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About School of Rock St. Paul

Welcome to School of Rock St. Paul, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in St. Paul that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2006, School of Rock St. Paul 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 St. Paul 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 St. Paul 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 St. Paul
417 BroadwaySt. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 292-1917

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock St. Paul, 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.

    St. Paul 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 St. Paul’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock St. Paul is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock St. Paul, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows St. Paul students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock St. Paul’s Rock 101 students can expect:

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

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock St. Paul’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 St. Paul 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 St. Paul 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 St. Paul’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our St. Paul Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in St. Paul’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

At School of Rock St. Paul, 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. St. Paul students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock St. Paul, 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.

St. Paul 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 St. Paul’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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Staff

    • Meet Adam
      General Manager | Music Director
      Adam is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for entertaining. In addition to running day-to-day operations at the St Paul School of Rock, Adam directs the Advanced Level Music Program. He also d...
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      Adam is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for entertaining. In addition to running day-to-day operations at the St Paul School of Rock, Adam directs the Advanced Level Music Program. He also directs the Twin Cities students who travel on Summer Tour. This year's tour takes Adam and students to Des Moines, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. Adam also directs Rock 101 and one of the Performance rehearsals. In addition to his full time gig at School of Rock, Adam performs in several bands including Devouring Maidens and he hosts a weekly internet radio show entitled Auditory Assembly. Adam is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music where he earned hisBachelor's Degree in Music Production, an Associate's Degree in Recording Technology, and an Associate's Degree in Percussion.
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    • Meet Dan Knoflicek
      Instructor | Guitar, Bass
      Dan Knoflicek teaches guitar and bass at School of Rock and is currently writing music for a yet-to-be-released video.A 2012 graduate of McNally Smith College of Music Dan earned an AAS in Bass Per...
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      Dan Knoflicek teaches guitar and bass at School of Rock and is currently writing music for a yet-to-be-released video.A 2012 graduate of McNally Smith College of Music Dan earned an AAS in Bass Performance, and a BA in Music Composition.

      In addition to his skills on bass and guitar, Dan calls on his 20 years of music experience to compose multi-instrumental music. One of Dan's musical highlights was arranging and performing a Dr. Dre Medley in the recently dissolved Funk band Soulacious.

      Not limiting himself to one genre, Dan has spent the past 10 years performing Rock, Funk, Folk, Fusion, Gypsy Jazz, Orchestral music and two Musicals (Sweeney Todd, and The Lebowitz Sisters.)

      Originally from Sioux Falls South Dakota, Dan now calls the Twin Cities home.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
    • Meet Stef Huschka
      Instructor - Vocals and Keys
      Stef Huschka, a native of Montana, got her start in music when she joined a kids’ choir at 5 years old. After buying Brett Manning’s Mastering Mix program, she began intensive vocal training at...
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      Stef Huschka, a native of Montana, got her start in music when she joined a kids’ choir at 5 years old. After buying Brett Manning’s Mastering Mix program, she began intensive vocal training at 16. She has evolved into a well-rounded musician, entertainer, and songwriter. Though specializing in contemporary voice and being an electrifying presence on stage, her instruments include piano, guitar, and trombone.

      Throughout her school years, she participated in jazz band, pep band, garage bands, choir, symphonic band, led church worship, and co-led a drum line. Musical accomplishments include:

      All-State Jazz Band 2009-2011
      National Elmhurst Jazz Festival Performer
      McNally Smith Jazz X-tet
      Recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

      At the age of 14, she opened a music studio where she taught private lessons, and has been teaching since then.

      She has performed hundreds of times and completed fifteen tours with her band, City of the Weak. Notable performances & venues include Warped Tour, North American Rock Music Awards, Rock Fest, South By So What?! and many more.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
      • Vocal lessons, guitar lessons, keyboard/piano lessons
    • Meet Caiti Allison
      Vocal Instructor | Rookies Teacher
      Some people were just meant to be a teacher and Caiti Allison is one of them. From 6 year olds to 18 year olds, students love her. She connects with each student individually and molds her teaching...
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      Some people were just meant to be a teacher and Caiti Allison is one of them. From 6 year olds to 18 year olds, students love her. She connects with each student individually and molds her teaching style to fit their learning style. She engages students in both private lessons and group classes. In a recent school party, Caiti took on the role of Axl Rose of Guns n Roses while jamming with students (source of her bio photo).

      Caiti is a Twin Cities native and 2011 graduate of McNally Smith College of Music. She has been teaching private lessons on voice and flute since graduating. Caiti started playing the flute at age 8, but has been singing and creating songs for as long as she can remember. She has too many favorite artists to list, but they all write songs that tell stories.

      She previously spent 7 years volunteering with the Minnesota Children's Museum, including many years as a Story Time Reader and a semester as Education Department Intern.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
      • Rookies Class. Vocal Instructor.
    • Meet Parker Grones
      Instructor | Guitar, Bass, Keys
      Parker Grones is an incredible musician and just as great a teacher. He guides students from never having played an instrument to comfort and confidence on stage. He is a master at preparing novic...
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      Parker Grones is an incredible musician and just as great a teacher. He guides students from never having played an instrument to comfort and confidence on stage. He is a master at preparing novice musicians to go to the next level by teaching them the core competencies of playing in a band.

