School of Rock Kirkwood
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About School of Rock Kirkwood

Welcome to School of Rock Kirkwood—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Kirkwood teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Kirkwood. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Kirkwood to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Kirkwood
104 N Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
US
Main Number
(314) 394-1994(314) 394-1994

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Thursday3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Kirkwood, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Kirkwood students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Kirkwood’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
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Kirkwood’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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood’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!

  • School of Rock Kirkwood’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows 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 with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Kirkwood’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood’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 Kirkwood’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepare them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Kirkwood Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Kirkwood’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!

  • School of Rock Kirkwood’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 Kirkwood.

    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

At School of Rock Kirkwood, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Kirkwood students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Kirkwood’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
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

  • December 19
    6:00 PM

    School of Rock Holiday Party and Open House

    Open House
    On December 19, School of Rock Kirkwood will open it's doors to welcome in our community and show it all we have to offer. We will have a live performance by our House Band, cookies, candy canes a...
    On December 19, School of Rock Kirkwood will open it's doors to welcome in our community and show it all we have to offer. We will have a live performance by our House Band, cookies, candy canes and tours of the school as well as free lessons you can sign up for day of or in advance!

    Event is 6pm-8pm and we hope to see you there!

    Currently enrolled students are encouraged to bring their friends for this event.

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Staff

    • Photo of Molly Simms
      Molly Simms
      GENERAL MANAGER
      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the tea...
      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the team at School of Rock Ballwin in September of 2015. I was inspired to join the team at School of Rock because of my experience teaching vocals at the school. I strongly believe in the value that comes from working in a group. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the development and growth of the kids during a show season. I love having a job where I can be constantly surrounded by music, and work closely with the amazing musicians who make our mission of inspiring kids to rock on stage in life possible. I front a 4 piece Rock 'n' Roll band under my name and I have released 5 records across two bands since 2012. Music is life!
    • Photo of Jordan Heimburger
      Jordan Heimburger
      REGIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to ...
      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to see numerous students take their first steps on stage at a rock venue, conquer new challenges in music, and build confidence through their musical successes.

      I also work as a professional guitarist with Celebration Day and Street Fighting Band as well as original bands The Cree Rider Family Band, The Feed and The Incurables. St Louis is a vibrant music community and it's rewarding to be able to open doors into music and performance for the students at School of Rock.

      I would be excited to get to know you and the aspiring musicians in your family!

