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Woohoo – my boys just completed their first ever concert since starting their lessons at School of Rock, and learning their instruments! One of the great parts about having them attend this place is that they get to participate in a band (at their level) and get actual experience performing together. Here’s a bit of our experience with School of Rock: The Band.
I’ve shared a bit of our awesome experience at School of Rock so far, but wanted to share more details about the band aspect. That’s right, along with their weekly private lessons with qualified and experienced instructors who are passionate about music, the kids also get one 90 minute lesson (or 2 hours, for ages 12 and up) with others at their level to make their own ‘band’! They practice their specific songs together, and learn how to work as an actual band – then they get real life experience at popular venues in the area to perform.
I admit, I was nervous at first because how could my boys do well in a band format starting in June when they just started learning their instruments in mid-May? Luckily the staff at School of Rock know exactly how to work with the youth to help them progress at a good pace, and find a good fit so that the band is a positive learning environment, not stressful.
Right from the start, my kiddos loved playing in their band! They felt more motivated to practice even harder, since there were now others depending on their development and not just themselves. Even though they just started lessons in mid-May, and the band in early June, they did fantastic at their concert last week! Leading up to it, they worked extra hard because they were so excited, and my Thor kept calling performance day his ‘special day’. They were thrilled to get this opportunity, and felt so proud of themselves for a job well done!
And yes, my youngest was nervous, but had no hesitation for getting up there on stage and doing his best on the guitar – and can’t wait until their end of semester performance so he can do it all again!
I’ve been so proud of my boys for their progress on their instruments while at School of Rock, and can’t wait to see how far they go from here on out!
What instrument would your kids choose at School of Rock?