      He is a patient teacher who is adored by his students; from the youngest to the more advanced teens.

      In addition to teaching at St. Paul, Parker also teaches and Show Directs at School of Rock Eden Prairie.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
      • Guitar lessons, Bass Teacher, Drum Instructor, Keyboard/Piano teacher
    • Meet Lauren Hoskins
      Instructor | Vocals, Keys
      Lauren recently returned to the Twin Cities after spending three years teaching music theory, history, songwriting, and applied voice at ex'treme Institute by Nelly in St. Louis, MO. A 2011 alu...
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      Lauren recently returned to the Twin Cities after spending three years teaching music theory, history, songwriting, and applied voice at ex'treme Institute by Nelly in St. Louis, MO.

      A 2011 alumni of McNally Smith College of Music, Lauren graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors in vocal performance. In addition to her McNally Smith degree, Lauren completed master classes from Bobby McFerrin and the New York Voices.

      She started singing at the age of 8 and has played the piano since the age of 12. Lauren has performed everywhere from Minnesota to Peru, sharing the stage in various jazz big bands. Her favorite artists are Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell, Jewel, The Eagles, Ben Howard & Lecrae.

      Lauren's been teaching vocal and keys since 2007, including donating her time to teach at the Urban Hub, a community center for inner city youth in Minneapolis MN.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music Magna Cum Laude 2011
      • Master classes from Bobby McFerrin and the New York Voices
      • Vocal Lessons
      • Piano Lessons
    • Meet Nick Mordal
      Instructor | Guitar
      As a guitarist, Nick has played in multiple rock bands over the last ten years. He co-founded The New Music Machine, a folk rock band that was active from 2007-2011, a cover band called Make Sound ...
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      As a guitarist, Nick has played in multiple rock bands over the last ten years. He co-founded The New Music Machine, a folk rock band that was active from 2007-2011, a cover band called Make Sound in 2012, Laura Lou and the Loungeabouts in 2014, and is now working with a funk rock band.

      Born and raised in Elk River, MN, he now studies classical guitar and piano at Augsburg College, and is set to graduate next fall.
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      • Augsburg College
      • Guitar Lessons
    • Meet Ryan Janssen
      Instructor | Bass, Guitar & Seasonal Show Director
      Ryan has been playing bass professionally for more than 10 years. He is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music, a former member of the United States Army Band, and currently, in addition to t...
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      Ryan has been playing bass professionally for more than 10 years. He is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music, a former member of the United States Army Band, and currently, in addition to teaching at School of Rock, is a freelance musician.

      Since joining School of Rock in 2015, Ryan is now enjoying sharing his expertise with both his students and the performers in his Seasonal Show.

      In addition to music, Ryan enjoys bicycles, pro wrestling and burritos. He is also a parent to a very cool cat.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
    • Meet Sean Kopp-Reddy
      Instructor | Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard
      A native of Minnesota, Sean has been teaching at School of Rock for four years. Sean joined the School of Rock staff right out of McNally Smith College of Music. A lifelong musician with a st...
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      A native of Minnesota, Sean has been teaching at School of Rock for four years. Sean joined the School of Rock staff right out of McNally Smith College of Music.

      A lifelong musician with a strong background in composition,, Sean is well-versed in a vast array of musical styles, Sean has performed with dozens of bands at shows of all sizes throughout the country. He can also be heard on many recordings.

      As a teacher, Sean promises to take students of all levels and "mold them into musicians ready to take on the world." Quite a promise! In addition to teaching, Sean also has experience as a Seasonal Show Director.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
      • Guitar lessons, Drum lessons, Bass lessons, Keyboard/Piano lessons

Promotions

News

    • Ticket Sales from April 30, 2016 Beatles vs Stones Concert will be donated to the Christian Freels Scholarship Fund.

      It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our young rockers has passed away. Christian Freels of Rosemount, MN passed away in his sleep March 12, 2016. Christian was rehearsing t...
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      It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our young rockers has passed away. Christian Freels of Rosemount, MN passed away in his sleep March 12, 2016. Christian was rehearsing to perform in the Beatles vs Stones concert on April 30, 2016. In honor of Christian, a memorial scholarship fund has been set up in his name and all door ticket sales will be donated to the Christian Freels Memorial Scholarship Fund.

      Christian was born on December 1, 1999 in Davao City, Philippines and was united with his new family in Rosemount MN on June 4, 2001.

      After Christian's passing, his mother wrote this on the St Paul School of Rock Facebook Page:

      "To Christian Freels' School of Rock Family,

      Our heartfelt thanks for your incredible contribution to Christian's memorial service. On July 11, 2015, Christian followed the sound of your band at PanOProg in Lakeville and there was no turning back. School of Rock meant the world to Christian. We were not even aware of the family bond you shared with him. Your school had become a passion of his in the few months he enjoyed there.

