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.

Two School of Rock students face each other and play guitar in one of the best career opportunities for musicians.

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 one America’s Best Franchises by Forbes Magazine in 2019. We’ve also been on Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 rankings for several years in a row; we won world’s Best Children’s Service & Education Franchise by Global Franchise Magazine in 2021; we’re one of the Top 20 Education Franchises by Small Business Trends; and we’ve been ranked among the Top Franchises by Franchise Times, Franchise Business Review and more.

With more than 290 music schools in 11 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.

A young band rocking out with the lead singer jumping in the air.

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.

Part-time and side gigs for active musicians

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.

Close-up of School of Rock musician playing guitar with hair flowing in the wind.

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.


Music education makes 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

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.

Students and music education teachers pose for a photograph and smile.

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.”

School of Rock is an Equal Employment Opportunity Franchise Company

School of Rock is an Equal Employment Opportunity Franchise Company

At School of Rock, we believe diversity cultivates creativity and innovation, inspires high-quality decisions and promotes economic growth. Our company is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within our schools and throughout our system. It is the policy of the School of Rock to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. School of Rock complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

School of Rock expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of School of Rock’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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