Sunburst Rocks Emerging Artists

Emerging Artists are young musicians on the rise, eager to hit the stage and perform. This program is for kids 8+ who have a few months of private lessons and basic fundamental skills on either guitar, bass, drums, keys or voice. The goal is for kids to use these new skills and work together as a band to put on an amazing show, and make giant personal strides in the process.


Each season (Fall, Spring, Summer) features a new set of songs centered around a certain genre, artist, album or time period with an end-of-season concert. Kids work on individual parts in private lessons and come together each week for a group band rehearsal. Rehearsals include warm-up activities that reinforce foundational skills, practicing songs together and creative activities like songwriting and recording.

Sunburst Rocks Emerging Artists is a 90 minute session once per week and year round program. It's appropriate for kids who have been playing for a few months and have reached a few ability milestones. Space is reserved each season for newcomers to join any month of the year and still have a role in the upcoming show. 


-Tue, 5-6:30pm, Thu 5-6:30pm

-90 minute sessions (4 sessions/month).



-Ages 8+

-A few months of private lessons on one instrument or graduation from Sunburst Rocks EXPLORE required, ask your instructor if your child is ready.

Fall 2018 Theme: Pittsburgh Live!

Pittsburgh Live

This school year our group programs will be digging into the music scene in our hometown! Together we’ll be learning songs from local artists and big names touring through Pittsburgh in 2018, as well as writing songs, recording and performing our own live concerts. To go with the live music theme, we’re encouraging our young musicians to get out and see music in their community and to get on stage themselves as much as possible. Because this season is all about emphasizing live performance, our groups will have an extraordinary number of performance opportunities big and small, from being under the lights at our showcase in December, to busking outside Sunburst for the scholarship fund, to jamming out during our annual halloween party and more!

We also hope to use this season’s theme to help our kids peek under the hood and learn more about how live music really works including booking venues, designing merchandise, promoting their shows, and running sound and lights. We believe one of the best ways to learn is by doing, and to reflect that mission, our projects this season for Sunburst Rocks focuses on planning, booking and promoting their very own show!

Live music is a great force in bringing people together and we look forward to spending this season educating our young musicians about the amazing music community in Pittsburgh and helping them become a part of it!

Contact us to get involved with Sunburst Rocks Emerging Artists!



Instrument Rental

Want to start taking lessons but don't yet have an instrument? We have tons in the studio available for you to use or rent!


Sunburst School of Music

5843 Forbes Avenue, Suite 201

Pittsburgh, PA 15217