What We Teach

We specialize in instruments usually found in a rock band such as Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard/Piano, Ukulele, and Vocals. Some variations on these instruments and services, such as Bongos, songwriting, and digital audio are also available.

Ages 7 and up!

For younger children an alternative might be Kindermusik or another program tailored specifically for younger children.

Who we Teach

The Rock Stop's mission is to engage students with the music they are interested in, creating a relationship with music in both practical skill and appreciation. To that end, The Rock Stop offers instruction in a variety of instruments, styles, and genres ranging anywhere from The Beatles to Taylor Swift.  With a student-focused teaching method, we facilitate a fun, yet educational, environment that will help influence our students to play music for a lifetime.



What to Expect

We have plenty of instruments available to try and use at the Rock Stop but it is encouraged to acquire an instrument to use at home.  Ask us for some resources if you'd like, to help point you in the right direction to purchase an instrument.

After your first lesson, you'll be asked to bring in a few songs you are interested in learning. The goal is to learn technical skills as well as theory based upon the music each student enjoys.  And, of course, to have fun!   

We offer lessons in 30-minute and 60-minute blocks, but recommend a full hour for most students. Weekly lessons are highly recommended to encourage discipline and promote engagement with the instrument.

We encourage booking blocks of lessons in advance so that you can reserve a time that works for you. Blocks are limited.


Here at the Rock Stop, we want to be sure our teaching style is a good fit for each student.  Therefore, our first 30-min lesson is always FREE!

Our prices are $20 per 30-minute block and $40 per 60-minute block and require payment before each lesson.

Need an Instrument?

Practice, practice, practice!  Though our teaching method emphasizes going at your own pace, it's important to play often to keep improving your skills.  We recommend getting an instrument to play at home if you don't already have one available.  For Guitar or Ukulele, be sure to stop by the Traverse City Guitar Company in downtown Traverse City and let them know you are a student to receive a discount.

Otherwise, we have had great luck at second-hand shops and craigslist for instruments as well.