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School of Rock Scottsdale
13610 N Scottsdale Road
Pad B
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 483-7625

Location Specifics

Located at Scottsdale and Thunderbird Rd.

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

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Scottsdale'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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Scottsdale 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 11-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 7-18

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

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

School of Rock Scottsdale'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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale.

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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

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Megan Baskerville General Manager, Vocal Instructor

Megan brings a good balance of rock n’ roll and business experience to the table. She worked for Starbucks for over eight years, five of which she was the Store Manager of a high-volume location. She also spent time opening new stores in new markets in the panhandle of Florida. But music has been a constant in Megan’s life from the time she could walk. Megan has been the front lady of bands of many genres: country, rockabilly, ska and punk. She’s had the opportunity to open for national acts as well as share the stage with some country greats. Currently she is the lead vocalist in the soul-inspired band Aunt B. Megan got her start at the Minnesota School of Rocks and moved to AZ with her husband Shane to open up the Arizona schools in 2012.

Michelle Worley Studio Coordinator

Michelle Worley spends her free time making music with her friends. Michelle loves singing and playing with her band, Aunt B. In fact, music has been a part of Michelle's life since childhood when she picked up the violin and eventually became a bassist. Before working at School of Rock, Michelle came to us from a typical junior high school environment as a paraprofessional. Working with kids was the transition she needed after a career in the hospitality business. With a degree in Culinary Arts, she started her career as a chef and catering manager, working in top-notch dining facilities and event centers. Her ability to manage events, book bands and ensure everybody has a good time is helpful in working with families at School of Rock.

Shane Baskerville Music Director

Shane has been working at School of Rock for over a decade. He’s been a touring musician since his teens and cut his teeth in the MN/WI punk rock ska music scene of the 90s. He’s toured with Chevelle, Social Distortion, Papa Roach, Slightly Stoopid and many more! He also beat out hundreds of guitarists to play with 80s hair metal icons Poison for a VH1 special. Eventually, Shane went to music college at McNally Smith College of Music in MN. Shane started working for School of Rock in MN in the spring of 2006. He moved down to Arizona in 2012 to open the three AZ locations with his wife Megan.

Alexis Hernandez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Alexis began studying music at the age of 13 as part of a high school guitar group. Since then, the guitar has become his life. At age 17, Alexis Hernandez started his professional training with Maestro Dario Sosa. At 18 he founded Pig Farm on the Moon and became a recording artist with Musical Mind Record Company. In 2002, he released his first album "Orbital," which was very well-received in progressive rock circles. A few months later he traveled to Mexico to perform in Baja Prog International Festival along with bands like Focus (Holand), Ange (France) and Mars Nova (Japan) among others. Afterwards Alexis became a private guitar instructor and session musician, working with local bands in Virginia and Texas. Currently living in Phoenix, Alexis has just released his new production, "Sons of Polaris: Evil Vol. 1." Alexis has also received formal vocal training from Maestro Thomas Collette in Phoenix. He is furthering his passion for teaching by working at School of Rock in Scottsdale, AZ and is currently working on his third album.

Zach Kasmer Guitar Teacher

Zach started playing music at the age of 13. He has been playing for 10 years and is a former student of School of Rock Scottsdale. He had small projects with friends from school in his first couple years of playing but didn't get serious about playing until he found School of Rock. There is where he learned a plethora of playing knowledge in a structured environment. He's taken some minor college classes (Theory and Aural Perception) at Mesa Community College, but his primary knowledge has been taught to him from the wonderful teachers he had at School of Rock Scottsdale. He currently plays for local metal act Sicmonic and has played numerous shows opening for acts such as Sevendust, Hed PE and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. The band's sound is influenced by many genres and styles of music, ranging from rock to jazz, bosa nova to flamenco and from country to instrumentalists. It was only natural for him to come back and start teaching alongside his former teachers at School of Rock.

Robert Grenert Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

The guitar he got for his 13th birthday sat unused for two years. By age 15 Robert decided he would teach himself how to play, and for the next year that guitar was constantly slung around his shoulder. Being homeschooled, there was plenty of time for music every day. By 16, he had learned enough to start writing instrumental songs and would need a better amp to go with his new skills. Robert then began going to open mic nights at local blues bars in Scottsdale to get used to playing live with other musicians and in front of a crowd. Inspired by artists like Jeff Beck, and bands like blink-182, Robert found a bassist and drummer on Craigslist and formed his band No Longer Together, which played their first show in May 2007, and included several original songs. Robert’s sister Katie joined the band on bass in 2008, and the siblings are now known for their vocal harmonies and energetic live shows.

