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School of Rock Lee's Summit
1121 NE Rice Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
(816) 272-5216

Location Specifics

On the corner of 291 and Tudor/Scruggs Road next to the Phillips 66.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Lee's Summit combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Lee's Summit, 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.

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 4-7

At School of Rock Lee's Summit, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 4 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 Lee's Summit, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Lee's Summit'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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Lee's Summit who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 11-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 12-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit'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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit, 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 Lee's Summit is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Lee's Summit 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.

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

School of Rock Lee's Summit'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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit.

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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 13-18

The School of Rock Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit'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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit, 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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit, 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 Lee's Summit. 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 Lee's Summit, 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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit 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 Lee's Summit, 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 Lee's Summit, 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 Lee's Summit’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.

Music Director

Evan Sula-Goff Music Director

Evan is originally from Ventura, California where he formed his band, 8STOPS7, in 1996. Four albums, 41 songs and 21 years later, they are still together, writing and recording new music and going on the occasional tour. Their music video for “Satisfied” played on MTV’s show "120 Minutes," and they were innovators in licensing their music for multiple video games and television shows. Aside from being a powerhouse singer, he also plays guitar, keyboards, drums and bass. He is inspired by other singers who have maintained their powerful voices for decades, such as Eddie Vedder, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder and Chris Cornell. He now lives here in the Midwest with his wife and children, sharing his exceptional wealth of knowledge and encouragement with his all his students. Although he wanted to be a professional breakdancer when he was a kid, he still managed to find his way to the stage with music.

David O'Brien Drum Teacher

David O'Brien became a drum teacher at School of Rock Lee’s Summit in June of 2017 after having been a student at the school for nearly three years. He has gotten to play some cool cities thanks to School of Rock, like Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and Dallas to name a few. School of Rock is a huge part of his life and he is very excited to be here at School of Rock Lee’s Summit.

Julie Cobb General Manager

Julie Cobb was once described by her children in three words: cuddly rocker mom. Her lifelong love of singing and listening to wildly diverse genres of music has given her countless opportunities to discuss music and perform for anyone who will listen. She grew up in a musical family, surrounded by country and bluegrass music, and through her babysitters and friends she found rock and roll. As she continued her studies in college, she learned classical and jazz pieces that challenged her to improve and discover new favorites. Julie is the lead singer of Bender, a classic 60s through 90s rock cover band based in the Springfield, MO area. She is proud that this five-piece band has maintained the same line-up for over 10 years, and this milestone proves that music can create and nurture powerful and lasting friendships. Julie loves to share her knowledge and is always excited to help students find their voices at School of Rock Lee's Summit.

Clay Morales Guitar Teacher and Bass Guitar Teacher

Clay was around 13 years old when he took interest in his dad’s old “Hondo II” guitar and started playing. He took private lessons for years and has attended Longview Community College and University of Central Missouri, where he is about to complete his Bachelor’s in Music Technology degree. He has played in original and cover bands in a broad range of styles including alternative, metal, funk, R&B, and classic rock. He is also well-studied in classical, blues, jazz, and bluegrass music in order to be versatile and constantly growing as a musician.

His main instrument is guitar, but he is also able to play just about anything with strings, including bass guitar, banjo, and ukulele. Clay is happy and fortunate enough to be a part of his students’ musical journeys as he helps them gain mastery of their instrument with musical knowledge, theory, and technique.

Taylor Smith Guitar Teacher and Bass Teacher

Taylor Smith is a guitarist and singer from Kinston, North Carolina now based out of Kansas City. He is influenced by all styles of music and has a very free approach. Every night is different, and the same thing is never played twice. Taylor represented Kansas City in the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. He leads a trio playing around the Kansas City area. Taylor enjoys being a guitar teacher and bass teacher with the Lee’s Summit School of Rock, and he is proud of all the hard work his students do.

Miles James Guitar Teacher, and Bass Guitar Teacher

Miles started playing guitar at age 12 and spent a few years as a student at the School of Rock Lee’s Summit before returning to teach guitar and bass. He previously played guitar with the band Metal Roach, and he currently performs with two groups, Relentless Relief and the Zoe Roarz Band. Miles appreciates the opportunity to pass along the School of Rock experience to the next generation of student rockers.

Jud Kite Drum Teacher

Jud Kite is a drummer and a singer from Odessa, Missouri. A self-taught set drummer, he has traveled Europe twice on tour with his previous rockabilly band The Rumblejetts. He was also the drummer for metal outfit The Death Valley Wolfriders. He is currently in two bands, The Culprits and Strawbilly. He is fluent in all styles and appreciates getting a chance to pass his expertise on to the next generation of rockers at School of Rock Lee’s Summit.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.

Reviews

She's developed a stage presence!

The atmosphere is fun, but also geared towards exactly what my daughter needs to learn in order to grow. School of Rock has helped her grow more confident and be herself.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

I love School of Rock!

The teachers are amazing and I appreciate that they continue to challenge my son on the drums! Every time I go to his show I am blown away with his growth! Thank you!

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

Always Learning, Always Having Fun.

It's a great place for students to learn stage presence, make new friends and grow as people. We tried lessons at a local music store. Our son learned basics, but we could tell he was losing interest. At School of Rock he has no desire to stop.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)

School of Rock builds confidence.

I love the structure of it, the way the kids learn in the one-on-one scenario and then come together to play. The instructors are also very patient with the kids and go at a pace that suits everyone.

5
(OUT OF 5 STARS)