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About School of Rock St. Paul

Welcome to School of Rock St. Paul, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of St. Paul’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock St. Paul 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 St. Paul 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 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

    • Adam
      General Manager | Advanced Music Program Director | Summer Tour Director
      Adam Phipps 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 at ...
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      Adam Phipps 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 at both St. Paul and Eden Prairie. He also directs the Twin Cities students who travel on Summer Tour. This year's tour takes Adam and students to Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, Wildwood NJ, Pittsburgh, PA, Chicago IL and back to the Cities.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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    • Taylor McKee
      Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard Instructor | Show Director
      Taylor McKee teaches guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. He also serves as a Show Director for the Performance Program and chaperoned the Summer Tour 2015. In addition to teaching at School of Rock, ...
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      Taylor McKee teaches guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. He also serves as a Show Director for the Performance Program and chaperoned the Summer Tour 2015. In addition to teaching at School of Rock, Taylor performs in several bands with other School of Rock instructors, including the cover band Go Hards and the original music band Hill Giants as well as working as an Audio Engineer for other bands' live performances. The son of a professional musician, Taylor earned his degree inaudio engineering at McNally Smith College of Music. Prior to teaching at School of Rock St. Paul, Taylor taught at the School of Rock in his hometown of Omaha, NE.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
    • Dan Brakke
      Bass, Guitar, Keys Instructor | Show Director
      Dan Brakke is a consummate musician. He plays -- and teaches -- bass, guitar and keys. A graduate of Minnetonka Senior High School and McNally Smith College of Music, Brakke is a sought-after bass...
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      Dan Brakke is a consummate musician. He plays -- and teaches -- bass, guitar and keys. A graduate of Minnetonka Senior High School and McNally Smith College of Music, Brakke is a sought-after bass player in the Twin Cities music scene. He currently plays bass in two local bands.

      Brakke joined School of Rock in 2014 and loves to take on the characters of the music the kids are studying. At a recent school concert, he donned a Blues Brothers look to introduce an upcoming performance in sister school, Eden Prairie.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
      • bass lessons, guitar lessons, keyboard lessons
    • Dan Knoflicek
      Guitar, Bass Instructor | Show Director
      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
    • Stef Huschka
      Instructor - Vocals and Keys
      A native of Montana, Stef earned her Bachelors Degree of Music Business with a Minor in Vocal Performance at McNally Smith College of Music,. Stef Huschka has been playing music for 13 years and...
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      A native of Montana, Stef earned her Bachelors Degree of Music Business with a Minor in Vocal Performance at McNally Smith College of Music,. Stef Huschka has been playing music for 13 years and teaching music for 5 years. In addition to the instruments she teaches (Vocals and Keys) Stef also plays trombone and guitar.On top of studying music and teaching music, Stef also performs in THREE bands! 'Growing up was hard, music was easy. It was the one thing that I understood,"Stef recounts. " Music can really break down the barriers, sometimes being the only way to reach a lost soul. Therefore, I have dedicated my life to the art of human expression and intangible emotion. Everyone has the right to express themselves.' Her passion comes through to her students too because she really enjoys watching her students' confidence grow as they become more skillful musicians. Who does Stef turn to for musical inspiration? Her favorite bands: Children 18:3, Pierce the Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Panic! at the Disco, A Day to Remember andWrite This Down.
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      • McNally Smith College of Music
    • 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.
    • Parker Grones
      Rock 101 Director
      Parker Grones is an incredible musician and just as great at teaching and directing. He guides students from never having played an instrument to comfort and confidence on stage. As the Rock 101 D...
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      Parker Grones is an incredible musician and just as great at teaching and directing. He guides students from never having played an instrument to comfort and confidence on stage. As the Rock 101 Director, Parker prepares novice musicians to go to the next level by teaching them the core competencies of playing in a band.

      Parker is a well-rounded musician, playing guitar, bass, drums and keys, making him the perfect musician to direct Rock 101.
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News

    • PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center Named Benefactor Of School Of Rock Twin Cities Fundraising Concert

