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About School of Rock Rocky River

Welcome to School of Rock Rocky River, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Rocky River that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2007, School of Rock Rocky River 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 Rocky River 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 Rocky River 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 Rocky River
20148 Detroit RoadRocky River, OH 44116
(440) 333-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Rocky River'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 Rocky River'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!

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

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

    All students in Rocky River’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Rocky River’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 Rocky River’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 Rocky River 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 Rocky River, 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 Rocky River’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 Rocky River’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 Rocky River’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 Rocky River'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 othe...
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School of Rock Rocky River'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 Rocky River'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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Upcoming Events

    • August 29
      12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents Women Who Rock!
      This event is at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (1100 E 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44114).
    • August 29
      2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents Rock 101
      This event is at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (1100 E 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44114).
    • August 29
      3:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents The 50's Show
      This event is at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (1100 E 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44114).
    • August 30
      1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
      School of Rock Presents The Music of Green Day, The Offspring, and Rancid
      This event is at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (1100 E 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44114).
    • August 30
      1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents The Voice Show and the Music of AC/DC
      This event is at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (1100 E 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44114).
    • August 30
      3:00 PM
      School of Rock Presents the 40th Anniversary of Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti
      This event is at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (1100 E 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44114).

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Staff

    • Tommy Rich
      Music Director
      Veteran percussive engineer of the Cleveland music scene: American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen among the many local and national bands, tours, records to his credit. He'd been doing some music ...
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      Veteran percussive engineer of the Cleveland music scene: American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen among the many local and national bands, tours, records to his credit. He'd been doing some music directing and house band gigs for the Rock Roll Hall of Fame when in order to get him out of their collective hair, they pointed Tommy towards the new SoR franchise about to open and that was that. Now we're stuck with him.
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    • Louie Novotny
      General Manager
      Louie is a working Cleveland musician as well as School of Rock Rocky River's General Manager, and School of Rock Cleveland's Sales Manager. Louie has been with the school since 2009. Louie is the ...
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      Louie is a working Cleveland musician as well as School of Rock Rocky River's General Manager, and School of Rock Cleveland's Sales Manager. Louie has been with the school since 2009. Louie is the Bass player for local rock act Hot Ham Cheese which has also toured regionally and nationally. Louie also holds down bass duties for rock/dance cover acts Sorry William #coverband.
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    • Jared Gold
      Bass Instructor
      Jared Gold first picked up the bass guitar at the age of 14 when he was instantly drawn to a beat-up Washburn lying around his friend's house. While primarily self-taught, he has studied music at C...
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      Jared Gold first picked up the bass guitar at the age of 14 when he was instantly drawn to a beat-up Washburn lying around his friend's house. While primarily self-taught, he has studied music at Cuyahoga Community College under Professor Richard Holsworth. For over a decade, Jared has been playing in and out of many bands including Drop Notion, The Stereo Riot, Pale Hollow, and Attack the News. He has also shared the stage with many local and national acts such as Fishbone, Slightly Stoopid, Badfish, The Expendables, Carlos Jones, and Wakey Wakey. Jared's passion for music is matched by enthusiasm for his role at the School of Rock, directing seasonal shows and instructing the next generation of funky bass players.
