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These Kansas City Music Students Will Rock You With Their Skills

So you want to be a rock star?

More accurately, your kid wants to be a rock star. Or maybe she’s just tired of taking lessons for that guitar she begged to get last Christmas.

You’re in luck. Music studios offering rock band-based music lessons are experiencing a rapid expansion across the area. The idea has been around for a number of years, but the last year has seen the opening of at least three new schools that offer rock-style music instruction for kids.

In the Northland, the renovated split-level home that houses School of Rock’s Parkville location screams rock ’n’ roll from the moment students enter the door. Posters from rock concerts and bands cover the walls. Small hallways lead to practice rooms and studios where music emerges through the doors.

In the basement, kids hang out, waiting for their set. Those kids already have been here once this week for an individual lesson. They come another night for a three-hour session to work on their rock show.

The Parkville location run by Mark Ballard is the grand-daddy of rock ’n’ roll music schools for kids in the area. The school has been around since 2007 and has about 120 students. Ballard says he often sees kids with a few years of private lessons and waning interest turned back to playing with an infusion of rock ’n’ roll.

This article can be found at: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/22/4975551/these-kansas-city-music-stu...