“He taught me things I could have never mastered on my own. I so much enjoyed our lessons.” - Anelia R.

“These guys are great! Love to rock, love to teach, and really love what they do. I definitely recommend them for kids wanting to learn how to play in a band!” - Amanda M

“We love that they combine private lessons while also giving the kids the opportunity and encouragement to practice what they learn with a band!” - Demielle H.

The Best Band Programs and Music Lessons in Columbia, MD

Soundcheck Rock Academy offers a proprietary band program for all ages, private lessons, amazing summer camps, and a community of aspiring musicians who have fun, make friends, and reach their goals in music.

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Instruments We Teach

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Amazing Band Experience

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Performance Program

Exciting Summer Music Camps

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About Our Inspiring Band Program

A Genuine Rock Band Experience For Kids and Adults

Six year olds, teens, young professionals and retirees all enjoy our rock band program. You don’t even need prior experience on your instrument! We’ll place you in a skill level and age-appropriate band, and you will rock out with weekly guided 60 minute practice sessions with your bandmates. You’ll pick songs, play original tunes, and perform in our community events if you would like. It’s a real band experience that we provide and facilitate for you. Many of our students keep playing with the same band for years.

Teachers With Touring Band Experience

When you join our band program, you also receive weekly lessons on your instrument. Our instructors have toured with regional and national bands, and they can teach you how to master your instrument, perform on stage, and “click” as a band.

Even Better Than Organized Sports

Our band members make lasting friends, have an incredible amount of fun, and develop a skill that provides a meaningful life-long hobby. Students not only love making music with their bandmates, but they love listening to music and going to concerts so much more because they have a significant understanding of the music they are listening to.

What Makes Our Music School in Columbia, MD Different?

The Opportunity

Play real shows, with a real band, on a real instrument - all appropriate to your current skill level.

Our Philosophy

The goal of our music school is to create a fun, inviting, and creative atmosphere that can help students create and learn with the help of our whole studio and performance based approach.

Our Studio

We are open and welcoming to our students. Access any part of our school during business hours, meet other students, do homework, use a studio, and enjoy the wifi.

Amazing Teachers

Your Instructors are real professional musicians with real life experience in local and national touring bands. Some also have music and music education degrees. They take their talents and give back to the community. These musicians are here to help you.

One-On-One Attention

All of our instrumental and vocal lessons are taught in a 1-on-1 setting, and our teachers create a unique learning plan for you. You can then rehearse and perform with an actual band.

Serving All of Howard County

We are the go-to destination for music lessons in Columbia, Ellicott City, Clarksville and the surrounding areas. We are easy to access and have plenty of parking.

A Word From The Owner, Tim

Some of our happy students

Their band program adds a great performance dimension, and keeps the kids "accountable" in a fun and engaging way. The teachers and owners treat everyone in a warm and pleasant way, and you feel this great balance between challenge and support. It's a great learning environment for musicians!

– Leanna H.

My daughter loved this week of camp and can't stop talking about it! She played lead guitar for her group's song and really enjoyed her counselors/instructors. She's now interested in guitar lessons. Great experience all around, thank you!

– Allan C.

My son has participated in the music summer camp and currently is a student at the rock school. He loves it. Dave and Tim run a great program and really strive to make the experience good for the kids who participate. I would highly recommend the school to anyone who is interested in music and playing in a band.

– Apple C.

Awesome place for anyone looking into exploring the musical universe! There is so much other than music in this rock academy....cool teachers, new friends, future band mates, etc. Kids here have the opportunity to develop music talents, social skills and build confidence to step into a stage and ROCK of course!

– Ro B.

Merriweather Check! Camden Yards Check! SoundCheck Rock Academy has made our daughter’s dreams come true!! Who can say they’ve played at these venues? Our daughter can!! Thank you Tim and Dave for all your hard work , you are truly ‘dream makers!’

– Tricia M.

Great experience for my son. He was part of a band, participated in performances, made new friends, and generally had a great time

– Darlene B.

The staff is outstanding and my children have been receiving high quality instruction! I absolutely love them highly recommend!

– Nichole O.

We've been members for almost 2 years and we continue to be blown away by the results. Our boys, 8 and 10, have made incredible strides with their lessons and absolutely love being in a band. They practice almost daily at home. The school provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In addition to the school sponsored concerts, they consistently book gigs at venues and festivals in the community including Merriweather Post! Our boys were having so much fun, I joined an adult band and am loving it too! Fun for the whole family!

– Eric K.

The environment that Tim has created at Soundcheck is basically an oasis where young people...and adults...are immersed in a passionate love of all music. There’s no formula or pattern for his achievement, it’s more a combination of attitude, authenticity and opportunity.

– Sid K.


Currently accepting new students for in studio and virtual lessons and bands!

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