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About School of Rock Springfield

Welcome to School of Rock Springfield, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Springfield’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Springfield has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Springfield full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Springfield
1658 E Sunshine StSpringfield, MO 65804
(417) 887-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Springfield, 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.

    Springfield 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 Springfield’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!

  • School of Rock Springfield’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 Springfield, 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 Springfield’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 Springfield’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 Springfield’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!

  • At School of Rock Springfield, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Springfield, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Springfield works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Springfield’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Springfield’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 Springfield’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Springfield learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Springfield Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Springfield enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Springfield’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 Springfield, 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. Springfield students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hi...
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At School of Rock Springfield, 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.

Springfield 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 Springfield’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

    • September 20
      12:30 PM
      Cider Days
      Join our House Band for Cider Days on Walnut Street in Downtown Springfield! For more information, go to http://www.itsalldowntown.com/event/ciderdays/
    • September 24
      6:30 PM
      The Heavy Metal Show
      Performance
      Join us for "The Heavy Metal" summer show at Cartoons Oyster Bar and Grill. Advance tickets available at School of Rock Springfield for $5, and $8 at the door. Call (417)887-7625 for more informat...
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      Join us for "The Heavy Metal" summer show at Cartoons Oyster Bar and Grill. Advance tickets available at School of Rock Springfield for $5, and $8 at the door. Call (417)887-7625 for more information.
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    • September 27
      2:00 PM
      The Punk Show!
      Performance
      Join us for The Punk Show at Galloway Station! Advance tickets available at School of Rock Springfield for $5, and $8 at the door. Call (417)887-7625 for more information.
    • October 2
      7:00 PM
      The Heavy Metal Show
      Performance
      Join us for "The Heavy Metal Show" summer show at The Old Glass Place in Downtown Springfield. Advance tickets available at School of Rock Springfield for $5, and $8 at the door. Pre-order dinner t...
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      Join us for "The Heavy Metal Show" summer show at The Old Glass Place in Downtown Springfield. Advance tickets available at School of Rock Springfield for $5, and $8 at the door. Pre-order dinner tickets at $10 by September 20th. Call (417)887-7625 for more information!

      Location Address:
      The Old Glass Place
      521 E St Louis St.
      Springfield, MO 65806
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    • October 3
      6:00 PM
      The Punk Show
      Performance
      Join us for The Punk Show at School of Rock's Troubadour Room! Advance tickets available at School of Rock Springfield for $5, and $8 at the door. Call (417)887-7625 for more information. Even...
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      Join us for The Punk Show at School of Rock's Troubadour Room! Advance tickets available at School of Rock Springfield for $5, and $8 at the door. Call (417)887-7625 for more information.

      Event location:
      School of Rock Springfield
      1658 E. Sunshine Street
      Springfield, MO 65804
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    • October 9
      5:30 PM
      Horace Mann Elementary Fall Festival
      Join our House Band for Horace Mann Elementary's Fall Festival!

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Staff

    • Jennifer Jester
      Owner/General Manager
      Dr. Jennifer Jester is a musician, entrepreneur and educator. She is owner/General Manager of School of Rock Springfield, MO, and CEO of Jester’s Court Productions in Springfield, MO. Prior to ow...
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      Dr. Jennifer Jester is a musician, entrepreneur and educator. She is owner/General Manager of School of Rock Springfield, MO, and CEO of Jester’s Court Productions in Springfield, MO. Prior to owning her own businesses, she was Assistant Professor for four years at Millersville University, and served as both the head of the Music Business and Technology Program, and co-facilitator of the Center for Entrepreneurial Education on the Millersville University campus. Dr. Jester’s professional business experiences include working as Executive Director of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association and the Tuba Euphonium Press, Managing Director of Community Concerts at Second, and Managing Administrator for the Washington Symphonic Brass. Dr. Jester holds a DMA in Euphonium performance with a research emphasis in interdisciplinary education, performance, and entrepreneurship. She earned a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a B.S. in Music Performance from Arizona State University, and completed the Music Business Certificate Program at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA.

