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School of Rock Philadelphia
421 N. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 639-4007

Location Specifics

On 7th St. between Callowhill and Spring Garden, where the Electric Factory is located.

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  • Monday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

School of Rock Philadelphia delivers a revolutionary music program to students from the city and surrounding communities. Our school is proud to offer lessons in guitar, drums, keyboard, vocals, and more taught by practicing, passionate musicians. Students can refine their skills in popular local styles such as pop and then go on to perform at notable live music venues in the area such as the Franklin Music Hall, The Mann Music Center, and The World Cafe Live. Philadelphia has a robust music scene and School of Rock provides an excellent platform for students to develop their musical abilities.

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Philadelphia
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Philadelphia our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Philadelphia, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children in Philadelphia
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Philadelphia, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Philadelphia, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program in Philadelphia for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Philadelphia's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Philadelphia have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Philadelphia are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Philadelphia who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Philadelphia
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Philadelphia is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Philadelphia Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Philadelphia music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Philadelphia's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Philadelphia music venue.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Philadelphia, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Philadelphia is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Philadelphia who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Philadelphia, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

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

School of Rock Philadelphia's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Philadelphia is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Philadelphia.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Philadelphia Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Philadelphia.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Philadelphia
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Philadelphia and the rest of PA. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Philadelphia

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Philadelphia

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Philadelphia, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Philadelphia is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Philadelphia guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Philadelphia's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Philadelphia, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Philadelphia venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Philadelphia offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Philadelphia guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Philadelphia

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Philadelphia is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Philadelphia we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Philadelphia, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Philadelphia, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Philadelphia. Unlike other Philadelphia drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Philadelphia, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Philadelphia drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Philadelphia

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Philadelphia offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Philadelphia, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Philadelphia teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Philadelphia, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Philadelphia.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Philadelphia

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Philadelphia offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Philadelphia and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Philadelphia, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Philadelphia students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Philadelphia, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Philadelphia

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Philadelphia. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Philadelphia, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Philadelphia area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Philadelphia Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Philadelphia area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Philadelphia music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Philadelphia, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Philadelphia, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Philadelphia’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Owner Lisa Riley

Lisa Riley Owner, General Manager

My husband, Neville, and I, have lived in Philadelphia since the 1980s, and I moved to Philadelphia in the 1990s. We live in the Queen Village neighborhood and our children go to Philadelphia public schools. Needless to say, as long time residents and parents in Philadelphia, we have a deep commitment to the city and a great understanding of Philadelphia as a community. Music has played a key role in our lives ever since we were kids. We’ve also seen the positive effects that SOR has had on our own children.

For the past 25 years I have worked in the field of mental health. The majority of my career was spent working in an outpatient setting as a psychotherapist treating adolescents and adults. I have also created and managed programs in the behavioral health field.

Neville has spent the past 25 years working in a range of businesses and creative-sector organizations and is now a professor at Drexel University in the Department of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, where he teaches the business of arts and entertainment. He serves on the board of directors for several arts organizations and has cultivated valuable relationships in Philadelphia’s creative community. Although Neville will not be involved in the daily operations of SOR, he will serve as an excellent resource by guiding strategic planning in the execution of ideas, and fostering connections and potential collaborations with other arts/music/creative organizations.
Studio Coordinator Cecile Urmenyhazi

Cecile Urmenyhazi Assistant General Manager

Cecile was born and raised in Philly, going to Greenfield Elementary and then Masterman for middle and high school. She has immersed herself in music and dance from a young age, playing viola in orchestras, singing in choirs, playing guitar in bands, and dancing ballet and tap. Cecile's love for music and understanding people led her to study ethnomusicology at Barnard College, where she continued to perform with music and dance ensembles as well as worked at the Columbia Music & Arts Library. Cecile is so happy to be at School of Rock Philadelphia, in such a positive environment where she can be involved in the musical and personal growth of our students.
Bass Guitar Teacher Michael Kowalski

Michael Kowalski Music Director

Michael Kowalski has been a part of School of Rock for over 14 years in Princeton and Philadelphia. He was a long time member of the House Band and All-Stars. Michael went to the University of the Arts as a Set Design Major and works around Philly as a musician and artist.
General Manager, Music Director Jace Miller

Jace Miller Singing Teacher

Jace grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been in the music scene since he was a teenager. He currently is the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the rock/alternative trio Alright Junior based out of Philly. The band has been touring and has shared the stage with Incubus, Toadies, Local H, Everclear, Cake, Circa Survive, Flogging Molly, Civil Twilight, Maps & Atlases, Sponge, Our Lady Peace, Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age, Wheatus, McRad, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Young the Giant, The Ataris, She Wants Revenge, The Head and The Heart, KONGOS, The Spill Canvas, The Juliana Theory, Bear Hands and more!

