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School of Rock Franklin
615 Bakers Bridge Avenue Suite 100
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 221-9700

Location Specifics

Across the parking lot behind First Citizens National Bank.

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Hours
  • Monday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 5-6

At School of Rock Franklin, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 to 6-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
  • 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 Franklin, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in 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 7-10

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Franklin'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 Franklin 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 45-minute Private Lesson
  • 1 to 1.5 hour Weekly Group Rehearsal

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Franklin are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Franklin who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 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
Performance
Ages 11-18

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

What To Expect
  • 1 weekly 45-minute private lesson
  • 1 Weekly 2.5-hour Group Rehearsal

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Franklin'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 Franklin music venue.

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

The School of Rock Franklin 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 Franklin's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at TN 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 Franklin and the rest of TN. All students who have been in the Performance Program for at least 6 consecutive months have the opportunity to audition or be invited for a spot in their school's House Band. 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 Franklin

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

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

At School of Rock Franklin, 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 Franklin is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Franklin guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

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've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Franklin offers advanced guitar lessons that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Franklin guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock Franklin's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs 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. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Franklin venue.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock
Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Franklin 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 Franklin we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Franklin, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

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 Franklin, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Franklin 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.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in Franklin. Unlike other Franklin drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock
Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Franklin 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 Franklin, 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Franklin, our singing lessons 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 Franklin.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock Franklin teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. 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, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

 

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

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Franklin 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 Franklin 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Franklin 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 Franklin, 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.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

About Our Bass Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock Franklin’s innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

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 Franklin. 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 Franklin, 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 Franklin area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Franklin, our keyboard lessons 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 Franklin 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.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

About Our Keyboard Lessons

The School of Rock Franklin's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Students in the Franklin 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 Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Franklin’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.

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Steve Rossi Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Steve Rossi brings many years of experience to the Franklin School of Rock as a seasoned performer. Steve has performed on stage with Rock legend and guitar virtuoso, Peter Frampton on his North American tours, as well as other well-known artists such as vocalist extraordinaire, Taylor Dayne; eighties rock legends, Cinderella (North American tours); 60s rock n' roll pioneer, Gary U.S. Bonds, and many other high profile bands and artists across several continents. He has appeared on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show and NBC's "A 70s Celebration" with Taylor Dayne. Steve has also appeared with headliners The Bee Gees and other notable 70s artists. Other appearances include Solid Gold with Gary U.S. Bonds and on MTV's "The Grind." Steve's album credits include Stevie Wonder, John Kay Steppenwolf and various other artists. He is an independent composer/producer of music for television multimedia. Clients include ABC/Disney, AE, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon Networks and The Travel Channel, as well as various other corporate and independent clients. Steve scored two seasons of "Surprise by Design," hit home improvement series on Discovery Channel and is currently composing and producing original, in-program music for "Good Morning America."
Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

EJ Ford Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Erskine Ford, Jr., or E.J. as he is known, hails from Bessemer, Alabama. He displayed musical talents early in life, beginning piano lessons at the age of 5. For the next several years he earned his stripes playing piano in numerous churches in his hometown, in Birmingham, and other neighboring cities. He honed his abilities in school learning to play other instruments including bass guitar and percussion. In 1997 he moved to Nashville to attend college at Tennessee State University, continuing his musical education by marching as a snare drummer with the Aristocrat of Bands and playing bass guitar with the TSU Gospel Choir. In the years following college, he has worked with some of Nashville’s who’s who of soul, blues, and R & B including Herschel Bailey, Clarence Dobbins, Scat Springs, and Johnny Jones to name a few. E.J.’s persistent drive to grow musically landed him further work with Southern Soul singer Charles Wilson, Damian Horne from the Muzik Mafia, country music writer and singer Erin Ashleigh, and Maria Howell from the movie “The Color Purple.” He began recording in 2005, coproducing the “Your Reflection” album for R & B singer Justice. The album landed in the top 40 of independent albums in the United States, and in the top 10 in Japan. It was also nominated for Best R & B Album of 2008 by the Southern Entertainment Awards. Today he continues his pursuit of musical excellence with the same formula that has brought him to this level. He instructs private piano and guitar lessons at Oak Hill School in Nashville, serves his church as minister of music, performs regularly with blues, soul, R & B and funk bands, and is the band leader for the up and coming alt-country band Koriander. Most recently he’s been a part of the cast of the new television series “Nashville Unleashed” which airs in the United States, Europe and New Zealand.
Singing Teacher

