SCHOOL OF ROCK IS A SMART CAREER CHOICE FOR MUSIC-LOVING ENTREPRENEURS
Attention musicians, music educators and professionals looking for a purpose-driven career change! School of Rock offers a unique opportunity to start your own music business. As the world's leading music education franchise, we provide the guidance, training, and support you need to operate your school successfully, transform lives through music education, and share your love for music with the community. If you’ve been dreaming of a career in a music-focused business that helps transform children’s lives and makes a difference in your community, we can help you make it happen.
Are you looking for a second career in music? Are you tired of touring and want a day job in the music industry? Looking for an opportunity to settle and stay close to your family while still playing? Are you eager to start your own music business, offer jobs to other musicians and impact kids’ lives? Do you like teaching music and would you like to expand your horizons as a music educator and entrepreneur? Dreaming of opening your own music studio? Whether you are a professional or play with friends after business hours, School of Rock is your chance to use your talent, contribute to your community and transform lives.
“School of Rock is a great brand because it’s authentic,” says Matt Sandoski, a franchisee and live sound engineer who has been a musician since the age of 5 and lives in Montclair, NJ when he’s not touring. “Live music today is overproduced. That’s why all these kids have a college band no one’s ever heard of. Classic rock wasn’t overproduced. We have new music as well that isn’t overdone, but it’s nothing you hear on the radio anymore. Most of the music you hear, it isn’t real. It’s all manufactured. Kids get that. Kids want an authentic experience. That’s why they love School of Rock.”
Experienced musicians provide an authentic experience
Musicians are the sort of people who would play just for the sheer joy of it, which is why so many active musicians have day jobs and side gigs. With musicians running our schools and teaching our students, School of Rock has earned its reputation as the premier franchise in music education.
PART-TIME AND SIDE GIGS FOR ACTIVE MUSICIANS
In addition to franchise ownership opportunities for musicians and educators, we also create careers for working musicians, as each school typically employs about 20 part-time music teachers who happen to be professional musicians as well. This provides exceptional learning opportunities for students and supports hiring professional musicians in your area.
WHY PRACTICING MUSICIANS MAKE GREAT EDUCATORS
Our music educators successfully teach School of Rock students how to perform live and prepare them for careers in music because they’ve lived it. We want musicians to bring their unique perspective and experience as an active or touring musician to your students and community. Students not only learn to play their instrument, but learn how to work within a group as they form bands with their peers.
Musicians teach students how to prepare for a live show, how to handle the unexpected during performances and what it’s like to be an active, touring musician in the industry. These are all lessons that will serve your students well in life, whether or not they pursue a career in music for themselves.
School of Rock also helps you stay stocked with the best music gear. We have partnerships with major gear brands, which include steep discounts on some of the best instruments and equipment for franchise owners and music teachers.
Are you looking for an alternative to teaching in a formal school setting, but still passionate about inspiring and educating kids? With School of Rock’s unique approach, childhood educators have the necessary tools and space to develop kids’ music, academic, cognitive, and social skills in a safe and community-oriented environment. Blending a love of business, childhood education, and music, our franchise owners teach kids through rock music that resonates with them.
School of Rock stands out among children’s franchise businesses by engaging kids in a unique way. They learn the fundamentals of playing music with a group of musicians live on stage. Our students perform about 4,000 live shows a year, and they are as thrilled to be on stage playing classic rock songs as their parents are to see them apply what they’ve learned so quickly. It’s an amazing thing to watch a child go from being bashful and self-conscious to having the confidence to stand on stage and play “Free Bird,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Thunderstruck,” or whatever their jam is. Once that painfully shy child gets a taste of what it’s like to command attention and respect — and have fun doing it — there’s really no turning back.
DOES MUSIC MAKE KIDS SMARTER?
We believe in the importance of including music as part of a child’s upbringing, and the evidence for it has become increasingly clear. Study after study shows that children involved in music education tend to perform better academically, and playing music as part of a live band can have some of the same effects as playing sports in a team environment. In fact, studies have shown that students who took performance-based music lessons scored higher on SAT tests.
Source: College Board, National Association for Music Education
MAKING MUSIC EDUCATION FUN FOR STUDENTS MAKES FRANCHISE OWNERSHIP EASIER
By engaging students with music they love and teaching them the fundamentals of playing live shows with a group of fellow musicians, we build up a loyal customer base that is happy to keep returning for more lessons and great shows. They also spread the news of School of Rock to their friends—about 70%-80% of our enrollment comes from customer referrals.
School of Rock’s patented, performance-based curriculum offers franchise owners and music teachers the resources, support, and structure to successfully develop kids' and adults’ musical skills. Regardless of skill level, students learn not only music proficiency but also stage presence, teamwork, and what it’s like being a part of a rock band with real gigs.
By charting a path that veered sharply away from the staid, repetitive boredom that traditional music lessons have long been known for, School of Rock found an exciting approach to music education. By choosing among five instruments found in a typical rock band — keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, and, yes, vocals — students can sign up for our music programs as early as preschool age. They can be on stage as young as 8 years old. And by the time they’re teenagers, if they’re good enough to make the cut, they might even go on tour with our AllStars band.
REQUEST FRANCHISE INFORMATION
You can call us 877-556-6184 to learn more about your School of Rock franchise opportunity, or fill out the form on this page to download our Executive Summary, which includes more in-depth information on our business model and the franchising process.
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SCHOOL OF ROCK IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FRANCHISE COMPANY
At School of Rock, we believe diversity cultivates creativity and innovation, inspires high-quality decisions, and promotes economic growth. Our company is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within our schools and throughout our system. It is the policy of the School of Rock to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. School of Rock complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
School of Rock expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of School of Rock’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.
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