      -Jordan
      jheimburger@schoolofrock.com
    • Photo of Joe Rogers
      Joe Rogers
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Joe Rogers is a young musician from Collinsville Il that has played in several different St. Louis local bands. Being a guitar player first, Joe has opened up to bass and drums over the years and n...
      Joe Rogers is a young musician from Collinsville Il that has played in several different St. Louis local bands. Being a guitar player first, Joe has opened up to bass and drums over the years and now could be considered a “jack of all trades”. From Prog rock, to the blues, to Math-rock, to heavy metal he truly loves a wide range of different genres. Being in a few different local bands has given him the opportunity to share the stage with some amazing bands, most notably, Tiny Moving Parts, Earth, and math rock gods The Bulletproof Tiger.
    • Photo of Scotti Iman
      Scotti Iman
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Originating from the small town of Salisbury Missouri, Scotti has followed a musical life style since he was a boy. After being inspired by the drummers from his father's blues bands, Scotti decide...
      Originating from the small town of Salisbury Missouri, Scotti has followed a musical life style since he was a boy. After being inspired by the drummers from his father's blues bands, Scotti decided to make drumming his life. This led him to studying percussion at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri then up to the twin cities where he graduated from the McNally Smith College of Music with a degree in percussion performance. Over the years, Scotti has studied with Marv Dahlgre, Gordy Knudtson, Dave Stanoch and Paul Stuber of Minnesota and Loyd Warden and Kirby Spade while in Missouri. After receiving his degree, Scotti moved to the Austin, Texas area and has played with The Ryan Bales Band, Gary P. Nunn, The Jon Napier Band, Horse Opera, and Leo Rondeau. Scotti has now relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where he is currently gigging and teaching at the School of Rock. He has played with or is playing in the following bands - Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, Aching Hearts Country Band, We Are Like Computers, Spatula, and Arson For Candy. He claims he can clap with one hand.
    • Photo of James Wright
      James Wright
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Originally from St. Louis, Missouri James was born into a family full of musicians. His parents met in a professional band around the Midwest area and imparted their love of music into James throug...
      Originally from St. Louis, Missouri James was born into a family full of musicians. His parents met in a professional band around the Midwest area and imparted their love of music into James through private piano and guitar lessons at age 10. It was at 12 years old when James decided to devote his talents into the drums and started taking private lessons in 2002. From Jr. High through high school, James played with numerous bands gigging in and around the St. Louis Metropolitan area as well as his home church. In 2008 James completed a 3 week Worship Music Intensive Camp at IHOP(International House of Prayer) located in Kansas City, Missouri. He continued to sharpen and elevate his skills for the next few years while playing at Churches, Venues, and bars. In the beginning of 2014, James moved to Atlanta to pursue his dream and was accepted into Atlanta Institute of Music & Media where he received one on one private lessons from notable drummers such as Tom Knight(TLC and Monica), Jerome Flood(Guitar Center Drum­Off Champion), Creig Harber(The Drifters, B.J. Thomas, and Bo Diddley), and Eric Sanders. He graduated with honors in the winter of 2014. Since graduation James has worked as an instructor at Music Authority in Cumming, GA and has performed at different churches and venues around the Atlanta area. Most recently he performed at America's largest bridal wedding expo at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Atlanta for a crowd of thousands. He strives to take his musicianship to the highest level as a musician, teacher, and performer while continuing his passion of passing on his love of music to the next generation of Influential leaders.
    • Photo of Phil Russo
      Phil Russo
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Phillip B Russo was born into a family of musicians, performers and artists. He began tap dancing at the age of 3 at his family’s dance studio, Performing Arts Center, in St. Charles, MO where he...
      Phillip B Russo was born into a family of musicians, performers and artists. He began tap dancing at the age of 3 at his family’s dance studio, Performing Arts Center, in St. Charles, MO where he danced until he was 18 years old. Phillip has won titles from Dance Master’s of America at the local level and placed in the national competition on 4 separate occasions throughout his amateur dance career. By the age of 15, he began teaching tap dancing professionally at PAC, various studios and conventions in the metropolitan St. Louis area, and in New York City for Break The Floor productions. Phillip took piano and vocal lessons from a patron’s mother not long after he began dancing. Phillip performed in The Muny’s production of the Sound of Music in the ensemble when he was 10 years old. At 11 years old, Phillip discovered his love for guitar. He began with a few months of lessons at a local music store and was self-taught throughout middle school and high school. Phillip attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO from 2009-2014, where he received his Bachelors in Music Instrumental Performance w/ Guitar emphasis & a minor in Music Composition & Production. During his 5-year at LU, Phillip studied classical guitar and jazz guitar, music theory, orchestration and arranging, sound design, music production, conducting, and wrote several original jazz and orchestral compositions performed by the musicians of LU. In 2012-2013, Phillip received the Conover award for Most Outstanding Male Music Student for his compositions, performances and theory tutoring. In 2015, Phillip joined the International Tour of Tap Dogs, which toured Germany and China. Phillip was cast as a swing role, covering 3 different roles of the show. Phillip is currently the lead guitar player in The StepHounds, a Rock/Blues band that features world-famous tap dancers and a house musician for Alpha Brewing Co.’s Open Mic night
    • Photo of Adnan Kahvedzic
      Adnan Kahvedzic
      KEYS/GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      My name is Adnan Kahvedzic. I have received a AA in Music in May 2014 at St. Louis Community College Meramec. Since transferring to UMSL I began to study Music Education and Piano Performance. I st...
      My name is Adnan Kahvedzic. I have received a AA in Music in May 2014 at St. Louis Community College Meramec. Since transferring to UMSL I began to study Music Education and Piano Performance. I study piano with Alla Voskoboynikova, jazz piano with Ken Kehner and cello with Kurt Baldwin. During my undergraduate study at UMSL, I was was a finalist in the UMSL Music Department Concerto Competition in November 2015. I actively participate in various ensembles, playing the cello with the University Orchestra and jazz guitar with UMSL's Jazz Combo's.

