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About School of Rock Philadelphia

Welcome to School of Rock Philadelphia, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Philadelphia’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia
421 N. 7th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19123
Main Number
(267) 639-4007(267) 639-4007

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Philadelphia's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Philadelphia'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

    $299/month

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Philadelphia’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!

    $299/month

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Philadelphia’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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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!

  • School of Rock Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia’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!

    $299/month

  • School of Rock Philadelphia’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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia’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!

    $150/month

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia’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!

    $150/month

School of Rock Philadelphia's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with oth...
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School of Rock Philadelphia's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Philadelphia'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

$299/month
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Upcoming Events

    • October 20
      6:00 PM
      B-Team @ Guns N' Roses 30th Anniversary Tribute
      Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1559264 On October 20, 1987, Guns N' Roses played Philly's iconic Trocadero on the band's Appetite for Destruction tour. On the 30th anniversary ...
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      Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1559264

      On October 20, 1987, Guns N' Roses played Philly's iconic Trocadero on the band's Appetite for Destruction tour. On the 30th anniversary of that historic show, Philly musicians come together for a blistering tribute to that night, performing songs from the groundbreaking album and other material from the Guns N' Roses repertoire.

      This 30th anniversary tribute to Guns N' Roses includes all-star students from Philadelphia's School of Rock, Northern Arms, the reunion of the hard-drinking metal band Welcome to My Face, Mr. Johnny Showcase, local punk legends Thorazine, the Flannel Chucks, performance artist and musician Cynthia Hopkins, and members of: Stinking Lizaveta, Misstallica, The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, and Betty Whitetrash.Read less
    • November 2
      5:00 PM
      B-Team @ Lincoln Financial Field for Temple Football
      Concert / Football game
      Join us before the Temple game in Lot K to see the kids tear it up!
    • November 2
      6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Halloween Costume Party / Open House
      Join us for our annual Halloween Costume Party / Open House on Nov 2nd! So, whether you're a current student or not, we'd love to see you at the school for the festivities :)
    • December 1
      6:00 PM
      Fall Season Show @ Philly School of Rock (The Clash vs Ramones and Reggae / Ska)
    • December 2
      12:00 PM
      Fall Season Show @ World Cafe Live (The Clash vs Ramones and Reggae / Ska)
    • December 8
      6:00 PM
      Fall Season Show @ Philly School of Rock (Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine vs Audioslave)
    • December 9
      12:00 PM
      Fall Season Show @ World Cafe Live (Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine vs Audioslave)
    • February 20
      6:00 PM
      B-Team performing at The Flyers game @ Wells Fargo Center
      Get discounted tickets to the game through us at the school and see the kids play before the game starts!

