Number of shows School of Rock students perform annually worldwide
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WE’RE THE BEST KIDS’ FRANCHISE IN THE MUSIC SPACE
School of Rock programs teach music starting at age 3.
Our learning franchise is based on a core concept: Kids should have fun when they’re learning to play music. We don’t make them learn the scales first. We don’t even make them learn how to read music before we have them playing their first song. That’s because if they love what they’re doing, they’ll dig in to do the hard work with little prompting and want to push themselves.
We then use the songs as a way to teach music theory and other fundamentals. And along the way our students learn teamwork, discover a sense of self-identity and gain confidence. We’re unique among music education concepts, and we think that’s what makes us the best kids franchise to invest in.
If you walk into a School of Rock, you’ll see children of all ages — from preschoolers to teenagers and even adults — practicing music like Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall, AC/DC’s Back in Black or KISS’ Rock and Roll All Nite. These are part of a number of songs that make up our curricula, and provide a shared language that is ideal for music education. And when you think about the relatively straightforward rhythms and melodies, you can see how it makes sense to introduce kids to music education through classic rock.
A lot of thought goes into how our curricula are structured. Songs are chosen for their educational properties. A typical rehearsal flow for The Beatles’ music might be Hey Jude, Let It Be, Come Together and Help! Each of these songs presents unique musical concepts for beginners and advanced players alike. We find the right challenges to fit each student.
IT’S A GREAT BUSINESS FOR KIDS
Our programs are all-inclusive. We teach three 4-month sessions per year and offer something for every age group, in addition to holding shorter day camps during summer months and school breaks. Here are our programs:
Our early childhood music education program is designed to teach children as young as 3 years old to love music. By exploring hand percussion, playing musical games and learning the basics of teamwork, these children come away with the confidence and tools they need to be lifelong music lovers. Average age range: 3-5
This program teaches youngsters in first and second grade slightly more complex concepts such as pitch and rhythm, exposing them to different instruments along the way. These kids will learn how to channel their inner rock stars. Average age range: 6-7
Rock 101 teaches the basics of rock while laying a solid foundation for understanding the dynamics of playing in a group setting. At this level, students get one-on-one instruction as well as an instructor in their group sessions, learning about music theory and techniques in a fun setting. Average age range: 7-10
This is our core program at School of Rock, and a key reason it’s such a great kids’ franchise to explore. In our Performance Program, in-depth private instrument instruction is paired with group rehearsals and a live performance on stage that showcases what students have learned during their lessons. Students will learn musicianship, harmonies and the particulars of playing on stage in a group dynamic. Average age range: 8 and up
Learning the ins and outs of playing live with a group of your peers is at the heart of School of Rock. Our Performance Program is the one that draws the most students.
We host camps and workshops throughout the year to introduce our music franchise to new students and allow existing students to spend their school breaks sharpening specific skills with us. This is a strong income stream for our franchisees during key times of the year.
We have a post-high school performance program for adults, a studio-based program that introduces students to the recording process and more. School of Rock often invites established musicians to interact with or perform with students nationwide. Past guests have included:
Slash of Guns N’ Roses
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Anderson of Yes
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Williamson of The Stooges
Danny Carey of Tool
Adrian Belew of King Crimson
Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins
Cold War Kids
Twiggy (Ramirez) of Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids
Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam
Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine
Joey Santiago of the Pixies
Students will have an opportunity to try out for the House Band, which includes the most talented performers from each school and serves as an excellent community marketing tool for franchisees. Then there’s the AllStars, our nationally touring band that includes only the top 1% of students in the entire School of Rock system.
To learn more about how you can own your own School of Rock music education franchise, please continue to explore our research pages. To start a conversation, fill out the form on this page, and we’ll call you to talk about your opportunities.