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.
At Dea Music & Art School, instructors teach youngsters the fundamentals of artistic expression and musical performance. Art lessons teach the essentials of composition and visual narrative, whereas music lessons include piano, guitar, and violin as well as standard voice lessons and a musical-theater program.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a studio for the performing and movement arts! We offer Yoga, Fitness, Dance and Acting classes as well as Vocal and Instrumental music lessons!
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Each class is for All Levels, so even the experienced Yogi can take it down a bit if they need a day of lower intensity. Beginners feel comfortable with the modification options and having all levels in the class enables them to see the journey with a consistent practice!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The performing arts are a part of everything we do from breathing and flexibility from yoga to public speaking experience from acting, it just seemed right to put everything in one place.
What do you love most about your job?
That it's not a job. It's a way of life.
A full wall of cymbals. A huge stock of both new and used guitars and drums, some of them custom-made. And, out of sight, the sounds of instructors teaching students to master two dozen different instruments. In addition to private lessons, Division Street Music Shop's group classes bundle grownups into rock bands, teach ensembles to improvise jazz, and cover genre-specific curricula such as rock and blues guitar. Summer music camps are packed with recording and performance opportunities so that kids don’t get bored and spend the whole three months re-doing last year’s homework.
Music has been a part of Jennifer Esposito's life since the fifth grade, when she picked up her first trumpet. She went on to earn a degree in music education at Montclair State University. In addition to teaching at the elementary and high school levels, she studied with seasoned musicians and performed with groups such as the Princeton Youth Orchestra and The Harrison Bushwackers.
When Jennifer enrolled her daughter in the Kindermusik program, its mix of music, family bonding, education eventually solidified her own desire to teach little ones. She's now a certified instructor and the owner of her own studio, Kindermusik with Ms. Jenni. She leads classes that involve children of all ages and their families. Newborns and toddlers can dive into the finer points of musical expression through imaginative play, song, and dance—activities that also develop language, social skills, and Beatle impressions. As youngsters grow, they progress to wind, stringed, and keyboard instruments.
South Plainfield's Academy of Indian Music is a great place to go to improve your strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.
Beginners and experts alike are invited to practice hot yoga at Academy of Indian Music, but be prepared for an ultimate workout.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.