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School of Rock Carmel
890 E. 116th Street
Ste. 125
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 848-7625
  • Monday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 2 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

School of Rock in Carmel, Indiana is proud to serve Carmel and surrounding areas like Westfield, Village of WestClay, Broad Ripple, and Nora with a revolutionary music education approach. Our quality music lessons are taught by real, practicing musicians and students can learn to rock out on guitar, keyboards, drums, and vocals, across many genres. Students can develop their skills in a supportive and encouraging environment, and gain confidence like true rock stars by jamming together in a band with friends. Our students perform at community-based events like Broad Ripple Arts Fair, Late Night on Main, and Carmelfest, and regularly play at local venues like Irving Theatre, The Cat, Black Circle Brewing, and Hoosier Dome. Come join the band and visit School of Rock Carmel today!

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Carmel'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 Carmel music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Carmel
Ages 6-7

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

School of Rock Carmel'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 Carmel 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 Carmel.

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 Carmel 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 Carmel.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Carmel

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Carmel

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Carmel 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 Carmel, 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 Carmel 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 Carmel, 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 Carmel.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Carmel

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Carmel 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 Carmel 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 Carmel, 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 Carmel 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 Carmel, 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 Carmel

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Carmel, 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 Carmel, 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 Carmel’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.

Owner Steve McFarland
Steve McFarland
Steve began his musical journey at age 16 playing along to bands like Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen, and Rush. Okay, it was air guitar, but he was a rocking pretender from an early age!

Steve wished School of Rock had been around when he was young. After seeing his children take endless lessons without motivation, the idea of getting kids on stage with School of Rock just made sense. Steve has a sports background and coached youth sports for many years, so the concept of School of Rock was natural to him: individual lessons (practice), group rehearsals (team practice), and the rock show (the game).

“I’ve always wondered why some people ‘make’ their kids take an instrument just because they think it’s a good idea to learn an instrument. You don’t hear of anyone making their kids take a sport and never playing on a team or in a game. Why make them take endless lessons with no chance to perform?”

As the owner, Steve challenges his team to enrich kids’ lives through music lessons, performances, camps or just hanging out with some new friends. Along with the School of Rock in Carmel, IN, Steve also owns two additional School of Rock locations in Indiana and a location in each of South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Manager of Franchise Operations Matt McFarland
Matt McFarland
Manager of Franchise Operations
Matt is our manager of franchise operations. He was one of the first drum students at his local School of Rock in Carmel, IN back in 2012. Although he did not continue his drumming bug, School of Rock is still a big part of his life.

Matt pursued video production in college and worked in that field after graduating but quickly realized it was not his true passion. He found his way back to School of Rock, starting as a studio coordinator in Carmel, then rising to the General Manager position at the Fishers, IN location. Shortly after visiting Charleston for the first time in 2021, Matt and his wife Mandy decided they wanted to open a school in the Charleston area. Since moving to the area in the Spring of 2022, they have since made South Carolina their home.

In his role, Matt helps coach each general manager and ensures they are following the School of Rock curriculum to provide the absolute best experience to every student.
General Manager Allyssa Huff
Allyssa Huff
General Manager
Allyssa’s musical journey began when she was just a toddler and sang along to Disney movies. In the following years, she got involved in her community theater productions, joined elementary and middle school choirs, and continued to sing at home for her family and friends. In high school, Allyssa was lucky enough to be selected as the school’s jazz band vocalist, which took her to stages at Disney World and the Smoky Mountain Music Festival. After earning her degree in public and organizational communication from Ball State University, Allyssa spent a few years gigging and touring with a lively funk rock group of college friends and her passion for the stage grew even more.

Allyssa began her School of Rock career in 2020, opening Indiana’s fourth school in Zionsville, Indiana. Since then, she has had the honor of being the General Manager of two schools, traveling to Summerfest and Rock in Rio with student bands, and being the Tour Coordinator for a team of School of Rock AllStars.

Through School of Rock, Allyssa has met many new friends, heard countless inspiring stories, and cried like a baby at an embarrassing amount of student shows. She is incredibly thankful and could not be more excited for whatever is to come next.
Assistant General Manager Mitch Rhodes
Mitch Rhodes
Assistant General Manager
Mitch started out playing the saxophone in fifth grade and played with school Jazz Bands and the Marching Band. When he was 11 years old, he sifted through his dad's old records and heard David Gilmour's solo from the Pink Floyd song, "Money," and asked his dad for a guitar the next day.

