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School of Rock Atlanta
2989 North Fulton Drive NE
Ste D
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 218-3105
Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Atlanta'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 Atlanta 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 Atlanta are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 12-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 12-18

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

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 19+

School of Rock Atlanta's Adult Program is for students over 19 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 Atlanta 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 Atlanta.

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 Atlanta 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 Atlanta.

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

The School of Rock Atlanta 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 Atlanta's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at GA 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 Atlanta and the rest of GA. 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 Atlanta

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

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

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

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Wheat Williams Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Atlanta native Wheat Williams teaches voice, guitar, bass guitar and keyboard at School of Rock Atlanta. He studied operatic singing and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University, with previous studies at Belmont University School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee. Wheat is a professional church choral singer, with a lifetime of experience in traditional worship and classical music. He can also be found prowling Atlanta club stages singing rock and jazz with the BadAsh Allstar Team and at open mic jam sessions. He draws on formal technique and music theory in the service of teaching kids to play from a solid foundation.

His background in the music business extends to years as a freelance music journalist for national magazines, interviewing renowned rock, country, jazz and classical artists, and a period as a publicist for country music record labels in Nashville. For three years he was the part-time business manager for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, a leading early music chamber group. Before that he was a volunteer and consultant to the Bob Moog Memorial Foundation, which applies electronic music to music education.

With years of experience tutoring elementary school children, Wheat always strives to understand each student from their own perspective, encouraging as well as challenging, and helping each one to find their own voice.

Linda Levine Guitar Teacher

Linda Levine was born into a musical family, and started playing the piano by ear at age three. As a child, she took piano lessons for three years and drum lessons for four years, and then, at age 14, discovered the guitar. She taught herself to play the guitar in order to join a school guitar club, and has considered it her main instrument ever since. In the 12th grade, she started studying jazz guitar and theory at a small music school in Johnston, R.I. In college, Linda studied jazz guitar, theory, composition and ear-training at the Mannes Conservatory of Music in New York City, where she also learned to play the bass guitar.

After leaving college, Linda took a luthiery (guitar building) course at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, AZ and earned a Certificate of Luthiery. She then moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where she lived for 10 years, teaching guitar and performing with a variety of other musicians and bands. While living in Israel, she also played bass and banjo on the all-women's band Tofa'ah's first album, and recorded an album of original folk-style songs.

Since moving back to the U.S., Linda has taught private guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele and keyboard lessons, as well as music classes for preschoolers, and has performed with various musicians and bands. She currently plays guitar, bass and keys with the BadAsh Allstars. As a guitar teacher at School of Rock Atlanta, Linda tries to find out how each student learns best, and tailors lessons to meet the needs, interests and learning styles of each student.

Dan Coddaire Guitar Teacher

Dan Coddaire began playing guitar at the age of 14. Coming from a family with a mother who is a gospel singer and a father who had a deep love for music, his transition into a musician was a fluid and seamless one. After some initial teaching and schooling, he became largely self-taught as his musical journey continued. Dan did some touring with bands he started in the underground punk and hardcore scene in Northern California before joining the band he currently plays with, Set Your Goals. Dan has toured for many years with Set Your Goals, playing festivals and shows all over the world, from the US, Mexico and Canada to Europe, Asia and Australia. Dan hopes to teach students how to channel their passion for music into their performance and inspire them with knowledge and wisdom he has gained from his extensive touring experience as a guitar teacher and Music Director at School of Rock Atlanta.

Gary Hirschman Piano Teacher

Gary Hirschman has been playing piano/keyboards and singing since the age of eight. He played in several rock bands in high school, then received extensive classical training at the California Institute of the Arts, earning a BFA in Music in 1976. For the next 10 years he gigged professionally, first in Baltimore, MD playing Top 40 rock, then in New York City as part of the downtown music scene (punk rock, new wave and art-rock). After a short stint in the business world Gary entered the public school system in 1989, teaching general music, chorus and band in elementary schools for 26 years, first in the Bronx and later in Westchester County, and earning a Master's Degree in Music Education along the way. He specialized in musical theater, putting on productions of full-length Broadway shows and incorporating dramatics, solo/choral singing and choreography. He has also been teaching private piano lessons for over 10 years. After retiring from teaching in 2016 he relocated to Atlanta with his wife Michelle and is now working with her on a club act (she is also a singer). Gary’s goals as a piano teacher at School of Rock Atlanta are to instill a love of music in his students, as well as provide comprehensive instruction which incorporates music notation, playing by ear and music theory.

