Established in 2008, Rock Scholars is Perth’s leading independent contemporary music teaching and learning community. A thriving hub of young musicians and experienced tutors, Rock Scholars specialises in mentoring young rock bands, honing their song writing skills, preparing them for gigs and teaching a range of instruments. Rock Scholars fosters an awareness and connection with the local Perth music scene and puts on regular all ages gigs in its warehouse venue, The Garage.

Rock Scholars is proud to be working in conjunction with local venues, promoters, musicians and other Perth music industry personnel to provide the most authentic experience possible for its students.

To join a band today or find out more about how Rock Scholars can help you on your musical journey, contact us on 0437 806 109.

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Winter is coming

Sam Simmonds - Thursday, June 09, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 is already nearly over but winter is only just getting started at Rock Scholars.  We have a lot of super cool stuff happening in June and July, get in touch TODAY to make sure you're part of it.....

Gigs announced !

Our end of term shows are now locked and loaded for June 20th and 27th - two insane nights of high octane rock n'roll brought to you by Perth's brightest young bands. Check out the band line-ups and venue details here and get your tix today at Oztix.

Sits Vacant

We have some immediate vacancies in bands that are absolutely ready to go -  for drummers age 16/17 and guitarists age 13/14 - check out the details on our band vacancies page or email us immediately at I wanna be famous.

School Holiday programs

If your parents aren't taking you to Bali and State Swim just isn't your thing in winter then check out what's going on at Rock Scholars during the winter school holidays because we are running a full program of workshops and jam sessions. Put down the X-Box, pick up your drumsticks or guitar and head down to Rock Scholars to get your thang on :

Guitar workshops and group tuition - Open jam sessions with some of Perth's hottest live musicians there to help out and take part

All these sessions will take place in the 2nd week of the holidays from 10 - 15th July, full details are available here.

Songwriting workshop with MItch - second date confirmed

Sam Simmonds - Sunday, May 22, 2016

Following the very quick sellout of our first songwriting workshop with Mitch McDonald, we have been overwhelmed with requests to put on another one.  Rock Scholars is very pleased to announce we have been able to secure Mitch for a second session on Saturday 11th June.  This is a unique opportunity to spend 3 hours with one of Perth's most talented and popular singer-songwriters and frontman of the awesome Love Junkies.  Mitch will be sharing his insights on music and taking a small intimate group through the craft of songwriting.  Book NOW to avoid being disappointed.

Details are:

Saturday 11th June
2pm - 5pm
Cost - $60

Click HERE to enrol.

Welcome back to Mitch McDonald

Sam Simmonds - Monday, May 09, 2016

Rock Scholars welcomes home Mitch McDonald. Mitch is a former mentor at Rock Scholars and front man of one of Perth's hottest young bands The Love Junkies.


As we look to expand our music tuition and band program we are delighted that Mitch has been able to rejoin the Rock Scholars family and will be mentoring bands in Term 2 as well as taking some individual guitar lessons.

It is part of the Rock Scholars promise that all of our tutors and mentors are actively involved in their own bands and projects outside Rock Scholars, which means they can not only help our students to develop their musicianship, but also to build connections and experience in the Perth live music scene.  Rock Scholars is the only WA music program that guarantees gig time for all bands at the end of each term.

Mitch is also conducting a Songwriting workshop at Rock Scholars on Saturday June 4th - full details on how to enrol are here.


Term 2 Enrolments April 2016

Sam Simmonds - Sunday, April 03, 2016
Yesterday we held the Rock Scholars End of Term Gig at The Garage!  Our bands were ROCK-tastic and we are super excited to see what new talent signs up for next term.

We are now taking band program enrolments for Term 2 which begins on Monday 25 April.  If you are between the ages of 10 and 18 and want to be playing in a band and mentored by the most experienced band mentors in Perth, please get in touch!  We are proud to have the most established and unique band mentoring program in Perth (with 2 hour weekly rehearsals) and to offer our students the best gig and recording opportunities around! 

Fill out an application form and get the ball rolling: http://www.rockscholars.com.au/application-form

School holiday programs now available

Sam Simmonds - Saturday, March 12, 2016

School holiday programs for April 2016

Bored of XBox?  Mum and Dad not taking you to Bali this year?

Get your inner rock star on.  We have some really cool things happening over the April school holidays which are open to both Rock Scholars students and anyone else out there who just wants to come down and check us out.

Week 1 (April 11th)

Guitar Masterclasses - Learn everything there is to know about tune-up, set-up and getting the most out of your guitar, amp and pedals.

Drum Masterclasses - Our master drum tutor Marcus will be teaching everything you need to know about finding your way around the drumkit.

Recording workshop - Learn how to take a song from a simple idea to a finished demo in just four day


Week 2 (April 18th)

Autumn jams - no rules, no restrictions, just music and fun.  Grab your guitar, tambourine or trombone and make noise with some of Perth's most talented young musicians at our super cool Rock Scholars studios and performance space The Garage.

Full details of these amazing holiday programs can be found in our 'Workshops' section.


Em Urquhart - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

This term the awesome bands at #RockScholars have all included a #DavidBowie tribute song in their set list.  Our first gig of 2016 will be a Free Festival of music held at #TheGarage on Saturday 2nd April.

If you're a friend of a Rock Scholars band, or you just want to come and check out how we roll, come down and enjoy a great afternoon of free live music.

Also watch this space for the announcement of some special guests.

Big News!

Em Urquhart - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Great news!

We are delighted to announce that the future of Rock Scholars has been secured and that our awesome mentoring program and great space will continue to operate to the high standard that you have come to know and love.

Stay tuned for more details!


Figurehead and The Big Splash!

Em Urquhart - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Congratulations to our band Figurehead who not only made it through to the heats of The Big Splash (on the strength of their single, Blind) but came runners up by a tiny margin at the Bird on Thursday night.

What an impressive effort for a band considerably younger than all of the other entrants. Keep an eye out for the boys. They'll be doing cool stuff...


Budos at The Garage!

Em Urquhart - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hi everyone,

You may have noticed that Perth's live music scene has been in the press lately with local venues Yayas, Devilles Pad and The Bakery announcing their closure in recent months.

Local promoter Dave Cutbush has formed a Facebook page action group and convened a meeting recently to address the need for small/medium sized venues in Perth and to  ascertain what needs to be done to encourage people to go out and see live music as well as to support the venues themselves. You can follow the group here: Perth Needs More Music and Arts Venues.

I'm well familiar with the challenges of running a small live music venue, particularly an all ages one. It's a tough business, for sure, and a big part of the challenge is getting people off their couches and into music venues.

Last week we managed to do just that with a very exciting event at The Garage! New York based Afro-funk-punk 8 piece The Budos Band graced our very stage for an amazing secret show put on by the folks at Billions. A beautiful warm night, well stocked pop up bar, gozleme food truck and incredible live music from Budos and Archer ensured an amazing and very special night for all who attended. Here are the guys in sound check.

We've got more great shows scheduled for the coming months. You can keep up to date with everything on our Facebook page:  The McDonald Street Garage

In the meantime, check out what's on at The Rosemount, Four5Nine Bar, Mojos, The Bird, The Velvet Lounge, The Moon and The Ellington and support live local music!



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Em Urquhart - Tuesday, November 25, 2014


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