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About School of Rock Southlake/Keller

Welcome to School of Rock Southlake/Keller, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Southlake/Keller that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2010, School of Rock Southlake/Keller 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 Southlake/Keller 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 Southlake/Keller 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 Southlake/Keller
3220 W Southlake BlvdSouthlake, TX 76092
(682) 593-0990

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Southlake/Keller'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 Southlake/Keller'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 Southlake/Keller’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 Southlake/Keller, 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 Southlake/Keller’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Southlake/Keller’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 Southlake/Keller 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 Southlake/Keller 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 Southlake/Keller 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 Southlake/Keller, 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 Southlake/Keller’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!

  • At School of Rock Southlake/Keller, 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 Southlake/Keller 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 Southlake/Keller’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!

School of Rock Southlake/Keller'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...
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School of Rock Southlake/Keller'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 Southlake/Keller'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

    • June 18
      11:00 AM
      Season Showcase #1
      Concert
      SEASON SHOWCASE SCHEDULE The shows will be held on SATURDAY JUNE 18 & SUNDAY JUNE 19 at HAT TRICK’S, LEWISVILLE $10 for 18+ • Free 17 and under • All Ages No Outside Food or Drink www...
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      SEASON SHOWCASE SCHEDULE

      The shows will be held on SATURDAY JUNE 18 & SUNDAY JUNE 19 at
      HAT TRICK’S, LEWISVILLE
      $10 for 18+ • Free 17 and under • All Ages
      No Outside Food or Drink
      www.hattricksdallas.com
      101 E Corporate Dr, Lewisville TX 75067 • 972-315-8406

      NOTE YOUR TIME CAREFULLY, BUT...
      THESE TIMES ARE ONLY APPROXIMATE;
      SO PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!

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      JUNE 18
      Doors at 10:30
      THURSDAY 101: 11:00
      arrive by 10:30
      BOWIE: 11:45
      arrive by 11:00
      MONDAY 101: 1:30
      arrive by 12:45
      MAIDEN/PRIEST: 2:15
      arrive by 1:30
      TUESDAY 101: 4:00
      arrive by 3:15
      Y2K: 4:45
      arrive by 4:00
      WEDNESDAY 101: 6:30
      arrive by 5:45
      DEAN’S LIST: 7:15
      arrive by 6:30
      80s ADULT SHOW: 8:30
      arrive by 7:15
      (WRAP UP BY 10:00)
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    • June 19
      11:00 AM
      Season Showcase #2
      Concert
      SEASON SHOWCASE SCHEDULE The shows will be held on SATURDAY JUNE 18 & SUNDAY JUNE 19 at HAT TRICK’S, LEWISVILLE $10 for 18+ • Free 17 and under • All Ages No Outside Food or Drink www.h...
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      SEASON SHOWCASE SCHEDULE
      The shows will be held on SATURDAY JUNE 18 & SUNDAY JUNE 19 at
      HAT TRICK’S, LEWISVILLE
      $10 for 18+ • Free 17 and under • All Ages
      No Outside Food or Drink
      www.hattricksdallas.com
      101 E Corporate Dr, Lewisville TX 75067 • 972-315-8406

      NOTE YOUR TIME CAREFULLY, BUT...
      THESE TIMES ARE ONLY APPROXIMATE;
      SO PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!

      JUNE 19
      Doors at 10:30
      MONDAY 101: 11:00
      arrive by 10:30
      MAIDEN/PRIEST: 11:45
      arrive by 11:00
      THURSDAY 101: 1:30
      arrive by 12:45
      Y2K: 2:15
      arrive by 1:30
      TUESDAY 101: 4:00
      arrive by 3:15
      DEAN’S LIST: 4:30
      arrive by 3:45
      WEDNESDAY 101: 5:30
      arrive by 3:15
      BOWIE: 6:15
      arrive by 5:30
      TEACHER PREVIEW: 8:00
      THE SCHOOL OF ROCK GIVES BACK TOUR FEATURING DALTON RAPATTONI: 8:30
      80s ADULT SHOW: 9:15
      arrive by 8:00
      (WRAP UP BY 11:00)
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    • June 19
      8:00 PM
      School of Rock Gives Back Tour Featuring Dalton Rapattoni, WSG SOR Southlake Teacher Preview Show
      concert
      The School of Rock Gives Back Tour Featuring Dalton Rapattoni is joining our Season Showcase on June 19th! Most of you have probably heard that Dalton was an SOR alum and teacher who placed 3rd pla...
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      The School of Rock Gives Back Tour Featuring Dalton Rapattoni is joining our Season Showcase on June 19th! Most of you have probably heard that Dalton was an SOR alum and teacher who placed 3rd place on the farewell season of American Idol. As a way to say thank you to his School of Rock family and hopefully inspire the next wave of musicians, dalton will be performing with several of our students on stage for a few songs. As if this wasn't already cool enough, there will also be a special concert by our teachers previewing a few songs from next season's shows.

