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School of Rock Calgary
2707 - 17th Ave. SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E0A6
(587) 353-7625

Location Specifics

On the Corner of 17th Ave. and 26th St. SW.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 09/02/2019: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 2-5

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Calgary, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

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 Calgary, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

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

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Calgary'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 Calgary 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 PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Calgary are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Calgary who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 13-18

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Calgary'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 Calgary music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 19+

School of Rock Calgary'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 Calgary 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 Calgary.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY 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 Calgary 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 Calgary.

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

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

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

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 Calgary and the rest of AB. 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
AllStars
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
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

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 Calgary

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

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 Calgary, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Calgary 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 Calgary 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 Calgary, 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 Calgary 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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Calgary, 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 Calgary.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Calgary 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 Calgary 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 Calgary, 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
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

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

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Calgary, 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 Calgary, 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 Calgary’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.

Bryan Schaefer Owner

Bryan has been owner of School of Rock Calgary from the beginning in June 2016. He says, "It has been an absolute pleasure to watch so many kids be transformed by our programs." The bands and stage opportunities build not only great musicians, but also maturity, confidence and great friendships. His years of business ownership, marketing, HR, training and customer service experience are all being used to run the school. They are all part of making this a great place to work and learn music. He looks forward to helping many more kids and adults perform in Calgary.

Mark Fleischhaker Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Originally from Regina, Mark Fleischhaker started playing drums in 1985 and growing up on 80s rock. All throughout the 90s he recorded and toured with his band, Mrs. Svenson, playing shows in both Canada and the United States. In 2005, he started teaching drums and hasn't looked back since. Mark performs in many different bands and projects, but considers School of Rock to be his main focus. Multitasking with drums, bass, Rock 101, Performance and the Adult Program, Mark is one of the busiest employees of the school.

Harvey Warren Drum Teacher

Born in Calgary, Harvey started playing drums in his family band when he was seven 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.

Ann Taylor Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

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 is able to blend them together to form unique and playful new sounds. Canadian record label Illium Audio signed Ann in 2017, which then prompted her to release two singles and an EP in late 2017. Ann plans on releasing her first LP in the fall of 2018.

Phenix Warren Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Phenix has been teaching music for over five years, specializing in guitar, bass and drums. When he is not at School of Rock he spends his time playing guitar in bands, working as a music producer/recording engineer and playing guitar at large worship music conferences around Canada. Phenix is a pro with FX pedals and knows what it takes to get students to the professional level of playing live and in the studio. He loves all styles of music and loves to see hardworking students obtain their goals.

Miles Newton-Fisher Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Miles Newton-Fisher started playing music at the young age of 10 years old, and quickly developed a love for it that would take him in many different directions and land him on many different stages. The first song he learned to play was "Sweet Home Alabama," which soon led him to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Santana and Van Morrison. He hopes one day to snag a gig in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the blues. He joined School of Rock as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher, then quickly swooped in to help our Rock 101 classes, camps and beginner drum students. He is also a drum teacher at School of Rock Calgary.

Samantha Epp Vocal Instructor

Samantha is a recent graduate of Berkeley School of Music and very excited to work with the students at School of Rock Calgary as a vocal instructor. Samantha is an independent hip-hop and blues artist. She brings a sense of passion and women empowerment to her music, offering a fresh and edgy sound influenced by Amy Winehouse, early 2000s R&B and rap.

Duncan McCartney Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Duncan McCartney started piano at six and soon moved on to play clarinet and saxophone in school bands. He hardly stopped there, picking up the guitar in high school. He attended Mount Royal University and Vancouver Island University for Music. Duncan has played multiple genres (rock, blues, metal, indie, soul, jazz, etc.) since graduating. He's currently the bassist/keyboardist/back up vocalist of In/Vertigo, which has toured across the country for the last three years. He regularly plays on large stages with bands like Pop Evil. He has been a full-time music teacher since 2014 and has taught piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet and ukulele. He is a bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Calgary.

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Reviews

I love the adult program.

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.

Summer Camp Rocked!

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.

The Rock 101 Program is amazing.

My daughter has done two shows so far and she is really loving her time there. The ambiance in the school is very positive and supportive, with plenty of enthusiasm for kids to learn and grow.

The Performance Program is fantastic.

I have been part of the Performance group for three seasons and it is a great experience for kids and teens who want to better their musicianship and learn to play as a band. It has really improved my abilities and the teachers are great!

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