Katie Grenert Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Katie started with piano lessons at age five as part of her home school curriculum. She was a natural at the keyboard and performed solo at recitals for a couple of years beginning at age six. Then Katie lost interest in playing music for a time. A few years later, when her brother decided to teach himself guitar, Katie got interested again in music and her parents bought a digital piano for her at age 11. Katie’s brother Robert formed his Scottsdale, AZ-based band No Longer Together in 2007 with Robert singing lead vocal. The band’s original bassist was a girl, and seeing her play inspired Katie to teach herself how to play the bass. Katie joined her brother’s band on bass in 2008 and quickly showed her voice demanded attention. She became lead singer, and the siblings are now known for their vocal harmonies and energetic live shows. At any given show Katie plays bass, electric or acoustic guitar, and piano.

TJ Friga Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

TJ Friga has been performing and studying guitar, bass and singing around the valley for nearly a decade. Set to graduate ASU in December 2015, you can currently find him playing in the Tempe bands Playboy Manbaby and Instructions. As members of these groups, TJ has been featured in national and local media ranging from "Modern Guitar Magazine," CMJ Music Blog and a string of regular appearances in "The Phoenix New Times." In teaching, TJ emphasizes songwriting skills, fundamental theory and proper technique as the means to become a great and creative player. Outside of music, TJ is a die hard Phoenix Suns fanatic and pursuer of fine sushi and ramen.

Al Pahanish Jr Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Al Pahanish, Jr. is widely known as cofounder and drummer for DreamWorks SKG platinum recording artist Powerman 5000 (1990-01). His beats are the original foundation of the PM5K style and are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming. Al is currently the drummer for Boston hardcore legends DYS.

Early in Al’s career he worked with acclaimed concert pianist and master bassoonist Maxine Shimer, studying piano, voice, traditional harmony and composition. She taught externally in the U.S. centre for Trinity College of Music, London, and he studied under her for the next five years. Eventually he ended up at Boston's Berklee College of Music for further studies in drumming, arrangement and music production. While there Al studied drum set, mallets and timpani with Tommy Campbell (Fusion), John Ramsey (Jazz), Ed Uribe (Latin), Joe Hunt (abstract concepts), Ed Saindon (mallets/timpani) and Victor Mendoza (mallets/vibes). He went on to receive his BA in Percussion Performance. While in Boston, Al was also an active member of The Screaming Headless Torsos, Lunch Factor, Sweet Lizard Illtet and The Matin Sexton Band.

Al taught at School of Rock Hollywood beginning in 2007, where he was a drum instructor and Show Director.

James Cabeke Bass Guitar Teacher

James has been involved with music since he was seven years old, first taking lessons in piano and a few years later falling in love with the trumpet. Throughout his formative years he played trumpet in various school programs and in band class. In the fifth grade he began to dabble in learning bass guitar. After a few years, bass guitar became his primary focus after performing original music with his first band live in front of his middle school. It was at this point he knew music would be his sole pursuit, and over the next few years he would aim to sharpen his craft, performing with several metal bands throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and most notably in Southlake-based metalcore band Prophecy Untold. He also attended School of Rock as a bass student in Southlake, Texas at this time.

James is currently involved with several musical endeavors since relocating to the valley four years ago. Sons of Polaris is a hard rock/metal studio project formed by fellow School pf Rock instructor Alexis Hernandez. They are currently completing their fourth record, “Hero X,” due to be released this fall. Sons of Polaris draws influence from a wide range of styles and combines the best of modern and classic metal. James is also a member of local punk rock outfit Audrey Heartburn. Taking influence from the wide range of genres/influences each member brings to the music, Audrey Heartburn has been compared to the B- 52s, surf rock and old school American punk rock.

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School of Rock builds Confidence.

It's been a great experience for my son. He's got a passion for guitar and drums and School of Rock is providing him with a musical, performance and social experience he loves.

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Helpful staff is great.

School of Rock provides a positive environment for someone interested in music. Teachers and staff are encouraging and extremely helpful.

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