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About School of Rock Virginia Beach

Welcome to School of Rock Virginia Beach, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Virginia Beach’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach
1552 Mill Dam RoadVirginia Beach, VA 23454
(757) 227-5797

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Virginia Beach's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Virginia Beach'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Virginia Beach’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 Virginia Beach, 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 Virginia Beach’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!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Virginia Beach’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 Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Virginia Beach, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Virginia Beach’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Virginia Beach’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 Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach’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 Virginia Beach, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Virginia Beach enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Virginia Beach’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!

School of Rock Virginia Beach's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with o...
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School of Rock Virginia Beach's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Virginia Beach'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • May 5
      2:30 PM
      LIVE at the Lunatic Luau!
      School of Rock Virginia Beach is kicking off this epic concert at the Amphitheater!

      http://lunaticluau.com/
    • May 7
      2:00 PM
      House Band Live at Rock the Squads
      Where would the City of Virginia Beach be without its EMS volunteers? No group does more for the city, and no city in the U.S. depends on volunteer EMTs more than Virginia Beach. That's why, o...
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      Where would the City of Virginia Beach be without its EMS volunteers?
      No group does more for the city, and no city in the U.S. depends on volunteer EMTs more than Virginia Beach.

      That's why, on Sunday, May 7, the Mayor and City Council have invited all members of the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach and the public to attend Rock the Squads! at Mount Trashmore. The event, which is open to the public from from 2 - 5 p.m., will feature performances by School of Rock and 80's cover band The Deloreans, food trucks, EMS vehicle demos, and more!Read less
    • May 13
      2:00 PM
      Seasonal Shows
      Live at Eagle's Nest! 2 Shows - Women Who Rock and I Want My MTV! Plus, our Rock 101 students.
    • May 20
      12:00 PM
      School of Rock at the Va Beach Funk Out
      The School of Rock House Band will be performing on the main stage at the Va Beach Funk Out! This oceanfront event features dozens of amazing bands, including a headlining performance by Keller Wil...
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      The School of Rock House Band will be performing on the main stage at the Va Beach Funk Out! This oceanfront event features dozens of amazing bands, including a headlining performance by Keller Williams.Read less
    • June 29
      6:00 PM
      LIVE at Shaka's with Florida Schools
      2 School of Rock locations from Florida are coming through Virginia Beach on their annual summer tour! We're getting neighboring schools together for an epic jam session!
    • July 8
      12:00 PM
      House Band LIVE in Richmond
      We're hitting the road to rock out in Richmond!
    • September 3
      12:00 PM
      House Band LIVE at Rock n Roll Half Marathon
    • September 30
      12:00 PM
      House Band LIVE at Neptune Festival

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Staff

    • Meet our Staff!
      At the School of Rock Virginia Beach, you will find a staff full of kind and inspirational performers and mentors. Our team has performed on stages around the country and sold thousands of records,...
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      At the School of Rock Virginia Beach, you will find a staff full of kind and inspirational performers and mentors. Our team has performed on stages around the country and sold thousands of records, but our true passion is teaching the next generation of great musicians. Click "View All" to meet our team!
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    • Meet Casey Copeland
      Vocal Instructor
      Casey Copeland, a talented violinist, singer and piano player, is from Virginia Beach. Casey has performed at many venues throughout Virginia. Weekly, Casey performs at the Rising Church, at the No...
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      Casey Copeland, a talented violinist, singer and piano player, is from Virginia Beach. Casey has performed at many venues throughout Virginia. Weekly, Casey performs at the Rising Church, at the Norva. She's working independently on an EP.
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    • Meet Daniel Brunner
      Rookies / Keys / Guitar / Bass / Vocals
      Daniel Brunner has been playing bass since the age of 11 and guitar since 13. Daniel was also formally taught on saxophone in middle and high school. His first major influence was ska and reggae b...
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      Daniel Brunner has been playing bass since the age of 11 and guitar since 13. Daniel was also formally taught on saxophone in middle and high school. His first major influence was ska and reggae basslines, but then Daniel made what he calls one of the most important decisions of his life - buying Led Zeppelin: Early Days and Latter Days. Everything was about guitar and playing better from that point on so much of his playing and soloing is informed by Jimmy Page.

      Daniel also plays drums and piano, and he's adept at most instruments. His next challenge is learning cello and trumpet. Daniel's wide-ranging musical talents make him the perfect instructor for Rookies - our group music class for 6 and 7-year-olds. Daniel loves seeing the excitement in the kids' faces when they master a song or when they can tell us everything they know about music. Seeing how jazzed they are is really rewarding.

