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

Location Specifics

We're located right across the train tracks near the farmer's market at cross street Argonne.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

School of Rock Kirkwood is proud to serve our community with music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. We teach everything from singing to piano, bass guitar, drums, and keys. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their skills in a supportive learning environment. St. Louis is an epicenter of Blues Music. We are home to the National Blues Museum which tells the true history of Blues and how today's music is influenced by the delta blues of the south. Opportunities to grow a career specifically in blues music are abundant here with many chance to perform at popular music venues in the St. Louis area.

Programs we offer

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

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Rookies music program for children in Kirkwood
Rookies
Ages 6-7

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

Rock 101 music program in Kirkwood for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Kirkwood'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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Kirkwood who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Kirkwood
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

Songwriting
Age 12 and over

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

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

What To Expect
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

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

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

School of Rock Kirkwood'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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood.

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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Kirkwood
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood'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 Kirkwood 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.

Music Lessons in Kirkwood

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Kirkwood

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood'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 Kirkwood, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Kirkwood

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood. Unlike other Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Kirkwood

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Kirkwood. 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood’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.

Amy Wells General Manager

Amy Wells comes to School of Rock Kirkwood with a degree in Recreation and an emphasis in leadership. She has spent most of her professional career working with kids of all ages to help them realize their potential in all kinds of formats. She believes music is a wonderful tool to explore all facets of life and a beautiful gift to give yourself and others. While she has experience in the field of music and considers herself musical, she is not a musician. Amy spent some time working and running a repair shop with her husband, who is a professional musician who worked at School of Rock Ballwin. Her three children also play music. Her eldest is a graduate of School of Rock Ballwin. Amy believes in the programming at School of Rock because it combines developing skills with developing character.

Her experience informs her that performance-based education provides students the opportunity to grow exponentially. As our General Manager she manages all aspects of the school and works in conjunction with our Music Director to deliver excellent music education to our student population.

Mark Ortmann Drum Teacher

As a founding member and drummer of the group The Bottle Rockets, Mark Ortmann has experience in the music industry as a professional musician and tour manager. Formed in 1993, the band has released 11 critically acclaimed albums. The Bottlerockets have extensively toured North America, Europe and the U.K., headlining their own shows but also touring and performing 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, they'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.

Mark was turned onto music at a young age when he first heard the song "S.O.S." by the group ABBA on his parent's AM car radio. But it was a drum fill in the song "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner that sparked his interest in playing drums when he was 14. Mark was lucky to have studied early on with a series of skilled teachers and has 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. Mark is happy to join the instructors at School of Rock and looks forward to sharing his experiences with the students when he's off the road between his tour schedules.

Jeff Nations Drum Teacher

Jeff Nations is a multi-instrumentalist/composer with over two decades worth of experience in the music industry as a drummer, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer, not to mention many behind-the-scenes roles. He currently serves as drummer for the nationally touring, Billboard-charting indie alternative band Rookie of the Year, as well as a member of the STL cover bands Proud Larry and The Town Drunks. Jeff has also been a member of major acts including Shaman’s Harvest and Science Hill. He's had music featured on radio, TV, film, blogs, etc., has toured the U.S. coast to coast and has shared the stage with renowned acts including Ben Kenney (Incubus, The Roots), Chris Kilmore (Incubus), Chevelle, Twin Forks (Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional), Bad Suns, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Forever The Sickest Kids and many others. Jeff holds a Bachelor's degree in Composition for film, television and video games from Berklee College of Music.

James Wolfe Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

James Wolfe performs live on keyboards, guitar and vocals with the national touring band Superjam. He is also former keyboardist of The Schwag. He began working full-time in live bands at age 15, playing in clubs in Minneapolis, MN. He attended North Texas State and St. Olaf College for Music. James started piano at age three, followed by guitar and saxophone. He specializes in progressive rock/jazz with a strong emphasis in ear training. His favorites include Frank Zappa, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Dream Theater, Marillion and Allan Holdsworth.

Adnan Kahvedzic Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Adnan has come a long way to pursue his passions in music. Since moving to St. Louis, he has studied Piano Performance, Music Theory and Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He is well-versed in piano, guitar and bass, and performs various styles of music ranging from classical to rock. Adnan has performed in orchestra settings, jazz combos, and both in a band and as a soloist throughout the St. Louis area. He strives to help students express themselves through music and become better performers/musicians. He hopes to inspire confidence, resilience and love for the arts while maintaining a fun and educational environment.

