In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen students' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling?such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels?demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.
Nothing captures emotions quite like music. Whether it's the elation of "Ode to Joy" or the sorrow of "Adagio for Strings," music grabs ahold of the human experience and expresses it in a way that anyone can appreciate. The Williamsburg School of Music dedicates itself to sharing that experience with anyone who wants to create music. Its classes include private lessons in voice, guitar, piano, and orchestral instruments as well as rock-band experiences for kids aged 6–17. For very young children, Baby Rock with Craig Howe classes bring shakers, drums, and rhythm sticks into homes for a personal introduction to music. These classes involve rhythmic and tonal exercises and homework assignments that include banging on pots early in the morning.
Before taking the reins at Broadway Performing Arts, Elisa Heinsohn appeared on the TV series Fame, and Cleve Asbury acted in the Oscar-winning film Chicago. The duo also racked up an impressive set of Broadway credits—Asbury most recently played Mr. Ovington in the hit How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—and starred in more television commercials than a dog who can talk. Nowadays, the two continue their performing-arts work while co-owning and co-directing their studio, leading their team as they teach students from 3-year-olds to adults. The studio’s eclectic curricula hone students’ skills in disciplines such as musical theater, dance, and guitar.
A lifelong songwriter and performer, Sharman Nittoli's accolades include co-writing the Frank Sinatra song "Here's to the Band." As an instructor, she harnesses her experience to help students find their own musical voice through lessons in piano, voice, songwriting, and recording.
Rockasorri & Grassroots Presents Rockin' Roots is a collaboration between the innovative music school Rockasorri and the Grassroots Community Space. Founded by Michael Browne, a trained classical guitarist with his own children's album, and Kasandra Krause, an experienced pianist and educator, Rockasorri engages young minds with creative music education based on Montessori principles. Rockasorri lessons, including the parent-child Rockin' Roots classes, take place at the Grassroots Community Space, a friendly, multipurpose arts center founded by local artists and professional Etch-A-Sketchers.
Spotlighted in Time magazine and the New York Times, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is a nationally renowned program offering a unique take on musical education for children 3 months to 4 years old. Classes consist of 45 minutes of singing, dancing, musical storytelling, and jamming. Children's songsmith David Weinstone designed a curriculum celebrating the urban environment as well as universal concerns of youth via his classes, which have exploded into the national spotlight since their humble beginnings in 1997. Rather than being strict and results-driven, the teaching style at Music for Aardvarks is based on adult modeling and exposing children to ideas and sounds without dumbing them down. Parent participation is strongly encouraged for atonal squealers and former Yes drummers alike. Check the Music for Aardvarks website for the drop-in sessions and 10-class series schedules.