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School of Rock Sutherland
1/575 President Avenue
Sutherland, New South Wales 2232
(02) 8521 7535

Location Specifics

Next to Coles Supermarket.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 6 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Ages 5-9

At School of Rock Sutherland, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 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

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 Sutherland, 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 9-12

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Sutherland are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Sutherland who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 9 to 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Ages 10-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Sutherland'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 Sutherland music venue.

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

School of Rock Sutherland's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Sutherland 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 Sutherland.

What To Expect

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 Sutherland 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 Sutherland.

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

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

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 Sutherland

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Sutherland 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 Sutherland 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 Sutherland, 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 Sutherland 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 Sutherland, 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 Sutherland. 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 Sutherland, 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 Sutherland 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 Sutherland Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Sutherland 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 Sutherland music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Sutherland, 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 Sutherland, 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 Sutherland’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.

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Josh Lofberg Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Josh been a full time Music Teacher for the past seven years and is now bringing all of his previous experience to School of Rock Sutherland! Josh is currently the Music Director for seasonal shows as well as a one-on-one guitar and bass teacher. Josh has been playing guitar and bass for 15 years and playing professionally for about 10 years. Josh studied Music at university and has a full knowledge of music theory. Josh has a deep passion for all things classic rock and his knowledge is second to none!
Drum Teacher

Stef Billimoria Drum Teacher

Stef Billimoria is a professional drummer from Sydney, Australia and is the drummer for the Australian hard rock band, Lillye. He is currently in the studio preparing for an upcoming release with Lillye. With a progressive interest in drumming and drum tuition, Stef continues to study and teach alongside some of the world's leading drum teachers. He has attended many drum clinics and, in doing so, has met and learnt from some of the world's leading drummers. He is a drum teacher exclusively at School of Rock Sutherland. Armed with a solid reputation, coupled with a strong work ethic, Stef has become a well-known and in-demand live and studio drummer nationwide.

Jasmin Nunez Vocal Instructor

Jasmin is an exceptional vocalist and teacher who has been with School of Rock Sutherland since 2017, firstly as a student and now as a respected vocal instructor and piano teacher, as well as assistant show director. Jasmin’s love for music and singing started when she was just six years old singing opera, and now throughout the years she has increased her repertoire to include R&B, rock, blues and jazz. Jasmin’s sound has and will continuously evolve as she is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music. Jasmin’s love for singing and performing shows comes out through her passion for teaching.

Chris Smithson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in the Sutherland Shire, Chris’s love for music started with bass guitar at the young age of six, but he soon progressed to other instruments like drums, piano, guitar and vocals. Chris has played and toured extensively around not only Australia, but Europe as well. He's notched up several tours over his 10 years of playing with bands that include The Kava Kings, which he plays in with his brother Tom! Caravana Sun, Yeti Calzone, Lola Scott and Jackson Carroll. Chris draws his musical influences from musicians such as David Bowie, Tame Impala, Pond, The Gorillaz, Foals and Pond. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Sutherland.

Kelly Miller Drum Teacher

Kelly Miller is a young drummer and educator and has recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney. After playing the drums and percussion for 12 years, Kelly has built up experience in playing at various Sydney venues whilst also playing gigs outside of Sydney such as in Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Kelly plays all genres of music but specializes in rock, funk and jazz. Kelly is involved in various bands, including the wedding band Birthday Cake, Gabbi Bolt's Band From Bathurst and Holiday Sidewinder, who is currently on tour around the US and Australia. Some of these bands formed out of The Australian Institute of Music and have been gigging together for the past few years. Whilst being involved in these bands, Kelly also helps Australian Institute of Music students with their projects and session work. She is a drum teacher at School of Rock Sutherland.

Matt Ellis Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Matt Ellis is a professional musician, originally from Perth, with over 15 years of teaching experience. He has 25+ years of live performance and touring experience both nationally and internationally, with bands and duos of many different styles, including rock, metal, country, avant garde, experimental and acoustic. Matt is the guitarist in Sydney-based rock band Lillye, who were invited to entertain Australian and US troops in the Middle East in 2015 and released their debut album "Evolve" in 2018, which received rave reviews from media outlets across the globe. He is a multi award-winning songwriter and session guitarist with a high level of music theory and a guitar technique background. Matt has a passion for helping students find their own unique voice on their chosen instrument. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and show director at School of Rock Sutherland.

Marc Lenczycki Piano Teacher

Marc Lenczycki has been playing piano for over 30 years. From the early age of three, Marc displayed a unique talent for playing piano by ear. With his mother quickly encouraging his talents, she enrolled him in classical music lessons. At a later age, Marc was accepted in to the Conservatorium of Music for his high school education, where he further pursued his passion for classical music. With in-depth knowledge and interests in many different music genres, Marc has taught our students of all skill levels. His patient and nurturing teaching style has made him a highly sought after teacher. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Sutherland.

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Much more than standard instrument lessons.

It revolves around playing in a band with kids and this is a great learning experience. I am impressed that some of the really talented kids there pass on a lot of knowledge to the younger ones and happily perform with them.

Comradery from peers is awesome.

My son has grown into an inspired musician after only nine months. The professional instruction and care from the instructors and camaraderie from peers is awesome.

Their musicianship has skyrocketed.

Both our kids absolutely love every minute. Their musicianship has skyrocketed and they have made many friends, and so have we!