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School of Rock Gambrills
1041 Route 3 North Suite 10
Gambrills, MD 21054
(410) 721-1030

Location Specifics

Located across from Waugh Chapel behind the Dunkin Donuts.

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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 - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Gambrills'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 Gambrills music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Gambrills
Ages 6-7

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

School of Rock Gambrills'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 Gambrills 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 Gambrills.

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 Gambrills 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 Gambrills.

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

The School of Rock Gambrills 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 Gambrills'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 Gambrills 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 Gambrills

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Gambrills

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Gambrills

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Gambrills 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 Gambrills, 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 Gambrills 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 Gambrills, 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 Gambrills.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Gambrills

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Gambrills 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 Gambrills 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 Gambrills, 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 Gambrills 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 Gambrills, 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 Gambrills

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Gambrills, 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 Gambrills, 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 Gambrills’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.

General Manager Michael Pistorio

Michael Pistorio General Manager

As a Classical Vocalist, baritone Michael Pistorio is a recognized performer of Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, and Musical Theatre alike. A native of Pasadena, MD, Michael received his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD; having studied with celebrated tenor John Wesley Wright of the American Spiritual Ensemble. Additionally, Michael did graduate work in Opera Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA and trained with Jeff Gavett, of the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, Loadbang.

Michael began his School of Rock career in 2018 as a Voice Instructor and Studio Coordinator with SOR Columbia and has been the General Manager of School of Rock Gambrills since October 2019.
Bass Guitar Teacher and Keyboard Teacher Tom Jackson

TOM JACKSON Bass Guitar Teacher and Keyboard Teacher

Tom is a certified Maryland music educator. He has been teaching in and around Anne Arundel County privately and in classrooms for 20 years. He is a veteran keyboard and bass guitar player in the Baltimore live music circuit, and is the music director at Brooklyn Community United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and riding bikes.
Studio Coordinator SARAH BURRALL

SARAH BURRALL Studio Coordinator

Soprano Sarah Burrall has an extensive career in vocal performance and music education alike. Her voice has been called “angelic and versatile” and with a large repertoire to match. Equally at ease singing Choir, Opera, or Musical Theatre pieces, Sarah has lent her vocal talents to such organizations as the Assisi Performing Arts Festival (Assisi, Italy), Easton Choral Arts Society (Easton, MD), Erasing Hate Through Art (Linthicum, MD), and in many production and concerts while a student at Salisbury University. Currently, Sarah is the Studio Coordinator for School of Rock Gambrills and teaches Vocal Arts for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.
Singing Teacher Holly Woodard

Holly Woodard Singing Teacher

Holly Woodard is a vocalist with over ten years of classical and rock experience. A School of Rock Annapolis graduate, she spent several years as part of their House Band. She studies Classical Voice Performance at Towson University, where she has starred in four opera productions. Students with Holly can expect to learn everything from proper vocal technique to rocking with a band on stage!
Keyboard Teacher Tyler Phillips

Tyler Phillips Keyboard Teacher

J. Tyler Phillips 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 between playing his two-tiered keyboard tower as well as his keytar in the most important way possible: By making it look as cool onstage as the lead guitarist (and playing as fast as them too). His 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.

"End every day stronger and smarter than it started, inspire others to do the same."
School of Rock guitar teacher

Danny Stuckenschneider Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Michael Roulette Music Director, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Michael Roulette has been teaching Drums and Keyboard for the last 10+ years. He started playing in bands at the age of 16 and has since played over 100 shows with seven different bands in addition to features on multiple studio albums. While comfortable in all genres of music, Michael specializes in Rock, Blues, Punk, and Reggae. Currently, he studies Jazz Percussion and Music Theory with Mr. Steve Larrance of Montgomery Community College. Michael's teaching philosophy is simple: if you aren't having fun then you aren't doing it right! To that end, he creates a challenging but very fun environment for his students by exposing them to many different musical concepts and genres. His favorite bands include Streetlight Manifesto, Less Than Jake, and MxPx!
Guitar Teacher Jefferson Hirshman

Jefferson Hirshman Guitar Teacher

Jefferson Hirshman has been playing guitar for 9 years, and is currently studying Jazz and music technology at UMBC. When teaching, he likes using songs as a way to introduce concepts to students they can use in creating their own music. He is a passionate band leader and composer, and is excited to inspire the next generation.
Singing Teacher Kelly Canady

Kelly Canady Singing Teacher

Kelly Canady is a vocalist with 15 years of classical and musical theater experience. She studied vocal performance at Shenandoah University and is currently pursuing her master's degree in vocal pedagogy at Towson University. Her teaching style can be described as energetic, enthusiastic, and motivating. She is a huge Marvel Cinematic Universe and Disney fan.
Drum Teacher Michael Kufel

Michael Kufel Drum Teacher

Michael has been playing drums for over 40 years. He has an associate degree in music performance and is able to play many styles of music. His favorite drummers are Steve Gadd, Vinny Colaiuta and Neil Peart. He loves teaching students about the fun but complexity of drumming. Michael believes music should be a part of everyone’s life. Music is a universal language.
Guitar Teacher Junyoung

Junyoung "Jun" Anthony Sim Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Guitarist Junyoung "Jun" Anthony Sim is a recent graduate of Shenandoah University, having received his degree in interdisciplinary studies from SU's Conservatory of Music and Business School, respectively. Jun is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and bass and is also a current member of the alternative-indie band Parsley. In addition to his band, Jun is a solo recording artist and performer with records currently available on all major streaming platforms. When he's not playing, Jun loves cats, playing soccer, attending concerts, watching movies, and spending time with friends!

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My son loved the Rookies program!

The starter program allowed him to appreciate all types of instruments and understand all that goes into making music. Most of all, he has loads of fun while learning.

A Supportive Environment for Kids!

School of Rock is so supportive of the students. They tailor the program to each student so he or she feels successful and even helps the student out of their comfort zone to try a new instrument or try singing.

Such Unique Experiences!

I think the ability to play with other children in a band is very unique. My son really enjoys himself and the instructors. It's been a great experience.

It's both fun and Educational.

My son is having a blast and learning how to play a variety of instruments. The instructors are beyond great. The experience of playing in front of an audience at different venues is priceless.