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School of Rock Springfield
1658 E Sunshine St
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 887-7625

Location Specifics

On Sunshine just west of Glenstone, across from Bach Medical Supply.

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  • Monday: 3:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 3:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 3:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Springfield, our students can take virtual, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. Our Remote Program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock Remote is no exception. Guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, singing lessons and bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote program.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock Springfield our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play. We invite parents to participate in the last class of the month.

What To Expect
  • 1 weekly group class

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Springfield, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-9

At School of Rock Springfield, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 9-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 Class

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 Springfield, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. 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 8-10

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Springfield'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 Springfield have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • Weekly group class and optional weekly private lesson
  • in-class performances at end of session

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Springfield are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Springfield 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 10-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
Ages 9-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Springfield 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 Springfield Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Springfield music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Springfield'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 Springfield music venue.

Adult music program for students over 21
Adult Program
Ages 21+

School of Rock Springfield's Adult Program is for students over 21 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 Springfield 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 Springfield.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly 90-minute 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 Springfield 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 Springfield.

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

The School of Rock Springfield 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 Springfield's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MO rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

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 Springfield and the rest of MO. 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
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

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.

Music Lessons in Springfield

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

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 Springfield, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield, 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 Springfield 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

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Springfield, 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 Springfield.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield, 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
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Springfield 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 Springfield, 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 Springfield. 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 Springfield, 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 Springfield 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 Springfield Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Springfield 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 Springfield music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Springfield, 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 Springfield, 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 Springfield’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.

Greg Frazier Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Greg Frazier has been playing music professionally for almost 40 years. His infectious smile and sense of humor makes him a favorite among both young and older students alike. He has a varied career as a singer, guitar player, utility player and audio engineer. He is one of the few "white glove" audio engineers around and has worked with many a great musician as a performer and engineer. His tribute band experience includes bands such as Billion Dollar Babies (an Alice Cooper tribute) and Fair Warning (a David Lee Roth/Van Halen tribute). Greg’s other musical ventures include The Dropouts, an internationally touring band, The Osmond Brothers Band, and his most recent project, featuring Tara Lynn and her band Violet. Alongside his musical experience, Greg continues to work as an audio engineer for several local venues. He is a guitar teacher, a bass guitar teacher and a vocal instructor at School of Rock Springfield.

Chris Blades Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Chris Blades has been a guitar teacher, bass teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Springfield for over five years. He’s a lifelong musician with nearly 20 years of teaching experience and is active in the Springfield music scene. He is an experienced touring musician. He has experience studying, playing and performing violin, viola, cello and piano, in addition to the instruments he teaches at School of Rock. Chris is interested in a variety of music genres and specializes in metal, rock, blues and jazz. He has written/recorded/performed with his own original metal band, Transylvania, for six years.

Jay Stevens Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Jay Stevens was born being into rock music in Santa Monica, California. His dad was one of the first guys making music videos for MTV, and from a very early age Jay lived in the world of being around artists, going to concerts and living behind the scenes in the music business. Jay played in several Hollywood bands until he got an offer to sing in Hawaii four nights a week. This idea sounded great so he went to Hawaii and started a family. Jay later moved to New Orleans to be a part of rock radio and sang on Bourbon Street several nights a week. He spent the last 10 years in LA performing his one-man comedy rock show and singing for various tribute acts across the country and on cruise ships such as Roger Daltrey and Jon Bon Jovi. Jay moved to Springfield in 2012, has three daughters and currently performs as lead singer in the band Machine Gun Symphony. He is a rock radio DJ on 104.7 The Cave. He is a guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Springfield.

Jennifer Jester Owner, Vocal Instructor

Jennifer Jester is a musician, entrepreneur and educator. She is the owner/General Manager of School of Rock Springfield. Dr. Jester holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Euphonium Performance from UCLA, a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a B.S. in Music Performance from Arizona State University, a Music Business Certificate Program from the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, and a music therapy degree from Drury. She is a board certified music therapist in private practice, as well as at School of Rock. Jennifer has a background performing around the world in low brass (trombone, euphonium, tuba), and as a vocalist and percussionist. As a professional musician Dr. Jester has traveled around the United States performing with the River City Brass Band, in various solo performances and to China with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Past projects have included compositions for euphonium, trombone and bass trumpet, and includes her one woman show called The Last Tango. Currently she is working on a project of Latin and bossa nova music as a vocalist and horn player. She is also a vocal instructor at School of Rock Springfield.

