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School of Rock Annapolis
1460 Ritchie Highway
Suite 105-106
Arnold, MD 21012
(410) 349-1456

Location Specifics

Located in Arnold Station behind the McDonald's.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Annapolis'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 Annapolis 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 Arnold are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Annapolis 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 in Arnold
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Annapolis'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 Arnold music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Arnold
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Annapolis, 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

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 Annapolis, 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.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Annapolis, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Arnold is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Annapolis who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Annapolis, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

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

School of Rock Annapolis'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 Annapolis 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 Arnold.

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 Annapolis 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 Arnold.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Arnold
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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

Music Lessons in Annapolis

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Annapolis

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Annapolis, 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 Annapolis is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Annapolis 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 Annapolis' 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 Annapolis, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Annapolis 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Arnold

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Annapolis 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 Annapolis we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Arnold, 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 Annapolis, 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 Arnold. Unlike other Arnold 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 Annapolis, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Arnold 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 Arnold

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Annapolis 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 Annapolis, 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis, 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 Arnold.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Annapolis

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Annapolis 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis, 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis, 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 Annapolis

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Annapolis. 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 Annapolis, 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 Annapolis 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 Annapolis Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Annapolis 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 Atlanta music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Annapolis, 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 Annapolis, 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 Annapolis' 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.

General Manager
General Manager
Ed first picked up the guitar in 2007 and hasn't put it down since! Some of Ed's favorite bands are Van Halen, Opeth, Ghost, and Avenged Sevenfold. Ed has performed everything from Jazz to Heavy Metal. Throughout his career, he has mastered the usage of popular DAWs like Ableton, Logic, Reason, Pro Tools, and FL Studio. He also has DJing experience through Berklee. As for gear, Edward has experience with both hardware and software instruments and effects. Before pursuing a Music Production degree at Berklee College of Music, Edward studied Jazz guitar under Ian Wardenski. He received his associate's degree in Music Theory in 2015 from AACC and then received his bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in 2018.
Music Director Charlie
Music Director
Charlie started playing drums and percussion when he was 12. He recently graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts in jazz studies. He continues to perform as a pit musician and in several jazz groups throughout the DMV. Charlie is a band coach and teaches drum, guitar, bass, and piano lessons.
Studio Coordinator Amber
Studio Coordinator
Amber comes to School of Rock after 6 years as a proud Rocker Mom, a military spouse, and two years as a drummer. A mother of four, she found her passion for music from not only both her boys, but also her daughter as she helped explain online lessons during the COVID pandemic. She started in the performing arts as a dancer and graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts, so if you are looking for band choreography she’s your woman! Some of her favorite bands include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Foo Fighters, Queen, and Metallica. As a Studio Coordinator, she manages scheduling and the day-to-day operations of School of Rock Annapolis. She’s ready to get your family’s School of Rock adventure kicked off now!
Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher Ben
Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Ben came to School of Rock after a distinguished career with the US Navy Band and has been teaching Electric Bass, Voice, and Piano lessons with us since 2011. Ben is also the director of School of Rock Annapolis’ House Band as well as a show director.

As a performer, Ben has toured and done shows in over 30 countries. His service in the Navy Band culminated with him being both musical director and leading chief of the Navy’s premier rock band.

