School of Rock Orleans
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About School of Rock Orleans

Welcome to School of Rock Orleans, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Orleans has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Orleans, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Orleans together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Orleans today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Orleans
2003 St. Joseph Blvd
Orleans, ON K1C1E5
CA
Main Number
(613) 841-8118(613) 841-8118

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Thursday2:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Orleans, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Orleans students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Orleans’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Orleans’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Orleans, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Orleans’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Orleans’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Orleans musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Orleans can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Orleans, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Orleans, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Orleans works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Orleans’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Orleans’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Orleans.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

  • School of Rock Orleans’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Orleans Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Orleans’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Orleans learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Orleans Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Orleans enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Orleans’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Orleans, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Orleans students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Orleans’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

    • November 24
      4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

      SoR at Grey Cup Festival

      Concert
      We not be playing at halftime but this is pretty close. Come and join in the excitement of Grey Cup week be seeing our bands play at the Aberdeen stage
    • December 2
      5:30 PM

      Parade of Lights

      parade
      School of Rock will be defending its "Best Band in Parade" trophy from last year so be one of the 110,oo lining the streets to see us play
    • December 3
      1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Annual Benefit Concert- Grace O'Malley's

      This is one of our favorite events. We have performances from virtually all of our programs and all the proceeds ($5 or a non-perishable food item as admission) go to the Orleans Food Bank. Come s...
      This is one of our favorite events. We have performances from virtually all of our programs and all the proceeds ($5 or a non-perishable food item as admission) go to the Orleans Food Bank. Come support this great cause.
    • December 10
      5:30 PM

      Boot Camp XVI- East vs West- Grace O'Malley's

      concert
      Adult Boot Camp seventeen! These are awesome concerts so come cheer on this great band
    • February 1
      6:30 PM

      SoR to play Sens game

      concert
      Mark your calendar for Feb 1st to see our SoR Performance bands play at the Ottawa Senators vs Anaheim game. We'll be playing in the main concourse before the game and in between periods. Students...
      Mark your calendar for Feb 1st to see our SoR Performance bands play at the Ottawa Senators vs Anaheim game. We'll be playing in the main concourse before the game and in between periods. Students at SoR can take advantage of a great offer on tickets and a chance to win Senators swag.
    • February 11
      5:00 PM

      Performance bands- season ending concert at Brass Monkey

      Concert
      Two big season ending concerts:
      - Alice in Chains vs Pearl Jam
      - Garage Revival

