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School of Rock Princeton
1761 Princeton Ave
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
(609) 890-7090
  • Monday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3:30 PM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM

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

Sharpen your music skills at School of Rock Princeton, proudly serving students in Lawrence Township, Princeton, Hamilton, Windsor, Robbinsville, and other surrounding areas with quality music lessons taught by real, practicing musicians. School of Rock Princeton provides both in-person and online music lessons for students of all ages in popular genres like punk, rock, and alternative. Our programs, camps, and workshops for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults make learning to play music fun and create great communities of musicians. School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. We combine one-on-one drum, bass, keyboard, vocal, and guitar lessons with group practices. Students learn to play music from day one and put on live performances at local venues. Our experienced instructors are local musicians themselves who combine the performance-based Method™ and programs with individual music lessons to get results for your student.

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Princeton'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 Lawrence Township music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Lawrence Township
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Princeton, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Princeton, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Princeton, 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 Lawrence Township is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Princeton 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 Princeton, 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 Lawrence Township for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Princeton'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 Princeton 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 Lawrence Township.

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 Princeton 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 Lawrence Township.

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

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

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Princeton

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Princeton, 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 Princeton is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Lawrence Township 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 Princeton'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 Princeton, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Lawrence Township 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 Princeton offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasizing playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Lawrence Township guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Princeton

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Princeton 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 Princeton, 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 Princeton 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 Princeton, 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 Lawrence Township.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Princeton

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Princeton 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 Lawrence Township 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 Princeton, 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 Lawrence Township 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 Princeton, 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 Princeton

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Princeton, 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 Lawrence Township, 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 Princeton’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.

Andrew Chojnacki
Andrew Chojnacki is a voice and keyboard teacher at School of Rock. He is currently studying voice, music education, and music theory at Westminster Choir College. He plays keyboards and sings in Us & Them, one of the premier Pink Floyd tribute bands in the greater Philadelphia area. The core ideas behind his voice teaching involve taking classic principles such as diction, resonance, and breath support, and incorporating them into a great performance with excellent stage presence. Keyboard students can expect to learn a lot of music theory in their studies, and will be able to take basic chords and scales and incorporate them into improvisation and performance. Above all, Andrew strives for each of his students to have fun singing and playing music, and he takes pride in any kind of improvement shown, no matter how significant.
Billie Seeland
General Manager
Billie, a non-binary musician based in New Jersey, is the passionate General Manager of the Princeton School of Rock. A 2011 Princeton School of Rock graduate, Billie's journey with the program has come full circle. After graduation, they honed their skills in teaching bass lessons and directing music performances at Doylestown, Philadelphia, and, of course, Princeton – their true School of Rock home.
Leveraging their background in performance, music production, and music history, Billie is thrilled to give back to the program that empowered them for over a decade. Recognizing the program's transformative power, Billie fosters a welcoming and inclusive community for young Mercer County musicians. This dedication is reflected in the school and curriculum, which incorporate diverse music and artists, sparking both learning and discussion.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher  Chris Baker
Chris Baker
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Chris "Crisbie" Baker elevates the music scene at School of Rock Princeton, NJ, and beyond. This multi-instrumentalist powerhouse brings over a decade of experience teaching and performing on stages across the U.S. and internationally, electrifying audiences worldwide as lead guitarist for rock artist Eric13 (Combichrist) on multiple international tours. His impressive recording history boasts collaborations with renowned artists like DMC of Run-DMC. His passion for music extends to nurturing the next generation of musicians and is a sought-after instructor at School of Rock Princeton, where he ignites a love for music in students of all ages and skill levels. His expertise extends beyond guitar, encompassing bass, drums, and vocals, making him a true multi-instrumental ace. Chris isn't just about sharing his knowledge; he's also a creative force. He's pouring his heart into his debut album with the exciting new project, Ego Planet. He also shreds guitar for The Way Outs, captivating audiences with his dynamic performances.
Music Director Chris Seeland
Chris Seeland
Music Director
When Chris isn't leading our school's music program, he's shredding stages across Mercer County with his band. Chris brings a wealth of experience to the classroom, having toured nationally and collaborated with industry giants like Atlantic Records, Megaforce Records, and 320 Records. His bands have even shared the stage with legendary acts like The Misfits, Plain White T's, Aaron Carter, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, and David Cook.