Jace studied at BCCC as a Vocal major where he finished his AA and at UMass Amherst as an Arts Management major where he finished his BA. He also is a booking agent with TSE Entertainment that books local, regional, national, and international acts across the US and the world. "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. Watching music change their lives in real time is remarkable and inspiring."
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Yanni Papadopoulos

Yanni Papadopoulos Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Yanni first got involved with SoR back in 2003 and quickly became a favorite among students for his dynamic guitar lessons and fantastically directed shows. Yanni graduated from 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 Lizaveta for the last 20 years in the US and Europe. Along with also playing hip-hop, space rock, and jazz, he has also accompanied modern dance companies and belly dancers. Most recently, he's gained more traction in the music world playing with Mark Morton (of Lamb of God) and J.P. Gaster (of Clutch) in Mark's solo project.
Keyboard Teacher Michael Kordish

Michael Kordish Keyboard Teacher

Since the age of four, 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, R&B, trance, fusion, Eastern/Indian, rock, progressive, avant garde and free-form. In addition to performing solo, Michael has performed with (or as a member of) The People, Digable Planets, Planet 22, Satchmo Filter, Saigon Slimm, I Yahn I Arkestra and Sfogato.
Singing Teacher Sofi Spatola

Sofi Spatola Singing Teacher

Sofi Spatola is a Princeton School of Rock alum who studied at Temple University for a 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.
Drum Teacher Salina Kuo

Salina Kuo Drum Teacher

Salina has many years of drums and keys experience as a performer on stage and in productions of shows like West Side Story, Les Miserables, and Little Shop of Horrors. She graduated from Temple University with a BM in Music Education.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Piotr Trafalski

Piotr Trafalski Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Piotr has been part of the School of Rock family from its early inception as a student at the first SoR ever here in Philadelphia. Now, he comes full circle and gives his incredible expertise in his guitar, bass, and theory knowledge. He continues to perform and write in his band, Troll Teeth.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Marshall Biever Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Marshall Biever

Marshall Biever has been teaching guitar for ten years. He’s been performing in bands of various genres since the age of thirteen, the most recent of which are Manic Pixi, Bonsai Trees, The Lion & the Badger, Resilient, and some solo materia. In addition to taking private lessons throughout high school, Marshall studied guitar for two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Drum Teacher Patrick Richardson

Patrick Richardson Drum Teacher

Patrick Richardson's drumming thrives to balance-yet-extend the two extremes of any musical system. On the Left, the unconscious flow of the body connected to acoustic forces. On the Right, the sound-shaping poetry of intentions wired to analog and digital technology. If indeed "drum machines have no soul," Patrick wants to meet them in the middle.

Patrick started drumming in punk/surf/psychedelic/riot-grrrl bands in high school in Tulsa Oklahoma, before moving east to Oberlin, playing drums (and eventually electronics) in ska/rock/noise projects like "Both Heads Failed" and "Robot Versus Dinosaur". Moving to Philadelphia, he recorded with psych-rock outfit music.for.headphones, doom-metal nerds WormRider, and now leads various projects (PowerLoader, FmReader, LESS) from his home studio. Somewhere along the way, he conducted graduate research on Guitar Hero, learned to write code, and picked up a hobby building/modifying/repairing analog and digital music gear. When not serving the School of Rock, Patrick is an adjunct at Temple University and Drexel University.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Alyson Massa

Alyson Massa Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

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 styles. 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 a proficient pianist who has been a private teacher and accompanist for juries, recitals, and musicals. She finished at Temple university with a masters in music education. Now residing in Nashville, TN, she stays with us remotely.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Maya Stith

Maya Stith Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Maya comes to SoR with years of performance and teaching experience. With a background that includes radio work with WRTI, founding and curating Tea & Talk, and as a music consultant, she has lots to offer her students. She graduated from Temple University with a degree in Africana Studies and Music.
Bass Guitar Teacher Tim Phy

Tim Phy Bass Guitar Teacher

Tim encompasses the meaning of Punk music. He's a die-hard actively driven bass player that has some serious stage presence. He's been in bands his whole life, toured the country, and has a genuine passion in passing on his knowledge to the next generation of rockers.
Guitar Teacher Ryan O'Grady