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Staff

    • Meet Meet Our Rockin' Staff!
      At Philadelphia School of Rock you'll meet instructors who are working musicians at the top of their game and filled with passion! We pride ourselves on hiring instructors who care greatly about th...
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      At Philadelphia School of Rock you'll meet instructors who are working musicians at the top of their game and filled with passion! We pride ourselves on hiring instructors who care greatly about their students' progress as musicians and as people. All of our staff have had their backgrounds thoroughly checked, received safety training, and have perfected the School of Rock Method to ensure that you or your child is receiving the best training in a most positive environment!
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    • Meet Jace Miller
      General Manager | Music Director
      Jace grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been a staple in the music scene for many years now. He currently is the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the modern rock/alternative trio Alright Junior...
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      Jace grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been a staple in the music scene for many years now. He currently is the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the modern rock/alternative trio Alright Junior based out of Philly. The band has been touring around since 2006 and is still going strong having recently shared the stage with Incubus, Cake, Circa Surive, Flogging Molly, Civil Twilight, Local H, Maps Atlases, Sponge, Our Lady Peace, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Young The Giant, The Ataris, The Head and The Heart, KONGOS, Bear Hands, and more! Jace studied at BCCC & Temple University as a Vocal major and UMass as an Arts Administration major. He also is a talent buyer in the city booking both national and local acts to different venues in Philadelphia. "I'm very proud to be a part of a team here at SOR that gives back by passing along a true heart and soul to aspiring young artists via music."
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    • Meet Dante Cimino
      Regional Music Director / Seasonal Show Director
      Dante has been playing drums for 35 years. Has toured theworld with owner Mike Morpurgo and their band Dandelion and has toured and playedwith bands like, Radiohead, Rob Zombie, Gwar, The Ramones, ...
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      Dante has been playing drums for 35 years. Has toured theworld with owner Mike Morpurgo and their band Dandelion and has toured and playedwith bands like, Radiohead, Rob Zombie, Gwar, The Ramones, Alanis Morrisette, GooGoo Dolls, Red Kross and countless others. He has written and performed songs thathave been featured in the movie Brainscan and popular shows like, MTV's The RealWorld and Beavis and Butthead. He has also recorded an album with Rudy Blitz withhis good friend Chad Ginsburg from the band CKY. Dante's approach to his musicdirection is always completely honest. With this approach he has produced some of thegreatest drummer's School of Rock has seen and also some of the greatest shows.His approach to teaching drums is simple "use and train your ears" '“ that's how he learned andthat's how he teaches. He loves his job and the kids. Anybody having any interactionwith Dante will always come away learning something, that's for sure.
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    • Meet Michaela DeBenedictis
      Studio Coordinator / Vocal/Guitar Instructor
      Michaela DeBenedictis is a vocalist, guitarist and song writer that moved to Philadelphia from New England in April of 2016. She came to the city of brotherly love with a decade of gigging experien...
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      Michaela DeBenedictis is a vocalist, guitarist and song writer that moved to Philadelphia from New England in April of 2016. She came to the city of brotherly love with a decade of gigging experience as well as 16 years of vocal training and 13 years of guitar playing under her belt. She has been teaching for 2 years and her influences include: Heart, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Etta James.
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    • Meet Yanni Papadopoulos
      Guitar/Bass Instructor / Adult Band Director / Rock 101 Teacher
      It is with great excitement that we announce the return of Philly SoR LEGEND Yanni Papadopoulos! Yanni first got involved with SoR back in 2003 under Paul Green and quickly became a favorite among ...
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      It is with great excitement that we announce the return of Philly SoR LEGEND Yanni Papadopoulos! Yanni first got involved with SoR back in 2003 under Paul Green and quickly became a favorite among students for his dynamic guitar lessons and fantasticly directed shows. Yanni graduated St. John's College with a BA in Classic Literature before embarking on his unique music odyssey. He has composed, performed, produced, and toured with his legendary Philly-based genre-bending band Stinking Lizaveda for the last 20 years in the US and Europe. Along with also playing hip-hop, spacerock, and jazz, he has also accompanied modern dance companies and belly dancers. Yanni is very happy to be back in the SoR mix!
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    • Meet Michael Kordish
      Keyboard/Piano Instructor / Rookies Teacher / Seasonal Show Director
      Since the age of 4, Michael Kordish has been composing and performing at the piano. His prolific performing career has included a wide array of genres and styles including classical, jazz, hip-hop,...
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      Since the age of 4, Michael Kordish has been composing and performing at the piano. His prolific performing career has included a wide array of genres and styles including classical, jazz, hip-hop, RnB, trance, fusion, Eastern/Indian,rock, progressive, avant garde and free-form. In addition to performing solo, Michael has performing with (or as a member of) HR of Bad Brains, The People, Digable Planets, Planet 22, Satchmo Filter, Saigon Slimm, I Yahn I Arkestra, and Sfogato.
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    • Meet Corey Mark
      Drum Instructor / Camp Teacher
      The son of a musician/music educator, Corey grew up going to rehearsals and concerts with his mom (thanks Mom!). He totally hated children's choir- so much that it made him cry :' ( But the drums h...
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      The son of a musician/music educator, Corey grew up going to rehearsals and concerts with his mom (thanks Mom!). He totally hated children's choir- so much that it made him cry :' ( But the drums had always captivated and inspired Corey, so when he got the chance to start playing at age 12, he ran with it and never looked back. He's extremely excited to bring his years of experience as a musician, youth educator and social justice advocate to Philly SoR!!! Right now, you can find Corey having the time of his life with the Philadelphia-based bands Upholstery, Forest Kingdom and SWARM! Over the past decade, he has had the pleasure of drumming with: C.W. Kennedy/PuppeTyranny (theater co.); Bare Teeth (dance group); Liv Carrow; Rob Ludington/Dark in the Valley; Oh!Pears; Test Kitchen; Victoria Spaeth; John Sterling; Hulk Smash; the Perfection!sts and Bear is Driving. Corey holds a BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College...and loves Sci-Fi.
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    • Meet Ty Asoudegan
      Guitar Instructor
      Fastride lead guitarist Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is a visually exciting and powerful guitarist/songwriter. He has worked and done clinics with the likes of guitarist M...
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      Fastride lead guitarist Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is a visually exciting and powerful guitarist/songwriter. He has worked and done clinics with the likes of guitarist Metal Mike (Halford/Sebastian Bach), Joe Stump, Dean Ween, Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Broken Teeth) just to name a few and has also toured with West Virginian based county/southern rock outfit the Davisson Brothers Band. His virtuoso guitar playing has even grabbed the attention of Rock icon Slash (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) when he opened for the guitar legend in Atlantic City.
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    • Meet Cheshire Agusta
      Drum Instructor / Adult Band Teacher
      Cheshire Agusta, comes to drumming and teaching with ferocious enthusiasm, a BA from Bryn Mawr College in music history and composition, graduate work at Lowell University in the Kodaly method of...
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      Cheshire Agusta, comes to drumming and teaching with ferocious enthusiasm, a BA from Bryn Mawr College in music history and composition, graduate work at Lowell University in the Kodaly method of teaching music to children and twenty years experience teaching privately and at Philadelphia community music conservatories and rock schools. For the past three years she has been the resident drum instructor at Girls Rock Philly. She has been the set drummer for bands in a wide variety of styles and her current band, Stinking Lizaveta, has been writing, recording and touring US and Europe for twenty-two years.