      In 2014, Jennifer was one of the Springfield Business Journal's "40 Under 40" Award recipents as well as was a finalist as one of five Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium Woman-Owned Startup of the year nominees for School of Rock Springfield.
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    • Chris Blades
      Instructor
      Chris has been playing guitar for 15 years and in that time, he has recorded/toured/performed with bands covering everything from pop to polka! A music-lover from the beginning, Chris grew up liste...
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      Chris has been playing guitar for 15 years and in that time, he has recorded/toured/performed with bands covering everything from pop to polka! A music-lover from the beginning, Chris grew up listening to rock and metal music, and was first inspired to pick up the guitar after watching his father play the music of Van Halen on his guitar. Following a haphazard fill-in gig with a blues band at the age of 15, Chris dove headfirst into the local scene and started forming/playing in bands until graduating high school in 2009. Less than a week after graduation Chris was on the road with Murphy’s Law, an original rock band.

      Weeks after the end of the tour, Chris joined what would become his main project for the next 4 years, The Euphio Question, an original jazz/rock outfit. With the band, Chris played nearly 100 shows in and out of Springfield, recorded one full-length album, two EPs, and numerous unused songs, and covered more styles than he had in any other band. In Euphio Question’s downtime Chris performed with country singer Liz Moriondo, pop cover band Pearl, Americana/ singer-songwriter artist Tony Menown, and numerous fill-in gigs. With the Euphio Question coming to an end in mid-2013 Chris was left without a full-time gig, and decided to pursue music in a different direction.

      While he enjoyed the challenges of performing/recording with The Euphio Question, Chris’ passion has always been for hard rock/metal music, citing Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Black Sabbath, Accept, and The Scorpions as key influences. When opportunity knocked, Chris answered the call and joined local metal outfit Death May Die in late 2013. Since then, Chris has focused all of his efforts on Death May Die and another as of yet unnamed original metal project which will debut in the summer of 2014. We are excited to have Chris on our staff!
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    • Jeannie Fehr
      Studio Coordinator, Instructor
      For 11 years, Jeannie has been a jack of all trades within the music industry. While she has experience teaching piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, and alto saxophone, her experience also includes wo...
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      For 11 years, Jeannie has been a jack of all trades within the music industry. While she has experience teaching piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, and alto saxophone, her experience also includes working music store sales, managing student recitals, and doing string instrument repairs at Mike’s Music in Carbondale, IL. In Saint Louis, MO, Jeannie has conducted a Christmas children’s choir, was heavily involved in directing student rock bands, and began her instructing career at age 14. Jeannie is passionate about helping musicians with their journeys into music. The summer of 2015, she proudly volunteered as an instructor and gear tech manager at Girls Rock Camp Carbondale. While the release date is to be determined, Jeannie is working hard on recording her first album. Jeannie has joined School of Rock as a studio coordinator and piano, voice, and guitar teacher, and we are so happy to have her be a part of the School of Rock team!
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    • Hyda-James Hill
      Instructor
      I've been playing drums for over 25 years. I was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas so I'm a Kansas State Wildcat by default. I come from a musical family, my dad sings gospel and my mother plays...
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      I've been playing drums for over 25 years. I was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas so I'm a Kansas State Wildcat by default. I come from a musical family, my dad sings gospel and my mother plays piano, organ, cello and is a retired orchestra teacher. Growing up, I played drums in church and I was involved in all forms of band through high school and some college, with my favorite being jazz band. I've had the opportunity to play for bands ranging in musical styles from jazz to alternative to Christian rock to blues and funk. I've lived in Springfield for over 16 years now and I've had the opportunity to make plenty of friendships and great musical connections by sitting in with the likes of Norman Jackson and playing in local bands such as Broken Ridge, Treva and The Troublemakers and Open Road. I also played drums as part of the worship team for River Bluff Fellowship. I'm having a blast playing drums for my current band, Perpetual Groove Machine. My musical influences include; Michael Jackson, Pat Metheny, Nicolay, Dave Matthews Band, Oasis, Norman Brown, Jill Scott, Dennis Chambers, and Tony Royster, Jr. I am also an avid vinyl record collector and enjoy the hunt of finding those hard to find albums. I am a service level coordinator for T-Mobile full time and have been there almost 9 years. My wife, Jennifer and I have three wonderful kids; Noah, Adrianna, and Alorah.
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    • Jonna Howes
      Little Wing Instructor
      Jonna Howes (aka Jonna Volz), School of Rock's Little Wing Director, was born into rock 'n' roll as the daughter of Christian Rock legend Greg X. Volz (former lead singer of Petra). Raised in Nashv...
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      Jonna Howes (aka Jonna Volz), School of Rock's Little Wing Director, was born into rock 'n' roll as the daughter of Christian Rock legend Greg X. Volz (former lead singer of Petra). Raised in Nashville, TN, Jonna stayed busy dancing, acting, and singing on stage, in the studio, and behind the camera. She graduated from a Visual Performing Arts high school in Orlando, FL, and received a scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, in the Meadow School of the Arts. As a young mom, Jonna stayed busy developing and teaching many after school arts programs, talent shows, and developing her guitar skills. While living in Los Angeles, Jonna performed in many showcases as a singer/songwriter and is in the process of recording her debut album. She also worked as a lesson administrator, toddler music teacher, and Rock Star party director. Now that she's recently moved back to her hometown of Springfield, Jonna is excited to apply all that she knows to the Little Wing Program at School of Rock.
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    • Jin J.X
      Instructor - Guitar, Bass
      My name is Jin. I was born and raised in Springfield, MO. I am a singer, songwriter, and jazz guitarist of over 18 years. I love music and my passion is performing and creating art. Growing up ...
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      My name is Jin. I was born and raised in Springfield, MO. I am a singer, songwriter, and jazz guitarist of over 18 years. I love music and my passion is performing and creating art. Growing up I was inspired by the guitar and organ music I heard in the gospel tradition. Later, upon getting my first instruments, I was inspired by rock and heavy metal music, jazz/fusion, classical, and the songwriter styles of the folk tradition.

