Kids Take Center Stage at the New School Of Rock

Kids young and old have a new way to rock in Gowanus. The School of Rock, which has more than a hundred locations around the world, opened a new space last month at 327 Douglass Street, and they’re offering up performance-based lessons to local children with a beat in their hearts and an urge to get up on stage.

We spoke with owner, general manager, and professional drummer Mike Addesso about what makes the program unique, how his own background in music influences his teaching, whether The Beatles or The Rolling Stones are the better band, and more. Plus, he’s got a special offer for Park Slope Stoop readers!

Park Slope Stoop: What’s the difference between this music program and some of the other ones out there?

Mike Addesso: School of Rock is very much about performance, about getting students to come out of their shell and perform, to learn the balance of tapping into and spotlighting their own talents, while staying in line with the teamwork of the band. We don’t put limits on what kids can learn, with the results being that they end up getting really good!

We get kids playing music right away, learning the techniques and technicalities as they go. We find that when kids are able to study music in a fun environment, actually play songs they know, and see quick results, this boosts confidence and excitement about learning.

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