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    • Meet Tim Karsten
      Drum Instructor
      My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing ...
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      My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world!
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    • Meet Aaron Hench
      Vocal/Bass/Ukulele Instructor
      Aaron studied Music Education & Voice at Temple University and became very well versed in several aspects of the music performance and composition. His positive outlook on teaching and the growth o...
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      Aaron studied Music Education & Voice at Temple University and became very well versed in several aspects of the music performance and composition. His positive outlook on teaching and the growth of music education throughout the city inspires others to strive for the top.
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    • Meet Michael Kowalski
      Bass Instructor / Seasonal Show Director
      A graduate from School of Rock himself, Mike has shown what it takes to push through it all. He studied Theater Design, Technology, and Music at UArts and quickly became a student favorite when he ...
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      A graduate from School of Rock himself, Mike has shown what it takes to push through it all. He studied Theater Design, Technology, and Music at UArts and quickly became a student favorite when he began working for the school. From bass to directing shows, he puts in his all for each and every student.
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    • Meet Piotr Trafalski
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Piotr grew up in Bucks County, PA playing music from a young age. He attended the original Philly School of Rock from the first generation and learned the culture from then on. A vibrant part of th...
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      Piotr grew up in Bucks County, PA playing music from a young age. He attended the original Philly School of Rock from the first generation and learned the culture from then on. A vibrant part of the personality at the school.
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    • Meet Sofi Spatola
      Vocal/Bass Instructor
      Sofi Spatola is a Princeton School of Rock alum who is studying at Temple University for BS in geology. She has been singing and playing bass since she was a child and performed with Princeton Sch...
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      Sofi Spatola is a Princeton School of Rock alum who is studying at Temple University for BS in geology. She has been singing and playing bass since she was a child and performed with Princeton School of Rock for 7 years. Along with taking lessons and touring with the house band there, she has also performed in all state choirs for 2 years. From Aretha Franklin to Mastodon, she loves all types of music and is excited to teach and sing with any student.
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    • Meet Sam Mercurio
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Sam Mercurio has been involved with the Philadelphia music scene for close to a decade. A native of Elkins Park, a suburb of north philadelphia, Sam was a member of the school of rock all stars und...
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      Sam Mercurio has been involved with the Philadelphia music scene for close to a decade. A native of Elkins Park, a suburb of north philadelphia, Sam was a member of the school of rock all stars under Paul Greens tutelage from 2007-2010. During that time he toured nationally, and internationally, appearing at the Zappanale festival in Germany as well as Lollapollooza, NAMM and other American festivals/ venues. He has toured with John Wetton (king crimson, Asia, u.k), John Anderson (Yes), and appeared on stage with numerous members of Frank Zappa's band, Ween and the Butthole Surfers. He has toured nationally as the singer/songwriter of Philly punk outfit, The Chelsea Kills, as well as having played with many other local acts including, Twin Pines, Legs Like Tree Trunks, and the Retinas. He is currently the lead singer and songwriter of Lally, a west Philadelphia based punk band.
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    • Meet Kieran Ferris
      Bass/Guitar Instructor / Recording Engineer
      Kieran Ferris studied bass at Berklee College of Music, and now resides in Philadelphia working out of Milkboy the Studio as a session musician and engineer. Having played in bands as a guitarist a...
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      Kieran Ferris studied bass at Berklee College of Music, and now resides in Philadelphia working out of Milkboy the Studio as a session musician and engineer. Having played in bands as a guitarist and bassist since 2007 in the West Chester area, rock music of all varieties has been the central focus. Major influences include: Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies, Thee Oh Sees, The Clean. He has played and toured in numerous bands.
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    • Meet Zach Birnbaum
      Guitar/Vocal Instructor
      Zach Birnbaum is a multi-faceted musician with a passion for everything sonic. He currently studies both Music Composition and Jazz Guitar at Rowan University, but when he’s not studying fancy sc...
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      Zach Birnbaum is a multi-faceted musician with a passion for everything sonic. He currently studies both Music Composition and Jazz Guitar at Rowan University, but when he’s not studying fancy schmancy stuff he loves to rock out! Zach has played with various musicians, including his band No Commitment, at venues all over the tri-state area, and loves acting like a maniac for the amusement of others. He has experience arranging, composing, songwriting, singing, playing, and he can solve a Rubik’s cube. Zach also auditioned into the top 40 guys on American Idol Season 13, when he was 16. Let’s jam! :)
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    • Meet Matt Hollenberg
      Guitar Instructor / Camp Director
      Matt is most certainly high up in the upper realm of guitar players in this area and beyond. He's touring consistently with John Zorn and is a creative force in Infinien, Cleric, and Cetus. There's...
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      Matt is most certainly high up in the upper realm of guitar players in this area and beyond. He's touring consistently with John Zorn and is a creative force in Infinien, Cleric, and Cetus. There's a great combination of talent, high standards and showing where music genuinely comes from when studying alongside him.
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    • Meet Patrick McGuire
      Guitar/Keys/Vocal Instructor
      I'm a professional songwriter, music educator and writer currently residing in Philadelphia. I create and perform music under the name Straight White Teeth, and I've taught over a thousand students...
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      I'm a professional songwriter, music educator and writer currently residing in Philadelphia. I create and perform music under the name Straight White Teeth, and I've taught over a thousand students how to play guitar, piano, write songs, sing, and understand music theory over the last decade. In addition to private lessons, I've also instructed many student bands. I have a B.A in Music Composition, and I minored in classical guitar. I've played thousands of shows across the country opening for bands like Imagine Dragons, The Oh Hellos, The Lumineers, Langhorn Slim, Sharon Von Etton, Minus The Bear and many more. My band Flashbulb Fires performed at the world famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre in 2014, and I currently play in a band called Straight White Teeth with my girlfriend.
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    • Meet Barbara Duncan
      Drum Instructor
      Barbara Duncan is a Philadelphia based musician, producer and songwriter. Her sound is a blend of innovative poly-rhythms, and melodies that will take you out to the fringes of modern music, while ...
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      Barbara Duncan is a Philadelphia based musician, producer and songwriter. Her sound is a blend of innovative poly-rhythms, and melodies that will take you out to the fringes of modern music, while maintaining a classic musical sensibility that keeps you in the groove. Whether from behind her drum kit with her band JJX, or at your upcoming private event , her flare for cutting edge creativity gives her eclectic and often genre defying tracks and playing an undeniable signature. She's known best for her creative style and power, which often results in a drum kit being reduced to shrapnel and splinters at night's end, much to the delight of the transfixed audience. Follow her on her journey and mission to elevate the position of the female musician in the music industry.
