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School of Rock Red Bank
52 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 842-7625

Location Specifics

Across from the Red Bank Catholic Performing Arts Center.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

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

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

Programs we offer

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

At School of Rock Red Bank 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 Red Bank, 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
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Red Bank, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6-7-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 Red Bank, 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 8-10

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Red Bank'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 Red Bank 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 Red Bank are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Red Bank 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 10-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
Ages 10-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Red Bank'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 Red Bank music venue.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 13-18

The School of Rock Red Bank House Band music program gives students 13-18 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 Red Bank's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NJ 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 Red Bank and the rest of NJ. 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.

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 Red Bank

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Red Bank, 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 Red Bank is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Red Bank guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

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've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Red Bank offers advanced guitar lessons that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Red Bank guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock Red Bank's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs 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. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Red Bank venue.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Red Bank 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 Red Bank we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Red Bank, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar 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 Red Bank, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Red Bank 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.

Key Concepts

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in Red Bank. Unlike other Red Bank drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Red Bank 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 Red Bank, 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Red Bank, our singing lessons 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 Red Bank.

Key Concepts

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock Red Bank teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. 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, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Red Bank 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 Red Bank 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Red Bank 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 Red Bank, 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.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Bass Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock Red Bank’s innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

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 Red Bank. 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 Red Bank, 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 Red Bank area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Red Bank, our keyboard lessons 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 Red Bank 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.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Keyboard Lessons

The School of Rock Red Bank's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Students in the Red Bank 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 Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Red Bank’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.

Nash Breen Drums Teacher

Nash Breen started playing drums at the age of 12. Self-taught the first three years of his career, he really gained momentum and knowledge while playing the quints with the Columbia High School marching band. The band went on to take the best drum-line award his senior year at Giants Stadium. Out of high school, Nash quickly joined up with Armor For Sleep (a post hardcore/emo rock band). They signed to Equal Vision Records and then to Warner Brothers, sold over 500K records, were featured on MTV, FUSE, FOX and countless written publications, and extensively toured the United States, Canada and the UK from 2002-2008. Nash is now in a band called The Cold Seas. Nash is currently a drum teacher at School of Rock Red Bank.

Pamela Flores Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Pamela Flores is a vocal instructor who also teaches beginner piano and guitar at School of Rock Red Bank. Pamela is an active singer/songwriter based out of Asbury Park. She has been featured in’s “New Jersey Artists You Need To Know,” Asbury Park Press's “Rising Artists” and many more. Pamela is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has a background in musical theatre.

Anna Bianchi Studio Coordinator

Anna Bianchi is our school’s Studio Coordinator and Assistant Show Director. She is a School of Rock Red Bank graduate herself. She has had years of experience playing and taking music lessons on various instruments. Anna loves listening and playing music of all different kinds.

Ryan Roberts Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Ryan Roberts is the primary guitar teacher and one of the Show Directors at School of Rock Red Bank. He is, in fact, a former student of the school as well. Before becoming a teacher, he apprenticed at an instrument repair shop in Freehold and later moved to Pittsburgh to pursue his own instrument repair business. Ryan moved back to New Jersey and has been teaching music in Red Bank ever since. He brings energy and musical knowledge to the students in the world of guitar and bass. By teaching an instrument and how to perform with other students, Ryan is also able to instill core values in students that they can use outside of the school, such as hard work, patience, perseverance, optimism and discipline. His passion for music and the school is contagious and he enjoys teaching.

Renée Allen General Manager, Vocal Instructor

Renée Allen is a vocalist, actress and multi-instrumentalist. She enjoys playing the flute, saxophone, keyboards and ukulele. Renée made her professional debut in the cast of the first international tour of "Grand Hotel: The Musical" directed by nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. She made her Broadway debut as Joanne and Sarah in the John Doyle-directed revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Company," where she was asked to teach herself the saxophone in three weeks. In between shows, Renée spent years supporting herself in an administrative capacity at "The New York Times," where she served many roles, including Operations Manager for the art department. Renée is thrilled to return to her musical roots at School of Rock Red Bank, where she serves as General Manager and vocal instructor.

Ashlee Driscoll Vocal Instructor, Studio Coordinator

In high school Ashlee Driscoll was the recipient of the National Choral Award (2013). Then she was a Vocal Performance major at Columbia in Chicago, where she studied voice under Jeff Morrow. Ashlee performed at the House of Blues with her gospel choir. She graduated in 2017 and currently teaches vocals and the Rookies and Little Wing programs at School of Rock Red Bank.

Deseree Spinks Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Deseree Spinks started in the theater world, starring in over 25 regional theater productions, including the critically acclaimed production of "Hair" at the Count Basie Theater and later in the "Hair" documentary, “Let the Sunshine In." Next she toured for years as a professional backup singer or “deSoL SiStah” for the international touring Latin-rock band deSoL. Currently, you can catch her fronting her own group, Des and the Swagmatics. As leader of this eclectic group, she's played all over the NJ shore, Key West and NYC, won four Asbury Music Awards, been featured in an Emmy-winning documentary about Asbury Park for PBS and opened for Asbury legend Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Most recently, she sang "The National Anthem" at the election night victory party of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy. Des works at School of Rock Red Bank as a vocal and keyboard instructor.

