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About School of Rock Wilmington

Welcome to School of Rock Wilmington, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Wilmington’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington
484 Century BlvdWilmington, DE 19808
(302) 656-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Wilmington'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 Wilmington'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 Wilmington’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 Wilmington, 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 Wilmington’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 Wilmington’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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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!

  • At School of Rock Wilmington, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Wilmington, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Wilmington works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Wilmington’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Wilmington’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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington’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 Wilmington, 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington’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 Wilmington'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 other...
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School of Rock Wilmington'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 Wilmington'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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Staff

    • ERIC SVALGARD
      Music Director, Keyboards
      Educated at Berklee College of Music, for the past 6 years he has been the keyboard player for a nationally touring Frank Zappa tribute band counting former Mothers sidemen Ike Willis and Napoleon ...
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      Educated at Berklee College of Music, for the past 6 years he has been the keyboard player for a nationally touring Frank Zappa tribute band counting former Mothers sidemen Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy Brock. He has been working with Paul Green since 2002, and was Paul's assistant in preparing the ALL-STARS for their performance of Zappa's music at Zappanale in 2003. He was the Music Director at the second School of Rock at Downingtown from 2004-2006. If you want more info on Eric, visit our staff page
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    • Branden Sheets
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Branden is getting settled in with his new students. When he has time he'll write up his Bio.

News

    • School of Rock Wilmington congradulates 2013 students

      2013 GRADUATESBest Wishes!Mike Thomas, Rachel Podesta, Mike Brackin, Maria Ott,Nick Gildae,Cianna Betts

    • Hotjam 2013 Festival to Benefit Our Scholarship Program

      Visit School of Rock, Wilmington Aug. 3rd for the first Hotjam festival. HotJam proceeds will help The School of Rock Scholarship Association of Wilmington Delaware. SoRSA is a non-profit organizat...
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      Visit School of Rock, Wilmington Aug. 3rd for the first Hotjam festival. HotJam proceeds will help The School of Rock Scholarship Association of Wilmington Delaware. SoRSA is a non-profit organization committed to providing program tuition relief and gear to kids in need. HotJam 2013 will help this new non-profit scholarship program get off the ground. The festival will feature over 20 bands on two stages from 11Am to 1Am. (With alcohol sold after 5PM) Rainbow Music and Books along with food and beverage vendors and much more! Buy with PayPalTICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR $12 $15 at the door
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    • Eric Svalgard featured in Delaware News Journal

      Our very own Eric Svalgard was featured in the Delaware News Journal. 'Move over, Jack Black. Wilmington's School of Rock has its own bigger-than-life teacher: Eric Svalgård' was featured in the...
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      Our very own Eric Svalgard was featured in the Delaware News Journal. 'Move over, Jack Black. Wilmington's School of Rock has its own bigger-than-life teacher: Eric Svalgård' was featured in the Life section of the Sunday paper on August 18th. It's a great article about the man behind Wilmington School of Rock. READ IT
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    • Getting Ready For Zappanale

      Every aspiring musician's dream is to perform live on stage in front of crowds of people. This summer, Wilmington School of Rock, the local leader in performance-based music education, is giving Sc...
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      Every aspiring musician's dream is to perform live on stage in front of crowds of people. This summer, Wilmington School of Rock, the local leader in performance-based music education, is giving School of Rock students from Washington DC to New York a chance to play their hearts out on stage at the Zappanale Music Festival, on July 18, 2014 in Bad Doberan, Germany. The Zappanale music festival has a rich history as notable as Zappa himself. Held outside Bad Doberan, a German town once a part of East Germany, the festival features bands performing the music of late composer and guitarist Frank Zappa. Back in the 70's the East German secret police considered Zappa's music subversive. One of the original founders of Zappanale, Wolfhard Kutz, was persecuted by the Stasi for being a Zappa fan. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Stasi files were declassified, Kutz learned that they considered him dangerous stating that he 'knows how to influence the youth with Zappa.' A year after the wall fell, Kutz founded the fan club 'Arf-society'. Zappanale began as an extended party with one band playing a few Zappa tunes for die-hard fans. Today the Zappanale festival has grown to a celebration attended by thousands. 'Unlike any other playing experience, because of the excitement and the involvement of the audience, playing at Zappanale is truly a unique performance experience.' said Wilmington School of Rock Owner and Director, Eric Svalgârd. 'Our students will be playing on a full professional sound stage in front of thousands of people totally wrapped in the appreciation of the music and so amazed at the fact that young artists are performing.' Over 30 School of Rock students from DC to New York auditioned and from those very talented kids Eric Svalgard had the difficult task of choosing 18 to form the Z-team. Twelve rehearsals will culminate in two local shows before the students head to Germany this summer. The performances will give students the opportunity to show off their skills in front of crowds of music-lovers at the annual Zappanale music festival held in Bad Doberan, Germany from July 17 th to July 20 th 2014. Students are also slated to perform in Rostock Germany with a few other shows to be announced as they are finalized. Stay tuned for updates, video and pics of our kids as they prepare for the trip.
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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