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About School of Rock Kansas City

Welcome to School of Rock Kansas City, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Kansas City’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Kansas City has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Kansas City full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Kansas City
1315 East StreetParkville, MO 64152
Main Number
(816) 842-7625(816) 842-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Kansas City's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Kansas City's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Kansas City’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Kansas City, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Kansas City’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Kansas City’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Kansas City musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Kansas City can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Kansas City is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Kansas City, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Kansas City’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Kansas City’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Kansas City.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

  • School of Rock Kansas City’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Kansas City Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Kansas City’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Kansas City learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Kansas City Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Kansas City enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Kansas City’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

School of Rock Kansas City's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with othe...
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School of Rock Kansas City's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Kansas City's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • October 24
      5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
      SOR KC House Band at the Prairie Pointe Elementary's Trunk or Treat
      concert
      School of Rock Kansas City House Band will be performing during this years Prairie Pointe Elementary's Trunk or Treat. Come join us for some Halloween fun!
    • October 28
      10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
      House Band at Chicken N Pickle Halloween Party
      concert
      Bring the whole family out Saturday, October 28 to kick off this Halloween. 1-4pm: Complimentary Halloween-Theme Face Painter Open-6pm: Bounce House 11am: Build Your Own Caramel Apple Buffe...
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      Bring the whole family out Saturday, October 28 to kick off this Halloween.

      1-4pm: Complimentary Halloween-Theme Face Painter
      Open-6pm: Bounce House
      11am: Build Your Own Caramel Apple Buffet (Shack)
      2pm-4pm: Pumpkin Carving Contest
      Costume Contest: Open-4pm (12 and under)
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    • December 1
      5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      Parkville Christmas on the River
      concert
      The School of Rock Kansas City House Band will be performing at the annual Christmas on the River event in downtown Parkville. Join us and the rest of our community as we celebrate the Holiday's!
    • December 10
      2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Fall 2017 Mid-Season Show Case
      concert
      Come join us for our Mid-Season Show Case at the Chicken N Pickle! Along with our sister locations from Overland Park & Lee's Summit will be showcasing a preview of each of our Performance & Rock S...
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      Come join us for our Mid-Season Show Case at the Chicken N Pickle! Along with our sister locations from Overland Park & Lee's Summit will be showcasing a preview of each of our Performance & Rock School 101 groups with selections from this seasons show themes.
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    • January 21
      12:00 PM
      End of Season Shows Week 1 @ Aftershock Live Music Venue
      concert
      Join us for the first week of our End of Season performances for the Fall 2017 Show Season!
    • January 28
      12:00 PM
      End of Season Shows Week 2 @ Aftershock Live Music Venue
      concert
      Join us for the second week of our End of Season performances for the Fall 2017 Show Season!

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Staff

    • Meet David Rice
      Music Director
      David is well versed in all things Rock! He has been with the School of Rock Kansas City since it's beginning in 2006. He is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of musical education experien...
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      David is well versed in all things Rock! He has been with the School of Rock Kansas City since it's beginning in 2006. He is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of musical education experience.
      He has developed many players of all ages and backgrounds and continues to do so with the next generation!

      Starting out his musical education in the school orchestra at a age 10, David soon discovered rock n' roll and quickly branched out into guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keys adding to his repertoire of instruments. In addition to his years of private study he received formal training in his college years and is well versed to teach many styles of music including but not limited to classical, rock, country and jazz.

      Over the past 10 years at School of Rock Kansas City, David has directed well over 100 seasonal shows as well as well as teaching all of the School of Rock programs from Little Wing, Rock 101 and managing the House Band performance group.

      He has been a part of many integral regional Kansas City based bands including Albino Fly, Forever Greye, The Broken Divide, Monarch Slaves and his current projects Cimino & Full Metal Z

      He enjoys working in the recording studio and has engineered and produced his bands last four albums and has recorded with many other local bands and artists.

      He has worked with accredited record and film producers such as John Naclario (My Chemical Romance, Brand New, Senses Fail), Steve "The Chef" Russell (POD, As I Lay Dying), and Chad Calek (Tears for Fears, Ten Years, Paranormal State) as well as touring from coast to coast playing many large music festivals such as SXSW (South by Southwest), Mobfest (Chicago), Lava Records Artist Show Case (New York City) and FMF (Florida Music Festival Orlando), Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the Full Throttle Saloon and opening for artists such as Mushroomhead, Metal Church, The Bret Michael's Band, Quiet Riot, The Bullet Boys & Molly Hatchet just to name a few!

      David is always working hard to enhance the School of Rock experience by seeking out new and exciting opportunities for the students to meet with guest professors. Past artists have included Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, Queensryche, Tesla, Skid Row, Dethklok, Anvil and Constantine Murrelis of American Idol.