Katie Basden Singing Teacher

With deep roots in Durham, North Carolina, Katie Basden grew up in a home full of musical influences. She started her solo career at just 15, and migrated to Nashville, TN after high school in 2010 and has been traveling to play ever since. Katie most recently placed as a top 20 finalist on NBC’s show "The Voice" with her coach Blake Shelton, after working with Adam Levine. Prior to the show, she released her sophomore project, "Release the Sound," featuring Gypsy Prophet, which was chosen Best Country Video Performance by talented singer-songwriters Chris Stapleton and Charlie Worsham for "American Songwriter Magazine"’s 30th Anniversary Song Contest. "Release the Sound" is not only full of original, genre-bending songs written by a travelled female artist, but Katie's powerful voice is honest and effortless. Katie plans to release new music this year and looks forward to traveling to play for her newfound fans from her time on television.

Alaina Blair Vocal Instructor

Currently residing in Nashville, TN, Alaina Blair has performed all over the world. The country singer/songwriter has supported many national acts, including Jana Kramer, Jamie-Lynn Spears, Lauren Alaina, Jackie Lee, Jonny Lang, Macy Gray, 3 Doors Down, Aaron Lewis, Anna Nalick, Montgomery Gentry, Marc Cohn, Jason Michael Carroll, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Lee Rocker, Martha Davis and The Motels, and Casey Abrams of "American Idol." She was also part of the "American Idol" farewell season, making it into the Top 75 out of 75,000 people who auditioned.

Alaina has been fortunate to work with amazing producers and songwriters in both LA and Nashville. She has been a nominee for the LA Music Awards, LA Music Critic Awards and The San Diego Music Awards for her album "Love It or Leave It," produced by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt). She was also honored to be named an Artist To Watch in a recent CBS Los Angeles article.

Brendan Bird Drums Teacher

Brendan Bird has been playing drums for as long as he can remember. Growing up on the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath, Brendan fell in love with rock music at a very young age, joining School of Rock Main Line as a student and playing with their House Band. After graduating from School of Rock, Brendan attended Berklee College of Music, where he studied with teachers Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Plainfield and Dave DiCenso. In 2016 he graduated with a B.M. in Professional Music with a focus on performance and education. After graduation, Brendan moved to Nashville and now plays and tours with the band From Earth, as well as local artists Aaron John and Mel Bryant.

Matt Drummey Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Matt Drummey is a musician from Kingston, MA. A versatile player, Matt is equally comfortable as a bassist or guitarist. Years of performing and teaching make him an excellent resource for any aspiring musician. His playing style is an exciting blend of a wide range of influences. Over the course of his time playing Matt has studied blues, classic rock, jazz, neo-soul, bluegrass, funk and many more.

Matt received a degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in 2011. During his time at Berklee he studied under master guitarist Tim Miller. His time at Berklee also led to him being one of the co-founders of Boston jam band Skyfoot. During his time with Skyfoot Matt performed over 200 shows, spanning over 20 states. Skyfoot released their debut album "Eternal Bend" in 2011. This album features Matt on both electric guitar and bass. His deep understanding of both instruments gives him a unique perspective on playing and teaching. In the spring of 2016 Matt relocated to Nashville to continue to pursue a career in music.

As an instructor Matt’s goal is to make lessons a fun and engaging environment for students. His sense of humor and approachability make him a great fit for all levels of students. Matt puts a strong emphasis on helping students learn their favorite songs and discover improvisation. Matt can teach music theory, reading, ear training, improvisation concepts, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass, fretless bass techniques, various musical genres, songwriting and more.

