructor of guitar and bass. Brian has taught in New York, New Jersey, and Central Florida. Working wi...
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      Since 1996, Brian has been a touring musician, session recording artist, and an accomplished instructor of guitar and bass. Brian has taught in New York, New Jersey, and Central Florida. Working with students of all ages and experience levels, his ultimate goal is for the student to enjoy learning how to communicate and play their favorite styles of music. Having shared the stage with some of the finest artists in music , including B.B. King, Al Green, James Bran, Bad Company, The Black Keys, Dr. John, Sam Rivers, the Meters, and many more, Brian has learned from some of the greatest and enjoys passing these lessons on to his students.
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    • Derek Engstrom
      Music Instructor
      Derek Engstrom has been playing drums for fourteen years and performing professionally for eight years. He is a versatile musician who began his training through Classic Rock music, and has since b...
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      Derek Engstrom has been playing drums for fourteen years and performing professionally for eight years. He is a versatile musician who began his training through Classic Rock music, and has since become accomplished in Funk, R&B, Jazz, and Latin Jazz. He performs regularly with Leisure Chief, where his role is a songwriter and drummer, and also plays percussion for the Latin Jazz fusion quartet Con Leche. He has opened for national acts Robert Cray and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band among others, and.has performed at venues such as the Social, the Plaza Theater, the Abbey, and the Orlando Museum of Art. Derek is eager to share his love of music and drumming skills with his students.
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    • Will Richey
      Music Instructor / Show Director
      For the past 18 years, music has been a driving force in Will's life. He has actively performed, toured and recorded professionally with a number of artists, including his own original band, The Dr...
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      For the past 18 years, music has been a driving force in Will's life. He has actively performed, toured and recorded professionally with a number of artists, including his own original band, The Dropa Stone (www.TheDropaStone.com). He first began playing music in the 6th grade as part of ensembles and marching bands, but it wasn't until high school where he began playing guitar and bass guitar, and discovered a love of Rock music. As an instructor at the School of Rock, Will strives to make the learning process a fun, fulfilling, and creative experience by passing on the fundamentals of technique, feel, and theory.
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    • Ron Sword
      Music Instructor / Show Director
      Currently working on his PH.D dissertation for the University of California Santa Barbara, Ron is an experienced guitar and bass guitar instructor striving to provide a comprehensive learning exper...
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      Currently working on his PH.D dissertation for the University of California Santa Barbara, Ron is an experienced guitar and bass guitar instructor striving to provide a comprehensive learning experience for his students. He is comfortable teaching players of all skill levels and styles, including various Rock eras, Jazz, Nu-Jazz, and Metal. The author of several Music Theory and Scales books published with "The Institue for the Advancement of the Aural Arts", Ron also lectures frequently on topics such as Microtonal Theory and has spoken at Berklee College of Music, UC-Santa Barbara, UCF, and others. Ron also designs and builds custom electric guitars in several temperaments with unusual string configurations. In addition to being a patient and attentive instructor, Ron can also shred like nobody's business...
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    • Tommy Shugart
      Music Instructor
      Tommy Shugart is a person with far spread musical roots. Most naturally accustomed to blues and rock music, he currently performs full time as keyboardist for The Groove Orient, who perform in citi...
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      Tommy Shugart is a person with far spread musical roots. Most naturally accustomed to blues and rock music, he currently performs full time as keyboardist for The Groove Orient, who perform in cities across the southeast including Memphis, Nashville, Charleston, Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, and of course all over their home state of Florida. While in college locally (Rollins), he performed in regarded symphonies with a professional level orchestra, as a cellist. For two years, Tommy was the lead guitarist for central FL harmonica talent RJ Harman, with whom he was a participant in the 2013 International Blues Challenge, representing the Orange Blossom Blues Society. Tommy has shared the stage with blues masters Robert Randolph and Robert Cray, and has also been fortunate enough to perform with acts as diverse as Kansas and George Porter, Jr.. Tommy has a passion for vintage keyboards, and favors his Hammond B3 and a Fender Rhodes electric piano. Tommy reaches Keys and Guitar at School of Rock Oviedo.
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    • Olivia Wynn
      Music Instructor
      Olivia was born into a musical family, exposed early in life to singing in her church choir quickly made her a music lover. She later joined the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir for formal training, and...