      I love not only teaching but learning from students. I strongly believe in being "lifelong learners". This is one of my greatest joys, when students are curious and question fingerings, phrasing or technique. This helps reinforce my own playing and solidifies my teaching. Working at School of Rock has exposed me to many different musical genres and taught me different styles of music. The environment at SoR is very relaxed, students and teachers enjoy their time spent together because of it. Seeing students improve in just a couple of weeks is so rewarding not only for them but myself as well! This constant drive and motivation is very inspiring!
      • AA in Music
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      Matt Ingram
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      Hey everybody, my name is Matthew Ingram and I'm a student at Webster University studying Jazz Performance/Technology. I love playing and listening to all types of music, but especially love to imp...
      Hey everybody, my name is Matthew Ingram and I'm a student at Webster University studying Jazz Performance/Technology. I love playing and listening to all types of music, but especially love to improvise. I've played in several groups around town, with the most active probably being The Stone Sugar Shakedown. I host an avant garde electronic jazz group that plays occasionally as well. I enjoy seeing my students use lesson material in a creative way beyond just repetition. Some of my favorite musicians are Squarepusher, Mark Guiliana, Brian Eno, and Wayne Krantz.
      • Studying Jazz Performance at Webster
      • Drum Instruction
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      Julio Prato
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      My name is Julio Prato. I am a guitar performer and sound engineer from Caracas, Venezuela. I came to Missouri to study Music Performance in Lindenwood University, where I graduated magna cum laude...
      My name is Julio Prato. I am a guitar performer and sound engineer from Caracas, Venezuela. I came to Missouri to study Music Performance in Lindenwood University, where I graduated magna cum laude and received the Conover Award for Outstanding Male Music Student and the Musica Cum Laude Magnum departmental award. I love music more than anything else in the world. I spend most of my free time listening to new material and expanding my stylistic knowledge to unexplored horizons.

      Performing live is a very big part of my life; my experience co-founding and leading STL based experimental punk band Kenshiro's since early 2013 has been wonderful and has taught me a lot in terms of how to put together and coordinate a musical group. I also produce all sorts of music under my moniker "nebulosa", with material ranging from simple beats to expansive electronic compositions. Recording, mixing, producing, arranging and composing are all common practices in my day to day; that's why I always strive to teach my students to love and interpret music in their own way, using all the technical and ethereal tools the musical world has to offer.
      • Music Performance at Lindenwood University
    • Photo of Pam Camp
      Pam Camp
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I am honored & excited to work as a Vocal Instructor for School of Rock! I have a background in musical theatre and previously worked with The UAFS Academy of the Arts, a Children’s Arts Educatio...
      I am honored & excited to work as a Vocal Instructor for School of Rock! I have a background in musical theatre and previously worked with The UAFS Academy of the Arts, a Children’s Arts Education Program. I also taught Vocal Performance out of my home studio.

      Highlights of my music career include: Winning “Best Female Vocalist” on the Nashville Network’s “Charlie Daniels Talent Round-up”; Fronting my own classic rock band “The Pam Camp Band”; Employed as a studio demo artist for “Star Traks”, a national soundtracks company; Performing Summer Series with Carrie Underwood in the “Country Music Round-up”; Opening act for “Lonestar” 2006; Performed with Artimus Pyle Band (Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer-Arkansas tour); Founder of “Females Rock the Fort!” benefit concert.

