School of Rock Calgary
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About School of Rock Calgary

Welcome to School of Rock Calgary, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Calgary has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Calgary, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Calgary together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Calgary today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Calgary
2707 - 17th Ave. S.W.
Calgary, AB T3E0A6
CA
Main Number
(587) 353-7625(587) 353-7625

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Friday3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Calgary, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Calgary students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Calgary’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
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Calgary’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Calgary, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Calgary’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • 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 Calgary’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour – complete with tour busses – for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Calgary musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows across the country. Our AllStars have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, Namm, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from experienced, larger-than-life legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash – just to name a few. School of Rock’s AllStars program provides an opportunity unlike any other: to learn to rock the stage for real audiences.

    All AllStars at School of Rock Calgary can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can excel in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Killer jamming and collaboration with their band
    • A summer full of cool, practical learning-on-the-go
    • Development of advanced instrumental techniques
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!"

  • School of Rock Calgary 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 Calgary, 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 Calgary’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 Calgary’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 Calgary 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 Calgary’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Calgary learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Calgary Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Calgary enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Calgary’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

  • School of Rock Calgary’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 Calgary.

    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

At School of Rock Calgary, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Calgary students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Calgary’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
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

    • July 9 - 13, 2018

      Summer Rock Boot Camp #1

      Summer Rock Boot Camp
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are p...
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP

      SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are perfect for musicians ages 8-18 with or without any musical experience. Students will develop their musicianship and learn new skills in a creative and fun environment..

      At the end of the camp, the kids will perform a live show for friends and family. All campers receive a School of Rock t-shirt and discounts on private lessons.
    • July 16 - 20, 2018

      Rookies Summer Camp (age 6-7)

      Rookies Summer Camp
      The Rookies camp inspires first and second graders (age 6-7) to pursue music by channeling their inner rock stars. Young rockers learn pitch, rhythm and musical teamwork through musical games and g...
      The Rookies camp inspires first and second graders (age 6-7) to pursue music by channeling their inner rock stars. Young rockers learn pitch, rhythm and musical teamwork through musical games and group rehearsal of simple rock songs. This week-long camp is entirely group based, so kids learn how to play in a band right from the start. The program Includes one weekly group rehearsal where they will experience the magic of playing all of the major rock instruments: guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, drums, and vocals.

      At the end of the camp, the little rock stars will put on a show for friends and family.

      Campers can expect:

      -Group lessons across instruments, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and vocals
      --Exposure to essential music fundamentals
      -A focus on teamwork and collaboration
      -An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
      -Real, practical learning that just feels like fun
    • July 23 - 27, 2018

      Summer Rock Boot Camp #2

      Rock Boot Camp
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are p...
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP

      SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are perfect for musicians ages 8-18 with or without any musical experience. Students will develop their musicianship and learn new skills in a creative and fun environment..

      At the end of the camp, the kids will perform a live show for friends and family. All campers receive a School of Rock t-shirt and discounts on private lessons.
    • July 30 - August 3, 2018

      Summer Rock Boot Camp #3

      Rock Boot Camp
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are p...
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP

      SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are perfect for musicians ages 8-18 with or without any musical experience. Students will develop their musicianship and learn new skills in a creative and fun environment..

      At the end of the camp, the kids will perform a live show for friends and family. All campers receive a School of Rock t-shirt and discounts on private lessons.
    • August 8 - 10, 2018

      Divas & Rockers Vocal Camp

      Summer Vocal Camp
      Divas & Rockers Vocal Camp For students age 8-18. Now for girls (Divas) & boys (Rockers). In this 3-day camp you learn vocals, stage presence and record your favorite songs. -Our professional ...
      Divas & Rockers Vocal Camp

      For students age 8-18. Now for girls (Divas) & boys (Rockers). In this 3-day camp you learn vocals, stage presence and record your favorite songs.
      -Our professional vocal instructors will teach you vocal techniques
      -You practice the songs you want to record
      -You will also learn to harmonize and sing as a group
      -You will learn stage presence and how to rock it on stage
      -We will bring out that inner Diva or Rock Star!

      At the end of the camp you get your recorded song that you can share with your friends and family. What a great camp gift!
    • August 13 - 17, 2018

      Rookies Summer Camp #2

      Rookies Camp
      The Rookies camp inspires first and second graders (age 6-7) to pursue music by channeling their inner rock stars. Young rockers learn pitch, rhythm and musical teamwork through musical games and g...
      The Rookies camp inspires first and second graders (age 6-7) to pursue music by channeling their inner rock stars. Young rockers learn pitch, rhythm and musical teamwork through musical games and group rehearsal of simple rock songs. This week-long camp is entirely group based, so kids learn how to play in a band right from the start. The program Includes one weekly group rehearsal where they will experience the magic of playing all of the major rock instruments: guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, drums, and vocals.

      At the end of the camp, the little rock stars will put on a show for friends and family.

