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Short Pump

School of Rock Short Pump
4300 Pouncey Tract Road Suite G
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 212-3900

Location Specifics

We're located behind the Buffalo Wild Wings, next to Sola Salon.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 11 PM - 5 PM

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

Programs we offer

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

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

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Short Pump'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 Glen Allen music venue.

Rookies music program for children in Glen Allen
Ages 6-7

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

School of Rock Short Pump'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 Short Pump 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 Glen Allen.

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 Short Pump 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 Glen Allen.

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

The School of Rock Short Pump 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 Short Pump's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at VA 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 Glen Allen and the rest of VA. 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 Short Pump

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Glen Allen

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Glen Allen

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Short Pump 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 Short Pump, 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 Short Pump 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 Short Pump, 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 Glen Allen.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Glen Allen

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Short Pump 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 Glen Allen 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 Short Pump, 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 Glen Allen 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 Short Pump, 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 Glen Allen

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Short Pump, 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 Glen Allen, 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 Short Pump’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.

Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Christophe J. Alicea-Semanatte Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Christophe J. Alicea-Semanatte, who goes by CJ, got his start in music playing bass in middle school, but shifted his focus to drums when he started playing snare drum for Hermitage High School's drumline. After high school, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from VCU in music performance: jazz studies with a focus on drum set. During college, CJ became a member of Virginia's Street Drum Corps, Blood Drums, which was awarded Percussive Ensemble of the Year in 2012 by "DRUM Magazine."

Now, he works as an instructor/mentor at School of Rock teaching drums, beginner piano, guitar, bass and ukulele. He currently plays as an accompanist at the VCU School of Dance and occasionally at the RVA ballet. CJ performs around town in a variety of styles of music including rock, jazz, funk, R n' B, hip-hop, flamenco and salsa, and plays with the Breakfast Cabaret, Attraction and ETG.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Steven Christian Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Steven started playing the guitar when he was 13 years old, taking private lessons at a local music store. He attended Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA, where he started playing in a metal band. Throughout high school he played guitar with the school's jazz ensemble and indoor drumlins. Steven went on to study classical guitar at Radford University, completing his degree in Music Business in 2015. Steven enjoys playing several musical styles including metal, alternative rock, pop-punk, jazz/fusion, progressive, classical and acoustic.
Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Morgan Stewart Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Having been raised by four professional musicians, Morgan showed early signs of her musical interest. At age seven she was trained in hand percussion, specializing in West African Djembe. As she grew into a pre-teen, she was able to occasionally join her mother's band on stage as a percussionist/guest singer. Morgan grew to love the stage, and by age 14 she had taught herself guitar and started writing her own music. By age 16 she was professionally playing her own shows as a solo act with a mixture of her originals and popular covers. In 2011 Morgan was accepted and attended Berklee College of Music for four semesters. She majored in Professional Music, specializing in Songwriting, Music Business and Vocal Performance and Technique. She moved back to Richmond, VA in 2013 to start her solo career and finish her degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music. She has now been teaching for four years and works at School of Rock in Short Pump, VA as a Vocal/Keys Instructor. As a teacher, she endeavors to help her students grow in both skill and music appreciation. She plays all over the east coast every weekend as a solo artist or with her duo, trio or band. She is currently writing and recording her newest album with her band Roxbury.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

K.C. Hatton Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

K.C. Hatton is a guitarist and pianist with over 25 years of performance experience. He has recorded and toured with several signed rock acts and many other various artists. As a published songwriter through ASCAP, his playing has been featured on television and movie soundtracks. K.C. has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally playing events such as Vans Warped Tour, South by Southwest festival, Punkspring (Japan), NPR Tiny Desk Concert and the WHFS festival. Some legendary rock venues that he has performed at include CBGBs, 930 Club, Electric Factory, The Metro, The Trocadero and The Black Cat.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher GREG ELINGBURG

GREG ELINGBURG Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Greg was inspired to pick up his first instrument, drums, at the age of 9 after discovering the music of Nirvana. Self-taught and playing entirely by ear, he has added guitar, bass, ukulele and some very lite piano to his repertoire of instruments. Over the last 20 years, he has played in several bands covering many genres including alternative rock, metal, hardcore, punk, surf, indie rock, shoegaze, acoustic rock, prog, and hip hop. Greg also started composing music at the age of 13 for bands and solo projects, and he has gone on to write, perform, and record original compositions, scores, and sound design for plays and theatre companies in the Richmond area, Greensboro, NC, and Seoul, South Korea. While attending high school in Asheville, NC, Greg sang tenor in the advanced ensemble chorus earning all county honors and played the lead role of Curly in Oklahoma! He has been teaching peers, children, and others how to play instruments since high school, and has seen students go on to have successful careers in different avenues of the music and entertainment industries.

