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School of Rock Charlotte
820 Hamilton Street
Level A
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 525-5857

Location Specifics

School of Rock Charlotte keeps rocking! Currently, our program is offering dynamic one-on-one lessons as well as group meetings online through our Remote Program. Our in-person lessons and bands are back, in limited capacity, and in residence at Filmore Band Rooms at The Music Factory! Being in the center of a Charlotte's largest rock n roll music complex gives our students a sneak peak at the gears of the music industry. Contact us for a free online trial lesson and we will connect you with the plan that fits you and your family best!

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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 - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

School of Rock in Charlotte is proud to offer music classes to Charlotte and surrounding areas including Fort Mill, Matthews, Pineville, Lake Wylie, Tega Cay, Gastonia, Belmont, Huntersville, and Mt. Holly. Students can learn how to play instruments with skill and confidence - we offer everything from drums, guitar, keyboard, and vocals in a supportive and encouraging environment. Students can develop their skills in popular local genres such as rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, grunge, alternative, rap, R&B, pop, country, punk, and Americana.

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Charlotte, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music 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


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

Rock 101 music program in Charlotte for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

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.

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. Younger students at School of Rock Charlotte 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 13-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 in Charlotte
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. Every few months, 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.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Charlotte, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Charlotte is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Charlotte who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Adult music program in Charlotte for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Charlotte'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 Charlotte 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 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 in Charlotte
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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.

Music Lessons in Charlotte

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Charlotte

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 Charlotte

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 Charlotte

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 Charlotte

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 Charlotte

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.
Music Director John Harrell

John Harrell Music Director

John Harrell grew up in a musical family, and began playing seriously when he was 13. He’s played with various projects around the region, and currently plays in two bands: drums in the prog-funk-punk trio Hectorina, and guitar, keys and vocals in the experimental psych-pop band Dinner Rabbits. He has also released two solo albums, and performs frequently with other artists live and in-studio. His influences range from psychedelia, folk and punk to soul, glam rock and new wave. John loves fostering an appreciation of all styles of music in his students, and helping them find their creative voice so they can reach their full musical potential. He has been an instructor at SOR since 2014, and became Music Director in 2019.
Studio Coordinator Sydney Moore

Sydney Moore Studio Coordinator

Sydney grew up in a family of artists in Albany, NY until moving to Charlotte, NC in 2008. Since then she has been performing in plays and in music venues, including with Carolina Voices. She is currently attending University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a degree in English and a minor in journalism but loves working in the live show industry. When she’s not scrolling aimlessly on Pinterest, she is writing her own songs and more than likely, watching a musical. Her favorite artists include Mariana’s Trench, Childish Gambino, and FeFe Dobson.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Dylan Gilbert Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum, Piano and Singing Teacher

Dylan Gilbert is a songwriter, producer and performer from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a founding member of genre-bending punk band Hectorina. His compositions range from wild guitar-based indie rock to experimental electronic music, taking inspiration from artists such as Kate Bush, Talk Talk and Prince. Since 2005, he has self-released 9 solo albums, as well as 5 albums and 2 EPs with Hectorina. Gilbert began touring in his teens and has since performed over 800 times across the US with appearances at the Hopscotch Music Festival, CMJ Music Marathon, Indie Grits Film Festival, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Don’t Sweat It Fest, Art Party by Friday Arts Project, and the BOOM Festival.

Currently, Gilbert continues to work as a collective member at Goodyear Arts, creates with local Charlotte artists of all mediums, and teaches music at the School of Rock Charlotte. In 2020, he began releasing his 10th solo album, I’ll Be the Lakebed, a 10 song multimedia project co-produced by Justin Aswell that explores themes of spirituality and technology in 21st century America through avant-garde pop, ambient soundscapes and DIY performance art.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, and Drum Teacher Nic Pugh

Nic Pugh Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Nic Pugh is a songwriter from the Charlotte area. He's written, recorded and performed since his teenage years, playing in an eclectic array of projects ranging from metal/hardcore to rock n roll and singer/songwriter while touring throughout the country. He is a self taught musician, focusing primarily on guitar, bass, and piano, and studied music history/theory at UNCC. He's shared bills with such bands as: Stone Temple Pilots, Langhorn Slim, and Judah and the Lion. He currently performs and records with his solo project Nic Pugh & The Bad News and rock n roll outfit Fixed Faces. When teaching, he strives to bring out his student's confidence and creativity by personalizing his lessons and setting attainable goals for each student.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Dennis Morency

Dennis Morency Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Dennis Morency first started playing drums at age 10, drawn to the instrument by the sounds of classic rock drummers John Bonham, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Nick Mason and the countless studio drummers that sweetened the sound of Steely Dan. A primarily self-taught multi-instrumentalist, with a splash of theory and notation imparted on him from time spent in the percussion sections of wind ensembles during high school, Dennis primarily writes and performs music as an element of his live performance art, which also includes poetry, acting, and comedy.

His passion for music has provided him opportunities to work with other musicians in jam sessions, open mics, bands, and as a live music audio engineer and comedy/music show producer. He tries to write a new song every week, and as a teacher, emphasizes the importance of body mechanics and feel. His mission as a performer is continually clarifying the connection between what motivates an artist to perform and why audiences are fascinated by art.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher and Drum Teacher

Alexis Mattey Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard and Drum Teacher

Alexis 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.

Alexis’s favorite genre is metal- everything from classic heavy metal to nu metal, spanning artists from Black Sabbath to Rob Zombie to Slipknot. Alexis has been teaching music in the United States since 2005. At School of Rock Charlotte, Alexis teaches guitar, piano, bass, drums and theory. Alexis 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.


Alex has been drumming ever since he could move his tiny little feet and hands. Even before talking, this fella was banging pots and pans and rolling around to the Ramones. He has been playing in touring bands since he was in middle school, and continues to rock all over the country to this very day in his hand Mutant Strain! From jazz to death metal, this man has played it all.

Ben Bradford Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Ben Bradford has been playing in bands since he was 16. Coming from a family of musicians, he was raised on all different kinds of music, but found his passion in guitar based rock, pop, and alternative bands. His top three favorites are Slothrust, The Fall of Troy, and Nirvana. Outside School of Rock he plays in a handful of Charlotte based bands. In 2018 he received his BA in Music from Catawba College. His favorite thing about teaching over zoom, is coming up with creative ways to keep students excited about learning music online.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, and Singing Teacher Phil Pucci

Phil Pucci Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, and Singing Teacher

Phil Pucci has been playing music for 20 years. He was inspired to learn guitar after seeing his cousin play Jimi Hendrix riffs. After being gifted a Squier Stratocaster starter pack, he learned how to play songs by Green Day, Nirvana and Weezer. He also started writing his own music right away. The first song he wrote was the pop-punk inspired "TV Ruined Me." Over the years, Phil also learned how to play keys, bass, and sing, and developed his home music production skills. Currently, he sings and plays rhythm guitar in the dream pop band Pullover, and also plays lead guitar and harmony vocals in the indie pop band Modern Moxie. His favorite artists/bands of all time are Stevie Wonder, Cocteau Twins, The Radio Dept. and The Beach Boys. He has been teaching at School of Rock for three years.

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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!