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About School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo

Welcome to School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get students playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping talent succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo teaches musicians to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Kitchener-Waterloo. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, contributing to their community, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo
CA78 Francis Street NorthKitchener, ON N2H5B5
(519) 576-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo, 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.

    Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo’s Performance Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo’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 Kitchener-Waterloo, 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 Kitchener-Waterloo’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 Kitchener-Waterloo’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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo, 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 Kitchener-Waterloo’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 Kitchener-Waterloo’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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo’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 Kitchener-Waterloo, 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 Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo, 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. Kitchener-Waterloo students will blow your mind with advanced performances ch...
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At School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo, 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.

Kitchener-Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo’s Performance Program can expect:

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

  • February 13
    5:30 PM
    XTREME International Ice Racing
    Sports/Entertainment
    The XTREME International Ice Races is coming back to The Aud, and our House Band 78N will be providing some additional entertainment! Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. (78N starts at 6pm) The...
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    The XTREME International Ice Races is coming back to The Aud, and our House Band 78N will be providing some additional entertainment!
    Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. (78N starts at 6pm)

    The best extreme racers in the world going from zero to 60 in under three-seconds in an ice arena with NO BRAKES! This is the fastest sport on ice and one of the fastest sports in the world. The rush of so much power and speed on something as unpredictable as ice, has whipped audiences into a frenzy and gained new fans across the country. The 12th annual tour will feature riders from all over the world hit the ice, including Kyle Legault from St. Catherine waving his Canadian flag. Jay Maloney defending the Flat Track Class, Phil Smith defending the Quad Class, and Anthony (the British Bulldog) Barlow will be defending the Speedway Bike Class Championship.
    Tickets on sale now via The Aud and Centre In The Square Box Office, by phone (1-800-265-8977), or online at www.theaud.ca - use the special School of Rock Promo Code ROCK to get $10 off your ticket!Read less

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Staff

    • Meet Our Talented SOR Instructors!
      Our Instructors live to play, and play to Live! Real gigging musicians, with education on the road or in the classroom. They employ the best techniques to get their students playing faster in a co...
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      Our Instructors live to play, and play to Live! Real gigging musicians, with education on the road or in the classroom. They employ the best techniques to get their students playing faster in a collaborative band environment.

      Passionate, experienced, and student focused, these musicians understand the power of mastering instruments through the group experience.

      Most of our instructors are multi-instrumentalists, which helps them excel in private lessons and managing shows.

