School of Rock South Hills
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(412) 343-7625(412) 343-7625

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About School of Rock South Hills

Welcome to your one-and-only stop for seriously fun, lasting music education – School of Rock South Hills. With passionate instructors, an impressive selection of instruments, and killer program offerings, School of Rock South Hills equips students with the tools they need to rock their worlds.

Music is about way more than solo acts. School of Rock South Hills is as focused on community, teamwork, and friendships as it is on inspiring awesome music. Through our performance-based approach, we foster an inclusive community of rockers in South Hills to build a unique type of confidence only gained through cool, real life experiences. Whether we’re in serious shredding-mode or just jamming along with the band, our team spurs the growth of real, practical skills for music-minded students.

At School of Rock South Hills, we believe everyone deserves to have fun and feel like a rock star. Visit us and get a feel for the awesome opportunities your child has waiting just around the corner.

Contact Information

School of Rock South Hills
4100 Library Road
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
US
Main Number
(412) 343-7625(412) 343-7625

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Thursday1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock South Hills, 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.

    South Hills 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 South Hills’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!

  • School of Rock South Hills’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock South Hills, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in South Hills’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock South Hills’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 South Hills’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 South Hills 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 South Hills, 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 South Hills’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 South Hills’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 South Hills 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 South Hills’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 South Hills, 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 South Hills 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 South Hills’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!

At School of Rock South Hills, 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.

South Hills 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 South Hills’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

  • July 23 - 27, 2018

    Green Day summer camp

    summer camp
    Our performance summer camp starts! Green Day Rocks!
  • September 14
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    South Side Works

    House Band show
    Our House Band will be playing outside on stage in the South Side! No Rain! No Rain!

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Staff

    • Photo of Brian Franzoni
      Brian Franzoni
      General Manager
      Brian was born and raised in Shippensburg, PA. He attended California University of PA to study graphic design and marketing. After graduation, Brian worked for AT&T until finding School of Rock. H...
      Brian was born and raised in Shippensburg, PA. He attended California University of PA to study graphic design and marketing. After graduation, Brian worked for AT&T until finding School of Rock. He has been with the school since May 2016. His goals for the school include: provide a safe space for kids to learn and practice music, provide a friendly/family environment for all to love, and ensuring fun is always happening. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his fiancee and cat, playing video games, and watching movies.
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      Dan Moore
      Music Director
      I started my musical career with 5 years of piano and keyboard lessons focusing mainly on classical music. After getting accepted into CAPA, changed gears to drums and percussion. My early days w...
      I started my musical career with 5 years of piano and keyboard lessons focusing mainly on classical music. After getting accepted into CAPA, changed gears to drums and percussion. My early days were spent learning everything I could from local jazz great Roger Humphries. Eventually made my way into the All City Orchestra playing a number of percussion instruments from snare drum to timpani. I spent most of my high school years in a cover band playing local events and parties. While in college, I joined my first all original band, Scapegrace and we played together for almost a decade. We recorded two albums and played all over the city and opened for national acts. We honed our skills at the famous punk club in Oakland, The Electric Bannana. After Scapegrace disbanded, I found joy in playing traditional Irish folk and our band played a couple local Irish Festivals. When our daughters came around, I put the sticks down for a bit. Once Olivia started at the school and I saw how she changed, it sparked something in me and I decided to start working on my chops again. I eventually accepted a position as a drum instructor, which lead into helping out with performance and now I’ve become the Music Director. I truly enjoy watching these great kids learning to play music and it’s something they can continue with all of their lives. The stage truly is the best teacher and I can’t wait to see them up on stage for every performance!!!
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      Quinn Lukas
      Guitar Instructor
      Quinn Lukas is a musician based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Lukas took a liking to music at a very early age. He started playing drums at the tender age of two and moved onto playing live at five years ...
      Quinn Lukas is a musician based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Lukas took a liking to music at a very early age. He started playing drums at the tender age of two and moved onto playing live at five years old. At the age of nine, Lukas picked up the guitar and hasn't put it down since.In a musical career that spans nearly two decades, Lukas has traveled the globe, opening for and touring with the likes of Black Sabbath with Dio, Twisted Sister, YT, Winger, Cinderella, Kamelot and more. For three years, Lukas toured North America as the lead guitarist for Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul DiAnno. Lukas is endorsed by Jackson guitars Seymour Duncan pickups Dean Markley strings, and is continually interviewed in print, radio TV world-wide.With a style described by the press as "a young Ritchie Blackmore," Lukas also draws inspiration from icons like Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen and Queensryche's Chris DeGarmo. He has, however, developed a style of his own, merging the best elements of neo-classical metal, modern rock as well as classic rock and southern blues.Lukas is currently the guitar player for Icarus Witch, aclassic, stylish, melodic hard rockband signed to Cleopatra Records. Lukastracked axes on the last three critically acclaimed Icarus Witch albums, with their latest album, RISE, charting at #12 on National CMJ Rock charts
    • Photo of Greg Richards
      Greg Richards
      Rock Rookies/Guitar Instructor
      Since 2003, Greg has been teaching music – first as an instructor for adult and youth guitar classes at Community College of Allegheny County while a student, then soon after as a private teacher...
      Since 2003, Greg has been teaching music – first as an instructor for adult and youth guitar classes at Community College of Allegheny County while a student, then soon after as a private teacher. He has been a member of Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO) since its inception in fall 2008, is co-founder of Midnight Vinyl Duet, and currently writes/records/performs with Midknight Rose. He uses electric and acoustic, 6-string and 12-string, and nylon string guitars, in addition to bass (fretted/fretless), mandolin, ukulele, and voice.

