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School of Rock Kansas City
1315 East Street
Parkville, MO 64152
(816) 842-7625

Location Specifics

Less than a mile from downtown Parkville.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Kansas City, 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
  • 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 Kansas City, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Kansas City'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 Kansas City 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 Parkville are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Kansas City who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 13-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Kansas City 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 Kansas City Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Parkville 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 Kansas City'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 Parkville music venue.

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

School of Rock Kansas City'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 Kansas City 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 Parkville.

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 Kansas City 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 Parkville.

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

The School of Rock Kansas City 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 Kansas City's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MO 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 Parkville and the rest of MO. 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 Kansas City

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Kansas City 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 Parkville 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 Kansas City, 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 Parkville 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 Kansas City, 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 Parkville. 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 Kansas City, 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 Parkville 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 Kansas City Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Parkville 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 Parkville 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 Kansas City, 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 Parkville, 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 Kansas City’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.

Ryan Repking Bass Guitar Teacher

Ryan Repking studied Music Performance for his major at University of Missouri-Kansas City and Audio Engineering at BRC Institute of Audio Engineering Arts. He is well-versed in everything from percussion and brass to strings. He's the guitar player for Villains Dance and Revolution Calling (the #1 tribute band to Queensrÿche in the world). Ryan has over 20 years of experience playing guitar and performing on stage around the Midwest. He is a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Parkville.

MacKenzie Reed Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

MacKenzie Reed is a pianist, organist, singer, composer, arranger, dancer, lyricist and performing artist. MacKenzie attended Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M., Piano and Organ Performance, summa cum laude) and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA, Performer-Composer). While residing in Los Angeles, MacKenzie became a highly sought-after vocal coach for actors who endeavored to cross over into musical theatre. She also collaborated with actors to create original projects that lie outside the musical theatre norm.


After relocating to Kansas City, MacKenzie began composing and performing for Moondrop Circus, a troupe that uses live musicians in their performances. In 2017, MacKenzie collaborated with aerial rope artist Robin Cook to create "Release," which premiered at the annual ArtsKC luncheon at the Kansas City Convention Center. A sought-after piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Parkville, MacKenzie helps her students build a foundation of good technique so that they can feel freedom to play whatever brings them joy.

Liam Sumnicht Drum Teacher

Liam Sumnicht has been playing the drums since the age of 10. Liam took private lessons, played in school bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble and orchestra, and finally started a rock band in high school, where he found his passion. Heading to college while the landscape of the music industry was changing, and aware of the role that business and visual art plays in music, he majored in Entrepreneurship and minored in Graphic Design at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

After graduating in 2010, he joined and became a founding member of Not A Planet, and the band hit the road for an east coast tour two weeks later. The band continued to tour for several years on the Northeast coast, the Southeast Coast and in Austin, TX. The band played Music Week, Boulevardia and Summer Jam, was awarded Best Rock EP by the Independent Music Awards and Best Rock Band by the Pitch Music Awards, and received other nominations from both. They played with Stone Temple Pilots and The Dirty Heads, and toured with Blues Traveler. Today, Liam plays in Not A Planet, Kangaroo Knife Fight and Jaenki. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Parkville.

Pat Woolam Guitar Teacher

Pat Woolam has been playing guitar since the age of eight. Although guitar is his main instrument, he also plays piano, drums, bass and sings. Patrick has been a fixture in the Kansas City music scene for the last 13 years, working with bands such as The Transients, Lost Wax, American Stereo, Travis Marvin, Noe Palma and many others. In 2011, Woolam was invited to play and perform in Nashville, TN with country super star Keith Urban. He since has shared the stage and opened for many other signed country, blues and rock artists over the years such as Blues Traveler, Eric Church, Eddie Money and Hunter Hayes to name a few.

Patrick has also made contributions to a wide variety of other artists' projects and recordings, producing and tracking guitars, keyboards and vocals on many different original records here in Kansas City. His collaborations include work with hip-hop artist Nico Yoch and Grammy-nominated producer Joe Blaq. He is currently a member of a songwriters group, Dockside Music, with Florida Georgia Line guitarist Dan Weller, Lost Alone front man Steven Battelle and guitarist of Sikth Dan Weller.

Patrick has been a guitar instructor throughout the KC area for more than four years now. Seeing the next generation of musicians grow and become better performers is his passion, and he’s grateful every day for the opportunity to pass on his love for all things music as a guitar teacher at School of Rock Parkville.

