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School of Rock McKinney
3201 S Hardin Blvd
Suite 210
McKinney, TX 75070
(214) 856-4055
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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

School of Rock McKinney serves McKinney, Allen, Melissa, Prosper, Farmersville, and surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Drums and guitar are very popular here, but School of Rock McKinney teaches everything from piano to keys, vocals, bass, and more. Students can learn to rock out to musical styles like indie, classic, and '90s rock, while also performing at great local venues like Hank's Texas Grill and Tupp's Brewery.

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children in McKinney
Ages 5-6

At School of Rock McKinney, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 to 6-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

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 McKinney, 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 McKinney for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock McKinney'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 McKinney 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 McKinney are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock McKinney 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 12-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 McKinney
Ages 13-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

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

At School of Rock McKinney, 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.

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

School of Rock McKinney'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 McKinney 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 McKinney.

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 McKinney 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 McKinney.

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 McKinney

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock McKinney

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock McKinney

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock McKinney 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 McKinney, 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 McKinney 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 McKinney, 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 McKinney.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock McKinney

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock McKinney 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 McKinney 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 McKinney, 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 McKinney 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 McKinney, 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 McKinney

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in McKinney. 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 McKinney, 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 McKinney 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 McKinney Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the McKinney 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 McKinney music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock McKinney, 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 McKinney, 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 McKinney’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.

Owner Kiva Rapattoni

Kiva Rapattoni General Manager

Kiva spent 7 years in radio & advertising managing 50+ people at a time, and learning the ins & outs of the entertainment industry. She then made the decision to step away from that industry and work in her family's growing tanning salon business since it had taken off and needed her. After 20 years and multiple locations, they finally decided to sell it and move on.

Kiva is the mother of 3 amazing children, all of which are completely different from one another! Her oldest was a competitive cheerleader for more than 12 years who went on to cheer at Texas Christian University and is now in graduate school to become a Speech Language Pathologist. Her middle child started at SOR Dallas when he was just 12 (one of the original Dallas students, more than 10 years ago) and he has now gone on to seek music professionally, even placing 3rd on the 15th season of American Idol. Her youngest child plays all instruments at the Dallas School of Rock and has been on multiple tours with the most elite students in the nation as a 2-time National School of Rock AllStar.

For the past decade, Kiva has been a proud parent and major supporter of our program.

She has never met a dog she didn't like and rumor has it that she makes a pretty mean gumbo.
Assistant General Manager Cat Yeoman

Cat Yeoman Assistant General Manager

From the moment she saw it, she knew what she wanted. Picking up that shiny new guitar, at age 9, when she started taking lessons at Best Buy. A year later, Cat joined the School of Rock.

There she truly found her love for bass-guitar and being a musician. Not only did she find her passion but also a community of loving people with the same interests. Dallas SOR quickly became her home away from home. She primarily plays bass-guitar but dabbles in standup bass and vocals. Some of her biggest inspirations are David Bowie and Jaco Pastorius. She went on to play bass in the band Fly Away Hero and recorded her first EP “Lost and Found” with them.

Cat has also collaborated with several other artist over the years in various bands such as D.O.C, the Projekt, and Which Way. She’s just a bass slappin’ Bowie maniac with a love for cats and cheese pizza.

Zack Wiese Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Born in Seattle, Washington, the land of espresso and grunge, Zack's musical journey began. Zack's parents were huge music nerds. Zack started at School of Rock Frisco as a student when he was 13. After being there for four years he progressed into becoming a teacher here at School of Rock. He began as a drum student, but also taught himself guitar, bass and piano, and has been known to sing every now and again. He's got a good ear for all genres of music, but says his favorites would be the classics, indie rock, and garage. Zack currently plays drums in a band with fellow staff members Joaquin Reyna and Zoe Haislip, known as Post Palace, as well as plays everything in his solo project, Fluorescent Dreams.

Michael Barrios Assistant Music Director

Michael picked up drumsticks 15 years ago and hasn't put them down since. He started playing in his garage, then moved on to play in his church and school orchestra. Through his high school experience, Michael studied many genres of music and had opportunities to play at live venues, battle of the bands and even in studio work. After he graduated he enrolled in the Collin College Audio Engineering Program. While there, he played in the school's rock ensemble and recording ensemble. The past three years have been devoted to studio drumming. Michael has recorded drums for many bands and artists while finishing his studies at Collin and preparing to enroll in Berklee College of Music's online program.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Sophie Rapattoni

Sophie Rapattoni Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Being a School of Rock alumni herself, Sophie has grown up through the program. She started her first rock band at twelve years old, and since then she has toured all around the country singing everything from Chaka Khan to Rage Against the Machine.

She loves manatees and she can recite every US president in order. Her musical interests range from Dolly Parton, to Bauhaus, to Moondog. She is in a punk band called Boring Lauren with other school of rock alumni including: Dalton Rapattoni, Sydney Hefley, and Cat Yeoman.

“I think quotes are very dangerous things.” -Kate Bush
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge Gonzalez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jorge started playing the guitar 11 years ago. It began when a friend taught him the intro of a song, so he decided to buy an electric guitar. He started learning on his own and joined a music school a few months later.

He played there for 3 years and decided to study music with some guitar clinics he bought. His inspiration was rock and metal music, but he decided to learn more, so he started learning Flamenco.
Once in college, he started playing with a student jazz ensemble and string ensemble. He then became a teacher there and started a Rumba Flamenca ensemble. He gigged in museums and art expositions with the ensemble.

Jorge took some masterclasses with the Flamenco guitarist Antonio Rey and the classic guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares, plus some online masterclasses with the composer Hans Zimmer. Music was always a hobby, but he decided to suspend his university studies and started to follow what he most passionate about (MUSIC).
In 2019 he got a YAMAHA Dante certification and start studying musical production. He has been teaching music for 7 years and can play in different styles such as rock, metal, bossa nova, classical, flamenco, jazz, Latin music, funk and still learning more styles and instruments.

“The best part to be a musician is to share the passion, and there is always something new to learn every day”
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher CONNER JOHNSON

CONNER JOHNSON Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Conner Johnson started his venture into the world of music through singing in garage rock bands he formed with some friends from school. One of these friends would later introduce him to School of Rock Austin, where he would eventually enroll as a student.

It was at the Austin school where Conner picked up bass and guitar as instruments alongside his passion for singing. During his time spent at School of Rock Austin, Conner was a part of his high school's choir program, which is where he first began studying classical style voice. By his senior year, he was singing in three different choirs on top of singing solos, and performed with School of Rock Austin's House Band.

Conner currently studies at the University of North Texas and happily is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock.

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We Love School of Rock!

My 12-year-old son started lessons not even knowing how to hold sticks and within four months was performing at a club in Deep Ellum and actually sounded great! My husband and I were totally impressed and proud!

A great atmosphere!

School of Rock provides a fun atmosphere to learn and perform in on the instrument of your choice, while providing a confidence boost and working within a team environment.

Learning Music and More.

I like the fact that my son gets to not only learn to play an instrument, but to feel like a rock star on a real live stage. I think it gives him a little more responsibility, making him accountable for the group and not just for himself.