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About School of Rock Philadelphia

Welcome to School of Rock Philadelphia, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Philadelphia’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia
421 N. 7th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19123
(267) 639-4007

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Philadelphia's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Philadelphia'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Philadelphia’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 Philadelphia’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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia’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 Philadelphia’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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia’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!

School of Rock Philadelphia's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with oth...
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School of Rock Philadelphia's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Philadelphia'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Jace Miller
      General Manager | Music Director
      Jace grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been a staple in the music scene for many years now. He currently is the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the modern rock/alternative trio Alright Junior...
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      Jace grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been a staple in the music scene for many years now. He currently is the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the modern rock/alternative trio Alright Junior based out of Philly. The band has been touring around since 2006 and is still going strong having recently shared the stage with Incubus, Cake, Circa Surive, Flogging Molly, Civil Twilight, Local H, Maps Atlases, Sponge, Our Lady Peace, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Young The Giant, The Ataris, The Head and The Heart, KONGOS, Bear Hands, and more! Jace studied at BCCC & Temple University as a Vocal major and UMass as an Arts Administration major. He also is a talent buyer in the city booking both national and local acts to different venues in Philadelphia. "I'm very proud to be a part of a team here at SOR that gives back by passing along a true heart and soul to aspiring young artists via music."
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    • Dante Cimino
      Regional Music Director
      Dante has been playing drums for 35 years. Has toured theworld with owner Mike Morpurgo and their band Dandelion and has toured and playedwith bands like, Radiohead, Rob Zombie, Gwar, The Ramones, ...
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      Dante has been playing drums for 35 years. Has toured theworld with owner Mike Morpurgo and their band Dandelion and has toured and playedwith bands like, Radiohead, Rob Zombie, Gwar, The Ramones, Alanis Morrisette, GooGoo Dolls, Red Kross and countless others. He has written and performed songs thathave been featured in the movie Brainscan and popular shows like, MTV's The RealWorld and Beavis and Butthead. He has also recorded an album with Rudy Blitz withhis good friend Chad Ginsburg from the band CKY. Dante's approach to his musicdirection is always completely honest. With this approach he has produced some of thegreatest drummer's School of Rock has seen and also some of the greatest shows.His approach to teaching drums is simple "use and train your ears" '“ that's how he learned andthat's how he teaches. He loves his job and the kids. Anybody having any interactionwith Dante will always come away learning something, that's for sure.
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    • Yanni Papadopoulos
      Guitar Instructor
      It is with great excitement that we announce the return of Philly SoR LEGEND Yanni Papadopoulos! Yanni first got involved with SoR back in 2003 under Paul Green and quickly became a favorite among ...
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      It is with great excitement that we announce the return of Philly SoR LEGEND Yanni Papadopoulos! Yanni first got involved with SoR back in 2003 under Paul Green and quickly became a favorite among students for his dynamic guitar lessons and fantasticly directed shows. Yanni graduated St. John's College with a BA in Classic Literature before embarking on his unique music odyssey. He has composed, performed, produced, and toured with his legendary Philly-based genre-bending band Stinking Lizaveda for the last 20 years in the US and Europe. Along with also playing hip-hop, spacerock, and jazz, he has also accompanied modern dance companies and belly dancers. Yanni is very happy to be back in the SoR mix!
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    • Lamont Caldwell
      Vocals/Drums/Guitar Instructor
      Multi-instrumentalist Lamont Caldwell is a star on the watch having toured with some of today's most recognized artists such as The Roots, Dave Mathews Band, Kirk Franklin, and Jay-Z. His vocals an...
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      Multi-instrumentalist Lamont Caldwell is a star on the watch having toured with some of today's most recognized artists such as The Roots, Dave Mathews Band, Kirk Franklin, and Jay-Z. His vocals and songwriting as demonstrated in his dynamic rock band MACH22 has gotten the attention and respect of may including world renowned DJ and Producer King Britt, Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson of The Roots and many others in the music industry. Lamont Caldwell started his music training in the city of Camden, NJ at the age of 6 when he finally decided on the saxophone as the instrument to begin to musically express himself. Lamont played in the band programs adding guitar, bass and drums in high school at Camden High when he got the opportunity to go to London, England and perform with the Marching band and the Jazz band. Graduating and continuing his study of music, he entered the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After 2 years he got the calling to go to New York City to splash the Jazz Scene and studied at Manhattan School of Music and City College of New York. In 2001, through some musical peers, he got the call to join the band of soul singer Bilal Oliver. Continuing to learn while being in the band, Lamont started to sing more as he added backing vocals to his role as saxophonist in the band's horn section. Touring with the likes of Erykah Badu, Common, Kirk Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, the Roots (where he has gained more musical knowledge adding guitar, vocals and keyboards to his stage show) and most currently Jay-Z it added to his arsenal. His band MACH22 is where as front man he gets to spread his wings as a vocalist and stage performer . This rock band with the sound coined as "Zeppelin meets Kravitz"catches many off guard and has gotten the attention of bands like Steel Panther as an opening band and the Legendary "Slash" of Gun n Roses and Velvet Revolver fame. There is always more of the unexpected to expect from Lamont Caldwell.
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    • Michael Kordish
      Keyboard Instructor
      Since the age of 4, Michael Kordish has been composing and performing at the piano. His prolific performing career has included a wide array of genres and styles including classical, jazz, hip-hop,...