Chris's passion and expertise will ignite your musical spark! Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from a true rockstar!
Assistant Music Director Lexi Campion
Lexi Campion
Assistant Music Director
Lexi Campion is our passionate Assistant Music Director, drum teacher, and gifted multi-instrumentalist instructor at School of Rock Princeton, serving students from Lawrenceville and surrounding areas in Mercer County. Lexi brings a wealth of musical experience to her teaching, having played drums since the age of nine and performing in numerous bands and ensembles. She holds a degree in Music Industry with minors in Business Administration and Marketing from Drexel University, allowing her to provide well-rounded instruction that combines musical expertise with industry knowledge. Currently, Lexi also plays guitar and sings in the Philadelphia-based band Grayling, signed to 6131 Records. Lexi's dedication to music and her ability to connect with students make her a valuable asset to the School of Rock Princeton community.
Singing Teacher Abby Harnum
Abby Harnum
Singing Teacher
Aspiring singers in Lawrence, NJ can learn to sing like a rockstar with Abby Harnum's vocal lessons at School of Rock Princeton. Abby is a passionate singer, actor, and vocal coach with a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. She combines her performance background with a focus on education to create a fun and engaging learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. Abby's utilizes the School of Rock method to teach singing, which is performance-based, and includes one-on-one voice lessons combined with group rehearsals, culminating in live performances. This approach helps students build practical skills and confidence, allowing them to express themselves through music. Abby's expertise in all genres, from rock to pop, makes her an ideal vocal coach for anyone looking to develop their vocal technique and unleash their inner rockstar.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher George Allan
George Allan
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Our multi-instrumentalist instructor, George, is a sound design expert who can help you discover your love for music. George's musical journey began with classical piano lessons, but quickly expanded to encompass other instruments like guitar, bass, and keyboard as he jammed with high school and college bands. He has been empowering students to unlock their musical potential since 2017, and has a teaching philosophy that emphasizes teamwork, collaboration, and a genuine passion for music. George's expertise extends beyond the classroom, as he holds an impressive Master's of Fine Arts (MFA) in Sound Design. This unique skillset adds another dimension to his music instruction, enabling students to grasp music theory and its real-world application on a deeper level. With George's guidance and expertise, you can explore piano, guitar, or bass guitar lessons and express your inner rockstar.
Drum Teacher Zac Treby
Zac Treby
Drum Teacher
Zac Treby is a New Jersey-based drummer who attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Drummers Collective in New York City.

As a performer, Zac is equally at home in jazz, rock, heavy metal, funk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, odd meter, and New Orleans drumming styles. Zac has played with The Shots, The Polish Nannies, Modern Rewind, Midnight Overdrive, Down 2 Earth, Matty Marz, Mac Paige, Blend, Sax & Co, Joe Berger, The Bloomsbury Church Band, and has recorded various musical projects of his own material as a composer. Zac also records remote drum tracks for various songs and projects and is the sole owner of Drummers Institute of NJ and producer/Artist Manager of Treby Music Productions.

As an educator, Zac is the Owner and Director of Zac Treby Drums and teaches courses and private lessons as well as workshop classes in jazz, rock, heavy metal, gospel chops, hip hop, funk, R&B, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean drumming styles. In addition, he teaches classes in reading, chart interpretation, and rudiments and he teaches ensemble repertoire and performance in varied styles.
Drum Teacher Jim McCandless
Jim McCandless
Drum Teacher
Jim McCandless is an experienced and passionate drummer with a strong background in live performance, studio recording, and a wide range of musical genres. With a deep understanding of rhythm theory, exceptional technique, and a commitment to collaboration, he is dedicated to inspiring and mentoring students in the art of drumming.

After receiving his AA in Music Performance at Collective School of Music, Jim's journey as a professional drummer has included touring with British and American bands, performing both nationally and internationally.

At School of Rock, James is dedicated to developing curricula that resonate with our unique performance-based educational philosophy. He takes pride in crafting lesson plans that not only challenge and engage his students but also prepare them for the exhilarating experience of live performance. Watching a student take to the stage for the first time and play with confidence and joy is a reminder of why he chose to become an educator.
Guitar Teacher Jacob Zirkin
Jacob Zirkin
Guitar Teacher
Jacob Zirkin is a guitarist and audio producer from Manalapan, New Jersey. After receiving his BS in Science Music Technology at Rowan University and over a decade of playing and performing at numerous venues across the tri-state area, he has dedicated his time towards helping musicians reach their goals at various after-school music programs.
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.


Amazing Things Happen.

Princeton School of Rock transforms kids taking music lessons into performing musicians. What sets this program apart is that students participate in weekly show rehearsals. The outcome isn't a recital but a full-fledged rock concert!

A Great Use of Talent.

School of Rock has engaged a staff of talented, capable instructors that really connect with the kids. Our daughter learned more in six months than in three years of school drum lessons and has become proficient on bass as well!

School of Rock Has Made All The Difference.

My son came in with several years of private guitar lessons under his belt, but had never actually played with other kids or in front of an audience. Not only has his playing improved dramatically, but he has acquired a stage presence!

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