School of Rock Farmington

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School of Rock Farmington
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Background Information

Opened


Location

Farmington

Address

22730 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington, MI 48336

Phone

(248) 987-4450

Hours

Monday-Thursday:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Teaching

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, or Vocals

Website

schoolofrock.com/Farmington

About

School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids from age 7 to 18. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly private lessons and structured group rehearsals with the ultimate goal of performing live in front of real crowds.

The School of Rock Farmington is a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. The School of Rock Farmington believes live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why they get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible ​


Staff

DALE SMIGELSKI

Owner

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Learning to play guitar was always something Dale wanted to do, but there was never a place for him to learn growing up; so it was put it on the back burner for about 30 years. Dale decided to pursue his desire to learn to play the guitar, the search for a suitable instructor led to the School of Rock in Rochester. He has been a student there ever since and currently plays guitar in
Group Therapy, the Rochester School of Rock's adult band. He quickly became a big advocate for the program. 'When I heard about the franchising opportunities through School of Rock, I decided that I really wanted to bring students in my local area the opportunities that I got from being a student for over the four years at School of Rock. In my time with the School of Rock, I have done things I never thought I would do, including playing a concert in front of a live audience and recording a CD. These are invaluable experiences.' As a lifelong music fan, School of Rock has introduced Dale to local musicians and even allowed him to play local venues. 'Detroit has a rich history of rock and pop; it is just a part of the culture, and School of Rock really embodies all of that.


ERIC COJOCARI

General Manager

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Eric is the newest addition to the School of Rock Farmington. He is also a musician, and learned how to play music years before the School of Rock franchise was put into motion. So, when the opportunity arose to work in a field he loved, he jumped at it. Mostly self-taught, he picked up a bass at age 15 and it just took off from there. He has been playing in bands for over 20 years, and currently plays in several local groups: Ethos (Guitar), Siamese (Keyboards), and a Cure tribute band, Re-Cure (Guitar and Keyboards). He's excited to bring his years of experience in the music business to the School of Rock family. He has a love of all different styles of music and enjoys seeing the kids get the kind of musical experience that he didn't, watching them forge new lifelong friendships with fellow students, and applying the skills they learn at the school to everyday life.



STEFAN CARR

Music Director

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Stefan started music at an early age with trumpet and French horn. Until he discovered bass guitar; then it was all about the bass. Stefan is a School of Rock alumni and has also studied at Wayne State University. Stefan started his School of Rock education at SOR Rochester and was in the first Rochester SOR House Band. He was also chosen for the All-star tour in 2009. Stefan has played in many bands in the Detroit area including 89Cent Special, Panic or Pain, Michael Mars the God Particle, The Loveseats and The Witches. Now currently playing with his wife in Junglefowl. Stefan teaches Guitar, Bass Rock 101 and is one of our Show Directors.





JASON HARTLESS

Instructor

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Jason Hartless is a Touring/Session drummer that has performed with legendary artists such as Ted Nugent & Mitch Ryder. Jason has over the years toured as the support act with Motley Crue, God Smack, Ted Nugent, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Mountain and Warrior Soul just to name a few. Worked in some of the finest recording studios in North America while working with world renowned producers such as, Dale Penner (Nickelback), Paul Orofino (Millbrook Recording Studios), Tom Morris (Kamelot, Less Than Jake, Destiny's Child) and Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Asking Alexandria, Soundgarden). Jason has been mentored by drummers such as Corky Laing (Mountain), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie), Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Anton Fig (Renown Session Drummer) and many more. Jason is currently a student at the renown Berklee College of Music working towards his Music Business Degree and is the current drummer for Rock Legend, Ted Nugent.


SHANNON BARNES

Instructor

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Shannon has been singing since she could speak. In middle school in high school, she was in band and played saxophone. Shannon also did school and local choirs. Musical theater was also a things she really enjoyed doing and has been in numerous musicals. Shannon has been playing guitar since she was 15 and started to write her own songs. Her band's name in high school was called "Village limits" and she was the vocalist. Right out of high school, she decided to go to Wayne State to study music. Shannon was in the Wayne State Choir and played saxophone in their Lab III Jazz Band, and also has taken vocal and saxophone lessons there I decided to switch my major to Music therapy and transferred to Eastern Michigan University to do that. That is her current focus as of right now, and primary instrument is voice. So far, she has taken classical voice lessons for over 3 years at a college level. Currently Shannon is in White B. where she writes all of the songs, play guitar and sings. They are sort of a soulful jam band. Shannon is also in an all female Rage Against the Machine cover band. My major influences are psych-rock bands from the 60's and 70's. Jazz singers like Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Julie London, and Ella Fitzgerald. And a lot of current psych-rock and neo-soul bands. Like Tame Impala and Hiatus Kaiyote. Shannon teaches Vocal, Guitar and Keys and runs our Rookies program


CRAIG ADAMS

Instructor

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Craig started playing guitar when he was 12 and joined the School of Rock in St. Clair Shores at the age of 14. By the time he was 17 he was teaching and working at the School. He’s learned guitar, piano, banjo, sitar, and accordion and several other instruments. He founded the group Blaire Alise and the Bombshells with other School of Rock alumni. The group played at such venues as Saint Andrew’s Hall and their single “I Got Something” was featured in a 2015 Greektown Casino ad. Currently, Craig currently plays guitar and sings with The Witches and Banner and The Hydes. Craig teaches, Guitar Piano, and vocals and is show director for current School of Rock Shows.




JIMMY STEENLAND

Instructor

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Jimmy has been playing the guitar for more than half of his life. He began taking lessons at age nine. At age fourteen he joined the School of Rock St. Clair Shores branch. After learning the ins and outs of guitar and several other instruments during his years at the school, Jimmy turned his focus on songwriting. Jimmy’s songwriting has been influenced by a wide variety of music ranging from sixties British invasion to modern indie rock. He started his first band with fellow School of Rock students Nick Faucher and Craig Adams at age sixteen. After completing a city wide tour of Hamtramck and Detroit, their band called it quits. Years later Jimmy would once again start a band with Nick, this time writing and recording an entire album together. Jimmy has also been giving guitar and drum lessons since graduating high school, using his time at School of Rock as the template for his teaching. He is currently a student at Wayne State University majoring in English education. Jimmy teaches guitar and drums.


ZENAS JACKSON

Instructor

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Zenas Jackson drum instructor was introduced to music at an early age. His family was a musical one at home and in church he started his music education. Zenas continued on his musical journey in school were he started to learn more about western music. Band classes and private lessons at the local music studio helped his skills and love of music grow. After years of learning with private teachers and school band. Zenas continued further in a musical career. He then attended university to gain more knowledge and training in his craft. In the music courses of several schools Zenas learned techniques and skills to be an even better professional musician. After completing this level of education it lead Zenas to be involved in the Metro Detroit music Scene. For many years with a variety of different bands he has participated in local music culture. Playing shows all over the metro area were ever the music takes him. Currently playing with Cosmic Light Shapes.



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