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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
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:30 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

    • May 7
      8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Lutherwood Steps for Kids
      Fundraiser
      Steps for Kids, a fun and inspirational 3k or 5k walk through the beautiful countryside of North Waterloo, is Lutherwood’s largest fundraising event and raises a significant portion of the revenu...
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      Steps for Kids, a fun and inspirational 3k or 5k walk through the beautiful countryside of North Waterloo, is Lutherwood’s largest fundraising event and raises a significant portion of the revenue needed to deliver and grow critical mental health programs.
      Come enjoy family activies, live performances from School of Rock House Band 78N, snacks and refreshments as we raise awareness and fundraise to support children's mental health.
      Everyone’s mental health matters! Every Step Counts!
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    • May 12
      7:00 PM
      Grad School Presents: Canada Rocks!
      Concert
      Our adult program students will be blowing the doors off of Cork Hall (@McCabes in downtown Kitchener) paying tribute to the best of Canadian rock music. Doors open at 7pm, tickets $10+hst and avai...
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      Our adult program students will be blowing the doors off of Cork Hall (@McCabes in downtown Kitchener) paying tribute to the best of Canadian rock music. Doors open at 7pm, tickets $10+hst and available through School of Rock KW!
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    • May 12
      9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
      Grad School Presents: Electric Blues
      Concert
      No better time to feel the blues than at our Grad School Electric Blues show at Cork Hall LIVE (beside McCabe's Irish Pub Kitchener) Friday, May 12! Doors open at 9 for this killer mix of modern an...
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      No better time to feel the blues than at our Grad School Electric Blues show at Cork Hall LIVE (beside McCabe's Irish Pub Kitchener) Friday, May 12! Doors open at 9 for this killer mix of modern and classic blues tunes from our adult program students. Tickets $10+hst, available at #SORKW! #RockandRoll #Blues
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    • May 13
      6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
      Jeans n' Scrubs
      Fundraiser
      Come and relive the Rock and Roll era…. Join us on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex for a rocking night bringing back all the classic rock tunes! Throw on yo...
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      Come and relive the Rock and Roll era….
      Join us on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex for a rocking night bringing back all the classic rock tunes!
      Throw on your jeans and your favourite Led Zeppelin T-shirt and come on out for some classic rock “eats” and dance the night away with some great live entertainment! School of Rock's House Band 78N will be taking the stage along with other great local acts.


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    • June 11
      12:00 PM - 1:45 PM
      School of Rock KW Presents: College Radio
      Concert
      Our Performance Program students turn the dial all the way to the left and dish up the best of old school College Radio - these classic indie hits will have you grooving in your Converse and ready ...
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      Our Performance Program students turn the dial all the way to the left and dish up the best of old school College Radio - these classic indie hits will have you grooving in your Converse and ready to set up the hi-fi!

      Doors open at noon at Starlight Social Club for this all ages event, show starts at 12:15. Tickets available through School of Rock for $10+hst. Righteous!
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    • June 11
      12:00 PM
      School of Rock KW Presents: A Tribute to KISS
      concert
      School of Rock KW's students bring you an unforgettable tribute to the mind-blowing stage show that is KISS! Doors open at 2pm at Starlight Social Club for this all ages event, show starts at 2:...
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      School of Rock KW's students bring you an unforgettable tribute to the mind-blowing stage show that is KISS!

      Doors open at 2pm at Starlight Social Club for this all ages event, show starts at 2:15. Tickets available through School of Rock for $10+hst. Love it Loud!
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    • June 11
      4:00 PM - 5:45 PM
      School of Rock KW Presents: British Steel
      Concert
      Our performance program students keep it loud and raw with this homage to the founding heavy rockers coming out of England in the 70's and early 80's. Now's the time to bring back those studded lea...
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      Our performance program students keep it loud and raw with this homage to the founding heavy rockers coming out of England in the 70's and early 80's. Now's the time to bring back those studded leather belts and fringed jackets! Make no mistake, they will have you banging your head to these killer tracks.
      Doors open at 4pm at Starlight Social Club for this all ages event, show starts at 4:15. Tickets available through School of Rock for $10+hst.
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    • July 10 - 14 2017
      Rock and Roll Boot Camp - Enroll Now!
      Music Camp
      Ages 12-18 Attention all new and aspiring rockers: Boot Camp is now open for enrolment! Get ready to spend five awesome days kick-starting your musical abilities! You’ll learn to play and perf...
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      Ages 12-18

      Attention all new and aspiring rockers: Boot Camp is now open for enrolment! Get ready to spend five awesome days kick-starting your musical abilities! You’ll learn to play and perform a selection of classic rock songs. You’ll be able to get the most out of your instrument through daily instrument workshops. Learn how to manage stage equipment, market a performance, and work with other musicians in a band. Sound like fun? You won’t want to miss out on this amazing experience!

