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School of Rock Farmingdale
540 Smith Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 425-5191

Location Specifics

On the corner of Smith St. and Wellwood Ave.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Farmingdale 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

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 Farmingdale, 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
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Farmingdale, 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

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 Farmingdale, 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 8-10

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Farmingdale'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 Farmingdale 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 Farmingdale are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Farmingdale 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 10-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 11-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Farmingdale'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 Farmingdale music venue.

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

School of Rock Farmingdale'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 Farmingdale 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 Farmingdale.

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 Farmingdale 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 Farmingdale.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 11-18

The School of Rock Farmingdale 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 Farmingdale's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NY 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 Farmingdale and the rest of NY. 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 Farmingdale

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Farmingdale, 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 Farmingdale, 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 Farmingdale’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.

Joel Camp Owner, General Manager

Joel Camp is a certified public school music instructor who has been teaching music education for 14 years to the age groups of School of Rock. Joel has worked with experienced students, as well as children with special needs. He has extensive knowledge of symphonic, rock and jazz ensembles, music theory and choral practice, including improvisation. Joel is a woodwind specialist who is also fluent on piano, brass, percussion and composition. Since 2000, he has given over 30 winter and spring concerts for grades K-12 and inspired children with fantastic success at NYSSMA.

Joel is also performance-oriented since the age of 15, and familiar with team building and stage techniques. Joel has been networking with hundreds of musician for the past 20 years. Joel is a successful composer who has helped students establish a way to be creative with their own writing skills. A tenor saxophonist, composer and educator, Joel has performed on Broadway at the Hudson Theater, The Paramount in Long Island, Carnegie Hall, Westbury Music Center, and at festivals such as Bradstock and Gathering of the Vibes throughout the United States and Canada. He has composed over 100 works for classical, jazz and rock ensembles, including his new quartet Gravity.

Andrew Pomerantz Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Andrew Pomerantz is a performing musician and teacher from Long Island who plays the upright bass, electric bass and guitar with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Commercial Music from Five Towns College. He is equipped with bass knowledge of harmony and rhythm, spanning over many genres which is implemented in lesson plans to ensure a strong musical foundation. Andrew has experience teaching kids and adults of all ages and always embraces a positive creative learning atmosphere that produces tangible results.

Nick Lee Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Nick Lee is 28 years old and has been playing guitar since he was six years old. He started playing live shows at 13 years old and as of 2018 has played a dozen different countries in different continents. He plays in Long Island progressive rock natives Moontooth, as well as the world-renowned power metal band Riot. He is the guitar protégé of Riot’s Mike Flynn and studied under him for over a decade and continues to study at Nassau Community College and CW Post.

Jake Hosza Drum Teacher

Jake Hosza is a musician of 22 years and a drum percussion educator for nearly a decade. Having studied with some of the nation’s most prestigious drummers and percussionists, Jake strives to provide a level of exceptional instruction and success to all students regardless of age or availability. He is a former student of the New York Philharmonic‘s very own Joseph Tompkins, as well as the New York City Opera's Montgomery Hatch. Currently a student of drummer Blake Richardson (Between the Buried and Me), Jacob also performs approximately 150 times per year and records for various bands and artists throughout the country. He is a strong believer that every student has immense capability in and out of the practice room and will do whatever it takes to help his students reach their goals and aspirations.

Alan Pearson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Alan Pearson has been playing guitar since 1989. He received a BA in Music from Five Towns College of New York in 2000. Alan has studied many different styles over the years, including blues, jazz, Motown and reggae for over 20 years as a featured performer in live as well as studio settings since 1998. Alan has been teaching all over the New York area and has also taught for two years in North Carolina.

Bryon Preston Drum Teacher

Byron Preston wants to help students better or discover their own musical craft. He started out playing in his local church at the age of four and the rest was history. He’s played drums with gospel artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Timothy Wright, Juanita Bynum and Frank Anthone White. He’s taught the basics of percussion instruments to individuals of various ages. He’s played in various bands that include mini musical genres and styles from jazz to country, pop, funk, rock and metal. At the end of the day he believes education is key. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Farmingdale.

Bobby Rosenthal Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Bobby Rosenthal picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and has been involved in music and performance ever since. Bobby has a Bachelor of Music degree from Five Towns College, where he studied with John Kelly and Peter Rogine. Though most of his college career was spent studying jazz music, Bobby’s knowledge and expertise span the genre spectrum to include classic rock, reggae and blues. Bobby has played guitar, bass and keyboards in multiple bands since high school. Performing numerous times at venues across Long Island and New York City with friends, he recorded, produced and released his first full-length album by the age of 19. Bobby’s time playing with many different bands illuminated his capacity for teaching and his love for helping others learn music. During many practices he found himself teaching the other band members their parts. His work with his friends inspired Bobby to begin teaching privately and ultimately led him to School of Rock Farmingdale, where he is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher.

Onofrio Mudugno Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Onofrio Modugno is a professional level multi-instrumentalist from New York. With guitar as his main instrument, he’s also well versed on bass, keyboard and drums. Graduating from NVU with a Fine Arts degree, Onofrio strives to accentuate his students' primal creative nature with proper education and encouragement. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Farmingdale.

Alexandra O'Connell Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Alexondra O’Connell is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Long Island. She earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music and is currently getting her Master’s of Music Business from Berklee Online. She’s been performing since she was 12 years old and now plays music venues with her band Xondra in the Tristate area. She’s passionate about nourishing the love of music in her students and is excited to help them reach their full potential. She is a guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Farmingdale.

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Kids find their inner musician!

My son was shy and introverted and suffers with an anxiety disorder. The team at School Of Rock made him feel welcome and his Saturdays with his band mates are his favorite time of the week.

Great Summer Camps!

My son has never enjoyed a camp this much. He's excited every day and comes home with a smile on his face, full of confidence and eagerness to learn more.

It builds confidence.

The staff are kind and supportive. I have learned how to work better in a group setting and build confidence. We learn how to come up with our own ideas and make the songs our own.

Build your musical skill!

My son takes guitar lessons and loves it! His teacher is very nice and professional. It's a great place for kids to explore their musical side.