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School of Rock White Plains
242 Central Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606
(914) 468-1100

Location Specifics

One block south of the Westchester Music Conservatory.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 6 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/28/2019: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock White Plains 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 White Plains, 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 White Plains, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

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

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

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

School of Rock White Plains'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 White Plains 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 White Plains.

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 White Plains 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 White Plains.

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 White Plains

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Joe Alfano Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Joe Alfano has been playing guitar for over two decades in various Westchester-based metal/rock/blues and cover bands. Joe also has been a music educator in NYC schools for 17+ years, where he shows his passion for all music to the next generation of musicians. Joe loves to play, write, produce and record all types of music. His favorite guitarists are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Slash, Page Hamilton, Diamond Darrell and Jimi Hendrix.

Sean Lippin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

Since the Fall of 2015, multi-instrumentalist Sean Lippin has been teaching students at School of Rock everything from guitar melodies and syncopated drum beats to how to passionately belt out their favorite songs and show tunes. At age 13, Sean was inspired to learn every rock instrument and write songs after taking lessons and listening to bands like Green Day and Blink-182. He then channeled his inspiration by pursuing his craft in various lessons and bands throughout high school and college.

A graduate of SUNY Oneonta’s Music Industry program, Sean has led several seasonal shows and summer camps at School of Rock, with a teaching prowess and insurmountable leadership skill set. He is capable of conquering the most difficult of challenges that may stand in a student’s way when it comes to show time.

Sean currently writes songs and performs with his band Nerd Salad, which has recently released their debut EP, “Your Father and I Aren’t Angry, We’re Just Disappointed.” You can catch Nerd Salad all over the NYC metro area, Rockland County and here in Westchester.

Jim Heffernan Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

The new Music Director for School of Rock White Plains, Jim Heffernan, has had a long career in music and music education. He began playing guitar and cello at the age of eight. Since then, his life has been split between writing music, recording, touring, producing and teaching. Starting in Syracuse, NY in the late 90s, Jim began his touring career with Spark Lights the Friction. Jim moved to New York City in 2003 and began working at the post-production house Face the Music while starting his own record label and studio in Brooklyn. Between touring with several bands, playing drums, guitar and bass for other projects in the city and on the road, Jim began pursuing licensing work for television and film and has licensed music to such clients as Clarins, Garden and Gun, Walmart, Popular Mechanics and most recently Marvel Studios. He started the audio production company Time to Operate Productions, and composed the music for the off-Broadway musical "Dorian." He also wrote the songs and sound design for the Madonna bio pic "Physical Attraction." While working as a freelance musician, Jim has always valued the importance of music education. He started the Music Matters Program in the Lower East Side of Manhattan teaching young people guitar, vocals, recording and song arrangement. He spent the last two years as the Program Director for the Noel Pointer Foundation, managing music classes in over 30 schools around New York City. Jim excels at individual lessons for guitar, bass and drums, and has a passion for directing, producing and arranging new music ensembles of all ages.

Brian Carter Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Brian Carter is a jazz/comp/theory music major from both SUNY New Paltz College and SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Fine Arts respectively. Carter has performed with Bernie Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Danny and Wilfredo Reyes, and Westchester luminaries Tony Cimerossi and Gil Parris. Brian is a dedicated educator and believes in the Thomas Edison adage, "Talent is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” His commitment to education can be summed up in his own philosophy: cultivate the talents in every child and they will shine. Carter has created the Kids for Drums after school program, which allows young drummers to learn technical rudimental techniques at a young age. This successful program has been run in Westchester elementary schools like Central School in Larchmont, Mamaroneck Ave. School, Chatsworth Ave. School, Ward School, Trinity School and The Groove Academy. Through all these endeavors, businesses and community activities, Brian has become a fixture in lower Westchester.

