School of Rock Fishers
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About School of Rock Fishers

Welcome to School of Rock Fishers, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Fishers 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 Fishers, 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 Fishers 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 Fishers today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Fishers
11740 Olio Rd
Suite 100
Fishers, IN 46038
US
Main Number
(317) 732-5109(317) 732-5109

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Programs

  • At School of Rock Fishers, 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.

    Fishers 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 Fishers’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 Fishers’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 Fishers, 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 Fishers’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 Fishers’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 Fishers 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 Fishers 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 Fishers 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 Fishers, 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 Fishers’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 Fishers’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 Fishers 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 Fishers’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!

At School of Rock Fishers, 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.

Fishers 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 Fishers’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!

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Staff

    • Photo of Steve McFarland
      Steve McFarland
      Owner
      Steve began his musical career at age 16 playing with bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Rush ... ok it was air guitar but he was a rocking pretender from an early age. Actually, if you f...
      Steve began his musical career at age 16 playing with bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Rush ... ok it was air guitar but he was a rocking pretender from an early age. Actually, if you fast forward 30 years... Steve saw the idea for School of Rock and wished it would have been around when he was young. After seeing his children take endless lessons with no motivation, the idea of getting kids on stage with School of Rock just made sense. With a sports background and having coached youth sports for many years, the idea of SoR was natural... individual lessons (practice), group rehearsals (team practice) and the show (the game). "I've always wondered why some people "make" their kids take an instrument just because they think it's a good idea to learn an instrument. You don't hear of anyone making their kids take a sport and never playing on a team or in a game. Why make them take endless lessons with no chance to perform?" As the owner, Steve challenges his team to make sure we are INSPIRING Kids to Rock on Stage and in Life in everything we do... lessons, shows, camps or just having cheese bread! Photo credit: Meyer Photography, 2012
    • Photo of Elyse Causey
      Elyse Causey
      General Manager
      While not a musician herself, Elyse immediately fell in love with the concept behind School of Rock and their mission of "inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life." Because she took piano lesson...
      While not a musician herself, Elyse immediately fell in love with the concept behind School of Rock and their mission of "inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life." Because she took piano lessons as a child but eventually quit, she realizes the need for a program like School of Rock in order to get kids engaged in great music and in a fun environment in order for them to further their learning and to truly fall in love with music.Elyse enjoys getting to know each and every parent, student, and sibling who walks through the door, as well as seeing the connections the kids make to one another as they plug in to the program and truly make School of Rock "their" place.
    • Photo of Erich Anderson
      Erich Anderson
      Guitar Instructor
      Erich Anderson has been a fixture on the local rock and roll scene for over thirty years. He has played in both cover and original bands in a wide variety of styles. He has recorded albums in sever...
      Erich Anderson has been a fixture on the local rock and roll scene for over thirty years. He has played in both cover and original bands in a wide variety of styles. He has recorded albums in several original bands and continues to play shows locally and regionally.
    • Photo of Evan Snyder
      Evan Snyder
      Guitar Instructor
      Evan Snyder is a singer/songwriter who has played in the bands Skyhunter and The Midnight Lamps. While he still has a fondness for 80's hair metal and punk rock he has gravitated toward blues music...
      Evan Snyder is a singer/songwriter who has played in the bands Skyhunter and The Midnight Lamps. While he still has a fondness for 80's hair metal and punk rock he has gravitated toward blues music with his guitar playing. His favorite style of guitar is fingerstyle Country Blues.
    • Photo of Brandon Signorino
      Brandon Signorino
      Guitar Instructor
      Brandon Signorino is a guitarist and vocalist who has been involved with the Indianapolis music scene since 2004. He has been in a variety of rock, metal, and hardcore bands such as Scorched Earth...
      Brandon Signorino is a guitarist and vocalist who has been involved with the Indianapolis music scene since 2004. He has been in a variety of rock, metal, and hardcore bands such as Scorched Earth, Resurgence, Steel Aggressor, Panzer, and Still of the Night. He typically plays thrash metal and power metal but he has a real soft spot for '80s hair metal! The biggest influence on his guitar playing is the almighty Judas Priest!
    • Photo of Andrew Braxton
      Andrew Braxton
      Keyboard Instructor
      Andrew hails from Cleveland, Ohio where he grew up singing and playing piano and organ in church. His dad was the pastor, sooo… he kinda had to. He honed his skills as a keyboardist, vocalist, ...
      Andrew hails from Cleveland, Ohio where he grew up singing and playing piano and organ in church. His dad was the pastor, sooo… he kinda had to. He honed his skills as a keyboardist, vocalist, and musical director and those talents have taken him all over the U.S. and abroad. He has written and produced on multi-platinum projects and has performed with Anthony Hamilton, Lelah Hathaway, Changing Faces, and Conya Doss to name a few. Andrew has played with several local bands and artists since moving to Indianapolis in 2011 including Rob Dixon, Loo Abby, After Dark, and currently, Lemon Wheel. He holds a Bachelor’s in Piano from Hampton University and a Master’s in Education from University of Massachusetts and is super excited about being able to share his talents with his amazing School of Rock students.
    • Photo of Russell Simins
      Russell Simins
      Drum Instructor
      Russell Simins is best known as the drummer and co founding member of the internationally renowned Jon Spencer Blues Explosion which has been together touring all over the world and the US for 25 p...
      Russell Simins is best known as the drummer and co founding member of the internationally renowned Jon Spencer Blues Explosion which has been together touring all over the world and the US for 25 plus years now and has released over 15 records to date.