      In 2004, I moved to Chicago and for the first year studied jazz and classical guitar under the direction of Dr. Fred Miller at the Chicago Center School of Music. For the next almost 8 years I dug deeply into the Chicago music scene and had the opportunity to play a lot of music. This included a lot of sideman gigs with very talented young Chicago artists including Somilia Rabee (Wildflowers), Betsy DeJong (Mahler), The Joe Jones Quartet, Sister Speak, and the Grammy nominated Samantha Cathcart to name a few. It was also during my time in Chicago that I began writing original tunes, singing and working on recording technique. It was during that time I feel I emerged as a band leader and began focusing on my vision of music.

      In 2012 I moved back to Springfield and have been working hard to expand my guitar playing, singing, writing, and recording techniques. Also, since being back in Springfield I’ve been able to move forward in releasing my debut album “Nightwings” and have been able to make many TV (KOLR10, The Mystery Hour on Fox) and radio appearances (Studio One, and Michele Skalicky’s of Morning Edition’s “Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club” feature) and have been a regular performer at Arts and Letters, Pappo’s Pizzeria, and Lindberg’s (to name a few).
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    • Matthew James
      Instructor - voice
      Matthew James comes to School of Rock from Branson by way of Greenville, SC. Growing up in the performing arts Matthew has a BA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. Matthew has perf...
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      Matthew James comes to School of Rock from Branson by way of Greenville, SC. Growing up in the performing arts Matthew has a BA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. Matthew has performed around the country with professional theaters from Ohio to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Matthew has been a Branson native for 8 years. He has performed with Sight and Sound Theaters and is currently in his 6th season with Silver Dollar City as Joseph in The Living Nativity during the Christmas season. His extensive vocal training has been ongoing since the age of 17. He is excited to be able to mentor and teach future vocalists. Currently, Matthew can be found completing his teaching certification and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Theater and Speech Education at Missouri State University.
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    • Mitch Keirsey
      Instructor - Guitar, bass
      Mitch Keirsey is a musician's musician. Not a stranger to playing with the greats he has been a professional musician and teacher for over three decades, Mitch has experience in all genres of music...
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      Mitch Keirsey is a musician's musician. Not a stranger to playing with the greats he has been a professional musician and teacher for over three decades, Mitch has experience in all genres of music. While he teaches guitar, bass, and voice, he can play many instruments and is one of the top call musicians in Branson. Mitch has toured and performed across the U.S., Canada, and Europe with musical greats such as Roy Clark, Ray Price, and Bo Didley to name just a few artists. Recently, he toured with Bill Haley's Original Comets as the lead guitarist and singer. We are proud to have Mitch and all of his talents on our staff as one of our great instructors and show directors.
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    • Susi Meredith
      Instructor - voice, guitar, keyboards
      Susi began performing professionally in Southern California at the young age of 14 in popular venues The Troubadour in L.A. and The Bitter End in Hollywood to name just a few. In her late t...
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      Susi began performing professionally in Southern California at the young age of 14 in popular venues The Troubadour in L.A. and The Bitter End in Hollywood to name just a few. In her late teens and early twenties, Susi was the opening performer for headlining acts Seals Crofts, Albert King, Hoyt Axton, Loggins and Messina, and guitar legend Bo Diddley. With Bo Diddley as her manager, Susi opened for his band at a plethora of venues and clubs and also learned how to record demos while receiving coaching from him in her songwriting. In the late 1970's, Susi co-starred in a Musical Theater Production, The Witness , alongside Barry McGuire and toured throughout the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia. For the past thirty years, Susi has spent much of her time touring the U.S. as a lead vocalist for a multitude of bands and working as a backup vocalist in recording studios. She has been a beginning and intermediate guitar and keyboard teacher for 38 years and a vocal coach (specializing in lead and harmony vocals) for 20+ years. Susi has come to School of Rock as a guitar, keys, and vocal instructor and we are so excited to have her!
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    • Brandon Mohlis