Gregory Turner Guitar Teacher

Greg Turner first developed an interest in the guitar after watching “Back to the Future" as an impressionable youngster. This initial spark quickly grew into a lifelong passion. In 2007, Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Washington University in St. Louis and, shortly after, he began teaching at music shops in the metropolitan area. Though based in St. Louis, Greg has performed throughout the globe. Greg's work as a professional musician has taken him from Turkey to Thailand (the long way) and included many stops in between. Greg's musical taste includes various styles, continents and centuries and is firmly rooted in the belief that no single genre has a monopoly on great melodies, lyrics, harmonies or rhythms. Greg continually discovers new subtleties and nuances about music through teaching. While explaining these details to students, he finds that the practice of translating musical ideas into words frequently illuminates concepts and techniques he hadn't fully considered. The process of discovery and the opportunity to share it with students
drive Greg's passion for music instruction. When he's not teaching, gigging or creating his own sounds, Greg
enjoys life with his wife, daughter and two cats at their home in St. Louis.

Chase Garrett Piano Teacher

Iowa City native Chase Garrett, voted 'Best Local Act' by "The Daily Iowan" in 2011, began playing piano professionally at age 17 and within a few years was performing at blues and boogie woogie festivals across the U.S. and Europe. Chase has been heavily influenced by artists such as Meade “Lux” Lewis, Otis Spann, Wynonie Harris and Louis Prima and as such his style has grown into an infectious blend of foot-stomping boogie woogie, super swinging jump blues and powerhouse piano blues. Chase has dedicated himself to the piano not only as a pianist, but also as an event organizer, instructor and technician. He has brought world class pianists to the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, IA for his annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp Festival for the past eight years and has taught master classes and piano performance workshops at colleges, blues weeks and swing camps across the U.S. Chase is also one of the founding members of St. Louis’ premiere jump blues band, Sweetie and The Toothaches, along with his wife Emilie Richard.

Chase knows music should be fun and loves teaching students how to use fundamental building blocks and different musical techniques to create awesome music and have an absolute blast, whether that be while performing solo or with a group.

Grace Cash Rock 101 Instructor, Rookies Instructor

Grace Cash is a Music (BA) student at Webster University and graduated Webster Groves High School as an honor student. Also, she once was a student at School of Rock. Now she's ready to help your kids have a great School of Rock experience like she did. She has been surrounded by music her whole life, having a father who is also a musician. Growing up as one of the oldest in her family, Grace has spent most of her work life as a babysitter for her little cousins. She started singing in a choir in third grade and has been a singer ever since. She loves teaching students who share her passion of singing and music in general. She enjoys spreading her love of all music and is excited to help the next generation of musicians become the amazing
performers they were born to be.

Kory Meyer Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Music has been the main focus of Kory Meyer's life ever since he started playing guitar when he was 12 years old. Kory has studied theory and musicianship at Jefferson College and Webster University. Kory started teaching guitar instruction in 2013 and has been teaching lessons in some way or another ever since. He started playing shows around Saint Louis around 2009 and has recently started performing in venues all over the country. After meeting and playing with so many great musicians from all over Missouri, Kory made an effort to expose these individuals and their work to his 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 bi-annually by the city of Festus on Main Street. Over his short career he has released two EPs and one album. He is excited to continue his teaching as a guitar and bass guitar teacher and learn from all of the great musicians at School of Rock Kirkwood in the city that encouraged him to pursue his love of music.

Alex Williamson Drum Teacher

Alex Williamson started playing drums about 13 years ago and took lessons for about five years during middle and high school. Alex played percussion in the Kirkwood school district, as well as played in the jazz band. He was also section leader of his drum line in high school. He is trained in jazz and marching, but has studied a plethora of other genres on his own. Alex also plays drums in local band Ground Control. Alex loves teaching and has been doing it for about two years now. Currently he is in school for Education at UMSL and is minoring in Music. He believes the greatest feeling in teaching is when you have a student who is struggling with homework or a part and then they finally master it. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Kirkwood.

