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School of Rock Baltimore
1270 E Joppa Rd
Suite 300
Towson, MD 21286
(410) 366-7625
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Sharpen your music skills at School of Rock Baltimore, located in the neighborhood of Hampden proudly serving the city of Baltimore and other surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Here, students are taught instruments like guitar, vocals, drums, piano, and more in a variety of different styles. With enough practice, students may even one day be able to play at notable venues like Ottobar, Recher Theater, Ramshead Live, Keystone Club, and Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Baltimore'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 Baltimore music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Baltimore
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Baltimore, 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Baltimore 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Baltimore'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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore.

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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore.

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

The School of Rock Baltimore 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 Baltimore'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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Baltimore

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Baltimore

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Baltimore 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Baltimore

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Baltimore 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Baltimore, 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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore’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.

Bass Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Show Director Brad Beavers

Brad Beavers Bass Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Show Director

Brad Beavers discovered his passion for creating music at a young age. This quickly led to writing, recording, and touring with bands such as The Painter and the Canvas, Haint Blue, and Medium Cheetah. To further his knowledge of the industry, he graduated with an Audio Engineering degree from Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts. He’s been lucky enough to work with groups like Train, Portugal, The man, and Titus Andronicus as both an Audio Technician and musician. During the pandemic, Brad realized he wanted to get back to what he loves the most and is now proud to be a part of the SoR Baltimore family as a guitar/bass teacher!
Show Director Zack Branch

Zack Branch Show Director, Bass Teacher

Zack Branch is a bassist, cellist, arranger, and teacher based in Baltimore, MD. He has worked as a musical director and orchestra member with Baltimore Center Stage, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, and Royal Caribbean International, while building a reputation as an in-demand recording artist for his playing and arranging skills. Zack has been teaching music for more than ten years, specializing in beginner cello instruction, audition preparation, and ensemble skills. Since joining School of Rock, he has thoroughly enjoyed bringing his classical and professional background into ensemble coaching, striving for a high standard of excellence while nurturing the fun and playfulness that only playing in a rock band can provide.
Keyboard Teacher, Vocal Teacher Erica Cerquetti

Erica Cerquetti Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Erica Cerquetti is an experienced composer, multi-instrumentalist, session vocalist, & performer, having worked with several theatre & musical theatre groups throughout the Baltimore/MD area, as well as composing original rock operas/music directing/vocal directing & going on tour for performances with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (B.R.O.S.) and performing in various bands & shows throughout the MD & DC/Metro area. She has taught and performed styles including: rock/prog rock, folk, musical theatre, doom metal, video game music, & jazz/fusion. She teaches voice & keys, and enjoys teaching the integration of voice & keys together, as well as composition themes. In addition to teaching music, she is a Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) with a concentration on integrative medicine, as well as a health & wellness consultant/business owner, a yoga & mindfulness instructor, and an avid cook/baker.

Erica plays the role of the improvisational Bard, setting the musical tone in "Whose Roll Is It Anyway?", an improv performance troupe where the audience & dice rolls control the storyline of each performance. She has performed with this group for the past 5 years, and has been featured at MAGfest, the Music & Gaming Festival, at the Gaylord in National Harbor.
General Manager Melody Easton

Melody Easton General Manager

Melody Easton is thrilled to be back with School of Rock, where she previously acted as General Manager for the Baltimore location and later Franchise Business Consultant for the Corporate office. Melody’s career has been primarily focused on music, theater, and arts education, working in the Creative and Artistic Departments of the iconic Blue Man Group in NYC, and as the Artistic Producing Manager for Baltimore Center Stage. A lifelong musician, she's in a number of groups around the Baltimore area, including the Stevie Nicks tribute White Wing Dove. Melody is also the singer and bass player for the indie dream-pop trio $100 Girlfriend and drummer for pop-rock outfit The Selkies.

David Favazza Music Director

David comes to School of Rock with over 16 years of drumming experience.He began performing on stage at age 15 and was one of the youngest musicians performing at a professional level in the Baltimore area. David has toured with signed bands such as Storm The Beaches and The Dangerous Summer. Opening for national acts such as Anberlin, Hawthorne Heights, All Time Low, and Saosin, and is currently a member of the band Raindeer.