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Staff

    • Meet Marty Morris
      General Manager & Music Director
      Marty Morris was born in central Illinois and raised in Atlanta, GA and Toledo, OH. He was given a $25 pawn shop guitar at age six, and only shown how to play the song "La Bamba." Over the next sev...
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      Marty Morris was born in central Illinois and raised in Atlanta, GA and Toledo, OH. He was given a $25 pawn shop guitar at age six, and only shown how to play the song "La Bamba." Over the next several years, he taught himself to play multiple instruments, write, and sing. His first public performance was a cover of Led Zeppelin’s, "Moby Dick" at age 12 and by age 14 was playing in an original band as a regular of the Toledo, Ohio music scene.

      Studying Cinema and English literature in college, Marty briefly flirted with the idea of becoming a film director, but his love of music proved too strong. Moving to Detroit in 2001, he has worked continuously to evolve as a musician and entertainer. He has performed hundreds of concerts all over the world—everywhere from the Fillmore in San Fran to Belgrade, Serbia—he has supported such names as the Black Keys, Link Wray, The Kills, The Cramps, The Von Bondies, Mission of Burma, Radio Birdman, and many more.

      A member of critically acclaimed bands SSM and the Cyril Lords, his experience in the music business is extensive. Marty's other passion is the School of Rock. He was Music Director at two Detroit schools before making the big leap to opening the Frisco and Southlake locations, where he is now both GM and Music Director of Southlake/Keller SOR and an active guitar and bass teacher. He also acts as booking agent, tour manager, graphic designer, and music director of the the DFW Summer Tour.

      Marty strongly believes in leading by example, and has forever changed the lives of countless students by showing them the joy and majesty of playing rock ‘n’ roll.
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    • Meet Elena Reese
      Studio Coordinator
      Elena was born and raised in Grapevine, Texas, and has been playing music since age 4. At first, she only studied classical piano and cello music, but eventually she found her true passion, the gui...
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      Elena was born and raised in Grapevine, Texas, and has been playing music since age 4. At first, she only studied classical piano and cello music, but eventually she found her true passion, the guitar. At the age of 13, Elena got her first electric guitar and began attending the Southlake/Keller School of Rock. On swift wings, she work-shopped her way up to become quite the guitar player and made it on the School of Rock DFW Summer Tour. After now going on tour three times, she claims that every single tour experience has been fire.