      Instructor - guitar, bass, drums, vocals, banjo
      Brandon Mohlis is an independent musician, artist, songwriter, producer, andeducator, and began studying music at a veryearly age. Aftergraduating in 2005 fromthe Conservatory of Recording Arts and...
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      Brandon Mohlis is an independent musician, artist, songwriter, producer, andeducator, and began studying music at a veryearly age. Aftergraduating in 2005 fromthe Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, Brandon went on to play lead guitar in St. Madnesswhere he released 3 albums with the bandand won three LA/Phoenix Music Awards, including "Rock Artist of the Year" and "Record of the Year" in 2010, and "Rock Artist of the Year" in 2011. He toured with the bandas well, and outside of having played nearly every venue in Phoenix, has also played at Southern Metal Records' Rockfest in Atlanta, and once even played as the house band at Rage In The Cage at Glendale Arena, home of the Phoenix Coyotes. He then headedto L.A., where he wrote, recorded, and produced music for licensing agency Riptide Music, and taught music lessons independently. Now residing with his wife in Springfield, MO, Brandonstudies music education at Missouri State University, and continues to write, record, and produce his own music.Brandonis also aresident instructor forthe School of Rock USA's Springfield location, teaching guitar, bass, drums, keys, and vocals, as well as banjo and ukulele. Brandon is also experienced in playing mandolin, cello, dulcimers, harmonica, and is a percussion major at Missouri State University . Having achieved Pro Tools and SIA/JBL Smaart certification,Brandon ownshis own small recordingstudio, and before beginning classesat MSU, he released a demo called "Thrashgrass", containing 3 songs that combine elements of heavy metal with bluegrass, and was featured on Phoenix's "Driving With Gass" heavy metal radio show in 2012. Brandon has studied jazz under Ronnie Bedford , and has been honored to sharethe stage with Flotsam Jetsam ,Wiley Arnette and Greg Hall ( Sacred Reich ), Lance LaDuke ( River City Brass Band ), and Jeremy Wilson ( Vienna Philharmonic ). For more information and for videos and music, please visit Brandon's web site at www.brandonmohlis.wix.com/brandonmohlis .
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    • Melissa Myers
      Instructor - Little Wing
      Melissa Myers grew up in North West Illinois, and then transplanted to Springfield, Missouri to attend Drury University to study music therapy. Upon graduation, she earned the credentials of MT...
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      Melissa Myers grew up in North West Illinois, and then transplanted to Springfield, Missouri to attend Drury University to study music therapy. Upon graduation, she earned the credentials of MT-BC, Music Therapist-Board Certified. She has taught piano lessons since she was 16 years old and played percussion from age 11 through college. She has worked with preschool to geriatrics, and special needs to geriatric psychiatric disorders. She has three beautiful children, four and under that turned her into a coffee addict. When she's not chasing her kids or tickling the piano ivories, you can find her drinking sweet tea and working outside on her farm and garden. At School of Rock, Melissa is one of our wonderful Little Wing teachers!
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    • Adam Parker
      Instructor
      Adam Parker has been involved in music his entire life. From the age of 9, he was playing in church, and continued all through high school, playing drums, guitar, bass, percussion, mandolin, and si...
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      Adam Parker has been involved in music his entire life. From the age of 9, he was playing in church, and continued all through high school, playing drums, guitar, bass, percussion, mandolin, and singing. He graduated from College of the Ozarks with a BA in Music. While in college, his band, Ancient Device, released their debut album which was recorded with Victor Wooten in Nashville, TN. After college, Adam worked for 2 years as the Director of Modern Worship at a large church, leading music in 2 services each week. His current band, The War Effort, is set to release their debut album in Fall of 2015.
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    • Christian Pearson
      Instructor
      Christian Pearson is a musician for hire, multidimensional entertainer, and versatile analyst. He studied Music Theory, Theology, and Film at Evangel University from 2004 to 2009. Originally from t...