Peter Rubin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Peter is a local musician, engineer and educator. He started playing music at a young age and picked up various instruments along the way before studying at the Berklee College of Music. He now lives in White Plains and plays regularly with his own group, Mood FM, as well as various other performing acts. Peter really enjoys the opportunity to share what he has learned through teaching. He believes the School of Rock approach is a great way to learn music because his own love of music was fostered by the ability to learn the songs he liked and trying to play them in a group setting.

Quinn Meehan Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Quinn Meehan is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer from New Haven, CT. They played guitar, bass, mandolin, keys, percussion, musical saw, penny whistle and just about any other instrument you can think of in a multitude of bands, ranging in genre from folk punk rock to celtic folk metal and everything in between. Quinn’s experience in the music industry began when she was 14, and since then Quinn has performed at venues including Club Passim, College Street Music Hall, The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival and The Bitter End. Quinn been sharing their passion for music by serving as an assistant music teacher in elementary schools and teaching private lessons since 10th grade. Quinn will be graduating from SUNY Purchase with a B.M in Studio Composition next year as a second-year student. Quinn is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock White Plains.

Michael O'Rourke Drum Teacher

Michael O'Rourke started playing the drums in the fourth grade. He joined the school band and orchestra, and then soon started taking private lessons. He played the drums throughout the rest of elementary, middle and high school, participating in NYSSMA and marching band as well. Michael has 10 years of experience with teaching and instructing drums, and even a little on bass and guitar. He's taught in various music stores and participated in many workshops that instruct in an interactive way. He often tries to bring his guitar or bass playing into the lessons so as to give a full musical experience to his students.

Currently Mike is playing with two original bands. The first is called Soundswell. They are a jam-band based in Long Island and NYC. The other is called Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band. They are a music for children group that plays in the same area. The shows are interactive and fun for the whole family and often take on a theatrical component.

Toni Campbell Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Toni Campbell is a music educator who began cultivating her gift at the ripe age of three. As a multi-instrumentalist, her musical influences range from Aretha Franklin to Pat Matheny. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Toni has shared the stage with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Clark Sisters and more. The fundamental philosophy of docendo discimus, or ‘by teaching, we learn,’ is the driving energy of Toni’s teaching style. Coupled with technical teaching methods and high energy, students learn about music in a fun and inviting way, unlocking their unique musical perspectives. She is a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock White Plains.

Phil Anthony Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Phil Anthony has performed and recorded with various reputable artists as a bassist, music director, producer and/or composer. Phil has completed tours and recordings with various artists nationally and internationally, and has experience teaching various musical concepts and instruments, including bass, piano, guitar and musicianship. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock White Plains.

Greg Hunter Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Greg Hunter is a musician studying Classical Bass and Composition at Purchase Conservatory of Music. He has been playing and singing in rock bands since middle school and possesses a firm grasp of all typical rock instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys and voice. Greg also has a passion for music education, as he believes others deserve the chance to learn about music so that it might affect them as positively as it affected him. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock White Plains.

Jorge Hernandez-Rodriguez Drum Teacher

Jorge Hernandez-Rodriguez started playing drums in middle school. His earliest memories of music include great experiences in a similar School of Rock program in Miami, Florida. By participating in school/music shows a band was formed called Dead City Crown. Jorge has been the drummer of DCC for five years and has gone on multiple tours throughout most of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Boston, Virginia, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Montreal, Canada.

Jorge’s college education focused in fine arts and music at colleges like Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, University of Miami Frost School of Music and BCC in Bergen, NJ. Jorge has 15 years of experience taking drum lessons, teaching and instructing drums, and even a little on bass and piano. His teaching experience includes providing drum lessons to beginners and intermediate students of all ages, abilities and challenges. Jorge has also volunteered in various organizations to bring music around the world to places like Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Lourdes, France. He strives to ensure his students enjoy and benefit from the great world of drumming and music overall. With all his students Jorge works hard to cultivate an environment that stimulates increasing and ongoing music appreciation. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock White Plains.

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Reviews

What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!