Paul Nance General Manager

Paul Nance has played drums since the age of nine. The moment he held a pair of drumsticks, he knew it would be a life-long pursuit. His love of drumming has led to many opportunities for him within the music industry, including live performance, live sound engineering, private instruction, and radio and TV. He received a B.S. in Music Recording Technology. Most recently he was the drummer for Philadelphia-based band The Loud Company. He currently works as a freelance drummer/percussionist in Atlanta, GA. Being both self-taught and studied, Paul understands that students learn in different ways. As a (former) instructor, it is his hope that through being able to read basic music notation and implement active listening skills new drummers will be able to grasp the fundamentals of how playing the drums can become their own lifelong pursuit. As General Manager for School of Rock Atlanta, it is his hope that all students become proficient in playing their chosen instrument, experience the same joy of playing music with others as he has, and, most importantly, that all School of Rock Atlanta students have FUN playing music.

John Barrett Bass Guitar Teacher

John Barrett began his musical career taking drum lessons, but soon switched to piano and, starting in high school, bass guitar. He has been playing bass for almost 17 years and has been singing for almost 15. Though he didn't major in music, in high school and college he took several music theory and music performance-related courses that greatly expanded and solidified his knowledge of music theory. Primarily versed in playing rock and pop music styles, John also has a strong understanding of and appreciation for jazz and jam-oriented music. He was the lead vocalist and bassist of his own original rock band, Vincent the Dog, from 2010 to 2017 and currently plays around town in a Phish tribute band called Skyballs. John emphasizes a balance of formal conceptualization and gut instinct in playing. He stresses the importance of having a solid grasp on music theory in order to understand complex musical concepts and build on them, but also knowing how to simultaneously let go of that knowledge and harness the rawer, more instinctual elements of groove in a song. Above all he encourages students to develop their ears. His goal is to build his students' confidence on their instrument so they can have fun and deliver musically accurate, engaging performances when on stage and when playing with others. He is a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Atlanta.

Asaf Frias Drum Teacher

Asaf Frias has been drumming for over a decade and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with his students. At the age of seven he fell in love with drumming one day when he ran into a drum circle. He'd never witnessed such an uplifting experience, and it caused him to seek more of that incomparable energy. After a few years of being self-taught he joined percussion in school, where he participated in symphonic band, marching band, pep band, jazz band and percussion ensemble. For his great dedication, hard work and musicianship he was awarded the Louis Armstrong Award. He is enrolled at Atlanta Institute of Music for Audio Engineering and is an alumni of their drum program. Asaf is currently the drummer for the band Coletta. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Atlanta.

Jake Handley Guitar Teacher

Hailing from the island of Oahu, Jake Handley is an instructor who is equally knowledgable and passionate. After viewing the cinematic masterpiece "School of Rock," Jake embarked upon a lifelong journey to master the guitar. In his early years, he studied under Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band and subsequently continued his training with Johnny McGowan through his late teens. Jake has a strong foundation in blues, punk and surf rock. Some primary influences include Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Clash and The B-52s. With over 10 years of professional experience and collaboration in the industry, Jake is certified to inspire the minds of aspiring musicians. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Atlanta.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

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Reviews

It's building students' confidence.

Instructors meet the students where they are from a skill perspective. The program helps build their confidence.

4.6
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

School of Rock promotes teamwork.

It has provided an avenue for my son to explore his passion of music. He is not only honing his skills as a musician but he is also learning how to work with others on a team by playing in a band.

4.6
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

Such knowledgeable instructors.

We love the welcoming staff. Our daughter is loving her drum lessons and learning fast. We're very impressed!

4.6
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

Thanks for connecting students with music!

I like the instruction and the performance group program. It really connects the child to the music!

4.6
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

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