Olivia Marshall Drum Teacher

Olivia Marshall is a School of Rock alum from School of Rock Parkville. She is a drum teacher and is one of our Rock 101 leaders. As a performer and instructor, Olivia enjoys classical rock to heavy metal and everything in between.

Richie St. John Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Richie St. John is a School of Rock Alum turned teacher. He is a piano teacher and a guitar teacher, both instruments of which he learned during his time as a student here at School of Rock Parkville. Currently, Richie is the rhythm guitarist and keyboardist of Minor Rewind. He has opened up for noteworthy acts such as Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power and many more. In addition, he has been involved in a few musical productions, most notably as the role of Skszp, the guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist and musical director for The Egads in the Arts Asylum theatre production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

Daniel Cole Drum Teacher

Daniel Cole is from Kansas City, Missouri and started drumming at the age of 10. Early influences came from his father, as well as the musicians that he grew up with. He developed an interest in music education after years of formal training all throughout his elementary, high school and college years. He graduated with a degree in Music Technology and Performance. Daniel has been drumming professionally since 2009. You can catch him playing local gigs, touring, recording and working with musicians and artists at various levels in the music industry. His favorite genres include rock, hip-hop and pop, but he is experienced in many other styles. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Parkville.

Kyle Cimino Guitar Teacher

Kyle Cimino and his band CIMINO have taken their music from a regional level to the world stage, racking up positive reviews around the globe, making stops at iconic venues such as LA's Whisky a Go Go and the Full Throttle Salon in Sturgis, SD. Aside from features in the world's largest rock magazines such as "Revolver," "Guitar World" and "Classic Rock," the group has shared the stage with many of the industry's most legendary acts including Shinedown, Papa Roach, Korn, Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies, Ted Nugget, Jackyl, Bret Micheals, Vince Neil, Buckcherry, Skid Row and many more. He also performs with the legendary Kansas City groups Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs and Baloney Ponyz. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Parkville.

Daniel Moraine Guitar Teacher

Daniel Moraine first picked up a guitar in the seventh grade and his homework grades showed it. He has played live and recorded with five bands, and currently has a job playing for a church in Westport. Brian May, Dimebag Darrell and John Mayer have had the biggest impacts on his playing, and he hopes he can inspire his students the way those players have inspired him. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Parkville.

Rose Welty Little Wing Director

Rose Welty was born in Arkansas and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, which she now calls home at 26 years old. Most of her family are musically inclined. Her mom sings gospel and her dad sings rock n' roll. Rose started singing before she could talk, and she got her first guitar at 14 years old, which is where her music really took off. Rose was in choir from sixth-11th grade and received a letter in choir while in high school. She enjoys karaoke with friends and family any chance she gets. She is the Little Wing Director at School of Rock Kansas City.

Natalie Shum Piano Teacher

Natalie Shum is a composer, pianist and flutist. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Composition from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. She also graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) with her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Music, concentrating on Composition and Music Production. Her composition, "Peach Blossom Spring," for piano and vibraphone received the innovative prize from Abundance Silence in 2019. Her compositions are always inspired by arts and literature and she loves to compose music for different media. She is also interested in music and dance collaboration and she had experiences to collaborate with choreographers and dancers. Natalie also has experiences in composing for drama. She was the music director and composer of “Hang out with HEART” in 2016, which was a drama organized by Hong Kong Children and Youth Services. Natalie is also active in participating music festival. She was a participant in the Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF) 2017 and her composition was performed in the Exchange of Midwest Collegiate Composers (EMCC) 2018. Natalie is currently a flutist in the praise band Temple Worship at Midtown Baptist Temple. Her composition teachers include Dr. Chen Yi, Dr. Zhou Long, Dr. Paul Rudy, Dr. Christopher Coleman and Professor Christopher Keyes.

Natalie has teaching experiences in piano, flute and accompaniment more than six years. Her objective is teaching music with creativity and diverse cultural materials to enhance students' interests, initiatives and passions in music, and establish goals for students according to their abilities. She would like to teach students how to play music with their own characters, supported by a good foundation of music techniques. She is a piano teacher at School of Rock Kansas City.

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Reviews

Great for kids' confidence!

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 relationships with other students, wonderful teachers, coaches and staff.

Absolutely love the program!

They offer excellent instrument and band instruction and an enjoyable social atmosphere for the kids!

A great experience!

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.

It's been great for our son!

Our son has been able to spread his wings and play new instruments. He loves performing and being able to play and sing at public venues around the city. What a great decision!