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    • Meet Rachel Scorpio
      Vocal/Piano Instructor
      Rachel began studying classical piano at the age of 6 and soon followed in her brother’s footsteps as a School of Rock student by age 7. Quickly upon enrollment, she began singing and her passi...
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      Rachel began studying classical piano at the age of 6 and soon followed in her brother’s
      footsteps as a School of Rock student by age 7. Quickly upon enrollment, she began singing
      and her passion for music blossomed. She was a student at School of Rock for 11 years, as
      well as a House Band member and a national touring All Star. After spending a year as a Music
      Business major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Rachel found herself missing her
      hometown roots. She recently transferred to Drexel University where she is currently studying
      Entertainment and Arts Management and performing locally. Inspired by the impact her former
      School of Rock teachers had on her chosen path, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to instill
      a love of music and performance in her students.
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    • Meet Alyson Massa
      Vocal/Piano Instructor
      Alyson Massa, from Middletown NJ, is a 2016 graduate from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s degree in voice performance, and the winner of the Irene L. Crooker award for excellence in music...
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      Alyson Massa, from Middletown NJ, is a 2016 graduate from Syracuse University
      with a Bachelor’s degree in voice performance, and the winner of the Irene L. Crooker
      award for excellence in music. Having been a part of many vocal ensembles such as
      internationally recognized award winning choirs, jazz ensembles, and a cappella groups,
      she is well rounded in many style. She is also an accomplished arranger and has arranged
      for many different vocal ensembles of varying styles. Although voice is her main focus,
      she is also and proficient pianist who has been a private teacher and accompanist for
      juries, recitals, and musicals. She is now at Temple university working towards a masters
      in music education.
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    • Meet Lamont Caldwell
      Vocal/Guitar/Saxophone Instructor
      Multi-instrumentalist Lamont Caldwell is a star on the watch having toured with some of today's most recognized artists such as The Roots, Dave Mathews Band, Kirk Franklin, and Jay-Z. His vocals an...
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      Multi-instrumentalist Lamont Caldwell is a star on the watch having toured with some of today's most recognized artists such as The Roots, Dave Mathews Band, Kirk Franklin, and Jay-Z. His vocals and songwriting as demonstrated in his dynamic rock band MACH22 has gotten the attention and respect of may including world renowned DJ and Producer King Britt, Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson of The Roots and many others in the music industry. Lamont Caldwell started his music training in the city of Camden, NJ at the age of 6 when he finally decided on the saxophone as the instrument to begin to musically express himself. Lamont played in the band programs adding guitar, bass and drums in high school at Camden High when he got the opportunity to go to London, England and perform with the Marching band and the Jazz band. Graduating and continuing his study of music, he entered the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After 2 years he got the calling to go to New York City to splash the Jazz Scene and studied at Manhattan School of Music and City College of New York. In 2001, through some musical peers, he got the call to join the band of soul singer Bilal Oliver. Continuing to learn while being in the band, Lamont started to sing more as he added backing vocals to his role as saxophonist in the band's horn section. Touring with the likes of Erykah Badu, Common, Kirk Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, the Roots (where he has gained more musical knowledge adding guitar, vocals and keyboards to his stage show) and most currently Jay-Z it added to his arsenal. His band MACH22 is where as front man he gets to spread his wings as a vocalist and stage performer . This rock band with the sound coined as "Zeppelin meets Kravitz"catches many off guard and has gotten the attention of bands like Steel Panther as an opening band and the Legendary "Slash" of Gun n Roses and Velvet Revolver fame. There is always more of the unexpected to expect from Lamont Caldwell.
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    • Meet Angie Williams
      Vocal Instructor
      Angie Williams is an active vocalist, songwriter and choral conductor raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. With a sister who constantly blasted punk, ska and metal out of her room and pa...
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      Angie Williams is an active vocalist, songwriter and choral conductor raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. With a sister who constantly blasted punk, ska and metal out of her room and parents who played sixties and seventies records on vinyl, she learned early on to love and appreciate a variety of music. She began studying classical voice as a child at the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School, and then continued her studies at the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School as a voice major. Her interest in gospel and jazz was also piqued as a teenager, namely because vocal dynamo Jazmine Sullivan was always around singing in the hallways!She then pursued a Bachelor's of Biology at Arcadia University while performing at local venues, and then decided to succumb to her lifelong love of music after teaching for a few years. This led her to Temple University, where she is currently completing her certification as a music educator with a concentration in classical and jazz voice under the expertise of Randi Marazzo and Carla Cook. As a tenured member of the Temple University Concert Choir, she has been fortunate to share the stage with jazz greats such as Dick Oatts and Bruce Barth, and most recently was an ensemble member in the production of Leonard Bernstein's MASS at the Kimmel Center. With her quartet, she has a residency at renowned jazz venue Chris' Jazz Café and is also the featured singer of Philadelphia-based funk collective SoulBox.
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    • Meet Dominic Angelella
      Guitar Instructor / Camp Director
      Dominic Angelella moved to Philadelphia nine years ago and has done these things while inhabiting the city: -served as musical director/show director/teacher at the School of Rock. -performed n...
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      Dominic Angelella moved to Philadelphia nine years ago and has done these things while inhabiting the city: -served as musical director/show director/teacher at the School of Rock. -performed numerous years at the roots picnic. -traversed the country with a number of bands, sharing the stage with such acts as Gnarls Barkley, Public Enemy, Vampire Weekend, The Roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others. -performed on tracks for musicians such as ?uestlove, J*Davey, Lil B The Based God, Juicy J and Mac Miller. -released a record with his band Drgn King on Hoboken's Bar/None Records. In the next year, he will continue to perform with this band, travel the country, and teach your children.
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    • Meet Timothy Lelen
      Piano/Guitar/Ukulele Instructor
      Hey what’s up Philly? My name is Tim and I teach piano, guitar, and ukulele. I’ve been giving lessons in the city for the last six years and am loving it! I teach classical piano as well as pop...
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      Hey what’s up Philly? My name is Tim and I teach piano, guitar, and ukulele. I’ve been giving lessons in the city for the last six years and am loving it! I teach classical piano as well as pop and rock styles on piano and electric and acoustic guitar and ukulele. I enjoy finding and teaching music that students are excited about, encouraging creativity, developing excellent practice methods, helping students pursue their musical goals, and exploring all that music is. Let’s make music!
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    • Meet Erin Fox
      Vocal Instructor
      Our universe exists beyond language. We share so many things that we can't express in words, and we give weight to these immaterial moments through art. The music of singer-songwriter Erin Fox is a...
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      Our universe exists beyond language. We share so many things that we can't express in words, and we give weight to these immaterial moments through art. The music of singer-songwriter Erin Fox is a tangible expression of this kind. Drawing from such soulful, brooding sounds as Jeff Buckley, Supertramp, Nina Simone, Beth Hart, and Elliot Smith, and inspired by all the Motown and classic rock sounds of her childhood, her music expresses and documents that which is to overcome in this thing we share called life.