Ray Saada Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drums Teacher

Ray Saada has been teaching at School of Rock Red Bank since 2012 and became Music Director in 2017. He teaches all instruments offered, as well as directs a show in the Performance Program and the House Band program. In the past he directed groups for Rock 101, Rookies and Little Wing. Ray has 25+ years of training and performing experience as a multi-instrumentalist, and is proficient on keyboards, drums, guitar, bass, vocals, ukulele, lap steel and saxophone. Ray studied Communications and Media Theory and Music at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, where he specialized his studies in a Popular Music Studies concentration, and has extensively studied 20th century music history from classical and jazz through pop traditions and the socio-cultural implications of evolutions in music and technology. His research expertise is in the music and history of the Beatles and 1960s counterculture.

John Digulio Drums Teacher

John Digulio has been a School of Rock drum teacher for over 10 years and has taught in the Long Island schools. John's experience takes him back to being a young enthusiastic learner and player in both school bands and in local bands with friends. To John's advantage, his high school teacher encouraged him to try out for the McDonalds All-Star American Band. John was accepted as one of two to represent the state of Rhode Island. That experience earned John a full scholarship to an arts and academic school of his choice. John chose Berklee College of Music in Boston. John has been an active touring and recording drummer, working with the likes of Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Elvis Costello and many more. John is currently the drummer for Gloria Gaynor, traveling the globe playing sold-out shows. John likes to use his knowledge of music and the music business to show his students how to perform at their best, teaching them the fundamentals of drumming and how to work well in a band situation with positive results. From beginner to advanced skill levels, John's dedication to his students will always be to provide them with an awesome learning environment and the tools they need to move forward in their music endeavors.

Brendan Ell Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Brendan Ell joined School of Rock Red Bank in October of 2018. He is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has over 20 years of experience performing, teaching and producing music. With extensive touring through the early 2000s he has performed at many major venues, including CBGB’s, The Theater of The Living Arts, The Electric Factory, House of Blues Atlantic City, The Stone Pony, The Trocadero, Joey Harrison’s Surf Club and more, and has opened for artists including George Clinton, Bob Marley’s Legendary Wailers, Fishbone, Sublime With Rome, Pitbull, The Dirty Heads and The Expendables.

He has also worked as a session musician in studios all throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia, and on radio performances including one on Power 99 and on 95.9 The WRAT. He studied music at the Toms River Music Academy and Music Production at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Ocean County Vocational School. He now runs his own studio and music production company in Toms River, NJ and has recently had one of his original songs placed in the independent film "Betrayed."

His teaching philosophy comes from a deeply rooted passion for all forms of music and the belief that you should always keep your ears open to all styles of music because you never know where you are going to draw inspiration from.

Ben Bianchi Drum Teacher

Ben Bianchi joined School of Rock Red Bank in 2011 as a student, and then later became an instructor. He has spent most of those years either involved with the school or a part of the growing music scene in NJ, playing at mostly D.I.Y. venues all over the state. He has spent his years learning and diversifying his skill set over the drums, listening to all kinds of music. He is currently in a band called Mikita (MICK-EE-TUH).

PJ Carallo Drum Teacher

Originating from Asbury Park, NJ, PJ graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2016 with a concentration in Music Business and Performance, and since then has toured with artists like Fly by Midnight and Quincy Mumford. PJ has also performed at Firefly, Panorama, Grandoozy and Bamboozle festivals, and enjoys doing a lot of studio work. He also enjoys being an instructor for people of all ages and loves watching others fall in love with the art of drumming and performance as much as he has over the years. PJ currently is a drum teacher at School of Rock Red Bank.

Erik Rudic Guitar Teacher

Erik Rudic is a show director and guitar teacher at School of Rock Red Bank. He is an active member of the Asbury Park music scene and has toured, written and recorded with national and international acts such as The Cold Seas, The Parlor Mob, Gedeon Luke, Nena and Peter Criss. Some highlights with these artists include performing on "Later... with Jools Holland" in England with Gedeon Luke, original KISS drummer Peter Criss' farewell show and an Australian Tour with German pop star Nena. He has years of experience performing and taking lessons on guitar, bass and keys, and hopes to pass on his experience as a professional musician to every student he teaches.

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The teachers care about her individually.

The School of Rock experience has been great for our daughter and whole family. There has been a noticeable improvement in her musical skill set, her performances and self-esteem.”

School of Rock fosters teamwork.

What I love about this place is that it fosters both individual and group learning. Kids can hone their skills while learning to play music TOGETHER. This is totally different than the environment I learned piano and guitar in.

We couldn't be happier we chose School of Rock.

My daughter has been taking guitar lessons for a year at the school. She has learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it. The entire staff is enthusiastic, welcoming and very knowledgeable. It's been an absolute pleasure all around.

Now my kids are musicians!

My kids went in knowing virtually nothing about playing their instruments and performing live, except for playing in school band, which doesn't really count. They now perform like professionals, each play two instruments and one sings.

The staff have an infectious spark of joy for teaching!

The General Manager has done an amazing job mentoring my daughter while helping her improve her vocal abilities and confidence. The staff gives excellent, valuable feedback after every lesson which allows me to parrot her encouragement between lessons.

Our son is always excited for his drum lessons.

We often find him practicing on his own. He thoroughly enjoys working with Ben and he's actually learning to read music!

I love the staff.

The commitment and passion the instructors have for what they are doing with these kids is apparent. I’m also impressed with their overall patience in the performing sessions. Well done.

My daughter has been fully engaged in the program for six years!

Life would have been very different without it. I'm extremely grateful for all the musical nurturing she's received.