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About School of Rock Ballwin

Welcome to School of Rock Ballwin—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Ballwin teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Ballwin. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Ballwin to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Ballwin
14560 Manchester
Ballwin, MO 63011
US
Main Number
(636) 220-8930(636) 220-8930

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Thursday3:00 PM - 8:45 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Ballwin's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Ballwin's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Ballwin is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Ballwin, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Ballwin students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Ballwin’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Ballwin’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Ballwin musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Ballwin can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Ballwin is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Ballwin, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Ballwin’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Ballwin’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Ballwin Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Ballwin’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • School of Rock Ballwin’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Ballwin.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

School of Rock Ballwin's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Ballwin's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

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Staff

    • Photo of Mary Spadaro
      Mary Spadaro
      GENERAL MANAGER
      Originally from Chicago, I spent my childhood surrounded by a very musical family, was obsessed with The Beatles and attended as many punk shows as possible as a teenager. I began writing and perfo...
      Originally from Chicago, I spent my childhood surrounded by a very musical family, was obsessed with The Beatles and attended as many punk shows as possible as a teenager. I began writing and performing my own music in my early twenties, touring with different local Chicago bands and performing solo in the area. Looking for a change, I left Chicago in 2015 and moved to Saint Louis where I discovered the world of teaching and office management. After two years of gaining experience in another performance based school, I landed at School of Rock in 2017 and couldn’t feel more at home! This job allows me to bring together two of my 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 rock is the best gig I’ve ever had! School of Rock does some really amazing things and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it all!
    • Photo of Jordan Heimburger
      Jordan Heimburger
      REGIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to ...
      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to see numerous students take their first steps on stage at a rock venue, conquer new challenges in music, and build confidence through their musical successes.

      I also work as a professional guitarist with Celebration Day and Street Fighting Band as well as original bands The Cree Rider Family Band, The Feed and The Incurables. St Louis is a vibrant music community and it's rewarding to be able to open doors into music and performance for the students at School of Rock.

      I would be excited to get to know you and the aspiring musicians in your family!

      -Jordan
      [email protected]
    • Photo of Alex Bardon
      Alex Bardon
      BASS INSTRUCTOR
      Being a teacher at School of Rock is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have. Observing a student succeed at mastering a riff or song is something truly humbling to me. I also learn a lo...
      Being a teacher at School of Rock is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have.
      Observing a student succeed at mastering a riff or song is something truly humbling to me. I
      also learn a lot from being a teacher at SOR. There have been many instances that a student
      wants to learn a song or riff that I've never heard of, so when I teach them the new riff I'm also
      learning that riff, which is pretty cool considering we're both learning at the same time. School of Rock is more than just a job, it's a family, and I'm proud to be a part of it.
      I received my degree from Lindenwood University with a B.A. In music performance. My primary instrument is the bass, but I also enjoy playing piano and the drums. I played in the university's jazz band, orchestra, musicals, and jazz combos. A few bands I've played with around town are The Gorge, Beckon, The Greenhouse Effect, and my solo project The Know. I also enjoy recording and writing music with my friends.
      • Bachelors in Music Performance from Lindenwood University
    • Photo of Juan Luchini
      Juan Luchini
      GUITAR/KEYS/VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I've played instruments for the past 16 years, starting as a drummer, and eventually moving on to guitar, piano, vocals, and bass. I have extensive performance and touring experience in Argentina a...
      I've played instruments for the past 16 years, starting as a drummer, and eventually moving on to guitar, piano, vocals, and bass. I have extensive performance and touring experience in Argentina as well as in St. Louis, and have taught private lessons for several years now. I like to work with the students on their own tastes, interests, and desires within music and as musicians, and teach them about how so many professional musicians before us have organized their playing and performing in order to achieve the best sound/emotion.

