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School of Rock Fort Wayne
9006 Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 497-7625

Location Specifics

On the corner of Coldwater & Wallen, right across the street from the Lassus Handy Dandy.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/28/2019: Closed
  • 12/25/2019: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-6

At School of Rock Fort Wayne 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

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 Fort Wayne, 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
Rookies
Ages 6-9

At School of Rock Fort Wayne, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 9-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. In addition, they learn different aspects of music theory through fun and engaging group activities. 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • 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 Fort Wayne, 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 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Fort Wayne'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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Fort Wayne who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Fort Wayne'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 Fort Wayne music venue.

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

School of Rock Fort Wayne'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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne.

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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 8-18

The School of Rock Fort Wayne House Band music program gives students ages 8-18 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 Fort Wayne'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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne, 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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne, 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 Fort Wayne. 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 Fort Wayne, 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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne, 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 Fort Wayne, 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 Fort Wayne’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.

Justin Zych Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Justin has been playing guitar since he was 11 years old. He picked up the guitar from watching his father play and never stopped. He has a Bachelors Degree in music performance from IPFW and excels at classical, jazz, blues and rock. He arranged a Metallica medley for his classical guitar ensemble and has sold this arrangement to several schools around the world. He is a touring musician and has been a part of national tour packages and has been teaching private and group/band ensemble lessons for 10+ years. The bands he currently plays/tours with are Zephaniah and Death On Fire. He has filled in for countless bands for live performances as well as recorded bass, guitar and piano as a studio musician. Justin likes going to live music shows with his family, collecting music memorabilia and playing video games when playing his instruments!

Sam Stephens Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Sam Stephens has been a herald of the divine art of music since his childhood. His interest in guitar was originally kindled by his uncle, who would frequently bring an acoustic guitar to family gatherings. At age 13 this interest manifested itself physically when said uncle allowed Sam to borrow an acoustic guitar with the condition that he must learn a full song within a month to be able to keep the instrument. Sam fulfilled this challenge by learning "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones, and thus his musical voyage began. Throughout high school he cultivated his knowledge of guitar by taking lessons from a brilliant instructor, Michael Patterson, and by playing in assorted garage and school constructed bands. He is currently playing lead guitar in a Fort Wayne-based group called Our Name is Taken, and bass in the Chicago-based metal band Death on Fire.

Kyle Smith Drum Teacher

Kyle Smith is a serious musician, making serious music, without taking himself too seriously.

Ryan Getz, of the music blog Tuned Up, once described Kyle's indie rock project Girl Colors using those terms, and ever since Kyle has taken that as something of a motto for himself.

A musician based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kyle plays drums and percussion. He has a passion for music education and has been teaching drums and performance to students of all ages at School of Rock since it opened in Fort Wayne in Fall 2015. He hopes to communicate joy and humor through serious musicianship, always working to be a studious keeper of groove behind the drum kit, but is not above throwing on a costume and facepaint in the name of rock and roll.

In addition to drumming and teaching, Kyle is involved in many things related to music: writing original music, reviewing new music releases for the music blog Tuned Up, creating DIY band merchandise, and building and restoring custom drums. Outside of music, Kyle enjoys reading good fantasy and science fiction, drinking strong coffee, and spending time with his wife Erin and their cat Willow.

Kevin Showalter Vocal Instructor

Vocal instructor Kevin Showalter has been singing ever since he could first talk. As a very young child, he would hear music on the radio and within a week be singing that song, word for word, by memory. His first experience of singing on stage would come not too long after, performing songs at his childhood church. His first real performance was his sophomore year in high school, when he sang “Tears in Heaven” at his choir show and received his first, of many, standing ovations.

Kevin graduated with his bachelor’s degree, majoring in Vocal Performance and an outside field of Creative Writing from IPFW in 2010. The program afforded him many opportunities to perform in such places as Washington D.C. and New York City. Kevin has also sung "The National Anthem" at college basketball games, as well as Fort Wayne Tincaps games.

When he’s not teaching at School of Rock Fort Wayne, Kevin is a featured vocalist in the infamous Fort Wayne rock orchestra The APQ-Harmonic. He has been described as a “renaissance man” by the PyleStyle Blog for his day work as an advocate for kids with disabilities, and for writing his blog Modern Day Nobody in addition to all his music ventures. While he loves to write and perform more laid-back folk tunes, he also has a soft spot in his heart for getting everyone on their feet with some loud rock, and loves passing that passion on to his students.

