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About School of Rock Chapel Hill

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

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

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

Contact Information

School of Rock Chapel Hill
1500 N. Fordham Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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(919) 338-1011(919) 338-1011

Horas de Servicio

Day of the WeekHours
Lunes - Jueves3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ViernesCerrado
Sábado10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
DomingoCerrado

Programas

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

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

    All students in Chapel Hill’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

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

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

    All students in Chapel Hill’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Chapel Hill’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

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

    All AllStars at School of Rock Chapel Hill can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Chapel Hill is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Chapel Hill, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Chapel Hill’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Chapel Hill’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Chapel Hill Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Chapel Hill’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • School of Rock Chapel Hill’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Chapel Hill.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
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At School of Rock Chapel Hill, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

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

All students in Chapel Hill’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Próximos Eventos

  • January 6
    1:00 PM

    Gods & Goddesses Shows

    End of Season Show
    We'll be at the Pittsboro Roadhouse on January 6th for our next round of end-of-season shows! Goddesses of Rock: Aretha to Tina and Everyone in Between will kick things off at 1PM followed by Hamme...
    We'll be at the Pittsboro Roadhouse on January 6th for our next round of end-of-season shows! Goddesses of Rock: Aretha to Tina and Everyone in Between will kick things off at 1PM followed by Hammer of the Gods: Epic Zeppelin at 3PM. Get there early and grab a table!

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    • Photo of Felix Allen
      Felix Allen
      Drum Instructor, Assistant Show Director
      Felix Allen is a drummer from Raleigh, North Carolina who studies Jazz Performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up, he was first attracted to the sounds of Rush, Led...
      Felix Allen is a drummer from Raleigh, North Carolina who studies Jazz Performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up, he was first attracted to the sounds of Rush, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix; his mother, an avid Rush fan, wanted a drummer for a son! Throughout high school, he was also drawn to the groups of James Brown and Art Blakey, and he went on to study Jazz in college with the goal of becoming a professional musician and teacher. Felix plays with several ensembles at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Jazz Band, as well as the Hip-Hop collective No9to5 and Jazz groups in and around the triangle. One of his favorite performance experiences was playing with the UNC Gospel Choir. He has taught students throughout college and was inspired to teach by some of the great experiences he had at Jazz and Rock workshops and taking lessons growing up. One of his favorite things about teaching is that his students teach him, too! His goal is to help students gain the technique to improvise and the soul to make music happen.
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      Adam Fenton
      Guitar/Bass/Keys/Drums Instructor, Rock 101 Instructor
      Adam Fenton is a drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and bassist from Chapel Hill, NC, and he's loved music since basically as far back as he can remember! Adam lived in New York until he was 10 and th...
      Adam Fenton is a drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and bassist from Chapel Hill, NC, and he's loved music since basically as far back as he can remember! Adam lived in New York until he was 10 and then moved to NC. He's been playing drums and keys since he was 4, and started guitar and bass around the time he was 11. Adam has played a few gigs around North Carolina and a couple in Virginia with his old punk band, Hissy Fits, however over the past year he's been working on a new solo venture entitled Water Wingz. This comes about as a result of his discovery of Jazz a couple years back, since then he's been studying independently, and has been able to play quite a bit around Raleigh and Chapel Hill at places like Local 506, Might as Well, Nightlight, Raleigh Memorial Hall...etc. He started at SOR in Cary in 2015 and has been teaching ever since, both privately and at School of Rock. Recently Adam has been focusing mostly on Jazz drumming and composing original music.
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      Chip GrawOzburn
      Guitar/Bass Instructor, Rookies Instructor
      Chip GrawOzburn is a guitarist & songwriter originally from the cold northern farm valleys around La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has lived in the Chapel Hill area with his wife and two children for over ...
      Chip GrawOzburn is a guitarist & songwriter originally from the cold northern farm valleys around La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has lived in the Chapel Hill area with his wife and two children for over 11 years. He has taught various guitar students on a one to one basis over the last 20+ years. He is extremely excited to teach and share his love of the instrument with the School of Rock community and students.

