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School of Rock Seekonk
1295 Fall River Avenue
Seekonk, MA 2771
(508) 557-0213
Hours
  • Monday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 5-7

At School of Rock Seekonk, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 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 Seekonk, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in 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 8-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Seekonk'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 Seekonk 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 Seekonk are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Seekonk 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 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 Seekonk 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 Seekonk Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Seekonk 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 Seekonk'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 Seekonk music venue.

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

School of Rock Seekonk'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 Seekonk 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 Seekonk.

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 Seekonk 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 Seekonk.

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

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

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

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

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

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Owner / Adult Band Director

Phil Martelly Owner

A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, his passion for music is unmatched by few and is a driving force behind his bringing School of Rock to the Southern Mass/Rhode Island area. He is the definition of the word musician as he plays not one but several instruments: guitar, bass and drums. Phil has played with a lot of the area's hottest bands including Pappy Chulo as the opening act for none other than Incubus.
Owner / GM

Shawn Garrity Owner

Shawn's musical journey began at age eleven when his dad handed him a guitar and taught him a few chords. As he grew, so did his love for music. At fifteen, he joined a band, began writing music and playing original and cover songs at clubs and venues throughout New England. He studied jazz and classical music at Western Connecticut State University and earned a B.A. in Music Industry from the University of New Haven. After college Shawn formed several bands which eventually resulted in the formation of his current band, VulGarrity. The band has completed three nationwide tours, signed an artist development deal with MySpace Records and won first place in 95.5 WBRU's 2011 Rock Hunt. Shawn has shared the stage with The Prodigals, Ra, Robert DeLong, The Heavy, Ra Ra Riot and Electric Six. Shawn continues to record music and tour with his sister and VulGarrity bandmate Tracy. With the use of loop pedals, the two play guitar, bass, drums and keys simultaneously while singing, often switching instruments during their shows, creating a unique live music experience. While Shawn enjoys listening to and playing a wide variety of music, he is most inspired by all things rock.
Music Director

Scott Roddick Music Director

Scott started playing music at the age of ten. He studied jazz and classical music at Rhode Island College, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition. Scott has played in several groups throughout New England. Currently he plays with Hungry Freaks, Interplay and Take It To The Bridge. He has toured nationally and recorded on three studio albums with Gavin Castleton. Some of his musical influences are Mr. Bungle, St. Vincent, TV On The Radio and Primus.
Guitar & Bass Teacher

Kevin Williams Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Kevin has well over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. He has had music featured on cable networks like The Discovery Channel, the BET network and others, and is best known as a blazing blues guitarist with Worcester, MA-based contemporary R&B act Blue Honey and his rocking blues combo The Kevin Williams Trio. He has toured and performed internationally and has been featured on several recordings as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, keyboardist and as a producer.

Jake Heady Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jake attended the Booker High School's VPA Music program as a vocal major. While there, he participated in the undefeated, nationally recognized Vocal Jazz ensemble, winning the Berklee High School Jazz Fest for the seventh year in a row. Upon graduation, Jake attended Berklee College of Music as a Vocal major and a Piano minor. He arranged and performed for several different ensembles throughout his time there. Jake then transferred to Rhode Island College, where he pursued his degree in Music Education with a Jazz Studies minor, and a concentration in voice. After Rhode Island College, Jake spent the next few years performing with several groups throughout the east coast, performing with such musicians as John Blackwell, Phil Magallenas, R.LUM.R, Rodney Roqous, Johnny Walker and more. Jake now teaches, arranges and performs throughout New England.

Eric Sheppard Drum Teacher

Eric began playing drums at the age of nine, focusing mainly in both rock and metal. He has many years of experience as a live performer, playing for multiple metal and rock bands, as well as performing with hip-hop acts. Eric is also a studio drummer, being featured on more than 25 recordings. Songs he has performed on have been featured on both 107.3/97.7 WAAF and 100.7 WZLX. His drumming skills focus on not only the technical side, but knowing when to play for the song.

April Eisemann Studio Coordinator

April is a Rhode Island College graduate with a Bachelors in Mass Media Communications. She is the co-owner and performer of a princess party company based in Rhode Island. She’s been working with children since she was 14 years old and loves every minute of it. She also interned for local radio stations such as 95.5 WBRU and WCTK 98.1 Cat Country. When she is not dressing up as a princess and performing, she really enjoys listening to all types of music and spending time with family.