      Since moving from Arkansas to St. Louis in the fall of 2013, I’ve had some amazing opportunities! I have performed at Fair St. Louis and the Pujols Prom (with Smash Band), on The Stage at KDHX and The National Blues Museum (with Kingdom Brothers), and at the newly built Delmar Hall (with Shakey Deal: A Neil Young Tribute Band). I look forward to helping my students find their full potential and passion, in performing, and in LIFE!
    • Photo of Ryan Torpea
      Ryan Torpea
      MULTI INSTRUMENTALIST
      I’ve been playing professionally for 8 years as a multi instrumentalist. I started on the trumpet in 6th grade and I still love it and play all the time! After being introduced to music through t...
      I’ve been playing professionally for 8 years as a multi instrumentalist. I started on the trumpet in 6th grade and I still love it and play all the time! After being introduced to music through the trumpet I have studied and learned multiple instruments throughout my career and performed with many groups on all of them. Now I mostly work as a Keyboard and trumpet player around town and occasionally play drums, guitar and bass when I’m needed! I am finishing a degree in Jazz performance on the trumpet at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and plan to continue playing and teaching after I graduate. I love teaching and I love applying all the things I’ve learned from Jazz and studying music in college to rock and popular music! You can catch me with Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm band on trumpet or my band Animals in Hindsight on keys and vocals!
      • Jazz Performance at SIUE
    • Photo of Kory Meyer
      Kory Meyer
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      Music has been the main focus of my life ever since I stared playing guitar when I was 12. I've studied theory and musicianship at Jefferson College and Webster University. I started teaching guita...
      Music has been the main focus of my life ever since I stared playing guitar when I was 12. I've studied theory and musicianship at Jefferson College and Webster University. I started teaching guitar at Jason Fowler's Music Instruction in 2013 and have been instructing there ever since. I started playing shows in St. Louis around 2009 and have recently started performing in venues all over the country. After meeting and playing with so many great musicians from all over Missouri, I made an effort to expose these individuals and their work to my hometown by starting a festival that in just four years, has grown from a small event at a local park to being funded and held biannually by the city of Festus on Main Street. The festival went from drawing around 400 people to now over 6,000!

      Over my short career, I have released two EP's and one album with a couple more albums and EPs in the works. I'm excited to continue my teaching and learn from all of the great musicians at School of Rock, in the city that encouraged me to pursue my love for music.
      • Jefferson College and Webster University
    • Photo of Steve Scott
      Steve Scott
      GUITAR INSTUCTOR
      I have been a musician for over 30 years, a graduate of G.I.T at Musicians Institute, and I have studied with Shawn Lane, Carl Verheyen, Imrat Kahn and Jamie Glaser. I have performed live, toured,...
      I have been a musician for over 30 years, a graduate of G.I.T at Musicians Institute, and I have studied with Shawn Lane, Carl Verheyen, Imrat Kahn and Jamie Glaser. I have performed live, toured, and recorded with Javier Mendoza, Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep, Groovethang, and many more. I enjoy playing and recording a variety of music styles and have produced world music, blues, rock, electronic and more!
      • G.I.T. from Musicians Institute
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      Nick Ayala
      MULTI INSTRUMENTALIST
      Hello! I'm Nick Ayala and I am a music education major at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. I study classical and jazz guitar. I also play bass, piano, euphonium and trombone. I have been ...
      Hello! I'm Nick Ayala and I am a music education major at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. I study classical and jazz guitar. I also play bass, piano, euphonium and trombone. I have been playing music since I was 10, and I have been part of a jazz band and marching band in high school that have been considered the top in Missouri. I currently play in a jazz combo called the Civilians and a rock group called Everybodies. I also take part in my university's jazz ensemble, jazz combo, wind ensemble and pep band. My passion is definitely teaching music, and being able to teach through School of Rock gives me great pride. My daily life is all about music and I want to give my extra time to helping other people get to the point that they are proficient in music.
    • Photo of Whitney Robinson
      Whitney Robinson
      STUDIO COORDINATOR
      I joined the School of Rock team in February 2017. My childhood consisted of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Eagles and some Fleetwood Mac thrown in there. I played guitar with my dad through Junior Hi...
      I joined the School of Rock team in February 2017. My childhood consisted of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Eagles and some Fleetwood Mac thrown in there. I played guitar with my dad through Junior High. I started regularly attending local shows before I could drive and eventually ended up volunteering/working for Autumn Ramp Park, a skate par in Joplin, MO. It was attached to a venue and that was where I fell in love with all of it. The production, the people, and most importantly constantly being surrounded by music. I have a passion for music and I can't wait to share it with everyone at School of Rock.
    • Photo of John Horton
      John Horton
      GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
      I’m John Horton, I’ve been a performer, musician and sometime teacher for 25+ years, touring, playing and recording with Bottle Rockets for the last 14. I’m active in the St. Louis music comm...
      I’m John Horton, I’ve been a performer, musician and sometime teacher for 25+ years, touring, playing and recording with Bottle Rockets for the last 14. I’m active in the St. Louis music community, playing in and recording with several bands, having a wide range of stylistic influence and emphasis. I’m from the area, growing up in Washington Mo. currently living in Maplewood with my wife Liza and our 3 children.
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      Mark Ortmann
      DRUM INSTRUCTOR
      As a founding member and drummer of the group The Bottle Rockets, I have experience in the music industry as a professional musician and tour manager. Formed in 1993, the band has released eleven c...
      As a founding member and drummer of the group The Bottle Rockets, I have experience in the music industry as a professional musician and tour manager. Formed in 1993, the band has released eleven critically acclaimed albums across five record labels (East Side Digital, Atlantic, New West, Sanctuary, and Bloodshot). We're categorized as an Americana artist, but I've always considered The Bottle Rockets to be a guitar-driven rock band in the traditional sense, blending influences of rock and country with folk singer-songwriter sensibilities. Imagine mixing equal parts Neil Young, Cheap Trick, and John Prine.

