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School of Rock Norwood/Walpole
1250 Washington Street
Norwood, MA 02062
(781) 352-2336

Location Specifics

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 7 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Special Hours:

  • 07/04/2022: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Norwood/Walpole combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

School of Rock in Norwood is proud to serve our community with music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. Here, students are taught instruments like guitar, vocals, drums, piano, and more in a variety of different styles in a supportive learning environment. With enough practice, students may even one day be able to play at notable venues such as the Fallout Shelter.

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Norwood/Walpole'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 Norwood 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 Norwood/Walpole, 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 Norwood is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Norwood/Walpole 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 Norwood/Walpole, 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.

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 Norwood/Walpole

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Norwood

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Norwood

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Norwood/Walpole 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 Norwood/Walpole, 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 Norwood/Walpole 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 Norwood/Walpole, 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 Norwood.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Norwood

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Norwood/Walpole 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 Norwood 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 Norwood/Walpole, 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 Norwood 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 Norwood/Walpole, 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 Norwood

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Norwood/Walpole, 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 Norwood, 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 Norwood/Walpole’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.

Phil Martelly Owner

A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, his passion for music is unmatched by few and is a driving force behind his bringing School of Rock to the Southern Mass/Rhode Island area. He is the definition of the word musician as he plays not one but several instruments: guitar, bass and drums. Phil has played with a lot of the area's hottest bands including Pappy Chulo as the opening act for none other than Incubus.

Shawn Garrity Owner

Shawn's musical journey began at age eleven when his dad handed him a guitar and taught him a few chords. As he grew, so did his love for music. At fifteen, he joined a band, began writing music and playing original and cover songs at clubs and venues throughout New England. He studied jazz and classical music at Western Connecticut State University and earned a B.A. in Music Industry from the University of New Haven. After college Shawn formed several bands which eventually resulted in the formation of his current band, VulGarrity. The band has completed three nationwide tours, signed an artist development deal with MySpace Records and won first place in 95.5 WBRU's 2011 Rock Hunt. Shawn has shared the stage with The Prodigals, Ra, Robert DeLong, The Heavy, Ra Ra Riot and Electric Six. Shawn continues to record music and tour with his sister and VulGarrity bandmate Tracy. With the use of loop pedals, the two play guitar, bass, drums and keys simultaneously while singing, often switching instruments during their shows, creating a unique live music experience. While Shawn enjoys listening to and playing a wide variety of music, he is most inspired by all things rock.

Stephen Kennedy Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Stephen Kennedy trained at Berklee School of Music and has been teaching and gigging in New England for 40 years. He has performed and worked with regional and national acts including Molly Hackett, Foghat and Aerosmith's Brad Whitford.

Cassondra Vinson General Manager

Cassondra grew up here in Norwood and graduated from Norwood High in 2013. She was a member of The Madrigals, a group of singers who dress up in Renaissance attire and sing songs in the round or a capella. She's performed at King Richards Faire, the Seaport Center, Symphony Hall and Mechanic Hall. Even after graduating, she still sings for fun and relaxation, as well as writes her own music. You can even catch her singing around the school at any time of the day. When she is not singing or working, she like to do Zumba and spend time with family.

Dylan DiChiara Music Director

In 2009 Dylan attended UMass Lowell as a Music Education major and by 2011 had begun teaching privately. In 2014 Dylan joined the School of Rock family, teaching drums, guitar, and directing shows for Rock 101 and Performance. As a drummer Dylan has performed locally and toured nationally with a diverse array of acts including The BoxBerrys, American Midnight, and Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers. Above all else, Dylan still considers himself a student of music and continues to study privately while maintaining a rigorous practice schedule.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Kevin has well over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. He has had music featured on cable networks like The Discovery Channel, the BET network and others, and is best known as a blazing blues guitarist with Worcester, MA-based contemporary R&B act Blue Honey and his rocking blues combo The Kevin Williams Trio. He has toured and performed internationally and has been featured on several recordings as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, keyboardist and as a producer.

Tyler Pompei Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Tyler's father bought him a bass guitar for Christmas when he was young. At the time it was the last thing he wanted. 11 years later, he has hardly been able to put it down. He's played countless gigs in the Boston/Providence area and around Worcester with his band Mr. Thinwheel at venues such as The Met, The Middle East and The Hard Rock Cafe. His band also performed live and interviewed on the Boston-based internet radio show WEMF. Tyler has been performing live since he was 14. He has taken private lessons for over 12 years and took a summer course at Berklee College of Music with teacher and renowned bassist Victor Wooten. Years after he picked up bass he learned to play the piano as well. His love for both instruments and what they allow him to express is what he wishes to impart on his students.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Josh Giaquinto

Josh Giaquinto Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Josh is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer. He started playing music when he was 10 years old and had his first drum lesson. By high school, he decided to pick up bass and eventually guitar when he was 17. Throughout high school, he performed with the marching band, Jazz band, and percussion ensemble. In 2015, he released his first solo album and knew he wanted his life to be surrounded by music as much as possible. He majored in music technology at Franklin Pierce University where he met his current band Milfoil, who has multiple albums on Spotify and plays shows in the New England area.
Guitar Teacher Ollie McKay