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    • Jared Koepp
      Vocal Instructor
      Jared Koepp starting singing when he was 4, and nobody has been able to get him to stop since. A lifelong Cleveland native, Jared has worked and performed around just about every type of music he c...
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      Jared Koepp starting singing when he was 4, and nobody has been able to get him to stop since. A lifelong Cleveland native, Jared has worked and performed around just about every type of music he can get access to. Jared has been singing with choral groups and bandsfor 15 years, covering everything from gospel and soul, to classical, and then of course mighty Rock and Roll.An experienced educator, Jared is well skilled in the art of patience, a necessity for teaching at the Paul Green School of Rock Music.
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    • Lyle Quimby
      Guitar Instructor
      It's no surprise Lyle Quimby turned out to be a professional guitarist.Born into a vivacious and musical family; he was personally instructed byhis Grandfather who was a Doctor of Music and a gifte...
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      It's no surprise Lyle Quimby turned out to be a professional guitarist.Born into a vivacious and musical family; he was personally instructed byhis Grandfather who was a Doctor of Music and a gifted professor. At age13 he began his journey with the guitar and it quickly turned into alifelong wanderlust. An aptitude for music theory and bluesy guitaremboldened the young Quimby and he decided that a year of guitar lessonsfrom local legend Dave Baker would do the trick as he was starting hiscollege education the following autumn. Under the meticulous tutelage ofcollege Professor Richard Holsworth his playing began to blossom andLyle's creativity would be pushed to new extremes. Life was not withoutsorrow as Lyle lost his musical inspiration and mentor; his Grandfather.This setback only strengthened his resolve as he dedicated his life to hiscraft and music became a career. Sure bands had always been in thebackground but now much more serious musical ventures would have to beexplored. After jamming with local bass guru Ed Stephens at a local hotspot he became aware of an opening at The School of Rock's new franchisein Rocky River. The rest is history as Lyle continues to teach and directshows at the school. He can be scene every week as the guitarist for LiveBand Rock and Roll Karaoke, as well as playing guitar in Maiden Voyage;his Iron Maiden tribute band, and various other original and cover bands.
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    • Dave Romweber
      Guitar Instructor
      David was hooked as a young boy after watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in 1962. A veteran of the Cleveland music scene David has been involved in retail and the club management side of ...
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      David was hooked as a young boy after watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in 1962. A veteran of the Cleveland music scene David has been involved in retail and the club management side of the music business as well. He welcomed the oppourtunity to return to traching and joining the staff at the School of Rock Cleveland. 'I love to teach but I really enjoy passing along the technical and historical aspects of the guitar to my students.' Dave can be seen on the weekends with his original band the Velvematics or dance band Waynes World'¦.Tribute band Vambo Rules(Alex Harvey) or Sonic Temple(The Cult). Party on Garth'¦..And yes, he is cousins with Dex and Sara Romweber.
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    • Tim Moon
      Vocal Instructor
      Tim has been singing long before he can even remember. After several years on the Road with his band Don't Fear the Sun, he decided to move to the wonderful city of Cleveland from Toledo. Tim has t...
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      Tim has been singing long before he can even remember. After several years on the Road with his band Don't Fear the Sun, he decided to move to the wonderful city of Cleveland from Toledo. Tim has trained numerous styles in voice including Rock, Jazz, Theatric and even a bit Abstract. Using his training, Tim not only has toured with his band, but has sung in Jazz bands and performed in professional Theater. In his spare time, he enjoys Stacking books on people to help develop diaphragm breathing and walking like a Raptor.
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    • Joe Stefano
      Drum Instructor
      Playing drums since the age of eight, and playing in rock bands steady since the age of 11, Joe has been a part of the music scene for 20 years. Dabbling in all genres, he is well versed in funk, j...