      Based in Philadelphia, Erin has been singing since she could talk. Her musical education began at the age of seven when she discovered the viola, shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and she began to write music in elementary school where she eventually would find that she wanted to pursue music all the way through college at Immaculata University majoring in Performance. Her first band was an all-girl rock group formed with her sister, and she's graced stages with many groups since. Her main band Resilient, formed in 2013, is currently on the road, touring in support of their second EP Imagining Things, released in July 2016.

      After a scare with a brain tumour in 2013 Erin was inspired her to finish her first self-produced EP for the band, as well as putting together the annual musical charity event BRAINFEST, to support those still struggling with brain tumors and brain cancer. She has subsequently reworked and recorded a lot of her own material, and her debut solo album Do It Yourself Heartbreak, was released in 2014. Erin continues to write and record independently to this day as a solo artist and work as a freelance artist for various projects.
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    • Meet Joe Reno
      Drum/Guitar/Vocal Instructor
      Joe Reno is a singer/songwriter/drummer/guitarist and founding member of En Fuego, Souldiers of Soul, S.T.O.P., and Hate and War. He is also the current drummer of Flamingo, Southwork, and has been...
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      Joe Reno is a singer/songwriter/drummer/guitarist and founding member of En Fuego, Souldiers of Soul, S.T.O.P., and Hate and War. He is also the current drummer of Flamingo, Southwork, and has been involved with Sexoffice, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, The War's End, and Upheaval 55. Joe has toured the world and has performed with Alice Cooper, Marky Ramone, Eddie Vedder, Andrew WK, Butthole Surfers, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ike Willis, and many many more. Joe has been working as a teacher, director, and musical arranger at various School of Rock locations since its expansion in 2005. Joe also has experience as an actor, starring as Jesus in an off Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and he also plays the lead male role in Sadie: The Webseries. Joe can also be seen in Don Argott and Sheena Joyce 's documentary, Rock School, which chronicles the original School of Rock days under founder, Paul Green. In addition to his musical performances, Joe can be found DJing at various night clubs in Philly on any given night. He lives music and is the embodiemnt of rock and roll.
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    • Meet Joseph Perullo
      Drum Instructor
      Joseph grew up outside of Boston and has been a passionate drummer since childhood. Between freelancing, busking, and teaching, his current projects include playing drums for the folk/roots rock ba...
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      Joseph grew up outside of Boston and has been a passionate drummer since childhood. Between freelancing, busking, and teaching, his current projects include playing drums for the folk/roots rock band Starcrossed Losers and switching between drum set and congas in the Latin Jazz band Viva and the Reinforcements. He also plays percussion (and sometimes sings!) in the Portland Community Chorus and Yarmouth High School Choir.

