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School of Rock Charlotte
1105 Greenwood Cliff
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 525-5857

Location Specifics

Located in a little house on the top of a winding street, just outside of Dilworth. Near the Target and Trader Joe's Midtown shopping centers.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Charlotte'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 Charlotte have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs. Teamwork, cooperation as well as music theory through group activities is the heart and soul of this introductory program.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Charlotte are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 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
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Charlotte 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. At the conclusion of each semester, School of Rock Charlotte Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Charlotte music venues in front of a live audience.


What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Charlotte'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 Charlotte music venue.

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

School of Rock Charlotte'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 Charlotte is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Every few months Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Charlotte.

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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte.

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

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

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 Charlotte and the rest of NC. 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 Charlotte

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Charlotte, 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 Charlotte, 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 Charlotte’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.

General Manager

Dréa Atkins General Manager

Dréa Atkins, photographer, mother of two School of Rock students and a rocker herself, became the school's GM in October of 2017. Possessing a BA in Theatre, and having a long history of teaching children of all ages in the creative arts world, she brings an exciting energy to the scope of performance that is offered. Dréa has worked locally with Children's Theatre of Charlotte, The Possibility Project and Playing for Others. Mentoring teens and fostering a sense of confidence and growth in who they are becoming is a mission close to her heart. Creating a welcoming environment that brings the best out of kids, inspiring them to expand their comfort zone of what is possible is her daily goal. When not serving the school or taking care of her family, she can be found holding a camera or a microphone, singing her lungs out.
Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Magdalene Criswell Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Magdalene Criswell is our school’s primary vocal instructor and studio coordinator. She is a School of Rock Charlotte graduate herself, an active member of the Charlotte music scene and a touring musician. She has had years of experience playing and taking lessons in various instruments, and studying the history and cultures surrounding rock music. She loves listening, teaching and playing all different kinds of music, but specializes in various kinds of alternative genres and performance. She teaches vocals, keys and bass.

Johnny Wicker Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Music Director

Johnny Wicker is our Music Director and House Band Director at School of Rock Charlotte. Johnny teaches drums, guitar, bass and piano. Johnny is a Charlotte native, and attended North West School of the Arts for his early music education. Johnny was raised on a combination of 90s hip-hop and R&B, alternative rock, classic rock and jazz. Johnny is an accomplished drummer and has played in many jazz and rock ensembles. In recent years, Johnny has been writing for his solo project and touring around the Gulf Coast. Johnny prides himself on creating a wonderful music program for all his students and fostering a supportive, creative environment for all students at School of Rock Charlotte.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Dylan Gilbert Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Raised by musician parents, Dylan Gilbert's passion for music and songwriting developed at an early age. He began touring in high school and has since performed over 800 times across the US. Later his touring band morphed into the ecstatically possessed post-punk trio HECTORINA (who released their 4th album, "MUCK," in 2018). Within this time Dylan spent nine years studying composition, classical guitar and music therapy at Queens University and CPCC. Dylan has been called "Charlotte's true gem in the indie scene" by "Creative Loafing Magazine," and in 2016 he was granted an artist residency at Goodyear Arts, where he continues to make work and collaborate. This breadth of experience and passion fuels his role as a School of Rock instructor and director six years running!

Greg Lily Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drums Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Greg Lily has been playing drums since he was five years old. By high school, he had become a key member of his school's touring marching band. Continuing his musical journey, Greg funded his college education by touring the Gulf Coast in professional bands. Greg finally devoted himself to being a full-time musician in 2004. Greg has toured land and sea while sharing the stage with countless musical greats. His interests and experience spans many genres. At School of Rock Charlotte, Greg teaches drums, vocals, guitar, bass and piano. Greg loves helping students discover their passion and inspiration for music.

Travis Denton Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Travis Denton teaches guitar, bass and piano at School of Rock Charlotte. He also teaches two of our Rock 101 classes. Travis has been playing music for nearly 30 years, and he has his degree in Audio Engineering. Travis has been a member of various Charlotte bands, most notably of the roots rock, Americana band Hunter’s Travesty for 16 years. Travis also loves playing and teaching classic rock, country and blues. Travis loves teaching music to students of all ages and levels of experience.

Nic Pugh Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drums Teacher

Nic Pugh has been playing in bands since he was 14. His initial experience was in metal bands, a genre he still loves, but his style and influences changed to include emo rock, alternative rock and Brit pop. Nic is also a songwriter, and he is currently working on recording a solo, indie rock album. In addition to learning music through performance, Nic also studied music at UNC Charlotte. Nic teaches guitar, bass, drums and piano here at School of Rock Charlotte. Nic loves helping kids realize their music potential.

Dennis Morency Guitar Teacher, Drums Teacher

Dennis Morency is a drum teacher and sound engineer who has been teaching for seven years and performing for 15. At School of Rock Charlotte, Dennis teaches drum, bass and guitar lessons. In addition to performing his own work, Dennis also runs sound for The Evening Muse. Dennis takes his main influences from jazz, funk and psych rock drumming. Dennis is highly aware that all students learn differently, and he is always eager to make lessons the best learning experience for each student. Dennis places a strong emphasis on technique and style in his drum lessons, but always keeps it fun.

Alex Mattey Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Alex Mattey started playing music when he was seven by learning organ from the priest in the Venezuelan town where he grew up. From there he studied classical guitar and classical piano, and earned degrees in Classical Piano and Psychology. He has been playing in bands since the age of 13. Alex’s favorite genre is metal- everything from classic heavy metal to nu metal, spanning artists from Black Sabbath to Rob Zombie to Slipknot. Alex has been teaching music in the United States since 2005. At School of Rock Charlotte, Alex teaches guitar, piano, bass, drums and theory. Alex is a bilingual instructor and specializes in making complex music accessible for students, and teaching kids how to play and perform music with skill and passion.

John Harrell Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

John Harrell grew up in a home of musicians, and learned how to be in a band by playing covers of emo songs with his siblings in their basement. He started playing music seriously when he was 13. John teaches drums, piano, guitar and bass. He has been teaching at School of Rock Charlotte for over five years. John also works as a session musician, and performs in his experimental psych rock band, Dinner Rabbits, and in the experimental post-punk band Hectorina. John’s style is influenced by new wave, glam rock and indie rock, and bands as far ranging as Radiohead, Donavan and Black Sabbath. John loves fostering an appreciation of all different kinds of music within his students, and helping them find their creative voice so they can reach their full musical potential.

David Ulloa Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

David Ulloa has been playing music since he was 10 years old. He has been playing drums and guitar for 24 years, and has a strong background in bass and classical piano. David has been in many local bands, but he currently drums in the new wave-influenced post-punk band Patois Counselors. David’s personal influences are wide-ranging. Jazz, dance, folk, punk, metal, Latin and rock are just some of the genres he loves playing. David is a bilingual instructor who loves helping students grow as musicians. He loves being able to work on essential tools and fundamentals of music with a student, and seeing how they help on the student's journey towards being an artist.

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.


We loved our first time at School of Rock!

Today was my daughter's first trial class and it was such a pleasure! Everyone welcomed us with a smile. We saw a few children having a practice and my daughter was so excited to get started. I really look forward to bringing her. Michelle P


Adult students love School of Rock too!

Everyone that works there is amazing! As an adult, I love taking lessons and being in the adult band. My only regret is that I didn't have this when I was a kid.


Kids grow here!

School of Rock is the perfect opportunity for kids to grow musically, mentally and socially. It's so much more than just a music school.


Amazing curriculum!

The real life musical experience of the instructors is awesome, and taking the stage has a wonderful effect on the kids!