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School of Rock Seattle
106 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 417-7625

Location Specifics

We're located behind Bartell Drugs directly east of Fred Meyer. Parking is available in front of the school on Morrow Lane.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 8 PM
  • Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Seattle, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Seattle, 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 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Seattle'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 Seattle 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 Seattle are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Seattle who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

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

School of Rock Seattle'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 Seattle 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 Seattle.

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 Seattle 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 Seattle.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 8-18

The School of Rock Seattle House Band music program gives students ages 8-18 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 Seattle's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at WA 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 Seattle and the rest of WA. 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 Seattle

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

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

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

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Matt Goodin Drum Teacher, Music Director

Matt Goodin is School of Rock Seattle's Music Director and a drum teacher and has been playing drums professionally for over 13 years. He’s an active member of the Seattle music scene with experience in everything from live performances, studio recordings, touring, studio session work and for hire gigs. He has years of experience playing various genres and styles of music including funk, blues, hip-hop, soul, R&B, rock, progressive, fusion, pop, metal, alternative, Americana, folk and more. Matt is a seasoned show director here at School of Rock Seattle and he truly enjoys teaching and playing all different styles of music.

Tyler Sturgill Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Tyler Sturgill is an experienced musician and guitarist with 20+ years of playing under his belt. Growing up in Idaho, Tyler found his musical calling through his love of metal, punk and b-movie synth scores. He has been a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Seattle since 2009 and has directed over 18 season shows. Tyler is a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and also studied Audio Engineering and Jazz at Shoreline Community College in Washington. Tyler takes a passionate and caring approach to teaching music, emphasizing on helping students find their own musical voice and style using theory and technique. Even though he loves to play guitar, he is versatile musician that can take on anything from death metal, to funk, to classical, to jazz fusion and beyond. Tyler currently records and tours with Seattle Space Shredders Xoth, pushing the boundaries and norms of metal in new directions.

Jordan Otto Drum Teacher

Jordan Otto was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, where he began performing on drum set and percussion at the age of 15. He attended music school at Michigan State University. Since then he has been working as a professional musician performing, recording and teaching all over the Midwest. He regularly performs in many different styles of music, including jazz, rock, funk, salsa/latin, pop and more. Jordan has also completed several international cultural exchange tours, working with the US State Department and the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs. In addition to the US he has performed in venues, theaters and festivals throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan and more. He has been working as a drum teacher at School of Rock Seattle since he moved to Seattle in early 2018.

Dave Hernandez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Dave Hernandez began playing guitar at age 10 in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. His first foray into writing songs and performing live was in high school in Albuquerque’s late 80s hardcore punk scene. By the late 90s his band Scared of Chaka had released five full length LPs and numerous singles, and toured the States, Japan and Europe multiple times. In 1998 he joined his friend's tiny indie rock band and became one of the founding original members of The Shins, playing house parties and penning half the bass lines for their first release, "Oh Inverted World," such as the single “New Slang." The next few years saw him relocate to Seattle and get a job at Sub Pop Records. Once the rest of the band moved to Portland he joined in the writing and recording of what would be their second studio album, "Chutes Too Narrow," playing both guitar and bass. The next six years were spent playing to thousands of people around the world and ultimately being nominated for a Grammy. His daughter Paloma was born in 2009 so he shifted from touring full-time to staying home and recording. His last appearance on a Shins record was on "Port of Morrow." A couple of years later he was brought on to School of Rock Bellevue and has been at School of Rock Seattle since late 2017. Besides loving being a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock he composes, licenses his work and records with his friends. He’s also played on four records and toured off and on with psych garage rock outfit The Intelligence since 2013.

John Karwoski Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

John Karwoski is a producer, performer and multi-instrumentalist, specializing in drums and bass. As an instructor, John has been working with students of all ages and ability levels since 2008. He began his career in Los Angeles, then relocated to Seattle in 2015. While focusing on teaching drums and bass, he has also helped students on a variety of other instruments and has been very active in performance programs as well. John is no stranger to the road. In the spring of 2016 he was hired to tour with Steppenwolf and perform all over the country. He is a drum teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Seattle.

Michael Knight Drum Teacher

Michael Knight is a drum teacher at School of Rock Seattle. He is an active musician, playing and performing in the Seattle music community and beyond. Michael is an experienced teacher, performer and touring musician. He is currently the longest tenured instructor at School of Rock Seattle. Having spent many years studying drum set with some of the top educators in the NW, Michael loves passing this knowledge on to future musicians. He loves sharing his love of music with students of all ages and ability levels. Michael is a true music fan and practitioner of his craft.

Eric Junge Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Eric Junge is a lifelong musician and has been a drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Seattle since 2012. He has directed numerous shows and camps over the years, as well as Rock 101 and the Adult Program. Eric has been gigging around Seattle since the late 90s. From 2000 until recently he has toured as a drummer with various noise and instrumental rock bands, as well as with heavier rock acts. Recently, he has recorded and toured with Paul Gonzenbach, Diesto and Steradian among others. In his spare time he studies and performs blues and classical piano, and is a freelance graphic designer. He is currently drumming around the PNW with psychedelic band Forest Ray and also plays keys in a yacht rock tribute act, The Sunset Grooves. He is happy to have the opportunity to teach his craft and be able to contribute to the music community in whatever way he can.

Michelle Brayson Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Michelle Brayson has had a lifelong love for singing and officially started taking lessons at the age of seven. She focused mainly on musical theater. Years later she joined School of Rock Portland, where she enrolled in vocal, keyboard and guitar lessons. She took advantage of the many opportunities the school provided, including touring as a national AllStar, performing with well-known artists such as Frank Black of the Pixies, Page Hamilton of Helmet, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Kelly LeMieux of Goldfinger (to name a few), and also playing at major festivals in the NW region. Michelle has lent her skills to multiple bands spanning a wide range of genres. In between her time as a School of Rock student and instructor she received her degree in Classical Voice. She now offers a unique perspective to the process and enjoys sharing her experiences with her students as a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Seattle.

Pat Fry Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Pat Fry has been playing guitar in bands here in Seattle since the early 90s and studied Music Performance at Shoreline Community College. Through his formative years, Pat developed a passion for metal, punk, hardcore and all things heavy, which is what originally got him to pick up an instrument, and later developed an interest for playing other genres like folk, rock, blues and jazz. Pat loves teaching and learning all styles, and various aspects of technique and theory. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Seattle.

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Reviews

A stellar performance program!

The programs at School of Rock introduce kids to all aspects of learning and playing music. Whether it's independently or cooperatively in a band, their niche is the performance program.

It's all about the kids.

I love how they make the kids feel empowered. It's centered around them and the instructors really engage at the student level. I also like how they start with the songs instead of with the technique.

The Staff is outstanding.

They're all talented musicians who have excellent teaching skills and are well-suited to instruct kids. Mine have enjoyed their instructors tremendously and have learned to love music. They're self-motivated to practice and be part of a band.

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

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

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