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School of Rock Strongsville
16888 Pearl Rd #4
Strongsville, OH 44136
(440) 572-7655

Location Specifics

We are located in the "Taste of Excellence" plaza by Michaud's Event Center and Shintos.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 12/24/2019: Closed
  • 12/25/2019: Closed
  • 12/31/2019: Closed
  • 01/01/2020: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Strongsville, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Strongsville'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 Strongsville 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 Strongsville are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Strongsville 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 11-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 9-18

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

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 21+

School of Rock Strongsville'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 Strongsville 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 Cleveland.

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 Strongsville 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 Cleveland.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 9-18

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Strongsville 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 Strongsville 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 Strongsville, 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 Strongsville 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 Strongsville, 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 Strongsville. 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 Strongsville, 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 Strongsville 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 Strongsville Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Strongsville 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 Northeast Ohio 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 Strongsville, 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 the Cleveland area, 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 Strongsville’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.

Donald Pelc Guitar Teacher

Donald Pelc was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the city of Seven Hills. Donald developed a love of music at an early age and began playing guitar around eight years old. A former School of Rock student himself, Donald sought out to be the best musician he could be and still does so today. After making it into the school's house band and touring with the national AllStars, Pelc realized he could have a future in music.

After high school, Donald chose to further his music education by attending Cleveland State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Guitar Performance. After joining the School of Rock staff, he quickly discovered his love of teaching and sharing his knowledge with other students. He is well-versed in the musical styles of rock, funk, blues, heavy metal and jazz. Donald plays guitar in various local bands and you can catch him playing around town any given weekend.

Ed Sotelo Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Though he played in a few bands during my college years, it wasn’t until the late 90s that Ed connected with Cleveland’s thriving punk rock scene. Ed's experience being around so many creative people taught him that rock music is an art, a craft and an essential part of his life. In the early 2000s, Ed connected with Cleveland rock band Cobra Verde. They toured, recorded a few albums and even found themselves on the soundtracks of "The O.C." and "True Blood."

Since then, Ed has played in a bunch of original bands. Currently he's busy with groups like The Jack Fords, Mike St. Jude and the Valentines, and Brazilian folk ensemble Chamba Music. Ed considers himself a student of musical history, and a big fan of music from around the globe, made by people from times and places very different from our own.

Chase Ockuly Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Chase fell in love with music at a very early age. His parents would play him the music of The Beatles, The Eagles and CCR. He picked up the guitar at age 12 and hasn't put it down since. Chase was very active in middle school and high school, playing guitar in various school bands. He eventually started playing in restaurants and bars his junior year of high school. Since then, Chase has been playing all over town in original, wedding, cover and pit bands, including a Disney musical at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Chase is very excited to be sharing his musical knowledge and experience with all the students at School of Rock.

Chris Buhoveckey General Manager

Chris started playing drums/percussion at the age of 11 and has not looked back since. He possesses a love for teaching, and even taught in public schools for several years. Never turning down the opportunity to learn something new, Chris has studied under local greats such as Jeff Babinski (Maura Rogers and The Bellows) and Andy Herrick (Chimaira). He has studied and performed many different styles/genres of music, such as rock, metal, country, hip-hop, rap, jazz and more. Chris currently plays with local cover band Pop Fiction. He encourages you to take a chance and try something new because you never know what will happen.

Tommy Rich Music Director

He is a veteran percussive engineer of the Cleveland music scene, working with American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen and more local and national bands. He'd been doing some music directing and house band gigs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when, in order to get him out of their collective hair, they pointed Tommy towards the new School of Rock franchise about to open, and that was that.

Josh Sparks Drum Teacher

Josh started playing at age eight, hitting boxes along to Smashing Pumpkins records. In high school he got involved in concert band, jazz band and marching band. Somewhere in there Josh started hanging out with a few older kids in the next town over. They let him join their band and took him to punk shows. Since then, he has been lucky enough to play in some really great bands, including Minus The Bear, Into it. Over it., Tancred, Former Thieves and Damiera. Josh has also gotten to make records and record with some really great producers and engineers, including Jayson Dezuzio (Imagine Dragons, Coheed and Cambria), Chris Common (Mastadon, The Sword), Brain Deck (Modest Mouse, Counting Crows) and John Vanderslice (Death Cab for Cutie, The Mountain Goats) to name a few. Whether on tour, in a studio or teaching drums, his musical journey is never ending.

Quinn Hyland Singing Teacher

It was in kindergarten when Quinn found a desire to express herself through performing arts. Throughout grade school she toyed with the idea of acting, and in second grade she told her teacher she wanted to be a singing waitress. It wasn’t until fifth grade that she believed that she could sing, so she joined choir and tried out for the school musical. In the sixth grade she joined the school 80s show and started taking vocal lessons at School of Rock Rocky River. Soon after she started up bass, then guitar, and was playing for The Committed (called The Headliners at the time). She was a two-time School of Rock AllStar, and in her senior year of high school she started writing music and joined the Tri-C High School Rock Off with a band called Funky Mcmunky.
Quinn enrolled in Columbia College Chicago for two years, where she took vocal technique, performance and theory classes. Here at School of Rock, Quinn is a director for the main program, Rock 101, and runs the Rock Rookies class in Strongsville. She teaches vocals, bass and beginner keyboard lessons. Currently, Quinn writes her own music and is the bass player for two original bands: Maura Rogers and the Bellows and Tim Moon. She also plays bass in a cover band called Pop Fiction with two other School of Rock staff members, Chris Buhoveckey and Alex Sorboro.

Tyler Hawes Drum Teacher

Tyler Hawes is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Akron, OH. As a drummer, he has been trained in many different styles and genres by industry professionals. Although drums are his main instrument, Tyler is often found playing guitar, bass and keys. He began drawing attention to his performance style during his time with the late Akron rock trio Elipsus, in which he was the vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter. Currently, he is the drummer for Bearhouse (an original jazz fusion group), Diamond Kites (an original pop rock band out of Akron) and Honeycreek (a dance/jam band putting a new twist on popular covers). Tyler's current main project is his role writing music and playing bass, keyboards (often simultaneously) and singing for experimental funk duo Wo Hop Madness. As a musician in general, Tyler draws influence from as many styles and genres as he can, favoring jazz, rock, fusion, classical, and traditional African and Afro-Cuban styles. Some of his favorite bands/artists include Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Dirty Projectors, Jaco Pastorius, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, Charlie Hunter, Eric Harland, Tony Williams and many more.

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Reviews

Thanks, School of Rock!

Everyone gets to play with the group, regardless of experience! It gives new players the chance to play in a band in front of a live audience.

School of Rock helped them live Out A Dream!

School of Rock programs really are amazing! The performance program is like living a dream, and the sense of accomplishment for my kids is tremendous!

What A Difference!

Before School of Rock, my son wanted to play the drums but didn't actually spend time practicing and was bored by his lessons. Now he loves to play the drums, is excited for his lessons and is able to pick out drum beats from songs that he hears.

Great Staff!

The staff is fantastic at making you feel welcome right from the first minute you walk through the door! They are professional musicians who are incredibly patient in their teaching!