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      Playing drums since the age of eight, and playing in rock bands steady since the age of 11, Joe has been a part of the music scene for 20 years. Dabbling in all genres, he is well versed in funk, jazz, reggae, afro-cuban, drum corps, and is deeply rooted in rock. In high school, he was the recipient of the 'Louis Armstrong Jazz Award' in 2001, and was the percussion section leader in marching band. He has played in various groups such as Detagoh, The Recent Vintage, Drop Notion, Switchblade Scarlett, The Stereo Riot'¦and many more. One of the original staff members at both the East and West Side School of Rock, Joe loves teaching music and gives students every bit of knowledge that he can. He also takes pride in teaching kids how to live in their parents' basement until they're 30'¦just kidding!!!
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    • Jeff Koteles
      Drum Instructor
      Jeff (Jeffrah) is a drummer by nature. He started playing in the 5th grade concert band, and has since turned his education and experience into a professional music career spanning from marching wi...
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      Jeff (Jeffrah) is a drummer by nature. He started playing in the 5th grade concert band, and has since turned his education and experience into a professional music career spanning from marching with the Marion Glory Cadets drum corps (DCI Div III), to performing at nationally recognized events such as the Vans Warped Tour and Rocklahoma. He has played in many local bands, and shared the stage with many notable acts both in Cleveland, and around the country. When he isn't behind the kit, Jeff is behind the mixing desk. He has worked at many recording studios around the city of Cleveland, producing music ranging from rock, to hiphop, and beyond. Music is business, and business is good.
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    • Pat Kostalnick
      Guitar Instructor
      Pat Kostalnick has been obsessed with music since he was a little kid. Then he got his first guitar. It's been a runaway train ever since. He received a degree in music composition, has played all ...
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      Pat Kostalnick has been obsessed with music since he was a little kid. Then he got his first guitar. It's been a runaway train ever since. He received a degree in music composition, has played all over the country as well as almost every Cleveland venue with his band Yellow Delicious, and he has played various other with other groups and shows whenever time allows. He has been teaching music to all ages for about 12 years which has included experiences with private lessons, choral, band, orchestra, general music, and even songwriting lessons. He continues writing, performing, and entertainingevery chance he gets. He says he's still a huge fan, attending concerts by his idols and constantly adding to his already too large collection of CD's, books, and music paraphernalia. In fact, Pat insists he has to keep teaching to support his habit.
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    • Snake Rock
      Guitar Instructor
      Having originated in Cleveland, Ohio, Snake Rock's hard~edged style of Rock and Roll has graced the likes of the Agora, Akron Civic, and most of Cleveland's many stages. Snake moved to Los Angeles ...
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      Having originated in Cleveland, Ohio, Snake Rock's hard~edged style of Rock and Roll has graced the likes of the Agora, Akron Civic, and most of Cleveland's many stages. Snake moved to Los Angeles in the 80's, where he performed at a long list of venues, including, The Roxy, The Whiskey~A~Go~Go, The Troubadour, Gazzari's, The Country Club, The Palomino, and many others. Snake has shared the stage with many, including, Humble Pie, Uriah Heep, Steppenwolf, Edgar Winter, The Guess Who, Molly Hatchet, and many others. Snake celebrated a major hit song with,"Can't Stay Home Tonight." Snake writes all of his own music, and is thrilled to be back in Cleveland after 25 + years out West, and is a proud staff member of School Of Rock!
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    • Russ Richards
      Keyboard Instructor
      Russ had earned his living by doing nothing but playing in many local bands for over twenty plus years. He has worked as a keyboardist in Easy Street, I-Tal, Calabash, and a number R-n-B, and Motow...
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      Russ had earned his living by doing nothing but playing in many local bands for over twenty plus years. He has worked as a keyboardist in Easy Street, I-Tal, Calabash, and a number R-n-B, and Motown acts. Playing from Thunder Bay Ontriao, to Key West Fla. Currently he fills in with performers such as Mike Mad Dog Adams, and Funkology, and works regularly with Darryl Green and the Powerhouse Band, I-Tal, Switchblade Scarlett, Vambo Rools, a tribute to Alex Harvey, and Dashboard Lights, a Meatloaf tribute act. He can turn objects into tasty cheese by a wave of his hand. Studied music at Cuyahoga Community College, C.S.U. and Baldwin Wallace Music Conservatory.
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    • Marysa Brogan
      Vocal Instructor
      Choraleers, Concert Choir, Singing Angels lit her fire. Heidelberg, Vocal Major, Rock and Roll...THE Game Changer. CLE Music Scene 20 Years, The Mighty Tigues, Wish You Were Here, Diamond Dogs, V...
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      Choraleers, Concert Choir, Singing Angels lit her fire. Heidelberg, Vocal Major, Rock and Roll...THE Game Changer. CLE Music Scene 20 Years, The Mighty Tigues, Wish You Were Here, Diamond Dogs, Vambo Rools, Teaching kids in Public Schools. Vox Instructor at School of Rock, Rookies Director, Ursuline Prof. Writing songs, Recording tracks, Playing keys, Tuning her axe. Country band, Who knows what's next, She's making room for more projects. She hopes more years still lie ahead to teach and sing until she's dead:)
