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School of Rock Queens
34-43 Francis Lewis Blvd
Lower Level, Ste 2
Bayside, NY 11358
929-999-7625

Location Specifics

Temporary Address: 150-34 14th Ave, Whitestone, NY 11357

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Hours
  • Monday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/28/2019: Closed
  • 12/25/2019: Closed
  • 01/01/2020: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Queens, 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

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 Queens, 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 for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Queens'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 Queens have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Queens are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Queens 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
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Queens'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 Queens music venue.

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

School of Rock Queens'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 Queens 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 Queens.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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 Queens 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 Queens.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Queens 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 Queens's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NY rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

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 Queens and the rest of NY. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
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
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

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.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Queens

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Queens, 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 Queens is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Queens 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 Queens'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 Queens, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Queens 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 Queens 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 Queens guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Queens 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 Queens we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Queens, 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 Queens, 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 Queens. Unlike other Queens 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
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

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 Queens, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Queens drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Queens 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 Queens, 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 Queens 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
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Queens, 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 Queens.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Queens 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 Queens 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 Queens, 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
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Queens 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 Queens, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Queens. 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 Queens, 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 Queens 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 Queens Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Queens 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 Queens music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Queens, 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 Queens, 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 Queens’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.

Tom Vidal Owner

Tom Vidal’s love affair with rock began as a third grader in rural New Jersey, when a classmate dropped the needle on Kiss’ "Detroit Rock City" during recess. He joined his first band at age 13 and went on to graduate from Shenandoah University with a degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Classical Guitar Performance. In the early 1990s, he was the lead guitarist and songwriter for the Irish-influenced original rock band Surrey Lane, performing regularly in some of NYC’s most popular venues. Like many other aspiring musicians, Tom grew up, got married, entered a career in software quality assurance and had two children. After seeing his children flourish at School of Rock Roslyn, Tom was inspired to launch a School of Rock franchise here in Bayside, where he can share his love of music and performance with a new generation of future rockers. Tom is currently a member of the classic rock cover band Crossing Sunrise, which was nominated Best Cover Band in Long Island.

Karen Flyer General Manager

Karen Flyer’s background in marketing, advertising and non-profit management has allowed her to hone her business, leadership and management skills, which she is thrilled to leverage as part of the School of Rock Queens family. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1991 and her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She has spent the past 25 years in marketing, running non-profits and as a small business consultant, and is the author of two books. School of Rock is the perfect landing spot for Karen as music has always played a significant role in her life. Alternative rock has been her jam since she was a teenager. Karen’s daughter, now in college, was part of School of Rock Roslyn for over a decade, and Karen credits the program with making her daughter the extraordinary musician and person that she is. Karen is excited to bring an outstanding music experience to the children, teens and adults in the Queens community.

Anthony Jones Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Anthony Jones was born in Melbourne, Australia and began playing drums at age 12, and bass guitar at age 13. By age 14 he was working professionally in musical theater and pushing his neighbors to their wits' end with frequent band rehearsals and constant practice. Anthony remained active in the local rock and jazz scenes until moving to the U.S. in 1999. In 2002, Anthony graduated from the Los Angeles College of Music (Los Angeles Academy of Music at the time). Anthony become part of the School of Rock family in 2017 when he joined the instructor teams at School of Rock Clark and School of Rock Chatham, and is delighted to be part of the School of Rock Queens crew as a bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and Rookies teacher. While juggling a heavy teaching roster and other professional commitments, he still finds time to perform. He is currently playing with Sinner, the ultimate Judas Priest tribute band.

Cotter Champlin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Cotter Champlin is a guitar player from the Finger Lakes region of New York. Born in 1996, his connection to music began at the age of nine with the alto saxophone, which he played throughout grade school. By 14, his affinity for the big four of thrash metal drove him towards the guitar, which would lead to a dense journey through many walks of music. He received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Purchase College and moved to Queens to continue to play and record music with multiple genre-spanning groups around the NYC metropolitan area and to be part of the School of Rock Queens team. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher here.

Kira Hooks Vocal Instructor

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Kira Hooks is an independent and free-spirited soul who refuses to be put in a box. She was born in Houston, TX and raised overseas in The Netherlands, Nigeria, Scotland and China. Kira’s musical versatility is reflective of her exposure and curiosity for cultural differences and emotional similarities. She is always in search of what, ultimately, brings us together and what feels like honest work. This has led her to remain conversational and light-hearted in her writing process. Through the humbling inspiration of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Antonio Carlos Jobim, India.Arie and Lianne La Haves, she has grown more in love with her path. After graduating from the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA (2013), she’s released one album, three EPs and four singles. She’s also been an active member of Concerts In Your Home, has sung background vocals for multiple up-and-coming artists and is performing on a frequent basis. She is currently in the process of releasing her next full-length record at the beginning of 2020. Kira pursued learning more about songwriting/performance in Nashville from 2015-2019, and is excited to start her journey in NYC. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Queens.

Johnathan Wilkerson Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Johnathan Wilkerson is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Oklahoma City. While in Oklahoma, Johnathan wrote, performed and toured regularly for several years with his indie rock band The So Help Mes. Johnathan studied Percussion Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Changing majors to Music Business at the Flaming Lips-helmed Academy of Contemporary Music in OKC, Johnathan directly studied under and worked with members of the Flaming Lips. While in school Johnathan regularly gigged on multiple instruments in a large variety of bands across the state. Johnathan was an instructor and music director at School of Rock Edmond (Oklahoma) for two years before moving to NYC in the fall of 2019 to teach at School of Rock Queens. He is a vocal instructor and piano teacher here.

Victoria Consalvo Studio Coordinator

Victoria Consalvo has had an interest in music since the age of three. Learning how to compose some of her favorite songs on the piano at the age of five, along with already having an interest in singing, was her way to happiness. Aside from being part of glee club in her early years of school, she furthered her education at Forest Hills High School, where she auditioned for their music program and later was selected to be a member of the school's concert choir. Today you’ll find Victoria continuing her education, hopefully in the near future at Baruch College where she plans to major in Music Management Enterprises. She is our Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Queens.

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Reviews

What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!