      Today, you can frequently find Elena by the watering hole at the School of Rock. She is now the Studio Coordinator of that location and spends her time tidy-wiring jimmy-locked situations around the school. She is grateful to still be involved with the school even though she is soon closing the chapter of student-hood.
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    • Meet Melissa Birchett
      Senior Vocal Instructor
      Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Melissa began taking voice and piano lessons at the age of five. She grew up performing in musicals and plays across Texas until she ultimately decided to study cl...
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      Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Melissa began taking voice and piano lessons at the age of five. She grew up performing in musicals and plays across Texas until she ultimately decided to study classical music. Melissa moved to sunny Malibu, California at 18 years old and attended Pepperdine University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Vocal Performance in 2012. During her undergrad career, she lived in Germany and traveled across Europe performing in Mozart’s, Die Zauberflöte, Bizet’s, Carmen, and Puccini’s, La bohème.
      Continuing her education she moved to San Francisco and received a Master's degree in Opera Performance and studied under some of the most esteemed vocal and piano instructors. While living in San Francisco, Melissa sang with the Opera Director of the San Francisco Opera and performed numerous opera scenes throughout her two years.
      She has been teaching at School of Rock Southlake/Keller for a year and a half now and is loving being able to mold the musical minds of her students.
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    • Meet James Malone
      Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      Co-founder, singer, guitarist, and lead songwriter for Arsis, James has been involved in the technical melodic death metal scene for more than a decade. A lifelong musician, James grew up in Virgin...
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      Co-founder, singer, guitarist, and lead songwriter for Arsis, James has been involved in the technical melodic death metal scene for more than a decade. A lifelong musician, James grew up in Virginia and began his musical education at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2000, he co-founded Arsis and the band has released five studio albums and three EP’s. Arsis has been signed to Nuclear Blast Records since 2007. In 2012, Decibel Magazine ranked Arsis’ 2004 debut, “A Celebration of Guilt,” number 50 on its list of the 100 top death metal albums of all time. Three of Arsis’ albums – Unwelcome, Starve for the Devil, and We are the Nightmare all charted on Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. He’s toured extensively both nationally and internationally for more than a decade, performing with the likes of Arch Enemy, Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, and Nile. In 2010, Arsis performed at the Eye Scream Metal Fest II in Mexico City. In addition to his work with Arsis, he composed A Diamond for Disease for the Ballet Deviare, a contemporary ballet company in New York City, which was performed off-Broadway in 2005 to a sold-out crowd. A Diamond for Disease featured a 13-minute title track that took four months to write and was hailed as “a multi-movement death metal masterwork,” by Decibel Magazine. Last year, James started a side project, Necromancing the Stone. This band recently signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. James is currently endorsed by ESP Guitars.
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    • Meet Erin O'Connor
      Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      Erin was born in Houston, TX and spent most of his childhood in Williamsport, PA.At the age of 12, hedecided to start playing guitar after watching an Ozzy Osbourne concert on television, and soon ...
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      Erin was born in Houston, TX and spent most of his childhood in Williamsport, PA.At the age of 12, hedecided to start playing guitar after watching an Ozzy Osbourne concert on television, and soon after, his dad signed him up for weekly guitar lessons at a local music store. For the next 3 years, Erin continued taking lessons and attended a local music academy where he got his first chance to play in front of a live audience.After that, he knew what he wanted to do. In 2010, his family moved back to Texas where he joined the School of Rock in Southlake as a student,and was selected to go on tour as a guitarist for the School of Rock All Stars. Erin cites this as one of the greatest of his life.He is currently playing lead guitar for metal band, Prophecy Untold, and does all of the recording and mixing for the band as well. Proficient at 6-string and 7-string guitar and bass, his musical influences range from legendary jazz musicians such as Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass, to rock legends like Randy Rhoads and Slash, and modern shredders such as Tosin Abasi and Aaron Marshall.
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    • Meet Charlie Beaman
      Instructor: Keyboard & Bass
      Born in Oklahoma, grew up in central Texas, he began playing bass when he was 12. He started out in Deep Ellum's club circuit two years after with hard rock band, Pictured Reflection. At 15, he beg...
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      Born in Oklahoma, grew up in central Texas, he began playing bass when he was 12. He started out in Deep Ellum's club circuit two years after with hard rock band, Pictured Reflection. At 15, he began writing songs on the piano and formed rock group Rude Rachel in Austin. Their first full length album was released when he was just 19, in which he wrote and recorded all the material. Rude Rachel performed all over Austin, North Texas, and Oklahoma. In 2011 he went on tour playing keys for a band called Informant, and for him being on the road was the best musical experience. Charlie then moved on to playing more improv jazz and funk based music with the instrumental group Hroboski, started by himself and his drummer. His performance repertoire also includes other groups such as Safe Sex, Achachay!, BDCN,Gregg Kennedy, Joe Stansberry, Electric Karlita. He is currently beginning a project called Muzzle.
