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School of Rock Ahwatukee
4645 E Chandler Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85048
(480) 753-3266

Location Specifics

Located at 48th and Chandler.

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Hours
  • Monday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Ahwatukee combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 6-10

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Ahwatukee's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Ahwatukee have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Phoenix are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Additionally, students (typically ages 6 to 10-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 7-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Ahwatukee is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Ahwatukee Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Phoenix music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Ahwatukee's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Phoenix music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Ahwatukee's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Ahwatukee is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Phoenix.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Ahwatukee Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Phoenix.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

The School of Rock Ahwatukee House Band music program gives students 12 to 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Ahwatukee's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at AZ rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Phoenix and the rest of AZ. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Ahwatukee

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Ahwatukee, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Ahwatukee is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Phoenix guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Ahwatukee's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Phoenix venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Ahwatukee offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Phoenix guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ahwatukee is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Ahwatukee we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Phoenix, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Phoenix. Unlike other Phoenix drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Ahwatukee, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Phoenix drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ahwatukee offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Ahwatukee teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Ahwatukee, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Phoenix.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ahwatukee offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Phoenix and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Phoenix students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Phoenix. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Ahwatukee, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Phoenix area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Ahwatukee Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Phoenix area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Phoenix music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Ahwatukee, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Phoenix, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Ahwatukee’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Singing Teacher

Megan Baskerville Singing Teacher, General Manager

Megan brings a good balance of rock n’ roll and business experience to the table. She worked for Starbucks for over eight years, five of which, she was the Store Manager of a high-volume location. She also spent time opening new stores in new markets in the panhandle of Florida. But music has been a constant in Megan’s life from the time she could walk. Megan has been the front lady of bands of many genres: country, rockabilly, ska and punk. She’s had the opportunity to open for national acts as well as share the stage with some country greats. Currently she is the lead vocalist in the soul-inspired band Aunt B. Megan got her start at the Minnesota School of Rocks and moved to AZ with her husband Shane to open up the Arizona schools in 2012.

Shane Baskerville Music Director

Shane has been working at School of Rock for over a decade. He’s been a touring musician since his teens and cut his teeth in the MN/WI punk rock ska music scene of the 90s. He’s toured with Chevelle, Social Distortion, Papa Roach, Slightly Stoopid and many more! He also beat out hundreds of guitarists to play with 80s hair metal icons Poison for a VH1 special. Eventually, Shane went to music college at McNally Smith College of Music in MN. Shane started working for School of Rock in MN in the spring of 2006. He moved down to Arizona in 2012 to open the three AZ locations with his wife Megan.

Brandon Biallas Guitar Teacher

Brandon has over 15 years of experience playing a variety of musical instruments, including the guitar, bass, ukulele and mandolin. After receiving formal instruction from veteran teacher Norris Lewis at Milano's Music in Mesa, he formed his own instrumental jazz funk/fusion band called Something Went Awry, which led to an opportunity for his band to open for legendary jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan at the Elephant Room during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas back in 2014. These days, he plays guitar in a folk rock band called The Banter and plays bass for punk/funk band Hostile Work Environment, both of which feature ex-members of Something Went Awry. Brandon has also occasionally filled in on guitar and bass for local bands like Paper Foxes and Fayuca. He prides himself on loving and listening to all kinds of music, which means he’s happy to teach anything, no matter the genre. He lives for sharing his love of music with students and exposing each other to wide varieties of new music in the process.

Zach Kasmer Guitar Teacher

Zach started playing music at the age of 13. He has been playing for 10 years and is a former student of School of Rock Scottsdale. He had small projects with friends from school in his first couple years of playing but didn't get serious about playing until he found School of Rock. There is where he learned a plethora of playing knowledge in a structured environment. He's taken some minor college classes (Theory and Aural Perception) at Mesa Community College, but his primary knowledge has been taught to him from the wonderful teachers he had at School of Rock Scottsdale. He currently plays for local metal act Sicmonic and has played numerous shows opening for acts such as Sevendust, Hed PE and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. The band's sound is influenced by many genres and styles of music, ranging from rock to jazz, bosa nova to flamenco and from country to instrumentalists. It was only natural for him to come back and start teaching alongside his former teachers at School of Rock.

TJ Friga Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

TJ Friga has been performing and studying guitar, bass and singing around the valley for nearly a decade. Set to graduate ASU in December 2015, you can currently find him playing in the Tempe bands Playboy Manbaby and Instructions. As members of these groups, TJ has been featured in national and local media ranging from "Modern Guitar Magazine," CMJ Music Blog and a string of regular appearances in "The Phoenix New Times." In teaching, TJ emphasizes songwriting skills, fundamental theory and proper technique as the means to become a great and creative player. Outside of music, TJ is a die hard Phoenix Suns fanatic and pursuer of fine sushi and ramen.

Jenny Weintraub Studio Coordinator

Jenny has worked in educational programming for the past 14 years and has been playing piano (to varying degrees of seriousness) for the past 21. She has experience in various local music projects and though she rarely plays live anymore, her piano is still one of her best friends. Jenny’s favorite thing about music is how it has the power to help people connect -- with what's inside themselves, and with the people and things around them. She loves being able to a play a part in bringing music to our community!

Josh Rumsay Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Josh's singing and bass playing experience has spanned nearly every genre over the last two decades. Currently, he is the bassist and backup singer for Nomada, a Spanish ska-punk band. Prior to that he was the lead singer for the alternative metal group Mechanical Men. Overall, he's seen just about everything the local scene has to offer. He also has over 20 years of choral experience, including rock choirs, church choirs and high school all-state choir. His bands have opened for Ratt, Flotsam and Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Madball, Earth Crisis, Alien Ant Farm, 40 Below Summer, Panteon Rococo, Inspector, Reveille, B-Foundation, Slaughter, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and many more.

Rachel Murray Singing Teacher

Rachel Murray was lead singer for the all-girl band The Rebel Pebbles who were signed to EMI/IRS Records, where they released their LP "Girls Talk." Rachel has 30+ years of experience in the music industry and she continues to work as a recording artist and performer, composing songs and/or vocals for various television shows, projects and movies. Rachel is a diverse performer and a consummate professional and she brings incomparable talent and infectious high energy to any project she is a part of. Rachel is professionally trained in the Elizabeth Howard vocal method. She plays guitar, has a general knowledge of music theory and songwriting composition and is a member of BMI. She has stage training and has also worked as an actress and model. Before joining School of Rock, she gave personal vocal and performance lessons for 15 years and most recently was the vocal coach for a middle school rock band in Lake Arrowhead, CA. Rachel loves working with the kids at School of Rock where she has discovered her passion for teaching vocal theory, stage performance and helping her students to discover their own hidden talents. She also recently hosted the very successful vocal workshops at our Ahwatukee and Gilbert locations. Rachel brings enthusiasm, fun, creativity, a love for music and a lifetime of experience to share with all of our students.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.

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I can't say enough good things about this place. From the outstanding staff, to the fun safe learning atmosphere, to the amazing opportunities that have been offered to my boys, School of Rock is a home away from home!

I highly recommend this program!

School of Rock has an amazing staff. They truly care about their students and provide them with an amazing experience while teaching them what it means to rock.