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School of Rock Bedford
12 Court Road
Bedford, NY 10506
(914) 234-0418

Location Specifics

Please park either in the Playhouse parking lot or on the street.

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  • Monday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Performance music program for teens
Ages 7-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Bedford'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 often 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 Bedford music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 21+

School of Rock Bedford's Adult Program is for students over 21 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 Bedford 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 Bedford.

What To Expect

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 Bedford 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 Bedford.

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

The School of Rock Bedford House Band music program gives students ages 12-18 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 Bedford's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NY rock venues throughout the year. Our House Band plays festivals, community events, fundraisers and other gigs in our surrounding area.

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 Bedford and the rest of NY. 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 Bedford

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Bedford 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 Bedford 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 Bedford, 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 Bedford 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 Bedford, 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 Bedford. 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 Bedford, 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 Bedford 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 Bedford Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Bedford 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 Bedford music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Bedford, 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 Bedford, 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 Bedford’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.

Ben Malmed Music Director

Ben Malmed has been teaching at School of Rock since 2010. His original band Fundimensionals has played 100+ shows, including the festivals Catskill Chill, Wakarusa, Equifunk and venues all over the east including Nectar's, Garcia's, Sullivan Hall, Stella Blues and The Bitter End. "Bugless Brunch," an original song, was featured in "Relix Magazine" and "Deer On The Hutch" received radio play on 107.1 The Peak. Also, a "New York Times" article about Garcia's at The Capitol Theater included a photo and mentioning of his fusion Beatles Tribute band. He was also a member of The Mushroom Cloud, a well-known CT progressive funk band. Ben started classical piano at age five, picking up guitar and bass at 11. He attended Berklee College of Music with a scholarship for his advanced knowledge of music theory, songwriting, recording and technical skill. Currently, Ben can be found playing locally in Westchester County, in the studio as a hired gun or writing music.

Will Burgaleta Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Not long after his first word was uttered, Will was singing and grooving along to the music of The Beatles, Steely Dan, Frankie Valle and whatever else was in his parents' record collection.

A graduate of Purchase College's Conservatory of Music with a Master's Degree in Studio Composition, Will has always had an engaged and studious approach to music of all styles ranging from blues, boogie, classical, jazz, pop and metal. He brings the same level of dedication and enthusiasm to his teaching style, emphasizing the student, not the method. In addition to being the music director, keyboardist and backup vocalist for Rockland County-based Dark Side of the Hudson Pink Floyd tribute band, Will is an in-demand freelance composer/arranger.

He also performs in several bands, including the eclectic art rock group Diazepam as keyboardist/vocalist, as well as his classic rock cover band Critical Mass where he performs the same duties. Will can also be heard on guitarist/virtuoso Bert Elliot's "Asylum in Playland", where he plays alongside Yankee's legend Bernie Williams, bassist pro Stu Hamm and drummer extraordinaire Atma Anur.

Lou Caldarola Drum Teacher

Lou Caldarola has been an active member of the music scene for over 30 years and is one of the area's most in-demand session and live drummers. Lou is also an original staff member at School of Rock Bedford. He attended University of Bridgeport, majoring in Music, and studied with Howard Zwickler for a year before leaving Bridgeport to pursue a career in live performance. He has since recorded and performed with multiple original projects. In 1996 Lou joined Connecticut prog-metal band Soundscape and released three albums, "Discovery," "Iago" and "Grave New World." He has a long list of recording credits to date and his live performances number in the thousands. Currently Lou is involved with Kicksville, a national project that defies definition. He also keeps busy playing live with Limelight (the world's longest-running Rush tribute band!), The Furious Bongos Zappa Project, The Joe Gareri Instrumental Project and various other bands and artists. Lou is also an experienced studio engineer, booking agent and manager. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Bedford.

John Holden Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

John Holden is an extremely versatile guitarist from Redding, CT who can play Hendrix and Duane Allman riffs as well as music by the jazz greats with ease. He graduated from Western Connecticut State University's prestigious School of Visual and Performing Arts with a BA in Jazz Guitar in 2015. He's jammed with Wes Little and Brian Allan as well as shared the stage with legendary jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller, feeling at home with almost any genre of music. He especially loves teaching and seeing a student's eyes light up when they learn something new.