      After Christian discovered music at your awesome school, his life was truly changed. Even his teachers at school noticed a newfound joy in him. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the School of Rock family. Christian loved School of Rock and I thank you for being a passion in his life. Music spoke to Christian and you have spoken to our hearts with your kindness.

      We look forward to the Beatles vs. Rolling Stones concert on April 30. In honor of Christian, Rock on, Beatles!"

      Christian's favorite bands included Green Day and Muse. He played various stringed instruments and the guitar was his favorite.

      We hope you'll join us on April 30, 2016 at 2:00pm at the St Paul School of Rock Beatles vs Rolling Stones concert. The concert will be at The PourHouse in Minneapolis. Follow the link for more details.

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    • School of Rock St Paul Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

      When School of Rock moved into St Paul's Lowertown neighborhood in 2006, the neighborhood was just becoming an artists' hub."That was one of our deciding factors when we selected Lowertown," said S...
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      When School of Rock moved into St Paul's Lowertown neighborhood in 2006, the neighborhood was just becoming an artists' hub."That was one of our deciding factors when we selected Lowertown," said School of Rock St Paul franchise owner Stacey Marmolejo. "We wanted our students to be surrounded by artists of all types; musicians, painters, sculpters, jewelers...." added Stacey. A recent Real Estate study called Lowertown the "hippest zip" in the U.S. and USA Today referred to Lowertown as "Hipster Rebirth." Since opening in Lowertown, School of Rock St Paul has witnessed the resurgence of the neighborhood and the addition of the St. Paul Saints stadium, kiddy-corner to School of Rock, is the newest addition to the 'hood. Read the USA Today article here.
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    • School of Rock St Paul Performs at Golden's Lowertown 4th Thursday of Every Month

      Come get your groove on the 4th Thursday of every month as St Paul School of Rock rocks the upbeat dance tunes of many generations. Golden's Lowertown. Music starts at 7:15.

    • School of Rock St Paul Prepares for Summer Tour

      Congratulations to the 10 St. Paul students chosen through an audition process to go on tour this summer. Performance tour stops include Graceland in Memphis, TN, 3rd Man Records in Detroit, MI, Li...
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      Congratulations to the 10 St. Paul students chosen through an audition process to go on tour this summer. Performance tour stops include Graceland in Memphis, TN, 3rd Man Records in Detroit, MI, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL and Des Moines Social Club in Des Moines, IL. Performance stops with venues yet to be disclosed include Kansas City, MO and Nashville, TN. As in previous years, the tour concludes with weekend performances at Summerfest in Milwaukee WI. The full tour routing with dates and venues will be posted when finalized. Check back for details.
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Testimonials

  • “Originally when our son, Robert, joined School of Rock we only thought of it as music instruction. In the five years that he was a student there, we found out how much more it was! It was one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, investments we made for his development. Things he learned there will help him at Hamline University and beyond. The first big change we saw was the boost in his self-esteem and self-confidence. He started in the program during middle school, a period of most people’s life that is somewhere between awkward and awful! This opportunity gave him the chance to excel in something he could be proud of in that phase of his life. He has enjoyed meeting new friends that shared his passion and interest in music. The instructors and staff were ALWAYS encouraging and did a fabulous job of teaching the kids and helping them grow. It is a great way for kids to learn teamwork and about the importance of being prepared. Not only do they learn how to perform in front of live audiences (a skill that most of us never master) but that experience also helps them learn to quickly solve problems when things don’t go as planned. Additionally it offered our son the opportunity to learn and take on leadership roles in the program as he progressed. The students are also taught about promoting their events. These are all excellent life skills that will help in whatever he does in the future. Being in School of Rock, Robert was able to also play in the Road Crew group that performs at various festivals and venues around the twin cities. This past summer he also toured with the Shore Tour group for 10 days and played at SummerFest, Morey’s Pier in Wildwood, NJ, the American Music Festival in Chicago and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The Minnesota kids shared a tour bus with students from Australia, which made it even more amazing for them. It was truly a life changing opportunity for him! He has also been able to perform at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and go on tour with his band in the U.S. and Canada this August. Additionally, it gave our son opportunities to connect with very successful people in the local music scene as well as some on the national scene. Now he is enjoying seeing his friends from the program succeed locally, nationally, and internationally! ”
    — Rhonda O., parent, Elko, MN
  • “The variety of programs for kids of all levels, including opportunities for kids who are advanced in their instrument(s). The amazing summer tour opportunities. The mid-season show, combined with Eden Prairie is a great way to have one big MN-wide event, and then to have the season-end shows be by school. The caliber of the instructors. The intern opportunities for advanced-level kids. ”
    — Amy B., parent, St. Paul, MN
  • “This is where my 8 year old is learning to play and LOVE music. This place is so great, wish I had had the S.O.R. when I was a kid. It's supposed to be FUN and educational and these folks do it up right. They are so passionate about music and they pass that on to the students. What a great experience for my kid!”
    — Melanie S., parent, St Paul, MN
  • “Our son absolutely loves this program. he is totally loved & accepted! He comes back from every session glowing. ”
    — Georgine K., parent, Eagan, MN