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About School of Rock Rochester

Welcome to School of Rock Rochester, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Rochester that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2011, School of Rock Rochester is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Rochester equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Rochester and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Rochester
415 Walnut BlvdRochester, MI 48307
(248) 726-9787

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Rochester, 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.

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

    School of Rock Rochester’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!

  • School of Rock Rochester’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows 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 with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Rochester’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Rochester 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester’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 Rochester’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Rochester.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

  • School of Rock Rochester’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Rochester Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Rochester’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 Rochester, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Rochester enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

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

Rochester 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 Rochester’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

    • July 22
      8:00 PM
      House Band Gig With SoR All Stars @ The Crofoot!
      Concert
      Come see School of Rock Rochester play with The School of Rock All Stars @ The Crofoot this Friday!
    • July 25 - 28 2016
      DIY SUMMER CAMP
      Summer Camp
      Sign up for our DIY summer camp!!
    • August 1 - 5 2016
      LED ZEPPELIN SUMMER CAMP
      Summer Camp
      Sign up for our Led Zeppelin summer camp!!
    • August 8 - 12 2016
      DIY SUMMER CAMP
      Summer Camp
      Sign up for our DIY summer camp!!
    • August 15 - 19 2016
      WEEZER SUMMER CAMP
      Summer Camp
      Sign up for our Weezer summer camp!!
    • August 22 - 26 2016
      DIY SUMMER CAMP
      Sumer Camp
      Sign up for our DIY summer camp!!

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Staff

    • Meet Mike Latcha
      General Manager/Music Director/Instructor
      Michael Latcha is currently the General Manager and Music Director at The Rochester School of Rock. He has played in Detroit based bands such as Freer, Electric Lions Sound Wave Experiment, Beats a...
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      Michael Latcha is currently the General Manager and Music Director at The Rochester School of Rock. He has played in Detroit based bands such as Freer, Electric Lions Sound Wave Experiment, Beats and Angles, Davila and The Beggars. He has put out released 3 LPs and 2 EPs. Michael has with local and national acts such as The Von Bondies, The Go, SSM, Office and Tiger City. In 2009, Michael was accepted into Oakland University’s music program and pursued a degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at Oakland University, Michael was also involved with a Theater Bizarre on the production of “Wonderland”. In 2010, Michael started teaching at The Rochester School Of Rock. As of now, Michael is helping write in a few projects, record, produce and write with various artist though out Detroit. Michael has been loving teaching at The School of Rock Rochester. In May 2015, Michael took over the role as General Manager and Music Director at The Rochester School Of Rock. He hopes to share his love for music with the youth and build a strong future for live Rock n’ Roll.
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    • Meet Eddie Baranek
      Insturctor
      Eddie has been leader of The Sights since their inception in the summer of 1998. The Sights have toured with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Donnas, The Kills, The Zombies, and Tenacious D but he ...
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      Eddie has been leader of The Sights since their inception in the summer of 1998. The Sights have toured with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Donnas, The Kills, The Zombies, and Tenacious D but he has also shared the stage with The Creation, The Dirtbombs, Electric Six, and Blue Oyster Cult. Eddie has toured across the United States and Canada countless times, headlined a few U.K. tours, as well as gracing Europe for a month with Guided By Voices and Tenacious D. He is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and author. He teaches guitar, bass and drums.
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    • Meet Adam Weber
      Instructor
      In 2008, Adam joined the School of Rock as a student and went on to make it his life. He performed his first show through the school, made lifelong friends and learned not only about music, but the...
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      In 2008, Adam joined the School of Rock as a student and went on to make it his life. He performed his first show through the school, made lifelong friends and learned not only about music, but the music industry. Adam was hired as an instructor in 2010 at the age of 17 and loves being able to give to the students everything the School of Rock gave to him. He is also a former School of Rock All Star and has performed around the Metro Detroit area in multiple original bands for years. He currently is the lead guitarist/vocalist of Psychic Bees while also performing regular cover gigs on the side.
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    • Meet Murray Stewart-Jones
      Instructor
      Murray has been emerged in music all of her life. Studying and playing music for over 30years. She plays drums, hand percussion, piano, and sings. Adding to her versatility in more recent years ha...
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      Murray has been emerged in music all of her life. Studying and playing music for over 30years. She plays drums, hand percussion, piano, and sings. Adding to her versatility in more recent years has been studying other instruments such as guitar, and elec./upright bass.

