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School of Rock Madison
845 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 350-0345

Location Specifics

Next to Clippership Row.

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  • Monday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

School of Rock in Madison is proud to serve our community with music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Connecticut is home to a lot of jam bands, a decent sized hip hop scene, funk, R&B and a locally historic punk scene, especially in the New Haven area. Overall, the music scene is pretty diverse, making it a great place for budding artists. With lessons from our expert instructors, students can learn to rock out on guitar, drums, and even banjo.

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Madison'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 Madison music venue.

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

School of Rock Madison'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 Madison 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 Madison.

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 Madison 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 Madison.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Madison

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Madison

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Madison

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Madison, 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 Madison, 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 Madison’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.

Christian Brunelle Drum Teacher

Christian Brunelle has been performing for 20 years now and learned to play drums, vocals,and later on guitar. He attended Berklee College of Music and has played in a number of bands and musicals since then. Some of his favorite artists are Larnell Lewis, Neil Peart, Questlove, Carlos Santana and Angus Young. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Madison.
General Manager, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher MIKE MOLYNEUX

MIKE MOLYNEUX General Manager, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Music has had a remarkable influence on Mike from an early age. He is a dedicated music admirer, teaching enthusiast, performing artist and guitarist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music industry and technology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He went on to study guitar with the highly regarded and talented guitarist Tony Lombardozzi, circa 2016-2020. Being a multi-instrumentalist, Mike is able to take interest in many musical endeavors. He is a CT native who produces original music with the band The Dive Crew. He also performs in an original band known as Strawberry Cheesesteak. He is partnered with a group of professional musicians in two different bands known as Covergirl, and After
Effect. These bands perform covers for private events, parties, and weddings throughout New England.
Studio Coordinator, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher SOPHIE HAXHI

SOPHIE HAXHI Studio Coordinator, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Sophie has been singing since she could talk. She started playing piano at the age of six. Since then she has continued to develop her love of music. She played cello in her school orchestra, as well as in several state and town wide orchestras and smaller ensembles, before taking a more serious focus on voice. She joined the United Girls Choir at the age of twelve then went on to audition for the Elm City Girls Choir, with which she toured across the globe and had many notable performances, including a production of Bernstein’s Mass with the Yale Glee Club and the Yale Symphony in Carnegie Hall. She worked as a soprano soloist and conductor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wallingford before leaving for Muhlenberg College to pursue vocal performance. Her specialties include conducting, choral performance, vocal theory and world music.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher WALKER DESTROISMAISONS

WALKER DESTROISMAISONS Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Assistant Manager

Walker has been playing music for 19 years, starting out on alto saxophone at age 11before picking up guitar at 13. An avid musician throughout high-school, Walker then pursued music professionally, graduating from the University of New Haven with a bachelor’s degree in music and sound recording in 2014. While attending, he also took private guitar instruction from Nick Nasko, as well as performed with the UNH Jazz Band on both guitar and saxophone. He has played in numerous rock bands around the New Haven area and is currently performing regularly with original bands Strawberry Cheesesteak and Hatfield, as well as shoreline cover band Covergirl. Walker has also worked as a professional live sound engineer since 2016, as well as written and recorded several solo projects over the years.
Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher JAKE HUFFMAN

JAKE HUFFMAN Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

At the age of 14, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jake Huffman began his musical journey while traveling up and down the east coast with his rock band, McLovins. Jake’s band shared the stage with acts such as Blink-182, Jack White, BB King, and The Flaming Lips. In 2010, Rolling Stone described his band as “having the ability to harness the musical ferocity of Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool and Stewart Copeland before being able to legally drive a car.” Meanwhile on television, Jake left an imprint as a composer and lyricist for Sesame Street, writing dozens of songs for artists like Ed Sheeran and Leon Bridges. He also did a stint leading the house band on ESPN2’s Sports-Nation for a season. On stage, Jake goes from drums to keys to guitar all while communicating to an audience with deeply personal lyrics and stony vocals.
Singing Teacher MIKE STEARNS

