Academy of Rock Music

Sign Up Today for Spring 2020!

Our Spring 2020 Session (year #13 for AoRM) is just around the corner with rehearsals beginning the week of January 12th. Limited spots available, so don’t delay, sign up today. Need more info? Call or text us at 757-947-4774 to get the scoop on our upcoming spring session.

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Newport News Location

City Center                                     11846 Tug Boat Ln Ste. B
Newport News, VA 23606
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Virginia Beach Location

Pinetree Square                                                           2955 Virginia Beach Blvd, Ste. 108
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Who We Are:

Academy of Rock Music (AoRM) is a locally owned music performance program with locations in Newport News & Virginia Beach, VA. Established in 2007, we are proud to be Hampton Roads original rock school. Over the past 13 years, directors Ron Lowder, Vasili Simmons, Nick Weber and Maria Fischer have taught countless AoRM students to perform well over 750 songs ranging from classic rock to metal, from funk to reggae.

What We Do:

We place musicians young and old into full-fledged rock bands based on their age and skill level. Our bands consist of 6-8 students per group which can include 3-4 guitarists, 1-2 drummers, 1 bassist, 1-3 vocalists & 1 keyboardist. Bands meet once per week for a 2-hour rehearsal at a dedicated time slot and are led by our team of highly qualified, multi-instrumentalist instructors.

AoRM operates year-round, holding spring, summer & fall sessions. Our bands start each session by choosing a song list with the help of their instructors. From there, bands are taught individual parts and work each week towards becoming a tight unit. Each session culminates in a “gig” at one of several very cool Hampton Roads venues. Past venues have included The NorVa in Norfolk and Shaka’s Live in Virginia Beach.

Interested in other programs? AoRM also offer private instruction as well as songwriting and group guitar classes. Please contact us for additional info on any of these programs.

Why We Do It:

AoRM is proud to be producing Hampton Roads next wave of great young bands and solo artists. Several students who have come through our doors have continued on to prestigious music colleges such as Berklee College of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory and Middle Tennessee State University to name a few. AoRM has also spawned several local original bands such as Evan Button, Wild Truth, ALNTN and several more. Check out AoRM’s “Success Stories” on the right-hand side of this page along with our “Spotify Sampler” of their tunes just below. We’re excited to be a springboard for the next generation of great local talent!

AoRM Success Stories – Spotify Sampler