Mitch graduated from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a Bachelor of Music Technology in 2021 where he studied music composition, sound design, recording techniques as well as acoustics. He served as the resident guitarist in the Jazz Band and the Dis-Emsemble at IUPUI. Mitch loves sharing about what new progressive metal bands he's listening to and talking about guitar gear.
Music Director, Guitar Teacher Dave Lawson
Dave Lawson
Music Director, Guitar Teacher
Dave started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, along with piano lessons. His first performance in front of a large audience was with the Shortridge Junior High rap club at Bush Stadium in the seventh grade, and he quickly found peers in the eighth grade who wanted to start a punk band. That led to Dave picking up the guitar at 13 and he has played in dozens of bands in the ensuing years.

Dave maintained brass instrument chops and played in top-tier performance bands throughout high school, while also studying jazz guitar and playing in the competitive jazz band at Pike High School. Apart from recording in studios from the age of 16 on and touring both nationally and internationally from the age of 18 as a guitarist, he has also played bass and drums in a variety of bands and toured filling these roles as well. Dave currently plays in multiple bands that span territory ranging from country, heavy metal, classic rock, modern rock, and punk.
Joe Strakis
Guitar Teacher
Joe Strakis grew up on a musical diet of KISS, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper and a plethora of jazz legends (Coltrane, Miles, Wes Montgomery). This led to his obsession with the electric guitar by age 12. He formally studied jazz, fusion/blues and classical guitar, receiving his B.A. in Music Performance in the winter of 2008 from Columbia College Chicago under the tutelage of Chris Forte (blues/fusion), Dr. Angelo Favis (classical) and Steve Grismore (jazz). A steady dose of touring with several heavy metal and hard rock acts (centered around Chicago, IL and Sacramento, CA) followed his study. His main influences as a guitarist are Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Billy Gibbons, Eric Johnson, Ace Frehley, Wes Montgomery and David Gilmour (among so many others).
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Andrew Sabatowski
Andrew Sabatowski
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Andrew Sabatowski has had an obsession with music from a young age. From putting on pretend concerts in his bedroom as a kid to rocking the stage as an adult, he lives and breathes music. He began playing guitar at the age of 8 and has continued listening to and playing music ever since.

Andrew attended Indiana University where he studied Audio Engineering. He feels most at home onstage or in the studio with either one of his two bands: the metal/punk band Thlurm and the punk band Atom Tan.
Guitar Teacher Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
Guitar Teacher
Michael has had a passion for music since the day he was born. He hit the stage for the first time in the fifth grade as the Beast in his school’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast. From that moment, Michael caught the show biz bug and followed the music into middle school where he joined the show choir and had the opportunity to travel and compete all over the state. As he neared high school, Michael’s musical direction took a turn when he fell in love with the electric guitar. After one chord, he was hooked and began learning everything he could about the instrument through videos online.

About a year into his self-teaching, Michael's grandparents signed him up for his first lesson at the School of Rock in Carmel, Indiana. As a School of Rock student, Michael learned from some of the best instructors and got to rock out on countless stages, performing everything from Tom Petty to Iron Maiden.

Michael also joined his high school jazz band, continued performing in show choir, and began his music theory education. After graduation, he continued his pursuit of musical excellence and still works hard to learn more every day.

Michael is thrilled to return to School of Rock Carmel as an instructor and to have the opportunity to share his love of music with a new generation of dreamers.
Guitar Teacher Ian Crossman
Ian Crossman
Guitar Teacher
As a passionate and talented musician with over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Ian has honed his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, contributing to various projects and performances. His unique style and sound have set him apart as an artist, and he thrives on collaborating with fellow musicians to bring their creative ideas to life.

Whether performing live or in the studio, Ian is dedicated to delivering captivating musical experiences that evoke emotions and connect with people.
Mark Cutsinger
Drum Teacher
Mark Cutsinger comes to School of Rock with impressive performing and band experience. Mark is the founding member of the band The Zero Boys, which was established in 1982 and has recorded and put out multiple records and performed all over the country and world. He is currently the drummer for the band, which actively tours.
Scott Tolley
Drum Teacher
Scott Tolley has been playing drums for 30+ years. He's been a drum teacher at School of Rock Carmel for about a year and a half. He currently plays in four active bands in Indianapolis: Stealing Volume, The Lickers, 19Clark25 and The Dockers.
Singing Teacher Barbara Ochoa
Barbara Ochoa
Vocal Teacher
Barbara Ochoa is a vocal instructor at School Of Rock. She began discovering her vocal talents in high school, at first as a hobby and then as her life's work. She is an Honors graduate from Columbia College with a major in vocal performance and audio engineering/production.

Barbara is an accomplished vocalist and a veteran of the stage and studio. She has had two singles and two full length CD releases and is currently working on her third CD. She has performed extensively at ballrooms, hotels, temples, churches, and private homes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and Chicago areas and has toured in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Europe.