      Chip began playing guitar in 1986 as a Freshman in High School and immediately began playing in jam bands. While working towards his Associate degree in communications and broadcasting after high school, he frequented the music scene around the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Minnesota. “First Avenue...Anyone?” Minneapolis gave him an opportunity to play a variety of styles from Rock (Alternative, Punk, & Metal), Reggae, funk, and Acoustic styles. After broadcasting school, Chip built a recording studio (Citrus Productions) and worked w/ a writing partner writing songs and recording. He tightened up his guitar playing, learned to play some bass and became a studio rat programming keyboards, drums and various other sounds.

      Over the years, Chip has played in both cover and original rock bands playing everything from Neil Young, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and KISS to the Eurythmics, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Metallica, and Pantera. He’s gigged in numerous venues from Mom & Pop bars, to clubs, and outdoor festivals. He’s acted as manager/booking agent/recording producer for bands he played in as well...putting together promo packages, recordings, scheduling photography sessions, making contacts, booking gigs, sending packages, tracking finances, and handling small scale merchandising.

      So, if you run into Chip around School of Rock strike up a conversation. He loves to talk, share, and learn about everything in life...but especially guitar, gear, and music.
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      Jake Harrison
      Keys/Guitar/Bass/Vocal Instructor, Rock 101 Instructor, House Band Director
      Jake Harrison is a guitarist and keyboardist with over 7 years of teaching experience. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor's of Science in Music with emphasis in Rec...
      Jake Harrison is a guitarist and keyboardist with over 7 years of teaching experience. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor's of Science in Music with emphasis in Recording Arts and has gone on to share his knowledge and love of music with students at multiple studios, including the School of Rock Denver. A studio junkie at heart, Jake loves sharing his passion for music technology with his students and found a niche in Denver as one of the few keyboard instructors that would delve into synth design and more advanced concepts like MIDI and sampling - an ever increasing part of the modern keyboard player's job on the stage. Jake has had the privilege of teaching students in a wide spread of topics, ranging from jazz to metal to theory to songwriting and arranging, and he's always excited to help foster whatever passions students may have. Above all, Jake hopes to leave his students with not just the ability to play along with the band, but with the broader concepts of musicianship so that students can progress to be strong creative, communicative and cooperative minds wherever they go in life.
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      Kaitlin Jennings
      Vocals/Keys Instructor
      Kaitlin Jennings is a vocalist and pianist from Durham, North Carolina. From and early age she participated in musical theater and was there introduced to music. In high school, she developed an fo...
      Kaitlin Jennings is a vocalist and pianist from Durham, North Carolina. From and early age she participated in musical theater and was there introduced to music. In high school, she developed an focused interest in vocals and songwriting, and then began pursuing a career in the field. She studied vocals for two years, and piano and music theory for four years. Throughout this time she was heavily influenced by Florence and the Machine and the 1975, as well as classics such as, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Ella Fitzgerald. Kaitlin has performed locally with her band Ozymandias for four years now at places such as Lincoln Theatre, Cat's Cradle Backroom, Brightleaf Square, and The Local 506. Her sound continues to evolve as her interest in alternative rock and classic rock continue to develop. She is currently attending Durham Tech with plans to attend Catawba College Fall of 2019, and will major in music with concentrations in Worship Arts and Popular Music. She is excited to begin teaching and hopes to share her passion for music and love of composition with others.
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      Casey Overton
      Guitar/Bass/Keys Instructor, Assistant Show Director
      Casey is a recent ECU graduate and got her degree in 2017 for Jazz Performance with guitar as her primary instrument. She has been playing professionally for 4 years. She found an early call for mu...
      Casey is a recent ECU graduate and got her degree in 2017 for Jazz Performance with guitar as her primary instrument. She has been playing professionally for 4 years. She found an early call for music when artists such as The Eagles, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac inspired her. Casey enjoys performing all over the state with Big Love and other groups including Doug Largent Trio and Tim Smith Band. Casey wants to inspire others and help them achieve their musical dreams.
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      Zack Roberson
      Drums/Bass Instructor, Rookies Instructor, Rock 101 Instructor, Adult Program Director
      Zack Roberson is a veteran drummer, percussionist, song writer, bass player, and vocalist of the New York music scene for 40 years. He has worked in the Funk, Rock, Pop, Corporate wedding, and Gosp...
