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School of Rock Watertown
120 Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-3434

Location Specifics

Across the street from the Filippello playground.

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Hours
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 5-8

At School of Rock Watertown, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 to 8-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 Watertown, 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 Watertown'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 Watertown 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 Watertown are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Watertown 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 11-17

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

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

School of Rock Watertown'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 Watertown 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 Watertown.

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 Watertown 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 Watertown.

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

The School of Rock Watertown House Band music program gives students ages 12-18 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 Watertown's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MA 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 Watertown and the rest of MA. 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 Watertown

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown. 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown 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 Watertown Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown’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.

Douglas Appleman Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Douglas Appleman started playing piano and singing when he was a young child, and picked up the guitar when he entered high school. He began doing camps at School of Rock when he was 12, and has always been involved in some way with the school since then. While in high school, Douglas played in a jazz ensemble and took part in the School of Rock Watertown Performance Program. He then studied music as a Jazz Piano minor at UMass Amherst. Douglas currently plays in a band with fellow School of Rock alumnus and co-worker Jacob Seigel Zeserson, and some of his hobbies include listening to music, writing music and thinking about music.

Justin Hancock Guitar Teacher

Justin Hancock grew up in the South Shore region of Massachusetts and played the saxophone for about eight years before realizing that the guitar was his main instrument. His parents raised him on artists like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, which instilled a passion for music in him at a very young age. After high school, Justin attended Westfield State University as a Music major for one year before transferring to Berklee College of Music in 2006.

During his time at Berklee, Justin formed a funk band with some friends and fellow students called The Actual Proof. TAP were fortunate enough to share the stage with world-renowned drummer Stanton Moore, record with Timo Shanko (current bassist of G. Love Special Sauce), tour the West Coast in the summer of 2007 and play the very first concert held at Berklee's Red Room at Cafe 939, which was featured on an episode of the popular New England television show "Chronicle." After graduating from Berklee in 2009, Justin began playing guitar with singer/songwriter Ann Driscoll, and also formed an original rock band called Ok Captain. As Ann's guitarist, he had the opportunity to perform at the 2010 SXSW festival in Austin, TX, and at Live! Music Festival in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to teaching guitar at School of Rock Watertown, he is currently the guitarist and songwriter for the popular Boston-based band Hayley Jane and the Primates. The Primates released their first album, "Color Me," in May 2012, and continue to tour the Northeast and beyond.

David Benites Vocal Instructor

David Benites is a Massachusetts native who has always had a passion for both music and voice. He has been singing his whole life, along with 13 years of classical and jazz training in voice and trombone. After graduating high school with choir, musical theater and solo performance experience he attended Berklee College of Music. David also has sang for many of his own musical groups in rock and metal. He has toured the country performing, and with his own group, Buried Electric, has opened for Rob Zombie, Mastadon, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Head, Behemoth, Children of Bodem, Amon Amarth, Motionless in White, Attila, In This Moment, Norma Jean, Stick To Your Guns, Whitechapel and many more. Through teaching as a vocal instructor at School of Rock Watertown, David’s goal is to show his students the power of their own voice, to expand their abilities and to surpass goals that they thought were unattainable. With a focus on the human body and avoiding injury, he hopes to show his students the healthiest way to have their voice be heard over a band, over crowds and for generations to come.

Davidson Weston Studio Coordinator

A native of Atlanta, GA, Davidson Weston has been performing and writing music since his early pre-teen years. In high school, he began giving private instruction to the younger kids of his neighborhood, which led him all the way to the Berklee College of Music in 2010. At Berklee he majored in Songwriting while taking additional courses in arranging and production. Currently he’s involved in several projects, including Boston fuzz rock band Leaner and the group Billy Baldwin.

Joe Pessia Music Director, Guitar Teacher

Hailing from Boston, MA, Joe Pessia started playing guitar in his early teens after being inspired by The Beatles, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Queen. Playing in bands throughout high school led him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated with a degree in Professional Music. As a member of the bands Dramagods, Tantric and Hurtsmile, Joe has toured the US, Europe, Asia, India and Australia and performed on national television programs like "The Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Joe has shared stages with the likes of Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Mike Mangini of Dream Theater, George Lynch of Dokken, Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Warren DeMartini of Ratt, and has opened for artists such as Alice in Chains, Sammy Hagar, Bret Michaels, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, YES and Judas Priest. Joe has also collaborated on various albums as a guitarist, bassist, co-writer, co-producer and engineer. His music has been used by ESPN, the NHL, the MLB and on the video game "MLB-2K10." Joe is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Watertown.

