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School of Rock Northshore
1872 N Causeway Blvd
Mandeville, LA 70471
985-589-7625
Hours
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 2:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4:15 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

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

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

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

At School of Rock Northshore, 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 Northshore, 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 Mandeville
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

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

School of Rock Northshore'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 Northshore 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 Mandeville.

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 Northshore 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 Mandeville.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Mandeville

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Mandeville

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Northshore 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 Northshore, 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 Northshore 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 Northshore, 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 Mandeville.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Mandeville

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Northshore 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 Mandeville 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 Northshore, 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 Mandeville 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 Northshore, 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 Mandeville

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Mandeville. 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 Northshore, 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 Mandeville 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 Northshore Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Mandeville 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 Mandeville 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 Northshore, 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 Mandeville, 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 Northshore’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.

CR Gruver Owner
CR Gruver
Owner
CR Gruver began his classical training at the age of 9, and by 13 he left formal instruction as a top student to immerse himself in the world of rock and funk. The next four decades were dedicated to perfecting his craft, touring the country relentlessly, and building a successful performance career. He is currently a member of the national touring band New Orleans Suspects in addition to being the owner and operator of School of Rock Metairie (New Orleans) and School of Rock Northshore. His experience as a national touring professional and seasoned Music Director makes him an ideal owner of School of Rock, as he’ll be able to impart decades of wisdom and knowledge to his students and faculty.
General Manager Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
General Manager
Ben Wallace has lived on the Northshore for over 25 years. He and his wife, Charlotte, have two amazing teenage children who are very involved in many extracurricular activities including a passion for the arts. Ben and Charlotte have run several businesses together including owning and managing an Early Childhood center on the Northshore for over ten years.

Ben is excited to be a part of School of Rock and helping to continue to enrich the lives of those in our community. Ben has a passion for instilling a love of learning in children and empowering them for whatever stage of life they choose to perform.
General Manager Charlotte Wallace
Charlotte Wallace
General Manager
Charlotte Wallace is from Metairie and has lived on the Northshore for over 25 years. She is married to Ben Wallace and they have two amazing teenage children who are very involved in many extracurricular activities including a passion for the arts. Charlotte and Ben have run several businesses together including owning and managing an Early Childhood center on the Northshore for over ten years.