      My favorite part about teaching is realizing the moments of connection with the students, where my own insight as a passionate musician and student can be translated into their minds, so that they inherit the concepts and understanding necessary to become a professional musician.
    • Photo of David Glauber
      David Glauber
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      I started playing guitar the summer of seventh grade, which led immediately to my first band playing original surf tunes. At 13, I played my first ‘paying gig’ at a country club pool playing 'p...
      I started playing guitar the summer of seventh grade, which led immediately to my first band playing original surf tunes. At 13, I played my first ‘paying gig’ at a country club pool playing 'popular radio songs'. What really opened my eyes was seeing the amazing guitar players of the St. Louis area playing live. Their inspiration is with me every time I pick up the guitar.

      By 15 I was playing St. Louis area clubs every weekend with great musicians 10 years my senior.

      After high school, I went to North Texas State University in Denton as a music education/performance major. NTSU was a great experience; there were dozens of musicians in different styles; from jazz to funk to classical and reggae. Everyone was 100% committed to learning and creating.

      While I’ve had various careers, from programmer to animator, my path has always included a healthy dose of music and at least one band. I’m excited to share my knowledge and my journey with such great students in the very best learning environment out there…School Of Rock!
      • North Texas State University
    • Photo of Isaac Martel
      Isaac Martel
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      To me there is nothing more beneficial in music than learning rock 'n' roll. It is a genre that covers so much musical ground and at the same time you can have so much fun jamming out to your favo...
      To me there is nothing more beneficial in music than learning rock 'n' roll. It is a genre that covers so much musical ground and at the same time you can have so much fun jamming out to your favorite songs! The School of Rock is a place where all of this can happen. I currently attend school at Webster University in Webster Groves, and am studying to become a band/music teacher. Outside of school I play gis all over St. Louis with my friends and my band Void Gazer.
      • Webster University
    • Photo of Shelly Koesterer
      Shelly Koesterer
      Drum Instructor
      All my life I wanted to play drums and finally got the opportunity when I was 11. I joined my school's band program in the percussion section. Ever since then I couldn't stop playing. I got my firs...
      All my life I wanted to play drums and finally got the opportunity when I was 11. I joined my school's band program in the percussion section. Ever since then I couldn't stop playing. I got my first drumset at 13 as a birthday present. Soon after I started private lessons and tried to play music with whoever wanted to jam. I started teaching at 17 and haven't looked back.
      I've been at School of Rock for three and a half years. I'm a not only a better teacher since learning school of rock's teaching techniques, but I'm also a better musician. I've learned as much from my students as they've learned from me. From teaching private lessons to teaching group lessons, there's always something I learn from my students and I truly enjoy seeing all the students grow into the musicians I know they're capable of being.
    • Photo of Chan Evans
      Chan Evans
      Instructor and Director
      As a performer, Chan Maurice Evans is best known around town as a guitarist, though he's also played live on bass and, most recently, his "first rock instrument," drums. Now 42, Evans has logged ti...
      As a performer, Chan Maurice Evans is best known around town as a guitarist, though he's also played live on bass and, most recently, his "first rock instrument," drums. Now 42, Evans has logged time as a member of original acts dating back to the '90s — Fragile Porcelain Mice, LP Outsiders, Geishamen, the Tennis Lesson, Railers of Kiev, Republic of Sound, Dibiase, Ghost in Light. While some had short or unrecorded histories, others were critical darlings or, as importantly, acts beloved by other musicians.

