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School of Rock Midlothian
13154 Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 419-4925

Location Specifics

We are located near the intersection of Woolridge Rd and Midlothian Turnpike.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Midlothian, our students can take virtual, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. Our Remote 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 Remote is no exception. Guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, singing lessons and bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote program.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 5-7

At School of Rock Midlothian, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 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 hour-long weekly group lesson

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 Midlothian, 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 6-9

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

What To Expect
  • One weekly 90-minute band rehearsal
  • One weekly 30-minute private lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Midlothian are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Midlothian who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 6 to 9-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 9-18

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

What To Expect
  • 1 weeky 3-hour band rehearsal
  • 1 weekly 45-minute private lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

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

What To Expect
  • 1 90-minute weekly band rehearsal
  • 1 45-minute weekly private lesson

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 Midlothian 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 Midlothian.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 9-10

The School of Rock Midlothian House Band music program gives students ages 9 to 10-years-old 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 Midlothian's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at VA 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 Midlothian and the rest of VA. 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 Midlothian

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Midlothian 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 Midlothian 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 Midlothian, 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 Midlothian 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 Midlothian, 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 Midlothian. 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 Midlothian, 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 Midlothian 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 Midlothian Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Midlothian 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 Midlothian music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Midlothian, 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 Midlothian, 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 Midlothian’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.

Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Mike Souder Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Inspired by The Beatles, Mike Souder started with guitar at age 11. He has extensive experience performing and recording for over 40 years. The past 25 years included teaching privately and in local music stores prior to coming to School of Rock. He taught an after school music program at X-Zone Lifespring in Midlothian. He plays advanced guitar, electric bass, keyboard and drums/percussion. He performs regularly with three bands in the Richmond, VA area as well as in Cloverhill Assembly of God church services.
Bass Guitar Teacher

Drew Micco Bass Guitar Teacher

Drew has been playing bass guitar for over 25 years. At the age of 14 he formed his first band with his neighborhood friends and thus launched a lifetime love of playing and recording music. Over the years he went on to play bass and record with several bands in his native state of Pennsylvania and later here in Richmond. He also plays guitar, and writes and records music when he's not working at his day job as a construction project manager. Drew is a fan of all genres of rock music and can hold his own in a game of rock n' roll trivia.
Drew is thrilled to share his passion for music with the students at School of Rock and help them achieve their rock n' roll dreams.

Ella Mort Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Exposed to music at a young age with a pianist as a mother and a rock and roll drummer as a father, Ella Mort quickly discovered that singing was her lifelong passion. After participating in numerous amounts of choirs, show choirs and musicals throughout her childhood and teenage years in Chesterfield County, she chose to go on to pursue Music Education in college. She received a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2018 and is currently licensed to teach music to any grade level in the entire state of Virginia. She has been vocally trained in all sorts of styles of music, from Broadway musicals to radio hits, to the rock and coll classics she grew up on. She is always willing to work on any sort of music that the students enjoy and want to learn how to sing with.

Ella was introduced to School of Rock right after graduating college, and has quickly fallen in love with the fun environment, the incredible and unique students, and all of the music that is created here. She is currently a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Midlothian, and assistant directs for the large group band shows that School of Rock offers and puts on.

Jared Merrill Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Jared Merrill started playing his first instrument 14 years ago and today has knowledge in bass, drums, guitar, piano and keyboard. Jared learned the bass as his first instrument at age 11 and played in the symphonic band from sixth grade through 12th grade. He grew up listening to The Beatles but it was the band Muse that inspired him to pick up multiple instruments.

A few years later, his dad bought a vintage Ludwig kit and he couldn't resist sitting behind it every chance that he got. He quickly developed a talent for drums which led to him playing the snare drum in his school's marching band during his senior year of high school. During this time is also when he first picked up a guitar and sat behind a keyboard. He has a love for learning chords and melodies.

Today Jared is a gigging musician with a local band named The J.O.B, and has a passion for teaching students various techniques, chords and theories for all instruments. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Midlothian.

Austin Washington Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Austin Washington picked up the guitar at age 10 and soon picked up the baritone saxophone at age 11. He was inspired by bands and artists like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. By the time he arrived in high school his influences shifted towards a more jazz oriented position through groups and people like Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Cole Train, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Chick Corea and Guthrie Govan. He also decided to pick up other instruments all while attending high school and School of Rock Short Pump.