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    • Meet John Clardy
      Instructor: Drums
      John began playing drums at the age of 14, initially learning from the usual suspects: Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and the Jimi Hendrix Experience; as well as writing original compositions. After discov...
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      John began playing drums at the age of 14, initially learning from the usual suspects: Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and the Jimi Hendrix Experience; as well as writing original compositions. After discovering punk bands like RKL and NOFX, and later on progressive rock such as King Crimson, Yes, and Mahavishnu Orchestra, the foundation for his style of intense but composed playing was set.
      After playing around Dallas and Denton for several years, he began touring in 2006, in addition to playing on the Fishboy album “Albatross”. In August 2008, he joined the Sacramento, CA band, Tera Melos. Since John’s addition to the band they have released 2 full-length albums, 4 EP’s, and have toured North America, Japan, and Europe extensively. He has worked in the studio with engineers Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Loretta Lynn) Matt Pence (Aqueduct, Centro-Matic, Midlake) and Robert Cheek (Deftones, RX Bandits) among others. He has also performed internationally with Mike Watt, Marnie Stern, David Kollar, and Astronautalis. John was featured in the February 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine and has contributed several entries to the magazine’s online blog, with a focus on self-maintenance and well being over rudiments and chops. He is an endorser of Tama drums, Paiste cymbals, Promark drumsticks and Cympad accessories.
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    • Meet Tim Harman
      Instructor: Drums
      Tim Harman has been obsessed with every aspect of drums and percussion basically since he was born. Brought up in a musical family, he first latched onto the drums from observing the drum lines of ...
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      Tim Harman has been obsessed with every aspect of drums and percussion basically since he was born. Brought up in a musical family, he first latched onto the drums from observing the drum lines of the marching bands directed by his father. After receiving his first snare drum for Christmas at the age of 8, rhythm took over his life. He started gigging in Deep Ellum clubs at the age of 15, and embarked on his first tour the next year. In the 12 years since then, he has spent considerable time on the road with bands such as The Atom Age, PEARS, Informant, Detonate, and Mose Giganticus, among others. In between stints on the road, he has been teaching private lessons, working in and operating drum shops (he founded The Ghost Note in downtown Denton in 2012), building and repairing drums, and doing basically anything there is to do in the realm of percussion. He's been busy, and never stops learning new ways to hit things with sticks.
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    • Meet Alex Moore
      Instructor: Guitar & Bass
      Alex was born in Chicago, IL and grew up immersed in the local culture and with a love of music instilled by his parents. He moved to Texas when he was 13 and began teaching himself with a starter ...
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      Alex was born in Chicago, IL and grew up immersed in the local culture and with a love of music instilled by his parents. He moved to Texas when he was 13 and began teaching himself with a starter guitar and amp for a year and a half. He enrolled in the School of Rock at 15, began playing bass to supplement his guitar work, and has been playing ever since. Now with eight years studying music theory, playing in several local DFW bands, and plenty of live performance experience under his belt, Alex gigs around Denton and Deep Ellum as the lead guitarist, backup vocalist, and principal songwriter of his current band, The Golden Owls. He currently studies jazz, blues, and classic rock artists of all stripes to keep growing in his guitar knowledge and ability.
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    • Meet Hunter Avant
      Instructor: Vocals & Keyboard
      Hunter Avant was born in Arlington, Texas. He first picked up the flute at age 10, began singing at 13, playing guitar at 14 and piano at 18. Hunter studied voice and piano under Myron Ice (vocal c...
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      Hunter Avant was born in Arlington, Texas. He first picked up the flute at age 10, began singing at 13, playing guitar at 14 and piano at 18. Hunter studied voice and piano under Myron Ice (vocal coach of the Pentatonix). He is currently a senior at Texas Christian University majoring in Vocal Music Education. He has gained extensive knowledge of music theory in his time at the university.
      In high school, Hunter was an all-state choir member, all-area flutist, and performed parts in such musicals as Sweeney Todd and Urinetown.
      Hunter's love for rock and metal music is strong and shows through his former bands Polyphia (Equal Vision Records) and Vita Versus. Hunter has shared the stage with such acts as Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Chris Daughtry, Jonny Craig, Tonight Alive, Heartist, and Like Moths To Flames. He is currently recording his new band's EP set to release Spring 2016.
      Hunter is also currently one-half of the social occasion performance group Hunter&Savannah. He seeks to create the best young musicians possible and instill his students with a lifelong passion for music.
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News