Trained as a jazz singer, Barbara covers all styles of music and sings in 6 different languages. She has years of experience as a studio session singer and with vocal harmonies as a backup singer. Barbara has performed in a wide range of instrumentations, ranging from solo piano to singing with tracks to 15 piece dance bands. Her experience as a professional model has enhanced her dynamic stage presence. She is also quite funny and brings joy and passion to her listeners. Come to see her sometime? It will be a memorable evening.
Vocal Teacher Lily Falberg
Lily Falberg
Vocal Teacher
Lily Falberg (she/her) is originally from Chicago and majors in choral/general music education at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lily has been playing music ever since she can remember. At age 10, she started voice lessons at School of Rock in Highwood, Illinois, and has performed ever since.

Lily has taught private guitar lessons, teaches music at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, and has worked as a vocal director and song leader at a day camp every summer. She hopes to bring her students a life of music and a love for music and looks forward to watching them grow.
Alain Picard
Bass Guitar Teacher
Alan Picard started exploring music on an old pump organ at eight years old. After playing guitar and drums for some time he switched to bass, then toured in 17 countries. Recording music for the last 20+ years has only strengthened his passion. All things musical are life-giving to him, from teaching in a small room to playing on a big stage. He is a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Carmel.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher Benjamin Hicks
Benjamin Hicks
Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Ben was born into a musical family and was exposed to many different genres and styles; he developed an interest in playing music at a young age. Starting with piano and trombone and then later switching to guitar and electric bass, he quickly developed an interest in jazz and eventually bought an upright bass.

Ben continued his pursuit of music education and has now had the privilege of learning from some of the best bass players and teachers in Indianapolis, learning to play everything from rock to country to classical. Being a full-time musician, Ben now plays with many different bands across the state and loves teaching bass to pass the gift of music onto the next generation.
Keyboard Teacher Mitch Woods
Mitch Woods
Keyboard Teacher
Mitch Woods is a keyboard teacher at School of Rock Carmel. He began classical piano lessons in first grade and his passion for music and performing grew from there, picking up the trumpet in fifth grade and playing both instruments through college. He began playing with a music collective several years later, touring with them throughout the midwest and east coast as well as recording two live albums. From there he began teaching students piano lessons and playing with multiple groups throughout the Indianapolis area as a freelance pianist.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher Josh Grube
Josh Grube
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Josh Grube began playing piano around the age of 6. Later on, he joined the marching band and the winter percussion ensemble in high school as a pianist and percussionist, where he also got his start composing and arranging music for small ensembles.

Josh graduated from Taylor University with a bachelor's degree in music composition. While there, he often wrote his own music to be performed in concerts and recitals and learned how to play many other instruments. He also worked as an audio engineer at Taylor to record, mix, and master performances on campus. Since graduation, Josh has been working on his own compositions.
Rookies Director Maya Harris
Maya Harris
Rookies Director
Maya "Sloane" Harris was born on a Phish tour and has been singing ever since. After her first talent show performance at age 8, Maya continued her pursuit of music by joining school and synagogue choirs and jazz bands before following her passions to Indiana University, where she earned her Rock and Roll History degree. While in college, she joined the award-winning ensembles Hooshir Jewish A Cappella, the IU African American Choral Ensemble, and the IU Soul Revue. She even took her talents off campus to experience more jazz and rock ensembles to supplement her daily studies.

Maya has always believed deeply in the developmental, social, and cultural power of sharing music and displays that belief in everything she does. When she is not working with the amazing kids in the School of Rock Rookies program, Maya is performing with local rock bands Sloane Ranger, The Strays, Pigeons of Market Square, and Devil's Jade.
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We Love School of Rock!

They make kids really care about learning music, plus it's fun! The teachers are amazing and passionate about what they do. Worth every penny.

So Much Fun!

The teachers are committed and caring, and the experience compliments my daughter's academics beautifully. Great people, great experience, FUN!

Awesome Music and Concerts!

Our daughter is learning awesome music and we love going to her concerts instead of those long, dreaded recitals we had to sit through!

Great Staff!

The teachers are great and the administrators are very helpful. LOVE the concert aspect of it and the variety of genres the kids get to explore.

Now he voluntarily practices!

The band aspect is what sets it apart from traditional lessons. Our son took traditional drum lessons for over two years and it was always a struggle to get him to practice. With School of Rock he actually practices without us having to ask him, and he practices longer.

The instructors provide an inclusive atmosphere and culture for kids.

The instructors are amazing! They provide a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and culture for kids who also enjoy music!

My daughter has grown in her musical journey immensely.

My daughter has grown in her musical journey immensely. She has discovered music she wasn’t previously interested in and is learning more instruments by just being in a growth-supported surrounding.

My child is motivated by the instructors.

My child is motivated by his instructors and they show an interest in the styles of music he is exploring.

School of Rock offers a great experience for kids.

School of Rock offers a great experience for the kids, thanks in large part to the great instructors and staff.

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