Music School Inspiring Kids to Rock on Stage and in Life
As a Music City parent, you have a choice in after-school music education programs. Local talent is phenomenal, and music flows widely, from bluegrass to classical, from musical theater to choir.
You’ve looked, but nothing quite fits. Your kid wants to channel her inner King of Pop or jam to Red Hot Chili Peppers in front of an audience on the stage of the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon. It seems a tall order. “Not so,” says Angie McCreight, who left the corporate world after a 20-year scientific career and turned her lifelong love of singing and music into a viable business. The School of Rock franchise opened in Franklin six years ago and expanded to Nashville three years ago, offering programs from 6-year-olds to adults.
“We’re not just a music school, but a community,” she says. “We perform to teach music.”
The hands-on, learning and fun through live performance is the successful formula that makes School of Rock the perfect fit for the 100 to 125 students who enroll each year. Alumni, who “graduate” at 18 years old, often report back about the difference it made in their lives as they pursued their music studies or work as an audio sound engineer because of the interest they developed.
At School of Rock, you will find a family haven for your child. Music lessons are offered from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Both locations have drum sets, pianos, guitars and basses on-site. Instructors will be able to recommend the best-fit voice coach or instrument to purchase or rent for your child.
Tuition, which covers four 45-minute private lessons, is paid monthly. Most people sign up for the performance program for an extra fee. Performance shows are designed by the music director and instructors. Students sign up for the shows in which they want to perform and work together as a team and respect each other’s role in the show. Students gain performance stagecraft and styling, how they present themselves on stage and convey the vibe of the artist they’re showcasing. In 2014, students performed a Motown themed show at the Franklin Theater and performers dressed in 1960s suits and dresses.
Beginning younger students, 6 to 11 years old, are enrolled in the Rock 101 program. They learn songs together as a band and get the chance to be the opening act for advertised shows.
Advanced students have the opportunity to try out for the touring house band or the national All Stars tour. Touring alumni have performed as far away as Las Vegas and San Francisco.
To sign up for a free tour and trial lesson for your child, visit SchoolOfRock.com.