Rookies Ages 6-7 A beginners music program for first and second graders

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Students playing in the rookies music program

What to Expect

  • 1 weekly group lesson
  • Use of simplified rock instruments to introduce kids to music

Rookies is a music program designed for children (typically 6 to 7-year-olds) with no previous musical experience. As with all our music programs, Rookies adheres to the patented School of Rock Method. Our Method's core philosophy is that performance-based music education is the best way for students to gain musical proficiency. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn music fundamentals like chords, rhythm, and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they are then able to decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

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Student playing in online music program for first graders


At School of Rock, the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Students can participate in our Rookies music program through interactive online lessons or in-school, socially distanced classes (available at participating locations). Students choosing to take the Rookies program online are taught using the same famous, patented curriculum we use in our schools—The School of Rock Method™. Instead of in-person lessons and rehearsals, online students will have weekly 1-on-1 online video lessons with their instructor and weekly online rehearsals with their classmates.

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Our programs are designed to inspire kids to learn to play music and get them on stage performing, with the goal of attaining strong musical proficiency. Younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first and second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.


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What instrument should a first or second grader play?

Some kids under the age of 7 may be unsure which instrument they'd like to pursue. For first or second grade students in this situation, the School of Rock Rookies music program offers classes where younger kids can gain experience on all instruments. The program gives them room to experiment so you can see what instrument gets most of their attention.

What will my first or second grader learn in the Rookies music program?

School of Rock's Rookies music program teaches your first- or second-grader essential music fundamentals with fun, dynamic music activities. Rookies classes are designed to introduce skills that build teamwork and collaboration with musical games and practices that just feel like fun. In each program, your first- or second-grader will explore their inner rock star, while learning important concepts like pitch, rhythm, and how to play music in a group vs. solo. The Rookies music program also gives your kid the opportunity to gain experience playing all major rock instruments like guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, drums, and vocals. Programs differ per location. Contact your local School of Rock to learn more.

How does the School of Rock Rookies program differ from other teaching methods?

The School of Rock Rookies music program differs from other teaching methods in that kids learn how to play in a band from the very beginning. Through musical games and group rehearsals, your kid will learn simple rock songs in a fun and engaging way that will make them forget they're learning.

Will my child receive private instruction in the Rookies Music Program?

The School of Rock Rookies music program is a group-based music class that focuses on teamwork and collaboration so that students can learn how to play music together. Your kid will get to learn and gain experience on all of the major rock instruments. School of Rock offers real and practical learning that teaches your kid essential music fundamentals. The private instruction component of our cirriculum begins once your kid progresses into Rock 101.

When does the School of Rock Rookies music program meet?

The School of Rock Rookies music program for first- and second-graders includes a weekly one-hour class. Times and scheduling may vary per location.

Will my child perform live with the Rookies music program?

School of Rock Rookies music lessons for first- and second-graders focus on teamwork and collaborative musical games. Students generally do not perform live until they enter Rock 101 or the Performance Program. Contact your local school to see about live performances in your area.

How much does the School of Rock Rookies music program cost?

Our music program for first- and second-graders includes weekly group lessons to teach and inspire your kid to play music. School of Rock's Rookies music program costs vary by location. Ask your local School of Rock for pricing specifics.

Do you offer online music lessons?

Yes, School of Rock offers online one-on-one versions of all our music programs. Students can choose to take their lessons online or in-school. Learn more about our online music programs — including Rookies — now.

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At School of Rock, we offer a variety of music programs, like Rookies, to accommodate students with various skill levels and different ages. Our lessons continually work to advance our students' skills with the goal of making them incredible musicians. Click to learn more about our specific lesson offerings.

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