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      Since the age of 4, Michael Kordish has been composing and performing at the piano. His prolific performing career has included a wide array of genres and styles including classical, jazz, hip-hop, RnB, trance, fusion, Eastern/Indian,rock, progressive, avant garde and free-form. In addition to performing solo, Michael has performing with (or as a member of) The People, Digable Planets, Planet 22, Satchmo Filter, Saigon Slimm, I Yahn I Arkestra, and Sfogato.
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    • Corey Mark
      Drum Instructor
      The son of a musician/music educator, Corey grew up going to rehearsals and concerts with his mom (thanks Mom!). He totally hated children's choir- so much that it made him cry :' ( But the drums h...
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      The son of a musician/music educator, Corey grew up going to rehearsals and concerts with his mom (thanks Mom!). He totally hated children's choir- so much that it made him cry :' ( But the drums had always captivated and inspired Corey, so when he got the chance to start playing at age 12, he ran with it and never looked back. He's extremely excited to bring his years of experience as a musician, youth educator and social justice advocate to Philly SoR!!! Right now, you can find Corey having the time of his life with the Philadelphia-based bands Upholstery, Forest Kingdom and SWARM! Over the past decade, he has had the pleasure of drumming with: C.W. Kennedy/PuppeTyranny (theater co.); Bare Teeth (dance group); Liv Carrow; Rob Ludington/Dark in the Valley; Oh!Pears; Test Kitchen; Victoria Spaeth; John Sterling; Hulk Smash; the Perfection!sts and Bear is Driving. Corey holds a BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College...and loves Sci-Fi.
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    • Dominic Angelella
      Guitar Instructor
      Dominic Angelella moved to Philadelphia nine years ago and has done these things while inhabiting the city: -served as musical director/show director/teacher at the School of Rock. -performed n...
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      Dominic Angelella moved to Philadelphia nine years ago and has done these things while inhabiting the city: -served as musical director/show director/teacher at the School of Rock. -performed numerous years at the roots picnic. -traversed the country with a number of bands, sharing the stage with such acts as Gnarls Barkley, Public Enemy, Vampire Weekend, The Roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others. -performed on tracks for musicians such as ?uestlove, J*Davey, Lil B The Based God, Juicy J and Mac Miller. -released a record with his band Drgn King on Hoboken's Bar/None Records. In the next year, he will continue to perform with this band, travel the country, and teach your children.
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    • Alexa Barchini
      Vocal Instructor
      Alexa Barchini is a jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist based in the Philadelphia area. Raised in a culturally diverse family with a mother that studied opera, Alexa began singing as a young girl...
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      Alexa Barchini is a jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist based in the Philadelphia area. Raised in a culturally diverse family with a mother that studied opera, Alexa began singing as a young girl'”hairbrush in hand as a pseudo-microphone. Though initially attracted to mostly classical and pop repertoire, she was introduced to jazz and improvised music as a teenager. Somewhere along the line she caught the proverbial 'bug,' and has since gone on to study and perform in various settings, with tours taking her to Los Angeles, Berlin, New York, and Boston. With a particular interest in the music of Brazil, her compositions fuse her deep love of jazz and jazz singing'”rich harmonies, a capacity for storytelling, and improvisatory freedom'”with playful Latin-influenced rhythms and the warm, understated style of singers like João Gilberto. Alexa recently completed a Bachelor's degree in vocal jazz performance at Temple University in Philadelphia where she was lucky enough to study under the direction of Joanna Pascale, Dick Oatts, Bruce Barth, and Terell Stafford. Over the past few years, she has had the opportunity to record and perform with such artists as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman, John Swana, Wycliffe Gordon, and Terell Stafford, among others. All About Jazz critic Dave Wayne said, 'Her voice is close-miked, soft and intimate, and conveys the feeling that she's sharing a secret that is just beyond one's grasp.'
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    • Tim Karsten
      Drum Instructor
      My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing ...
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      My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world!
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    • Ty Asoudegan
      Guitar Instructor
      MACH22 lead guitarist Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is a visually exciting and powerful guitarist/songwriter. He has worked and done clinics with the likes of guitarist Met...
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      MACH22 lead guitarist Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is a visually exciting and powerful guitarist/songwriter. He has worked and done clinics with the likes of guitarist Metal Mike (Halford/Sebastian Bach), Joe Stump, Dean Ween, Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Broken Teeth) just to name a few and has also toured with West Virginian based county/southern rock outfit the Davisson Brothers Band. His work with MACH22 has even grabbed the attention of Rock icon Slash (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) when the band opened for the guitar legend in Atlantic City. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
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    • Angie Williams
      Vocal Instructor
      Angie Williams is an active vocalist, songwriter and choral conductor raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. With a sister who constantly blasted punk, ska and metal out of her room and pa...
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      Angie Williams is an active vocalist, songwriter and choral conductor raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. With a sister who constantly blasted punk, ska and metal out of her room and parents who played sixties and seventies records on vinyl, she learned early on to love and appreciate a variety of music. She began studying classical voice as a child at the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School, and then continued her studies at the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School as a voice major. Her interest in gospel and jazz was also piqued as a teenager, namely because vocal dynamo Jazmine Sullivan was always around singing in the hallways!She then pursued a Bachelor's of Biology at Arcadia University while performing at local venues, and then decided to succumb to her lifelong love of music after teaching for a few years. This led her to Temple University, where she is currently completing her certification as a music educator with a concentration in classical and jazz voice under the expertise of Randi Marazzo and Carla Cook. As a tenured member of the Temple University Concert Choir, she has been fortunate to share the stage with jazz greats such as Dick Oatts and Bruce Barth, and most recently was an ensemble member in the production of Leonard Bernstein's MASS at the Kimmel Center. With her quartet, she has a residency at renowned jazz venue Chris' Jazz Café and is also the featured singer of Philadelphia-based funk collective SoulBox.
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News

