Performance Program Ages 8-18 Every student will perform live on stage



Students learning to play in School of Rock's music programs for teens

What to Expect

  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group rehearsal

The Performance Program is School of Rock's hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. Utilizing the patented School of Rock Method, the Performance Program 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 and refine 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, Performance Program students take the stage and play at local music venues in front of a live audience.

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Teens playing music in School of Rock's performance program

Music Lessons You Can't Get Anywhere Else

Our revolutionary educational music program has been awarded a U.S. patent, making the School of Rock Method available nowhere else. The School of Rock Method builds musical proficiency through our proprietary Method App, Method Book collection, SongFirst approach, and performance-based music curriculum. The School of Rock Method has been refined and perfected for over 25 years, culminating in an educational music program that is proven to teach music. Online music lessons are also available and utilize the same patented curriculum we use in our schools. These virtual music lessons for kids and adults are a convenient way to begin or continue your child's music education from wherever you are.

Teens playing music in School of Rock's performance program


Our music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. All of our programs focus on bringing students to 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 music venue.


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What will my child learn in School of Rock's Performance Program?

School of Rock's Performance music program teaches your child or teen fundamental music skills like stage performance, harmonies, and musicianship. Our Performance music program gives students the opportunity to perform in real shows at local rock venues. While jamming on stage with their classmates, your child or teen will learn important life skills focused on responsibility and teamwork.

Programs may differ by location. Contact your local School of Rock to learn more.

Will my child receive private instruction in the Performance Program?

Yes! School of Rock's Performance music program bundles weekly lessons with dynamic group rehearsals that challenge students as they continue to learn at their own pace.

Can beginner students sign up for the Performance Music Program?

At School of Rock, our instructors engage most beginners with a trial lesson designed to gauge the student's current strengths and skill level. After evaluation, our instructors recommend a program based on the student's needs, even if they're over the age of 13. At the age of 18, students are eligible to participate in one final season of Performance during the summer after their High School graduation. 

In some cases, students may be skilled enough to enter the Performance music program from the start, but most beginners are encouraged to take classes in Rock 101 to gain essential knowledge in music fundamentals. At School of Rock, our instructors don't graduate anyone before they're ready, and they won't hold anyone back from the Performance music program if they're ready to perform.

What time does School of Rock's Performance music program meet?

The School of Rock Performance music program meets twice a week — once for the weekly private lesson and once for the weekly group rehearsal lesson. Students typically can spend 2-3 hours a week or more receiving private and group instruction.

Where will my child perform in the Performance program?

The School of Rock Performance Program for kids and teens will have your kids playing at real, local music venues. 

What types of shows do student play in the Performance program?

Students in the School of Rock Performance music program have played a wide variety of shows. Past student shows have included tributes to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, AC/DC, Best of the 80s, Punk Rock, Devo, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many more!

Is School of Rock just for kids?

Not at all! School of Rock also offers music programs for adults. Check out the Adult Performance music program for more information.

Adult Program

How much does the School of Rock Performance Program cost?

The School of Rock Performance Program gives your kids so much more than just music lessons. Our music programs for kids and teens include weekly individual lessons taught by our talented instructors, as well as weekly band rehearsals to get your kid ready for the stage. At School of Rock, students are welcome to our facilities whenever we're open, even if just to hangout. The cost of School of Rock's Performance music program varies between locations. Ask your local School of Rock for pricing specifics.

Student learning to play in School of Rock's performance program

Music Lessons


At School of Rock, we offer a variety of music programs, like the Performance Program, to accommodate students with various skill levels and different ages. Our lessons continually work to advance our students' skills with the goal of making them incredible musicians. Click to learn more about our specific lesson offerings.

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