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School of Rock Madison
845 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 350-0345

Location Specifics

Next to Clippership Row.

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  • Monday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Madison, 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


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.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 6-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Madison'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 Madison have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Madison are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Students (typically ages 6 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
Ages 7-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Madison'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 Madison music venue.

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 Madison, 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 Madison is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Madison 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 Madison'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 Madison 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 Madison.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Madison 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 Madison.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 9-18

The School of Rock Madison House Band music program gives students ages 9-18 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 Madison's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at CT rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

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 Madison and the rest of CT. 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
Age 17 and Under

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Music Lessons in Madison

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Madison, 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 Madison is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Madison 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 Madison'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 Madison, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Madison, 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 Madison, 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 Madison. Unlike other Madison drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Madison, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Madison, 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 Madison.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison. 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 Madison, 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 Madison 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 Madison Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Madison 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 Madison music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Madison, 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 Madison, 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 Madison’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.

Michael Molyneux General Manager

Music has had a remarkable influence on Mike from an early age. He is a dedicated music admirer, teaching enthusiast, performing artist and guitarist. He earned his degree from Mercy College, graduating with a B.S. in Music Industry and Technology. He has continued to study music with the highly regarded and talented guitarist Tony Lombardozzi. While taking interest in other instruments, Mike is a CT native that produces original music with a band dubbed The Dive Crew. He is also partners with a group of professional musicians in the band After Effect. This band performs covers for private events, parties and weddings throughout New England. His passion is performing and teaching while sharing the inspiration and language of music.

Walker DesTroismaisons Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Walker started his musical journey playing alto saxophone in his elementary school band. At 13, he picked up the guitar and was immediately hooked, forming rock bands in high school and eventually pursuing and completing a bachelor’s degree in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven. Through college he continued honing his chops, playing guitar and alto sax in his college jazz ensemble, as well as developing his vocal skills through solo performances and gigging with his current band. After graduating, Walker began working as a live sound engineer and has worked with many different bands on upwards of 500 shows. DesTroismaisons currently resides in the CT Shoreline.

Jake Huffman Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

Jake Huffman is an American musician and composer. Huffman currently serves as the drummer, vocalist and lyricist for the band McLovins. He has recorded over six albums with McLovins and one solo album all before the age of 25. Huffman (trained by University of Hartford alumni) has been playing percussion for over 19 years. At the age of 16 his band was noticed and approached by musicians like Buddy Guy, Tom Marshall (Phish), George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Anthony Krizan (The Spin Doctors) and most notably "Rolling Stone Magazine," who said, "McLovins—a trio of Connecticut kids who have managed to harness the musical ferocity of Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool and Stewart Copeland before being able to legally drive a car." By age 18, Huffman started working alongside Grammy Award-winning producer Bill Sherman ("Hamilton") and joined the composing team at "Sesame Street" in 2013. Huffman wrote music and lyrics for world renowned artists like Ed Sheeran and Leon Bridges. He also performed and composed many other songs for "Sesame Street." As a lyricist Huffman has an unbelievable ability to take an undisguised perspective and convey any emotion through melody and words. As a performer he can captivate crowds of any size within moments with his unique ability to sing while playing drums. Huffman (now age 25) currently resides in Southern, CT.

Peter Vuoto Drum Teacher

Peter began playing the drums in his elementary school marching band and his junior high orchestral band. Playing the kit in this orchestra at a young age changed everything for Vuoto. At Farmington High School Peter played in the orchestra, as well as the jazz ensemble, in which he got the experience to tour England. Peter would finish his education at the Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California. Vuoto has played in numerous bands of all genres including Church of the Seventh Angel, Creepazoid, The 12th of Never, yokoDeathray, Dark 32 and Uncle Daddy (Outlaw Country). Peter teaches drums and assists in shows at School of Rock and is highly recommended.

Jeremy Cooney Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jeremy Cooney started playing guitar at age 12 and quickly became attached to the instrument. His first musical influences were John Lennon and The Beatles. Since then he has branched out into various genres such as blues, jazz, bluegrass, folk, reggae and even punk rock. He started his first band at age 13 and has played in six different groups since then. He also makes music as a solo musician. As a recent graduate from the University of New Haven with a B.A. in Music, he is the newest guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Madison. In addition to playing guitar he taught himself the slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and drums.

Michael Cassineri Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Michael Cassineri is a singer/songwriter, and a guitar and bass player. He enjoys writing music and collaborating with other musicians. His influences include Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Michael Jackson, Anderson Paak and many more. Michael graduated from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon with a degree in Music Business and Industry. After college, he started working at School of Rock Madison as an instructor, show director and music director. He then made a move to Vermont, where he spent a year working for the Greater Burlington YMCA as a site director at an elementary school. In his free time he loves to listen to music, play his guitars and spend time exercising outdoors. He has a lot of experience working with K-12 aged students and looks forward to being able to teach music again. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Madison.

William D'Andrea Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

William (Bill) D'Andrea was born and raised in Greenwich, CT. He studied at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 1977 with an Instrumental Performance Major in Piano. Bill started playing piano at the early age of 13. Throughout his career, Bill has had the unique opportunity to play in various musical ensembles. From musicals, to rock bands, jazz bands and more, he has acquired an incredible ability to play many various styles and instruments. Bill has taught himself guitar and has been coaching vocals as the director/accompanist for over 30 musicals such as "Godspell," "Kiss Me, Kate," "Fame," "Barnum and Nunsense," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Mame" and more. He has been performing, arranging and teaching for over 50 years in the tri-state area. Bill loves music and especially enjoys sharing the language of music through teaching students of all ages. He is a guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Madison.

Christian Brunelle Drum Teacher

Christian Brunelle has been performing for 20 years now and learned to play drums, vocals,and later on guitar. He attended Berklee College of Music and has played in a number of bands and musicals since then. Some of his favorite artists are Larnell Lewis, Neil Peart, Questlove, Carlos Santana and Angus Young. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Madison.

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It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform onstage. As a music teacher for 15 years, it is easy to say that choosing School of Rock for our son was the best parenting decision we have made yet.


What a Transformation.

When we decided to send our daughter to School of Rock we never imagined what a positive impact one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician.


A true Community.

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An amazing program!

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