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About School of Rock Springfield

Welcome to School of Rock Springfield, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Springfield that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2013, School of Rock Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield
1658 E Sunshine StSpringfield, MO 65804
(417) 887-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Tuesday
3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday - 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 Springfield 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 17
    10:00 AM
    Fall Open House
    open house
    Oh boy it's an open house!! If you've ever wanted to take a tour of School of Rock, this is a great opportunity! We will be Here's what's going on: -Music trial classes -hands on classes for ag...
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    Oh boy it's an open house!!
    If you've ever wanted to take a tour of School of Rock, this is a great opportunity! We will be
    Here's what's going on:
    -Music trial classes -hands on classes for ages 6-17 reserve your spot at 11am or 1pm!
    -School Tours
    -Sign up Specials
    -Free trial lessons - advance sign up required
    -Food
    -Free giveaways
    -Pictures with Elvis!

    If you are interested in reserving your free trial lesson and/or class spot, please call us at 417-887-7625 or email springfield@schoolofrock.com.
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Staff

    • Meet Meet our talented SOR Instructors!
      Our instructors live to play, and play to live! They also love to teach! Our highly trained instructors employ the best techniques to get their students playing faster in a collaborative and suppor...
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      Our instructors live to play, and play to live! They also love to teach! Our highly trained instructors employ the best techniques to get their students playing faster in a collaborative and supportive environment.

      Many of our instructors are multi-instrumentalists, which helps them excel in private lessons and managing rehearsals and shows. Take a demo session with one of our instructors and see what we are all about!

      Our teachers are passionate, experienced, and student focused. They understand the power of mastering instruments through the group experience, and help each individual student grow according to their needs and desires. Students just add practice!
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Steve Foreman
      Vocal and Keyboard instructor
      Steve Foreman earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. During his time at MSSU, he specialized in vocal music, leaving the university a cl...
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      Steve Foreman earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. During his time at MSSU, he specialized in vocal music, leaving the university a classically trained baritone. Steve also holds a Master of Music Education degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public School Administration from the California State University – Northridge.

      Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Stephen began a 20 year vocal music teaching career in the public schools. His most recent position was teaching vocal music for the Los Angeles Unified School District, in Los Angeles, CA. He has also served as a vocal soloist, ensemble member and director of choirs for several churches of various faiths throughout his career.

      Steve is also an accomplished pianist and arranger having performed in many different venues over the past 25 years. Steve’s passion has been teaching, training and mentoring students allowing them to reach their vocal potential and skills needed to achieve their goals.
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    • Meet Greg Frazier
      Instructor
      Bio coming soon! He's really awesome though...
    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Jay Stevens
      Instructor
      Jay Stevens was born into rock music, in Santa Monica, California. His dad was one of the first guys making music videos for MTV, and from a very early age Jay lived in the world of being around ar...
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      Jay Stevens was born into rock music, in Santa Monica, California. His dad was one of the first guys making music videos for MTV, and from a very early age Jay lived in the world of being around artists, going to concerts, and living behind the scenes in the music business. Jay started playing guitar and piano in the 4th grade. He ended up attending high school in Hawaii, where he would perform in nightclubs, but because he was so young he would have to sit in the kitchen on breaks! After high school, Jay returned to L.A. at the very end of the 80s Rock Era. Jay played in several Hollywood bands, until he got an offer to sing in Hawaii, 4 nights a week where he was paid to play music. This idea sounded great so he returned to Hawaii and started a family. In 2000 Jay had a song on Hawaiian radio and was asked to host a weekly radio show, radio was a perfect fit for his “rock star” persona. Jay later moved to New Orleans to be a part of rock radio, and sang on Bourbon street several nights a week.

      He has spent the last 10 years in L.A. performing his one-man comedy rock show and singing for various tribute acts across the country and on cruise ships, specializing in playing Roger Daltrey and Jon Bon Jovi. Jay moved to the Springfield area in 2012, to get out of big city life. He has 3 daughters and currently performs as Jon Bon Jovi in his own Branson show "Livin on a Prayer" every Saturday and is a Rock Radio DJ on 104.7 The Cave M-F 2-7pm.
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News

  • Need to find a rockin' birthday party?

    Are you looking for a birthday party activity that be the talk of the town? Look no further! Our Rock N Roll birthday parties are perfect for musicians and non musicians alike! Check out our party ...
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    Are you looking for a birthday party activity that be the talk of the town? Look no further! Our Rock N Roll birthday parties are perfect for musicians and non musicians alike! Check out our party options by clicking on the link or picture. Call 417-887-7625 or email springfield@schoolofrock.com to ask for availability! Read less

Testimonials

  • “The knowledgeable staff provide a musical education in the context of a fun environment that feels a whole lot more like play than work. ”
    — Amanda, Springfield, MO
  • “Awesome, super friendly staff! Programs are tailored to the individual.”
    — Charles, Springfield, MO
  • “We love the atmosphere at School of Rock! The fun and laid back learning environment has given my daughter a place to explore her interests and grow her talent and confidence.”
    — Jeannie, Springfield, MO
  • “Our son absolutely loves it and constantly asks all week , when little wings day is!!! He's 4 years old and can't get enough of his musc class!! Ms. Katie is amazing with our son and all the kids!!! She is so kind, creative, and teaches them so much every week! We are so impressed and talk about School of Rock to all our friends & colleagues!!!! Thank you so much!!!”
    — Mark, Springfield, MO