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School of Rock St. Paul
244 Cleveland Ave S
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-1917
Hours
  • Monday: 1 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 2 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock St. Paul combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock St. Paul, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music 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
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

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

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

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

Songwriting
Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock St. Paul, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in St. Paul is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock St. Paul who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 10-18

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

Music Lessons in St. Paul

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock St. Paul, 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 St. Paul is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other St. Paul guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

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've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock St. Paul offers advanced guitar lessons that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our St. Paul guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

 

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock St. Paul's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs 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. This program gets students performing onstage at a local St. Paul venue.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock St. Paul 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 St. Paul we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in St. Paul, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

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

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in St. Paul. Unlike other St. Paul drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock St. Paul 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 St. Paul, 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock St. Paul, our singing lessons 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 St. Paul.
 

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock St. Paul teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. 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, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock St. Paul 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 St. Paul 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach St. Paul 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 St. Paul, 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.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

About Our Bass Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock St. Paul’s innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

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 St. Paul. 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 St. Paul, 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 St. Paul area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock St. Paul, our keyboard lessons 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 St. Paul 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.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

About Our Keyboard Lessons

The School of Rock St. Paul's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Students in the St. Paul 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 Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock St. Paul’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.

Adam Azra'el General Manager

Adam Azra’el is a performer, recording artist, engineer, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in the Twin Cities. His musical resumé includes nearly every genre of music and a long list of partnerships with various artists from a wide range of backgrounds. He is a founding member of the Irish rock outfit St. George’s Folly, as well as an occasional sit-in member of a number of cover and tribute bands. Adam is our General Manager at School of Rock St. Paul. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in both individual and group settings (including seven years with School of Rock), and holds degrees in Performance, Music Production and Recording Technology from McNally Smith College of Music.

Benny Cole Music Director

Benny Cole is a musician, songwriter, film composer and audio engineer, as well as a former School of Rock student. In 2016, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory/Composition from McNally Smith College of Music with a minor in Audio Production. Over the years he has spent his time writing/recording records and touring in various bands. He has had the opportunity to open for major acts such as Halestorm, Autograph, FireHouse, Saliva and members of Ozzy. His music has been played regularly on 93X and local college stations. He is a very active, well-connected member of the Minnesota music scene, playing shows weekly with a large number of original and cover bands. Benny is our Music Director at School of Rock St. Paul. He has 10 years of teaching experience, and two years of School of Rock experience.

Tony Bierstedt Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

A South Dakota native with a great beard and a big heart, Tony Bierstedt’s mastery of the percussive arts is matched only by his hard-won expertise on the electric didgeridoo, which he’s practiced each day from the age of four. Tony holds a Master's degree from McNally Smith College of Music. He is a drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock St. Paul.

Anthony Staten Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Anthony Staten is a multi-instrumentalist who narrowly escaped from Ohio to make a new home in the Twin Cities. His time at McNally Smith College of Music left him with a song in his heart and a lot of skills in his head, which are now used for good at School of Rock St. Paul in his positions as a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher.

Dan Knoflicek Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Dan Knoflicek can be seen performing in theaters and casinos, playing guitar, bass, and keys with Beatles tribute band A Hard Day’s Night, and being the bassist for indie rock band Pelicant. Dan is a former member of the R&B/funk ensemble Solacious, which released two full albums, became the Thursday night house band at Bunker’s Bar and Grill and performed at the main stage of the Pride Festival in 2011. In 2012 Dan graduated from McNally Smith College of Music, earning an AAS in Bass Performance and a BA in Music Composition. Originally from the plains of South Dakota, Dan now calls the Twin Cities home. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock St. Paul.

Kean Wilwerding Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher and Drum Teacher

Born and raised in MN (with a little Canadian flair), Kean Wilwerding spends most of his time around the local music scene, performing at various venues all around the state. Starting his musical education early at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, as well as being a former School of Rock student, Kean specializes in music theory and performance. Utilizing his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, he teaches guitar, bass, and drums from beginner to advanced levels.

Trevor Devine Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Trevor DeVine is a musician, composer, songwriter, and mental health advocate. Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Trev also graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy for Opera and Theater, before moving to St. Paul, MN to attended McNally Smith College of Music for Music Composition in 2014. Since then, Trev is the front-person in the local indie band, The Immaculate Beings, City Pages Best New Band: Readers Choice 2020. Trev is a vocal, guitar, piano, and beginner bass teacher at St. Paul School of Rock.

Elliot Douma Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher and Singing Teacher

Elliot Douma has trained in many styles of music, including rock, jazz, classical, and marching band. He has performed with numerous groups in smalltown venues, NFL stadiums, TV Brasil, and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. A recent graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA, Elliot holds a BA in music and K-12 music education. In addition to teaching at School of Rock, Elliot teaches high school band and rock band.

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