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      Olivia was born into a musical family, exposed early in life to singing in her church choir quickly made her a music lover. She later joined the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir for formal training, and toured the Northeast and Canada. Since then, she has been blessed to have been part of the Caroling Company, various recording sessions, and to play and tour with various Orlando-area bands. Olivia is a founding member of Thomas Wynn The Believers, who have been voted Orlando Weekly's #1 Rock Band every year since 2009, and has toured extensively with the group, sharing the stage with acts such as Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, The Wallflowers, Gov't Mule, Donna the Buffalo, Leon Russell, JJ Grey Mofro, Blackberry Smoke, and Medeski, Martin Wood, just to name a few. "I am very excited to be taking on a new journey at the School of Rock; ready to challenge myself and our students with the important elements of rock and pop vocals; technique, soul, and passion."
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    • Emily Kopp
      Music Instructor / Studio Coordinator
      Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Emily Kopp is a touring singer-songwriter now based in Orlando, FL. Emily grew up playing the drums, guitar, and singing in her school choir, and graduated from Th...
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      Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Emily Kopp is a touring singer-songwriter now based in Orlando, FL. Emily grew up playing the drums, guitar, and singing in her school choir, and graduated from The University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality/Event Management. Since releasing her first album in 2011, Emily has been busy touring through the U.S., opening for: Matchbox 20, Brandi Carlile, Air Supply, Bryan Adams, Phillip Phillips, among many others. In April 2015, she was invited to present at the annual TEDxGreenville convention where she performed and spoke about her journey with music. Emily utilizes her real life experience and unique musical background when teaching, placing emphasis on ear training, improvisation, and finding each students' own voice.
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News

    • School of Rock' brought to life in Oviedo

      The young musicians flash fleeting grins at parents and friends as they nervously walk on stage, some of them for the very first time. Above them, portraits of rock and blues legends Eric Clapton, ...
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      The young musicians flash fleeting grins at parents and friends as they nervously walk on stage, some of them for the very first time. Above them, portraits of rock and blues legends Eric Clapton, BB King, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix seem to look on, as lovingly as the proud parents in the crowd. A few last fidgets with strings and sticks and suddenly the drummer is counting them down to the first song. It's showtime. The band members settle into the rhythm and seem to find their groove, finally letting loose relaxed smiles and showing their excitement of performing on stage. The students at Oviedo's School of Rock have been working toward this very performance for the past three months. They met with their instructor once a week for 45-minute private lessons and they spent two-and-a-half hours a week practicing together as a performance band. This season they performed the classic rock hits of KISS and Led Zeppelin, much to the delight of the dads in the audience who could be seen singing along on many of the tunes. 'It took me a while to get comfortable on stage,' said 15-year-old guitarist Athena Hagerman. 'I really like the feedback I get from the crowd though.' 'When I perform, I feel really nervous, excited, happy and alive,' she said. The gratification of performing on the big stage with everyone counting on you is what helps the students stay motivated to learn, School of Rock director Wes Simmons said. At the school, working musicians teach a mix of classic rock, blues, funk, reggae and RB to students, ages 7 to 18. 'A lot of research goes into what we teach,' Simmons said. 'We try to go back to the bands that started it all historically.' 'Our performance-based approach provides an accelerated music education,' he said. 'It gives them incentive to learn and practice because they are committed to their group and the performance.' Some kids, like 11-year-old guitarist Hunter Heusel, seem born to be on the stage. 'I love the thrill of it!' he said. 'When we found out all the school had to offer, I just couldn't say no,' Hunter's mom, Dayna Heusel said. Other students like Athena needed a little push from mom and dad to get on stage before they realized how much they liked it. 'Athena was shy and a perfectionist,' said her mom Victoria Hagerman. 'We had to push her a little to get her up there, but we felt it would be a good experience for her,' she said. 15-year-old Athena is an honor student at Lake Howell High School who dreams of becoming a physicist one day. Athena's only problem is she studies too much, her mom said jokingly. 'This has brought out her self-confidence and she's made a lot of friends from other schools,' said her mom. 'It's made me open up more, become more confident talking to people. I am much happier now,' Athena said, moments before going on stage and rocking out her Led Zeppelin set. Every season concludes with the final performance for family and friends, but instead of taking the stage at school or church, these kids take their first major performance step into the spotlight at BB King's Blues Club. Those who really excel are offered an audition for the School of Rock All-Star performance groups. Those who are accepted do regional tours, sometimes performing during Vans' Warped Tour or even Lollapalooza. 'The most important thing though,' Simmons said 'is that they are meeting other like-minded kids, learning together and from each other and gaining not only a skill but confidence.' It's not too late to sign up for next season said Simmons, 'We still have parts for our performances of Jimi Hendrix and Queen this spring and not just for guitar, we also teach bass, drums, keys and vocals.' See more: Original article in the Seminole Voice by Allison Olcsvay: http://www.seminolevoice.com/news/2014/feb/26/school-rock-brought-life-oviedo/
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    • It's showtime for these young rock stars

      Photo Credit: Jacob Langston, Orlando Sentinel / May 16, 2014 From Jimi Hendrix to Queen, kids of all ages are learning to riff at the School of Rock in Oviedo, Florida. By Martin E. Comas, Orlan...
