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About School of Rock Overland Park

Welcome to School of Rock Overland Park, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Overland Park’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Overland Park has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Overland Park full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Overland Park
9296 Metcalf AveOverland Park, KS 66212
Main Number
(913) 642-7625(913) 642-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Overland Park, 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.

    Overland Park 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 Overland Park’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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Overland Park is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Overland Park, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Overland Park students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Overland Park’s Rock 101 students can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Overland Park’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows 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 with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Overland Park’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Overland Park is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Overland Park, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Overland Park’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Overland Park’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepare them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Overland Park Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Overland Park’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!

  • At School of Rock Overland Park, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Overland Park enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Overland Park’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!

  • School of Rock Overland Park’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 Overland Park.

    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

At School of Rock Overland Park, 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. Overland Park students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full o...
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At School of Rock Overland Park, 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.

Overland Park 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 Overland Park’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!
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Staff

    • Meet Elisa Cox
      General Manager
      Elisa is an illustrator, designer, and musician living in Kansas City, Missouri. Lover of the loud and chaotic, music has been a passion of hers since childhood. She has toured the midwest perfo...
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      Elisa is an illustrator, designer, and musician living in Kansas City, Missouri.

      Lover of the loud and chaotic, music has been a passion of hers since childhood. She has toured the midwest performing vocals in a noisy experimental band, managed a DIY house show space for touring bands, and created artwork for a variety of musical clients. Currently, she plays keyboards in an experimental rock band and does freelance artwork in her spare time. Elisa has a degree in Illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her favorite projects to work on are connected to live music and promoting musicians. No matter what, creativity and music is a crucial part of her life and art practice.

