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School of Rock Fishers
11740 Olio Rd Suite 100
Fishers, IN 46038
(317) 284-1148

Location Specifics

Located in the Kroger Plaza.

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Hours
  • Monday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 2:15 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Fishers, 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. True to our performance-based programming, students perform for parents and family members in the last 5 minutes of every weekly class.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly Group Class
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

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 Fishers, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 8-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Fishers'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 Fishers have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Fishers are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Fishers 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 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 12-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Fishers 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 Fishers Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Fishers music venues in front of a live audience. Every few months students are taken out of the classroom and put on a real stage to perform for a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Fishers'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 Fishers music venue.

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

School of Rock Fishers's Adult Program is for students over 21 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Fishers 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 Fishers.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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 Fishers 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 Fishers.

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

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

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

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 Fishers and the rest of IN. 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
AllStars
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
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

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 Fishers

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Fishers, 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 Fishers is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Fishers 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 Fishers'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 Fishers, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Fishers 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 Fishers 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 Fishers 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 Fishers 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 Fishers we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Fishers, 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 Fishers, 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 Fishers. Unlike other Fishers 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
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

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 Fishers, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Fishers 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 Fishers 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 Fishers, 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 Fishers 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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Fishers, 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 Fishers.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Fishers 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 Fishers 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 paired with a weekly band rehearsal.

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 Fishers, 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
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Fishers 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 Fishers, 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 Fishers. 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 Fishers, 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 Fishers 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 Fishers Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Fishers 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 Fishers music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Fishers, 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 Fishers, 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 Fishers’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.

Singing Teacher

Mimi Mapes-McCloy Singing Teacher

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 and 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!

Steve Laine Bass Guitar Teacher

Steve has been playing bass guitar for over 15 years, has 10 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.

Colin Oakley Drum Teacher

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 nine. 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 DePaul 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 and psychedelic to folk. Colin frequently gigs with Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers, an indie-folk band featuring fellow School of Rock instructor Cyrus Youngman.

Joshua Powell Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Joshua Powell is a songwriter from Indianapolis, IN, who handcrafts a strangely literate brand of psychedelic indie rock that manages to be simultaneously socially conscious and spiritually turbulent. With over 700 shows in over 40 states under his anachronistic studded belt, Powell blends the narrative richness of American folk with a heavy dose of hallucinatory swirl and a ghost note of ‘00s-vintage bedroom indie, all highlighted in
ethereal falsetto by his purposeful, kaleidoscopic poetry. In 2017, Spotify has featured songs from his record Alyosha on their official Indie Acoustic and Writer’s Playlist. Joshua also had songs placed in Freeform’s “The Fosters,” ABC’s “Blood and Oil” and is in regular rotation on Starbucks’ official national store playlist. The band has recorded sessions with Audiotree and Daytrotter, and been covered in "The Huffington Post" and "No Depression," which described Powell’s music as “a crossroads of revival-in-the-river folk mysticism and barroom-ready guitar-driven rock with conscience and existential wonder."

Erich Anderson Guitar Teacher

Erich Anderson has been a fixture on the local rock and roll scene for over 30 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.

Adam Shuntich Guitar Teacher

Adam Shuntich is a musician, band leader and firebrand fresh off the factory belts of Youngstown, OH. After years of touring, he has acquired a distinctive reputation in the region as the lead guitarist, harmony singer and longest standing member of the Indianapolis psych-rock outfit Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery. From his fully outfitted teenage KISS tribute band and the blue collar bar circuits of his radio rock hometown friends, to an outpost of a liberal arts college where classical, jazz and klezmer music sifted into the foreground, Shuntich has achieved an offbeat versatility. Immediately after acquiring his Bachelor of Arts in Music Business, he started touring full-time with the Great Train Robbery and has since played over 400 shows in 40+ states, earning a trained comfortability bred only by the road. He’s also hired his proverbial guns to Hex Mundi, Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers, The ZOU and IndyKlez. His signature electric guitar tone is widely admired and runs through a complicated chain of effect pedals into stereo amps. Since making his home in Indianapolis, IN, Adam has also happily gained employment as Music Director at School of Rock, where he teaches guitar and leads performance bands, championing the school’s goals. When he isn’t rambling the American interstate or teaching Zeppelin, he can most likely be found at a used book store building out his Kerouac collection.

Glenn Dantam Piano Teacher

At an early age, Glenn discovered his love for music in its fulfilling challenges, and in its capacity as a positive outlet for (sometimes unpredictable) creative energy. Throughout his childhood and teenage years, he played piano, percussion and saxophone in his schools' music programs. Glenn continued his musical studies at Butler University, studying percussion under Jon Crabiel and Craig Hetrick, and piano under Gary Walters. In the years since college, he has played in several bands of different styles, exploring his creative horizons as a punk drummer, a folk-rock pianist and some odd places in between. He currently plays with Indianapolis-based acts Terrapin Sun and Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers.

Jarrod Bright Drum Teacher

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 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.

Russell Simins Drum Teacher

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, 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. He's had numerous TV appearances, including on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and as a member of the "Late Night With Seth Meyers" band. He has been named by "Spin Magazine" as one of the 100 best drummers in alternative rock.

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Reviews

This Place is a Home.

This place is a home. Band members become family and you will see yourself advance seemingly effortlessly.

My Daughter gets to try every instrument!

I love that my daughter gets to try every instrument before committing to one. She's learned a lot already, and the performance-based nature of the class has really helped to increase her confidence.

School of Rock has been Life-Changing!

This has been an amazing experience for my son. He is on the ASD spectrum and the music has improved his language, social skills and confidence. I would HIGHLY recommend this program.

My Son Loves Feeling a Part of Something!

My son's ability to play guitar is far better than I would have anticipated after just two years. He has become significantly more social and open. I attribute all this primarily to the program, the teachers and staff.

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