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      Photo Credit: Jacob Langston, Orlando Sentinel / May 16, 2014
      From Jimi Hendrix to Queen, kids of all ages are learning to riff at the School of Rock in Oviedo, Florida.

      By Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel 2:58 p.m. EDT, June 7, 2014
      If you'll excuse 12-year-old Madison Sciarini, she's about to step on stage and go all psychedelic on us.She's about to "kiss the sky."Madison may not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anytime soon, but she's off to a decent start on a recent Saturday afternoon as she faces a raucous crowd of rock fans at a packed Orlando bar.Madison clutches her mike at Will's Pub, takes a deep breath and belts out Jimi Hendrix's classic "Purple Haze" as her teenage band mates drive the beat. Purple Haze all in my brain Lately things just don't seem the same Actin' funny, but I don't know why 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky In the crowd, Madison's mom watches in awe. There on stage, under the spotlight, is Peggy Sciarini's quiet daughter putting her personal touch on one of rock-and-roll's best-known anthems. A Jimi Hendrix tune that Peggy herself listened to as a teenager."She absolutely loves singing," the proud mom said above the roar of the crowd. "She's usually pretty shy. So I was really surprised. I thought she wouldn't want to do this. But she's doing it."The scene '” kids jamming to rock 'n' roll as their parents eagerly look on would have been unheard of a few decades ago. Rock music, after all, was all about rebellion, resisting authority or, as Jack Black drummed into the heads of his young converts in the movie, School of Rock, "sticking it to the man."But for Madison and her fellow band members, the Jimi Hendrix production was simply about learning to play music and having fun.They are students at Oviedo's School of Rock, a music academy that teaches kids from preschool to 18 how to sing, play instruments and, just as important, perform on stage.It's an after-school music school for wannabe rock stars with a focus on learning how to put on a show."We want them having fun right away performing before a crowd, and that way we get them interested in learning how to play a musical instrument," said Wes Simmons, owner and manager of Oviedo's School of Rock. "Once we say, 'Let's play some music,' then we've got them."School of Rock is a national chain started in Philadelphia more than a decade ago by musician Paul Green. The Oviedo school is the only one in Central Florida.Green discovered that young music students advanced more quickly when they started out playing with a group of their peers '” a far cry from the traditional one-on-one instruction from a teacher.The school quickly grew in popularity, especially after the 2003 hit movie with the same name starring Black, whose character was based loosely on Green.Even so, some purists might cringe at the school's approach. This is, after all, no Juilliard School of Music or even high-school band. Forget about the hours of practicing scales, learning harmony and theory '” or developing technique. This school, at its foundation, is about having fun.And there's nothing wrong with that, said Joe Gennaro, a lecturer on music at the University of Central Florida."I think anything, or by any mechanism, that gets a child interested in playing music is a good thing," Gennaro said. And if the students are grouped together in a band, "then it puts them into a mind-set that they are collaborating with others '” that they are part of a team," he said."It's no different than being part of a basketball or soccer team. Keep reading: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/seminole/os-oviedo-school-of-rock-20140607,0,5046347,full.story
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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