      Campers can expect:

      -Group lessons across instruments, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and vocals
      --Exposure to essential music fundamentals
      -A focus on teamwork and collaboration
      -An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
      -Real, practical learning that just feels like fun
    • August 18
      10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

      School of Rock Youth Music Festival

      Music Festival
      All Ages Music Festival. We are looking for youth bands and solo acts to perform. All genres. Contact Us if you want to get on stage. School of Rock bands from Western Canada will perform. H...
      All Ages Music Festival. We are looking for youth bands and solo acts to perform. All genres. Contact Us if you want to get on stage.

      School of Rock bands from Western Canada will perform.

      Hosted by Atlantic Trap & Gill.
    • August 20 - 24, 2018

      Summer Rock Boot Camp #4

      Rock Boot Camp
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are p...
      SUMMER ROCK BOOT CAMP

      SCHOOL OF ROCK CALGARY offers 5-Day rock boot camps. Our camps accommodate musicians of all skill levels who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Our camps are perfect for musicians ages 8-18 with or without any musical experience. Students will develop their musicianship and learn new skills in a creative and fun environment..

      At the end of the camp, the kids will perform a live show for friends and family. All campers receive a School of Rock t-shirt and discounts on private lessons.

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Staff

    • Photo of Bryan Schaefer
      Bryan Schaefer
      Owner/President
      (403) 605-3688
      I have kids who enjoy music and I have always had a passion for rock music myself. I came across this business and was absolutely amazed at what they are doing to change kids lives. Then I got an o...
      I have kids who enjoy music and I have always had a passion for rock music myself. I came across this business and was absolutely amazed at what they are doing to change kids lives. Then I got an opportunity to see the School of Rock All-Stars play in Chicago. I was blown away by the talent and maturity level of these kids. That is our product and our brand, kids putting on a live rock show. No where else can you get this type of experience. I realized we could do the same for the community and kids in Calgary.

      I look forward to working with you and your family to change the way we learn and perform rock music.
    • Photo of Shannon Shade
      Shannon Shade
      Vocal Instructor & Rookies Director
      Shannon is a professional singer, entertainer and singing coach. As a vocal major, she received her Performance Diploma at The University of Vancouver Island ( Nanaimo, BC) . Since then, she has pe...
      Shannon is a professional singer, entertainer and singing coach. As a vocal major, she received her Performance Diploma at The University of Vancouver Island ( Nanaimo, BC) . Since then, she has performed throughout Canada and internationally in places such as Nashville, Las Vegas and the Persian Gulf.

      For nearly ten years Shannon has been teaching voice lessons to groups and solo singers. Many of her clients have participated and won in singing competitions both locally and internationally or have gone on to record albums and tour. Recently, one of her students was featured as a finalist on YTV’s television show, The Next Star SuperGroup.

      Through creative expression Shannon encourages students to find and free their unique, signature voice. Working with the highest degree of professionalism, she enjoys the challenge of bringing out the very best in aspiring students. All in all, she educates both the technical and the emotional aspects of singing.
    • Photo of John Saffrey
      John Saffrey
      Guitar & Group Instructor
      Growing up as a kid in Toronto with a dad who liked to blast his Hendrix, Zeppelin, and the Police records every day, I've always been surrounded by good music. From an early age I'd be humming and...
      Growing up as a kid in Toronto with a dad who liked to blast his Hendrix, Zeppelin, and the Police records every day, I've always been surrounded by good music. From an early age I'd be humming and making guitar noises along to all the classics my dad would be playing around the house and in the car. At the age of 13, I finally got my first electric guitar as a birthday present, and I could finally learn all those songs for real. My first time on stage was later that year at a school dance where my first band played Green Day, and Blink 182 covers.

      The first taste of the stage had me hooked. From that moment on, all I wanted was to play live with my band as much as I could. Fast forward 2 years, and I expanded my horizons into the world of metal, thanks to bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, and Trivium. At this point, I decided to teach myself to sing and scream to one day front my own metal band. Fast forward a few years, and my first metal band was formed, and later transformed into my current band Chase The Grey. While In the developing stages of my band, I attended the Independent Music Production course at Seneca College in Toronto. After graduating, and going through line up changes and in need of a change myself, I relocated to Calgary to reform my band, and pursue my music career out west.
    • Photo of Mark Fleischhaker
      Mark Fleischhaker
      Drum/Bass & Group Instructor
      Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Mark Fleischhaker has been playing drums since 1985, influenced by the 80's heavy metal scene. In high school, he formed the pop-rock band Mrs. Svenson and after gradu...
      Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Mark Fleischhaker has been playing drums since 1985, influenced by the 80's heavy metal scene. In high school, he formed the pop-rock band Mrs. Svenson and after graduation, the band would record and tour all throughout the 90's. The following decade brought Mark to Calgary. He started teaching drums professionally in 2004 and hasn't looked back. Mark is a very patient instructor and is also a self-taught musician who can play more than one instrument.

