That’s why we do music lessons differently. Classic rock is the foundation of music instruction, and learning in a lesson room is just a component of our program. We put kids in a band and on stage as quickly as possible, building their confidence and passion for guitar.
Learning how to play guitar is challenging, especially when it makes your fingers hurt. In this initial stage, we set up 8-10 year olds for easy wins. Unlike a typical guitar school, Rock 101 includes a 30-minute individual guitar lesson and a 90-minute group rehearsal, which provides context for applying new skills.
Using School of Rock’s proprietary guitar set-up, kids start with basic chord shapes and simple strumming patterns. Then, our skilled Rock 101 instructors use real rock songs as lessons to introduce concepts like chord progressions, time signatures and scales for the first time. As kids master the basics, they begin working on more advanced concepts like finger exercises, picking techniques and basic scales to prepare them for band practice.
Nothing motivates students to learn guitar like a live audience. After a few weeks in Rock 101, or past the age of 11, kids can join our Performance Program. In preparation for the stage, they get weekly 45-minute private lessons, a weekly three-hour band rehearsal, instruction on stage performance, and a say in upcoming show themes.
Just a few weeks in our Performance Program can turn kids into confident guitar players, while helping them build teamwork skills in a creative environment.