      Greg is a graduate of Duquesne University’s school of music, with a concentration in guitar and sound recording technology. There, he studied voice and sang in choir, and wrote arrangements for and performed with the Classical Guitar Ensemble and Electronic Chamber Group, while regularly recording recitals and ensemble concerts by faculty, students, and guest artists.

      Greg also holds an AS degree in Theatre. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Musical Composition from the Kennedy Center for his underscoring of a stage production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in which he also acted. As an audio engineer, he has run sound for live events including Rob Balducci, Dave Weiner, Laurence Juber (Wings), and Guitar Society of Fine Art (GSFA). He is currently at the helm recording a forthcoming album from Midknight Rose, and freelances as crew member for selected film and video projects.
      • Duquesne University
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      Christie McKernan
      Vocal instructor
      Christie is a student at Duquesne University, studying Music Therapy and Jazz Voice. She has been singing since the age of 3, and started piano lessons in Kindergarten. Christie was a member of the...
      Christie is a student at Duquesne University, studying Music Therapy and Jazz Voice. She has been singing since the age of 3, and started piano lessons in Kindergarten. Christie was a member of the chamber choir at Duquesne, and is now one of the featured vocalists for the Duquesne Jazz Ensemble. She enjoys performing many styles of music, including choral, jazz, and alternative rock. She also enjoys writing songs in a singer/songwriter style.
      • Duquesne University
      • Vocal instruction
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      Clarence Grant II
      Drum Instructor
      Clarence Grant II has been playing drums since he was 5. His father is a Music Pastor at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, and Clarence was raised in a musician’s home. By 15, he was the regular dru...
      Clarence Grant II has been playing drums since he was 5. His father is a Music Pastor at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, and Clarence was raised in a musician’s home. By 15, he was the regular drummer for his father’s church. His professional drumming career began at age 17, and since then he has toured the country with multiple gospel, rock, country, and jazz artists. He began teaching lessons at 20, and has experience working with a wide range of children and adults, with varying abilities and musical interests. Clarence currently performs regionally with rock band Chrome Moses, and regularly works on studio projects in the greater Pittsburgh area.
    • Photo of Travis Butler
      Travis Butler
      Drum Instructor
      Travis grew up in Bethel Park, PA and began drumming during his time at Memorial Elementary School. He hasn’t stopped since, pursuing percussion and sound recording technology through his recent ...
      Travis grew up in Bethel Park, PA and began drumming during his time at Memorial Elementary School. He hasn’t stopped since, pursuing percussion and sound recording technology through his recent graduation from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. When he isn’t drumming, he enjoys composing, tossing frisbee, skiing, gaming, and much more. . You can see Travis playing around Pittsburgh with local acts Justin Fabus and Brahctopus.

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Testimonials

  • “We love SoR and are happy that we have discovered this location in Castle Shannon. My son, Luc, has been playing bass for almost 3 years, and while he is a good bassist for being 14, Mitch and Nick have been able to take him to the next level by teaching him new techniques as well as a multitude of ways to play smoother and correct the bad habits that he has developed over the years. The instructors are musicians themselves and their focus is to play music and to help their students reach their full potential with their chosen instrument. I would definitely recommend SoR to anyone who is looking to take their playing to the next level.”
    - Andrea P, parent, Castle Shannon, PA
  • “I love that my daughter has been accepted into a group of encouraging peers and staff that build her up with confidence and let her shine on the stage! The students and staff have become a close nit second family and going into lessons and performance band is something that is looked forward to all week. I still can't believe that my daughter has been on tour with the school of rock house band traveling to Chicago and playing the summer stage at the rock n roll hall of fame !!”
    - Lynsey T, Castle Shannon, PA
  • “SOR is the best thing for my child. She loves it and is completely self motivated. She has made a lot of really nice and good friends with the same interests. She has had the best experience. And opportunities that we never would have been able to find through other programs or activities. The instructors and staff are the best!”
    - Neely C, Parent, Castle Shannon, PA
  • “My sons are truly thriving under the instruction of Nick, Mitch, Quinn and the team at Castle Shannon. This opportunity is priceless. I am so pleased at the quality and professionalism they provide in the rock and roll context. Being an excellent musician requires dedication and hard work. The staff is always setting a great example for them and pushing them to be their best! This program is very important to our family and fills a huge need for challenge and creativity! Thank you School of Rock!”
    - Nina W, parent, Castle Shannon, PA