      We've extensively toured North America, Europe, and the U.K., headlining our own shows, but also having toured and performed with a variety of musical peers that include John Fogerty, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, The Allman Brothers, Wilco, Marshall Crenshaw, and many others. In addition to live shows, we've also performed as featured guests on various national broadcasts including the Conan O'Brien Show, Mountain Stage, AudioTree, Music Fog, SiriusXM Radio, and NPO Radio 2.

      I was turned onto music at a young age when I first heard the song "S.O.S." by the group ABBA on my parent's AM car radio. But it was a drum fill in the song "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner that sparked my interest in playing drums when I was fourteen. I was lucky to have studied early on with a series of skilled teachers and I've been a student of drums ever since. Playing by ear and being self taught are important aspects of learning an instrument, but a good teacher can help students develop their talents more rapidly. I'm happy to join the instructors at School of Rock, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with the students when I'm off the road between my tour schedules.
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      Benedetta Orsi
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I'm a mezzosoprano, born and raised in Italy. I've spent the past 5 years in NYC working as an opera singer, choir master and serving as Chair, Department of Italian Language and Literature at The...
      I'm a mezzosoprano, born and raised in Italy. I've spent the past 5 years in NYC working as an opera singer, choir master and serving as Chair, Department of Italian Language and Literature at The Alexander & Buono International Academy. Since the age of 14 I've performed on European stages singing in pop and Broadway shows. From the age of 21, I've performed opera in theaters in England, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Brazil and America, such as Carnegie Hall. My biggest passion and love is the music and I enjoy every second teaching my students about the art of breathing, the singing, the interpretation and the delivery. There's nothing better than standing on a stage and telling our story to the audience!

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Testimonials

  • “Jordan and Molly are a real asset to the School of Rock. Their passion for music shows when they engage the students. All my interactions with any of the instructors has also been great. Spencer has really grown as a musician, and it has really built up his confidence. Thanks!”
    - STL Parent at School of Rock
  • “What a quality operation! The opportunities these kids have to play with professional sound and lighting in amazing venues is something that countless times I hear parents say they wish they had had when they were teenagers! IT's fast tracking them into quality production, giving them a sense of entitlement that I find promotes confidence for their passion. By stripping away the logistics of the performance and publicity aspect, their grit can focus on practicing and playing. ”
    - Sharon, a parent at Kirkwood School of Rock
  • “How quickly my child learned to really play actual songs, and now she plays on stage with confidence. My child has excelled beyond measure at School of Rock Kirkwood in every aspect. He has learned so much about different genres of music, gained confidence in his playing, made some of the best friends of his life. He cannot wait to be there (and he's there almost every day this summer!) and enjoys telling and showing us what he's learned. Thank you!”
    -Ashleigh, a parent at Kirkwood School of Rock
  • “My son attends Performance Rock at the School of Rock Kirkwood location. I sit in the front lobby during my son's guitar lessons and his band rehearsal. I get to see all the kids come and go for their lessons. The teacher walks out with the student at the end of their lesson and reports to the parent the progress that they are making. No matter the age of the child, there is always a confident smile on both the child's and the teacher's face. To me, that shows that the teachers are promoting confidence and patience in their students.”
    -Teri, a parent at School of Rock Kirkwood