Retired from the road. Ready to cut back on touring. Looking for a way to stay involved in music while providing for the family. Passionate about music and experienced in business, but looking for Career 2.0. Our franchisees come from all sorts of backgrounds, but the trait that connects them and makes School of Rock one of the best kids’ franchises for the musically inclined is their love of music. Whether they play professionally, had a garage band in high school or just sing along to the radio on the way to work, music has always been a part of their lives.

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.

The confidence, self-discipline and sense of belonging our students gain carry over into every other facet of their lives. They benefit from becoming part of something bigger than themselves — a benefit our School of Rock franchise owners experience as well, whether they’re musicians or not.

“Anyone who has a passion for something will be great at what they’re trying to do. I would suggest an owner just have a passion for music,” says Ryan Schiff, General Manager of our schools in West Los Angeles and Venice Beach and frontman for the alt rock group Lou Pine.

“You don’t necessarily have to be able to perform and play music, but having a real passion for rock and roll, and music, and kids, and being able to teach kids how to play music is the most important thing.”

We were named the No. 1 Child Enrichment Program by Entrepreneur magazine in 2017, and our students get to perform live at prestigious music festivals like Lollapalooza and well-known venues such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We also have a policy of only hiring professional musicians as instructors at each of our schools. When you take a closer look at our business model, you’ll see why that makes so much sense.


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Ryan Schiff, General Manager of West LA School of Rock and Venice School of Rock

We create jobs for other working musicians, as each school typically employs about 20 part-time teachers who have to be professional musicians as well. While it’s true there are different labor pools in Peoria than in, say, Chicago or New York, we find that there are always people out there. And being able to hire professional musicians helps boost overall franchisee satisfaction.

Musicians are the sort of people who would play just for the sheer joy of it, which is why so many pros still need day jobs. With musicians running our schools and teaching our students, School of Rock has earned its reputation as the premier music education school. Our students not only learn to play an instrument, they learn how to work within a group as they form bands with their peers, how to prepare for a live show, how to handle the unexpected during those performances and what it’s like to go on tour.

These are all lessons that will serve them well in life, whether or not they go on to become professional musicians themselves. Our instructors know how to prep them for these lessons because they’ve lived them.

School of Rock is a great brand because it’s authentic,” says Matt Sandoski, a franchisee in Montclair, NJ, a musician since the age of 5 and a live sound engineer who still goes out on tour. “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.

Musicians provide that authentic experience. That’s why we love them, and why School of Rock is a top choice for musicians in return.


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School of Rock franchisee Bea Escobar

Bea Escobar comes from a musical family. Her father, brothers, sons and a nephew are all involved in singing and playing, but Escobar somehow grew up immersed in music without ever really participating. When she heard about the chance to become one of our School of Rock franchisees, she jumped at it.

“Music is definitely a passion,” says Escobar, who owns the School of Rock in Fayetteville, AR. “It makes me happy. It boosts my endorphins. I get everything done through music and always have.”

After a successful career in the consumer packaged goods industry, Escobar learned about School of Rock from a friend whose child was enrolled. The idea immediately clicked, and despite her lack of knowledge about rock music — she grew up in El Salvador and was exposed to a lot of Latin music — she knew it would be a good fit.

Kids who are in those group programs stay longer, and they’re much happier with the experience that they’re getting.




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