David is a producer, engineer, and song writer in addition to being a drum teacher at School of Rock Baltimore. He is committed and passionate about utilizing each student’s individuality to help them evolve and stand out as respected musicians.
Keyboard Teacher and Singing Teacher Christine Goddard

Christine Noelle Goddard Keyboard Teacher, Vocal Teacher

Christine Noelle Goddard was born and raised in California. She began studying music at the age of eight. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Music Liberal Arts from California State University Chico in 2009. Since then she has been teaching, traveling, exploring, and creating. She has worked on a variety of projects since being in Baltimore, including the White Wing Dove Stevie Nicks cover band, and a project with her sister called Waking with Khali. In addition she has taken up composing and is working on a solo project. She loves nature, animals and deep conversations. Christine is a singing teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Baltimore.

Chris Howard Bass Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Show Director

Chris Howard is a guitar teacher and bass teacher at the School of Rock Baltimore. Chris began studying music starting at the age of 13, and he began composing original music soon thereafter. He has performed and toured the country as a member of The Matrimonials and has played shows alongside national acts such as Local H, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and J. Roddy Walston and the Business. He currently performs as a member of Medium Cheetah. Chris is a guitar teacher, bass teacher, and a seasoned Show Director at School of Rock Baltimore.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Show Director Alexei Misoul

Alexei Misoul Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Show Director

Alexei Misoul is a full-time musician, who has been playing guitar, bass, keys, drums, and singing for over 20 years. He is a songwriter and producer for BMG Production Music in Los Angeles. Alexei has worked for The Disney Channel, Hollywood Records, Sony, RCA, Universal, Interscope, Capitol, Warner, and Hopeless Records, and has written and produced songs with many artists including Britney Spears, Hot Chelle Rae, All Time Low and Big Time Rush!
Studio Coordinator Dawn Rappold

Dawn Rappold Studio Coordinator

Dawn Rappold is a lover of all kinds of music. Rock is her favorite genre - try to name a rock band, and Dawn has probably seen that band live. Her first concert was at the age of 13 and she later saw that same band 20 years later. Dawn has passed down this love of music to her two children.

Dawn was born here in Baltimore, leaving for ten years to live in Charlotte, NC. Her son started at School of Rock in North Carolina, at the age of 6.

Dawn and family moved back to Maryland, and knowing her son’s journey needed to continue with School of Rock. Her first call was to School of Rock Baltimore to enroll him (even before registering his new school.) Dawn believes in the method of learning music and the million things SOR has done for her son’s confidence.
Guitar Teacher Beatrice Shumway

Beatrice Shumway Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Ukulele Teacher

Having been through many different fields in the music industry, Beatrice has the experience in making the show go on! She has set the stage for all types of acts, ranging from industry icons like Billy Joel and Zed; to local staples such as Baltimore Light Festivals, The BSO, OrchKids, and many more! She has been in recording studios as engineer and musician, and understands the need for clear communication and helpful instructions. Everyone is different, and Beatrice embraces the strange and unusual! She will dedicate her time to helping any student understand the beauty in music.

Beatrice eats, breathes, and sleeps music; music is not just a passion, it’s a life choice to have fun! When she opens her heart and ears, music is all around! When Beatrice is not teaching, she enjoys unicycling, building instruments, and being in nature. Some of her songwriting draws from nature, but it can also be an outlet for her expression. She loves showing kids and adults alike that music is a great way to let out some energy that can't always be released with day to day chores. She is fun, silly, and enjoys what she puts her work into!

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Such an incredible program!

The kids really learn about music, how to better play their instruments and how to perform. It builds confidence and is amazing for our kids!

It builds your musicianship.

I like how you can perform with other people, and I think it really builds your musicianship to play at a concert and make friends within your band.

School of Rock is the best!

My daughter has grown so much as a musician, and she has so much fun!

They really connect with kids.

The instructors are skilled, enthusiastic and really make an effort to connect with the kids.