A few of Greg's musical accomplishments are co-composing and performing on a song for a music compilation of up-and-coming buzz bands that went out to radio stations across the nation, performing bass for TheatreLAB's highly praised RVA production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2014 and 2017, performing bass for 5th Wall Theatre’s RVA production of The Toxic Avenger, and winning several “battle of the bands” competitions over the years. He has DJ'd and hosted a radio show for Radio Disney and additionally, he has produced, recorded, and mixed music for local punk, hardcore, and indie rock bands in the Richmond area.

Some of his favorite artists include Glassjaw, Deftones, Prince, MJ, Common, and Born of Osiris. Greg loves nothing more than seeing others become inspired and excited by music. He strives to help his students foster a lifetime of enjoyment with their instrument and stresses the importance of camaraderie in the arts. He is grateful to work with such an awesome group of musicians and be a part of the School of Rock family. Greg can't wait to rock with YOU!
Singing Teacher Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker Singing Teacher

Having grown up in Upstate New York as a minister’s daughter, Kathy was exposed to music at a young age. Singing in the church choir at the age of 5 started her journey into the world of music as well as her interest in the acting world. Kathy started playing piano in the 4th grade and had a brief stint playing the French horn. From there she began to branch out into auditioning for musicals and theater productions and was soon bitten by the acting bug. Kathy began to study voice at Oswego State University in 9th grade and from there spent her high school career on stage with a variety of school choirs and landing the leads in high school musicals as well as college productions. Having a strong connection with music and acting she began thinking about her dreams --and yes, she wanted to be an actress in New York City, but her parents strongly encouraged her to go to college and get a degree. That way she would have a career to fall back on to help “pay the bills”—smart parents! Kathy successfully passed her initial audition with Shenandoah College & Conservatory of Music (now Shenandoah University) and was accepted into the Conservatory the same day. She majored in voice, minored in piano and received her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. After completing her internship in Marianna, Florida she came to Richmond and began her 35 + year career in acting and singing, as well as her career as a music therapist working at various health care facilities with seniors who have cognitive deficits.

Kathy has had the opportunity to see the music and acting world from both sides of the fence having attended auditions as well as holding auditions. She may not have ended up as an actress in NYC, but she has been a professional actress and singer in RVA for well over 30 years having been on stage in numerous theatrical productions as well as being the lead vocalist in a variety of bands. Kathy is also a voice over artist and can be heard up and down the east coast on radio and TV. As a vocal instructor, Kathy will not only bring to the table her knowledge of music but also her knowledge of acting and stage presence and what it takes to help “land the gig!”
Guitar Teacher  Taylor Glenn Seward

Taylor Glenn Seward Guitar Teacher

Coming from a musical family, Taylor started playing the guitar at the age of 9. In 2005 he enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University to study Guitar Performance and Jazz Studies. In 2006 he was a Kennedy Scholarship recipient, and from 2008-2009 he was a member of Jazz Orchestra 1.

Dedicated to becoming well versed in a multitude of styles, he has studied with Mike Ess (wrote the Jazz Guitar curriculum at VCU), Kevin Harding (head of jazz studies at University of Richmond), Dan Sugarman (As Blood Runs Black / Ice 9 Kills), Jake Howsam Lowe (Plini, The Helix Nebula), among many others. He has performed around the Richmond area, as well as the east coast, with several bands, most notably his own project - Curtana - an instrumental project that focuses on musicianship, but will also have you singing the guitar parts out loud. Taylor has been fortunate enough to share the stage with - Tony MacAlpine, Arch Echo, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, The Travis Larson Band, Standards, Shy / Low, members of Butcher Brown, among many other countless RVA bands.

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He is a full-fledged ROCKSTAR now.

My son started with piano lessons before he switched to guitar. He's amazing now! It is unbelievable. He has found his best friends at School of Rock.

We love the School of Rock family!

The school has been amazing for my daughter and I. She has found a love of music and has newfound confidence beyond her years, and I have rediscovered my own love and appreciation of different genres of music.

My sons have gained confidence.

School of Rock has changed the lives of my sons more than any other activity! My sons have learned to master their instruments and the details of working with a band and putting on a performance that can only be learned through experience.

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