Matthew Lesch Guitar Teacher

Matthew Lesch is a local musician who plays regularly in the blues scene in St. Louis. Matt is knowledgeable in many different genres of music ranging from jazz all the way to metal. He is currently attending Webster University and pursuing a Jazz Performance degree. He has played many national blues festivals and has played with some of the best in the genre, like Bobby Rush, Mud Morganfield and Kenny Neal to name a few. He loves to teach and pass on his knowledge to young, up-and-coming musicians. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Kirkwood.

Joseph Caratachea Guitar Teacher

Joseph Caratachea is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Kirkwood with a true love for creating and performing music with others. With over 20 years of experience playing and performing music, he has a wealth of knowledge to share with young musicians. As a martial artist Joe found a passion for teaching and working with kids when he began instructing youth classes in 2015. Joe comes from a family of musicians and found his passion for music at an early age. He began playing the viola in his school orchestra at nine years old and switched to the bass a few years later. He excelled quickly and decided to learn the guitar. He became obsessed and has been playing ever since. Joe has played guitar for Midwest Avengers since 2014 and has performed all over St. Louis. He continues to write and record music and work with musicians of all kinds. With his diverse musical background Joe specializes in mixing and fusing styles together and loves working with up-and-coming musicians.

Buddy Shumaker Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Buddy Shumaker is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher here at School of Rock Kirkwood. Buddy graduated from Los Angeles College of Music with a degree in Guitar Performance and is currently studying Music Therapy at Maryville University. He specializes in meeting students where they are at and tailoring his approach to their personal learning style. You can see Buddy playing around town on guitar with Tiger Rider and on keyboards with the Cara Louise Band.

Phil Russo Music Director

Phil Russo is a guitarist, pianist and vocalist from the St. Louis area. Phillip has an extensive performing arts background and he started professional dance training at the age of three, with music instruction in voice and piano at age five. He discovered rock and roll in his teen years. Phillip graduated from Lindenwood University in 2014 with a BA in Music Performance and Music Composition, studying jazz guitar and orchestral arranging/composing. During his college years, Phil worked in the mental health field as an associate counselor in a residential facility for four years. In the performance world, Phillip performed as a swing roll in the 2016 international tour of the Australian tap show, “Tap Dogs." Today, Phillip leads and performs regularly around St. Louis with a handful of projects, including moSTLy JAZZ, SideCar, and Hitchcock and The Hitmen. Phil joined the School of Rock family as an instructor and show director in 2016 and since has become the Music Director for School of Rock Kirkwood.

Alyssa High Studio Coordinator

Alyssa High was a Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Ballwin for over three years and in administrative positions for over seven years. Her favorite part of being involved at School of Rock is seeing the students grow up, develop on their instruments, create friendships and start bands of their own. She loves seeing how music can have such a positive effect on people’s lives. Music has always been one of the most important parts of Alyssa's life. For as long as she can remember, she has always loved singing and listening to music. She has been playing guitar for over 15 years and has taught herself piano, bass and drums. Although she is not active in the St. Louis music scene, she enjoys playing music in her free time between school and work. She is our Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Kirkwood.

Keegan Eich Vocal Instructor

Keegan Eich is a senior at University of Missouri St Louis, where he is getting two degrees in Music Theory and Composition. He’s been singing and playing piano his entire life, having sung in choir since he was six years old. He’s currently the tenor section leader of the world renowned barbershop chorus The Ambassadors of Harmony and sings tenor in the third place international collegiate medalist quartet City Limits. He has sung in the All Collegiate Choir at MMEA and participated in the IMEA All State chorus twice. Singing to him means making the world a better place through a truly universal language, and he believes that bringing this skill to the youth is one of the most important things someone can do. He is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Kirkwood.

Jason Cooper Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jason Cooper has been a show director, as well as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Kirkwood for the last five years. Jason has been involved in music and theater since grade school and comes from a musical family. He graduated high school near Los Angeles and has had the benefit of learning from and playing with many famous and unknown recording artists and Grammy winners, and has shared the stage with Johnny Lang in 1996. Jason relocated to the St. Louis area in 2010. Since then, music has been his profession as both a performer, songwriter and an instructor. Jason is in the local band Carrie and the Catapults, as well as his own solo electric blues and soul projects.

Spencer Wells Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Spencer Wells started as a bass student at School of Rock when he was 15 years old and has never looked back. Being a student at School of Rock in both the Performance Program and House Band are what inspired him to teach. Bass and guitar are his primary instruments but Spencer loves instructing classes like Rookies and Rock 101 as well. He loves being on stage and is always trying to play shows and be a part of new bands. You can catch him performing live with groups like Dragon Falcon, And Murmur, a tribute to R.E.M. and The Cure. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Kirkwood.