      Students will enhance their skills while playing and performing rock music with other kids. Songs are chosen to highlight the skills needed to expand the existing foundation on your rocker's instrument of choice. Students should have a minimum of 1 year of lessons prior to joining this program.
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    • July 17 - 21 2017
      Songwriting Workshop - Enroll Now!
      Music Camp/Workshop
      Ages 12-18 Designed for students interested in learning how to develop their own original material, write with other musicians, and record their work in a professional setting. This camp inclu...
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      Ages 12-18

      Designed for students interested in learning how to develop their own original material, write with other musicians, and record their work in a professional setting.
      This camp includes classes in chord and melody writing, lyrics, instrumentation, utilizing the tools in a professional studio, and how to prepare effectively to maximize studio time.

      Students will learn about recording original work, and they’ll learn how to market their music to build an audience We will end the week with a live performance!

      Must have a minimum 2 years experience in music lessons and theory, and have an intermediate level of musicianship on their instruments. Sign up quickly to avoid disappointment. One of our most popular workshops.
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    • July 24 - 28 2017
      Little Rockers Camp - Enroll Now!
      Music Camp
      Ages 9-11 (8 year olds may be admitted by exception only) This is the opportunity for new musicians to test the waters of performance through a 5 day camp. Get ready to spend five awesome days k...
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      Ages 9-11 (8 year olds may be admitted by exception only)

      This is the opportunity for new musicians to test the waters of performance through a 5 day camp. Get ready to spend five awesome days kick-starting your musical journey!
      You’ll learn to play and perform a selection of inspiring variety of rock songs. You’ll learn how to use your instrument through daily instrument workshops, hands on training, and by playing real songs with other musicians.
      Learn how to manage stage equipment, market a performance, and work with other musicians in a band. Sound like fun? You won’t want to miss out on this amazing experience!
      There’s a performance on the last day to show off your talents! Students will need to have an instrument at home to practice after school.