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      Christian Pearson is a musician for hire, multidimensional entertainer, and versatile analyst. He studied Music Theory, Theology, and Film at Evangel University from 2004 to 2009. Originally from the east coast, he has been in the Springfield music scene since 2009, and has played in multiple bands including Call Me Beta(Bass: 2009-present), aMedivm(Keys: 2010-2011), Skylines and Cityscapes(Guitar: 2012-present), and Ships of Adamant(Guitar, Bass, Keys: 2004-2013). Call Me Beta won the Battle of the Bands in 2012 and have played Boomtown Days, Rock'n'Ribs, and multiple other venues. Christian is also a composer who uses full orchestra and guitar in a classical expression of progressive metal, blending heavy riffs and shredding leads with layered, textured, and flowing melodies. He cites his greatest influences as Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Devin Townsend, Children of Bodom, Nevermore, Mudvayne, Pain of Salvation, Iron and Wine, Hans Zimmer, Metallica, Iced Earth, Nightwish, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Weird Al Yankovic. His hobbies and experiences range from developing an algorithm for rating films to fighting in the ring with professional boxers. He has a long list of passions, but at the top of the list is his respect and love for music. He has competed in national guitar playing competitions and loves passing his virtuosic skills on to his students, but what drive him and consume him are the theories behind melody and harmony. He currently teaches guitar, bass, and keys here at School of Rock Springfield. He is also Project Manager, and he is so thankful and happy to be a part of this wonderful institution.
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    • BJ Rossi
      Instructor - drums
      BJ Rossi has been a working performer since he was a mere lad of nine. There is a special distinction that comes with being a professional in any field. Mr. Rossi defines professional drummer. BJ...
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      BJ Rossi has been a working performer since he was a mere lad of nine. There is a special distinction that comes with being a professional in any field. Mr. Rossi defines professional drummer. BJ was a performance major at the Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO and University of Colorado in Denver. His quest for knowledge included time under the tutelage of Buddy Rich and a recent wood shedding session with Simon Kirke of "Free" and "Bad Company" fame. After all is said, B.J. Rossi is a player. Mr. Rossi's credits include stints with "Sons of the Pioneers', Tanya Tucker, Michael Grear, David Frizzell, Dave Dudley, Dean T. Hall, Nelson Riddle, Pat Williams, Bo Diddley, Sarah Baker and many great local bands and dinner theaters. He can be heard as a recording artist playing on soundtracks and CD's for music ranging from big band, Blues, Country, Rock and Roll, and RB.
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    • Kaiti Rutledge
      Instructor - Little Wing, Rookies, Special Needs offerings
      Kaiti joins School of Rock Springfield as a board certified music therapist specializing in working with school age children with disabilities. Her background includes working with children with va...
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      Kaiti joins School of Rock Springfield as a board certified music therapist specializing in working with school age children with disabilities. Her background includes working with children with varying abilities for over 7 years. A recent Drury grad, Kaiti was born and raised in Springfield and enjoys singing and playing guitar. She has written over 30 songs and is currently recording her first album. Kaiti is one of our Little Wing teachers as well as Rookies and much more!
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    • Kevin Underwood
      Instructor - guitar, bass, drums, ukelele
      Kevin Underwood has heard, studied and created more music in his twenty one years than most people will in a lifetime. He has become one of the top emerging solo guitar-showman in the country. He g...
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      Kevin Underwood has heard, studied and created more music in his twenty one years than most people will in a lifetime. He has become one of the top emerging solo guitar-showman in the country. He grew up in a show business family with a magician and author for a father, a composing and singing mother, and a dancing sister! His teaching experience started as an in-demand instructor at the Back Beat Music Store in Jonesboro, Arkansas and he is currently enjoying being an instructor of several classes at the School of Rock in Springfield. With 14 years of musical and stage experience, he has played and recorded with bands including UHFD, which came in second (still a big deal!) in the battle of the bands in Memphis, Tennessee. He starred in Pure Comedy at The Jim Stafford Theater and is currently featured in three shows in Branson, MO as well as his own unique rock show "Kevin Underwood The Mighty Farfisa" at the Owen's Theater. His unique style of playing blends a variety of techniques with high energy rock and roll, and fun! He has been called a young Chet Atkins and will be keeping the legacy of powerful, enjoyable instrumental music going with his stage show entitled 'Kevin Underwood and the Mighty Farfisa.'
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    • School of Rock Springfield Partners with the Rock School Scholarship Fund