Charlotte loves serving the families in this amazing community and doing all that she can to enrich the lives of children. She loves how School of Rock engages its students and instills a love of music in them for life. Charlotte is so excited to be an integral part of School of Rock Northshore.
Kate Parker, Studio Coordinator
Kate Parker
Studio Coordinator
Kate Parker was inspired to start her saxophone career in elementary school after finding a role model in Lisa Simpson. Through joining School of Rock in Chatham, NJ she discovered she had a passion not only for the saxophone but also for singing, and picked up flute and piano along the way. During her time in AllStars she played iconic stages across the country including festivals like Lollapalooza and Summerfest. Kate developed a love of working with kids to build their confidence and help them shine through teaching Little Wing classes and working as a writing tutor for elementary and middle school students. Whenever she wasn’t buried in books, working towards her degrees in Political Economy and English at Tulane, she wrote folk songs and jammed with friends at NOLA spots like The Willow and Neutral Ground. Kate is currently working on an EP with another former School of Rock AllStar.
Luke Harvey Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Luke Harvey
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Luke began playing music at 11 years old when he attended his first music/performance summer camp. A few years later he and three friends from camp started a band called Tonight The Prom. With all members starting the band at around 15 years old, Tonight The Prom had quite the come-up and was featured on Chicago’s (at the time) most popular rock and alternative radio station which propelled the band to new heights. At it’s peak, Tonight The Prom was playing shows at some of the most prestigious venue’s across Chicago Illinois. From The Metro and the House of Blues all the way to the Warped Tour in 2007 & 2008. By 2009 the band had graduated high school and went their separate ways until Luke toured with his former bassist’s new bands (Victorian Halls and Hello Americans). With the onset of COVID and dwindling opportunities to perform, Luke has taken to working on music remotely, teaching and recording his own tracks at his own pace for the love of the game.
Maddie Appel Vocal Teacher and Rookies Teacher
Maddie Appel
Vocal Teacher, Rookies Teacher
Madeleine (Maddie) Appel began her music/performance career at 8 years old with vocals and piano lessons. With a strong and colorful training in Musical Theatre, Rock, Jazz, and Classical, she very quickly fell in love with performing. Both in 2019 and 2020, Maddie competed internationally at ITF, in which she received all Superior Ratings for her vocal performances. Previously, she has directed young age groups in both musical theatre and music-specific settings. Maddie believes music to be a universal language and takes pride in the privilege of passing that on to students.
Guitar Teacher, Little Wing Teacher, Rookies Teacher Britt Gondolfi
Britt Gondolfi
Guitar Teacher, Little Wing Teacher, Rookies Teacher
Britt Gondolfi got her start with music in the 8th grade but her passion for music took off when she became a preschool teacher at a Reggio Emilia Preschool in Atlanta. Bringing music into the classroom became one of her greatest pleasures and joys. In her spare time, Britt is a full-time mom, law student, and part-time research assistant for the Bioneers, a non-profit organization supporting Native American Environmentalists. Her biggest artistic aspiration is to form a Built to Spill cover band.
Bass Guitar Teacher Jeremy Delle
Jeremy Delle
Bass Guitar Teacher
Jeremy Delle was born and raised in the small town of Covington, LA. He started learning the bass guitar at 14 years old and by the age of 16, he was playing in nightclubs all over the Northshore/New Orleans area. Jeremy's background includes over 26 years of teaching experience and 30 years of performing professionally. He organized a Relay for Life and American Cancer Society fundraising festival, Rock for Life, held at Hammond's Cate Square in 2009 with Bryan Lee as the headliner. Jeremy has played with a number of bands including The Remedy Krewe, The Atomic Thunk, Dang Bruh Y, Space Trumpet, Dr. Green & the Funk Machine, Noel & the Missing Links, and. Mojo Buddha, He currently plays with The Grayhawk Band and he is also working on a new solo project.

Jeremy has opened for 3 Doors Down, Incubus, and Astral Project, and has played sold-out shows at the House of Blues Parish Room and Howlin Wolf. He has also performed at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in a concert that was recorded for an album to raise funds for underprivileged children to get musical instruments. Jeremy's true passion is teaching music, making new music, and performing music live.
Guitar Teacher George Schindler
George Schindler
Guitar Teacher
George Schindler has been playing guitar for over 20 years, and if you ask him, he'll tell you that he thinks it's pretty cool. George is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area (Go Crusaders!) who spent entirely too much time at Loyola University where he left with credentials that are not at all related to guitar or guitar playing (an oversight on his part). While in college, George began teaching guitar to kids and teenagers while starting a band, Third Time's the Charm, with whom he would play for the better part of 10 years.

Professionally, George has spent most of his time as an educator, combining a year in the classroom and nearly a decade in public history. Throughout his life, his love of music and passion for a particular six-stringed instrument has never waivered or waned. George is thrilled to bring his talents and experience to bear at School of Rock Northshore and to foster and nurture the talents and passions of the next rock stars!
Drum Teacher Mark Larson
Mark Larson
Drum Teacher
Mark Larson is a drummer. He was raised in Mandeville, LA, and received a rich music education at Loyola University in New Orleans in the Jazz Department. Mark is inspired by some of the best musicians in rock and jazz such as Jimi Hendrix, Art Blakey, and Bill Evans. He started playing drums at the age of 9 and has been in several bands. He loves playing live shows and takes the stage whenever he can. Mark is a drum teacher at School of Rock Northshore as well as Assistant Director for School of Rock’s Rock 101 program. He looks forward to directing future shows and says, "teaching gives me a great purpose."
Guitar Teacher Ryan Kintz
Ryan Kintz
Guitar Teacher
Ryan is a talented guitarist with a lifelong passion for music. He has been playing the guitar since 2006 and has a deep understanding of music theory and composition. Ryan believes that rock music is the perfect vehicle for teaching students how to play the guitar, and he loves the unique teaching approach that School of Rock uses to teach fundamentals, theory, and technique. From Aerosmith to ZZ Top, learning rock music with Ryan is an exciting and rewarding experience that will inspire and challenge students to achieve their full potential as musicians.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher Bill Solomon
Bill Solomon
Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Bill Solomon comes from a musical family. His mom sang and played the organ, his dad played trumpet and his identical twin brother plays guitar. They played nightly as a family band. Bill began on guitar and trumpet, adding electric bass in 6th grade-what was then called "stage band." He and his brother began playing out in 7th grade, as the house band for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's chapter of The Cerebral Palsy Organization. They also played in local bands in Pittsburgh and eventually St. Louis, MO.