Ben Reiff Drums Teacher

Ben Reiff is a professional drummer and aspiring songwriter living in Nashville, TN who has experience teaching a wide variety of students, including children to adults and complete beginners to advanced musicians. Students can expect to see weekly progress in their drumming in many areas, such as coordination, technique, timing, phrasing and overall musicianship. Ben also likes to play in many different styles, including, pop, rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop and many different styles of world music.

As a songwriter, Ben’s teachings often keep a focus on playing drums to best support the song. Students will learn about different song forms and how they relate to creating appropriate drum parts and how to develop strategies for accelerated learning. Ben has 10-plus years of drum experience, playing, touring and recording with bands/artists including Plevyak, Christian Lopez and Blake Ruby, and studying at The Berklee College of Music on scholarship.

Sean McCreight Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in the Nashville, TN area, Sean McCreight first picked up the guitar at age six but didn't become serious about playing the guitar until he was in sixth grade, when he started taking private lessons and learned about the band KISS. Sean's first guitar influence was Ace Frehley, which led to his first live performance in a KISS tribute band and other performances, including the Halloween KISS House right off of the square in Franklin, TN. To this day, Sean can still play every Ace Frehley solo. Eventually Sean became a student at School of Rock and quickly began to learn about more genres of music and develop a love of the blues, progressive rock, Motown, classic rock, jam bands and many more. As time went on Sean's influences grew to include Pink Floyd, The Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks, Gov't Mule, The Grateful Dead, The Aquarium Rescue Unit and his all time favorite, Widespread Panic. During his time at School of Rock, Sean was a member of the House Band for five years and was a three-time national AllStar. After graduating high school and School of Rock, Sean attended Belmont University and majored in Commercial Music - Guitar and quickly formed his band Sonic Voodoo, a seven-piece fusion rock band based in Nashville, TN. Sean's band has played many high-profile gigs, including playing at the Nashville Predators games and Plaza Parties, as well as opening for Echosmith. The band released their first EP on Spotify and iTunes in March of 2017. Sean is continuing his music education in the Segue 61 program in Nashville, TN and continues to record and perform live with Sonic Voodoo and other artists around town.

Bryan Royals Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Bryan Royals is a voice instructor who has been passionate about music, performing and the arts from an early age. This Alabama native holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Mobile, where he studied Voice, Musical Theater and Church Worship Ministry. He attended the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany before moving to Orlando, Florida, where he had the opportunity to do session recording and performing in various places such as Walt Disney World and professional theater. He also worked in church ministry for over seven years, working with children, students and adults as a worship leader, children’s worship director and student minister. Bryan has had the opportunity to perform in the Orlando area, around the country and abroad, but he is continuing his career in Nashville while working with artists young and old, helping them develop their talents and gifts in music.

Justin Powless Drums Teacher

Originally from Canton, Michigan, Justin Powless got his musical upbringing in the church, absorbing live music at an early age. At eight years old, he began drum lessons, forever setting him on an endless pursuit of knowledge. In 2014, he began attending Berklee College of Music, becoming immersed in an ocean of music. After graduation, Justin had the privilege of traveling to Ghana to study West African drumming and dancing with a former professor. Since moving to Nashville in 2017, Justin has been working with artist Erin Jarvis, Nashville Broadway artists and local Franklin churches.

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One of the Best Decisions We've Made.

Our son has become a much better drummer! He has learned to work within a group, and it has given him confidence that he never had before. Watching him and his friends playing iconic music with skill and swagger is amazing.

Attentiveness and True Compassion.

The entire staff are beautiful people inside and out!

We love everything about School of Rock!

Fantastic staff, top-notch facility, happy kids! We love it!

The Most Fulfilling Thing I've Ever Done

I've attended School of Rock for many years, spending upwards of 15 hours a week there, honing my skills as a singer and guitarist. I helped students who weren't as confident and it was the most fulfilling thing I've ever done.

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