      School of Rock Springfield is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with California-based non-profit Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF). RSSF is the first 501(c)3 that pr...
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      School of Rock Springfield is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with California-based non-profit Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF). RSSF is the first 501(c)3 that provides scholarship funds and instruments to children ages 7 to 17 years of age who want to learn how to play rock and roll. School of Rock Springfield is a music school teaches kids to play music by teaching them rock and roll, with a curriculum that includes Led Zeppelin, The Who, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, The Beatles, and much more'¦.the Classics! The Fund will provide instruments and scholarship funding to cover tuition expenses based on a student's financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program, and not on 'talent' per se. If a student wants to attend a rock school but his or her parents cannot afford full tuition, they may apply for a scholarship based on financial need. To be considered, the student will need to demonstrate to the RSSF that he or she is passionate about learning and playing rock music, and that they will practice and work hard, support their fellow musicians, and will be a contributing member of the student body. Beginners are welcome to apply! For more information please contact Jennifer Jester at School of Rock Springfield at (417)887-ROCK (7625) or visit the Rock School Scholarship Fund Website http://rockschoolfund.org/
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    • School of Rock Springfield Launches it's new year-round adult program - Rock Camp for Moms and Dads!!

      This fall, moms, dads, and anyone 21 and up are invited to join in the fun and rock out with other adults. Have you always wanted to be in a band? Do you have an inner rock star that is begging to ...
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      This fall, moms, dads, and anyone 21 and up are invited to join in the fun and rock out with other adults. Have you always wanted to be in a band? Do you have an inner rock star that is begging to get out? Maybe you just want to nail that riff you've been working on for weeks. Maybe...you just need to get out of the house for a few hours. Whatever you're looking for, you can find it at School of Rock Springfield's Rock Camp for Moms Dads. School of Rock wanted to find a fun and easy way for adults to get together and learn how to rock. Starting in September 2014, we will be offering month long adult camps for musicians. You don't have to be experienced, a prodigy, or even really that good. You just gotta want to rock. Check out the different program options listed below and then call us at 417-887-7625 to sign up for a free trial evaluation lesson. The lesson helps us get to know you, assess where you are and place you in the best situation possible. The only thing you commit to is showing up to class for a month. Check out our program page for all the info. Give us a call to set up your free evaluation lesson today!
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    • School of Rock Springfield is now offering rehearsal space and recording services!

      Calling all area bands and musicians! Are you needing rehearsal space? We have just opened up affordable after hours rehearsing at School of Rock on Sunshine in Springfield. Rates start at $30/hour...
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      Calling all area bands and musicians! Are you needing rehearsal space? We have just opened up affordable after hours rehearsing at School of Rock on Sunshine in Springfield. Rates start at $30/hour for large rooms and $18/hr for lesson rooms. We have a full back line and PAS in the rehearsal rooms and have 3 large rooms, and 8 lesson rooms available.Hours are by appointment and can be during the day or after we close from 8pm to 1am.We also have recording services, and a small event space that can hold about 60. Great for CD releases, showcases, etc.With the great need for rehearsal space in Springfield, we wanted to open our doors to the region to help. Please contact us for all the details. Email springfield@schoolofrock.com, or call (417)887-7625 for more information.
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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
  • “You are transforming my child into someone who knows that she "can." She doesn't hope for the "I can" anymore - she KNOWS she can now. Our daughter is learning how to come out of herself, take risks, close her eyes and just fly. We are so grateful. More than you can ever know. ”
    — Francine & Lou, Fort Washington, PA
  • “School of Rock has prepared me for the world because it is an environment that constantly challenges my creative abilities. ”
    — Jake, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock has taught me to work hard for things that I want to get (like being an AllStar), and it's taught me to work really well with others, and has improved my communication skills. ”
    — Adam, 18, School of Rock Rochester