      Not one to rest on his laurels, Evans is still at it. Talented and versatile, he was busy in three groups in 2016 alone: one an original act (CaveofswordS), another performing covers (Hella Snaps) and a third blending both originals and covers (Steve Ewing Band).
    • Photo of Andrea Lair
      Andrea Lair
      Vocal Instructor
      The expressive power of the voice and sharing that with others is the driving force behind my teaching philosophy. I am a recent graduate of the University of Missouri- St. Louis where I experience...
      The expressive power of the voice and sharing that with others is the driving force behind my teaching philosophy. I am a recent graduate of the University of Missouri- St. Louis where I experienced classical training and stage performance experience before receiving my bachelors in Vocal Music Education. I have taught elementary music in the Hazelwood School District and currently co-conduct the Masterworks Children's Chorus in Belleville. Alongside teaching, I am a professional concert vocalist where I stand as principal to the Masterworks Chorale and Cantor at Salem United Methodist Church in Ladue. It is my goal to engage every student in the joys of singing while practicing healthy technique, all in the effort to put forth truly memorable and empowering performances.
    • Photo of Daniel Bradbury
      Daniel Bradbury
      Guitar Instructor
      I began playing the guitar on my fifteenth birthday and I haven't looked back since. Since then I've performed and toured with a wide variety of bands in the St. Louis area, (including a few with S...
      I began playing the guitar on my fifteenth birthday and I haven't looked back since. Since then I've performed and toured with a wide variety of bands in the St. Louis area, (including a few with Shelly) and I've become experienced in a multitude of musical genres. I love teaching because guitar is a wonderful way to invite adventure, friendship and excitement into people's lives. I know this because it has brought them into mine.
    • Photo of Nick Ayala
      Nick Ayala
      Multi Instrumentalist
      Hello! I'm Nick Ayala and I am a music education major at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. I study classical and jazz guitar. I also play bass, piano, euphonium, and trombone. I have been pla...
      Hello! I'm Nick Ayala and I am a music education major at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. I study classical and jazz guitar. I also play bass, piano, euphonium, and trombone. I have been playing music since I was 10, and I have been part of a jazz band and marching band in high school that have been considered the top in Missouri. I currently play in a jazz combo called the Civilians and a rock group called Everybodies. I also take part in my university's jazz ensemble, jazz combo, wind ensemble and pep band. My passion is definitely teaching music, and being able to teach through School of Rock gives me great pride. My daily life is all about music and I want to give my extra time to helping other people get to the point that they are proficient in music.
    • Photo of Michaela David
      Michaela David
      Voice/Keys Instructor
      When I was four years old my parents enrolled me in classical piano lessons. From that blossomed my love for music. Growing up near Chicago, I was able to experience, and participate in, differen...
      When I was four years old my parents enrolled me in classical piano lessons. From that
      blossomed my love for music. Growing up near Chicago, I was able to experience, and
      participate in, different types of music. Around 13 I realized my true love of music was voice and
      piano and began studying them more in depth. After moving to southeast Missouri, I attended
      Southeast Missouri State University where I studied Vocal Music Education while continuing to
      study piano. While attending school I studied the classical techniques of voice and piano and
      gained stage experience. When working with students, my goal is to help them develop their
      self-confidence as well as healthy techniques and habits while performing so when they perform
      they have unwavering self-confidence.
    • Photo of David Michaelson
      David Michaelson
      Drum Instructor
      Originally from the Chicago area, I moved to St. Louis in 2015 to attend Webster University, where I study Jazz Drums and Music Technology. At Webster, I get to perform regularly in settings rangin...
      Originally from the Chicago area, I moved to St. Louis in 2015 to attend Webster University, where I study Jazz Drums and Music Technology. At Webster, I get to perform regularly in settings ranging from jazz combos and big bands to percussion ensembles and symphonic orchestras. I also get to spend plenty of time working in the on-campus studios recording various projects, both musical and commercial. In addition to my experiences at school, I have also recorded with and play regularly with rock, blues, and praise bands in the area. Before moving to St. Louis, I spent a few years playing drum set in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, an organization that travels the country each summer, putting on shows in high school, college, and professional stadiums for crowds of up to 22,000 people!

      In addition to playing and teaching the drums, I am also passionate about cooking and trail running. I don't always follow recipes or plan a route ahead of time, though, because I believe that the best way to have a meaningful experience is to jump right in and figure it out as you go, learning from mistakes along the way!

      I am very excited to be teaching at School of Rock! I love the atmosphere here, and I get a lot of inspiration from watching and helping students overcome their musical challenges. There's nothing better than sharing good music with equally inspired people!

Promotions

News

    • Summer Shows Announced!

      Summer 2018 Shows have been announced and sign-ups begin Monday, May 7th! All Performance shows are selected to enhance the knowledge, creativity and musical education of all students. This Sp...
      Summer 2018 Shows have been announced and sign-ups begin Monday, May 7th!