      #SORKW #Rock #Music #Lessons #Education #Guitar #Piano #Keys #Drums #Bass #Vocals #Kitchener #Waterloo #KWAWESOME #
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      • Drums
      • Bass
      • Keys/ Piano
      • Vocals
      • Guitar
      • Show Direction
      • Coaching
      • Mentoring
      • Corporate Team Building
    • Meet Chuck de la Cruz
      MULTI-INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTOR (GUITAR, DRUMS, BASS, KEYS, VOCALS)
      "Weekends growing up meant my parents would listen to The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and Santana. They would throw in the occassional pop record but they would always return to rock. My father would p...
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      "Weekends growing up meant my parents would listen to The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and Santana. They would throw in the occassional pop record but they would always return to rock. My father would play along with a set of bongos or his Yamaha acoustic guitar. I would grow to listen and love classic rock like Cream, Hendrix, and Queen. However when I was a teenager, my sister showed me that she could play the main riff to Enter Sandman by Metallica. That summer I did nothing but play my dad's acoustic guitar. I had to learn to play the guitar, I had to figure out how to play these songs that I loved." This is Chuck de la Cruz. From Walter's Music School and Scarborough's New Conservatory of Music, he is a multi instrument instructor who wants to share his passion for music with his students. From his experience at St. Michael's Choir School and the University of Toronto, Chuck understands the hard work that it takes to learn and excel at music. At 8 years old, he would take part in long rehersals to prepare for his school's annual Christmas Concert at Massey Hall. In a few years, he would join his school's Tour Choir as they performed around Canada and the US. "There was nothing like the feeling of being on stage in front of an audience of people. As a kid, you don't realize why you're spending the two hours a day singing the same group of songs week after week. You're just tired and probably want to go home, but eventually something inside you just clicks. You get to know the songs so well that you stop worrying about making a mistake and start enjoying being part of the music. It's that same level of familiarity that I want my students to have with the songs they perform." At the age of 14, Chuck took up the guitar and began to play every Beatles song he could recognize out of his father's Beatles Anthology book. However, this was not enough and he wanted to play more modern songs. Before the internet had available guitar tabs, the only way to get guitar music was through magazines or album transcription books. So rather than wait for someone else to figure out how to play these songs, Chuck began to transcribe these songs on his own. "The more I transcribed songs, the better I became at picking out subtle nuances in the music. I could single out instruments and really pay attention to what was happening in a piece of music. Most songs were simple and followed a very straight forward structure, but some songs were much more difficult with complex time signatures and key changes. It was these tougher songs that made me want to play more guitar." Throughout the years, Chuck has picked up the Keys, Bass, and Drums. He fully understands the importance each instrument has in the rock spectrum. While he spends the majority of his time on the guitar, he is always willing to try learning a new instrument. While at the University of Toronto, he was exposed to many different styles of music from around the world as well as many different instruments. The first time Chuck stepped into the School of Rock, the little kid inside him woke up. The staff, students, and facilities were all top notch. He knew it would be the perfect environment for him and his style of instruction. "This is where I want to be. Knowing that I've made a difference in someone's life through music is all I want to do. It's what makes me feel alive."
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    • Meet Jay Leonard
      MULTI-INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTOR (DRUMS, GUITAR, BASS)
      'I started playing drums at the age of 16, although, my musical ambitions started in grade 7 when I was introduced to the trumpet in public school. I played trumpet through high school where I play...
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      'I started playing drums at the age of 16, although, my musical ambitions started in grade 7 when I was introduced to the trumpet in public school. I played trumpet through high school where I played in numerous concert bands and was the music scholarship award recipient. After high school, I pursued drums on my own interest, taking private lessons from a few teaching guru's and furthered my study on my own.' Introducing School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo's very own: Jay Leonard. An incredibly driven multi-instrumentalist, Jay is as passionate about playing live as he is about teaching. 'At 19, I started teaching privately to students of all ages and playing levels, from absolute beginner to people with post secondary degrees in performance.' As a performer, he's played in several of his own original groups, cover bands, international drum corps, on studio albums and in live musicals. He can still be seen playing live with a few select bands. Now Jay plays a variety of instruments from brass, strings to percussion. His favorite part of music is writing and touring. 'I know so many people that were potentially awesome musicians but gave up due to a lack of musical experiences. Because of the teaching method, ensemble rehearsals and show experience offered by School of Rock, it re-inspired me to go back to teaching. These three things were the things missing for those people that never saw music through.'
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    • Meet Chris Psutka
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      I began taking drums at the age of 10. I studied music all the way through high school, and participated in the extracurricular band. My first band was a funk group that I started with a group of f...
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      I began taking drums at the age of 10. I studied music all the way through high school, and participated in the extracurricular band. My first band was a funk group that I started with a group of friends called Space in Yer Face. We played at all the coffee houses and backyard parties during high school.Introducing School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo's very own: Chris Psutka. A songwriter and percussionist, Chris' passion for music is infectious. 'I was debating between Cambrian College and Mohawk College. After being accepted to both, I decided to go to Mohawk because the program was more focused on the jazz scene. After high school, Chris was accepted into multiple prestigious music programs but his love of jazz was the deciding factor. Now, Chris' style has expanded to include metal, funk, rock, punk, and psychedelic rock. 'While attending Mohawk I joined a Hamilton-based metal band called Psychotic and played with them for 2 years. A friend and I also started a group called Undertone, which I do the majority of writing for. Since graduating from Mohawk, Chris' enthusiasm for music has only grown stronger. He is happy to share his excitement and knowledge with all of his students and to give others the chance to feel the rush of performing! 'The performance-based approach, and how the music lessons are reimagined in a totally new way, is what drew me to work at School of Rock.
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    • Meet Tyler Siroky
      MULTI-INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTOR (BASS, GUITAR, KEYS, VOCALS)
      'For me, rock music started at Rush, the Holy Canadian Power Trio. I was an early teenager when I bought my first Rush CD (remember CDs?) solely based on my father's words that they were a "good ba...
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      'For me, rock music started at Rush, the Holy Canadian Power Trio. I was an early teenager when I bought my first Rush CD (remember CDs?) solely based on my father's words that they were a "good band". When I popped on the album 2112 and heard the first few minutes, I knew that they were more than just a "good band"...they were (and still are) a musician's band; three guys that are always pushing the envelope of what's possible in rock music.' Introducing School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo's very own: Tyler Siroky. A true proponent of learning through inspiration, Tyler understands how a solid educational foundation can spur creativity and motivation in any musician. Not to mention, he is never short of bringing the low-end thunder: 'I was instantly drawn to the bass in the music - the low, growly booms that shook my room. I realized that I had to seek that sound out!' A natural performer from the beginning, Tyler stayed out of the basement and took straight to the stage. The feel of working together in a band, being a role player, and of course '“ showing off a bit, was the next stage in Tyler's musical upbringing: 'We were hitting the stages at all of the local youth punk rock shows and I gained my performance chops as I slammed through the strings of the bass while jumping around on stage like Dee Dee Ramone. We rocked out songs by Blink 182, Green Day, NOFX, and eventually began to write our own music. It was at that point I knew I wanted more.' Arguably some of the best musicians are those who are enthralled by the theoretical connections going on behind the scenes. Tyler recognizes the importance of higher education and the impact it can have on one's playing. After digging through notation books on his own, Tyler recognized there was intelligent discipline and practice involved in mastering the craft of music. He went on to graduate from Mohawk College with a Performance Diploma in Jazz Bass. Tyler then followed that up with a Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University '“ specializing in Music Education. To top it off, Tyler completed his Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto '“ making him a teacher of the Waterloo District Board of Education. It's safe to say that Tyler will be the one to beat at School of Rock when it comes to making lesson plans! Throughout his education, he never lost the lust for the stage, and his own creative endeavours: ''¦ I began deconstructing songs, and writing my own songs. When I wasn't studying up a storm or practicing every instrument BUT bass (piano, drums, percussion, woodwinds and brass), I was rocking stages in Hamilton and surrounding area with "Middletown Dreams: A Tribute to Rush" where I played bass, keyboards, and backing vocals. I also took part in a Beatles project in which the band learned and performed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band note for note, cut for cut live on stage. Both of these were incredibly rewarding experiences and showed that challenging rehearsals reaped rewarding performances.' Currently, Tyler gigs in 'Go Team', a rock band in which he provides bass and vocals. Ever inspired, Tyler is looking forward to connecting his musical passion and education with students here at School of Rock: 'I've always really enjoyed the following quote from Rush's 'Mission': 'A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission'. I feel that every student that comes in to School of Rock with a passion to learn and a will to succeed are certain to gain the skills to rock on stage and in life. This school combines my two lifelong dreams of teaching and of music and I hope that I am able to use these passions to inspire every single student that walks through the door with an instrument in their hand.'
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    • Meet Andrew de Jong
      Guitar, Bass, Vocal, Drum Instructor

