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School of Rock Lafayette
116 Rena Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
337-984-1478
Hours
  • Monday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

At School of Rock Lafayette 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 Lafayette, 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
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Lafayette, 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 Lafayette, 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 for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Lafayette'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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Lafayette 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
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

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

School of Rock Lafayette'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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette.

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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette.

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

The School of Rock Lafayette 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 Lafayette's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at LA 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 Lafayette and the rest of LA. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Lafayette

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Chad Viator Guitar Teacher

Chad Viator has been working as a musician and music teacher for over 20 years. In 2018 the Lafayette school system honored him with a nomination for Teacher of the Year in the inspirational category. He has performed and recorded with many nationally-known musicians and was nominated for a Grammy award in 2017. In addition to performing and teaching, Chad runs a recording studio where he produces music for a variety of artists and has scored music for films that have played at Cannes, as well as other international festivals. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Lafayette.

Denise Gobert Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Denise Gobert has been a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Layafette since 2012. She also has experience in theory and writing music. She graduated from ULL in 2009 and participated in the music composition studio, as well as the percussion ensemble and symphonic band. She is a certified teacher and has experience teaching all ages. Denise has collaborated and performed with several musicians in the area over the years, and has had the pleasure of playing at Festival Internationale, Jazz Fest, and many other festivals and events locally and out of state. She is currently a member of Smoov Ras and the Reflection, and Dwight James and the Royals, and fronts the cover band RBJ.

Chris French Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Christopher French graduated from the University of Louisiana with B.A. degrees in Music Media and Jazz Studies and also earned a performance certification from the Berklee College of Music. He has performed in many and varied international festivals and competitions, including at the Hollywood Bowl, the Superdome, Comerica Park, the Heineken Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, South by Southwest, City Stages and DCI (Phantom Regiment). He has published two music method books and had the opportunity to perform on numerous album recordings, television features and radio broadcasts with world class musicians such as Hunter Hayes, Marc Broussard, Sonny Landreth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Stanton Moore, Marcia Ball,Wayne Toups, Roddie Romero, Michael Doucet, Warren Storm and The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He is currently the music director of School of Rock Lafayette and a gifted and talented teacher for LPSS. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Lafayette.

Greg Travasos Drum Teacher

Greg Travasos is a multifaceted Louisiana drummer with over 17 years of professional experience. He has forged a style that combines algebraic, technical dexterity paired with a solid maturity and understanding of a wide variety of musical genres. Greg has been a teacher with us for over six years. For the past five years, Travasos has toured nationally and internationally with Brother Dege and the Brethren, playing over 250 shows in over ten countries. They have received international acclaim and coverage in both online and print publications. Greg can also be seen locally with other projects in Lafayette and New Orleans when not touring. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Lafayette.

Kaitlin Montero Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Kaitlin Montero is a pianist, guitarist and singer native to Lafayette. She has a passion for songwriting and uses her skills to perform her original music regularly. She is also a visual artist with a degree in Computer Animation, and is passionate about sharing her art and talent with the world. She is a guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Lafayette.

Blake Pujol Guitar Teacher

Blake Pujol received a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016. He has been a guitar teacher at School of Rock Lafayette since 2015 and a consistently gigging musician for the past 11 years. Blake currently performs all over the south with Brass Mimosa, Dwight James and the Royals, and The Vermillionaires.

Hawley Joe Gary III Owner, Drum Teacher

Hawley Joe Gary II is a drum teacher and co-owner of School of Rock Lafayette. Joe teaches an average of 40 students a week. He is an instructor and arranger for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s marching drumline. Joe is often a featured clinician and instructor for music camps throughout the south. He is also currently performing with Spank the Monkey, as well as Stevie B and various other artists. Over the past 38 years Joe has performed over 6,000 gigs and counting.

Logan Swift Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Logan Swift has been playing music for 20+ years and it's been quite the journey. His goal is to share with others the love he has for playing and to inspire the same in them. Whether it's as a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, ukulele teacher, mandolin teacher or banjo teacher at School of Rock Lafayette, Logan is always excited to see his students find joy in playing an instrument of their own.

Natalie Broussard Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Natalie Broussard is a Music student at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. As a UL chamber singer and member of the opera program, she has taken the stage in many productions. She also enjoys playing with local cajun bands like The Specklers. Natalie primarily is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Lafayette but enjoys helping students as a guitar teacher and ukulele teacher as well. She is also the assistant director of our Performance group.

Sarah Hayde Williams Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Sarah Jayde Williams began studying classical violin and piano at the age of five. She started learning cajun and folk fiddle and to sing in cajun French from her grandfather at the age of 12. They traveled across the US, Canada and Europe spreading cajun culture and giving educational workshops in French and English. She was awarded a scholarship to play in the to U.L. Symphony for classical violin. In 2016 she was awarded the title of Master Folk Musician through N.S.U. and given a commendation from the Louisiana House of Representatives. She continues to play and travel with her own band and various local artists. She has since picked up the guitar and ukulele and enjoys being a violin teacher, fiddle teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Lafayette.

Jason Cavallaro Drum Teacher

Jason Cavallaro has been hitting drums since the fifth grade, although he didn't figure out how to actually play them until later. With lots of practice and the guidance of a slew of great instructors (including School of Rock's own Hawley Joe Gary), Jason was able to play snare drum for both Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps and The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his DCI resumé, he also played snare drum in the UL Lafayette drumline and is a current member of the Fat City Drum Corps, the official New Orleans Saints drumline. Jason has performed in numerous local bands and has been teaching private and group lessons for 20+ years. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Lafayette.

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