      He's also active within the Calgary music scene, playing drums in Norwegian Icebreaker, singing in Coverage (a Descendents/ALL tribute band) as well as a hand full of experimental side projects
    • Photo of Harvey J Warren
      Harvey J Warren
      Drums/Performance Coach
      Born in Calgary Alberta Canada Harvey started playing drums in his family band when he was 7, and was playing live shows by the age of 10. Over the years Harvey has played in a variety of pr...
      Born in Calgary Alberta Canada

      Harvey started playing drums in his family band when he was 7, and was playing live shows by the age of 10.

      Over the years Harvey has played in a variety of projects, from writing and recording with multi award winning producer Brian Hows (Headly, Skillett, Hinder) to touring with such acts as One Nine Hundred, Econoline Crush, The Spinners drum and Dj show and Double Fuzz.

      Harvey is currently touring, writing and recording with recording artist Age Of Days.

      Harvey's professional approach and ability to adapt has landed him such projects as,
      The world famous Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, and a temporary fill in position
      For Tommy Lee in Motley Crüe.
    • Photo of Laurel Smith
      Laurel Smith
      Vocal & Performance Instructor
      Laurel has been singing since she could speak. Laurel had the privilege to study voice at Selkirk Music School. Laurel has fronted band such as Groove Candy, Exession, Liquid Sky Beyond Control and...
      Laurel has been singing since she could speak. Laurel had the privilege to study voice at Selkirk Music School. Laurel has fronted band such as Groove Candy, Exession, Liquid Sky Beyond Control and Newest Projects Ginger & The Big City Lights and Poets & Saints.

      Laurel has sung in many venues from coast to coast, has opened up for such bands as 54/40, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lillix and sung back ups for Kenny Blues Boss Wayne.

      Laurel is a singer /songwriter who is a power house with a sultry smooth edge, singing Rock , Blues, Jazz, RnB, Soul and Country styles that helps her colour outside of the lines in music.
      Laurel has studio and live vocal recording experience, lead and background singing.
    • Photo of Jared Tailfeathers
      Jared Tailfeathers
      Guitar & Group Instructor
      Jared is a multi-media performance/interactive Installation based Blackfoot (Kainai) Artist, Musician and Author. Jared is most well known for making one of a kind musical instruments, musical...
      Jared is a multi-media performance/interactive Installation based Blackfoot (Kainai) Artist, Musician and Author.

      Jared is most well known for making one of a kind musical instruments, musical installations and narrative based conceptual projects. A multi-instrumentalist with over 15 years of experience as a writing and performing musician. He builds one of a kind musical instruments and uses them in interactive projects, and also builds and designs working instruments for private collectors, patrons and musicians. He works with Indigenous arts and cultural groups that promote the sustainable growth for indigenous artists, musicians and youth.

      I write a lot of music with my projects and bands; The Daring Nomads (Experimental, with my prototype instruments), The Green Tailfeathers (folk/blues/bluegrass) and Ride The Sky which is my main project, we are artists/musicians that create artistic projects together; albums, performances, and visual arts. Often these projects are narrative or story based with complex themes. Musically a mix of genres like; progressive, psychedelic, funk, reggae, ska, folk, blues, bluegrass, punk, metal, soundscape, and classic rock.
    • Photo of Ann Taylor
      Ann Taylor
      Vocals/Keys/Guitar Instructor
      Ann Taylor is a singer/songwriter living in Calgary. In 2010 she fell in love with songwriting, propelling her towards the release of her first EP "Roses" in February 2016. Ann is a versatile artis...
      Ann Taylor is a singer/songwriter living in Calgary. In 2010 she fell in love with songwriting, propelling her towards the release of her first EP "Roses" in February 2016. Ann is a versatile artist who has explored genres as diverse as folk music, pop and electronic, and able to blend them together to form unique and playful new sounds. Canadian Record Label Illium Audio signed Ann in 2017 which then prompted two single’s and an EP release in late 2017, early 2018. Taylor plan’s on releasing her first LP in the fall of 2018.

News

    • Youth Open Mic Night - Hosted by School of Rock

      Featuring Our House Band
      The Blues Can
      April 23, then every second Monday!
    • Breakfast Television Visits The School

      Secret City story on CityTV.
    • School of Rock on Global Morning News!

      School of Rock on Global Morning News taking about the benefits of learning music in groups.
    • CTV Morning News Live visits School of Rock

      CTV Morning News Live visits School of Rock

Testimonials

  • “Ash really enjoyed his lesson and was practicing guitar last night! It was great to see. He said the instructor John was really good. Just wanted to let you know!”
    - Shannon K , parent, Calgary, AB
  • “Just want to send you a quick note about how much I enjoyed my guitar lesson and the performance sessions. I have learned a lot and have a ton of fun too. I've been spreading the word about School of Rock as a fabulous program for kids and adults.”
    - Cary R, Adult Program participant and father of Rookie student, Calgary, AB
  • “We loved the concept of the program performance based music instruction. It was so exciting and motivating for our son. He had a great time at camp and was excited to go every day.”
    - Susan S, Calgary, AB
  • “Our son loved the School of Rock summer camp! It was such a breath of fresh air from the usual summer camp grind, and we were shocked at just how much he learned in one week. Thanks School of Rock!”
    - Sharon K. Calgary, AB