Being highly devoted to his musical trade, he was thrust into the show program and House Band. Austin in 2015 went on to audition for the School of Rock AllStars and made it, being the first School of Rock student between Short Pump and Midlothian to join the program. He made it to Team 1 and toured from Austin, TX to Chicago, IL. Austin then went on to study music theory quite rigorously with a teacher for a year and then on his own terms, mostly through jazz mediums via transcribing the music and analyzing it. He also began to work in the audio engineering field and got work as an audio editor for various big YouTubers. He now has decided to come back to School of Rock Midlothian and impart some of his knowledge to students. It's his passion and joy to be able to spread the things he's learned about music, and he hopes to inspire every single student he gets to be better than what they are, and push themselves into territory previously uncharted. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and saxophone teacher at School of Rock Midlothian.

Eric Bandy Drum Teacher

Inspired by listening to classic rock radio at a young age, Eric Bandy became fascinated with the drums. At the age of 11 he began taking lessons. He was heavily influenced by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Stewart Copeland of The Police and many other modern day drummers. Eric found great joy in playing along with some of his favorite classic rock records. After cutting his teeth in a few local bands, he moved to Hollywood to attend The Musicians Institute, where he studied drums and live performance. After moving back to Richmond in 2014, he began teaching drums and joined VA's Top 40 charting band, The J.O.B. (The Jim O'Ferrell Band). Eric enjoys sharing his passion for music, as well as plenty of live performance experience. He looks forward to inspiring the next generation of young musicians. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Midlothian.

Sean McCoy Studio Coordinator

Sean McCoy was a student at School of Rock Midlothian for three years before coming on as our Studio Coordinator. With a passion for what we do, he was always helping out with the younger students, as well as participating in House Band during his time learning here. Now, as the Studio Coordinator, he feels right at home in our dynamic environment. He helps current and prospective students on their own music journeys, as well as coordinates day-to-day operations. He shares a passion for music and performance that is characteristic of all of our instructors here at the school. He has been in various local bands and is constantly pursuing personal projects.

John Kramer Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

John Kramer began his music journey in fifth grade playing the trumpet. He became a member of jazz band in middle school, and joined marching band and orchestra in high school. He learned how to sing in chorus class and performed in school musicals and chorus concerts. He also taught trumpet to beginner students and assisted in jazz clinics. He picked up the guitar when he couldn’t play trumpet because of braces and started listening to classic rock. He played lead guitar and vocals in a local New Jersey group, and recorded several albums with the band. He also taught himself recording and mixing, and started composing music for commercials and indie films.

John has been playing music locally in Richmond since 2014, but is currently focusing on composing, production and teaching. He not only teaches pop/rock music with a foundation in classical and jazz, but guides others in how to connect with their personality and how to express their emotions through music. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Midlothian.

Jackson Shurlds Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Jackson Shurlds is a multi-instrumentalist freelance musician who frequently performs a variety of musical genres in Richmond and cities along the East Coast. He earned music degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Cincinnati. Jackson loves to share his musical passion and knowledge with his students, introducing them to goal-oriented music practice to maximize efficiency during practice sessions. It immensely inspires him to witness a student's development as a musician. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Midlothian.

Joe Welch Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Joe Welch hails from Yorktown, VA and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He has shared the stage with the likes of Grammy Award-winning musicians The Roots, Thundercat, Casey Benjamin and Anna Wise. He has played at notable venues, including The 9:30 Club, UCLA Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Fest, BAM Opera House in Brooklyn and more. Joe has taught privately for over 10 years and likes to guide a student's path of development based on their musical goals and interests. He is a bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Midlothian.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

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Students learn the importance of teamwork!

Not only do they teach music but also how to act on stage and be respectful of other performers and fellow musicians. Finding that is a rare commodity and it's great to see our kids being helpful to others.

We LOVE School or Rock!

The kids are exposed to many different genres, challenged within a collaborative environment and are able to form supportive, long-lasting friendships with others that love music as much as they do.

My daughter now has confidence!

Through School of Rock she has learned how to read music and play a variety of instruments including keyboards, guitar and drums. She knows how to perform on stage, to play with a group of people and how to interact with the audience.

School of Rock teaches more than music.

It has given our child not only motivational musical training, but the life skills needed to become successful. He is learning about hard work, patience, responsibility and the ability to collaborate with others.