      We can suggest places to rent equipment if you don’t own an instrument yet!
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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 #Musician
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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 Tyler Martin
      GUITAR, BASS AND KEYS INSTRUCTOR
      Tyler completed his degree in jazz studies at St. Francis Xavier University in 2015, earning his Bachelor of Music while studying guitar with Kevin Brunkhorst and Jake Hanlon. He performed regularl...
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      Tyler completed his degree in jazz studies at St. Francis Xavier University in 2015, earning his Bachelor of Music while studying guitar with Kevin Brunkhorst and Jake Hanlon. He performed regularly as a leader and sideman at venues around eastern Canada.
      Tyler’s playing and writing is informed by the many music genres - folk, rock, and pop - that he grew up listening to as well as the music he continues to discover. After a brief stint at the University of North Texas to continue studying jazz, Tyler decided to return home to the K-W region to pursue a career in music.
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    • Meet Corey Heuvel
      GUITAR, BASS, VOCALS INSTRUCTOR
      Corey has been working as professional musician and instructor for last 10 years and has dedicated the better part of his entire life to studying, practicing, writing and performing music. Growing...
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      Corey has been working as professional musician and instructor for last 10 years and has dedicated the better part of his entire life to studying, practicing, writing and performing music. Growing up in Barrie, he quickly devoured his father’s classic rock record collection and at age 7 began learning to play his favourite songs on the guitar. In a few short years, he was winning every guitar category in the local Kiwanis Festival and Midland Music Festival. While still in high school, he released his recording debut — In Balance — a 10 song blues/rock album which consisted of mostly original material showcasing his electric guitar and vocal abilities. After playing around the clubs and festivals of southern Ontario with his backing band, Corey received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston for their 5-week Summer Performance Program where he studied with longtime faculty members such as Craig Hlady, Thaddeus Hogarth and Julien Kasper. After high school, he focused his efforts on singing, songwriting and the steel-string acoustic guitar. In 2008, he began teaching guitar at Music Pro Education Centre in Barrie where he was responsible for up to 40 students per week. Corey released a folk inspired album — The New — in 2011 which was recorded mostly in his home studio and found him playing most of the instruments including bass, piano, mandolin and percussion as well as writing the string arrangements. Continuing his focus on the acoustic guitar, 2013 saw the release of his 3rd album — Bliss From Within — consisting entirely of solo instrumental compositions. Over the past few years, he has devoted much his time to travelling throughout Europe, Australia and the United States where he pursued a long held dream to live the life of a busker and performing his music on the streets. Since returning from his travels, he has decided to make his home in Kitchener-Waterloo and continue to dedicate his time to music as a singer/songwriter, performer and instructor.
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    • Meet Ben John
      DRUM/KEYS INSTRUCTOR
      My passion for music was ignited by my father. From a young age, I was listening to Zeppelin, ACDC, The Ramones, and other icons on the way to hockey to pump me up, and the more I listened, the mo...
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      My passion for music was ignited by my father. From a young age, I was listening to Zeppelin, ACDC, The Ramones, and other icons on the way to hockey to pump me up, and the more I listened, the more it fueled the flame. The drive of the beat hooked me from the beginning, inevitably requiring me to invest in a drum kit. I began drumming at the age of 12 and have yet to put my sticks down!
      Influenced by the likes of Matt Halpern, Matthew Greiner, John Bonham, Joel Jacobs and many more, my journey in drums has granted me the experience to play numerous genres, excelling in a plethora of percussion instruments. Whether it’s jazz, orchestral, metal, big band or punk, you name it, I’ve played it.
      I have extensive gigging experience in many different settings and bands, with some highlights such as achieving a gold standard at Music Nationals, and the opportunity to record a demo at Fanshawe Studios.
      My musical path also led me to being trained as a Sound Technician through my high school cooperative education program. In this program I maintained, set up and operated high-tech performance equipment as well as establishing a firm grasp of the music industry.
      I've also achieved my Grade 6 Royal Conservatory Music designation in piano, and enjoy teaching keyboards as well as drums.
      I'm currently enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Business Program, and am enjoying connecting with the KW community. In addition to music, I am extremely passionate about hockey, so feel free to talk hockey with me too!
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    • Meet ANDREW DE JONG
      GUITAR, BASS INSTRUCTOR
      For me, my love of music started when my dad would play a mixed tape with Johnny cash, Kansas and Eric Clapton, and as I grew up I would sneak into my brother’s room to play his guitar when he wa...
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      For me, my love of music started when my dad would play a mixed tape with Johnny cash, Kansas and Eric Clapton, and as I grew up I would sneak into my brother’s room to play his guitar when he wasn't home. When I turned 14 I started to really become serious about playing. Starting out as a vocalist in a band, I began listening to bands like Mastodon and Dream Theater, and decided I was going to play guitar. Ten years, one music degree and countless instruments later, I am pleased to be part of the School of Rock KW team, and am ready to pass on my enthusiasm for music to others starting their journey!
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    • Meet REBECCA ZEHR
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      Anyone in my family will be able to tell you that I sang before I could talk and danced before I could crawl, I can sure tell you now that I prefer singing to talking and dancing to walking. They w...
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      Anyone in my family will be able to tell you that I sang before I could talk and danced before I could crawl, I can sure tell you now that I prefer singing to talking and dancing to walking. They will also be able to tell you that I've always had a passion for learning. That's the great thing about music, you're always learning. Not only have I learned a lot about music but I've learned a lot about myself through music. I started singing in choirs at the age of 7, then started performing in musicals at the age of 10. By the time I got to high school I was spending two nights a week in jazz and concert choir and the rest of my 'spare' after school time in various musicals. Musical theatre has been such an important part of my life, it's helped me to grow so much as a performer and I thank all of my past directors for teaching me how to tell a story through a song.
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    • Meet Michelle Sullivan
      GENERAL MANAGER
      Music has always been a huge part of my life. Saturday nights my grandparents would roll up their rugs and dance and play cards with their friends, and that tradition carried down through the gener...
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      Music has always been a huge part of my life. Saturday nights my grandparents would roll up their rugs and dance and play cards with their friends, and that tradition carried down through the generations. Driving around in my Mom's Chevy Nova introduced me to 8-tracks blasting out ABBA, Kenny Rogers, and Fleetwood Mac....by the time I was a teen my record collection was filled with The Who, The Jam, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. I still remember my very first album purchase, Velvet Underground's All Tomorrow's Parties.
      My musical tastes grew from there and remain diverse, with playlists that span from Miles Davis to Rob Zombie and from Desmond Dekker to Rage Against the Machine (the Beastie Boys remain on constant rotation). I'm currently learning the bass in our Grad School Adult Program, and checking "rock out in a cool band" off my bucket list....
      A diverse background in business and operations management, customer service, communications, marketing and community outreach have led me to my dream gig - helping kids (and adults!) develop life skills and confidence and reach their full potential through the universal unifying force of music.
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Promotions