News

    • NOW OPEN!

      MARCH BREAK DROP-IN DATES: Come take a tour on the break! Stop by during the following hours (no appointment necessary) Monday, March 10: 10 am - 5:30 pm Wednesday, March 12: 10 am - 6 pm Friday, M...
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      MARCH BREAK DROP-IN DATES: Come take a tour on the break! Stop by during the following hours (no appointment necessary) Monday, March 10: 10 am - 5:30 pm Wednesday, March 12: 10 am - 6 pm Friday, March 14: 10 am - 6 pm School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo office hours are: 9 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Programs Lessons initially taking place: 3 pm - 9 pm, Tuesday-Thursday.
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    • CTV Kitchener - School of Rock coming to Kitchener

      A Truly Rock n' Roll experience is coming to Waterloo Region. The School of Rock is opening its doors. Alexandra Pinto reports.Check out the CTV Kitchener Video here!

    • ADD A CAMP!

      Current students of School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo - We're offering a great deal on our Summer Camps throughout July and August. Your regular programs will continue to run throughout the summer,...
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      Current students of School of Rock Kitchener-Waterloo - We're offering a great deal on our Summer Camps throughout July and August. Your regular programs will continue to run throughout the summer, but here's a great opportunity to hone your chops further at School of Rock! Head over to our camps page on the website (linked below), and find the Camp that's right for you! Call in to 519-576-ROCK to enrol or ask any questions!
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence. ”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real 'concert venues.' ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA