CAREERS FOR MUSICIANS
School of Rock is a Smart Career Choice for Musicians and Educators
Musicians and music educators, School of Rock is a unique chance to start your own music business. We offer you the guidance, training and support you need to run your school, transform lives through music and share your love for music with the community. If you’ve been dreaming of a career in music entrepreneurship or starting your own music school, we are excited to help you make it happen.
Likewise, if you’ve been looking for a children’s franchise that changes lives and has great earnings potential, School of Rock has figured out the winning formula.
Our franchise stands out among music school businesses by engaging kids in a unique way. We teach them rock music that resonates with them and the fundamentals of playing with a group of musicians on stage.
School of Rock is among the Top 20 Education Franchises
Recognized by trade publications and industry experts for our pioneering work in the field of music education for children, School of Rock has been Ranked the #2 franchise for medium investment levels by Forbes Magazine in 2018. We’ve also been on Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 rankings for several years in a row; we were the number one Child Enrichment Franchise in 2017; we’re one of the Top 20 Education Franchises by Small Business Trends; and in 2016 we were ranked among Franchise Times Magazine’s Top 200+ franchises and their Fast and Serious Top 20 Smartest Growing Brands.
With more than 200 music schools in nine countries, we continue to be the largest music school franchise in the United States. If you want to teach kids how to play music through rock, you’ll love our performance-based curriculum and fulfilling careers for musicians, music educators and franchise owners. We make kids feel like rock stars, but at heart we’re an education franchise that teaches music in a way that instills children and adults with confidence.
Careers for musicians
Are you looking for a second career in music? Are you tired of touring and want a day job in the music industry? Looking for an opportunity to settle and stay close to your family while still playing? Are you eager to start your own music business, offer jobs to other musicians and impact kids’ lives? Do you like teaching music and would you like to expand your horizons as a music educator and entrepreneur? Dreaming of opening your own music studio?
Whether you are a professional or play with friends after business hours, School of Rock is your chance to use your talent, contribute to your community and transform lives.
“School of Rock is a great brand because it’s authentic,” says Matt Sandoski, a franchisee and live sound engineer who has been a musician since the age of 5 and lives in Montclair, NJ when he’s not touring. “Live music today is overproduced. That’s why all these kids have a college band no one’s ever heard of. Classic rock wasn’t overproduced. We have new music as well that isn’t overdone, but it’s nothing you hear on the radio anymore. Most of the music you hear, it isn’t real. It’s all manufactured. Kids get that. Kids want an authentic experience. That’s why they love School of Rock.”
Experienced musicians provide that authentic experience. That’s why we love them, why many of us are musicians ourselves and why School of Rock is a top choice for anyone looking for a career in music education.
Part-time and side gigs for active musicians
In addition to franchise ownership opportunities for musicians and educators, we also create careers for working musicians, as each school typically employs about 20 part-time music teachers who have to be professional musicians as well. This provides exceptional learning opportunities for students and hiring professional musicians in your area helps franchise owners boost overall franchisee satisfaction.
While it’s true there are different talent pools in Peoria than in, say, Chicago or New York, we find that there are always skilled individuals looking for a job in music near you.
Work can be very fulfilling when you own a School of Rock franchise. We’ll share the financial details with all qualified candidates.
Why practicing musicians make great educators
Musicians are the sort of people who would play just for the sheer joy of it, which is why so many active musicians have day jobs and side gigs. With musicians running our schools and teaching our students, School of Rock has earned its reputation as the premier franchise in music education.
Our music educators successfully teach School of Rock students how to perform live and prepare them for careers in music because they’ve lived it. We want musicians to bring their unique perspective and experience as an active or touring musician to your students and community. Students not only learn to play their instrument, but learn how to work within a group as they form bands with their peers.
Musicians teach students how to prepare for a live show, how to handle the unexpected during performances and what it’s like to be an active, touring musician in the industry. These are all lessons that will serve your students well in life, whether or not they pursue a career in music for themselves.
School of Rock also helps you stay stocked with the best music gear. We have partnerships with major gear brands, which include steep discounts on some of the best instruments and equipment for franchise owners and music teachers.
Alternative careers for music & childhood educators
Are you looking for an alternative to teaching in a formal school setting, but still passionate about inspiring and educating kids? With School of Rock’s unique approach, childhood educators have the necessary tools and space to develop kids’ music, academic, cognitive and social skills in a safe and community-oriented environment.
School of Rock is all about inspiring kids through the medium of rock music. We want our franchisees to be as passionate as we are about our mission.
Break from tradition by owning a childhood education franchise
Blending a love of business, childhood education and music, our franchise owners teach kids through rock music that resonates with them. School of Rock stands out among children’s franchise businesses by engaging kids in a unique way. They learn the fundamentals of playing music with a group of musicians live on stage. Our students perform about 4,000 live shows a year, and they are as thrilled to be on stage playing classic rock songs as their parents are to see them apply what they’ve learned so quickly.
It’s an amazing thing to watch a child go from being bashful and self-conscious to having the confidence to stand on stage and play “Free Bird,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Thunderstruck,” or whatever their jam is. Once that painfully shy child gets a taste of what it’s like to command attention and respect — and have fun doing it — there’s really no turning back.
DOES MUSIC MAKE KIDS SMARTER?
Studies have shown that students who took performance-based music lessons scored higher on SAT tests.
Source: College Board, National Association for Music Education
Making music education fun for kids makes franchise ownership easier for music educators and entrepreneurs
By engaging students with music they love and teaching them the fundamentals of playing live shows with a group of fellow musicians, we build up a loyal customer base that is happy to keep returning for more lessons and great shows. They also spread the news of School of Rock to their friends- about 70%-80% of our enrollment comes from customer referrals.
School of Rock instructors encourage a child’s strengths, challenge them to overcome their weaknesses and help provide them with the tools they need to navigate life with confidence.
School of Rock’s performance-based curriculum offers franchise owners and music teachers the resources, support and structure to successfully develop kids and adults’ musical skills. Regardless of skill level, students learn not only music proficiency, but also stage presence, teamwork and what it’s like being a part of a rock band with real gigs.
By charting a path that veered sharply away from the staid, repetitive boredom that traditional music lessons have long been known for, School of Rock found an exciting approach to music education. By choosing among five instruments found in a typical rock band — keyboards, bass, guitar, drums and, yes, vocals — students can sign up for our music programs as early as preschool age. They can be on stage as young as 8 years old. And by the time they’re teenagers, if they’re good enough to make the cut, they might even go on tour with our AllStars band.
“We are very proud that our dedication and continued success in the children’s music education business are so consistently recognized by people who follow our industry,” says President and CEO Rob Price. “School of Rock has been around for nearly 20 years, and that’s because our performance-based model of music instruction is effective.”
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If you’ve been exploring the idea of owning your own music school or education franchise and you’re passionate about music, we’d love to talk to you. Ready to get started? Fill out the form on this page and one of our franchise development representatives will be in touch with you quickly.
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