      Joseph had the privilege of studying with Shannon Powell in New Orleans, Khary Abdul-Shaheed in Philadelphia, Les Harris Jr., Michael Bennett, Shawn Boissonneault, and several others. He studied music and liberal arts at College of the Atlantic, Concordia University, and the University of Southern Maine.
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    • Meet Patricia Irwin
      Vocal Instructor
      Patricia Irwin is a vocalist from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Starting in musical theatre, her musical career has taken her to many different genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical music. She ...
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      Patricia Irwin is a vocalist from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Starting in musical theatre, her musical career has taken her to many different genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical music. She currently studies voice with Dr. Kelly Holst at Oklahoma City University where Patricia is pursuing a double music degree in vocal performance and musical theatre. Patricia is a frequent vocalist with the band No Commitment as well as with the Oklahoma City University Big Band Jazz Ensemble. She also performs with various jazz combos in both New Jersey/Philly and Oklahoma City. Patricia believes that healthy vocal technique must be the primary focus of singing and once a voice can phonate healthily, any style of music can be tackled.
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    • Meet Vince Karlen
      Guitar/Bass/Keys Instructor
      Vince plays and teaches guitar, bass and piano at the School of Rock Philly. He studied at the Berklee College of Music before pursuing a career in the music industry. He has played in several band...
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      Vince plays and teaches guitar, bass and piano at the School of Rock Philly. He studied at the Berklee College of Music before pursuing a career in the music industry. He has played in several bands over the years, most recently, Spitball in New York.

      He has been teaching the beginners group at School of Rock, Rock 101, since 2014, as well as giving individual lessons. His daughter, Eva, has been a School of Rock student since 2012, and is proficient on several instruments.

