Are you familiar with the School Of Rock? No, I don’t mean that Jack Black movie, although it’s based on something similar. I mean the Paul Green School Of Rock that was started back in 2000. The school has grown by leaps and bounds since then, boasting 72 schools in 26 states and have even opened schools in Mexico. And they plan to grow to over 300 schools in the coming years.
One of those areas of expansion is fertile soil of the Cincinnati area, there several schools are being planned, starting with one in Mason. Tim Garry, whose sons are School Of Rock alumni from his years on the east coast, (here is video of his kids playing Hendrix) has returned to Cincinnati and is heading up the project. I met Tim recently and he told me he plans to lease a 5,000 sq ft building on Reading Road that will allow him to house not only the school but also a performance venue that will be able to accommodate an audience of up to 125. Tim hopes to open the first school in early 2012, possibly as soon as March. He also believes the greater Cincinnati area has the potential for 4-6 schools: 1 north (Mason), 1-2 on the east side, 1-2 in northern Kentucky, and 1-2 on the west side. Tim’s goal is to build out to at least 4 schools over the next three years.
So why School Of Rock? Well, I’ll let them give you a brief explanation of what they believe in.
We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.
School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.
Here is a great explanation through video…
I feel like this is a great opportunity for the city of Cincinnati to open their arms to an established school of music. I for one would love for my kids to be involved as much as possible and I hope others feel the same way. Lets start by welcoming the School Of Rock to town.