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2024 Spring Season Program Offerings

ROCK OUT WITH US THIS SPRING!

The Performance Program is School of Rock's hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. Utilizing the patented School of Rock Method, Performance Program consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience, and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, and refine the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, Performance Program students take the stage and play at local music venues in front of a live audience.

OUR SPRING SEASON RUNS FROM FEBRUARY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 9TH! CONTACT US TODAY TO LEARN MORE, AND TO GET STARTED!

LITTLE WING

AGES 4-5 | WEDNESDAYS 4:45PM-5:30PM

This weekly, 60-minute, Class follows a similar structure to Little Wing. The difference? Rookies focuses on the 5 main band instruments - Guitar, Bass, Keys, Drums, and Voice - and gives kids the chance to play their favorite instruments every week. RookiesPLUS! adds a 30-minute Private Lesson! Open Enrollment all year long!

 

ROOKIES

AGES 6-7 | MONDAYS 4:00PM-4:45PM, WEDNESDAYS 6:15PM-7:15PM

Little Wing is School of Rock's music program designed for our youngest students (mainly 4- to 5-year-olds). This music program for toddlers and preschoolers features a special curriculum where students play games and participate in other interactive activities to help them internalize the foundational skills they will use as their musical abilities grow. Little Wing students have one weekly group lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody, and dynamics through play. Call us today to enroll!

 

 

ROCK 101

AGES 7+ | MONDAYS 5:00-6:30PM, WEDNESDAYS 5:00PM-6:30PM, THURSDAYS 5:00PM-6:30PM, SATURDAYS 10:30AM-12:00PM

Welcome to your first step to becoming a Rock Star! This Program is designed to get any Novice & Beginner rocker on an instrument and into their first band rehearsals. Students meet once a week for a 90-minute band rehearsal and an additional 45-minute lesson every week. Students perform LIVE at the end of each season!

BEST OF THE 2010'S

AGES 13-18 | TUESDAYS, 6:00PM-8:00PM

School of Rock pays tribute to the past decade of Rock and Roll! The 2010s proved that rock and roll is alive and well, with diverse artists such as Adele, Imagine Dragons, Tame Impala, H.E.R., and St. Vincent all rising to prominence in the music world. These current artists combine modern production techniques with retro-sounding riffs and song structures, resulting in today's chart topping hits. While the music itself has generally evolved somewhat from decades past - less guitar solos, more keyboards, and more influence from Hip Hop and R&B - the spirit of Rock and Roll remains as vital as ever. This show will be a stylistically diverse recap of the best music from the decade, featuring modern takes on Punk (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), Blues (Gary Clark Jr., Black Keys), Pop (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry), Rock and Roll (Greta Van Fleet, The Dead Weather), and more! A great show for students of any instrument and experience level.

ROOTS OF ROCK & ROLL

AGES 13-18 | THURSDAYS, 6:30PM-8:30PM

The Roots of Rock & Roll show covers seminal rock/pop acts from the ‘50s and early ‘60s, including Chuck Berry, Sun Records artists such as Elvis and Carl Perkins, early rockabilly, and early pop like The Beach Boys and Phil Spector-produced acts. This material is the foundation for everything that came after it, and its educational importance can’t be overstated. Rock & Roll really started to develop around 1953-1954 when iconic songs like “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton and “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley were released. By 1955 the floodgates started to break open and artists such as Little Richard were making huge names for themselves with hits like “Tutti Frutti.” Around this time a truck driver in Memphis, Tennessee, by the name of Elvis Presley started tearing up the south with his adrenaline pumped “Rock-a-billy” covers of R&B and Country songs. Presley would go on to define his sound in its signature style with hits like “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”  The mid-1950s were a cultural Big Bang that - through the talent and brilliance of many artists such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Ronettes, Ritchie Valens, Elvis Presley, and more - transcended social boundaries and created a music movement that youth from all walks of life could feel like they were a part of. Rock & Roll is the ultimate freedom in musical  expression and changed our entire world forever, and this show explores where it all began. 

HENDRIX

AGES 13-18 | SATURDAYS, 12:00PM-2:00PM

Jimi Hendrix is arguably the most influential guitarist in the history of Rock & Roll. Few other individuals have had as much widespread impact on how electric guitar is played, not to mention such a lasting musical and cultural legacy. Jimi was one of the greatest guitar players to ever walk the earth, but was also an incredible songwriter and an innovator in the recording studio as well. Hendrix’s first album,  Are You Experienced, one of the definitive albums of the Woodstock era, was released in 1967 and featured the singles” Purple Haze”, “Hey Joe”, “Stone Free”, “The Wind Cries Mary”, and “Foxey Lady” - all of which have become classic rock standards. Hendrix followed that up with two artistic and innovative works, Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland. The live recording, Band Of Gypsys, released in 1970, would be the final album released during his relatively short lifetime. With the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and later with Band of Gypsys, Hendrix and his bandmates took Blues and Jazz conventions and turned them upside down, creating a completely fresh sound. Jimi’s incredible technical ability and ingenious experimentation with guitar effects completely reinvented rock and roll guitar playing and influenced everyone who came after him.

ADULT BAND: INDIE ROCK

AGES 18+ | MONDAYS, 6:00PM-8:00PM

Indie Rock emerged as a genre in the 1980s as a response to the highly polished music of the '70s and '80s. The origin of the Indie movement can be traced back to the year of 1977 when the Buzzcocks self-published their Spiral Scratch EP. The band’s rejection of the typically major label-generated approach to the recording and distribution of music earned them their independent, or “indie”, status. As other bands adopted the Buzzcocks’ DIY ethos, the movement grew, and Indie Rock came to describe a particular sound that came from small post-punk labels of the early 1980s. In the '80s, bands like REM, The Pixies, and The Meat Puppets were known for putting musical experimentation before commercial goals, and gained popularity through college radio. In contrast with the synth-heavy pop music of the day, those Indie bands continued the emphasis on guitar that earlier Rock and Punk music popularized. In the '90s, the influence of Grunge helped usher in an era of commercialization in the Alternative genre. After many influential Indie acts achieved great commercial success, “Indie” soon began to describe artists who clung to their independent status and refused to sell-out. The music industry began to market any music that embraced a retro, guitar-centric sound as “Indie” as well. Through the 2000s, groups like the White Stripes, Jet, and The Strokes released garage-twinged music that received a massive amount of radioplay. The Indie Rock Show will give guitar players a look into unconventional chord voicings and manipulating guitar sounds with effects.  Keyboardists, too, will enjoy applying more sound patches into the songs’ soundscapes.  The rhythm section of bassists and drummers will be challenged by the diversity of playing styles of which Indie Rock is known for. This fun and musically varied show is a great choice for all experience levels.

 

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