The Best Audition Songs for School of Rock – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for School of Rock? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for School of Rock, broken down by character.

Since School of Rock is a contemporary musical with a classic rock vibe, most of the following are either contemporary showtunes or non-musical theatre pop/rock songs from the 1970s/1980s.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (uptempo, pop/rock, etc.). For School of Rock auditions, you might even be asked to play an instrument! Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. The following links may be helpful:

IMPORTANT: If given the option, I would suggest using a backing track rather than bringing in sheet music for the rock songs below.

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “School of Rock Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the School of Rock cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Dewey Finn

Cold as Ice” – Foreigner [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Hot for Teacher” – Van Halen  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

I’m Not That Guy” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson  [censor language]

Start Me Up” – The Rolling Stones [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Rosalie Mullins

If This Is What We’re Fighting For” – The Beautiful Game

My House” – Matilda

The Man With the Child in His Eyes” – Kate Bush  [70s pop/non-theatre]

To Build a Home” – The Bridges of Madison County


Summer

I Got Nerve” – Hannah Montana  [pop/rock non-musical theatre]

Lunch Box” – Junie B. Jones

Now I See” – Junie B. Jones

Top Secret Personal Beeswax” – Junie B. Jones


Ensemble (Altos)

A Note From Linda” – The Wedding Singer

Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Separate Ways” – Journey [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Baritones)

Rebel Yell” – Billy Joel  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Second Nature” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Whatsername” – Green Day/American Idiot


Ensemble (Basses)

And You Don’t Even Know It” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

C’est La Vie” – Emerson Lake & Palmer  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Something About Her” – Pretty Woman


Ensemble (Contras)

Kick Me” – Now. Here. This.

Step One” – Kinky Boots

Turn Off the Dark” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Love is a Battlefield” – Pat Benatar [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Saturday Night In The City” – The Wedding Singer

What About Love?” – Heart [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Tenors)

Come Sail Away” – Styx [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief

We’re Not Gonna Take It” – The Who’s Tommy


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

Electricity” – Billy Elliot

Kids in America” – Kim Wilde  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

No Matter What” – Whistle Down the Wind

Ring of Keys” – Fun Home


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for School of Rock:

• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝

• “The Drama Department” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “The Swamp” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Trolling 101” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Wanted: A Superhero Sister” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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School of Rock Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in School of Rock, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act 1:

I’m Too Hot For You” – No Vacancy

When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock” – Dewey

“Horace Green Alma Mater” – Students, Teachers

Here at Horace Green” – Rosalie

“Variation 7” / “Children of Rock” – Dewey, Ned

“Queen of the Night” – Rosalie

“You’re in the Band” – Dewey, Students

“If Only You Would Listen” – Students

“In the End of Time (A Cappella Version)” – Dewey

“Faculty Quadrille” – Teachers

“In the End of Time (Band Practice)” – Dewey, Students

“Stick It to the Man” – Dewey, Students

“In the End of Time (The Audition)” – Dewey, Students

“Stick It to the Man (Reprise)” – Dewey, Students


Act 2:

Time to Play” – Summer, Students

“Math is a Wonderful Thing” – Dewey, Students

Where Did the Rock Go?” – Rosalie

“School of Rock (Band Practice)” – Dewey, Students

“Dewey’s Confession” – Dewey, Rosalie, Patty, Ned, Parents

“If Only You Would Listen (Reprise)” – Tomika, Students

“I’m Too Hot for You (Reprise)” – No Vacancy

“School of Rock” – Dewey, Students

“Stick It to the Man (Encore)” – Dewey, Students

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for School of Rock did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for School of Rock.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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