      Tickets $10 at the school or at the door

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Staff

    • Photo of Our Awesome Staff!
      Our Awesome Staff!
      School of Rock Orleans instructors are all professional musicians, many of them recording, and playing in bands locally. We pride ourselves on the dedication, patience and creativity of our instruc...
      School of Rock Orleans instructors are all professional musicians, many of them recording, and playing in bands locally. We pride ourselves on the dedication, patience and creativity of our instructors and how they genuinely care for each of their students. Each instructor is thoroughly background checked and has completed mandatory training as set by School of Rock so that you can be rest assured that each student, young or old, is treated with respect and receives the best music instruction in the city.
      Check them out below
    • Photo of Mike Giamberardino
      Mike Giamberardino
      Drum, guitar and Rock 101 Instructor
      A studious musician by trade, Mike has been playing music since he was 10 years old. He started up on his uncles old drum kit, and soon developed a passion for all instruments. He can be heard on r...
      A studious musician by trade, Mike has been playing music since he was 10 years old. He started up on his uncles old drum kit, and soon developed a passion for all instruments. He can be heard on recordings for Ottawa based artists, along with his full time bands (Tribe Royal, Harea Band) who have been professionally touring within Canada. He brings with him a versatile multi-instrumental skillset and experience in the professional industry as well as an accomplished and on-going musical education.
    • Photo of Scott Norris
      Scott Norris
      Guitar/ Bass Instructor, Performance Director / Little Wing Mobile Co-Ordinator
      "Coming from a house filled with rock music from the day he was born Scott was influenced to pick up the guitar at age 10 and instantly fell in love with every aspect of the instrument. Learning va...
      "Coming from a house filled with rock music from the day he was born Scott was influenced to pick up the guitar at age 10 and instantly fell in love with every aspect of the instrument. Learning various techniques at this early age under his Dad's direction, Scott began to understand his passion for guitar as well as music in general. Playing his first real gig at an open mic night at Barrymore's at the early age of 13 Scott instantly knew the stage was where he belonged. He then began taking lessons at various facilities in the Ottawa/Orleans area and studied under a handful of different instructors all the while taking in all of their various influences and developing those methods into a style that worked for him. Shortly after beginning lessons Scott's musical interests turned towards the heavier side of the genre when he heard Pantera - from there he began to fall in love with the heaviest music he could find. Scott then began to focus on teaching himself and started to look into creating music on top of just learning what his favourite bands were playing. Scott was in and out of various local metal Ottawa bands from ages 16-18 and began learning about the music industry as a whole as well as spending lots of time performing on various local stages as well as being one of the primary content creators for any of the groups he was a part of. In the last 3 years Scott has focused all his time and energy into Of Reverie, a Post Hardcore/Metalcore outfit from Ottawa. The band has worked with producers such as Adam Newcomb (Newcomb Studios) and Doug Meadows (Allspark Studios) as well as touring with acts such as Sirens Sailors (Artery Records), Chasing Safety (Outerloop Records), and Horizons. Scott's time with Of Reverie has taught him many things about his own playing, the music industry, and gave him a brief glimpse into what life on the road is like."
    • Photo of Jason Watts
      Jason Watts
      Show Director, Drums and Vocals Instructor
      From Ottawa, Jason Watts is a talented musician with an incredible sense of rhythm. With more than 15 years of experience Jay is an accomplished drummer. He actually started as a D.J. as a teenager...
      From Ottawa, Jason Watts is a talented musician with an incredible sense of rhythm. With more than 15 years of experience Jay is an accomplished drummer. He actually started as a D.J. as a teenager and shortly after that turned his attention to percussion. From rock to pop, blues to Metal, he has played it all. As a member of a various bands throughout the years, in support of multiple full length albums, Jay has toured from southern Ontario to Halifax and continues to tour '“ from small dive bars to festivals stages. He has played over 1200 shows and counting! Oh the stories! Jay has had the pleasure of working with some really cool people over the years like producers Jordan Zadorozny (Sam Roberts, Blinker the star, Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur) and Terry Brown (Rush). He has shared the stage with great musical acts like Blue Rodeo, Mother-Mother, 3 Days Grace, Alan Frew(Glass Tiger), Thornely, Default, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Ill Scarlet and Amanda Rheaume, just to name a few. His current band, Hearts Mines, has been playing in Ottawa and southern Ontario for the last 4 years. This includes most recently the 2013 Ottawa Bluesfest, the 2012 H.O.P.E Volleyball Summerfest and 2012 LiVE 88.5 BIG Money Shot finals where they finished as runner up. Jay gets his inspiration from such legendary drummers as Buddy Rich, Dave Grohl, Phil Collins, Carter Beauford and Travis Barker. Jay's showmanship, energy and inner-metronome make him a great drummer; his love of people, passion for music and life make him a great musician.