    • FALL SIGN UPS ARE OPEN NOW!! GREEN DAY, LED ZEPPELIN, MICHAEL JACKSON VS PRINCE, & THE BEATLES

      LINK TO SIGN UP FOR FALL: http://bit.ly/1h9PyT6 Our fall season will officially begin Tuesday September 8th with rehearsals starting up. But before that happens you gotta sign up! You can sign u...
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      LINK TO SIGN UP FOR FALL: http://bit.ly/1h9PyT6

      Our fall season will officially begin Tuesday September 8th with rehearsals starting up. But before that happens you gotta sign up! You can sign up NOW :) All the show dates and rehearsal days and times will be there, too. There is limited space for each show, so please sign up early and provide your top 3 choices. Labor Day falls on Monday the 7th so we are just going to have casting the first week, so the kids can have their lessons and start working on a few of their songs. Shows will be the first 2 weekends in December.

      Rehearsal Days:

      Green Day rehearsing Tuesdays 5p-7p

      Led Zeppelin rehearsing Tuesdays 7p-9p

      Michael Jackson vs. Prince rehearsing Wednesdays 6p-8p

      The Beatles rehearsing Saturdays 1:30p-3:30p
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    • SCHOOL OF ROCK PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES LOCAL ALLSTARS

      SCHOOL OF ROCK PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES LOCAL ALLSTARS Performance-Based Music School Chooses Exceptional Students to Take Center Stage as AllStars Philadelphia, PA'“School of Rock Philadelphia is ...
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      SCHOOL OF ROCK PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES LOCAL ALLSTARS Performance-Based Music School Chooses Exceptional Students to Take Center Stage as AllStars Philadelphia, PA'“School of Rock Philadelphia is thrilled to announce that our very own students Ric Haas and Sal Tommassello have been chosen from thousands of fellow School of Rock students to represent the top 1 percent of students worldwide as part of the 2015 School of Rock AllStars. School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, provides students with a yearly opportunity to audition for the prestigious AllStars program, the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. After weeks of auditions at school locations across the world, School of Rock has chosen a select group of highly talented students to join the School of Rock AllStars. The School of Rock AllStars partake in a tour each summer with the best musicians and vocalists from the international network of schools, which this year will include performances at the 2015 Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago and Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT. This authentic tour experience comes complete with travel, hotels, and getting to play some of the most iconic rock stages in the country. Past students have toured worldwide and have shared the stage with such notable acts as Jon Anderson from Yes, Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction, Slash from Guns and Roses, and countless others. Last year, the AllStars toured to support the Love Hope Strength charity, and were featured at Lollapalooza and Gathering of the Vibes. 'Over the past month we had the opportunity to hear auditions from an exceptional group of student musicians vying for a spot on the AllStars team for 2015,' said School of Rock CEO, Dzana Homan. 'The AllStars program is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student, and being selected to join the program is an honor that is bestowed on a limited few who stand out as the best of the best.' 'We are extremely proud and excited here at School of Rock Philadelphia to have two of our own chosen as AllStars.' said Dante Cimino, Music Director of School of Rock Philadelphia. 'Ric and Sal have always stood out for their natural talent and we can't wait to see them bring their musicianship to the AllStars to take their skills to a new level.' For more information on The School of Rock AllStars Program and School of Rock Philadelphia, please visit philadelphia.schoolofrock.com.
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    • Count Down To Summer Camps!