      He also has numerous production credits and has worked with and played for artists as diverse as The Beastie Boys, Tom Waits, Beck, and Yoko Ono.
      A guitarist, singer, and songwriter as well, he's also had success as a solo artist and with his other band Butter 08 and is also presently active with his new Indianapolis based band Service. In 2007 he produced, co-wrote, and played on Indie rock kid band sensation Tiny Masters Of Today's debut LP for Mute Records.
      He's had numerous TV appearances including The Late Show With David Letterman and as a member of the Late Night With Seth Meyers band and has been named by Spin magazine as one of the 100 best drummers in alternative rock.
    • Photo of Isaac Vining
      Isaac Vining
      Drum Instructor
      Isaac Vining is a musician that grew up in the town of Goshen, Indiana. It was there that he developed his passion and appreciation for all kinds of music whether it’s jazz, pop, progressive meta...
      Isaac Vining is a musician that grew up in the town of Goshen, Indiana. It was there that he developed his passion and appreciation for all kinds of music whether it’s jazz, pop, progressive metal, or country. Being fluent on guitar, bass, drums/percussion, and piano, Isaac has had ample opportunity to give it all a shot from the stage and in the studio, making it tough to choose a favorite instrument. Touring the country and recording in a plethora of Midwest recording studios has shown Isaac just how life-changing pursuing music can be. The indescribable feeling of hearing your guitar on the radio playing a riff that you practiced for hours in your bedroom is what gives Isaac the drive and passion to help students achieve so much more than they ever thought they could. When he’s not teaching at School of Rock, Isaac can be found playing with a slew of music groups including blues/pop band the Bobbie Morrone Trio, BEC artist Adam Cappa, and band-you-haven’t-heard-of The Skyline Social.
    • Photo of Colin Oakley
      Colin Oakley
      Drum Instructor
      From his humble beginnings banging on pots and pans in the kitchen as a child, Colin has steeped himself in the percussive arts since the age of 9. Beginning on a drum set, he soon gravitated towar...
      From his humble beginnings banging on pots and pans in the kitchen as a child, Colin has steeped himself in the percussive arts since the age of 9. Beginning on a drum set, he soon gravitated toward orchestral percussion in middle school, added marching percussion in high school, then found himself enraptured by jazz drumming as he entered college. Continuing this trajectory, Colin focused on jazz drumming in both big band and combo settings with Randy Salman and Sandy Williams at DePauw University where he also discovered a love for electronic music and soon began producing. Colin now finds himself playing with several local groups ranging stylistically from funk, blues, psychedelic, to folk. Colin frequently gigs with Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers, an Indie-Folk band featuring fellow School of Rock instructor Cyrus Youngman
    • Photo of Jarrod Bright
      Jarrod Bright
      Drum Instructor
      Jarrod Bright is a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer originally from Akron, Ohio. Jarrod has been playing drums, guitar, and piano for years and has studied longest, percussion, f...
      Jarrod Bright is a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer originally from Akron, Ohio. Jarrod has been playing drums, guitar, and piano for years and has studied longest, percussion, for nearly 12 years. After graduating from Anderson University with a degree in Music Business he continued working as a musician and engineer in both Indiana and Ohio. Jarrod currently splits his time between the studio and the stage both as a musician and engineer. He has worked with and currently works with many artists and bands such as Jon McLaughlin, Sidewalk Prophets, The Wldlfe, and many more.
    • Photo of Emily Peach
      Emily Peach
      Vocal & Rookies Instructor
      Emily has been studying voice for over 10 years. She currently studies music therapy at Indiana Wesleyan University, has toured nationally and internationally with choral ensembles, and has been ac...
      Emily has been studying voice for over 10 years. She currently studies music therapy at Indiana Wesleyan University, has toured nationally and internationally with choral ensembles, and has been active in the theater throughout her musical career. Originally trained in classical and musical theater repertoire, she always has had a love for classic rock and is excited to connect a broad spectrum of genres with classical technique. She is passionate about encouraging students to explore their voice while guiding them to gain the tools to feel like a rockstar.
    • Photo of Blake Moore
      Blake Moore
      Vocal Instructor
      Two-time Grammy Award winner, Blake Moore began performing at a professional level when she was nine years old. Recognizing her gifts for singing and performance, Blake decided to pursue a career ...
      Two-time Grammy Award winner, Blake Moore began performing at a professional level when she was nine years old. Recognizing her gifts for singing and performance, Blake decided to pursue a career in performing at Belmont University. She received her Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music. While in Nashville, she began teaching voice, running a private studio and instructing students at Belmont. Since then, she has continued teaching, picking up students wherever her travels have taken her.
    • Photo of Steve Laine
      Steve Laine
      Bass Instructor
      Steve has been playing bass guitar for over fifteen years, has ten years worth of experience playing in bands, and six years of teaching experience. With his musical interest sparked by The Beatles...
      Steve has been playing bass guitar for over fifteen years, has ten years worth of experience playing in bands, and six years of teaching experience. With his musical interest sparked by The Beatles, Steve began to play the bass guitar. As the years went by his influences grew from classic rock gods such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath to more improvisational rock groups such as The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, and Phish. Along with his love for rock n’ roll Steve enjoys blues, bluegrass, reggae and jazz.
      Steve has logged over 500 gigs in 15 states traveling from Burlington, Vermont to Austin, Texas and everywhere in between. “I feel my approach to the bass guitar is very similar to that of John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam. A focus on solid rhythm with melodic ideas interspersed.”
    • Photo of Mimi Mapes-McCloy
      Mimi Mapes-McCloy
      Vocal & Rookies instructor
      Mimi Mapes McCloy grew up in Old Town Chicago, surrounded by music. Her mother, folk singer Jo Mapes, was the “go-to” person for friends and musicians in town. It wasn’t unusual for Mimi to c...
      Mimi Mapes McCloy grew up in Old Town Chicago, surrounded by music. Her mother, folk singer Jo Mapes, was the “go-to” person for friends and musicians in town. It wasn’t unusual for Mimi to come home from school and find people like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Harry Chapin or her “uncle” Shel Silverstein hanging out… sharing songs… stew… laughter in her living room.