MIKE STEARNS Singing Teacher

Music has been a major part of Mike’s life from a very young age. It began with an infatuation with the musical Mary Poppins, where he quickly learned every dance number and song by heart by the age of five. From there, singing became something he did daily, whether it was in the car, around the house, or at school. By his freshman year of high school, Mike was beginning his classical training in voice and participating in the musicals put on by his high school, such as Singing in the Rain and Mary Poppins. During this time, he was also attending the School of Rock in Madison performing in multiple band programs and the House Band. Throughout his high school career, Mike became involved with multiple bands and has played rock covers at a variety of local bars and venues around the state. His most successful band, and the band he has been with for seven years (joining at the age of 15), is Presence. Presence is a Led Zeppelin tribute band and performs around Connecticut at a variety of well-known venues such as The Space Ballroom, The Acoustic, and Trinity on Main. They have been consistently compared to the other national acts covering Led Zeppelin and are seen as one of, if not, the best Led Zeppelin tribute band in the state. Most recently, Mike has graduated college at the University of South Carolina, majoring in Entertainment Management with a minor in music. During that time, Mike continued his classical training in voice, received formal piano training for two years, and spent some time teaching himself bass and drums. He has continued playing in a few bands, both in South Carolina and Connecticut, becoming known for his impressive range, powerhouse voice, and passionate performances at every show.
Bass Guitar Teacher Christian Sacco

CHRISTIAN SACCO Bass Guitar Teacher

Christian S. started performing as a clarinet player in his middle school concert band. He began studying bass as a student at School of Rock Madison when he was 16. He remained in the student program for 2 years while also taking part in other musical endeavors such as his high school rock ensemble. In 2020, Christian took up a music studies major in Manchester Community College, with the aim to transfer into a 4-year state university and major in music education.
Keyboard Teacher BILL D’ANDREA

BILL D’ANDREA Keyboard Teacher

William (Bill) D'Andrea was born and raised in Greenwich, CT. He studied at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 1977 with an instrumental performance major in piano. Bill started playing piano at the early age of 13. Throughout his career, Bill has had the unique opportunity to play in various musical ensembles. From musicals to rock bands, jazz bands and more, he has acquired an incredible ability to play many various styles and instruments. Bill has taught himself guitar and has been coaching vocals as the director/accompanist for over 30 musicals such as "Godspell," "Kiss Me, Kate," "Fame," "Barnum and Nunsense," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Mame" and more. He has been performing, arranging and teaching for over 50 years in the tri-state area. Bill loves music and especially enjoys sharing the language of music through teaching students of all ages. He is a piano teacher and guitar teacher at School of Rock Madison.
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher MARCUS DIPOLLINA

MARCUS DIPOLLINA Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Marcus has been playing in southeastern CT for over a decade. His love of music started in 8th grade when he asked for drum lessons. He wasted no time finding his first real band, Defenders Of Pluto. In which he was the manic pop punk drummer playing once or twice a month in high school. Defenders released their debut album in 2012. Since then, Marcus has stayed true to his passion of music. Taking him all over the state of Connecticut and also to NH, VT, MA and ME. Marcus plays drums, guitar, bass and has a bachelor's degree in music performance. Marcus’s most recent project was joining the band Fleet in 2017. Marcus' four year tenure with the sextet provided him with immense growth as he made the transition to lead guitar and recorded as a guitarist for the first time. In 2019 the band won the Mohegan Sun's “Locals Live” battle of the bands. When the pandemic hit, Marcus released his first Solo EP called “Lock Down Quarantunes” in late February of 2020. The following spring, Marcus started the most recent chapter of his musical life by becoming an instructor at School of Rock in Madison, CT. Marcus looks at music as a trade and a job that he loves doing. He hopes to impart this passion to his students and all the projects he is a part of.
Guitar Teacher JAKE SHAKER

JAKE SHAKER Guitar Teacher

Jake is a guitarist and songwriter with over 18 years of experience playing, writing, and recording music. He uses songwriting as a vehicle to explore psychology, philosophy, and to navigate personal experiences. As a musician, Jake has a love of harmony and is a lifelong student of jazz theory. His current songwriting and recording project, Skating, has released three full length albums which blend indie, pop, rock, and jazz for a unique and sincere sound.

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It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform onstage. As a music teacher for 15 years, it is easy to say that choosing School of Rock for our son was the best parenting decision we have made yet.

What a Transformation.

When we decided to send our daughter to School of Rock we never imagined what a positive impact one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician.

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School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas.

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