Ryan O'Grady Guitar Teacher

Ryan is a SoR alumni coming from Downingtown, PA. There he was in the House Band and toured in All-Stars playing across the US, including Lollapalooza. He graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Music Industry and currently works on his own music, audio engineering, and producing.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher John Venezia

John Venezia Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

John is a serious working session drummer that travels all over from Philly to NYC to Nashville, and wherever his talents are needed. He's shared the stage with artists like Robin Eubanks and John Swana. He graduated from the University of the Arts in Instrumental Music Performance.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Patty Irwin

Patty Irwin Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

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.
Guitar Teacher Kenny Rosario-Pugh

Kenny Rosario-Pugh Guitar Teacher

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 at 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.
Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Erin Fox

Erin Fox Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

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 band Resilient and her solo career continue to flourish with releasing new music consistently and touring in support. She's played events like the Philly Folk Fest with Ben Gibbard and has shared the stage with artists like Sick of Sarah, Hunter Valentine, and Robert Ellis.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Jess Araten

Jess Araten Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jess is a University of Pennsylvania graduate and longtime musician/member of the School of Rock family, being a part of House Band and East Coast All-Stars. Her tenure at SOR taught her the musicianship, tenacity, and empathy necessary to succeed in all future endeavors. In short, SOR shaped both the musician and person she is today.

As a guitarist, Jess has been featured by Guitar Player Magazine, has played alongside members of Aerosmith and Guns n’ Roses, has performed during GRAMMY Week, (opening for five time GRAMMY award nominee Hunter Hayes), and has gigged consistently since the age of 11, thanks to SOR. During her time at Penn, she played in countless pit bands and Philadelphia-based projects, all while maintaining a rigorous course load. As both a trained musician and student, Jess has attained the tools necessary to educate School of Rock’s students with the care and skill they deserve. Many of her fondest memories and closest friends are associated with her time at School of Rock, and she is happy to be a part of continuing the tradition for the next generation of young rockers.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Diamond Princess Franklin Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Diamond Princess Franklin is a classically trained Vocalist specializing in Opera, Jazz, and Gospel music. A Mt. Airy Philadelphia native, Diamond has trained under renowned musicians: Monette Sudler, Ruth Naomi Floyd and Angel Joy Blue, and has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Walnut Street Theatre and The Kimmel Center with Rock and R&B artists, Jon Bon Jovi and Estelle. Diamond received her Bachelor's of Music from Cairn University, and in addition to performing, also works as a music instructor and vocal coach.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher Keegan Farara

Keegan Farara Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher

Keegan Farara is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A native Vermonter, he has been writing and performing his songs since the age of 12. In his teens, he performed in bars and clubs across Vermont, fronting the power pop group, Stag Line. The group’s single, “I’m Much Better”, was in regular rotation on rock radio in Burlington, VT.

For five years, he cut his teeth in the Boston music scene, leading the eclectic rock outfit, Red Mill. The group released two EPs, two LPs, a handful of singles, while giving many high-energy performances in the New England area.

Keegan is thrilled to bring his experience in songwriting and live performance to School of Rock Philadelphia!
Drum Teacher Ryan Paolilli

Ryan Paolilli Drum Teacher

Ryan Paolilli is a professional session/touring drummer and educator. He has been playing drums for 20 years, touring for 10 years, and teaching for 12 years. He is currently the drummer for Philly-based touring act Kaonashi, and legend goth rock band, Christian Death.

Growing up, Ryan received a music education from the award winning NMRSD band program, participating in Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Jazz band and more. As well, Ryan has studied under drumming greats like Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, Extreme, Steve Vai), Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Trash Talk, Chiodos), Jonathan Collin Greene, Joel Turcotte, and more.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Zach Birnbaum

Zach Birnbaum Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Zach Birnbaum is a guitarist, singer, composer, and performer from the South Jersey/ Philly area. He has been involved in numerous projects, including wedding bands, original rock music, jazz ensembles, and local choirs. He graduated in Jazz Guitar Performance and Music Composition with a minor in Voice from Rowan University. He looks forward to continuing to help students of all ages grow at School of Rock Philly!

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.


They're better players and people.

It's been such a pleasure to see musicians so excited to play. School of Rock not only teaches these youngsters how to be better players, but how to be better people. If you have a chance to enroll your child, do it.

We couldn't be happier!

We couldn't be happier with the individualized attention our children receive for their own personalities, their instruments and the music that motivates each of them. Each of their teachers is more than we could have asked for.

Her self-confidence soars!

We can't tell you how much our daughter's self-confidence has soared since becoming part of 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.

I would recommend School of Rock!

It brings our daughter 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.