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School of Rock Aurora
13750 E Rice Place Suite 100
Aurora, CO 80015
(720) 789-8866

Location Specifics

We're located one block south of the Parker Rd and Quincy Ave intersection.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock Aurora our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly Group Class
  • Learn Musical Concepts like Pitch, Rhythm and Melody Through Fun Musical Activities

Building a Love of Music

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Aurora, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-8

At School of Rock Aurora, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 8-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • Hands-on Experience With Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Voice & More

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Aurora, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

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

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Aurora'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 Aurora have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Aurora are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Aurora who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. 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
Ages 11-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Aurora 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 Aurora Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Aurora music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Aurora'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 Aurora music venue.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 13-18

The School of Rock Aurora 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 Aurora's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at CO rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

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 Aurora and the rest of CO. 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
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

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 Aurora

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Aurora, 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 Aurora is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Aurora guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

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've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Aurora offers advanced guitar lessons that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Aurora guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.


Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock Aurora's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs 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. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Aurora venue.


Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Aurora 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 Aurora we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Aurora, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

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 Aurora, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Aurora 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.


Key Concepts

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in Aurora. Unlike other Aurora drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Aurora 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 Aurora, 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Aurora, our singing lessons 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 Aurora.


Key Concepts

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock Aurora teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. 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, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.


Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Aurora 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 Aurora 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Aurora 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 Aurora, 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.


Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Bass Guitar Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock Aurora’s innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.


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 Aurora. 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 Aurora, 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 Aurora area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Intermediate to Advanced Piano Lessons

At School of Rock Aurora, our keyboard lessons 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 Aurora 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.


Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Piano Lessons

The School of Rock Aurora's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Students in the Aurora 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 Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.


Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Aurora’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.

Drum Teacher

Carl Holzapfel Drum Teacher

Carl attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There he studied with the legendary teacher Alan Dawson. From the mid 70s to the mid 80s he played in the Washington, DC area with a number of original bands. Among the venues he's played are Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Merriweather Post Pavillion and Cellar Door in DC, The Other End and Folk City in New York City, Pine Knob Music Pavillion in Detroit, MI, and Tippitina's in New Orleans. Among the people Carl has opened for are Joan Armatrading, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Bob Seger, Buffy St. Marie, Elvin Bishop, Rick Danko (The Band), Sea Level and George Thorogood. From the mid 80s to early 90s, he performed on a harbor cruise ship doing a mini Broadway revue, backing featured entertainers and playing a large variety of styles. Carl moved to Colorado in '92 and played with Lona Melton, who he toured Japan with; Wildcard, who he recorded two CDs with in CA and also did a month-long east coast tour with; and The Bill Wright Band, who he was on three local CDs with. Currently Carl plays with The Suitcase Kings and has also been teaching for several years.
piano Teacher, Trumpet Teacher

Donald Young piano Teacher, Trumpet Teacher

Donald Young is a graduate of Ft Lewis College (BA Music) and has over 30 years of experience as a professional keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with some of Denver’s best groups, including Hot Lunch and The Freddie-Henchie Band, and has toured extensively in the western US as well as the Pacific Rim. He has opened for national recording artists such as KC & the Sunshine Band, The Temptations, Sir Mix-a-Lot and saxophonist Eric Darius. He is also a composer, arranger and session musician.

Terra Salazar Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Terra has an arts endorsed diploma from Denver School of the Arts, where she graduated with honors. After a brief stint at the University of Northern Colorado as a double major in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre, she transferred to the University of Denver in 2013. Terra is a professional actor in Denver and the surrounding areas. She has performed in over 50 musical theater production ns the past 16 years. She has had the pleasure of performing in some of the best venues in the Denver area, such as The Bug Theatre, Mercury Café and Dazzle Night Club in addition to Stanford University, Harvard University, Boston Conservatory and The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. She has also opened for McPhly, Los Lonely Boys and WAR. Terra has been trained in classical voice, jazz, musical theatre and barbershop singing. She has been recognized with several awards from Downbeat, National Youth Theatre and 9 News Kids Who Care.