      All Performance shows are selected to enhance the knowledge, creativity and musical education of all students. This Spring we are offering several themes spanning different genres and decades for your child to choose from.

      Funk & Reggae -- Mondays 5:45-7:45
      Stranger Things -- Tuesdays 5:45-7:45
      Summerfest -- Wednesdays 5:45-7:45
      Metallica -- Saturdays 1:00-3:00

      Call 636.220.8930 to enroll!
      Or email us at [email protected]
    • SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE EVENT! 4/7/18

      Join us on April 7th from 2:30 to 5:00 for a special Summer Camp Event! What's the best way to learn about Summer Camps at School of Rock?? Come in for a tour of our space and get your question...
      Join us on April 7th from 2:30 to 5:00 for a special Summer Camp Event!

      What's the best way to learn about Summer Camps at School of Rock?? Come in for a tour of our space and get your questions answered by having an in-person conversation with of our staff members about our 2018 Summer Camps!

      Attendees will receive a special discount on ALL CAMPS and whoever brings the most friends will receive a gift card to Guitar Center!

      Swing by to enjoy:
      Live Music
      Snacks
      Free Lessons (Call to book)
      Special Discount for Attendees!
      Prizes, and a chance for your child to perform on our stage!

      Feel free to reach out for information and to book your free lesson during the open house.

      636.220.8930
      [email protected]
    • Spring Shows Announced and Open For Enrollment!

      Spring 2018 Shows have been announced and spots are filling up fast! Call or stop by to reserve your spot now! All Performance shows are selected to enhance the knowledge, creativity and musica...
      Spring 2018 Shows have been announced and spots are filling up fast! Call or stop by to reserve your spot now!

      All Performance shows are selected to enhance the knowledge, creativity and musical education of all students. This Spring we are offering several themes spanning different genres and decades for your child to choose from.

      2000's Rock Revival -- Mondays 5:45-7:45
      Riot Grrl! -- Tuesdays 5:45-7:45
      Prog Rock -- Wednesdays 5:45-7:45
      The Beatles: Beyond The Rooftop -- Saturdays 1:00-3:00

      Call 636.220.8930 to enroll today!
      Or email us at [email protected]
    • Rookies Trial Class 2/10!

      We are rolling out a new Rookies class on Saturdays! Come and try it out for FREE on Saturday, February 10th at 10:45 AM. Bring some friends for even more fun!! Please call the school to sign up fo...
      We are rolling out a new Rookies class on Saturdays! Come and try it out for FREE on Saturday, February 10th at 10:45 AM. Bring some friends for even more fun!! Please call the school to sign up for the trial class! 636.220.8930

Testimonials

  • “Jordan and SOR Friends Signing my son up for guitar at School of Rock has been one of the most satisfying decisions we have made as parents. He is in love with guitar and all that SoR has to offer. SoR has really assisted him with his transition into the teenage years. You all have helped him develop into a confident young man he has always yearned for new experiences, but this past year at SoR has been the best yet! Our son has finally found his "select sport" yea!!!! We look forward to his continued growth at SoR and just wanted you to know how much we all appreciate your tutelage.”
    - A Happy Parent, Ballwin, MO
  • “The kids get to play songs right away and get the experience of being in front of an audience, which is valuable experience no matter what their future career might be. Taught by skilled professionals. They let my son be himself. They are patient with him as he learns new skills. He has fun! He feels like he is a part of something special. Looks forward to it every week!”
    - Jennifer, Parent of student at Ballwin School of Rock
  • “The ultimate goal of a performance is a perk and fun for the kids. Love the variety of musical genres the kids are able to experience. Professional and fun staff. Performance venues are awesome.”
    - Maria, Parent of a student at Ballwin School of Rock
  • “What a quality operation! The opportunities these kids have to play with professional sound and lighting in amazing venues is something that countless times I hear parents say they wish they had had when they were teenagers! It's fasttracking them into quality production, giving them a sense of entitlement that I find promote confidence for their passion. By stripping away the logistics of the performance and publicity aspect, their grit can focus on practicing and playing.”
    - Sharon, Parent of a student at Kirkwood, Missouri School of Rock