School of Rock Rochester
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About School of Rock Rochester

Welcome to School of Rock Rochester, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Rochester that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2011, School of Rock Rochester is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Rochester equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Rochester and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

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

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Thursday2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Rochester, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Rochester students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Rochester’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Rochester is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Rochester, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Rochester students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Rochester’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Rochester’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Rochester’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Rochester is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Rochester, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Rochester’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Rochester’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepare them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Rochester Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Rochester’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • At School of Rock Rochester, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Rochester enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Rochester’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

  • School of Rock Rochester’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Rochester.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

At School of Rock Rochester, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Rochester students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Rochester’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

    • May 26
      12:00 PM

      Season Showcase 2 @ Freddy's

      Concert
      Our Season Showcase is when we our students show off all the hard work they have been up to through out the season.
    • May 27
      12:00 PM

      Season Showcase 2 @ Freddy's

      Concert
      Our Season Showcase is when we our students show off all the hard work they have been up to through out the season.
    • May 28 - June 3, 2018

      OFF WEEK

      We will be closed for our Off Week to get ready for our Summer Season 2018!

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Staff

    • Photo of Mike Latcha
      Mike Latcha
      General Manager
      Michael Latcha is currently the General Manager at The Rochester School of Rock. He has played in Detroit based bands such as Freer, Electric Lions Sound Wave Experiment, Beats and Angles, Davila a...
      Michael Latcha is currently the General Manager at The Rochester School of Rock. He has played in Detroit based bands such as Freer, Electric Lions Sound Wave Experiment, Beats and Angles, Davila and The Beggars. He has put out released 3 LPs and 2 EPs. Michael has with local and national acts such as The Von Bondies, The Go, SSM, Office and Tiger City. In 2009, Michael was accepted into Oakland University’s music program and pursued a degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at Oakland University, Michael was also involved with a Theater Bizarre on the production of “Wonderland”. He hopes to share his love for music with the youth and build a strong future for live Rock n’ Roll.
    • Photo of Adam Weber
      Adam Weber
      Music Director
      Adam has been a part of the School of Rock in Rochester since season 2. After being a student for 2 years, he was hired as a teacher. He used his learning experiences from SOR to help him form and ...
      Adam has been a part of the School of Rock in Rochester since season 2. After being a student for 2 years, he was hired as a teacher. He used his learning experiences from SOR to help him form and manage his own bands that managed to find some moderate success in the local music scene. In September of 2017, he became the Music Director after being at the school for nearly 10 years. At this time he performs regularly with both original and cover bands.
    • Photo of Eddie Baranek
      Eddie Baranek
      Insturctor
      Eddie has been leader of The Sights since their inception in the summer of 1998. The Sights have toured with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Donnas, The Kills, The Zombies, and Tenacious D but he ...
      Eddie has been leader of The Sights since their inception in the summer of 1998. The Sights have toured with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Donnas, The Kills, The Zombies, and Tenacious D but he has also shared the stage with The Creation, The Dirtbombs, Electric Six, and Blue Oyster Cult. Eddie has toured across the United States and Canada countless times, headlined a few U.K. tours, as well as gracing Europe for a month with Guided By Voices and Tenacious D. He is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and author. He teaches guitar, bass and drums.
    • Photo of Curtis Godzisz
      Curtis Godzisz
      Instructor
      Curtis graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at OU he won a Matilda award, was apart of the Oakland Chorale, and had 7 of his original...
      Curtis graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at OU he won a Matilda award, was apart of the Oakland Chorale, and had 7 of his original compositions performed live, 1 of which, was performed from members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Since graduation he has performed for weddings and musicals, as well as, composing the main theme to the indie game Shadowbrume. Curtis started working at the