Mike Morris Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Mike Morris is a Colorado native, United States 101st Army Band veteran and a Fort Lewis College of Music graduate. Mike has performed in professional music ensembles since 2003, and has been teaching music professionally since 2012. Many musicians in the Denver and Boulder music scenes call Mike a chameleon musician, with the ability to play and teach many instruments and styles of music. His specialties range all the way from symphonic orchestral settings, to jazz, rock, funk and beyond. Some of the instruments he teaches exclusively include drum set and percussion, mallet percussion, bass guitar, piano and saxophone, but he can also demonstrate intermediate concepts on dozens of other instruments, including guitar, and woodwind and brass instruments. In his free time outside of music, Mike loves visiting family, going on hikes, playing tennis, working on real estate investing endeavors and cooking.

Jeevee Balangan Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jeevee began playing the piano at three years old and started studying voice at the age of 14. He holds a Bachelor Degree with a dual emphasis in Music Business and Commercial Vocal Performance from The College of Arts and Media (CAM) at the University of Colorado Denver and an Associates of Music degree from the Community College of Denver. He graduated Magna Cum Laude at both institutions. Jeevee is a first place competition winner for the Donna Bogard Scholarship for Voice, a recipient of the Mike Barney Scholarship for Gifted Music Students, a consecutive College of Arts and Media Dean’s List scholar for all years attended at CU, an Honorary Mention for the National Association Teachers of Singing Competition, and an inductee of Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key International Honor Societies. Originally from the Bay Area, Jeevee has had the pleasure of working with many artists from different backgrounds of musical styles including pop, R&B, jazz, classical, musical theater, hip-hop and gospel. Jeevee believes in the philosophy that “behind every great artist is a great teacher.” It is with this mentality that he has ignited his passion to teach music.

Greg Foster Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Greg has become a staple in the Colorado music scene by playing and recording throughout the Midwest in a variety of cover and original bands ranging in styles from hard rock to country, to R&B/funk and blues. He is also a musical composer and producer that can be heard on albums from Millionaire Freaks and 2 Dog Tuesday among others. Bands of note include Nasty’s Nightmare (with KBPI's prime time DJ Uncle Nasty), Sheryl Renee, The Broken Everlys, Kelly J, Buckner FunkenJazz, Voodoo Kings and Carolina Reign. National artists that Greg has worked with or been an opening act for include Mr. Big, Savatage, Styx, Steve Morse Band, Chris Duarte, Jason Ricci, John Lee Hooker Jr., Joe Bonner and Hamilton Loomis. As an instructor he believes that learning the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ results in improved comprehension and performance.

Brendan Schuster Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Brendan has been doing music for over 17 years, and has played and sung professionally for much of it. He attended the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, and received a degree in Vocal Performance, Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. He loves to play a wide variety of genres, from folk to jazz to rock, and is always eager to learn something new. Brendan is a native Coloradan and like many of them enjoys skiing, hiking and generally taking advantage of the nearby mountains.

Daniel Cawley Drum Teacher

Daniel Cawley was born in Somerville, NJ, where he began his academic life as a percussionist at the age of seven. For this seventh birthday he received a Remo practice pad and the drummer's bible, "Stick Control" by George Stone. Before that, his taste was strictly avant garde, refusing to play on anything but pots and pans. Daniel began taking lessons for the drum set at the age of eight and continued to take lessons until age 18. At 10, his family moved from New Jersey to North Carolina, where he would continue his love for music and expand from lessons to playing in various bands. In high school, Daniel would take private lessons from Robert Shi, Berkley Grad and the author of "Drummer's First Aid Kit." After high school, Daniel attended North Carolina State University for Business Management but was never able to shake his love for playing the drums, so after leaving business school he decided he would dedicate himself to finding, preparing for and getting accepted to a competitive music program. With the help of his capable wife, whom he met during this search, he was accepted to the Lamont School of Music at University of Denver. He is currently enrolled there, pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies for drum set under the studio of Mike Marlier. Teaching for Daniel embodies a passion to encourage and inform the artists of the future.

