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School of Rock Rochester
415 Walnut Blvd
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 726-9787

Location Specifics

We are down the street from Chicken Shack and next to the Village Shoe Inn.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 4-6

At School of Rock Rochester, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 4 to 6-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 Rochester, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 7-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Rochester'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 Rochester 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 Rochester are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Rochester who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 12-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 13-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Rochester 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 Rochester Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Rochester 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 Rochester'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 Rochester music venue.

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

School of Rock Rochester'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 Rochester 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 Rochester.

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 Rochester 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 Rochester.

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

The School of Rock Rochester 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 Rochester's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MI 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 Rochester and the rest of MI. 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 Rochester

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Rochester, 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 Rochester is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Rochester 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 Rochester'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 Rochester, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Rochester, 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester. Unlike other Rochester 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 Rochester, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester. 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester 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 Rochester Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester, 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 Rochester’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.

Kyle Marker Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Kyle Marker graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance. He is currently a guitar, bass, keyboard and beginner drums teacher at School of Rock Rochester. Kyle has years of performance experience playing in different bands, weddings and musical theater gigs. He is currently the lead guitarist in the punk/metal band Free Government Service.

Riley Eroh Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Riley Eroh is a guitar, bass and ukulele teacher at School of Rock Rochester. He is an active member of the Detroit music scene. Riley attended Berklee College of Music, studying Guitar Performance. He has recorded albums and has been featured on local radio. Riley has years of experience studying music theory, ear training and the art of reading and writing music. Riley specializes in blues, classic rock, alternative and country music. Riley loves teaching different styles of music, and is a fan of many different approaches and techniques to teaching music.

Jarrett Holtslag Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jarrett Holtslag is a piano, bass and guitar teacher at School of Rock Rochester. By playing music from a young age and being surrounded by a diverse pallet of influences, he has developed knowledge about, and a love for, many different styles of music. Jarrett has been an active member of the music scene in Grand Rapids and the Detroit metro area for years, playing with music groups that range in genre from jazz and classical, to progressive rock and metal. With experience performing in bands that range in size from orchestral, to rock band, to solo performances, he is ready to help any student find the right musical path for them and grow as a musician.

Adam Weber Music Director

Adam Weber is the Music Director at School of Rock Rochester and has been a proud part of the school for over 10 years. He started as a student and was hired as a teacher within two years. He has been on tour with the School of Rock AllStars and has played around the local Detroit music scene, doing both covers and originals. He teaches guitar, vocals, piano and bass from beginner level to advanced. Adam listens to a wide array of music and specializes in metal and rock. He loves discovering new types of music and introducing students to music that they are not familiar with.

Owen Peters Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Owen Peters is a former student and School of Rock AllStar from Rochester, Michigan. He is a bass teacher who also specializes in drums and guitar, and has been working at School of Rock Rochester for six years. Owen studied music at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 2018. He has extensive performance experience in the metro Detroit area, and is passionate about sharing his love of music with others.

Eric Choi Drums Teacher

Eric Choi is a teacher here at School of Rock Rochester and started playing in bands as a preteen and it quickly became his creative outlet. By his high school years, he and his group, We Came As Romans, started expanding from the local scene and ventured out of the state more weekends than not. After several self-booked tours and graduating high school, Eric signed his first record deal as an 18-year-old. He spent the next eight years touring full-time and released four albums with Equal Vision Records. Some of his favorite memories include touring with some of his favorite artists like The Used and August Burns Red and being able to share stages with many of his favorites on festivals across the country and Europe.

Claire Thayer Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Claire Thayer is a guitar and keyboard teacher at School of Rock Rochester. A former student, Claire has been a veteran of the School of Rock community for around nine years. Because of being a former member of School of Rock Rochester's House Band, Claire has had the privilege of playing venues such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and gained the real world experience that helped her become an active member of the music scene surrounding Detroit playing her own music. Claire has a lot of experience in and enjoys teaching all kinds of players but specializes with beginner guitarists and keyboardists. With interests spanning from classic rock to today's top 40, Claire likes to learn about and teach all types of music.

