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School of Rock Cincinnati
6710 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 586-7625
Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM

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

School of Rock Cincinnati is happy to offer Cincinnati, Madisonville, Oakley, Madeira, Mariemont, Kenwood, Sycamore, Blue Ash, Hyde Park, Indian Hill, Anderson, and surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Students can learn an array of instruments ranging from guitar to bass guitar, keys, vocals, drums, and more, and how to play a variety of styles like jazz, blues, and funk. Cincinnati is no stranger to talent, with acts like Bootsy Collins, the Isley Brothers, Phillip Paul, Walk the Moon, Afghan Whigs, Foxy Shazam, The National, and Liz Phair calling the city home. With the level of mentorship students receive at School of Rock Cincinnati, they may even one day get to perform at great local venues like the Woodward Theater, The Redmoor, Riverfront Live, Bogarts and Southgate House Revival.

Programs we offer

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

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Cincinnati'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 Cincinnati have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Cincinnati are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati
Performance
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Cincinnati'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 Cincinnati music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Cincinnati
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Cincinnati, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Cincinnati, 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.

Songwriting
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 Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Cincinnati 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
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Cincinnati, 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™.

School of Rock Cincinnati is happy to offer Cincinnati, Madinsonville, Oakley, Madeira, Mariemont, Kenwood, Sycamore, Blue Ask, Hyde Park, Indian Hill, Anderson, and surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Students can learn an array of instruments ranging from guitar to bass guitar, keys, vocals, drums, and more, and how to play a variety of styles like jazz, blues, and funk. Cincinnati is no stranger to talent, with acts like Bootsy Collins, the Isley Brothers, Phillip Paul, Walk the Moon, Afghan Whigs, Foxy Shazam, The National, and Liz Phair calling the city home. With the level of mentorship students receive at School of Rock Cincinnati, they may even one day get to perform at great local venues like the Woodward Theater, The Redmoor, Riverfront Live, and Bogarts.

What To Expect
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

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.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Cincinnati
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Cincinnati our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Cincinnati, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

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

School of Rock Cincinnati'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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati.

Music Lessons in Cincinnati

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Cincinnati

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Cincinnati

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati. Unlike other Cincinnati drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Cincinnati, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Cincinnati

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati’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.

Scott Higgins
General Manager
Music Director Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn
Music Director
Assistant General Manager, Little Wings and Rookies Director, Bass Guitar Teacher Shannon Ullrich
Shannon Ullrich
Assistant GM, Little Wings and Rookies Teacher
Drum Teacher, Music Director Mark Becknell
Mark Becknell
Show Director
House Band Director, Drum Teacher Michael Horrigan
Michael Horrigan
Drum Teacher
Guitar Teacher Mike Troyer
Mike Troyer
Guitar Teacher
keyboard teacher Danny Manning
Danny Manning
keyboard teacher
Bass Guitar Teacher Aaron Jacobs
Aaron Jacobs
Bass Guitar Teacher
Keyboard Teacher Tom Schneider
Tom Schneider
Keyboard Teacher
Guitar Teacher Austin Bartle
Austin Bartle
Guitar Teacher
Singing Teacher Dixie Karas
Dixie Karas
Singing Teacher
Bass Guitar Teacher Mason Daugherty
Mason Daugherty
Bass Guitar Teacher
Drum Teacher David Parks
David Parks
Drum Teacher
Drum Teacher Stephen Schwarz
Stephen Schwarz
Drum Teacher
Singing Teacher Allison Moll
Allison Moll
Singing Teacher
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher Jacob Snow
Jacob Snow
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Singing Teacher Lyndsay Bamberger
Lyndsay Bamberger
Singing Teacher
Drum Teacher Eric Moreton
Eric Moreton
Drum Teacher
Keyboard Teacher Alex Nicodemus
Alex Nicodemus
Keyboard Teacher
Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Jubilee O’Connor
Jubilee O’Connor
Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
Guitar Teacher Ben Troyer
Ben Troyer
Guitar Teacher
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Will Ross
Will Ross
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Guitar Teacher Justin Martin
Justin Martin
Guitar Teacher
Guitar Teacher Brandon Harris
Brandon Harris
Guitar Teacher
Jim Swartwout Piano Teacher
Jim Swartwout
Piano Teacher
Guitar Teacher Hadley Duke
Hadley Duke
Guitar Teacher
Stephanie Cable Guitar Teacher
Stephanie Cable
Guitar Teacher
Singing Teacher Lillie Jewell
Lillie Jewell
Singing Teacher
Singing Teacher Jeannie Marie
Jeannie Marie
Singing Teacher
Drum Teacher Eric Mayleben
Eric Mayleben
Drum Teacher
Drums Teacher  Joseph Alsept
Joseph Alsept
Drum Teacher
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher
Phil Cotter
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher
Drum Teacher
Andrew Karas
Drum Teacher
Singing Teacher Kristen Kreft
Kristen Kreft
Singing Teacher
Guitar Teacher Blaik Podracky
Blaik Podracky
Guitar Teacher
Bass Guitar teacher Olas Ortwein
Olas Ortwein
Bass Guitar Teacher
Jason Smart Drums Teacher
Jason Smart
Drums Teacher
Bri Vocal Teacher, Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Ukulele Teacher, RookiesTeacher Little Wing Teacher
Bri
Vocal Teacher, Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Ukulele Teacher, Rookies Teacher, Little Wing Teacher
Zach Gutman Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Zach Gutman
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
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Reviews

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

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

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

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

It's the best music program in the city.

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

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

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

I love the inclusivity and welcoming environment that allow kids to be exactly who they are.

I love the variety of the performance programs. I love the inclusivity and welcoming environment that allow kids to be exactly who they are. My daughter feels at home at School of Rock Cincinnati!

I wish this would have been around when I was growing up!

Our three kids have truly developed a passion for music thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of their teachers and the performance program! I wish this would have been around when I was growing up!