    • School of Rock teacher and former student, Dalton Rapattoni, placed 3rd on American Idol!

      School of Rock vocal teacher (and Marty's former student), Dalton Rapattoni, got a ticket to Hollywood on the final season of American Idol. Congratulations, Dalton!

    • Megadeth's Dave Mustaine to appear on stage with kids from School of Rock

      School Of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, has announced that MEGADETH lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine will visit the school's Frisco, Texas location on Friday, Februa...
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      School Of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, has announced that MEGADETH lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine will visit the school's Frisco, Texas location on Friday, February 19. Mustaine will give musical guidance to School Of Rock students, working personally with the future rock stars to help advance their musical skills. Additionally, the artist will join students from School Of Rock Fort Worth on stage to perform a few MEGADETH tracks, both classic and new, for the rest of the school, contest winners from the Dallas-Fort Worth community, and the students' families.

      Mustaine brings a true rock 'n' roll experience to the aspiring young musicians of all nine Dallas-Fort Worth School Of Rock locations. His visit to School Of Rock comes just before the kick-off of MEGADETH's "Dystopia" world tour, on February 20, in Dallas, Texas, celebrating the band's fifteenth studio album.


      School Of Rock continues to be an innovator in the musical education industry. The program takes students beyond the classroom and to some of rock 'n' roll's most famous stages, such as Chicago's House Of Blues and Lollapalooza. School Of Rock is using this event to celebrate the opening of School Of Rock Plano, its ninth Dallas-Fort Worth area location. Dave Mustaine adds to the curriculum's authenticity as it gives students the opportunity to play side-by-side with a professional musician. Mustaine's extensive background and rock n' roll expertise make him an ideal guest to join the School Of Rock staff who lives to play music.

      "At School Of Rock, we strive to provide cutting-edge opportunities that sharpen our students' instrument skills and strengthen their dedication," says Dzana Homan, CEO of School Of Rock. "We are fortunate to have rock legend Dave Mustaine share his musical expertise. His passion for rock 'n' roll is the ultimate inspiration that will motivate our students to channel their inner rock stars."Read less

    • Crafting musicians: School of Rock uses nontraditional approach to teaching music

      Rock music has long been a staple of American culture. The School of Rock is helping pass its legacy on to the next generation through its unique instruction format. "We don't teach music lessons t...
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      Rock music has long been a staple of American culture. The School of Rock is helping pass its legacy on to the next generation through its unique instruction format. "We don't teach music lessons the traditional way," said Dean Tarpley, Dallas School of Rock co-owner. "In the old world of teaching music, you would sit a kid in a room and give them instruction. We don't believe in that method. We are all about a nontraditional approach to teaching music." As part of the learning experience at the School of Rock, each student is assigned to a group and each group focuses on a specific artist or genre of music. They rehearse the music together in preparation for their exam, which consists of a live performance at one of many venues around the Metroplex. "I often compare the School of Rock to sports. A lot of people quit music because it wasn't fun for them. Imagine in sports if you went to take a lesson and all you did was sit in a class, then had to go home and practice alone. If that was the way it was done, a lot of kids would not stick with sports," said Terry Longhway, Dallas School of Rock co-owner. The school will often bring in guest professors to help give the students a sense of what they can expect if they continue to pursue music as a career. "The guest professors are intended to be a fun and unique experience for the kids. They are real musicians that have gone into the industry and made it," Longhway said. Each of the school's live performances has a theme to it. Longhway said the next Dallas School of Rock performance will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St. The show will be split into two sessions; fromnoon to 4 p.m., some of the less-experienced artists will perform, and from4 to 6 p.m.the concert will feature some of the more advanced musicians from the school as part of its Dean's List showcase. "The Dean's List is something the kids audition to be part of. They will do a variety of different types of music. A lot of their music will be a little more challenging and wide spectrum of music," Longhway said. School of Rock has several locations in the Metroplex including Dallas, Frisco, Fort Worth, Keller, McKinney and Southlake. Another location is scheduled to open in Flower Mound on Sept. 21. For a complete list of school locations and events, visit dallas.schoolofrock.com . "We try and bring fun and happiness into the communities. We play a lot at different schools and other events. These performances allow us to show the community the really great attitudes of these kids," Longhway said. Tarpley and Longhway decided to open a holding company to manage, operate and acquire several School of Rock locations after working together as consultants over a 10-year period. They opened their first location in Rochester, Mich., and decided to form the holding company to allow them to open additional franchise locations. They want to open an artist-development company in the near future to help their students learn how to make the right choices when dealing with agents and producers within the business. "That part of the industry is just a completely different business," Tarpley said.Read less

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock provides opportunities not just for kids to learn the classic material and techniques of rock and roll, but also provides them with fantastic lessons in problem solving, team building, and the rewards of hard work while building their self esteem and confidence (all while having a blast). The SoR experience creates not only rock stars on stage, but it transfers into other areas of the kids lives as well! ”
    — Rocker Mom, Salt Lake City, UT
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real concert venues. ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA