Welcome to School of Rock Eden Prairie, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Eden Prairie has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.
Whether it's guitar, bass, drums, keys, ukulele, singing or songwriting, School of Rock has the program to get and keep your child excited about writing and/or playing music.
At School of Rock Eden Prairie, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Eden Prairie together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.
Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Eden Prairie today.
Watching students achieve goals they never dreamed possible. It enhances their self confidence and self esteem. It makes them happy. It motivates them to reach for higher targets in their everyday life and school work.
Whether music is a child's #1 passion or simply a curiousity they wish to explore, we treasure the time we are involved in each child's life. Through our students we are reminded daily of the joy music adds to life.
Our son started taking drum lessons in Georgia. We moved to Minnesota 2 years ago and found The SoR. The Teachers are incredible. The program is individually designed for each person. The opportunities are endless. Watching your child develop musically and personally is amazing. On day one, they are learning to play, or sing individually. Next thing you know, they are playing with a group in front of a crowd.
When a new student comes in, our goal is to get them comfortable and enjoying playing their instrument as quickly as possible. That's why we use "reverse engineering" in our approach to teaching. In other words, we teach a child how to play a song and after they are playing it, we then break down that song and explain the parts. Then we can apply a "part" of that song to another song that has that same "part." On a guitar, for example, it may be a riff or a power chord that is played in two songs that the student is familiar with.
Because we are a performance-based school, we want to get students into bands as soon as possible - but not before they are ready. So a student who has never played an instrument before will receive several private lessons, focused on the basics and using a song the band is currently playing to learn those basics, before adding the student to a band.
Our teachers hold degrees in Music Education, Music Performance or Songwriting as well as being performing, professional musicians.
Our pricing is based on a combination of factors. Each student has a combination of a weekly private lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Parents may select between private lessons that are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes. The length of the weekly lesson dictates part of the price.
The weekly group rehearsal varies in length, based on the child's ability. Group rehearsals range from one-to-two hours each week. This also plays a part in the price.
Once we assess a child's playing ability (from beginner to pre-professional) and the weekly lesson time we are able to share the monthly tuition.
I invite you to learn more about me and why I started the School of Rock. It will provide insight into the School of Rock culture which I think will help you evaluate whether our values align with yours.
The video was produced about 3 years ago and we still feel the love for School of Rock and our students that we felt back then. https://youtu.be/ZrAEVeRnhnQ
We teach students ages 5 - 18 years old. Eden Prairie School of Rock is celebrating our 10 year anniversary in 2018, while the School owners have been teaching kids since 2006.
Our student body in Eden Prairie ranges from 140 - 165 students in any given month and we currently have 26,000 students enrolled in Schools of Rock across the world.
I love the self confidence that our program builds within kids and the community we have become.
I encourage you to read comments from our families. I think this will give you an accurate picture of who we are and what we do through music education. https://reviews.listen360.com/school-of-rock-eden-prairie
1. Since we teach kids, we place a tremendous focus on the safety of kids. Parents may not realize that teachers at music stores are not employees of the store. The teachers contract with the music store to teach in the store's location.
All of our teachers are OUR EMPLOYEES. That means we are responsible for them. Therefore all of our employees are background checked; not only locally but nationally. They are all required to participate in safety training and pass a test related to working with children. They each sign a Code of Conduct which restricts them from communicating directly with students outside of the School (e.g. in Social Media).
2. Our founder said, "Taking music lessons and never playing a gig is like going to basketball practice and never playing a game. After a while, there's no point." Because we combine private lessons and group rehearsals that lead to performing a live concert in a real venue (no basements or school stages here) our students are motivated to practice in between lessons. No one wants to be the band member that isn't prepared at rehearsal. If you have a teacher coming to your house each week, what is your child's motivation to practice in between lessons? And no parent wants to pay for lessons and then have to nag the kids to practice. This is generally the scenario that results in kids quitting music or parent frustration.
3. When comparing prices, be sure you are comparing apples with apples. Do all the teachers you're considering have the same educational background? Teaching experience? If they are teaching current music (versus classical music that may be in the Public Domain), are they paying their fees to license the music? The easiest way to know is to ask them if they are licensed by ASCAP, SESAC and BMI. If they say they "don't need to be," they do not understand copyright laws and are subjecting themselves, and you, to a lawsuit.
4. Ask the teacher what they focus on in lessons. Many (most?) teachers focus on repertoire and instrument-specific knowledge or follow the pages of a lesson book and teach whatever is on the page. This can be very frustrating when a child is "stuck" on a skill.
We incorporate six disciplines in our curriculum: Theory and Applied Knowledge, Styles and Repertoire, Technique, Improvisation, Reading Music Tabulature and Notation, Instrument-Specific Knowledge. We base each lesson on your specific child's needs. We use "curriculum ladders" meaning each student will learn a blend of skills, but the order in which they learn the skills is dependant on the student. When they get stuck on one skill, it's set aside while they work on another skill which will help inform the skill that eluded them. This makes every lesson fun and engaging.
5. What happens when the teacher is sick or otherwise unavailable for your child's lesson? When you work with an independent teacher you are at the mercy of that person's individual schedule. While consistency with a particular teacher is important, consistency of lessons is even more important. At School of Rock, we have a team of teachers so when a teacher is ill, on vacation or out performing with their own band, your child will still have their scheduled lesson with a qualified teacher who has access to the student's lesson notes so they can pick up where the "regular" teacher left off.
We also believe that there are times when a child benefits from changing teachers. When you work with an independent teacher you have to go in search of a new teacher. At School of Rock we have several teachers for each instrument so your child maintains the consistency of bandmates while also benefitting from a new, private teacher.
Is your child taking music lessons because THEY want to or because YOU want them to?
Where does music fit in the family schedule? Kids will need time to practice their music in order to improve. If they are scheduled with activities every night, will there be time to practice? Will that be a stressful burden to the student or will it be a welcome escape?