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    • Erin Wing
      Vocal Instructor
      Erin Wing is a primarily self-taught musician, with a wide range of musical interests. Starting with a love of musical theater, she soon realized that she's a natural folk artist, with real big int...
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      Erin Wing is a primarily self-taught musician, with a wide range of musical interests. Starting with a love of musical theater, she soon realized that she's a natural folk artist, with real big interests in jazz and rock and roll too. Her main focus is on vocals and guitar, but she loves to always expand her palate with other instruments. Erin was discovered at gig by our music director Tommy Rich. You never know who is watching!
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    • Emilio Jarufe
      Asst. General Manager/ Vocal Instructor/Drum Instructor
      Emilio has been studying music since he was five years old and has since then been playing most concert brass Instruments, drum set, voice and music theory. Currently he is studying Music Education...
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      Emilio has been studying music since he was five years old and has since then been playing most concert brass Instruments, drum set, voice and music theory. Currently he is studying Music Education at Cleveland State University, with a minor in Percussion Performance. As a member of the Cleveland Music Scene, Emilio plays for the local band Essential Groove, and is also an active member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. If he isn't exploring the mysterious world of Gnarnia, he is probably answering the phone or doing some computer work. Emilio has a great passion for promoting musical growth and rocking out, which makes School of Rock the perfect place for him.
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    • Chris Buhoveckey
      Drum Instructor
      Chris Buhoveckey started playing drums/percussion at the age of 11 and has not looked back since. He possesses a love for teaching, and even taught in the public schools for several years! Never tu...
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      Chris Buhoveckey started playing drums/percussion at the age of 11 and has not looked back since. He possesses a love for teaching, and even taught in the public schools for several years! Never turning down the opportunity to learn something new, Chris has studied under local greats such as Jeff Babinski (Plasma,7 Mile Isle) and Andy Herrick (Chimaira). He has studied and performed many different styles/genres of music; such as rock, metal, country, hip-­'hop, rap, jazz, and more. Recently, Chris has joined local cover band greats, 'Pop Fiction!' He encourages you to take a chance and try something new'¦because you never know what will happen!
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    • Griffin Pereksta
      Guitar Instructor
      What do you get when you mix elements of classic rock, funk, and Weird Al Yankovic? You get Griffin Pereksta. He decided he wanted to play guitar after hearing Angus Young from AC/DC play on the 'L...
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      What do you get when you mix elements of classic rock, funk, and Weird Al Yankovic? You get Griffin Pereksta. He decided he wanted to play guitar after hearing Angus Young from AC/DC play on the 'Live at Donnington' recordings. His affinity for classic rock grew when he heard Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. With time he branched out to funk with influences like James Brown, George Clinton and, a different kind of P-Funk with The Red Hot Chili Peppers and their punk-funk. Naturally after hearing the funk you just want to get groovy, so Griffin picked up the bass and drums. After high school, he graduated Cuyahoga Community College with a degree in applied sciences from the Recording Arts and Technology program. Griffin has played in a few staff bands and a double-triple-platinum, arena-filling super-group, The I Hate Dan Hyland Band (featuring Dan Hyland). Legend has it that Griffin 'is pretty rad at playing guitar and he once caught a yeti. He set the yeti free.'
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    • Steve Musichuk
      Keyboard Instructor
      Steve began his piano studies early on, beginning classical piano lessons at age four, and studying at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music while he was still in junior high school. His first gigs...
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      Steve began his piano studies early on, beginning classical piano lessons at age four, and studying at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music while he was still in junior high school. His first gigs were before he was old enough to drive, playing at school dances and needing a ride to gigs from family and friends. He has played with countless musicians and travelled the Great lakes area performing with notable bands including, Jester, Fayreweather, The Fabulous Hipsters, Afterglow, and cinema Show, at such diverse venues such as House of Blues, and the Kent Stage, as well as local bars and stages. He brings all that experience to his position as Keyboard instructor at the School of Rock. We feel lucky to have him here with us, mentoring the next generation of Rick Wakeman "wannabees".
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News

