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School of Rock Haymarket
15101 Washington St.
Haymarket, VA 20169
(703) 743-5277

Location Specifics

We are located at Washington St. and Fayette St. in downtown Haymarket.

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  • Monday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Haymarket'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 Haymarket music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Haymarket
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Haymarket, 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 Haymarket, 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 Haymarket, 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 Haymarket is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Haymarket 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 Haymarket, 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.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Haymarket

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Haymarket

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Haymarket 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 Haymarket, 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 Haymarket 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 Haymarket, 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 Haymarket.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Haymarket

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Haymarket 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 Haymarket 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 Haymarket, 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 Haymarket 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 Haymarket, 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 Haymarket

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Haymarket, 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 Haymarket, 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 Haymarket’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.

Conner Hitchcock
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Conner Hitchcock has been an active musician since the age of 12, performing at some of the most notable venues along the East Coast with projects and bands playing shows in areas such as Washington DC, Baltimore, The Outer Banks, Milwaukee, Pennsylvania, New York City and Orlando. Working under the alias of Broad Run, Conner has released two solo albums and continues writing and performing live. Conner now devotes his time to teaching and training the next generation of musicians to be professionals on stage and in life.
Sam Tokash
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Samuel Tokash is a multi-instrumentalist guitar player from Marshall, Virginia. Sam graduated from Radford University in 2016 with a degree in Music Business. He has been playing music for over 10 years. During his time at Radford Sam studied classical guitar, recorded, mixed and mastered several bands and even had his own jazz show on Radford's radio station. In his free time Sam likes to compose and record his own music.
Max Nichols
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Max Nichols is a local musician who has spent the last eight years playing and singing in bands, one of which is A.K.A. Playing mainly pop punk/alternative and progressive rock/metal, he has gigged throughout the DMV area. Max has been playing guitar for 13 years as well as singing in choir and writing music for his bands. He studied Jazz at NOVA, as well as Composition, Production and Theory at Berklee College of Music. Max loves to teach and share his love of music here at School of Rock Haymarket as a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor, and hopes to inspire others.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher John Kramer
John Kramer
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Teacher
John began his music journey learning trumpet in 5th grade. He played in concert, jazz, marching and regional/state audition bands in NJ, as well as playing with the Young People’s Philharmonic of Lehigh Valley. He started teaching trumpet lessons in high school and assisting with middle school jazz clinics. John then pursued guitar, piano, and voice, as well as how to record and mix music. He formed a rock band, recorded several albums, and played local shows.

John has worked as a freelance composer, scoring music for the indie film April Grace, and music for a Hasbro commercial, Growing In Pieces. He later moved to Virginia for guitar performance, playing in multiple groups and briefly touring. After deciding not to tour as a life path, he started teaching music again. John is passionate about teaching others how to rock, inspiring confidence and self-expression through music.
Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Drake Newcomb
Drake Newcomb
Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Drake is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in drums and bass guitar who has been teaching private lessons for nearly 3 years. He has competed in several county and state wide competitions for orchestral and marching band all through high school, toured with a reggae band in which he opened for Ziggy Marley in the 2017 Celebrate Virginia event, and is currently studying music at NOVA and playing drums for the band Friday Night Flicks. He hopes to bring his passion for music and rhythmic instruments to the School of Rock community, and inspire others to carve their paths within the world of music.
Christian Riggs Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Christian Riggs
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Christian Riggs is a remote session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator based out of Northern, Virginia. Outside of his wife and kids there is nothing that brings him more joy than watching a song come to life. He has been writing songs for and with various artists, playing sessions, shows, conferences, and touring the country for the better part of the last 15 years. Christian has played for Country, Pop, Metalcore, Rock, and Solo Artists. Making him very versatile in his playing and teaching.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Owen Clapper
Owen Clapper
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Owen is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing music for several years. Before becoming a teacher, Owen was a student at School of Rock Haymarket, which gives him a unique perspective on teaching here. Owen has either performed in or taught every seasonal performance group here and has learned how to be a strong leader and teach large groups, as well as learn and teach almost every genre of music.

Owen has received a certificate from The Recording Workshop, OH, where he graduated at the top of his class. There, he learned about music recording and production. Additionally, Owen is always studying music theory in his free time. He has been involved in multiple bands and projects, performing with many other bands and artists all around the DMV area.

Ever since he began working at School of Rock Haymarket, Owen has found a passion for teaching and loves sharing music and knowledge with the next generation of musicians.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Gokul Chalasani
Gokul Chalasani
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Vocal Teacher
Gokul is a multi-instrumentalist and a live sound and recording engineer local to the Gainesville/Haymarket area. He studied recording technology courses in college and graduated with the highest distinction in his class in 2016. Gokul has been teaching in NOVA for a little under a decade. Along with writing, recording, performing, and providing show technology for many local, regional, and international talents, he also strives daily to make local music endure by means of education. A few genres of music that influence his work would be Classical (baroque period) and all forms of Rock. Gokul approaches playing an instrument as if it is genre-independent; as music is a journey to reflect ideations of the mind and heart and learn from our history.
Drum Teacher Tyler Williams
Tyler Williams
Drum Teacher
Tyler started playing the drums when he was 5 years old and had his first lesson when he was in kindergarten. He has been playing ever since and has taught lessons for the last five years.

Tyler has played in many different settings including big band, church, drum line, and punk/rock bands. He was in multiple bands while in high school and went on an East Coast tour with one of them. Tyler has a passion for teaching music and loves to see people learn to play the drums.
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