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School of Rock Ballwin
14560 Manchester Rd
Ballwin, MO 63011
(636) 220-8930
  • Monday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Ages 5-7

At School of Rock Ballwin, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 to 7-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

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 Ballwin, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in 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 7-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Ballwin'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 Ballwin 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 45-minute Private Lesson
  • 1 Weekly 90-minute Group Rehearsal

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Ballwin are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Ballwin who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 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 10-18

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

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly 45-Minute Private Lesson
  • 1 Weekly 2-Hour Group Rehearsal

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Ballwin'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 Ballwin music venue.

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

School of Rock Ballwin'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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly 45-Minute Private Lesson
  • 1 Weekly 90-Minute 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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 10-18

The School of Rock Ballwin 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 Ballwin's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MO rock venues throughout the year. Our House Band students play in live shows on a consistent basis (almost every weekend in the summer). House Band is an audition only group that is free to any student enrolled in a Performance Program. 

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 Ballwin and the rest of MO. 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 Ballwin

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

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

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Ballwin, 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 Ballwin.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Ballwin 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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin, 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
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Ballwin 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 Ballwin, 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 Ballwin. 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 Ballwin, 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 Ballwin 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 Ballwin Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Ballwin 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 Ballwin music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Ballwin, 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 Ballwin, 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 Ballwin’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.

Allison Arana Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Allison Arana is a senior at Lindenwood University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She has been singing professionally in St. Louis for almost five years and has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music with her community. Credits include performing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Stray Dog Theatre, and most recently singing alongside Patti LuPone at Lindenwood University. She is also an alumni of The Second City training program in Chicago. Allison places a strong emphasis on vocal health and pedagogy in all of her lessons. She has a strong background in choral singing and music theory. Allison is thrilled to be on board at School of Rock as a vocal instructor and piano teacher and can't wait to contribute her personal style of teaching music to School of Rock Ballwin's already stellar community.

Lance Hueston Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Originally from upstate NY, Lance Hueston began playing drums at an early age but quickly took a turn towards guitar, which is his primary instrument. He studied classical guitar technique at the University of Evansville and earned a degree in Music in 2010. As a performer, Lance has played in many bands with several different roles, including vocals, guitar, bass and drums. More recently his focus has been performing as a solo singer-songwriter. He has held positions in musical instrument retail and a career in the non-profit arts, working for organizations including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Above all he is passionate about music education and is always looking for new and exciting ways to inspire creativity in his students. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Ballwin.

Daniel Bradbury Music Director

Daniel Bradbury began playing the guitar on his 15th birthday and hasn't looked back since. Since then he has performed and toured with a wide variety of bands in the St. Louis area and he’s become experienced in a multitude of musical genres. Dan loves teaching at School of Rock Ballwin because guitar is a wonderful way to invite adventure, friendship and excitement into people's lives. Dan knows this because it has brought them into his own life. He enjoys the challenges of the Music Director position, and the opportunities for adventure it provides.

Michaela David Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

When Michaela David was four years old her parents enrolled her in classical piano lessons. From that blossomed her love for music. Growing up near Chicago, she was able to experience, and participate in, different types of music. As a teen, Michaela realized her true love of music was for voice and piano and she began studying them more in-depth. After moving to southeast Missouri, she attended Southeast Missouri State University, where she studied Vocal Music Education while continuing to study piano. While attending school Michaela also studied classical techniques of voice and piano and gained stage experience. When she works with students, she works on developing a healthy technique, ear training, the ability to read music, pedagogy and self-confidence. She works with a wide range of students with different interests and ages to help them reach their dreams and full potential at School of Rock Ballwin as a vocal instructor and piano teacher.