      Comfortable in a range of styles and genres, Vince enjoys playing, listening to and talking about music.
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    • Meet Patrick Richardson
      Drum Instructor / Electronics Specialist
      I began playing the drums right-handed back in middle school, exploring punk, surf, disco, and psychedelic rock. I went to Oberlin College (to be near the conservatory), studying psychology, electr...
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      I began playing the drums right-handed back in middle school, exploring punk, surf, disco, and psychedelic rock. I went to Oberlin College (to be near the conservatory), studying psychology, electronics, live sound, and improvisatory dance. In college, I toured with ska band Both Heads Failed and avant-noise act Robot Vs Dinosaur. After college, recorded over 4 albums with psychedelic rock band MusicForHeadphones, then started developed a fancy for double-kick, electronic drum trigger, drum machines, and ambidexterity as tools to re-think the structures and sounds of my playing. After completing my MS in Electrical Engineering at Drexel, I began to indulge these curiosities more fully while playing left-handed in space/doom-metal band WormRider.
      In addition to teaching in the Audio Department at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, I teach private lessons in West Philadelphia.
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    • Meet Kenny Rosario-Pugh
      Guitar Instructor / Camp Assistant Director
      Kenny Rosario-Pugh (a.k.a. Kenny RP), a Philadelphia native, is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School and has realized his goal of entering the University of the Arts as a Guitar major. He expe...
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      Kenny Rosario-Pugh (a.k.a. Kenny RP), a Philadelphia native, is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School and has realized his goal of entering the University of the Arts as a Guitar major. He expects to graduate in 2019 with a degree in Music Performance. Kenny began playing electric guitar by ear since the age of 12. One of his inspirations for learning the instrument came from playing the video game, Guitar Hero. Essentially, Kenny has advanced from playing a plastic toy music instrument at home to playing the real thing on stage. Under the instruction of the great Yanni Papadopoulos, Kenny developed his guitar technique and love of performing live on stage while attending the Philly School of Rock (SOR), from which he graduated in 2015. Playing for 7 years with his fellow Philly SOR musicians in different venues around Philly and Jersey was a hugely fun and unforgettable learning experience that the very dedicated and enthusiastic Philly SOR faculty helped to create for him and all the music students. That he could really pursue music as a career was realized when he was accepted into the University of the Arts as a Guitar Performance major. Kenny plays jazz, rock, hip hop, blues, salsa, and is always open to learning other music genres. Kenny is very dedicated to developing musically and inspiring youth through teaching, and hopes it will make a difference wherever his hard work and determination take him.
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    • Meet Scott Breustedt
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Frost Giant lead guitarist Scott Breustedt who also formed the Iron Maiden tribute band, Tailgunner is a seasoned veteran both in his guitar playing of 24 years and performing live showcases. Scott...
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      Frost Giant lead guitarist Scott Breustedt who also formed the Iron Maiden tribute band, Tailgunner is a seasoned veteran both in his guitar playing of 24 years and performing live showcases. Scott has 18 years experience of touring along with working in various bands in the greater Philadelphia area. Such bands include When Man Meets His Maker, The Blessed, Left To Vanish, and Surgeon. He has shared stages all over the country with acts such as Ensiferum, Whitechapel, Cryptopsy, Bane, Circa Survive, and Andrew WK etc. Scott's style blends everything from blues to melodic death metal and brings a unique approach to the "think outside the box" way of incorporating the guitar into a song. He has also joined the artist roster for Balaguer Guitars and is pretty skilled at guitar maintenance. So if you need your guitar setup while at School of Rock he can more than likely take care of that for you. Scott's influences include Jimi Hendrix, Alex Lifeson, Adrian Smith, and Eddie Van Halen.
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News

    • Attention: Homeschooling Parents! Music Education Program for YOU!

      Great news! Having started in September, the Philadelphia School of Rock is now offering a new program called Rock Band by Day geared towards homeschooled students. Rock Band by Day is a group ba...
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      Great news!

      Having started in September, the Philadelphia School of Rock is now offering a new program called Rock Band by Day geared towards homeschooled students. Rock Band by Day is a group band rehearsal held every Thursday of the month from 12p-2p. It's been great, thus far!

      This program is $200 per month (1 two-hour group band rehearsal every week). Our very own, Yanni Papadopoulos and Michael Kordish, are at the helm during the rehearsals offering their vast knowledge of music education and experience as musicians.

      We look forward to being a part of your musical journey through your educational process!

      Cheers & Best,

      The Philly SoR Family
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    • Get Your School of Rock Philadelphia Swag!

