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School of Rock Katy
3750 S Mason Road #800
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 769-7010

Location Specifics

We're just south of Westheimer Parkway in the Mason Place Shopping Center.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Katy, 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 Katy, 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 8-17

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Katy'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 Katy 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 Katy are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Katy 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 17-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 9-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Katy'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 Katy music venue.

Adult music program for students over 19
Adult Program
Ages 19+

School of Rock Katy's Adult Program is for students over 19 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 Katy 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 Katy.

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 Katy 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 Katy.

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.

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 Katy

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Katy 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 Katy 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 Katy, 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 Katy 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 Katy, 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 Katy. 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 Katy, 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 Katy 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 Katy Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Katy 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 Katy music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Katy, 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 Katy, 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 Katy’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 Instructor

William Cloninger Guitar Teacher

William Cloninger is another Houston native, graduating from Dulles High School and going on to earn his bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. William is a tireless scholar of music and guitar theory and specializes in finger-picking style guitar and music composition. He also dabbles in harmonica and vocals and can be found playing solo acoustic shows as well as in his recently formed (and yet unnamed) band. If you're into the latest guitar geek toys like loopers and effects, William probably has tried them out and would love talking about it!

Chris Moye Drum Teacher

Born and raised in Katy, TX, Chris had a natural ear for music from a very young age. In the beginning, Chris’s fundamental experiences were organic- learning to play by watching and listening to drummers of all styles. In junior high, Chris played with many bands, performing in school functions and at various youth venues in Houston and the surrounding area. Soon after, Chris joined Minderbinder, recording and performing at multiple venues across Texas including the Houston Marathon and South by Southwest. Chris continues to immerse himself in the Houston music scene, performing with several local and national bands and earning nominations from the Houston Press for Best Upcoming Metal/Punk Band. With his capacity to come into any professional environment and instinctively play exactly what is needed, Chris has earned a reputation as a veritable drumming ninja in the Houston area. Chris is passionate about drumming and about sharing his passion for music with others.

Evetier Barron Bass Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Evetier has been playing bass for over 35 years. He’s also played other instruments along the way including drums, fiddle and trumpet. Growing up in a city as large as Houston, he was exposed to many genres of music, learning to appreciate such styles as rock, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, country and Latin. Evetier currently gigs in several bands, playing with some of the best musicians in the city. Along his musical journey, Evetier has been lucky enough to learn from several accomplished teachers, including the late, great Conrad Johnson and Regi Wooten, a member of the renowned Wooten family and brother of the world famous Victor Wooten. Evetier draws from these experiences as well as his own professional career, helping to bring his love of music to his own students.

Nicole Starch Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

A classically trained musician with a specialty in Broadway and jazz, Nicole says she never seemed to find her musical niche until she was casually introduced to the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Heart. Nicole has been a student of music from a very young age, starting with piano and later guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Now she focuses on voice as her primary instrument. As an educator, Nicole says, "Teaching a younger generation the power of curating an individual sound and vocal power is seemingly what I was made for." Professionally, Nicole has performed as an acoustic singer-songwriter for almost two decades with two completed albums, 2007's "Miscellaneous" and 2014's "Black Coffee and Key Lime Pie." She is currently the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Houston-based band Torpedoed Heart.

Zachary Cox Guitar Teacher

Zachary Cox was born and raised in Houston, TX. He has been playing music since the age of 13, slowly moving through different instruments before finding his calling as a guitarist. Soon after picking up a guitar and learning a few chords he was performing live for audiences. Zach started his first band, The Ramone Experience, named after his love for Jimi Hendrix and The Ramones, and won his middle school talent show. After that he was hooked. Growing up he has played multiple styles of music for various bands, including rock, blues, metal, punk and country. He then went on to pursue an education in the recording arts and is now an engineer at a professional recording studio. He has recorded most of his own music and has toured the country with it. Zach is extremely passionate about being able to share his love of music and help demystify the theory of music as well as the art of performance.

Stan Pillis Guitar Teacher

Stan Pillis is a seasoned performer, songwriter, composer, arranger and teacher with over 30 years of experience working with students of all ages and all genres. He is an expert in playing various styles of both guitar and bass and also sings. He is also an accomplished session player and recording artist. Stan has a wide knowledge of and teaches various musical styles such as rock, metal, pop, acoustic, classical, jazz, funk, fusion, world and blues. He has recorded guitar tracks on numerous commercials and has recorded multiple albums with numerous bands, as well as traveled the world on tour with numerous bands. He has taught all levels of instruction and skill sets (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and has provided instruction on sight-reading, ear-training, musical and chord theory, speed picking, pick techniques, rhythm guitar techniques, lead guitar techniques and explaining modal concepts. He is an expert in performance and has led many workshops on different types of methodology, as well as demonstrations of various types of pickups, strings, picks and pedals. He has prepared students for performances, auditions and festivals by also leading band performance workshops.

Steve Long Piano Teacher

Steve has been involved with music his whole life. His dad was a drummer and also played clarinet in a Dixieland band, so there was always music in the house. He bought Steve a marching drum when he was five and Steve would march around the neighborhood playing marching cadences with all his friends following behind. At seven, Steve took piano lessons and stopped when he was 14, then taught himself to play the guitar. He had a band in high school and college. After two years as a journalist in the Navy, he joined Channel Two News as a photojournalist. A few years later he got together with some of his neighbors and started Easy Money, a local band that has been playing all over Houston for 27 years. Steve retired from Channel Two after 40 years and now enjoys teaching a new generation how to rock and roll.

Larry Del Toro Drum Teacher

Born in Baytown, TX, Lawrence Del Toro has been playing drums for more than 40 years. Immersed in music from an early age, Lawrence was hooked on the drums after seeing Ringo Starr and The Beatles on television. Since then, Lawrence has performed in numerous bands, honing his skills behind the kit. Some of his bands have opened for such famous groups as The Drifters, The Platters, The Temptations, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Vaughan. Currently, he’s actively working the blues circuit with his nephew, 2017 Blues Award winner John Del Toro Richardson. In addition to the drums, Lawrence also plays guitar, keyboards and harmonica and enjoys his time in his own studio making music.

Abigail Armstrong Vocal Instructor

After developing a love of music at a very young age, Abigail Armstrong realized her talent and love for singing with the help of many teachers and mentors, but it was her time working in the worship ministry at her church that really shaped and grew her as a vocalist. She led worship and performed at several women’s ministry retreats. She thoroughly enjoys harmonies and vocal blending, and can often be heard adding her own special touch to music playing throughout the school. She encourages students to find their own true voice while learning vocal health and overcoming vocal boundaries. Her playlist includes a wide variety of music from Johnnyswim to Journey, Matchbox Twenty to Ed Sheeran and Leon Bridges to Nirvana, which allows her to hop on stage at dueling piano bars with ease. Her vocal influences include Adele, Lauren Daigle, Whitney Houston and Stevie Nicks. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Katy.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

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An Immersive Experience.

The staff care about your progression on a personal level. All the instructors are really friendly and patient. Teaching for the goal of playing with a band really immerses you into playing music. It's the most effective way to learn!