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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 music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock St. Paul.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

  • 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 Chris Blair
      General Manager
      Chris is thrilled to be working for the School of Rock in St. Paul. He comes to the Twin Cities via Atlanta, GA where he was a founder of Dad's Garage Theatre. Chris has over fifteen years experien...
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      Chris is thrilled to be working for the School of Rock in St. Paul. He comes to the Twin Cities via Atlanta, GA where he was a founder of Dad's Garage Theatre. Chris has over fifteen years experience in customer service and management in the airline industry. Rock and Roll has been a huge part of his upbringing and continues to inspire and motivate him today.
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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 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

News

  • 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.

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. 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. 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