      Naturally, she started playing guitar at an early age, only to put it down for awhile to explore other genres besides folk.

      She went on to work with jazz trios and several bands including Dr. Bop & The Headliners, where she was known as “Mimi Valendez”, one of the infamous Valendez sisters. From there she joined Indiana rocker Henry Lee Summer, who got a record deal, which took her on tour with bands like Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, and Richard Marx, to name a few. During that time she also was doing a lot of studio work, including jingles for Coca Cola and McDonalds. Her album credits include John Mellencamp’s "Scarecrow", James McMurtry’s "Too Long in The Wasteland", the “Twins” Soundtrack, as well as lending her voice to other artists' recordings. Her TV credits include The Arsenio Hall Show, and Farm Aid ‘90.

      Through all of this she managed to raise a beautiful daughter, now in college, and is really feeling the “empty nest” syndrome. She has a love of kids and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with them on their musical journey!

      Her main influences (besides her mom) include Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, Heart, The Beatles and Billie Holiday.

      She has picked up the guitar again, and ready to go!

News

  • Sign up for Summer Camps!

    Beginner Camp This signature performance boot camp is perfect for students who are beginners on their instrument (guitar, bass, keyboard, drums or vocals) but who still want to participate in a ...
    Beginner Camp

    This signature performance boot camp is perfect for students who are beginners on their instrument (guitar, bass, keyboard, drums or vocals) but who still want to participate in a performance group! Students spend 1 week working 9am-3pm each day on a variety of rock songs in a band setting--and perform LIVE at the end of the week!

    7/17-7/21, 9am-3pm Mon-Fri with a 3pm performance on 7/21

    Price: $500



    Best of Green Day Intermediate-Advanced Camp

    Green Day has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, is a 5 time Grammy award winner, inspired the Broadway stage adaptation of their album American Idiot, and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. And the band is STILL making music, putting out its most recent album in October 2016. To call this punk band successful is an understatement.
    Students of this camp will be spending a full week completely immersed in the music of Green Day! This signature performance boot camp is similar to the beginner camp, but tailored for more advanced students. Students spend 1 week working each day on songs in a band setting--and perform LIVE at the end of the week! Sign up before it sells out!

    7/24-7/28, 9am-3pm Mon-Fri with a 3pm performance on 7/28

    Price: $500

Testimonials

  • “I think it's great for the kids to not only learn from lessons, but from being in a group as well. My son's favorite part is jamming with other kids on Monday nights.”
    — Todd B., Father of School of Rock Fishers student
  • “Great environment for positive learning and team building! ”
    — Amber C., Mother of School of Rock Fishers student
  • “Instructors are very encouraging + friendly atmosphere= great learning environment. My son is back to enjoying playing music and wanting to learn more.”
    — Anne Q., Mother of School of Rock Fishers student
  • “They make learning how to play music fun! The instructors and owners are very nice. Great customer service.”
    — Maureen K., Mother of School of Rock Fishers student