      When he's not rocking out at the School of Rock, Daniel tours and performs with Kishi Bashi, including a performance on the Late Show before David Letterman retired.
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    • Meet Eric Lonning
      Owner / General Manager
      School of Rock Virginia Beach is owned by Eric Lonning, a life-long Virginia Beach resident. Throughout his childhood, Eric took guitar and drum lessons, played in bands, and had success touring an...
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      School of Rock Virginia Beach is owned by Eric Lonning, a life-long Virginia Beach resident. Throughout his childhood, Eric took guitar and drum lessons, played in bands, and had success touring and recording with a great group of friends and bandmates. Later, Eric pursued a career in marketing before returning to music with School of Rock. Eric's mission is to create a music school where students will become outstanding musicians, but more importantly, inspiring and amazing individuals. Eric went to nearby First Colonial High School and attended Wake Forest University where we studied Communication and Religion.
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    • Meet Harrison Bounds
      Guitar, Bass, Keys
      As a child Harrison was infatuated with music. Classically trained on the piano as a child, in high school Harrison went on to learn the six string guitar and bass. In college he realized his passi...
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      As a child Harrison was infatuated with music. Classically trained on the piano as a child, in high school Harrison went on to learn the six string guitar and bass. In college he realized his passion was music and it became his career goal. To help achieve that goal he graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Music Business and Production. Harrison performs frequently and has become a sought after performer in the regional music scene as a solo artist and as a member of The Special Guests.
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    • Meet Jacob Small
      Show Director
      Jacob is the School of Rock's resident "mad scientist" with degrees from the University of Virginia in Music and Physics. Jacob has been playing live music for close to a decade and has extensive e...
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      Jacob is the School of Rock's resident "mad scientist" with degrees from the University of Virginia in Music and Physics. Jacob has been playing live music for close to a decade and has extensive experience teaching private guitar lessons. Jacob approaches each student as an individual and works diligently to ensure they get the most out of the School of Rock program. You can catch Jacob's band, Pretty Ugly, playing throughout Virginia Beach, and they recently released their first album. Jacob is passionate about sharing his touring and recording experience with musicians of all levels.
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    • Meet Jade Harley
      Studio Coordinator
      Jade Harley is the School of Rock's Studio Coordinator. Jade assists in the day-to-day management of the school and ensures that every School of Rock student gets the most out of their day-to-day e...
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      Jade Harley is the School of Rock's Studio Coordinator. Jade assists in the day-to-day management of the school and ensures that every School of Rock student gets the most out of their day-to-day experience. As the lead singer in a local hard rock band, Jade brings with her a passion for music and performance. She's no stranger to working with kids and music, having previously served in a management role at Progressive Music Center in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
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    • Meet Joe Graves
      Guitar / Rock 101
      Virginia Beach native, Joe "Whitebread" Graves, has been playing guitar as long as he can remember. Joe formed his first band at First Colonial High School, and went on to record several albums and...
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      Virginia Beach native, Joe "Whitebread" Graves, has been playing guitar as long as he can remember. Joe formed his first band at First Colonial High School, and went on to record several albums and play extensively around Hampton Roads. Joe loves working with School of Rock's Rock 101 students. He is so happy to see that rock and roll is alive and well, and he loves inspiring the next generation of rockers!
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    • Meet Johnny Smallwood
      Vocals / Guitar
      Johnny Smallwood has done it all in the music business! Johnny's musical journey began with formal training in vocals and concert saxophone. Later, Johnny moved his focus to guitar and became an ac...
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      Johnny Smallwood has done it all in the music business! Johnny's musical journey began with formal training in vocals and concert saxophone. Later, Johnny moved his focus to guitar and became an accomplished guitarist and singer in a variety of bands (Gasoline, Knuckle, Mindset). For over 20 years, Johnny performed and recorded original rock music. Johnny was signed to Universal records for 6 years and sold over 50,000 albums.

      Performing is nothing new to Johnny, as his bands have shared the stage with Judas Priest, Incubus, Sevendust, Fuel, Clutch, Nothingface, Stuck Mojo, Rancid, Offspring, Bush, Joan Jett, and Carbon Leaf. For the past eight years, Johnny has been the guitarist and singer of Vinyl Headlights, chosen as the top wedding band by Virginia Living Magazine four years in a row. Johnny lives and breathes music, performing over 200 times a year.

      Johnny has achieved great success in his music career and was attracted to School of Rock's music program as a way to use his immense gifts to give back to his community. He's passionate about giving his vocal and guitar students a serious education in music theory and performance. As a resident of Great Neck, he also enjoys his one-minute commute to work!
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    • Meet Shea Seger
      Vocals
      Shea Seger made her debut in October 2000 with the release of The May Street Project on RCA Records. Shea was born in Fort Worth, TX, raised in the nearby small town of Quitman, TX, and musically e...
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      Shea Seger made her debut in October 2000 with the release of The May Street Project on RCA Records. Shea was born in Fort Worth, TX, raised in the nearby small town of Quitman, TX, and musically educated by her father's diverse record collection (she claims everyone from Curtis Mayfield to Pink Floyd as early influences). She had played piano since the age of two, wrote songs as a youth, and initially pursued a career in the musical theater. But by 1998 she had decided to strike out on her own, and after moving to London's West End, hooked up with producer Martin Terefe and songwriter Nick Whitecross to develop the May Street Project. Shea recently returned to the states and was excited to work with the amazing students at the School of Rock while she continues to pursue several music projects.
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    • Meet Taylor Vertrees
      Bass / Drums / Guitar
      Taylor began his musical career as a self-taught drummer, playing through high school in concert band, drum line, and in various local bands. Taylor's talents on the drums landed him a headlining g...
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      Taylor began his musical career as a self-taught drummer, playing through high school in concert band, drum line, and in various local bands. Taylor's talents on the drums landed him a headlining gig at the Norva.