Mike Woods Guitar Teacher

Although most notably known as the lead guitarist for the band Damone, Mike Woods was also the primary songwriter and co-producer on their critically acclaimed and commercially successful album, "Out Here All Night," as well as the follow-up record, "Roll the Dice." He has shared stages and recording studios with a large variety of successful artists, such as Andrew W.K., Candlebox, The All-American Rejects, and Juliet Simms to name a few. He has had his music featured in movies, television and video games. He is currently a guitar teacher at School of Rock Watertown.

Sebastian Kossak Drum Teacher

Sebastian Kossak started playing drums while working on his bachelor’s degree at Manchester University in the UK. Inspired by the music of The Stranglers, Flamin' Groovies and Eddie and the Hotrods, Sebastian relocated to Boston in the early 1980s and started playing with new wave bands at venues like The Rathskeller in Kenmore Square, Cantones and CBGBs in New York. Sebastian has worked with many Boston classic rock bands, blues bands and original artists, like Mike Nolan, Paul McQuaid and Conrad Warre. Sebastian has a love affair with the blues and jazz and works with his drum students as a drum teacher at School of Rock Watertown to gain an appreciation for and fluency in music forms such as Afro-Cuban, Latin, reggae and rock.

Chris Narainen Drum Teacher

Chris Narainen is from Mauritius, a little tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Self-taught since age 11, he played regularly in many rock/metal/fusion/prog rock bands growing up, and recorded numerous EPs. He simultaneously managed to go to college for Management and Finance, and as a result ended up transferring from the University of Mauritius to UMass Boston. Chris has played with numerous musical projects in Boston, including Blue Boy Productions, Veneer, Misty Blue Jazz, Rack 'Em Let's Go, The Thunder Squad, The MadMauritian and Jazz First.

Chris has a hands-on approach to teaching and enjoys preparing students for performance. Having been with School of Rock Watertown since the summer of 2013 as a drum teacher, Chris looks forward to strengthening and building the new era of modern drummers.

Silvia Beier Rookies Director

Silvia Beier’s background is in literature (she holds a PhD in German Literature and Languages from Columbia University in New York City), art (she initiated and co-owns The Corner Art Room in Brighton, MA) and music (after training as a classical violist, she is now learning electric guitar). She loves building and being part of creative communities and learning from and teaching people of all ages, most recently as director of the Rookies group at School of Rock Watertown.

Matt Sullivan Guitar Teacher

Matt Sullivan started playing guitar at the age of 12, and after high school he attended Musicians Institute, a private college of contemporary music in Los Angeles. He's had the pleasure of studying with instructors like Danny Gill, Scott Henderson and Joe Diorio, and has attended seminars with Joe Diorio, Al DiMeola and Steve Vai. Since graduating, he's taught music in Massachusetts for 21 years. He's done session work, international touring and plenty of local gigs, including the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Watertown.

Richa Saran Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Richa Saran is a singer, pianist and guitar player hailing from Michigan and is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. In addition to teaching guitar, piano and vocals at School of Rock Watertown, Richa is the lead singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist of a local alt/punk rock band named Why Try? that regularly gigs around Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. Despite starting out as a classical Indian vocalist, Richa's current musical inspirations and styles come from punk, metal, classic rock and even musical theatre. In upcoming news, Richa's band Why Try? will be recording a full-length album.

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Reviews

The programs are amazing!

The teachers are wonderful, with real world experience, and the kids are terrific. What's not to love? If you have a child who likes rock music and is interested in gaining some experience performing, send them to School of Rock!

School of Rock is amazing.

The individual lessons and the show programs emphasize practical musical and technical skills. This is very valuable because it prepares students (and graduates) to easily fit in and contribute to a band or larger group.

I love the culture of School of Rock!

The group is extremely welcoming and supportive. The staff are extremely kind, fun and totally nonjudgmental. It is one of the highlights of my week.

I'm amazed at how much they learn!

At School of Rock, everyone fits in regardless of talent level or age and then they learn to rock together. It is great for confidence, teamwork and skill improvement!

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