frequently asked questions

General FAQ

Rockdale now lives in the Rockdale Industrial Center at 3100 Mount Road Unit E Aston, PA 19014.

When you pull into the back parking lot, drive around the stone building on the left facing the creek. We are the 4th door on the left and you can park anywhere in the lot along the creek. There is plenty of accessible parking directly outside of the studio along the West Branch of Chester Creek. 

The entrance/exit is one lane, so please use caution when entering or exiting the lot.

We accept all major credit cards for lesson tuition payments.

We accept cash, Venmo, and PayPal payments for recording studio sessions and rehearsal space rentals.

Yes! When we aren’t making noise with our lessons and Rock Band programs, we rent out the studio for band rehearsals.

Contact us for rates and availability. 

Yes! Rockdale is also a full service recording studio with experienced professional engineers and producers that will help bring your project to life.

We do not sell or rent instruments at Rockdale, however we do have some “loaner” instruments for new students who want to try it out before commiting to purchase their own instrument. 

Private Lessons FAQ

As any parent can tell you, each child is different. Some children mature and develop more quickly than others. We have success teaching drums and piano to kids as young as 4. We have guitar, bass and voice students that are six years old and horns/woodwinds ages 8+. These are only suggestions based on our 10+ years of experience educating various age groups.

We encourage you to book a lesson to see if your child is ready to get the most out of their private lessons. For younger musicians, we recommend Makin’ Music (birth-3yrs) and our Rock Band Jr. program (ages 4-7).

Yes! We teach kids of all ages… even adults who are kids at heart. It is never too late to learn an instrument! We have college students through retirees living their life long dreams to play music.

Book a lesson and get started on your music journey today!

We teach voice, guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, drums, percussion, trumpet, flute and more. We also offer recording & production instruction and collaborative songwriting mentor sessions. 

We offer 30-minute, 45-minute and 60-minute lesson plans at the studio. Of course practice time at home is necessary for your musical growth. We recommend tripling the amount of time spent in lesson on at home practice or 15-20 minutes per day for consistent enjoyment and improvement. 

We have various lesson plans starting at $175/month for weekly lessons. We also offer single bookings and bi-weekly lessons based on availability

If a student cancels their lesson with at least 24-hour notice, a makeup lesson can be scheduled in an open timeslot through our scheduling portal or by contacting Rockdale staff. An absence without sufficient notice will not be given a  makeup credit and students are allowed two banked makeup credits at any given time.

Makeup lesson credits do not expire. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the makeup session through Opus1 or Rockdale staff.

The studio is closed between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, Spring Break (week before Easter), Memorial Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Yes! We have regularly scheduled recitals and showcases each year. Our Rock Bands also perform at community events and venues across the Philadelphia region. 

Opus1 FAQ

Opus1 is our scheduling, billing, reporting and learning management system. 

Opus1 allows you to view your schedule, cancel lessons, book makeups, setup automated billing, view attendance reports and take online video lessons. 

Visit the Opus1 Login page and enter your username and password.

If it is your first time logging in click the “Get A Login Link By Email” button. 

  1. Sign-in with you student/parent account information at Opus1.io
  2. Click “Add New Payment Method” Button
  3. Enter billing information
  4. Click “Update”

Let us know if you have lost your Opus1 login credentials or have any issues setting up payment in Opus1 by calling 610-459-4096 or email us at [email protected]

Sign-in with your student/parent account information and click on the “reporting” menu on the left to access attendance, payment reports and communication logs. 

COVID-19 Health & Safety Notice

We’re offering in-person, hybrid, and fully-virtual private lessons so our students can keep up with their creative outlet. Here’s how we’re making sure we all stay safe with in-person instruction

😷 Masks are optional for all teachers, students, and guests while in the studio

🖐 Hand sanitizer in every room

🧼 Instruments and high-touch areas disinfected regularly

💨 HEPA Air-Purifiers in all lesson rooms and waiting area

Virtual Lessons on Rock Out Loud

Rockdale’s virtual private lessons are head and shoulders above your normal Zoom classes. We use an online video lesson program called Rock Out Loud for all of our lessons. Some of the features included in Rock Out Loud are:

  • Massively enhanced audio quality in comparison to other video programs (i.e. Zoom, BlueJeans, FaceTime, etc…)
  • HD video quality (when high speed connection to the internet is available)
  • Low latency monitoring (fancy lingo for less delay from sound source to speakers or headphones)
  • Enhanced Audio Recognition [E.A.R.] Technology (high definition audio with the lowest amount of latency possible over an optimal internet connection)
  • Whiteboard feature for notating music, tablature, etc…
  • Recital mode (coming soon!)

If you are interested in learning more about Rock Out Loud from the student end, check out the student reference guide with helpful tips on connecting to your ROL session. 

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