      Zack Roberson is a veteran drummer, percussionist, song writer, bass player, and vocalist of the New York music scene for 40 years. He has worked in the Funk, Rock, Pop, Corporate wedding, and Gospel world of the east cost. Zack has worked with members of PFunk, opening with his funk band the NHFA for Living Colure, Jen Durkin, also playing drums with Kim Sozzi opening for Taylor Dayne, C&C Music Factory, and George Thorogood. He has played drums for Jeff Roberson & LIFE, Creations Music Corp., First Impression and many others. His musical influences have been every artist he has worked with or listened to. The impact music has had on his life has been incredible and it's just the beginning! Zack has performed at the world famous Apollo theater, Harry Chapin theater, The World Trade Center (Windows on the World), the Copacabana, the Manhattan Center, the Amsterdam Ave St. festival, The Wetlands, and CBGBs all over NYC and Long Island including the Hamptons. Zack has recorded Rock, Gospel and Funk music with some of the best in the business and has put out 2 CDs with NHFA and 1 gospel CD with Kevin Harrington and Sheri Snyder. Zack has a recoding engineering degree from the Audio Recording Technical Institute, Liberal Arts degree from AIU, and a music therapy degree as well. Giving back is the purpose of the gift! The best is yet to come..
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      Paul Schirmer
      Guitar/Drums Instructor
      Paul is a guitarist, drummer, and singer originally from Colorado. He started playing music at a young age, when he sat down at his older brother’s drum set and played along to music passed down ...
      Paul is a guitarist, drummer, and singer originally from Colorado. He started playing music at a young age, when he sat down at his older brother’s drum set and played along to music passed down from his parents – Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles among the favorites. Paul has a passion for a diversity of styles, leading a ska band for several years in Denver, studying classical guitar in college, playing bass in a Cuban worship band while living in Cuba, and playing in and leading church worship bands for over ten years. He finds inspiration in music daily, and loves the process of discovering music, engrossing oneself in it, learning to play it, and finally performing and sharing it with others. The chance to pass along that spark of excitement and wonder to his students is one of the reasons he absolutely loves his job.
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      RJ Thornton
      Vocals/Drums/Keys Instructor, Show Director
      RJ is a drummer, vocalist, and music director, hailing from the Durham/Chapel Hill area. He is a 2017 graduate of Catawba College where he earned a BA in Music Education and Popular Music with a mi...
      RJ is a drummer, vocalist, and music director, hailing from the Durham/Chapel Hill area. He is a 2017 graduate of Catawba College where he earned a BA in Music Education and Popular Music with a minor in Worship Arts. Over the last 8 years, he has toured and performed with the likes of Sue Foley, Mike Flanigin, and Bob Margolin of Muddy Waters fame. While at Catawba, RJ conducted and led several choirs and worship groups, bringing them to the UCC National Youth Event in Orlando, Florida, and the UCC General Synod 31 in Baltimore, Maryland. While at Catawba, he studied vocally under world renowned Baritone-Bass, Kristopher Irmiter, learning everything from classical arias to singing background vocals while playing drums. Since he began working with youth at the age of fourteen, he always felt that music was a common ground that unified people in a special way. He hopes to be able to instill the same passion and drive for music that he found at a young age in his students, leaving them with the ability to lead with creativity and confidence.
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      Del Ward
      Guitar/Vocals Instructor
      Del Ward, 22 has been playing guitar since the 4th grade. Born and raised in Hillsborough, N.C, Del formed his band “The Del Ward Band” in 2013. The band performed locally for four years and re...
      Del Ward, 22 has been playing guitar since the 4th grade. Born and raised in Hillsborough, N.C, Del formed his band “The Del Ward Band” in 2013. The band performed locally for four years and recorded their debut album, Hazelene, in 2014. He has since toured the west coast as a solo act in 2015 and 2016. He is currently on faculty as a musician for the UNCG Dance Department and is now in the midst of recording his first solo album. Since Del was a child he has been enveloped in many different types of music, but is heavily influenced by Rock and Blues- which shouldn’t come as a surprise since his music has been described as ‘a new take on Alternative Blues Rock.’ Del took lessons off and on while growing up, but is for the most part self trained in voice and guitar. Del’s main goal is for students to learn something not just about music, but about themselves. He thinks that we only start to know who we truly are is once our creative is sparked, because there is no obstacle great enough to stand in the way of creativity.
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      Jessie Nash
      General Manager
      Jessie grew up going to concerts with her parents, instantly fell in love with live music, and began discovering music on her own. She's a proud UNC alumna, and has always felt at home in Chapel Hi...
      Jessie grew up going to concerts with her parents, instantly fell in love with live music, and began discovering music on her own. She's a proud UNC alumna, and has always felt at home in Chapel Hill, enjoying its small-town charm and diverse music scene. Jessie has volunteered in elementary schools and has a masters degree in higher education, which have allowed her to work with students of all ages. She is excited to combine her love of music with her passion for education and personal development.
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      David Joseph
      Owner
      I’m passionate about rock and roll. It’s been that way forever. My favorite teenage memories involve playing the drums with my bandmates. There is simply nothing like it! Rock music makes m...
      I’m passionate about rock and roll. It’s been that way forever. My favorite teenage memories involve playing the drums with my bandmates. There is simply nothing like it! Rock music makes me tick.

