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It’s not hard to find youth programs with a celebrity name placed in the heading. Basketball camps, leadership conferences, filmmaking retreats — they’ve all got big names with a half-sincere promise that you get to shake your child’s idol’s hand at the end of the week.

At School of Rock, we not only regularly host workshops, shows, and special lessons with our kids’ rock idols — like Corey Taylor of Slipknot or Jasen Rauch of Breaking Benjamin — we take them on tour to perform with them. It’s part of our core mission to inspire kids to be dedicated to their craft, and there’s no better illustration of the power of dedication than having them perform alongside their idols on stage. One of the many programs we provide this through is the AllStars Tour.

The AllStars Tour is an annual summer tour in which the top 1% of our students, as identified through a rigorous months-long auditioning process, perform for two weeks at various legendary venues across the United States. This is an old School of Rock tradition that’s...

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School of Rock is opening its 198th, 199th and 200th franchises worldwide in July with grand openings in Haymarket, VA, Libertyville, IL, and Elk Grove, CA. These schools are respectively the 6th School of Rock to be opened in Virginia, 18th to be opened in Illinois, and 21st to be opened in California. In total, 32 of 50 US states are home to at least one School of Rock franchise.

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ICYMI: School of Rock Boulder vocal instructor Halle Tomlinson was on NBC’s The Voice this week, and she killed her blind audition! Team leaders Adam Levine (frontman of Maroon 5) and Alicia Keys (R&B singer/songstress) turned their chairs around for her, with Keys describing Halle’s voice an “instant, recognizable signature.” We couldn’t agree more…way to go, Halle!

In her interview segment on the show, Halle cited School of Rock as an inspirational place for her. We think similar things of the immense talent that she carries.

Watch her captivating and unique version of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsrCmGiq6jM

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If your child wants to play the drums, trying to find the right kit for them to start on can be pretty confusing. Here are some pointers to help you find the right thing for your child. Once you've chosen a drum set, bring your budding musician to School of Rock for a tour and free trial lesson, and we'll help them love learning and playing music!

How To Buy A First Drum Set

The right place to start drum shopping depends on the person you're shopping for. If you're buying a kit for your young (single-digits) child that might or might not take an interest in it, you could be able to get away with buying the least expensive all-inclusive kit. If your kid gets into it though, you'll probably be shopping again within a year.

The options open up considerably if you decide to spend a little more up front, and you can find a kit that will last a long time, sound good and get your kid through at least high school. Important note about drums: Drums need regular adjustments to sound good and be fun to play. Luckily, this kind of...

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Watch Kansas City's Channel 41 News visit the School of Rock where "The Voice" finalist Casi Joy both learned how to sing and, later on, taught students herself. Click here to watch: http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/music-director-shares-excitement-for-former-student-the-voice-contestant-casi-joy

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Business News Daily asks School of Rock CEO Dzana Homan to pick one picture that represents School of Rock and explain why that one shot defines it. They also discuss education, parenting, company origins and more. Read on here: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/9453-school-of-rock-snapshot.html.

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Watch the SoR kids play live on ABC News right before their Riot Fest set. They also talk about how they started playing, how it feels to perform in front of a huge festival audience and why School of Rock rocks: http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/school-of-rock-jams-out-at-riot-fest/1514260/.

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