    • Photo of Stephanie Venneri
      Stephanie Venneri
      Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard Instructor
      Raised in Timmins, ON, Stephanie has been belting out tunes since she could talk. From auditioning for Canadian Idol in 2006, to winning best French singer in Ontario in 2008, and studying Performi...
      Raised in Timmins, ON, Stephanie has been belting out tunes since she could talk. From auditioning for Canadian Idol in 2006, to winning best French singer in Ontario in 2008, and studying Performing Arts at Sheridan College, Stephanie inspires to share her talent with the world. She started taking classical vocal lessons when she was 15. She was able to sing operatic Italian songs after 3 months of training. From then on, Stephanie knew that she wanted music to be a big part of her life, after realizing what type of gift she had to offer. She then picked up a guitar, bought herself a keyboard, and decided to teach herself everything she could. At the age of 16, Stephanie joined a funk band. Covering Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, and No Doubt, they had the chance to play at every single bar and arena in Timmins. For anyone who knows Timmins... That's quite a few. Stephanie's musical influents are; Whitney Houston, Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks, generally, anybody with "pipes." All through high school, Stephanie sang whenever she could. From Christmas assemblies in the auditorium, to singing O'Canada at hockey games, she loved any opportunity to belt out a tune. In her last two years of high school, she had the honour to be her music teacher's assistant and call it part of her "Co-op" class. Two years ago,she decided to pack her car, and make the big move to Ottawa. She found School of Rock, and she's never looked back! Stephanie gets plenty of opportunities to sing her heart out. In 2012 alone she sang at 17 weddings. She continues to sing at functions when she can. With her eclectic jazzy, rockish, bluesy voice, she aspires to be the best vocal and performance teacher she possibly can and call herself a well known artist!
    • Photo of Jordi Barlow
      Jordi Barlow
      Guitar, drums, vocals, Rock 101 Instructor
      Talking to Jordi you think he was born in the sixties or seventies with his extensive knowledge, and passion for, groups like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Neil Young. Jordi started playing guitar a...
      Talking to Jordi you think he was born in the sixties or seventies with his extensive knowledge, and passion for, groups like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Neil Young. Jordi started playing guitar at the age of 16 and added drums, bass, keys and vocals to his repertoire. His first live gig came by accident when he was walking around the Perth Music Festival and was asked to jump on stage and join the band. He got the bug and soon played in the allstar rock band in high school. He has continued to play with numerous bands, gigging at venues like the Rainbow with artists such as Mariah Hawkins. He has also produced and recorded local bands and has worked with The Shenkman Center to train their personnel on backline set-up.
      Jordi’s first encounter with SoR was the Blackburn Funfair where he was our sound engineer. He soon joined the school as an instructor and music director and, most recently, summer camp director.
    • Photo of Ryan Wheatley
      Ryan Wheatley
      Guitar, bass and drum instructor
      As a kid Ryan always loved listening to music. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 12 and quickly developed a passion for it, deciding then that music would be his career. At the age of 14 ...
      As a kid Ryan always loved listening to music. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 12 and quickly developed a passion for it, deciding then that music would be his career. At the age of 14 he was asked to join his first band and soon after he was playing shows all around Ottawa. After high school Ryan took Algonquin college's Music Industry Arts program where he learn all about how to produce and record bands. This gave him the skills needed to record Ginger Fox Band's 2 latest releases. Ryan has been a music teacher for over 4 years teaching kids and adults of all ages guitar, bass, and drums. He also works as a live sound engineer all around Ottawa. He has played gigs across Ontario in multiple bands, including The Ginger Fox Band as well as with M'alice and Monsters a tribute to Alice Cooper.
    • Photo of Al Findlay
      Al Findlay
      Vocal and Rock 101 Instructor
      Born and raised in Ottawa, Al began his music education as most youth at the time taking recorder lessons in elementary school. While in high school he began to teach himself guitar by playing a...
      Born and raised in Ottawa, Al began his music education as most youth at the time taking recorder lessons in elementary school.

