"School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence."
We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.
School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.
To date our students have played thousands of concerts, to more than 100,000 people, at such legendary venues as CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. We have also had the great fortune to be able to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.
Since the Portland school opened in 2006, our Portland students have played with such local bands as The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Malkmus (Pavement), Frank Black (Pixies), Red Fang, Blind Pilot, Portugal. The Man, Blitzen Trapper, The Portland Cello Project, and many, many more. Our students have played at stages around town such as the Crystal Ballroom, Wonder Ballroom, Hawthorne Theater, Satyricon, Berbati's Pan, and the Star Theater. Visit our Events page for more information about upcoming shows.