Lorna Whittemore Singing Teacher

Lorna is from Larchmont, NY and graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts boarding school in 1989, a leading performing arts school in the New England area. At Walnut Hill, she was a voice major and a theater minor, singing in the choir, jazz a cappella group, musical theater shows, straight plays, opera scenes and classical music recitals. During the summers, she studied theater at Boston University and voice at Tanglewood in Lennox, MA. She holds a B.A. in Voice Performance from The Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Lorna loves film, screenwriting and acting. She has performed in off-Broadway musicals, community theater shows and has just started to pursue voiceover work. Her passion for pop, singer-songwriter and rock music is also alive and well, which led her to School of Rock in 2016. She has been a vocal instructor at the Bedford school since then, and enjoys helping students prepare for their shows both as a vocalist and performer.

Michael O'Rourke Drum Teacher

Michael O'Rourke started playing the drums in the fourth grade. He joined the school band and orchestra, and then started taking private lessons. He played the drums throughout the rest of elementary, middle and high school, participating in NYSSMA and marching band as well. Once in college, he decided to major in Enlgish and Journalism with a minor in Film. He kept studying music, though, with various teachers by going to clinics and playing in rock bands with friends. He also took part in several productions on campus that utilized his drumming. Michael has over 10 years of experience teaching private lessons on drums and even a little on bass and guitar. He's taught in various music stores and participated in many workshops that instruct in an interactive way. Currently Mike is playing with two original bands. The first is called Soundswell, which is a jam band based in Long Island and NYC. The other is called Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band, which is a children’s music group that plays in the same area. The shows are interactive and fun for the whole family and often take on a theatrical component. He is excited to spread his love for music and drums with students at School of Rock Bedford as a drum teacher.

Jon Swift Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jon Swift is a multi-instrumentalist and educator from Westchester, NY. Though he is primarily known as a pianist/keyboardist, he is also proficient professionally on guitar, bass and drums. As a teen he played keyboards and guitar in The Element, recording with them and touring the Midwest, Northeast and Montreal, as well as performing regularly in the New York area. He has performed at iconic venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, Highline Ballroom and CBGBs before they closed. He has shared the stage with greats such as Bernard Purdie, Lenny Picket, Andy Aledort and Gabriel Garson-Montano. Jon went on to study jazz at SUNY Purchase, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Music and specializing in Jazz Piano. While at Purchase he studied piano with David Hazeltine, Hal Galper and Charles Blenzig, as well as played keyboards with the dynamic funk band Mokaad and recorded on their debut EP in 2012. He also took courses in studio composition, and played in several jazz and funk projects on and off campus. Since graduating from Purchase Jon has been exploring his love for teaching, and continues to perform regularly in the Westchester and NYC area. He loves bringing his experience on the stage to the hearts and minds of students.

John Tuohy Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

John Tuohy, originally from Connecticut and now based out of Westchester, NY, has performed with many groups across multiple styles and genres over the past 17 years. Winner of Best Band in Connecticut at the 2016 New England Music Awards, the progressive rock band Mile Marker Zero has been his main group for over 10 years. MMZ has been featured in the video games "Rock Band" and "NASCAR Heat 4," as well as releasing four albums. The band has continued to gain international traction by being selected to perform at one of the world's top progressive rock music showcases, Rites of Spring Festival (ROSFest), receiving rave reviews in 2019. In addition to this, John has performed in other groups, including Reptillicus, Blanck Stare, Le Pompe and Those Guys. Most recently, John has been giving lectures and demonstrations to a diverse group of audiences on many topics pertaining to the development of jazz and rock music throughout the 20th century. John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Jazz Performance. His work as a private guitar instructor and business owner for 17 years has given him unique insight into overcoming hurdles and challenges that come into play as a serious student of any instrument. John has also contributed session work for various artists and companies, and has been featured by and judged the King of the Blues contest at Guitar Center. He is excited to bring his experience to School of Rock Bedford as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher.

Drew Caico Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Drew Caico is an accomplished and educated musician who holds both a BA in Music from Plattsburgh State University and a BA in Audio/Radio Production from SUNY Plattsburgh. His instrument of choice is the guitar and he is a proficient player and teacher of rock, metal, jazz, blues, flamenco and Latin jazz. He also plays a variety of other stringed instruments, including bass, violin and mandolin. Drew performed on "America’s Got Talent" and has recorded and currently tours with pop artist Marissa Detlor. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Bedford.

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Shows are a lot of fun.

I was very nervous when I started a Performance Program, but I felt very welcomed and comfortable very quickly. Shows are a lot of fun to be in and the people in them are very nice.

The performance aspect is great.

It is so amazing for the kids to get a chance to be a part of a group and learn what it's like to perform in front of people.

An invaluable experience.

The opportunity for a child/teen to learn an instrument AND play in a band setting culminating in a live performance is an invaluable experience that has no equal.

Our son loves this program.

We loved that he improved so much. He took guitar lessons for four years before School of Rock and didn't really make much progress. In one week at one of the summer camps he improved so much.