Currently, he is a singer and bassist in his jazz trio “Oreo.” He is also a session musician (both live and in the studio) with some of the region's top acts. When he’s not on the stage, Ben can be found behind the scenes providing sound reinforcement as an audio engineer.
Guitar Teacher Mike
Guitar Teacher
Mike started playing guitar professionally at the age of 17. "Music was such a strong, positive influence on me, learning guitar was a driving force in my life." During his early career, he toured with many different rock bands throughout the US and Canada until returning home to Annapolis where he continues to play with several bands at local venues. A seasoned professional, Mike brings a unique style of instruction to the School of Rock, where he specializes in guitar and bass instruction for both children and adults. His focus is on rock, blues, jazz, pop, and country music and music theory.
Guitar Teacher Bobby
Guitar Teacher
Bobby's music experience is both diverse and extensive. His first love was guitar, which he began to learn in 1992. Since then his interests have expanded to include electronic music production, which he studied at University of Maryland. During his 12 years as a Production Technician, Bobby learned the technical and logistical side of musical performance. He currently teaches guitar at School of Rock Annapolis.
Guitar Teacher Trent
Guitar Teacher
Trent has been playing guitar and bass since he was 7! Aerosmith inspired him to pick up the guitar, but other bands Trent digs include Incubus, Van Halen, and I Fight Dragons. Trent has played at multiple School of Rock shows when he was younger and is happy to now be teaching here. Currently he studies music technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and performs with his band, Audio Lounge.
Singing Teacher Hayley
Singing Teacher
Hayley has loved music for as long as she can remember. At age eight, she began singing and playing the piano and has not stopped ever since. She is currently studying Music at Anne Arundel Community College and further plans to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Some of her favorite artists include Taylor Swift, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and many more. When she isn’t teaching, in class, or on stage, she likes to spend her time reading a good book, writing music of her own, and spending time with her orange cat, Pete.
Singing Teacher Reagan
Singing Teacher
Reagan is a singing teacher at School of Rock. Reagan loves interacting with people of all kinds and creating a safe, productive, and very fun and inclusive environment for all students. Reagan's hobbies include writing songs, singing, and playing the guitar.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Patrick
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Pat started playing guitar and bass at age 7 after being inspired by bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. During high school, he was in the performing and visual arts program at Broadneck High School. This exposed him to many different areas of music. There he studied and performed everything from Classical and Flamenco to Jazz and Heavy Metal. Patrick teaches guitar, bass, and also directs rehearsals.
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Jake
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jake has been playing the drums ever since he was 4 years old and hasn’t stopped. He attended School of Rock Annapolis for 5 years and played in the House Band for 2 years. Jake was the drummer for Annapolis’ own “Wayward Locals” from 2015-2018. Along Jake’s music journey, he picked up the bass and guitar. Jake loves to play every genre of music, but specializes in Rock, Funk, and Jazz. His favorite bands are Queen, Green Day, Cage The Elephant, and The Beatles. Jake played in the Loyola Blakefield Jazz Combo Gold for 4 years in high school. When the group went to Berklee College of Music, he received the 2019 Berklee High School Jazz Festival Judge’s Choice Award. He also studied in the commercial music and jazz department at Coastal Carolina University under Jessie Willis. Jake's teaching technique is to teach players how to better themselves as musicians on and off the stage. Jake teaches drums, guitar, and bass lessons at the school.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher Tyler
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Tyler is a largely self-taught musician of many instruments and musical disciplines, who currently specializes in and teaches keyboard. He's carved a niche for himself within the Baltimore music scene b playing his two-tiered keyboard tower as well as his keytar in the most important way possible: making it look as cool onstage as the lead guitarist (and playing as fast as them too). Tyler's influences range from Jazz and Classical to Rock and Metal, to Electronic and Industrial, and even Video Game and Film soundtracks.

Outside of music, Tyler is also a multi-disciplined athlete that does everything from gymnastics to obstacle course races to fire spinning. He's a certified personal trainer through NASM and believes the goal of any teacher is to help their student realize their best possible self, and that they learn to love the process as they grow.
Bass Guitar Teacher Cory
Bass Guitar Teacher
Cory started playing bass and guitar at 14 years old and has carried a passion for music with him ever since. He attended Mt. St. Mary’s University and graduated in 2021 with a degree in Fine Arts: Music. He plans on teaching students not only the technique and theory they will need to thrive as musicians but also the importance of music as a liberal art, as it frees us to discover our true selves! Cory teaches bass lessons at School of Rock Annapolis.
Guitar Teacher Elijah
Guitar Teacher
Elijah is an alternative rock musician from the DMV. Elijah plays guitar, bass, drums, and keys, and he also sings. He loves the idea of inspiring aspiring musicians and helping them grasp all things music sufficiently. Improvisation is Elijah's strongest focus area. Elijah pushes students to be creative and let their intuition flow out!
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We love the Program!

I can without a doubt attest to what a great program this is. My son has not only grown as a musician, but truly loves performing and loves his band mates who are uber talented!

Fun for kids and parents!

My kids have been taking lessons, attending camp and performing in shows here for years. They have learned so much and the performances are a great confidence booster. It's fun for us parents too!

This program is magic!

School of Rock's been a wonderful experience for our son and family. All of the staff are warm and friendly, and open-minded and helpful too! Our son has quickly moved from keyboard to bass, and is interested in guitar and drums!

School of Rock has a positive vibe!

There's that feeling of 'I can do this' when you walk in the door. I think the instructors are great with young children. It's a fun atmosphere.