Kim Painter Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Kim Painter has been playing bass guitar since the age of 13 and singing long before that. She graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance from Missouri State University in 2010, where she sang with the concert chorale. Since graduation she has been playing music in the community with various bands. Her most recent project is playing bass and singing in a rocking power trio called Salt. She enjoys being a bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor almost as much as performing and has been with School of Rock Springfield since 2016. School of Rock is her dream job because it allows her to teach, perform and work with people all at once.

Steve Foreman Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Steve Foreman earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. During his time at MSSU, he specialized in vocal music, leaving the university a classically trained baritone. Steve also holds a Master of Music Education degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He also holds a Master in Public School Administration from the California State University – Northridge. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Stephen began a 20-year vocal music teaching career in public schools. His most recent position was teaching vocal music for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has also served as a vocal soloist, ensemble member and director of choirs for several churches of various faiths throughout his career. Steve is also an accomplished pianist and arranger, and performed in many different venues over the past 25 years. Steve’s passion has been teaching, training and mentoring students, allowing them to reach their vocal potential and learn skills needed to achieve their goals. He is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Springfield.

Susi Meredith Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Since age 14, Susi Meredith has been performing professionally. She started out playing guitar and singing her original songs in '60's folk-rock clubs throughout Southern California. These venues included The Troubadour in Los Angeles, The Ice House in Pasadena, The Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, The Bitter End in Hollywood, The Whisky A Go Go and many others. Throughout her teens and early 20s, Susi was the opening act for headliners such as Seals and Crofts, blues artist Albert King, Hoyt Axton, Loggins and Messina and guitar legend Bo Diddley. Besides being a guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Springfield, she works part-time as a vocal arranger and background vocalist for local recording studios and performs as a solo artist at venues around the Ozarks. She has made her home in S.W. Missouri since 1999.

Tim Snider Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Tim Snider has played and taught music for over 55 years. Starting when he was 10 years old, he has enjoyed playing music for many occasions. Tim has a love for people and loves sharing his knowledge of music to others through the learning experience here at School of Rock Springfield. Tim is finishing his bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at Drury University. Over his musical performing and educational career he has played in many bands and ensembles. Studies include finger style guitar, rock guitar, jazz guitar, country guitar, classical guitar, bass, folk instruments, percussion, violin, classical and pop piano, vocal and music composition. Tim currently plays guitar, mandolin and bass for the Irish band Keltic Knot, bass for the Drury University Jazz ensemble and various instruments for the Kingsway praise band. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Springfield.

Mitch Keirsey Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drum Teacher

Mitch Keirsey has a lifelong history as a performer in several area shows. Mitch has worked with the Hee Haw Show as pianist, guitarist and musical director. He went on to play a variety of gigs and music, touring with artist such as Bo Didley, Chubby Checker, Ray Price and Roy Clark to name a few. He toured the U.S. and Europe with the reunion of Bill Haley's Original Comets as lead singer/guitarist. He has owned and operated a recording studio for many years and produced many national and international releases, including albums for Merrill Osmond and Warner Curb Records. He spent a lot of time in Nashville doing songwriting and is a published ASCAP songwriter, having songs with Warner Brothers and other publishing companies. He has performed on television shows such as "60 Minutes," "Good Morning America," "Regis and Kathy Lee," "Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon," PBS Television, RFD TV and The Grand Old Opry. He currently tours with "America's Got Talent" champions The Texas Tenors. He looks forward to sharing what he has learned about all aspects of music with his students who range in ages from six to 70. Having made his living playing music all of his life, he strives to be a consummate professional in all of his musical endeavors. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Springfield.

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My daughter's excited to Learn Music!

She comes out from her lessons very enthusiastic about everything School of Rock teaches her.


A perfect balance between fun and serious.

Teachers are patient and willing to work with each unique child. It's a very informative and educational experience but somehow you keep it fun. Thank you.


The Friendships here Changed My Daughter's Life.

The connections that are forged through learning music in this very unique way make all the difference! It is a safe and fun environment for kids to hang out and learn music. They work hard because it's done in a way they can relate to.


Children learn to work with others.

I love that they teach in a group setting so the children can learn what it's like to collaborate with other people.