Bill received his master's degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University. He continued playing and teaching privately, touring for Guitars for Vets out of Milwaukee, WI. Bill currently volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse in New Orleans while playing in bands in the area.
Singing Teacher Mandi Rae Lockwood
Mandi Rae Lockwood
Vocal Teacher
Mandi Rae has over 28 years of experience in entertainment. She started off in Musical Theatre at the age of 7 and continued performing throughout high school. At age 15, she signed a management contract with GO Entertainment in New Orleans. Mandi Rae performed throughout Louisiana opening festival shows for bands such as The Topcats. She also performed several shows as a member of Louisiana Kids. She competed in the Vocal Pop category at the National Talent Competition in Branson MO, where she was awarded a Gold Medal.

In 2005, Mandi Rae began studying Musical Theatre at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). After graduating high school, she decided to join the Louisiana Air National Guard. She served five years in the 159th Security Forces Squadron. In 2010, Mandi Rae deployed to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, where she served a 6-month tour. After returning, she settled in Slidell with her amazingly supportive husband, Jonathan. She is a mother to two sons, Gibson and Wesson.

When Mandi Rae is not teaching, you can catch her performing in Musical Theatre productions at Cutting Edge Theatre in Slidell. She also performs across the Southern Region with her acoustic duo Mike and Mandi. Mandi Rae is thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock family. She has a passion for guiding children, and can not wait to help our future generations of rock stars reach their dreams.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher Hannah Mahoney
Hannah Mahoney
Vocal Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Hailing from the Midwest, Hannah Mahoney has been a student of music since the age of 5, beginning with piano, which she still uses today to compose and teach. She taught herself guitar as well as other strings including 12-string, ukulele, and even the harp.

Hannah has a strong voice too! She has led several bands and was the musical director at her church where she mastered the art of production.

Teaching is where Hannah is most passionate. A Homeschool Mom and author of several books for the homeschool community, she gets excited to prove that learning can always be fun! She has taught music publicly and privately for more than 25 years, including piano, strings, vocals, musical theatre, music theory, show choir, and more.

If you want to have fun learning music, Hannah is your girl!
Drum Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher Oleh Popelukhin
Oleh Popelukhin
Drum Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Oleh is an accomplished musician and dedicated educator with over 15 years of experience teaching drums and piano across Europe and the United States. With a master's degree in both Piano Education and Percussion Performance, Oleh brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for music to every lesson. Whether guiding students through complex rhythms or nurturing their piano skills, Oleh’s commitment to fostering musical talent shines through in his teaching approach.
Guitar Teacher, Vocal Teacher Stephen Brashear
Stephen Brashear
Guitar Teacher, Vocal Teacher
Stephen Brashear is an Americana artist, and music educator born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Stephen has toured both solo and with his band in North America and Europe. His unique Bayou Soul meets Dirt Road Country style of playing and songwriting tells the stories of his life traveling and has captured audiences from around the world.
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Reviews

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

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

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

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

It's the best music program in the city.

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

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

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

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