Jon Pelzman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jon started taking piano lessons at age five and began studying guitar at age seven. He moved to Rhode Island from NY in 1980 and immediately started playing on the local music scene. He has been playing professionally in the New England area for almost 30 years, including lengthy stints with Studio C, High Definition, Harbour Lites, The Paul Borrelli Orchestra, Treasure Chest and many others. Currently you can find him playing with local show band Image, jazzing it up with Travis Colby & The D Street Band, playing classic rock hits with Fuzzy & the Fuzztones and going unplugged with The Laura May Duo. His biggest influences are Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore and Eric Clapton. His repertoire includes jazz standards and hundreds of tunes from the 60s and 70s through today’s current dance and rock hits.

Mike Murdock Drum Teacher

Mike is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and has also studied at the University of Rhode Island. During his college years, Mike studied with several noteworthy educators, some of which include rock heavyweights Rod Morgenstein and Mike Mangini, and jazz/Latin greats Mark Walker and Neal Smith among others. Since graduating, Mike has been performing and teaching throughout New England.

Jeanne Thibault Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Jeanne’s interest in music began at the age of seven when she listened to her mom sing in the church choir. She started private classical piano lessons by the age of eight and at 16 formed her first rock band, where she played keyboards and sang lead. Over the next decade Jeanne traveled with several different bands while touring the east coast and then spent a year playing in the renowned French Quarter in New Orleans. Upon returning to the New England area, her band The Fashion performed for several Chrysalis and Arista recording company showcases at The Channel nightclub in Boston. She most notably opened for Pat Benatar, Robin Lane and The Chartbusters and Aerosmith. Jeanne also recorded an EP with a band called English while playing full-time in southern New England with the popular band Fallen Angel, which was the only group in the area at that time with three female musicians/vocalists. She is currently playing in the local area with a duo called A Pair of Jeans.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.

Reviews

You have formed a family.

The bonds formed between the kids, the parents and the many spawned bands should make School of Rock very proud. I have never experienced anything like this in any youth organization. You have recruited the best and most talented array of artists I've ever witnessed.

Life began when we walked in!

The strength of School of Rock Seekonk comes from the quality of its instructors. These folks are well-trained, working musicians who provide expert, practical lessons. More importantly, they are nice people who are a pleasure to work with.

World-Class Instructors!

The instructors are the real heart and soul of the place. In addition to their musical acumen, they care enough to take the time to teach the students critical life lessons like teamwork, patience, perseverance and respect for others and oneself to name a few.

School of Rock helped my daughter grow.

I have seen my daughter grow to appreciate music so much so that she plays three different instruments. Since attending the school for a little over 2 1/2 years, she has been more outgoing! She also has improved in school thanks to School of Rock!

School of Rock is a wonderful place!

They do a great job teaching all aspects of music to young and old alike. My son and niece love going there. They are very supportive and encouraging.

It has been a great experience for my grandson.

My grandson looks forward to his personal lessons and the band practice each week. It has also contributed heavily to his self-confidence and helped him to build self-esteem. In addition, it has significantly increased his music appreciation.

I love the Adult Program.

Playing in the Adult Program band is a great experience and a wonderful way to learn. Plus I have made some great friends.

What a great program.

It's a lot of fun learning to play music and meeting new friends. The instruction is awesome.

We love the teachers.

They’re fun. You learn a variety of songs. My son gets the experience of playing in a band. The instructors are phenomenal.

Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

You have a great program to help kids grow and hone their artistic talents. I see young people spending hours there and making lifelong friends with something they have in common and encouraging each other. Nice work!

My daughter loves School of Rock!

My daughter has loved her first two months at School of Rock. She likes her instructor and enjoys learning different techniques with music she enjoys and wants to learn. The band rehearsals have been a great way for her to find her voice.

Everyone at School of Rock is awesome.

It's a great way to get off the couch and learn how to play in a band without being intimidated. Everyone there is awesome. The private lessons keep me on track, the instruction is fantastic and band practice is so much fun. I've improved my playing tremendously since I started.

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