      Hi all,We are 4 weeks away from launching our summer camps! With that being said, spots are filling up fast; So sign up before the end of June to get a 10% discount! If you sign up for more than on...
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      Hi all,We are 4 weeks away from launching our summer camps! With that being said, spots are filling up fast; So sign up before the end of June to get a 10% discount! If you sign up for more than one camp, there will be an additional 15% discount on your summer camps!!If you bring a friend with you to one of the camps, you will recieve a 15% referral discount.** Click here to sign up! **Choose from the following camps:The Music of Dave Grohl: July 6-10 (Monday-Friday), from 10:00am-3:00pmThe Beatles: July 13-17 (Monday-Friday) 10:00am-3:00pmOld School Punk: July 20-24 (Monday-Friday) 10:00am-3:00pmLed Zeppelin: July 27-31 (Monday-Friday) 10:00am-3:00pmWomen Who Rock: August 3-7 (Monday-Friday) 10:00am-3:00pmBlack Sabbath: August 10-14 (Monday-Friday) 10:00am-3:00pmRock 101 Camp: August 17-21 (Monday-Friday) 10:00am-3:00pm
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    • CAMPS! Dave Grohl was a blast, The Beatles is underway, & Old School Punk is next week! Sign up!

      Next week will be begin our third camp at THE PHILLY SCHOOL OF ROCK for this summer! This will be a high energy one, indeed! Old School Punk - In this camp, students will receive a full education o...
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      Next week will be begin our third camp at THE PHILLY SCHOOL OF ROCK for this summer! This will be a high energy one, indeed! Old School Punk - In this camp, students will receive a full education on the origins of Punk Rock music and culture. In this camp, students will receive a full education on the origins of Punk Rock music and culture. They will learn the social history of the Punk Rock community and cultural context and such innovative bands from London's Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned, to New York City's Television, Patti Smith, and the Ramones. Student's will study the evolution of the genre, learn to play the music, and be coached to deliver a performance in true Punk Rock spirit. Sign up now!
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Testimonials

  • “So I have been buying national headline talent for a long time. Some artist are grateful, others...well you know how they could be. One day, while working on the Taste of Philadelphia, I had a chance to work with everyone from SOR. The chill down my spine returned. You know what I mean. When you hear that one song that just does it for you. Well, my chill came when i saw these kids come up on the big stage. Eyes wide, everyone chatting with the other members of the band. They were so excited I thought they might forget how to play. But the best part, and I mean I was floored. All the professionals, me, the union crew, the sound and light guys, the backline guys...man, we went back to how it felt when we first started. We hooked them up, we gave them the full on rock star treatment. You need another amp, you want a stack, need some timbales', what else can we get you? It was such a pleasure to see musicians so excited to play. SOR not only teaches these youngsters how to be better players, but how to be better people. Every kid was polite, courteous, and thankful. How many teachers are doing that these days. If you have a chance to enroll your child, do it. It makes them not only better, but it makes everyone around them better. Keep on rocking SOR!”
    — Drew Pompilio, Philadelphia, PA
  • “Our seven year-old daughter and son take vocals and drums at Philly School of Rock. We could not be happier with the individualized attention they receive -- for their own personalities, for their instruments, and for the music that motivates each of them. Each of their teachers is more than we could have asked for, and we have always been more than satisfied with the warmth and responsiveness of Jace, Dante and everyone "up front". Our daughter's first performance at an SoR weekly summer camp has demonstrably given her a new respect for herself, her abilities and what challenges her, and it has carried over into other aspects of her life. They can't get in the door of the school fast enough and we like hanging out there too.”
    — Amber Dorko Stopper & Ben Levin, parents of Claudia and Béla Levin-Dorko, Philadelphia, PA
  • “When we decided to enroll our daughter, Julíssa, at School of Rock a year ago, we already knew that she had a strong interest in music. We knew that she had some ability which was untapped to its full potential, but also that her personal confidence level was low. We can't tell you how much her self-confidence has soared since becoming part of Philly School of Rock! We've seen her come out of her shell, not be afraid to engage with the other kids in the program, and we see how much joy she has when she takes the stage for performance. We also like how she's learning to collaborate and really operate in a musical context where everyone is learning together, performing together, and making great music together.”
    — Sonya Kukcinovich-Hill, Philadelphia, PA
  • “Simply is no better way or place for kids to learn music. My daughter started at 15 and was in as many shows as she could be in till she aged out at 18 and went on to college at Penn. No doubt, her brain was on fire while on stage with some amazing young musicians. If you want your kids to learn music. This is the place.”
    — Steve B, Philadelphia, PA