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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 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
2:00 AM - 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 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 (geomodifer) 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

    • August 30
      4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      Houseband @ Dragon on the Lake
      This event is at Dragon on the Lake Festival (1-3 South Broadway Street Lake Orion, MI 48362). Houseband will be playing the Dragon on the Lake Festival in Lake Orion on August 30th. They play at 12.
    • September 12
      7:15 PM - 8:00 PM
      House Band @ Arts & Apples
      This event is at Paint Creek Center for the Arts (407 Pine St. Rochester, MI 48307). House Band will be playing at the Arts and Apples festival at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts on September 1...
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      This event is at Paint Creek Center for the Arts (407 Pine St. Rochester, MI 48307). House Band will be playing at the Arts and Apples festival at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts on September 12th.
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    • September 27
      10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
      End of Season Show @ Younger's Irish Tavern
      This event is at Younger's Irish Tavern (120 Main St. Romeo, MI 48065). Join us for our all-day End of the Season show at Younger's Irish Tavern in Romeo. You'll be able to see performances from Ro...
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      This event is at Younger's Irish Tavern (120 Main St. Romeo, MI 48065). Join us for our all-day End of the Season show at Younger's Irish Tavern in Romeo. You'll be able to see performances from Rock 101, Police vs. Cars, British Invasion, Evolution of Metal, and Houseband.
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    • October 3
      3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      End of Season Show @ Callahan's Music Hall
      This event is at Callahan's Music Hall (2105 South Blvd Auburn Hills, MI 48326). Join us on October 3rd at Callhan's Music Hall for our End of Season show.
    • October 4
      3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      End of Season Show @ Callahan's Music Hall
      This event is at Callahan's Music Hall (2105 South Blvd Auburn Hills, MI 48326). Join us for our End of Season show at Callahan's Music Hall on October 4th.

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Staff

    • Mike Latcha
      General Manager/Music Director/Instructor
      Currently Mike is playing guitar in the Electric lions, now known as the Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment. He is in charge of guitar, song writing, recording and mixing. Mike is recent Graduate ...
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      Currently Mike is playing guitar in the Electric lions, now known as the Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment. He is in charge of guitar, song writing, recording and mixing. Mike is recent Graduate from Oakland University with a Classical guitar performance degree. At Oakland University Mike has been involved with The Big Band Jazz Band, The Guitar Ensemble, Steel Drum Band, African Drum Ensemble, Choir, Jazz Improve Ensembles, and Classical solo guitar. Lastly Mike has just tapped into film scoring, finishing his first project with Chelsea Richer at CCS, with a documentary about transcendental meditation called "Tuning The Student Mind".
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Paul Mazzola
      Instructor
      Paul Mazzola has been a professional musician and instructor for most of his life. With over 11 years of experience working with children of all ages Paul knows his stuff. We are very lucky to have...
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      Paul Mazzola has been a professional musician and instructor for most of his life. With over 11 years of experience working with children of all ages Paul knows his stuff. We are very lucky to have this amazing musician and teacher working with us at School of Rock!
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    • Chrissy Morgan
      Instructor
      Chrissy Morgan is a 4 time Detroit Music Award Nominee and has been a featured on more than 20 recorded projects from around the Detroit area. She's currently working with T. Money Green (band dire...
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      Chrissy Morgan is a 4 time Detroit Music Award Nominee and has been a featured on more than 20 recorded projects from around the Detroit area. She's currently working with T. Money Green (band director for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog), Scott Morgan & The Sights (with Eddie!!), Joe Jaber & The Last Divide, and more! Check out www.ChrissyMorgan.com for more information
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News

    • Fall Season Is Just Around The Corner!

      Rock Out With Us This Fall To The Sounds Of AC/DC, Jack White, One Hit Wonders, Our Rock 101 Group, and House Band!! Show Applications Are Due September 11th And The Season Will Start On October 12...
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      Rock Out With Us This Fall To The Sounds Of AC/DC, Jack White, One Hit Wonders, Our Rock 101 Group, and House Band!! Show Applications Are Due September 11th And The Season Will Start On October 12th.
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    • End Of Season Shows

      Please, Join Us At Our End Of Season Shows And Rock Out To The Music Of The Police/Cars, British Invasion, Evolution Of Metal, House Band, Rock 101 And The Adult Band !! September 27th At Younger's...
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      Please, Join Us At Our End Of Season Shows And Rock Out To The Music Of The Police/Cars, British Invasion, Evolution Of Metal, House Band, Rock 101 And The Adult Band !! September 27th At Younger's, And October 3rd And 4th At Callahan's Music Hall
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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
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley 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