      School of Rock in 2015 and teaches Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals, Drums, and Music Theory.
    • Photo of Eric Choi
      Eric Choi
      Instructor
      Eric is a drum instructor here at the School of Rock. He started playing in bands as a preteen and it quickly became his creative outlet. By his high school years, him and his group, We Came As Rom...
      Eric is a drum instructor here at the School of Rock. He started playing in bands as a preteen and it quickly became his creative outlet. By his high school years, him 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 8 years touring full-time and released 4 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 share stages with many other of his favorites on festivals across the country and Europe.
    • Photo of David Miller II
      David Miller II
      Instructor
      Dave Miller II is a working drummer/percussionist with 21 yrs playing & performing experience. Dave has toured nationally & internationally with various acts ranging a wide array of genres for 15 y...
      Dave Miller II is a working drummer/percussionist with 21 yrs playing & performing experience. Dave has toured nationally & internationally with various acts ranging a wide array of genres for 15 yrs throughout his career. Performing legendary clubs and theaters such as CBGB's , Viper Room, St. Andrews & Emerson Theater. Dave's knowledge comes from the real life experiences that are involved within the musical world. Dave has played in the presence of some of rocks biggest names as well such as Korn & Disturbed at Toyota Stadium's 1st annual Chicago Open Air Festival, Upon many national performances he's held several endorsements from reputable companies and has also toured with chart topping Active Rock act Pop Evil. These events contribute to Dave's love for drumming even further as he currently works independently within Metro Detroit. With youth teaching credits in his past he hopes to bring a fun, knowledgeable yet direct and real world approach to the School Of Rock Drum Department.
    • Photo of Kyle Marker
      Kyle Marker
      Instructor
      Kyle graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance. As a solo performer he has played numerous weddings and musical gigs. In 2012 his band, The Deals, had ...
      Kyle graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance. As a solo performer he has played numerous weddings and musical gigs. In 2012 his band, The Deals, had the honor of representing Detroit at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently plays with the metal band Free Government Service. Kyle currently teaches guitar, bass, keys, and drums.
    • Photo of Claire Thayer
      Claire Thayer
      Instructor
      Claire Thayer is a musician of seven years, playing mostly guitar, bass, and singing with experience in keys and drums as well. With six years of performance experience, she fronts a band called Ca...
      Claire Thayer is a musician of seven years, playing mostly guitar, bass, and singing with experience in keys and drums as well. With six years of performance experience, she fronts a band called Catty Club and is a former student and Houseband member of the school. She is active as a musician in the metro-Detroit area from playing shows to volunteering with Girls Rock Detroit. She teaches all the basics in 101 and branches out to shows and lessons, and is also most likely to teach you anything from ABBA to Misfits in the same lesson.
    • Photo of Ethan Stepanian
      Ethan Stepanian
      Instructor
      Ethan is just a normal guy who has channeled his scattered mental hyperactivity into a colorful life of music. He has few impressive professional achievements to speak of, but can play just about a...
      Ethan is just a normal guy who has channeled his scattered mental hyperactivity into a colorful life of music. He has few impressive professional achievements to speak of, but can play just about any instrument thrown his way, and is happy to teach bass, guitar, drums, keys and banjo. Ethan also has a strong passion for sound engineering and audio software (really just software, in general)... NERD. He has played in multiple groups around the Metro Detroit area for a couple of years and continues to do so.
    • Photo of Jason Torrente
      Jason Torrente
      Instructor
      Jason Torrente has been a certified teacher for over ten years, working with students of all ages in activities from music lessons to water polo, from writing to acting and debate. He enjoys playin...
      Jason Torrente has been a certified teacher for over ten years, working with students of all ages in activities from music lessons to water polo, from writing to acting and debate. He enjoys playing and teaching all flavors of rock music. In his spare time he studies jazz and classical guitar.

Testimonials

  • “I like many things and will highlight a few below in no particular order. My son feels safe when he is at SOR. The feeling to me is the kids come first. Teachers are professional and genuinely care about the kids and program. Well organized and communication is proactive.”
    - Jeff Gabrielson, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student
  • “The program not only teaches the student music skills but life skills also. Team building, performance in front of peers and an audience, mentoring as you gain more experience, interaction with the instructors and friends for life! It is a great place to learn, have fun and grow in confidence!”
    - Carla Heck, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student
  • “Builds talent and confidence. Also a place to find people with common interests. It's been an amazing experience!”
    - Shelly Miller, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student
  • “Great teachers and a supportive social atmosphere.”
    - Shannon Hay, Parent of School of Rock Rochester student