      But most importantly, she has a passion for 80's horror flicks, fizzy soda, and cartoons from any decade.
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    • Meet Casey Gene
      Music Director - Bass / Guitar / Vocals / Drums / Keys
      Music has always been an integral part of Casey’s life. His mother insisted on giving him piano lessons almost as soon as he could walk and absolutely saturated his life with her amazing taste in...
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      Music has always been an integral part of Casey’s life. His mother insisted on giving him piano lessons almost as soon as he could walk and absolutely saturated his life with her amazing taste in music even from the womb. As a small child, he sang and danced everywhere he went. He then progressed to singing in his school choir and played the drums.
      When Casey was 12, he bought his first electric guitar and started taking lessons from legendary blues guitarist Fast Johnny Ricker. He began to play music as loud as his amplifiers (that he built himself) could possibly endure. He also learned very quickly that he could play by ear, and began to try and learn every song on the radio. After a few years, several noise complaints, and even making friends with some of the responding police officers, Casey had begun to fine-tune his abilities considerably. He then started to teach guitar to anyone willing to learn, and has since progressed to teaching bass, piano, drums, vocals, and super-awesome stage presence.
      Casey has spent countless hours studying a vast collection of prolific artists spanning multiple genres and decades. Bob Marley biographer (and America’s best known rock writer) Stephen Davis stated that Casey’s version of Redemption Song was the best cover that he has ever heard. Casey has been in several bands as a lead vocalist and as a multi-instrumentalist. He has performed in front of thousands of people and has recorded in some of the best studios in the state of Texas. He now combines his love of teaching music with his natural ability with kids. Casey is grateful to have found his dream job!
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    • Meet NICO "JUST NICO"
      Instructor - Drums / Vocals
      Nico, and his award winning band "Sidewise", have toured with such bands as Sevendust in 2014, including playing to a sold out crowd at the Midland Theater. Nico has won numerous awards, including ...
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      Nico, and his award winning band "Sidewise", have toured with such bands as Sevendust in 2014, including playing to a sold out crowd at the Midland Theater. Nico has won numerous awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year at Project Backstage Midwest Rock Awards, Outstanding Frontman by Banzai, Male Vocalist of the Year from Heavy Frequency Magazine has been nominated for many other local and regional awards. Nico holds a degree in Audio Engineering/Music Technology and has a background in music theory and music composition.
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    • Meet DILLON GASCA
      Instructor - Drums
      Dillon began his musical journey playing drums and guitar when he was 7 years old after a family friend taught him the basics. This sparked the inspiration in Dillon for him to stick with it whil...
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      Dillon began his musical journey playing drums and guitar when he was 7 years old after a
      family friend taught him the basics. This sparked the inspiration in Dillon for him to stick with it
      while growing up. When he was 10 -13 years old he played guitar in his first band he started
      with a school friend. They played local bars and talent shows with the support and guidance of
      their dads as managers. That experience led Dillon to grasp an idea of what persistence,
      practice and performance can do, and also realize his strongest passion which was playing the
      drums. Dillon - “Drums are the foundation. Without a solid foundation, a live performance cannot
      stand strong.” After his first band ended, Dillon continued to practice drums and guitar
      determined to make music. Jamming along to Breaking Benjamin and Sevendust albums was
      practice method of choice. At the age of 18 after Graduating high school, Dillon Joined KC rock
      band Syn City Cowboys. They began rehearsing seriously and touring the United States. They
      played shows and festivals such Kansas City ROCKFEST 2014, Rocklahoma and DirtFest in
      Flint, MI. Dillon - “ Over the years we played with some of my favorite artists like SkidRow,
      Candlebox, PoP Evil, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and All That Remains. For all of my
      experiences I am very grateful to have learned so much and understand the bond formed by
      band members working together to create music. Now Dillon enjoys making music with his
      current band and also sharing his musical knowledge as a teacher.
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    • Meet DAVIS RICKER
      Show Director / Instructor - Guitar / Bass
      Davis got his start at the age of 16 playing venues and festivals around the midwest with his father's blues/rock band. He has been a professional guitarist, bassist and vocalist based out of the K...
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      Davis got his start at the age of 16 playing venues and festivals around the midwest with his father's blues/rock band. He has been a professional guitarist, bassist and vocalist based out of the Kansas City area ever since.
      In 2013 he delivered a Tedx talk on music at the Nelson Atkins museum.
      He has opened for Johnny Winter, Living Colour, Wishbone Ash and John Hammond Jr.
      He has also performed live on stage with Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters' guitarist) and Tommy Stephenson (former member of Barnstorm and James Gang, as well as backing musician for Eric Clapton)
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    • Meet Nicholas Cecil
      Instructor - Guitar/Bass
      Nick grew up in a musical family, and was exposed to live music from a young age. His family would often play instruments together, or “jam” at family events, this began to spark Nick’s inter...
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      Nick grew up in a musical family, and was exposed to live music from a young age. His family would often play instruments together, or “jam” at family events, this began to spark Nick’s interest in music early on. Nick began strumming the guitar around the age of 6 under the instruction of his older brother and father. Additionally, in the 5th grade he picked up the clarinet and continued to play in the school bands through high school. Playing clarinet and bassoon in the top high school bands grew Nick’s appreciation for musical education and theory. Currently Nick plays lead guitar in local Kansas City funk-fusion group ‘Gekko’ - with this group he has toured the majority of the midwest, and has played some of the regions top festivals such as Wakarusa and Cosmic Reunion. Nick and his band pride themselves on musical diversity and strive to excel in all genres of music; keeping a balance of musical structor and free formed creativity is one of the bands strongest suits. Nick hopes to show his students that music is a gift, and the ability to express yourself with your instrument is something that is irreplaceable.
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    • Meet DAX MULLENDORE
      Instructor - Keys / Drums / Guitar / Bass
      Dax joined School of Rock at age 14. Since then, He's learned to play many instruments including drums, keys, guitar, bass, alto saxophone, and harmonica. He was a student of the School of Rock unt...
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      Dax joined School of Rock at age 14. Since then, He's learned to play many instruments including drums, keys, guitar, bass, alto saxophone, and harmonica. He was a student of the School of Rock until he graduated high school.
      Dax has played a wide variety of shows/venues including, Starlight Theater (Opened for Journey, Foreigner, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, Steely Dan, Pat Benatar), Power & Light KC Live Stage (With artist Chaka Khan), The Granada, Uptown Theater, Municipal Auditorium, Kauffman Stadium, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(Twice), and at the grand opening of the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts as the first rock band to play there. He's also shared the stage with Rogers Waters of Pink Floyd at the Sprint Center and jammed with Constantine Maroulis and Patrick Lewallen of the Rock of Ages Broadway musical.
      He toured with the Midwest Allstars two years in a row and played in many cities with crowds up to 25,000 people. Some of the shows he rocked were Van's Warped Tour, Milwaukee Summerfest, Chicago Ribfest, and the Cleveland House of Blues.
      He currently plays drums in a cover band called Minor Rewind.
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    • Meet GARY CHARLSON
      Instructor - Guitar
      Gary has been playing music in the Kansas City area since the 1970's. He currently plays with the local act The Crayons and has played with members of Shooting Star and the Rainmakers. He brings ...
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      Gary has been playing music in the Kansas City area since the 1970's. He currently plays with the local act The Crayons and has played with members of Shooting Star and the Rainmakers. He brings a hands on approach to music that includes electric 12-string and 6-string tutoring as well as vocal harmony arrangement.
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Testimonials

  • “I love that the programs focus on learning how to be a musician independantly and as a group in a band. Also I love that school of rock encourages multiple instruments for kids to learn how to play. A major thing I think this school is good at introducing different music to the kids and learning how to play real rock songs. All of these things help keep the kids interested. We are very happy with this school and will recommend it to anyone kids or adults. ”
    — Cara Alcanter , Overland Park, KS
  • “It is a place where my daughter has had opportunities to gain self esteem. She enjoys being there and is always looking for ways to spend more time there. We feel that she is appreciated for who she is which adds to her feelings of self-worth. She has also become a much better musician, completely open to whatever is given to her (the more, the better).”
    — Brad Steele, Overland Park, KS
  • “From the first day we walked in, I knew this was the place for my daughter. These programs are not your typical, "let's teach theory until they can play hot cross buns, and then move to other things" approach. Students are engaged with fun music that they actually WANT to play from the very beginning. The experience is incredibly positive. My daughter would be bored to tears with a traditional program. With School of Rock, she is excited about learning to play the guitar and is even interested in other instruments. The supportive and encouraging environment has also done wonders for her self confidence. School of Rock is truly unique, and we love it.”
    — Christine Anderson, Overland Park, KS
  • “In researching music programs for my preschooler, it was refreshing to find one that did not focus on throwing scarves and singing "twinkle twinkle." The staff members and the instructors are wonderful and know how to engage little ones with classic rock music!”
    — Rebecca Bumgartner