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New Student Guide

Welcome to School of Rock, we can't wait to hit the stage with you! This New Student Guide was made to help you get familiar with some of our lingo and learn more about the school. Have questions about things we covered or missed? Ask anyone at the school, we're here to help!


Rock and roll is our heart and soul, and we’ll show you how in our patented teaching methodologies and tools. With these methods and tools, you are able to take center stage with a high-quality music education.


Students are quickly assigned a song based on their skill level and unique interests. Using the song as a textbook, we reverse engineer the technical concepts they’ll need to play everything right. This keeps them excited to play real rock tunes without skipping the essentials they need to know.


To take their knowledge further, our instructors make sure to contextualize each song - understanding the artistry, songwriters, music theory, time period, history, cultural impact, etc., of each song. Additionally, we emphasize Rock music as an educational vehicle, not a lifestyle to be admired. So while we don’t pretend tough subjects didn’t happen, we make sure to emphasize healthy lifestyles and musical habits.


We teach music like any other language - instead of lecturing on all the different terminology we need, we simply use it in the context it comes up throughout our private lessons and rehearsals. From our Rookies to House Band students, this approach allows them to learn this unique language the same way you yourself taught your child to speak in infancy!

Here's everything you need to know for your first lesson.


School of Rock will always provide cables, amps, drum sets, and keyboards for student use when at the School. Some of the above-listed items may be necessary for home practice.


Here's what to expect with your weekly private lesson.


As soon as you enter the school, you should unpack their instrument, put your case in the bin, if applicable, and get ready for your lesson. Your instructor will either come to the lobby to get you, or find you in the student lounge.


IF YOUR LESSON IS WITH YOUR TRIAL LESSON TEACHER, then they will take a moment to get reacclimated to the process before picking up right where they left off! They’ll also review the new Method Tool you have access to - the School of Rock Method App.

IF YOUR LESSON IS NOT WITH YOUR TRIAL LESSON TEACHER, then this lesson will function just like the trial! The instructor will take a few moments to talk about the music they’re interested in and just a general ‘get to know you’ discussion. Then the instructor will take some time to see what, if anything, the student knows and work together to set short and long term goals.


When the lesson ends, the instructor will walk to the student to the lobby. If you are in the lobby, the
instructor will give you a brief review of the lesson and answer any questions you may have. You will be emailed a weekly lesson note noting what was done in the lesson, and a notification that an assignment has been sent in the Method App!

The reason we’re here - rehearsals are the best place for students to learn how to rock out on stage and in life! Whether you’re starting from the start of a season or midway through, here is everything you need to know about your first rehearsal!


NOTE: School of Rock will provide amplifiers, keyboards, drum sets, and auxiliary percussion for students to use.


Here's what to expect with your weekly rehearsal:


As soon as you enter the school, you should unpack their instrument, put your case in the bin, if applicable, and get ready for your lesson. Your instructor will either come to the lobby to get you, or find you in the student lounge.


If you’re joining on the first or second rehearsal, all students will have the same experience on the first day! Rehearsal typically starts with introductions and icebreakers to get students interacting with one another. Next, the listening party! Show Directors have already picked songs and assigned individual parts to students beforehand. Directors will announce these assignments to the group and start listening to the music together. In addition to getting familiar with the tunes, they’ll work together to learn about song mapping, historical context, and performance quality. From there, they’ll start working through the songs at their instruments with tracks to guide them. Students should learn the songs at home, bring them into their lessons to work on, and be ready for the next rehearsal!


If you’ve joined mid-season, welcome! The most important thing to remember is that our students love new members to make music with! Our Show Directors will guide them through everything. Before you arrived, students were assigned songs to play and will be rehearsing them for the entire season. On your student’s first day, they’ll do a lot of observation. They’ll get to hear some of what’s been happening, meet their new bandmates, learn how rehearsals flow - it can be a lot at one time so don’t be surprised if they say they didn’t play much during their first session. They will next time! From there, your student will be added to our current casting with a tune or two to learn. In subsequent casting assignments (they occur in waves throughout the season) they’ll be given equal opportunities base don their skill level and educational needs.


At the end of each rehearsal, students gather with the Show Director to review the rehearsal and receive notes. After clean up, they are dismissed to parents/guardians.

Within 24-hours, your Show Director will have posted a progress note to your instructor, so they know what to work with you on in the next lesson. This note includes an overall review of the rehearsal, constructive feedback on each song rehearsed, and suggestions on what to work on in Private Lessons. It is up to the student to work on these songs at home before the private lesson!