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School of Rock Calgary South
10820 24 St SE #321
Calgary, Alberta T2Z 4C9
(403) 460-7625
Hours
  • Monday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 6 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Remote
All Ages

At School of Rock Calgary South, our students can take virtual, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. Our Remote Program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
 
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock Remote is no exception. Guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, singing lessons and bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote program.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock Calgary South 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 South, 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 South, 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 South, 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 South'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 South 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 South 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 South 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 South 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 South'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 18+

School of Rock Calgary South'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 South 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 South 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
Ages 12-18

The School of Rock Calgary South 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 South's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at AB 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.

Music Lessons in Calgary South

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 South, 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 South 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 South'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 South, 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 South 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 South 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 South 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 South, 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 South, 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 South 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 South, 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 South 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 South, 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 South 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 South, 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 South, 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 South, 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 South 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 South, 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 South’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.

Jeremy Brigham Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jeremy Brigham is a guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Calgary South. Jeremy fell in love with rhythm and melody at a young age. He began learning keyboard at the age of three and after a few years had an interest in drumming. He was active in music at school and church assemblies and won Best Percussionist in junior high. At age 13 he got his first guitar and dedicated time to mastering it. Jeremy currently plays keyboard and drums for the band Jackson Reed.

Ben Montgomery Drum Teacher

Ben Montgomery is a Scottish drummer, who has recently moved to Calgary to pursue his teaching and music career. Having taught privately for eight years, Ben is extremely proficient in not only the practical components of music, but also the theory behind the songs. He holds a degree in Music Business from North Glasgow College, as well as a BA Honours Music degree in Popular Music: Business, Production and Performance from Edinburgh Napier University. He has toured Europe and Canada with the rock band Atlas Empire, and worked as a percussionist with The Innerleithen Orchestra on musicals such as "Wizard of Oz," "Guys and Dolls" and "South Pacific." Most recently he has been touring the world working as a drummer on Carnival Cruise ships. Ben is thrilled to continue to share his love for music with his students at School of Rock Calgary South as a drum teacher.

Logan Douglas Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Logan Douglas found his love for playing music as a teenager and since then has been involved in multiple projects, playing shows all over Canada. These included Hope Volley Ball fest in Ottawa, The Big Music Fest in Kitchner and The Marquee in Calgary. He is currently the front man of the alt rock band The Midnight Tragics and one half of the jazz blues duo The Douglas Hays Band. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and Rock 101 teacher at School of Rock Calgary South.

Scott Oliphant Guitar Teacher

Scott Oliphant started playing guitar at the age of 10 when he heard Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and wanted nothing more than to be Randy Rhoads. He begged his dad to sign him up for guitar lessons. He took to the instrument very fast and from then on it was an obsession, causing him to learn riff after riff and to get better and better. By age 18 he had played in a few local metal bands, eventually trying out for local hardcore band Fall City Fall. Scott saw almost overnight success after releasing the band's first full-length album, "1629." He toured with the band across North America, sharing the stage with big metal acts such as The Devil Wears Prada, Architects, Silverstein and many more. He is a guitar teacher and show director at School of Rock Calgary South.

Paul Toth General Manager

Paul (aka Band Boss) has been playing guitar in and around the Calgary area for years. He got his start playing in two original music bands: 'Even the Unfair' which released a number of songs in the mid 80's and had 4 top ten hits on local college radio, and 'Switch', which released a number of cassettes and a CD in the early 90's. The CD, produced by Jerry Doucette, is called First Impression and has since become a collectable rare CD.

Several things brought me to the School of Rock, most notably is how good the programs are. Watching one of my own kids go from average to awesome in a short period of time showcases the power of the Performance program. Watching these kids perform gives me goosebumps, and seeing their advancements is simply amazing.

If you are thinking of enrolling your kids in music, give the School of Rock a try, I feel you'll be blown away too.

Shannon Shade SINGING TEACHER

Shannon (AKA Your Fairy Rock Mother) 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 and taught music throughout Canada and internationally in places such as Nashville, Las Vegas, Persian Gulf and Costa Rica.

As a Little Wing and Rookies Instructor Shannon teaches performance-based, high-energy rock music classes to groups of children (ages 2-8), focusing on the fundamentals pertaining to both music theory, stagecraft and various instruments including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals.

As a vocal instructor, 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.

Karen MacKinnon Rock 101 and Drum Teacher

Karen was born in Ottawa Ontario, Canada, and currently resides in Calgary Alberta, Canada which she calls home.

From an early age, Karen felt a strong pull towards music and performing. From singing, dance, drama, and multi-instrumentalist, to
award-winning marching bands, rock bands, recording artist and even touring western North America, performing was written in her DNA.

In 2013, with huge support and encouragement from friend and mentor Dave Atkinson, drummer of the band YUCA, Killer Karen decided to combine her two passions: teaching and music. It started with having some fun with Jelly Kids, to mentoring individual musicians/artists to complete bands. Karen knew this was her calling. In 2014, Karen enrolled with a production company out of Nashville, Tennessee to become a Certified Live Music Method Coach and started teaching how to create “moments” in our shows.

When not at the School of Rock Calgary South, Killer Karen can be found performing with her Tragically Hip Tribute Band and teaching clinics at various Long and McQuade Music Stores.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.

Reviews

Everything works at School of Rock.

They have super knowledgeable and approachable teachers. I also love the structure of the group classes.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

There's a great variety of programs offered.

The amount of programs fit individual student needs. My child has fun and enjoys attending the performance group.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

This school is amazing!

The staff is incredible! The environment is awesome and I am always happy to be learning more. I am having so much fun learning the guitar.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

There's no better music school.

School of Rock offers knowledgeable teachers and the opportunity to gig around town. There's support, mentorship, collaboration, teamwork and the opportunity to become a leader. It's awesome!

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

I like that the kids have so much input.

My kids always wanted to take band at school until they realized it was not the music they loved. School of Rock lets them learn and play music that inspires them. My child is so happy since starting here. He feels confident and excepted.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)