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School of Rock Gahanna
5225 N. Hamilton Road
Columbus, OH 43230
  • Monday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Gahanna, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

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

At School of Rock Gahanna our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Gahanna, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Gahanna, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Gahanna, 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 Gahanna'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 Gahanna have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Columbus are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Gahanna 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
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Gahanna'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 Columbus music venue.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Gahanna, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Columbus is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Gahanna who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

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

School of Rock Gahanna'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 Gahanna 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 Columbus.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Gahanna 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 Columbus.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Columbus and the rest of OH. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Gahanna

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Gahanna, 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 Gahanna is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Columbus 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 Gahanna'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 Gahanna, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Columbus 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 Gahanna 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 Columbus 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 Gahanna 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 Gahanna we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Columbus, 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 Gahanna, 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 Columbus. Unlike other Columbus drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Gahanna, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Columbus 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 Gahanna 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 Gahanna, 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 Gahanna teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Gahanna, 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 Columbus.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Gahanna 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 Columbus 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 Gahanna, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Gahanna, 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 Columbus, 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 Gahanna’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.

Chandler Eggleston Guitar Teacher

A Gahanna native, Chandler Eggleston has been playing the guitar since he was 15, and has been touring professionally since 2011. As the backing guitarist/bassist for pop-rock band New Hollow, he honed his chops while sharing stages with groups like Fall Out Boy, Meghan Trainor and Fifth Harmony. He currently is the lead guitarist for Carter Winter, and has toured with some of country’s biggest names, including Sam Hunt, Chase Rice and Brantley Gilbert. Fueled by his passion for the blues and classic rock, some of his influences include John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Gahanna.

Brian Riggs Drum Teacher

Brian Riggs has been playing drums since the age of three. Music has always been his passion and he enjoys sharing his love for music with people. He currently plays drums for Nashville country artist PJ North and he has been playing for him since 2013. Through playing drums for PJ North, he has made friendships with Nashville recording artists and musicians, such as Gretchen Wilson, Ray Fulcher, Adam Doleac and Brett Young. He has previously played drums for multiple bands and artists, including hip-hop/R&B artist Jacey J, metal band The Rose Hill, pop-punk/rock band Merlot To Ashes and country artist Alan Carl.

Brian has taught private lessons on the drum set to people of all ages. He enjoys playing various styles and any genre of music. Brian has three children of his own, and his oldest son plays guitar and drums. His kids enjoy music as much as he does. As a parent he’s always supporting and encouraging his kids to follow their passion and dreams.

Some of his drummer influences are Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Matt Greiner, Benny Greb and Carter Beauford. Some of his favorite bands/artists are Third Eye Blind, Dave Matthews Band, Rush, The Beatles, August Burns Red, Twenty One Pilots, Beartooth, Four Year Strong, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan and Dan and Shay. Brian is always looking for a challenge to improve as a musician and teacher. He is very thankful for the opportunity to be a drum teacher at School of Rock Gahanna and be a part of the School of Rock family.

Jon Suh Guitar Teacher

Jon Suh is a guitar player who has been involved in the Columbus music scene since 2009. He has 15 years of playing experience, 10 years of performing experience, and five-plus years of teaching experience in all genres. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's in Music Business, Jon performed with his band Harmless Habit in venues throughout the Midwest. As a guitar teacher at School of Rock Gahanna, he has the recording, performance and business experience to show students how to be performers in today’s music industry.

Matthew Bonder Drum Teacher

Matthew Bonder is a classically trained percussionist with a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University. He has a variety of performance experience, from jazz big bands to heavy metal gigs and everything in between. Aside from regular performance, Matthew also has experience in the recording and production side of music. Due to writing, producing and engineering dozens of songs and albums, Matthew has a unique perspective of musical performance both on the stage and in the recording booth. You can hear his drumming performances and songwriting/production on work from artists such as The Lost Boys Collective and Of Two Minds. Combining his real world experience with a classical academic background in percussion performance, music theory and ear training, Matthew is able to give well-rounded musical advice and focus on specific interests or musical areas that his students want to learn about. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Gahanna.

Cooper Bourne Guitar Teacher

Cooper Bourne started playing guitar when he was 13 years old with a heavy influence on rock, blues and metal. He has been playing shows since then and has played in various Columbus bands and venues. At age 15 he started to play the bass guitar, as well as the drums. He played three years in the Olentangy Liberty Drum Line, placing 11th in the world in their class at WGI during his junior year. Cooper has shared the stage with such acts as The 1975, Post Malone, 30 Seconds to Mars, Alterbirdge, Charlie Daniels, Starset, AJR, John Bellion and many more. His influences include Randy Rhoads, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nuno Bettencourt, Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch, Jimi Hendrix and Warren Demartini. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Gahanna.

Michael Christian Music Director

Michael Christian is a veteran of the Columbus music scene. His background includes being a touring musician, band leader, sideman, songwriter, guitar instructor, executive chef and audio engineer for Newport, Promowest Productions and Turtle Creek Tavern. He is also a father. He is so excited to join the School of Rock Gahanna team as our Music Director and help shape the next generation of local musicians.

Steve Paxton Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Steve Paxton was born and raised in Columbus, OH. He began playing piano and singing at an early age. You could find him on any given Sunday playing at his father’s church. This humble beginning ignited a love of music in him, which propelled him into what has now become a 25+ year career as a professional musician.

A decision to move to Nashville afforded him the opportunity to work as a session musician and songwriter. He played with Miranda Lambert, and toured with Buddy Jewell and Chely Wright to name a few. Steve also shared the stage with rock icons such as Kansas, ZZ Top and STYX.

One of his dreams was to play and sing at The Grand Ole Opry, where he’s now been able to perform many times over. For two years he played keys and sang backup in the house band for "Nashville Star."

Now settled back in his hometown, this native Buckeye spends his time writing and recording in his home studio and plays in several bands around town. Steve is the worship leader at his church in Pickerington. He also is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Gahanna. He is well-versed in many styles of music and finds inspiration from artists like Bruce Hornsby, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and John Legend. With his diverse experience, he wants to give back and inspire a new generation of artists. His dynamic piano and vocal stylings, along with his down-to- earth personality and approach, help him connect with his students to give them a quality learning experience that goes beyond traditional lessons.

Andrew Decord Guitar Teacher

Andrew DeCord is a professional musician and recording artist from South Jersey who moved to the Columbus, Ohio area when he was 18 years old. Specializing in guitar, he also plays drums, piano/keys and bass guitar. Andrew became a professional musician at the young age of 15, playing in multiple bands but ultimately being the drummer in the band Us+Them, a Pink Floyd tribute act. He played at many venues in Philadelphia and also the surrounding area. Andrew was a student at School of Rock Cherry Hill for three and a half years. He became a part of the first advanced team there. Andrew enjoys teaching younger students while helping them develop their own career path and guiding them to success. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Gahanna.

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What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!