Curtis Godzisz Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drums Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Curtis Godzisz is one of our school's guitar and vocal teachers, as well as one of our show directors. He graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor's of Music degree in Classical Guitar Music Performance with a focus in Music Composition. Curtis has been learning and playing music ranging from Bach to Slayer since 2000. He started learning guitar in 2004, then added vocal training in 2008 and started teaching in 2010. Curtis is a firm believer that with practice and solid guidance you can be as good of a player as you choose to be and is constantly looking to learn new styles and techniques himself. He loves the challenges that different genres of music have to offer and is not afraid to tackle any style. Curtis is a guitar, vocal, bass, piano and drums teacher at School of Rock Rochester in Michigan who focuses mostly on guitar, vocals and music theory.

Michael Thompson Drums Teacher

Michael Thompson is a drum teacher at School of Rock Rochester. He has 25 years of experience as a working musician, made up of private drum instruction, freelance studio work, and collaboration with musicians and bandmates in both a live and studio setting. Michael has been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, most notably of which include Friends of the Family, Night Train and The Mobius Loop. Along with teaching drum lessons, Michael is presently collaborating on original material with a newly formed rock band called Electric Temple.

Michael is looking to add dedicated students to his roster. He is very experienced with teaching students in a wide age range, with students ranging from five to 60 or older. Michael has learned a great deal through private instruction, and he therefore teaches from experience. He applies many of the techniques that were beneficial in his own personal experience.

Caitley Brey Studio Coordinator

Caitlyn Brey is our Studio Coordinator as well as a School of Rock Rochester graduate. She is currently attempting to get into the Detroit music scene and has a few years of experience with guitar, bass and vocals. Caitlyn loves listening to and playing music of many genres. She focuses most on all things alternative when it comes to playing and performing for herself.

Mitchel Latcha General Manager

Michael Latcha is the General Manager of School of Rock Rochester. He started his musical journey in grade school playing the guitar. Throughout high school he formed and gig with a few local bands. In 2005 he joined a band called Freer. For three years they had some local and national success. Freer was featured on a Banana Republic commercial and toured with The Go, SSM and The Von Bondies. After Freer split, Michael decided to go back to school for his Music Degree at Oakland University. During his time at Oakland, he learned music theory, music history, played in countless ensembles, and studied classical and jazz Music. Outside of the university, Michael started teaching at School of Rock Rochester and participated in an eclectic Detroit play called "Wonderland," put on by Theater Bizarre. After "Wonderland" is when he joined the band Electric Lions Sound Wave Experiment. ELSWE was an experimental, psychedelic, shoegaze band. Michael played guitar, recorded and helped produce their EP and LP "Fade Out." Currently, Michael plays guitar in The Beggars. Michael also plays keys in Kommander and guitar in Mega Weedge.

Michael strives to create a culture at School of Rock Rochester that helps students express their inner musician. He started at School of Rock Rochester as a teacher, became a Show Director and Music Director, and now is the General Manager. Michael’s love for music is his drive to help everyone at the school have success in whatever musical direction they are pursuing.

Neal Laymon Guitar Teacher

Neal Laymon has been active in the Michigan music scene since the age of 14. He is currently a touring professional musician, and he still remains an active part in the local scene. Along his way he has picked up skills in guitar, bass, songwriting and vocals. In 2018, Neal’s band, The Gasoline Gypsies, was awarded two Detroit Music Awards in the categories of Outstanding Group and Outstanding Album. Neal loves all forms of music, and has performed in multiple professional groups from a variety of styles, including rock, metal, funk and jazz. Neal specializes in rock and guitar performance. He is a guitar instructor at School of Rock Rochester.

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The staff really know what they're doing.

We appreciate that the instructors build our childrens' confidence and have the time and patience to make sure they understand what they’re learning. We like the fact that there are building blocks to achieve in order to move up.

There's nowhere better than School of Rock!

School of Rock is the best place for people who want to learn and enjoy making music in a positive, encouraging, lively and fun atmosphere! The pros are pro. They're great role models and very talented, knowledgeable and reliable.

It's great for individual and group learning!

It’s fantastic that School of Rock not only provides one-on-one lessons with skilled teachers, but also provides students with the opportunity to perform with a group. Invaluable life skills are learned on that stage!

Much more than a music school.

School of Rock is full of great teachers and a real community that fosters confidence and leadership.

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