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School of Rock Kirkwood
104 N Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 394-1994

Location Specifics

We're located right across the train tracks near the farmer's market at cross street Argonne.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Special Hours:

  • 07/04/2024: Closed

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

School of Rock Kirkwood is proud to serve our community with music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. We teach everything from singing to piano, bass guitar, drums, and keys. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their skills in a supportive learning environment. St. Louis is an epicenter of Blues Music. We are home to the National Blues Museum which tells the true history of Blues and how today's music is influenced by the delta blues of the south. Opportunities to grow a career specifically in blues music are abundant here with many chance to perform at popular music venues in the St. Louis area.

Programs we offer

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

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

The Performance Program at School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood'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 Kirkwood music venue.

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

At School of Rock Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood, 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.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Kirkwood
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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.

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

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

School of Rock Kirkwood'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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood.

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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood.

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

The School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at MO rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

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 Kirkwood and the rest of MO. 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
AllStars
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
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

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 Kirkwood

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Kirkwood

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Kirkwood

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Kirkwood

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Kirkwood. 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood’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 Nick
Nick
General Manager
Nicholas has played guitar for over 15 years and has been working at School of Rock for several years now. He started teaching guitar and bass at the School of Rock locations in Kirkwood and Ballwin and developed his skill sets over the years to become the General Manager at the School of Rock in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Nicholas's passion is everything music. Having taught with a full schedule for years, he developed a key bond with School of Rock and helped create the amazing culture at the School of Rock in Kirkwood, Missouri. His favorite School of Rock moments include directing the Jazz Jam group and helping out with all the End of Season shows throughout the years.

Nick plays around the jazz and neo-soul scene in St. Louis. Bands he is in include The Ian Bushman Project, Hazel Avenue, Sean Gerty, and the Ethan Saake Sextet. He has also had the pleasure of playing with many amazing musicians throughout the years including Greg Bissonette, Doc Severinson, Lou Marini, Jon Faddis, and John Clayton.
Studio Coordinator Alyssa
Alyssa
Studio Coordinator
Alyssa was a Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Ballwin for over three years and in administrative positions for over seven years. Her favorite part of being involved at School of Rock is seeing the students grow up, develop on their instruments, create friendships and start bands of their own. She loves seeing how music can have such a positive effect on people’s lives. Music has always been one of the most important parts of Alyssa's life. For as long as she can remember, she has always loved singing and listening to music. She has been playing guitar for over 15 years and has taught herself piano, bass and drums. Although she is not active in the St. Louis music scene, she enjoys playing music in her free time between school and work. She is our Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Kirkwood.
Drum Teacher Mark
Mark
Drum Teacher
As a founding member and drummer of the group The Bottle Rockets, Mark has experience in the music industry as a professional musician and tour manager. Formed in 1993, the band has released 11 critically acclaimed albums. The Bottlerockets have extensively toured North America, Europe and the U.K., headlining their own shows but also touring and performing with a variety of musical peers that include John Fogerty, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, The Allman Brothers, Wilco, Marshall Crenshaw and many others. In addition to live shows, they've also performed as featured guests on various national broadcasts including "The Conan O'Brien Show," Mountain Stage, AudioTree, Music Fog, SiriusXM Radio and NPO Radio 2.

Mark was turned onto music at a young age when he first heard the song "S.O.S." by the group ABBA on his parent's AM car radio. But it was a drum fill in the song "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner that sparked his interest in playing drums when he was 14. Mark was lucky to have studied early on with a series of skilled teachers and has been a student of drums ever since. Playing by ear and being self taught are important aspects of learning an instrument, but a good teacher can help students develop their talents more rapidly. Mark is happy to join the instructors at School of Rock and looks forward to sharing his experiences with the students when he's off the road between his tour schedules.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher James
James
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
James performs live on keyboards, guitar and vocals with the national touring band Superjam. He is also former keyboardist of The Schwag. He began working full-time in live bands at age 15, playing in clubs in Minneapolis, MN. He attended North Texas State and St. Olaf College for Music. James started piano at age three, followed by guitar and saxophone. He specializes in progressive rock/jazz with a strong emphasis in ear training. His favorites include Frank Zappa, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Dream Theater, Marillion and Allan Holdsworth.
Vocal Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher Grace C.
Grace C.
Vocal Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Grace is studying Music at Webster University and graduated from Webster Groves High School as an honor student. She is also a former School of Rock student! Now she's ready to help your kids have a great School of Rock experience like she did.

Grace has been surrounded by music her whole life, having a father who is also a musician. Growing up as one of the oldest in her family, Grace has spent most of her work life as a babysitter for her little cousins. She started singing in a choir in the third grade and has been a singer ever since. She loves teaching students who share her passion for singing and music in general. Grace enjoys spreading her love of all music and is excited to help the next generation of musicians become the amazing performers they were born to be.
Drum Teacher Alex
Alex
Drum Teacher
Alex is a drum instructor who has been teaching since he was 20 years old. He is a classroom teacher during the day and is the author of the book, The Warm-Up. He is also the drummer in the local St. Louis group, Honey.

Alex's belief on education is that it should be accessible for all and music is a great way for students to learn discipline.
Music Director Eric
Eric
Music Director
Eric is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has a passion for teaching, performing, and writing music. He studied percussion, jazz drumming, and audio production at Webster University and currently serves as the house bassist at One Family Church.

Some of Eric's biggest musical influences are J Dilla, Chris Dave, Tony Thaxton, Paramore, Max Roach, Vulfpeck, and Phoebe Bridgers. Eric started teaching music in 2009 and became a member of the School of Rock Kirkwood staff in 2021. When Eric isn't doing music things, he enjoys playing nerdy board games with friends, brewing beer, and sleeping.
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Reviews

What a quality experience!

The opportunities these kids have to play with professional sound and lighting in amazing venues are something that countless times I've heard parents say they wish they had when they were teenagers!

They teach music and build confidence too.

No matter the age of the child, there is always a confident smile on both the child's and the teacher's face. To me, that shows that the teachers are promoting confidence and patience in their students.

What an inspiring staff.

My son is having a great time and loves all of the teachers he works with. I can't recommend enough! So grateful to have a team that has really given him a love for all types of music.

An incredible opportunity for kids!

The environment is amazing! It is welcoming for kids at all skill levels! Even as a beginner you're included in a small band where you get to perform!

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