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School of Rock Ann Arbor
6101 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 686-3333

Location Specifics

On Jackson Road between Baker and Zeeb.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Ann Arbor'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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 11-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 9-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor'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 Ann Arbor music venue.

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

School of Rock Ann Arbor'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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor.

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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 11-18

The School of Rock Ann Arbor House Band music program gives students under 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 Ann Arbor's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MI 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 Ann Arbor and the rest of MI. 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 Ann Arbor

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor'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 Ann Arbor, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor. Unlike other Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor. 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor, 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 Ann Arbor’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.

Dianna Wilson Owner, General Manager

Dianna has spent her career owning and running various businesses before starting with School of Rock. She is passionate about all of her students and instructors and makes it her mission to put their needs first. She firmly believes in the mission and community of School of Rock and hopes every student will find a home here.

Lyndsay Burke Singing Teacher

Lyndsay recently graduated from the University of Michigan where she studied Voice Performance and Music Education. She is currently in her second year of teaching vocal music in the Ann Arbor School District. In addition to studying opera, Lyndsay has experience with a cappella music and enjoys singing music from all genres. She loves working with musicians of all ages and her goal is to help her students make music a part of their lives, find their individual voice and confidence, and make the music their own.
Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Ashley Simon Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Ashley is a vocalist who has a deep love for music and experience with many genres. Her interest in music started when she was young through going to gigs with her dad, who was a classic rock DJ. She received her Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from Adrian College. She has done work in opera, operetta and musical theatre, but greatly enjoys jazz and rock music. Ashley also has experience teaching piano, aural skills and music theory. She is passionate about teaching students to sing healthily, perform with confidence and find joy in music.

Kat Steih Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Kat Steih is a multi-instrumentalist whose childhood love of classic rock led her into a life of singing, songwriting, guitar playing and electronic music production. She has been writing and playing music for 15 years. Her career has taken her from Michigan to Denmark, Korea, Poland, Germany and Spain for musical study and performance. She has released five studio albums in a variety of styles. Kat's focus on the creative process makes her lessons a life-giving experience, where the students’ own personal strengths and motivations lead them towards continued success.

Shawn Wayne Donaldson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Shawn Wayne Donaldson is a guitarist, performer, recording artist, arranger and songwriter beginning at the age of 14. Despite his visual impairment, and from a very young age, Shawn displayed a remarkable aptitude for a variety of artistic media. Shawn is largely self-taught and known for his remarkable talent for playing by ear. Over the years, Shawn has played everything from rock to jazz to bluegrass to classical.

Ryan Werner Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Ryan is currently a student at the University of Michigan. He has been playing guitar for about 10 years and has experience in many styles from blues, to rock, to folk and indie. He also plays bass and sings, and above all has a strong passion for performance. As a former School of Rock student, Ryan knows how important it can be to have an accepting and encouraging musical community. He hopes to pass down the passion for music that his own instructors once sparked in him.

Stefan Carr Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Stefan has been part of the Metro Detroit music scene for over 10 years, playing guitar, bass and drums. He was a student at School of Rock Rochester. While there he was a member of their House Band and also performed with the School of Rock AllStars. While competent on multiple instruments, Stefan also has a solid background in theory and composition as well. Currently, Stefan plays guitar in Junglefowl and The Sugarbombs, as well as bass with White Bee. He is also studying classical guitar at Eastern Michigan University.

Nathanael Zuellig Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Nathanael Zuellig is a musician/educator active in the Southeast Michigan region and has been performing on both guitar and drums for over 10 years now, with a mix of piano and bass thrown in there along the way. In 2016, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors in Instrumental Music Education K-12, and he began performing locally and teaching private lessons at School of Rock Ann Arbor and abroad.

Kelsey Detering Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Kelsey Detering is a vocalist, pianist and singer/songwriter from Ann Arbor, MI. She has been singing and playing on various stages for her entire life and has a background in choir, operetta, musical theatre, classical piano and, most importantly, rock n' roll. Thus, she sings and plays a variety of musical genres, and firmly believes that the best music comes from a melting pot of influences. Additionally, she also has a passion for music theory and is a self-taught guitarist.

Alana Reinert Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Alana Reinert, a current student at the University of Michigan, has been singing and performing for 14 years. She has a love for theater and music and hopes to promote this passion through School of Rock. Her training under a Musical Theater major for the past year and a half has increased her musicianship and helped her to learn advanced skills in vocal training. She has experience with classical singing and belting, developing vibrato, head voice and mix, as well as tips and tricks to make the singing process easier. She is a fun and patient teacher who wants to help kids get on the right path to follow their dreams in music. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Ann Arbor.

Richie Slater Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Richie Slater has been playing music for the past 14 years, starting with violin, learning music theory from orchestral compositions, then eventually progressing to the guitar. Richie's love of music has led him to sound engineering, as well as composing and recording. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Ann Arbor. He has been on stage since his teenage years in a multitude of bands, in multiple genres. Richie believes creativity in music can really keep passion in ones life.

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Reviews

It's the place to go for music!

In just one year, my son's guitar skills have improved so much and he now has the confidence to perform in front of an audience. The guitar instructor is amazing and so is the rest of the staff.

The teachers are excellent.

Our son has been in the Rock 101 Program for some time now. He loves it. It’s so amazing to see how he’s progressed. The fact that he’s able to play in his own band with his peers is great.

My son loves School of Rock.

Great place learn to play music. Very nice and helpful staff and owners.

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