Jacob Ganser Piano Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

By the time Jacob Ganser had started middle school, he had dabbled in percussion and piano, and been approached by some friends who were interested in performing an amateur Green Day cover at the art camp that they all would attend that summer. The performance itself had room for improvement, but Jacob was hooked on it.

A couple years later, Jacob discovered a love for the bass guitar, influenced by the diversity of the instrument and its application in bands ranging from The Gorillaz to early Metallica. He began to push the boundaries of what a bass guitarist’s role in music could be, applying lead riffs to keep up with some of his more technically-skilled friends, and even crafting sounds with guitar pedals that would later be applied in electronic music settings. One thing would remain certain: Jacob loved playing music and enjoyed helping others put on a show.

In addition to music, Jacob is also a leading member of the local arts collective The Keepers of Bohemia. He graduated from St. Francis University with Bachelor’s degrees in both Music Technology and Psychology, and uses these to help collaborate with artists and venues in the local area to put on shows. As of now, Jacob plays bass with two local Fort Wayne bands: Our Name Is Taken and Venus In Jeans.

Tyler Witte Guitar Teacher, Drums Teacher

Guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher Tyler Witte first got a guitar in his hand at the young age of five, when his musician father taught him a couple chords. However it wasn’t until the age of 12 when he discovered and fell in love with early thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer that he started diving into guitar seriously. Using his Christmas money, Tyler bought his first B.C. Rich Warlock, and spent endless hours locked in his room learning to play.

Before too long he and his high school buddies had a band and were writing original metal songs. After high school, Tyler’s bandmates let their passion for video games get in the way of creating music, but Tyler’s pursuit of musical fulfillment would not be squashed. While in search of his next musical endeavor, Tyler came across local thrash metal band Masochist; however, there was a catch. Masochist didn’t need a guitarist. They needed a drummer. In the eight years they were together, Masochist composed and released their self-titled album, and played venues all over the Midwest, Detroit and Cincinnati.

While not molding the next generation of young rock stars at School of Rock Fort Wayne, Tyler plays drums for local tribute bands Cougar Hunter and Decade Divide. He is also currently attending Purdue Fort Wayne in pursuit of a degree in Physics.

Lee Cliff Bass Guitar Teacher

Lee Cliff's been playing bass for six years and is in love with the instrument, as well as music in general. Starting off with a talent show with his two older brothers, his instrumental skills improved over self-training and synthesis of his classical training with clarinet. Lee spent years in church and in several traveling worship teams before he founded the small break-out indie rock group Calder the Band. They played around Fort Wayne and had month long appearances on Spotify's Discover Weekly. Lee loves teaching bass lessons, and is beginning a new group called Brother Gene. Excited about the future, and excited about being a part of School of Rock Fort Wayne, Lee is ready to teach.

David Bobay Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

David Bobay is a music educator, performer and administrator. Through his work with the nonprofit Heartland Sings, School of Rock, the school districts of Fort Wayne and Anderson, and the Ball State University Singers, David has become a highly experienced and skilled musician and manager of education and community programs across various age and ability levels. Throughout his schooling, David took part in choir, private lessons, theater and band opportunities around the state. He now holds a B.S. in Vocal/General Music Education from Ball State University. While there he was a member of the Ball State University Singers and company manager for their 50th season. His choral performance and music management experience has taken him to China, Texas, California, Disney World and the 2012 World Choir Games. David has had a wide variety of performance experience, including opera chorus, acapella groups, show choir, chamber choir and musical theatre, as well as concert and show bands. He is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Fort Wayne.

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Reviews

It has given my child confidence!

I like that the kids get the onstage experience. My daughter got the confidence boost she needed to continue playing the guitar! Their encouragement for the kids is tremendous!

I love the kids' self-confidence!

The knowledge of every facet of music and being bandmates and friends is incredible for them. The staff are amazing and personable too!

My son loves his School of Rock family.

He loves attending the camps and performance-based sessions. School of Rock has helped build his confidence and grow his music skills too.

The collaborative aspect is the best part.

Having bandmates motivates me to practice more so I don't let them down, and it's encouraging to watch my bandmates grow week to week as well.