      School of Rock selects PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center as charity of choice for monies raised at its BEST OF MINNESOTA benefit concert in April 2015. School of Rock, the premier perform...
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      School of Rock selects PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center as charity of choice for monies raised at its BEST OF MINNESOTA benefit concert in April 2015. School of Rock, the premier performance-based music education program in the world, has selected PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center as a recipient of funds raised at an upcoming benefit concert. Next month, Twin Cities School of Rock students, ages 8 '“ 18, will perform alongside some of Minnesota's most notable professional musicians at BEST OF MINNESOTA, an all-ages live concert, to raise funds for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. 'While School of Rock teaches music and performance, we also teach students to be responsible musicians. One of those responsibilities includes using their talent to give back to the community,' said Stacey Marmolejo, School of Rock Twin Cities franchise owner. 'In my experience, creative types are often the target of bullying,' added Marmolejo. 'Given musicians are among the most creative people, the partnership with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center is a natural fit with School of Rock. It delights me that we can do anything to help them prevent bullying.' 'Music is a powerful force in sharing the important message of preventing bullying'”and encouraging kindness, inclusion and acceptance. We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing benefit concert,' said Julie Hertzog, Director, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. School of Rock Twin Cities Regional Manager, Nate Beck, is in discussions with more than a dozen of the Twin Cities most iconic musicians and expects to begin announcing the lineup in the next two-three days. 'I'll do my part to bring you an incredible lineup and I'd like to challenge local music fans to join forces with us to not only create a mind-blowing event but also to raise an unprecedented amount of funds for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and the young people they work to protect,' said Beck. For more information on BEST OF MINNESOTA, visit BestofMNMusic.com All proceeds from the concert will be shared between PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, Rock School Scholarship Fund and Adopt A Classroom.
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    • School of Rock St Paul Neighborhood In USA Today's Top 10 Neighborhoods

      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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    • St Paul Mayor Proclaims SCHOOL OF ROCK DAY

      ST. PAUL MAYOR PROCLAIMS JUNE 25, 2015 'SCHOOL OF ROCK DAY' IN RECOGNITION OF MUSIC SCHOOL'S ST. PAUL TOUR STOP Performance-Based Music School Students to Perform Eight Concerts in Five Cities Ov...
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      ST. PAUL MAYOR PROCLAIMS JUNE 25, 2015 'SCHOOL OF ROCK DAY' IN RECOGNITION OF MUSIC SCHOOL'S ST. PAUL TOUR STOP Performance-Based Music School Students to Perform Eight Concerts in Five Cities Over 10 Days Including St. Paul, Summerfest and Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame 17 School of Rock Twin Cities students will be joined by 20 students from the School of Rock Australia as they embark on Shore Tour ; a 2600-mile concert tour, performing eight shows in five cities over 10 days. The tour kicks off in St. Paul, MN on June 25, 2015 and as such, has been proclaimed 'School of Rock Day ' by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Minnesota Music Café, located at 499 Payne Ave. in St. Paul, will host the free, all-ages, open to the public concert from 5-8pm on June 25, 2015. Families will enjoy rock music ranging from Paul Simon to Styx to Santana, performed by the St. Paul and Eden Prairie Schools of Rock. School of Rock Australia will rock the house with classics like Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix to Guns-n-Roses and Metallica. 'We're thrilled to host School of Rock Australia in St. Paul for their first-ever U.S. performance,' said Stacey Marmolejo, Twin Cities School of Rock franchise owner. 'I really hope the metro will come out en masse and show our colleagues from down under what a music-minded community we are. Given it's free and it's early in the evening, it'll be a great family-friendly event.' 'SoR Australia is so excited to fly over to the United States to share our love for music,' said Ken Martin, School of Rock Australia franchise owner. 'We're looking forward to experiencing the music scene in Minnesota and look forward to this city being our introduction into US culture and grandeur.' The next morning, the rockers load into the tour bus bound for Milwaukee WI where School of Rock Shore Tour intersects with School of Rock OnTour@ Summerfest. A pre-festival rock party will take place on Friday, June 26, at Horny Goat Hideaway for students to engage with special guests in a performance environment. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will include the chance for students to work and play with celebrity guest musicians including James Williamson (Iggy Pop), Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), and many more. On June 27 th and 28 th , over 500 student performers from 34 different School of Rock locations, including the Twin Cities and Australia, will showcase their musical talents across five stages at Summerfest, the biggest music festival in the world. 'Every year, we bring out the most dedicated student performers for a chance to step into the spotlight at Summerfest, ' said School of Rock CEO, Dzana Homan. 'We're proud to present an exciting lineup of accomplished young musicians to play their hearts out in front of thousands of festivalgoers, friends, and family members. Every student will take home the greatest prize, a milestone of personal growth on their path toward musical excellence. ' From Summerfest the Shore Tour continues East to perform at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland OH followed by two days of performances at the family-resort destination of Wildwood NJ. Then the performers head back toward home with a stop at a music festival in Pittsburgh PA on July 2. The tour closes over July 4 th weekend with live performances at the 34 th Annual American Music Festival in Chicago IL. 'At School of Rock we believe the stage is the greatest teacher of all, and our students are constantly rising to new heights through their hard work and real performances in a variety of rock venues from local clubs like Triple Rock and festivals like Grand Old Day to Summerfest stages and touring across the country AND around the world,' said Marmolejo.
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    • Current and former SOR student band Bruise Violet in City Pages!!!

      Fantastic write up for Bruise Violet! The band is made up of current and former SOR students, and they are AWESOME. Check them out!!!

Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, San Diego, CA