Nick Ayala Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Nick Ayala is a Music Education major at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. He is studying classical and jazz guitar, but also plays bass, piano, euphonium and trombone. Nick has been playing music since he was 10 years old, and was part of a jazz band and marching band in high school that were one of the best in the state. Currently, Nick plays in a jazz combo called Civilians and a rock group called Everybodies. He also takes part in his university's jazz ensemble, jazz combo, wind ensemble and pep band. Nick's daily life is all about music, and he wants to give his extra time to helping other people achieve proficiency in music. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Kirkwood.

Makayla Song Vocal Instructor

Makayla Song is a St. Louis musician with a passion for singing and performing. She attended School of Rock in her high school years and has made many connections and friends through the program that she still has today. Some bands she has been apart of include Last Plane Out, Rose and Rhythm Research. Makayla has studio experience and live performance experience from playing for several years. She can’t wait to inspire the next generation to love and appreciate amazing music. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Kirkwood.

Danny Blaies Drum Teacher

Danny Blaies has been drumming since 2002. He started taking private lessons and soon after joined a garage band. For as long as he can remember he's had a passion for music. In the early 2000’s, bands like Jimmy Eat World, Green Day and Blink-182 had the most influence on him. Fast, fun, loud and rowdy pop-punk music.

Drummers like Travis Barker and Tre Cool were some of his drum idols and he only hoped that one day he could play anything like them. Danny got his start as a drummer playing in cover bands with his older brother and friends. After a few years, they started writing original material and that’s when he became hooked. Throughout the years he has started booking, hosting, promoting and performing at his own concerts in and around his hometown. Today, he plays full-time in an original rock band: Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals based out of St. Louis, MO.
Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher Grace Robertson

Grace Robertson Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Grace Robertson is currently on track to graduate fall of 2021 from Webster University with a bachelor’s degree in audio production. Along with an audio career, Grace plans to get a degree in music therapy as well. She hopes to create a safe place for them to learn, have fun and find their passion Grace is a local musician and hopes to share her knowledge of guitar and vocals, as well as stage presence, professionalism, and how to interact with an audience. She hopes to see you in lessons soon!
Mike Murano Drum Teacher

Mike Murano Drum Teacher

Mike Murano is a St. Louis based drummer, percussionist and educator. Starting the drums at an early age, he attended Webster University where he was able to study with some of the area's great jazz musicians. Mike plays with the local Americana/Rock group The Mighty Pines and has been touring with them across the country extensively since 2015. When Mike isn't on the road he can be seen playing around town at multiple venues with other bands such as Sean Canan's Voodoo Players, The People's Key, and Big Mike Aguirre & The Blue City All Stars. He has a passion for teaching the art of drumming and enjoys doing it through numerous methods whether it's ear training, reading music, or dissecting a song's specific groove. Mike looks forward to passing on and sharing his musical knowledge for the next generation of musicians to come.
Drum Teacher Tim Moore

Tim Moore Drum Teacher

Tim Moore is a drummer and producer who was born and raised in St. Louis. He attended Webster University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. He has gone on to perform and record with numerous acts around St. Louis including Sample Kulture, Rubi, Paul Neihaus IV, the Ryan Marquez Band, and Carl Nappa. Additionally, Tim has become a prominent member of the beat community after winning multiple Fresh Produce beat battles, along with creating and hosting a monthly live painting/beat show called Beats & Vibes.
What he loves about teaching the School of Rock is that the program gears each student towards group playing. Playing with others will force the student to learn and grow in ways that a teacher could never simulate. The saying "experience is the best teacher" is certainly true for music; and at SOR, the students will get that extra experience along with individual instruction.

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Reviews

What a quality experience!

The opportunities these kids have to play with professional sound and lighting in amazing venues are something that countless times I've heard parents say they wish they had when they were teenagers!

They teach music and build confidence too.

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.

What an inspiring staff.

My son is having a great time and loves all of the teachers he works with. I can't recommend enough! So grateful to have a team that has really given him a love for all types of music.

An incredible opportunity for kids!

The environment is amazing! It is welcoming for kids at all skill levels! Even as a beginner you're included in a small band where you get to perform!