    • Fall Shows Announced!

      Rocky River Fall Shows! Rehearsal days and times are tentative and subject to change based on show fulfillment and student count Overplayed [Songs We Love, Maybe Too Much] - Rehearsals Monda...
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      Rocky River Fall Shows!

      Rehearsal days and times are tentative and subject to change based on show fulfillment and student count

      Overplayed [Songs We Love, Maybe Too Much] - Rehearsals Mondays 5-8 pm
      Funk Rock - Rehearsals Tuesdays 5-8 pm
      Pat Benatar/The Pretenders - Rehearsals Wednesdays 5-8 pm
      1994 - Rehearsals Thursdays 5-8
      Black Sabbath - Saturdays Noon-3 pm
      Your Generation: The Best Rock From 2010 & Beyond - Saturdays 3-6 pm
      Rock 101 [Our Junior Level Performance Program] - Saturdays 10:15-11:45 am

      The Fall Show Season Begins September 7th!

      Sign Ups Today!
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    • School of Rock to Greet Rock Hall Marathon Runners.

      Rock Apocalypse will be performing at the Rock Hall Marathon on August 23rd! For more about this story visit http://www.wkyc.com/story/life/2015/08/06/rock-hall-half-marathon/31185117/

    • PROGRESSIVE AUTO INSURANCE FEATURED SOR STUDENT, RYAN MCKENDRY TALKING ABOUT HIS SOR EXPERIENCE IN THEIR COMPANY NEWSLETTER!

      “Turn that racket down!” Many of us heard this from our parents growing up—and many of us are now saying the same thing to our own kids. Not Special Lines Marketing Manager Jesse McKendr...
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      “Turn that racket down!” Many of us heard this from our parents growing up—and many of us are now saying the same thing to our own kids. Not Special Lines

      Marketing Manager Jesse McKendry. He beams with pride watching his son belt out Aerosmith classics on stage at the School of Rock, Cleveland. “I never even knew such a school existed, except in the movie,” says Jesse. “And there’s one location right here in Highland Heights.” Jesse discovered The School of Rock, Cleveland, while working on the International Motorcycle Show (IMS), which Progressive sponsors. He and his colleague, Marketing Events Specialist Todd Matthews, were brainstorming ideas to energize the show, which features all the major motorcycle manufacturers in the world. They realized rock ‘n’ roll was definitely missing from this event. “We knew we couldn’t afford to pay a rock band to tour with the show, but we wanted to find some way to incorporate that type of energy and excitement” says Jesse. “Todd suggested partnering with the School of Rock since they are the largest after-school music program in the country. With locations in most metro areas, they could bring in local students to perform at each of the 11 IMS shows. They were excited to get that kind of exposure—we provided the stage and they provided the music. It was truly a win/win.”

      Watching the budding rock stars perform at the IMS Show inspired Jesse in a more personal way as well. “The kids were amazing,” said Jesse. “And they were having so much fun on that stage. It got me thinking of my own son.” Jesse and his then 9-year-old son, Ryan, were taking guitar lessons together—something Jesse had always wanted to try. “We were doing this father-son thing and really enjoying spending time together,” says Jesse. “But I could see that Ryan’s interest in guitar was starting to wane.” That’s when Jesse had the idea to introduce Ryan to the School of Rock, Cleveland. “At first, I didn’t think he’d be into the performing aspect,” says Jesse. “But at his first group practice, they taught him how to play ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes, and from that moment on, he was hooked. Now he can’t wait to get back on stage after a
      performance!” Ryan started at the School of Rock by playing guitar in the 101 mgroup for beginners, but quickly advanced and now performs on a regular basis.

      “Some of his favorite songs to perform on stage have been ‘Rock mand Roll, Hoochie Koo’ by Rick Derringer, which he played at the Battle of Ohio Show,” said Jesse. “He also loved playing ‘Walk This Way’ in the Aerosmith Show and ‘Foxy Lady’ by Jimi Hendrix in the 27 Club Show"