Julie Altnether Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Julie Altnether joined our School of Rock Ballwin family in January of 2019. With nearly two decades of experience teaching music lessons and performing, Julie is well-versed in teaching a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, piano/keyboards and drums. At an early age, Julie studied Guitar and Music Performance at Musicians Institute in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. She later received a Bachelor’s and a Teaching Certificate in the field of Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. Julie is particularly passionate about rock, blues, jazz and, of course, working with the youth to help them find their own musical place and identity. On an additional note, you can see Julie performing locally in the St. Louis act titled Somewhat Damaged: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails, where she brings intensity, skill and passion to the stage. She is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Ballwin.

Nick Ayala Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Nick Ayala is a Music Education major at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He studies classical and jazz guitar. He also plays bass, piano, euphonium and trombone. He has been playing music since he was 10, and he was part of a jazz band and marching band in high school that were considered the best in Missouri. Nick currently plays in a jazz combo called The Civilians and a rock group called Everybodies. He also takes part in his university's jazz ensemble, jazz combo, wind ensemble and pep band. His passion is definitely teaching music, and being able to teach guitar, bass guitar and piano at School of Rock Ballwin gives him great pride. His daily life is all about music and he wants to give his extra time to helping other people get to the point where they are proficient in music.

Shelly Koesterer Drum Teacher

All her life Shelly Koesterer wanted to play drums and finally got the opportunity when she was 11. She joined her school's band program in the percussion section. Ever since then she couldn't stop playing. Shelly got her first drum set at 13 as a birthday present. Soon after she started private lessons and tried to play music with whoever wanted to jam. She started teaching at 17 and hasn’t looked back. She has been at School of Rock
Ballwin for three and a half years and is a drum teacher. She has become not only a better teacher since learning School of Rock's teaching techniques, but also a better musician. She has learned as much from her students as they've learned from her. From teaching private lessons to teaching group lessons, there's always something Shelly says she can learn from her students and she truly enjoys seeing all the students grow into the musicians she knows they're capable of being.

Mary Spadaro General Manager

Originally from Chicago, Mary Spadaro spent her childhood surrounded by a very musical family, obsessed with The Beatles and attending as many punk shows as possible as a teenager. She began writing and performing her own music in her early twenties, touring with different local Chicago bands and performing solo in the area. Looking for a change, Mary left Chicago in 2015 and moved to Saint Louis, where she discovered the world of teaching and office management. After two years of gaining experience in another performance-based school, she landed at School of Rock Ballwin in 2017 and couldn’t feel more at home. This job allows Mary to bring together two of her favorite things… music and working with kids. Getting to be a part of the machine that brings musical knowledge to kids while inspiring them to play is the best gig Mary has ever had. School of Rock does some really amazing things and she couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it all.

David Michelson Drum Teacher

David Michelson’s goal is to equip his drum students at School of Rock Ballwin with the tools they need to be able to play confidently and explore expressively in the styles of music that they are most passionate about. He moved to St. Louis in 2015 to study Jazz Drumming and Audio Production at Webster University, and has since been teaching and playing drums and percussion throughout the region in jazz, rock, blues, spiritual and choral groups. He also has experience with drum corps and orchestral percussion, and is happy to guide students in either of those directions as well.

He teaches students of all ages and experience levels. Whether you are looking to develop advanced concepts and techniques or to sit behind a drum set for the first time, David believes you’ll find that playing drums really is as fun as it looks.

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The entire experience is amazing.

It is an excellent opportunity for kids of all ages to share the stage and experience being a part of a real rock band! As a parent, it is so fun to be able to attend the concerts.

The summer camps are great value for money.

My daughter attended the 60s rock summer camp. We thought the amount of training hours they receive for the price was reasonable. It offered a different genre of music than most children my daughter's age are exposed to.

I've finally found my people.

It's given me the opportunity to play in a band environment, not only playing songs I like but also pushing me outside my comfort zone. I'm also learning how to perform with other people better, not just how to be getter at my instrument.

The staff works so well with the kids.

School of Rock gives parents the ability to expose their kids to rock music at a young age and get them interested in musical instruments. The teachers are wonderful at understanding the needs of younger kids and having patience with them.