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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: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 01/20/2020: Regular Hours
  • 01/25/2020: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program 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. 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
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.

Adult music program 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.

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 McKinney

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

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

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

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

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

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.

General Manager

Colleen Holdar General Manager

Colleen Holdar grew up on the border in South Texas. She loves all genres of music, from Billie Holiday to David Bowie to Ke$ha. She tries to go to concerts and festivals as often as possible. Colleen has spent over 15 years of her life working in management positions and has over 10 years of experience with Starbucks. Colleen has worked in all types of businesses: general retail, hair salons, urban aquaponic vertical farming in India and even esports. Colleen is so happy to be with School of Rock. She knows this is the perfect place to learn what to do with her guitar. She is excited to be helping kids explore the arts and find themselves. She is the General Manager at School of Rock McKinney.

Zack Wiese 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 Drum Teacher

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.

Brent Alyea II Guitar Teacher

Brent Alyea II was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and grew up around music fans of all shapes, sizes and genres. As Brent got older, he grew bored of video games and being the underdog that everyone picked on. Brent grew more and more introverted. In hopes of a solution, Brent’s parents bought him a guitar and he joined the School of Rock family as a student at 15 years old. At first, Brent despised the guitar and thought it was just a waste of time, but as time progressed so did he. Brent quickly fell in love with the instrument and how he could use it to craft melodies and songs he enjoyed.

Since 2015, Brent has been perfecting his craft through School of Rock and a motley crew of other teachers, opening the door to take notes and lessons from the likes of Monte Pittman (guitarist for Madonna and Prong), Steve Vai (Whitesnake) and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society). Brent ultimately graduated from School of Rock’s Performance Program a few years later and applied as an instructor to help young guitar players to unlock their potential as a musician. All of these opportunities have allowed Brent to learn how to run stages for bands, mix and master tracks to record albums, and how to run soundboards for different venues. Currently, Brent is studying to attend Berklee College of Music to further his career as a touring professional guitarist. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock McKinney.

Jackson Cordell Drum Teacher

Jackson Cordell grew up in a household of musicians, so he started playing drums at the young age of four years old. Being a self-taught musician, Jackson taught himself drums by listening and playing to his favorite songs. He also started his performance career by joining School of Rock Frisco. It was there that he learned to fine-tune his technique and establish a high standard of playing. His main musical influences come from bands such as Meshuggah, Dance Gavin Dance, Good Tiger, Power Trip and Code Orange.

Through School of Rock, Jackson was able to start a series of bands, one of which was a crossover metal band called Lockjaw. Lockjaw allowed him to play shows in venues all across the state of Texas. He also helped establish house venues in the Denton punk scene. Through these connections, Jackson has played at venues such as the House of Blues, Three Links, The Door, The Curtain Club, Tomcats West and dozens more. He has also successfully released two EPs and many singles during his music career. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock McKinney.

Melissa Johnson Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Melissa Johnson has been classically trained in opera, jazz, musical theater and classical voice for 18 years. She first became interested in rock music when she was around six and heard her dad play guitar for the first time. After that, she would sit with her dad and listen to him educate her on the music of Journey, Queen, Styx and AC/DC (among others). She sang in choirs with her schools from late elementary school through high school, when she began teaching basic music education to preschool-aged children in her community.

In 2007, she enrolled in music classes at Collin College in Plano, where she pursued a Music Education degree. While enrolled, she performed with their jazz, classical, musical theater and eclectic a capella groups. In 2009, she began teaching voice as an independent instructor for high school students in and around the Plano and McKinney areas to better prepare them for their college scholarship auditions.

Music has always been a great passion for Melissa. Teaching gives her a way to pass on that love and passion to children and young adults, and that is the greatest gift one can give in her eyes. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock McKinney.

Brandon Burkhalter Drum Teacher

Brandon began playing the drums at age 11 and studied music all throughout school, and for four years privately with Rich Malloy, Jon Hussey, Steve Pruitt, Brian Ferguson and John Blackwell (Prince, Luther Vandross, Justin Timberlake), as well as at Berklee College of Music for their five-week summer performance intensive, to which he received a full-ride scholarship and a $9,000 scholarship to study at the school full-time. As an adolescent, he was accepted into the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he studied for a year before venturing further to pursue bands outside of school.

Brandon joined a band called Polyphia, who would go on to sign with Equal Vision Records. With Polyphia, he recorded two studio albums ("Muse", Renaissance"), two EPs ("Resurrect", "Inspire") and toured all over North America with bands such as August Burns Red, Every Time I Die, Dance Gavin Dance, Stick To Your Guns and many more. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock McKinney.

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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.