      There's so much to pick from! What will YOU get? - Tshirts - Shirts - Hoodies - Hats - Beanies - Decals - Wristbands - Temporary Tattoos - Tote Bags - Water Bottles - Drum Sticks - M...
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      There's so much to pick from! What will YOU get?

      - Tshirts
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      - Hoodies
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      - Beanies
      - Decals
      - Wristbands
      - Temporary Tattoos
      - Tote Bags
      - Water Bottles
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      - Messenger Bags
      - Dog Tags
      - Guitar Picks
      - Drum Stick Bags
      - Bottle Openers

      Now you can sport any of these right now! www.proforma.com/philly

      Cheers & Best,

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    • Philly kids on stage with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd!

      Yes! What an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity! On stage with the one and only, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. Big thanks to Roger and his entire crew for this experience and for being amazing...
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      Yes! What an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity! On stage with the one and only, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. Big thanks to Roger and his entire crew for this experience and for being amazing people. So proud!
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    • Metallica Praises Our Philly SoR 10 year old student!

      We couldn't be more proud of our 10 year old drum student, Daniel Krilov! Metallica reposted his video and it's been a whirlwind ever since. ABC news, Good Day show, KYW, and more. Congrats, Daniel...
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      We couldn't be more proud of our 10 year old drum student, Daniel Krilov! Metallica reposted his video and it's been a whirlwind ever since. ABC news, Good Day show, KYW, and more. Congrats, Daniel and the Krilov family! Check out the write up here :)

      Cheers,

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Testimonials

  • “So I have been buying national headline talent for a long time. Some artist are grateful, others...well you know how they could be. One day, while working on the Taste of Philadelphia, I had a chance to work with everyone from SOR. The chill down my spine returned. You know what I mean. When you hear that one song that just does it for you. Well, my chill came when i saw these kids come up on the big stage. Eyes wide, everyone chatting with the other members of the band. They were so excited I thought they might forget how to play. But the best part, and I mean I was floored. All the professionals, me, the union crew, the sound and light guys, the backline guys...man, we went back to how it felt when we first started. We hooked them up, we gave them the full on rock star treatment. You need another amp, you want a stack, need some timbales', what else can we get you? It was such a pleasure to see musicians so excited to play. SOR not only teaches these youngsters how to be better players, but how to be better people. Every kid was polite, courteous, and thankful. How many teachers are doing that these days. If you have a chance to enroll your child, do it. It makes them not only better, but it makes everyone around them better. Keep on rocking SOR!”
    — Drew Pompilio, Havertown, Philadelphia, PA
  • “Our seven year-old daughter and son take vocals and drums at Philly School of Rock. We could not be happier with the individualized attention they receive -- for their own personalities, for their instruments, and for the music that motivates each of them. Each of their teachers is more than we could have asked for, and we have always been more than satisfied with the warmth and responsiveness of Jace, Dante and everyone "up front". Our daughter's first performance at an SoR weekly summer camp has demonstrably given her a new respect for herself, her abilities and what challenges her, and it has carried over into other aspects of her life. They can't get in the door of the school fast enough and we like hanging out there too.”
    — Amber Dorko Stopper & Ben Levin, parents of Claudia and Béla Levin-Dorko, Passyunk Square, Philadelphia, PA
  • “When we decided to enroll our daughter, Julíssa, at School of Rock a year ago, we already knew that she had a strong interest in music. We knew that she had some ability which was untapped to its full potential, but also that her personal confidence level was low. We can't tell you how much her self-confidence has soared since becoming part of Philly School of Rock! We've seen her come out of her shell, not be afraid to engage with the other kids in the program, and we see how much joy she has when she takes the stage for performance. We also like how she's learning to collaborate and really operate in a musical context where everyone is learning together, performing together, and making great music together.”
    — Sonya Kukcinovich-Hill, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA
  • “My daughter Lily Mabel began attending the School of Rock Philadelphia at age six. She focused on drums and had Corey Mark as her private teacher. She also attended the Rock 101 group jam sessions on the weekend. Corey has been a particularly kind and patient teacher allowing Lily Mable to continue to be a typical hyper kid while also keeping her and on task and helping her grow. Lily Mabel is now eight years old, in the performance section, and never fails to amaze me with her ever growing talent as a drummer. It clearly brings her tremendous joy and pride to perform in public and it is also obvious that working with other kids to tackle a song as a group has taught her a lot about team work. Her improvement over the past few years has also been a valuable lesson for her about working hard and practicing every day to get better at complex tasks. Therefore, I would (and do) recommend the School of Rock to any parent that has a child with an interest in music and also feel strongly that a lot more is taught at the School of Rock than just music, such as team work, the virtues of practice and patience and taking pride in doing a good job at something she worked hard on.”
    — Heather Rose, Lower Moyamensing, Philadelphia, PA