      Almost 20 years ago we made Chapel Hill our family home. We love this community and its vibrant musical scene. So many venues, festivals, and local bands! So, opening a School of Rock right here in Chapel Hill is more than a business opportunity...it's a musical mission to give back.

      The School of Rock Chapel Hill is here to share the joy and passion of rock and roll music with our friends and neighbors!  We hope to see you here soon. Rock On!

Noticias

    • Announcing Spring Shows!

      Spring 2018 will see THREE different Performance Program shows: Southern Rock, Funk N Soul, and Essential Floyd. Sign up for January, and jump in right at the beginning!

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      Wishing you and yours a warm and happy holiday season!

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Testimonios

  • “SOR gives our young musician the opportunity to grow. Our son has a real passion for music. And SOR provides a safe and nurturing place for him to be with other young people with similar interests. He had been taking private lessons elsewhere for years. But he was ready to take the next step. SOR is his next step. He is very excited to be part of an actual band, and looks forward to playing at different venues for an actual audience!”
    — Cheri P., Parent, Chapel Hill, NC
  • “My kids love it! They look forward to their lesson every week. Everyone there is so friendly and makes you feel welcome the minute you get there. I’m very happy with choosing Chapel Hill School of Rock for my kids.”
    — Lisa A., Parent, Chapel Hill, NC
  • “With two children taking lessons at SOR and with both being wildly happy, I can honestly say we've never walked into a more welcoming and awesome place for music! We currently have a seven year old taking the Rookies class and our 16 year old is in the Performance series and the House Band and it's wonderful to watch their confidence increase. The performance series is such an incredible program: watching our quiet daughter go into stage with pride and ease and a sureness of self is never something we thought we'd see. She's learned how to play music within a like minded musical group and take instruction with interest and excitement. It's worth every moment. It's a delightful, positive and exciting place! The instructors are encouraging and inspiring and the owners are wonderful! We could not be more thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock! It's not traditional music lessons, it's so so much better!”
    —Gretchen Q., Parent, Chapel Hill, NC
  • “The School of Rock provides me an opportunity to play with others and have the direction and guidance from a professional musician. The professional provides the "glue" that hold together a group of musicians of various ability so that everyone can benefit from and enjoy playing the music.”
    — Mark S., Student, Chapel Hill, NC