      While in high school he began to teach himself guitar by playing along to The Beatles. This led to many songwriting efforts and early multitrack recording experimentation.
      After playing in a number of classic rock cover bands around Ontario and Quebec, Al continued his musical education and graduated from The Audio Recording Academy program of sound engineering and production. Al has worked on several musical projects over the past several years including his compositions in Beatles related projects. He has also created music for community television projects, lent his talents to various multimedia and presentations in Ottawa and northeast Ontario.
      He enjoys coaching in singing, playing guitar and piano, all of the instruments he uses in recording his song ideas regularly in his home studio.
    • Photo of Chris Buttera
      Chris Buttera
      Drum Instructor
      I have been playing drums since 10 years old. I started playing in bands and recording when I was a teenager. Bands like Boston, Rush, Thin Lizzy, and Metallica influenced me at a young age and I b...
      I have been playing drums since 10 years old. I started playing in bands and recording when I was a teenager. Bands like Boston, Rush, Thin Lizzy, and Metallica influenced me at a young age and I began learning a large catalogue of classic rock and metal tunes. By my 20s I was learning full albums by Megadeth, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath.

      I am mostly self taught but have taken professional lessons from Jeff Asselin. It’s at this point where I learned about technique, site reading, and advanced rudiments. I have been a consistent player in Ottawa’s music scene for over 10 years. I have played live in, and recorded albums with Descendant, Vyc Vypyr, Ginger Fox Band, and King Swan. In my mid-twenties I began teaching, both privately and in various music schools around Ottawa.
    • Photo of Kagiso Gillespie
      Kagiso Gillespie
      Guitar, Bass and Rookies instructor
      My name is Kagiso Gillespie and I am a guitar, bass and Rookies instructor here at the School of Rock. I have been playing guitar now for almost 13 years and my style and tastes have continuously b...
      My name is Kagiso Gillespie and I am a guitar, bass and Rookies instructor here at the School of Rock. I have been playing guitar now for almost 13 years and my style and tastes have continuously been changing throughout those years. I started off with an acoustic and eventually gotten into the electric guitar over a year later. As of the last 4 years, I have transitioned to the style of classical guitar but still pick up the electric whenever I have the chance.
      I am currently in my first year of the Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa. I am really proud to be here and teaching enthusiastic students in the hopes of becoming talented musicians.

Promotions

News

    • School of Rock to Play Grey Cup

      Huge news- We will be playing the Grey Cup Festival Friday November 24th at 4:30. There will be a ton of activities at Lansdowne and you can be part of an epic Ottawa event. More info on the Grey C...
      Huge news- We will be playing the Grey Cup Festival Friday November 24th at 4:30. There will be a ton of activities at Lansdowne and you can be part of an epic Ottawa event. More info on the Grey Cup at http://greycupfestival105.ca/

    • School of Rock in "The Beat"

      Check out this great story on School of Rock

    • CTV Ottawa- Regional Contact and School of Rock

      CTV's Joel Haslam takes us to a school in Orleans where kids (and adults) just wanna rock.Click here to see the clip:http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=373361

    • School of Rock Wins Best Band Award at Orleans Parade of Lights

      These two handsome devils are none other than SoR owners Andy and Rick proudly displaying the trophy that the school won for Best Band at the recent Orleans Parade of Lights. Our parade band played...
      These two handsome devils are none other than SoR owners Andy and Rick proudly displaying the trophy that the school won for Best Band at the recent Orleans Parade of Lights. Our parade band played to over 150,000 people lining the streets- wow! Check out more pics at our FB page

Testimonials

  • “What an amazing show last night!! I usually get emotional watching Kai perform but last night other parents' kids managed to choke me up... it's been so incredible to watch these kids that Kai has been with for the past couple of years grow into talented, unique, awesome musicians and performers putting their own mark and character into their performances. I was blown away (again) at the level of talent, maturity, courage, passion, energy ... in front of hundreds of people. What a great place this School of Rock is...thanks to all the teachers who are more than just teachers, and to Rick and Andy for caring so much about these kids and this experience. I can't wait to see what next season has in store.”
    — Yasmine Fathers, School of Rock Orleans proud mom
  • “They are great I would never go to another music school then school of Rock here I am nine months ago trying to figure out how to strum ONE!!! String on my guitar ... Now I am playing solos and full songs- omg”
    — Jacob Elgin- Learning to shred at SoR Orleans
  • “School of Rock ROCKS!!!! It is such a terrific program, and the students progress so quickly with the magic formula of having both private lessons and band lessons every week. I have children in Rock 101 and in the Performance Group, and both absolutely LOVE IT!! They get to learn musical terminology, how to read music, how to write music, and how to play at an increasingly challenging rate. The teachers are TERRIFIC!! They know each student well, and ensure that they are continuously challenged at a rate that suits the child. They manage to bring a group of kids who have never played an instrument, let alone played in a band, and have them perform songs that we know and love in front of an audience, all in a matter of a few months! Other benefits of this great program are the confidence that they gain throughout the development process and then during each performance on stage, and the friends they get to make and hang-out with during band practices!”
    Natalie Howe (proud mom of a drummer and guitarist)
  • “I attend along with my youngest son who has autism. Amazing experience and I have told everyone who will listen, both young and old. My oldest son did a performance program and loved it as well. Can't say enough about everyone at the School of Rock. Made my sons feel included and made me feel young again. ”
    — Dave Woodward- Orleans drummer, singer and proud dad of rockers