      In addition to teaching privately, directing music ensembles, and accompanying choirs...She spends her time in recording sessions and touring with some of Michigans best singer/songwriters. Collectively she has appeared on 29 albums and 3 film scores. She has worked with Surrogate Earth, CharlieHorse, Halflooking, The Lash, Hydrophonic, Steppin' in it, Jen Sygit, Nervous But Excited, and The LongHaired Freaks. Playing everything from coffee shops, theatres, colleges, sweaty neon pubs, to open-aired festivals. She has shared stages with Koko Taylor, Catie Curtis, Hootie and the Blowfish, Black 47, Flogging Molly, Indigo Girls, Ritchie Havens, MTV's Godess and She, Bitch, Altan, Gaelic Storm, Po' Girl, Ferron, Melissa Ferrick, Vickie Randall, Iron and Wine, Pattie Smith, Holly Near, and Sponge. Currently she is a Senior Music Director teaching for the School of Rock, playing with The Groove Riders and continuing on her musical journey.
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    • Meet Curtis Godzisz
      Curtis graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at OU he won a Matilda award, was apart of the Oakland Chorale, and had 7 of his original...
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      Curtis graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at OU he won a Matilda award, was apart of the Oakland Chorale, and had 7 of his original compositions performed live, 1 of which, was performed from members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Since graduation he has performed for weddings and musicals, as well as, composing the main theme to the indie game Shadowbrume. Curtis started working at the
      School of Rock in 2015 and teaches Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals, Drums, and Music Theory.
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    • Meet Jenn McMillan
      Jenn McMillan is a Michigan-born singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist. She attended the University of Michigan-Flint and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocal Performance in 201...
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      Jenn McMillan is a Michigan-born singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist. She attended the University of Michigan-Flint and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocal Performance in 2013.

      Jenn grew up in the country, but went to high school at Powers Catholic in Flint, MI. It was there that she was encouraged by her guidance counselor to pursue music at the U of M-Flint.

      Over the years as a music student at the university, Jenn taught voice to fellow peers and helped lead the adult and children’s choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Flint, MI. During the summers at the church, she would also help direct the children's musical.

      Jenn loves performing, and has performed in some of Michigan's most well-known local music venues such as The Crofoot in Pontiac, The Local in Flint, and The Whiting in Flint. She has also performed at a variety of Michigan’s fairs and festivals such as the Blueberry Festival in Imlay City, and the Michigan State Fair in Novi.
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    • Meet Claire Thayer
      Instructor
      Claire Thayer is a musician of seven years, playing mostly guitar, bass, and singing with experience in keys and drums as well. With six years of performance experience, she fronts a band called Ca...
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      Claire Thayer is a musician of seven years, playing mostly guitar, bass, and singing with experience in keys and drums as well. With six years of performance experience, she fronts a band called Catty Club and is a former student and Houseband member of the school. She is active as a musician in the metro-Detroit area from playing shows to volunteering with Girls Rock Detroit. She teaches all the basics in 101 and branches out to shows and lessons, and is also most likely to teach you anything from ABBA to Misfits in the same lesson.
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    • Meet Sky Werth
      Instructor
      Sky Werth has been playing the guitar for over 10 years. He has had his music played on 89X several times and has played at many venues in the metro Detroit area such as Saint Andrews Hall and the ...
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      Sky Werth has been playing the guitar for over 10 years. He has had his music played on 89X several times and has played at many venues in the metro Detroit area such as Saint Andrews Hall and the Crofoot Ballroom. Sky is currently enrolled at Wayne State University and is pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies with his primary instrument being guitar. He has a wide range of influences that include Deftones, Led Zeppelin, Bassnectar, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Bob Marley, and Tool. Sky is currently teaching guitar, drums, piano, and bass.
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Promotions

News

    • SoR All Stars @ The Crofoot!

      Come on out to see School of Rock All Stars and School of Rock Rochester play the Crofoot. Let's show some love and support for Rochester's All Star, Dain Vargo!!

    • SUMMER SEASON SHOWS

      Sign up for a show this summer! We've got an awesome season ahead with MJ vs. Prince, The Doors, Warped Tour, Heavy 70's, House Band, Rock 101, and Rookies!

Testimonials

  • “I like many things and will highlight a few below in no particular order. - My son feels safe when he is at SOR. - The feeling to me is the kids come first. - Teachers are professional and genuinely care about the kids and program. - Well organized and communication is proactive.”
    — Jeff Gabrielson, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student
  • “The program not only teaches the student music skills but life skills also. Team building, performance in front of peers and an audience, mentoring as you gain more experience, interaction with the instructors and friends for life! It is a great place to learn, have fun and grow in confidence!”
    — Carla Heck, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student
  • “Builds talent and confidence. Also a place to find people with common interests. It's been an amazing experience!”
    — Shelly Miller, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student
  • “Great teachers and a supportive social atmosphere.”
    — Shannon Hay, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student