The School of Rock is the original performance-based, interactive music school, founded in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.
We proceed from the belief that the best way to learn to do almost anything
is by doing it, and we feel that this is particularly true about music.
Therefore, from the moment a student joins one of our schools, he or she is
playing music; loud, with other musicians, and on genuine equipment. And before
long we have our students playing shows. Not your old- fashioned-wait-through-fifty-
other-kids- mangling-their- songs-until-your-child's-turn-arrives recitals, but real rock
concerts at real rock venues, before real rock audiences, complete with light shows,
stagecraft and (when appropriate) smoke machines.
To date our students have played over 350 such concerts, to more than 100,000
people, at such legendary venues as CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory,
Café DuNord, WOW Hall, The Big Easy, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, and BB
King's in Time Square. We have also had the great fortune to be able to perform in
music festivals from Richardson , Texas (Wildflower) to Bad Doberon, Germany
Our goal at the school is twofold: to help our students realize their amazing potential as
artists, and then to put them on stage in front of as many people possible.
To attain the first goal, we have established a highly competitive, yet thoroughly supportive
environment, where our students are challenged at every turn.
Shows are picked for their educational merit and content (ex. Queen to learn about harmony,
Punk to develop performance skills and stage presence, Zappa for a crash course in
musicianship), and it is never even suggested that these kids shouldn't be able to play their
parts. Thus, if they fail, they fail aiming at the best. And when they succeed, which is more often
than not, they have accomplished something extraordinary. I learned along time ago that if you
do not tell kids what they cannot do, they may never learn for themselves.
Does this method work? I have no doubt about it, and would gladly put my kids up against any
other group of kids in the country.
Being their biggest fan and believing as much in our students as I do, I then work on our second
goal of getting our students out there performing. We are constantly staging our own shows,
events and tours; playing festivals and making appearances in various media. It is the best possible
education I can imagine, and the results are something to behold. The only regret I ever have after
one of our concerts is that more people didn't get to see it. Thank you for visiting our website, and
please check out our kids at an upcoming show.