      In his free time David enjoys sports, studying science and history as well as spending time with his beautiful son and wife!
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    • Meet Matt Yates
      Assistant Music Director
      Matt bleeds SOR! He has worked at the Kansas City location for over 8 years and ran over 60 Performance shows. At 18 Matt was hired at KCKS Community College because they needed a Junior Composer ...
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      Matt bleeds SOR! He has worked at the Kansas City location for over 8 years and ran over 60 Performance shows. At 18 Matt was hired at KCKS Community College because they needed a Junior Composer for their orchestral program where he wrote modern compositions for them. He has taught Elementary and middle school music, history and geography and science for 5 years. Ask him for help with your history class!
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    • Meet Steph Castor
      General Manager
      Steph Castor is an alternative and indie rock musician as well as a writer. She began playing guitar over 17 years ago at the age of 11 after growing up with a musical family background and being i...
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      Steph Castor is an alternative and indie rock musician as well as a writer. She began playing guitar over 17 years ago at the age of 11 after growing up with a musical family background and being introduced to modern rock bands such as Blink 182, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. She took three guitar lessons before moving on to be completely self taught and forming her own band at the age of 14. Through learning guitar and meeting like-minded teens she developed a passion for punk rock, hardcore, and emo music with newfound favorite bands including AFI, Glassjaw, and Brand New. Fourteen years and handfuls of bands later, she has found her purpose in School of Rock, live music promotion, publicity, marketing, and performing with the Kansas City indie rock band known as Vigil and Thieves. She is currently an endorsed artist through Moniker Guitars and works as a freelance content writer and music journalist residing on a farm in rural Kansas. Her published works can be found in notable outlets such as Guitar World, Revolver Magazine, Tattoo.com, and many more.
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    • Meet Kyle Cimino
      Vocal /Guitar Instructor / Show Director
      Kyle picked up his first guitar when he was eight years old. By fourteen, he was playing at a professional proficiency in Kansas City bands and competing in national guitar competitions around the ...
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      Kyle picked up his first guitar when he was eight years old. By fourteen, he was playing at a professional proficiency in Kansas City bands and competing in national guitar competitions around the country. Kyle began teaching at the School of Rock in 2011, teaching vocals and guitar. Since his “Youth Gone Wild” days, Kyle has immersed himself in the Kansas City Music scene; playing in wide variety of bands such as: ‘Disco Dick & the Mirror Balls’, ‘The Baloney Ponyz’ and fronting his own original group Cimino.
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    • Meet Alex Bryan
      Guitar Instructor
      Alex "Ziggy" Bryan began teaching at the School of Rock in 2010. He began his guitar journey at 16 years old, taking lessons at a local guitar studio from none-other than David Rice. A student of B...
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      Alex "Ziggy" Bryan began teaching at the School of Rock in 2010. He began his guitar journey at 16 years old, taking lessons at a local guitar studio from none-other than David Rice. A student of Blues & Country guitar, Ziggy has helped perpetuate ‘the greats’ of early Rock n Roll guitarist in his lessons. From George Harrison to Jerry Reed, he has encouraged his students to study these early greats. Ziggy currently works for the Park Hill School District and remains an avid songwriter.
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    • Meet Joel Shipley
      Drum Instructor
      Joel is an experience musician with over 15 years of experience. He has performed with multiple bands including his current gig with the Kyle Sexton Band. He also has experience a studio session pl...
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      Joel is an experience musician with over 15 years of experience. He has performed with multiple bands including his current gig with the Kyle Sexton Band. He also has experience a studio session player and is proficient in all styles of drumming including rock, jazz, blues, funk and country. He recently received his Bachelors of Arts from KU and has extensive knowledge of rock and is a master of the styles of John Bonham, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, and Stewart Copeland to name a few!
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    • Meet Thorin Pierce
      Guitar & Vocal Instructor
      Thorin is an alumni of the school of rock program and is well versed in all things metal as well as other genres of rock. He is the founder and guitarist for the progressive metal band 'Haunting Sk...
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      Thorin is an alumni of the school of rock program and is well versed in all things metal as well as other genres of rock. He is the founder and guitarist for the progressive metal band 'Haunting Skies'. He knows his way around a guitar as his passion for music lies in his fingertips!
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    • Meet Ara Woodall
      Drum Instructor
      Ara is an alumni of the School of Rock Kansas City and brings his years of experience of being in the program to the other side of the music stand. Ara is well versed in the percussive arts and br...
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      Ara is an alumni of the School of Rock Kansas City and brings his years of experience of being in the program to the other side of the music stand. Ara is well versed in the percussive arts and brings a lot inspiration to all aspiring drummers. Check him out in his band The Invisible World
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    • Meet Jason Dean
      Drum Instructor
      Jason Dean brings his years of experience to the School of Rock Kansas City! Jason is the drummer for the Kansas City based band Sidewise, who have toured with the likes of Sevendust, Godsmack and ...
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      Jason Dean brings his years of experience to the School of Rock Kansas City! Jason is the drummer for the Kansas City based band Sidewise, who have toured with the likes of Sevendust, Godsmack and many others. In addition, he also plays with the band Under the Covers and knows a magic trick or two!
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    • Meet Richie St. John
      Keyboard, Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Richie is a School of Rock Kansas City Alumni and is well versed as a multi-instrumentalist. He currently performs regularly with the Marianne Michaels Band & Minor Rewind!

News

  • Make your summer rock

    School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for music. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musician...
    Read more
    School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for music. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.
    Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.
    Read less

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock programs allow kids to be themselves, to live out their rock n' roll dreams in a variety of fun venues, and gain self-confidence through the relationships with other students, wonderful teachers, coaches, and staff, that give of themselves every day! The kids learn time management skills, communication skills, respect for others, and of course, musical skills that they can enjoy all their lives. School of Rock is a life changer!”
    -Hillary M. - parent from School of Rock Kansas City
  • “Excellent instrument and "in the band" instruction, enjoyable social atmosphere for the kids, great fun all around, absolutely love everything about the program! ”
    — Steve A. - parent from School of Rock Kansas City
  • “The students and teachers are very supportive of each other. The shows are a lot of fun. The students learn and grow so much over each semester.”
    - Holly A. - parent from School of Rock Kansas City
  • “Our son has been able to spread his wings & play new instruments. He loves performing & being able to play & sing at public venues around the city has been an incredible opportunity. It has been exciting, fun & entertaining. Sending him to the School of Rock has been one of the best decisions we've made. ”
    - Sherri W. - parent from School of Rock Kansas City