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.
The troubadours at Filedheacht Music School imbue students with the skills and self-confidence to let their inner music out as part of solo or ensemble performances. Offering private instruction in voice, guitar, brass, and woodwind instruments, Filedheacht helps aspiring musicians of all ages practice their arts as part of a supportive, instructive community. The school hosts an annual concert each June, along with a year-round rotation of choirs, glee clubs, rock ensembles, flute choirs, and competitive screaming matches.
A guitar player for 32 years and a music retailer for more than two decades, Matt earned his musical chops alongside some of the best in the business. As a member of the band Adam Bomb in the late '80s, he shared the stage with notables including Dio, Stryper, Kings X, and Iron Maiden; today, the lineup of his current band, Machines of Grace, includes members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The showroom at his Weymouth music store reflects this lifelong dedication, with shelves lined with electric and acoustic guitars, name-brand amps, and all sorts of sheet music. The shop’s soundproofed practice room provides a sanctuary for private lessons from Matt’s handpicked staff of professionally trained guitarists, drummers, pianists, woodwinders, and singers, many of whom graduated from the harmonious halls of the Berklee College of Music.
Music is in Laura O’Neill’s blood. The scion of a musical family, she attended the University of Massachusetts for music education and has spent the intervening years in positions such as youth choir director and Nashville Symphony Chorus member. Now a private voice and piano teacher, O’Neill works with the Kindermusik program to bring melodic joy to young students. Her weekly classes let kids and their parents dance, sing, and play, and prime youngsters to grow up to be music lovers.
New England Studio of Music founder Alisa Luciano took her first piano lesson when she was 4 years old, sparking a lifelong love of music. She would go on to study under numerous pianists, including Svetozar Ivanov, before getting her master's degree in teaching. Since 2003, she's been teaching students as young as 4 years old themselves, passing on her life's work to those of all ages. In addition to piano, the studio offers lessons for voice, brass, strings, guitar, and woodwinds.