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Summer Performance Programs: What you need to know

Here at School of Rock, It is our mission for students to gain musical proficiency through performance-based music education, therefore our primary programs pair group band rehearsals with one-on-one lessons to prepare students of all ages and skill levels to play live with a full band. This fall we are offering a great selection of programs that are guaranteed to prepare students with the skills and concepts necessary for live performance. 


Check out this seasons programs: 


Rock 'n' Grohl


Rock 'n' Grohl (aka The Dave Grohl Show) is a killer show that covers quite a lot of musical ground on all instruments, featuring Grohl’s work with Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Probot, and more. This music is centered in the Hard Rock aesthetic but ranges from Grunge to Punk to Metal to Prog. Best known for his work in Foo Fighters and Nirvana, Dave Grohl is unanimously admired throughout the entertainment industry and continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the modern music scene. The Rock ‘n’ Grohl show is ideal for guitarists of every experience level, in that it encompasses a wide range of skills and techniques - from Nirvana’s rhythmic yet aggressive strumming to the Foo Fighters’ melodic and driving octaves to Queens of The Stone Age’s heavy but quirky leads and solos. Dave Grohl is especially well-known for his prowess behind the kit throughout his career, making this show a favorite for drummers. For vocalists, Foo Fighters songs provide great examples of the belting and chest voice techniques, and intermediate vocalists will be challenged by frequent dynamic changes and two-part harmonies.




Modern Metal


Modern Metal is an SOR twist on the Nu Metal genre, including the bands known in this genre - Slipknot and Korn, but also bands like Limp Bizkit, Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down and more. Join this band if you like the iconic sound of this genre - heavy guitar riffs, infused hip hop beats, and the infamous seven string guitar. If you do sign up to rock with Modern Metal, don’t be afraid to get weird with costumes for the end of season show! 




The Ramones invented what is now commonly known as Punk. Hailing from Forest Hills, Queens, the Ramones invented a style of music that distilled Rock and Roll into its potent essence: short songs with fast tempos delivered in a rapid-fire blast that left the audience catching their breath. The Ramones’ influence cannot be overstated. In the mid 70s at the height of Arena Rock, the Ramones took Rock and Roll back to basics using tight, catchy, minimalist arrangements. Along the way they inspired thousands of bands and created one of the most recognizable sounds in Rock and Roll. Alongside Black Sabbath, they are one of the rare bands that defined a new genre. The Ramones are Punk pioneers, providing  a fun and educational show for young or inexperienced students to cut their teeth in while giving more advanced students the opportunity to develop their stage presence while delving into some incredibly innovative songs that brought Punk Rock to the forefront of the music industry.


Music of Memphis


Memphis has a rich musical history that includes Blues, Rockabilly, Soul and Rock & Roll. To get started talking about Memphis Music, you need to start with The Blues and Beale Street. The legendary Beale street served as the focal point of Blues music in the city. While Elvis may have been the face of Rock & Roll, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Howlin Wolf were making music in Memphis well before “The King”.  Sam Phillips was a man on a mission to bring Rhythm and Blues to the masses and set up his iconic Sun Records as a vehicle to achieve that goal. Sun Records would go on to record countless artists in the '50s, such as Elvis Presley, Howlin Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and more! The musical history of Memphis didn’t start (or end) with Sun Records. Stax Records was also instrumental in the creation of the Memphis Soul genre. Stax Records was formed in the late 1950s as Satellite Records by Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, but would go on to change its name and produce some of the biggest hits of the 1960s. Stax found success with artists like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, and its “house band” Booker T and the MGs, who would go on to have iconic hits of their own. From The Blues on Beale Street to modern bands of today, Memphis is one of the great cities for music and considered by many to be the birthplace of Rock & Roll. 


Rockin' in the Movies


The ultimate summer show, Rockin’ in the Movies will have students saving the world, traveling through time, rescuing princesses, and most importantly… rockin’ out! This group will cover rock songs featured in movies spanning generations from action movies to comedies and we won’t forget the classics. This group will collaborate on all kinds of Hollywood Hits to rock the summer. 


Jack White & Friends


Jack White & Friends is one of the School of Rock shows that gives a nod to more contemporary bands who have forged their name in the music industry and become inspirations to others. All bands will rely heavily on Blues-based riffs and a Garage Rock sound, each with a stripped-down lineups. While Jack White champions traditions of the past to peddle his reinterpretations of Blues, the other bands casted will be a  lesson in evolving into the new internet-age music era.  Aspiring guitarists can learn a soulful approach to playing in this show. Although these artists are not known as technical virtuosos on their instruments, achieving their feel is a task for any level player. To serve the songs, drummers will be playing in the pocket and maintaining driving rhythms. This is a great show for vocalists at all levels, as both bands feature catchy and emotive melodies that heavily influenced modern Rock music.