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Testimonials

  • “I just wanted to write to you to thank you and the entire School of Rock for such a great experience for my granddaughter Sophie. She learned so much in her first year there and it showed at the concert last Saturday at Brother's Lounge. What I am most impressed with is the environment you have created at this school. With all the peer pressure nowadays, it is so refreshing to be at a school where it's really all about the music. All the kids are so comfortable and can just be themselves. I definitely saw growth with Sophie , both musically and personally. She has learned guitar and made some great friends. Even when she didn't feel like going, she told me she always felt better after class. I have told many people about this school and will continue to recommend it to anyone who has a child interested in music. You, in particular, right from the start when I called on the phone impressed me with your caring attitude. Keep up the good work. I think you are changing lives. ”
    - Carlene, Rocky River, Ohio
  • “School of Rock has been an amazing experience for my family. Norah started guitar lessons with Ed when she was only 6, and was up on stage with Rock 101 at age 7. It's been awesome to see her grow as a musician and into a performer, but it's also been awesome to see her develop deep relationships with her teachers (who we see as mentors and she sees as rock-star idols) -- Ed, Kayleigh, and Donald. Our son, age 6, has also now started keyboard lessons, and I can't wait to see him up on stage doing his thing in the future.School of Rock is a special place that brings out the best in its students. It's a safe, caring, "cool" environment. We are not "our kids have to have an activity to do each day" parents. We'd rather our kids have a interest they can nurture into a talent at which they can excel. I am so happy that we found School of Rock for our family.Added bonus for me -- no Top 40 music in the car. Instead, my daughter requests Ozzy's Boneyard. How can you beat that? ”
    Jon Hyman, Strongsville, Ohio
  • “For the last five years, two times a week (at minimum) I do the 2.5 mile Mom Taxi Route to The School of Rock. My eleven year old and I pile his guitar and practice book in the back of the car, where we drill lyrics before individual and group practices. Each and every time I drop him off, I get a happy wave as he bops into school to learn music theory, breathing exercises, and how to truly crank it up to eleven. And I’m not going to lie, every performance in those five years, I’ve been just a little bit envious of what he’s learning and the friends he’s making. To sound completely trite and clichéd, the option to go to ‘Rock School’ didn’t even exist when I was his age, and as I watched my kid on stage singing songs that I grew up with, there was more than one “I wish moment.” Last fall, after driving home from a lesson and singing Alice Cooper’s Poison at the top of our lungs, I made a passing comment to my husband about how much I envied our son, and I wish I had time to take lessons. It was a passing comment, couched heavily in the wish, because I have a taxing job that is more than forty hours a week and requires extensive travel. Little did I know how much that comment registered. On Christmas morning, my final gift was a very light, very strange sounding box. Inside a session of School of Rock. On February 6th, 2015, I took my very first bass lesson. Bass was a leap for me, but I’d decided out of the gate that I didn’t want to encroach on the kiddo, who had the household lock on guitar on vocals. I took a leap, made the acquisition at the guidance of a good friend, and a there I was, roosting in a chair in Ed’s practice room. Quickly dubbed my “Bass Sensei,” Ed became a friend, an advisor, and someone to teach me about the joy of music as an outlet. Friday’s are usually nonstop for me, and by the time 5:30 rolls around, the last thing I want to do is talk to someone, let alone use my brain anymore. By my third week, I was ecstatic about Fridays. March 2nd rolls around, and we have our very first Grad School meeting. Eleven people, half of them first timers, getting together every Monday night to learn songs that we’ve all thrown in the pot and turned into a set list. And that was just the beginning. For 13 weeks, we got together every Monday night, in what became my new favorite night of the week. Two to three hours of learning, jamming, forming and norming, with jokes thrown in between and a lot of laughter. We slowly began to gel into a cohesive group that respected the newbies, the pros, and everyone in between. By the end of May, we’d started to sound pretty darn good. But that wasn’t the cool part, no, the cool part is what came in between all the hard work as we formed some unbelievable friendships. Honestly, that’s what surprised me most. See, as adults, we get so busy that it’s hard to take time out for yourself. Significant others, kids, jobs, they all claim time, and we as individuals often aren’t selfish enough to say “No, I’m doing something for myself.” Sometimes, we need that little push, In being so busy, juggling my family and a full time career, I’d let the important stuff like cultivating my interest and my friends fall by the wayside. It didn’t really hit home until after our performance, where we were all hanging out, laughing, and plotting for the next round. Four months ago, I’d never picked up a bass, let alone knew most of these people, and now I was sad that I was going to have to go a month without my Monday night jam sessions, off color jokes, and dancing in a crowded practice room. I wasn’t the only one feeling that way, either. The posts to our private Facebook group were full of love, thanks, jokes, and planning what songs to request for the next show. You were the biggest surprise I didn’t seem coming, and without a doubt a big part of one of the best Christmas gifts ever. Is it July 13th yet? ”
    - Heather Hall, Westlake, Ohio
  • “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