Katie Willard Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Katie Willard is a creative and fun instructor at School of Rock. When she’s not playing with the Little Wing classes or coaching her vocal and piano students, she’s teaching at Altitude Elementary School in CCSD as their music teacher. This right-brained artist also teaches yoga and designs jewelry when she has a spare moment. Being a world traveler has given Katie a unique and well-rounded perspective when it comes to music, teaching and living life to the fullest.

Carl Sorensen Drum Teacher

Carl Sorensen started playing drums in his elementary school band. He continued learning music through middle school and high school by taking lessons and playing in jazz band, concert band and marching band. This led him to take his education to the next level at Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Terri Lynne Carrington (Herbie Hancock), and Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorius) among many other world-class professionals. Carl has since built a reputation in Denver for being 'Denver's Hardest Working Musician' ("Westword," 2014), having played with 100+ different bands in the Denver metro area. Carl currently performs with Dragondeer, Chimney Choir and Extra Gold among others, as well as hosts multiple jam sessions.

Adriene Bible Vocal Instructor

Adriene Bible is from Houston, Texas, where she taught at both School of Rock Kingwood and School of Rock Champion Forest for three years. Adriene attended Prairie View A&M University, where she was a member of the concert chorale as well as a founding member of the PV Singers small ensemble. Adriene also had the distinct honor of being chosen to represent PVAMU at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as a part of the HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Honor Choir, The 105 Voices of History. Adriene continued her studies at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she received her degree in Vocal Performance. Coming from a musical family, Adriene has been singing and playing piano since she was eight years old and has loved rock and jazz just as long. Some of her favorite artists include Whitney Houston, Robert Glasper, Coldplay, Snarky Puppy and Joe Sample. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Aurora.

Greg King Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Greg King grew up in Boston, MA and started playing guitar at a young age. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Guitar Performance, he taught and played gigs all over Boston, New York City and Colorado, as well as in various other cities and states. He loves sharing his passion for music with students, as well as teaching ensembles and group classes. He has experience gigging and playing with many different bands that vary in style/genre. When Greg isn't teaching or gigging he is most likely listening to Led Zeppelin or a variety of funk, jazz, fusion or rock music. He loves teaching all ages and experience levels and is a guitar teacher and bass teacher. He excited to be living in Denver and teaching at School of Rock Aurora.

K.R. Azad Drum Teacher

K.R. Azad is a versatile musician, able to play in diverse genres such as jazz, rock, funk and hip-hop. He has also learned about musical styles from around the world, augmenting his drum set abilities with knowledge of Cuban, Brazilian, West African and Turkish percussion. Azad has also strengthened his skills by teaching across these diverse genres in classes for the African Drum Ensemble at KU. He is also an avid composer, a graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Kansas in 2016, and is the winner of the 2016 George Lawner Prize for Orchestral Composition at KU. In addition to teaching, Azad is also a performer, playing with local groups Brothers of Brass and Stop Motion. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Aurora.

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The teachers are fun and encouraging!

Our 7-year-old daughter loves the opportunity to play a variety of instruments and she has a lot of fun! She is comfortable and feels very proud of all the music she learns each week. The teachers make learning music something awesome.

It’s brought my son out of his shell.

This is a place where kids can go to be kids AND be a part of something bigger! To step out of the box (phone, tv, tablet) and experience music and life is amazing. It's changed my son so much for the better.

One of the best decisions I’ve made as a parent.

Our son is flourishing and is engaged in something he loves. It's worth every penny. Simply a great, caring group of people. My only regret is that School of Rock wasn't around when I was a kid.

My son is part of a team.

School of Rock has taught him to be responsible for meeting deadlines, for doing his part, for helping others, for building up team members, for pushing himself to reach new goals and for stepping outside of his comfort zone.