News

    • Spring Shows Now Enrolling!

      SPRING SHOWS ARE NOW ENROLLING! Call or email us today to TAKE THE STAGE! Our spring season starts in late February, be sure to secure your spot today!

    • SORKW and 100 Guitars for 100 Kids donate 10 guitars to WRDSB's UTurn Program

      Another wonderful 100 Guitars for 100 Kids donation - it's going to be a great 2017! We're proud to work with Bob Egan to bring music opportunities to youth in the community and are thrilled this d...
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      Another wonderful 100 Guitars for 100 Kids donation - it's going to be a great 2017! We're proud to work with Bob Egan to bring music opportunities to youth in the community and are thrilled this donation could be provided to Waterloo Region District School Board's #UTurn Alternative Education program.Read less

    • Check out our recent shows on CTV Kitchener!

      Thanks to everyone who came out to our Seasonal Shows @ Starlight yesterday! Our students put on 3 amazing performances! Thank you CTV Kitchener for doing such a great job showcasing our students. ...
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      Thanks to everyone who came out to our Seasonal Shows @ Starlight yesterday! Our students put on 3 amazing performances! Thank you CTV Kitchener for doing such a great job showcasing our students. We love building musicians and inspiring more music in our community!Read less

    • School of Rock, Bob's Guitar Service and Virtual Causeway form 100 Guitars for 100 Kids!

      Bob Egan knows what a guitar can do for a kid without many advantages. He was one of those kids himself. The musician ‒ a member of iconic Canadian band Blue Rodeo ‒ grew up in a working-class...
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      Bob Egan knows what a guitar can do for a kid without many advantages. He was one of those kids himself.
      The musician ‒ a member of iconic Canadian band Blue Rodeo ‒ grew up in a working-class family that moved frequently. When he was 12, he was given a $29 guitar.
      “It changed my life,” he says. “Playing guitar was a way to make friends. It gave me an identity.”
      Now Bob, who also owns Bob’s Guitar Service, is helping disadvantaged kids get their own guitars.
      In partnership with the KW School of Rock, he launched 100 Guitars for 100 Kids. The project refurbishes donated guitars and gives them to young people who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

      Help 100 Guitars For 100 Kids grow! If you know a young person in need who would love a guitar – or if you have a guitar to donate – please contact Bob’s Guitar Service (519-576-7625) OR KW School of Rock (519-208-4663).Read less

Testimonials

  • “I joined the (adult Grad School) program to meet new people, to learn new music and become a better musician. School of Rock has not disappointed. Great for children and adults! Flexible schedules to meet your busy work life, and professionally trained and friendly staff! ”
    R. Roberts, Kitchener
  • “First day at the school of rock was amazing. Great teachers and staff an friendly students to work with. All around great time. Love it!!!! ”
    J. Mitchell, Waterloo Region
  • “I love that the kids are encouraged to be themselves and explore their musical talents in an environment that isn't filled with pressure and high expectations. Our daughter loves going to Little Wing classes and is so excited before class starts, and after class ends she can't wait to tell us all about what she's learned. None of her other hobbies have made her so happy!! Thank you School of Rock this is a great fit for our girl!! ”
    J. Sharpe, Kitchener
  • “I really like the "stage-like" atmosphere. I think the instructors are awesome, the material is challenging and I know I will be a better musician down the road! The Grad School program for adults is just what an old guy like me needs...a band to jam with!”
    R. LaMarche, Kitchener