      Taylor is an even more accomplished bass player, having played bars, backyards, and festivals with popular metal band The Pestilence Choir. Taylor has studied and performed folk and jazz bass and has learned from legends like Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and Anthony Wellington.

      Taylor's diverse musical background makes him a perfect fit for the School of Rock's performance based music program. He brings a passion for performance to the lesson studio, and ensures that each student is ready to take the stage and perform any style.
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    • Meet Todd Witzenfeld
      Show Director
      Todd has been a fixture in the Virginia Beach music scene for years. Having studied under some of the premier drum instructors in the area, Todd rose to prominence as the touring drummer of the San...
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      Todd has been a fixture in the Virginia Beach music scene for years. Having studied under some of the premier drum instructors in the area, Todd rose to prominence as the touring drummer of the San Fransisco punk band, Nothington. Despite having toured throughout the US, including legendary venues like the House of Blues, Todd's true passion is teaching the next generation of great drummers. Todd has truly done it all, from studio recording, to touring, to promotion, and he leans on his deep experience to provide insight and inspiration to his students.
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    • Meet Zach Bridges
      Keyboard / Vocal Instructor
      Zach Bridges is an accomplished pianist and keyboard player specializing in rock, independent jazz, pop, and commercial music composition, arranging, production, performance, and education. Zac...
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      Zach Bridges is an accomplished pianist and keyboard player specializing in rock, independent jazz, pop, and commercial music composition, arranging, production, performance, and education.

      Zach can be seen performing with Chesapeake-based classic rock band The Karma Kings.
      In addition to his work with Karma Kings, Zach performs with a variety of R&B and jazz artists throughout Hampton Roads.

      Zach has studied music extensively, particularly during his military service. He has completed several Berklee music courses and participated in DC-based Jazz Band Master Classes under Jeff Antoniuk. Zach is passionate about giving each student the tools to be a great performer!
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Promotions

News

    • Now Enrolling All Programs!

      At School of Rock, “work” and “play” are interchangeable. Our programs are designed to get kids performing as soon as possible, learning how to play popular songs on their favorite instrume...
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      At School of Rock, “work” and “play” are interchangeable. Our programs are designed to get kids performing as soon as possible, learning how to play popular songs on their favorite instruments, and working with a team. See what it’s like when homework becomes the favorite distraction.
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    • Rock and Roll Party

      The School of Rock offers parties for rock stars from ages 3 and up! We teach people of all ages and musical capabilities to make music together. School of Rock’s Rock and Roll Party is a perfect...
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      The School of Rock offers parties for rock stars from ages 3 and up! We teach people of all ages and musical capabilities to make music together.
      School of Rock’s Rock and Roll Party is a perfect event for your get together. Our professional music teachers will introduce party goers to popular rock songs, teach individuals (regardless of musical experience) to sing the song or play an instrument, and perhaps even perform the song together as the highlight of the party!

      All parties include:
      - School of Rock staff: 2 qualified music instructors and birthday party organizer
      - One hour of organized, instructor-led, age appropriate music activities
      - Full access to our 3,500 sq. ft. music school
      - Setup and cleanup
      - Paper goods

      Parties start at $325. Call today for a tour of our school!
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Testimonials

  • “I like that the kids work together as a group and individually. I like that the program promotes kindness and acceptance. My kid has a blast and feels a lot of pride being a part of the School of Rock.”
    —Helen, Virginia Beach, VA
  • “They really care about what they learn and how they are learning. Making sure they are interested in the instrument they choose to learn and keep them interested when the student gets discouraged.”
    — Jacqueline, Virginia Beach, VA
  • “Quality of instruction, level of enthusiasm and overall experience are top notch. Our 14-yr-old is experiencing all the aspects of putting together a band with friends, but with the added benefit of professionals sharing their experience and guiding them through the process, from rehearsals to the final performance in an outstanding venue.”
    — Lyn, Virginia Beach, VA
  • “My son recently began drum lessons and the Rock 101 program and he absolutely loves it. The staff is very energetic and welcoming to all students and parents. I have been recommending School of Rock - Virginia Beach to all of my friends.”
    — Wendy, Virginia Beach, VA