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School of Rock Orangeburg
135 East Erie Street
Blauvelt, NY 10913
(845) 977-0275

Location Specifics

Across from Bailey's Smokehouse and next to Mia Cucina in Blauvelt.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Orangeburg, 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 6-7

At School of Rock Orangeburg, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 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

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 Orangeburg, 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 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Orangeburg'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 Orangeburg 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 Blauvelt are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Orangeburg who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-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 10-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Orangeburg'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 Blauvelt music venue.

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

School of Rock Orangeburg'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 Orangeburg 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 Blauvelt.

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 Orangeburg 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 Blauvelt.

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

The School of Rock Orangeburg House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Orangeburg's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NY 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 Blauvelt and the rest of NY. 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 Orangeburg

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Orangeburg, 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 Blauvelt, 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 Orangeburg’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.

Shuman Roy Owner, General Manager

Shuman is the Owner and General Manager at School of Rock Orangeburg. Shuman grew up in Rockland County and spent his high school and college years playing in local and regional heavy metal, punk, alternative and classic rock acts Sinister, Tripping Monsters and Common Ground. Shuman is classically trained and influenced by everyone that has ever touched a guitar, including Randy Rhoads, Tony Iommi, Django Rheinhardt, George Benson, Andres Segovia, John Williams and Stevie Ray Vaughn. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Shuman took a break from rock music to earn an MBA from NYU, travel to far and away places and work in the NYC finance industry.

In 2012, after finding an advertisement in "Entrepreneur Magazine" for School of Rock, Shuman thought it was time for him to get back to music. The rest is history. Shuman now occasionally teaches guitar, beginner drums and beginner vocals at School of Rock Orangeburg. Shuman also runs the quickly growing Adult Band for the Orangeburg location, where adult musicians from pure beginner to advanced players come together to work on music in a healthy, positive atmosphere and put on great shows around Rockland County. Creatively, Shuman plays local acoustic shows throughout Rockland and Bergen and collaborates with local songwriters, producers and bands to provide live and studio guitar work to keep his chops up. He is currently working on material for his own alt-country project.

Michelle Gorman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Michelle Gorman is the Director of Music Operations at School of Rock Orangeburg. In her capacity as Ops Director, Michelle helps School of Rock book great venues for our kids to play at like the Whiskey Kitchen, The Place and Defiant Brewing. She also ensures that things are running smoothly on a day-to-day basis and that our live shows just keep getting better and better.

As a graduate of School of Rock, Michelle is a great example of the kind of musicianship the program breeds. In addition to being the school's primary bass guitar teacher, she also teaches guitar lessons, vocal lessons, piano lessons and directs the House Band. Michelle has been lucky enough to play at venues like Highline Ballroom, The Knitting Factory, CMJ and The Meadowlands Fair.

Steven Viola Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Steven is our Music Director of Programming for School of Rock Orangeburg. As music director, Steven ensures our School of Rock program offers our students exposure to rock music from all aspects and times, providing our kids with a music education that spans from Elvis to Exodus. Steven routinely checks in on our Rookies, Rock 101 and Performance Program curriculum to ensure we are providing a fun, challenging environment for our kids. Steven is a classically trained pianist and vocalist and teaches piano lessons and vocal lessons. Steven has studied both privately with Yuka Yanagi, a highly regarded pianist from New Jersey, and also graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Classical Performance.

Rich Hoban Drum Teacher

Rich Hoban found the love of drums during fifth grade when a middle school band performed at his elementary school to recruit students for the following year. After that, Rich chose the drums as his instrument and it’s been love ever since. After winning the Best Up and Coming Youth Band at the New York State Fair and performing in front of audiences of 3,000 people, Rich went onto the Berklee College of Music and graduated from their Percussion Performance Program. Since then, Rich has toured and recorded with various jazz, metal and rock acts. Rich has also studied privately with some great teachers, including Gary Chester (New Breed), Butch Miles (Count Basie), Skip Hadden (Weather Report) and Joe Hunt (The Stan Getz Quartet). Rich has been teaching drums in Orangeburg for over 35 years and has been with School of Rock Orangeburg for four years as a drum teacher. He continues to play live, record in the studio and help us provide incredible drum lessons every day.

Eric Cohen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Eric Cohen picked up the guitar 15 years ago and knew that it would be part of his life forever. As an alum of School of Rock and the School of Rock AllStars, Eric entered the performing world as a musician at a young age. He played on stages such as B.B. King’s, World Café Live and the Royal Oak Theatre. The initial experience School of Rock provided gave Eric the confidence and experience to pursue a career in music. Since then Eric has been teaching and playing in a diverse amount of rock, blues, jazz, funk and bluegrass bands. Eric has played with Adrian Belew of King Crimson and The Talking Heads, members of Lake Street Dive and banjo player Tony Trischka. Eric’s biggest influences include The Grateful Dead, The Band, Freddie King, Doc Watson, Duane Allman, John Coltrane and Bela Fleck. In addition to guitar, he plays banjo, harmonica, piano and bass guitar. Eric has been teaching at School of Rock Orangeburg for over five years. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher.

James Byrnes Drum Teacher

James Byrne is a graduate of School of Rock Orangeburg and was a member of the Orangeburg school touring band from 2016-2019. Playing drums since he was a toddler, James brings unheard of technique, talent and energy to his students. James is influenced by drummers from all genres, jazz to rock, but there is one drummer that James considers required listening: Carl Palmer. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Orangeburg.

Mike Cooney Drum Teacher

Mike Cooney began playing drums at age nine after being inspired by seeing Ringo Starr on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Mike continued on to music school, where he earned a degree in Performance. After receiving his degree, Mike taught drum lessons to students throughout Rockland County. In addition to participating in a wide variety of ensembles, from big bands and rock bands to symphony, Mike continues to provide drum lessons at School of Rock Orangeburg as a drum teacher. He has helped some of our drum students achieve incredible NISMA results and garner other successes.

Robert Benaquista Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Robert Benaquista has been instructing music for over 12 years. Self-taught on piano and guitar, Robert eventually studied Music at William Paterson University, earning his bachelor's degree in 2006. Rob began teaching and performing in the area, along with continuing teaching home lessons. Robert signed on to School of Rock in 2017 to bring his knowledge, understanding and passion of music to students of all levels. Robert enjoys music from all genres and subgenres. Some of his influences are Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Guns n' Roses, Metallica, Santana, Pink Floyd, Cream, Elton John and The Beatles. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and Show Director at School of Rock Orangeburg.

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A great program for anyone!

I brought my son to learn how to play guitar. He loved it and ended up playing in a Black Sabbath/Iron Maiden show here. Nothing is more rewarding than watching your kids do something they love!


My children play music together now!

I put my son into Rock 101 and he enjoyed it so much! A few weeks later we ended up bringing my daughter as well! Now they have something to do together and they love it!


What a great School!

I played when I was younger but the skills faded. Since being at School of Rock I'm jamming with other adults similar in age on awesome songs and I just have a blast.


I got so much out of it.

I just wanted to take lessons at first but then I tried their performance program and ended up doing a show with them. Definitely a cool experience.