Ollie McKay Guitar Teacher

Ollie has always been invested in music, having taken piano lessons from age 6 and moving to the guitar at age 11. The initial spark of interest in Rock music came primarily from Nirvana's Nevermind, as well as bands like AC/DC and Green Day. Shortly after, he enrolled in School of Rock Norwood's performance program where he spent years getting valuable performance experience and branching out on his genres of influence and interest. He began listening to and playing Blues, Metal, psychedelic Rock, Pop, and more. In high school, he gained an interest in Jazz, participating in a number of ensembles. He attended the five-week Aspire program at Berklee College of Music, studying Jazz fusion and Funk music, his current areas of interest. He has formed his own bands with peers from School of Rock. He continues to seek out new opportunities to learn, teach, and perform music.
Studio Coordinator Nicole Vinson

Nicole Vinson Studio Coordinator

Nicole is artistic in more ways than one. She has been taking art for almost 7 years now, listening to music as a way to add emotion to her pieces. As a child she looked up to her older sister and, as a result, began singing as well. She has taken part in our performance group since 2020. She plans on attending a nursing program after high school to fulfill her dream job.
Drum Teacher Dante Anello

Dante Anello Drum Teacher

Dante has had a love of music from a young age, taking drum lessons at the age of 5, and stopping upon losing initial interest in the instrument. After being gifted an iPod for Christmas one year, it allowed for his music taste to be explored. A few artists that influenced him early on included the likes of Jeff Beck, The Police, and The Clash. As the years went on, he decided to pick up the sticks again and this time decided to start taking lessons at School of Rock Norwood. The rest is history! Dante has been attending School of Rock for about 5 years now taking part in both Performance group, and Houseband. As his interests change and grow, he has begun exploring genres such as Jazz-fusion and prog-Rock over the last few years. On top of his experience gained at School of Rock, he has been in multiple bands, some consisting of School of Rock students! He continues to be a student of music while maintaining his role as a teacher.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.


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 makes playing the drums enjoyable!

When I was in elementary and middle school I hated taking drum lessons. I am 60 years old and a few years ago I bought the drum set I always wanted. School of Rock offers me a great opportunity to learn music and how to play with other musicians.

My son loves it there!

Your instructors always go the extra mile to schedule my son's lessons and make-ups. I get an email from them every week to make sure we are making it there on time. They are very friendly and always let us know about upcoming events. Thank you!

My son loves the quality of his classes.

Cassie is excellent at her job in terms of reminders, follow ups, communication and she cares deeply that her students are thriving. My son loves the quality of classes he is afforded at School of Rock and he looks forward to them every week.

My daughter gets to be more creative here.

Unlike the more traditional style of learning music in high school, my daughter gets to be more creative and adventurous at School of Rock. Her overall confidence has also increased since having the opportunity to perform on stage.

My son has had such a positive experience.

My son has been part of the School of Rock family for approximately 3 months. The experience he is going through as a young musician is overwhelming and nothing but positive. The interactions that he's had with the other musicians have been both supportive and encouraging.

The staff are wonderful!

They are such wonderful teachers and are always encouraging my daughter. In just six months they have opened up so many new experiences for her.

School of Rock has become a huge part of my son's life.

He loves that he's found others that share his passion for music. In addition to participating in lessons, Performance Group and House Band, he and some of his School of Rock friends have formed their own band.

You get to play in a band with other students!

Lessons are great but the kicker is getting to play in a band setting with other students with several gigs a year.

Great school. Great instructors. Positive atmosphere.

Great school. Great instructors. Positive atmosphere. My daughter has blossomed with confidence. She looks forward to her lessons and playing with the band.

School of Rock is well worth the investment.

From the second you walk through the door it’s all positivity. Even through COVID, when my son was still just learning, he learned so much through their online program. I can’t say enough good things about SOR. Well worth the investment.

Professional, friendly and patient staff.

Very professional teachers, super friendly and patient staff! My son loves it now my daughter wants to join. Keep up the good work everyone!

My son is learning fast!

I love how much my son enjoys his classes and how helpful and accommodating Cassie is, as well as the email class reminders. We have had a wonderful experience thus far and my son is learning fast and enjoys his teacher. Thank you!

The instructors are knowledgeable and great with students.

School of Rock has been a great place for my son to develop his skills as a musician. The programs have really pushed him to try all instruments and to work at what he loves. The instructors are great with the kids and clearly passionate and extremely knowledgeable about music.

I love School of Rock's approach and would highly recommend the program.

My child wouldn't thrive in a super high pressure lesson environment. I love that School of Rock feels a little more laid back. Though my son is still picking up the basics, he has been able to have fun and learn songs in the process. I would highly recommend School of Rock.

My son absolutely loves it!

My son absolutely loves it, he loves the teachers, and he's made friends with kids who share his passion for music. I also like that he has the opportunity to join the school's house band and take trips to perform. The more shows these kids are in, the better.