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August 2020
News That Rocks
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We're Baaaackkkkk! 
The halls are alive with the sound of Music! We've got some in person rehearsals going, we're preparing to return to in person lessons, and we've even got a camp going!
Read all about it and more in this month's Rock School News!
Show Groups are Back In the House!!!!

We've had an awesome time here at the school  with our first week of in person rehearsals for our Performance Program! We're so glad to see some of our students again - we really are pinching ourselves.  For August we will be coming in every other week to ensure that everyone understands and follows our protocols and that we can keep things super safe, but then hope to go weekly in September. Everyone sounds great and it's apparent that they've been keeping the music alive while quarantining.  We're working on some safe outdoor performance options so stay tuned for more information on that.

Rock 101 Returning In-Person!

Starting at the end of August, we are ramping up our Rock 101 groups IN PERSON! 
We are very excited to have our Rock 101 groups heading back to the school.  These will be smaller groups than before to ensure we can be safe and socially distant while playing so space will be very limited in each class but we will try to set up as many classes as we need to accommodate demand.  
To welcome you back we are going to offer a Free Rock 101 class at the end of August for those who are interested in signing up!  Stay tuned for an email about this coming soon. If you have any questions, please call Jess at the School for more info! 703-858-0820

Greetings from Jess!

Hi Everyone! I hope your summer has been great so far. With summer coming to a close, I'll be getting in contact with everyone about returning to our regular 3:45 - 9 schedule, so keep an eye out! Also, I wanted to let everyone know that you can now text me at 703-858-0820 (That's the regular school number) in case it's easier than emailing or calling. Please add our number to your address book so you can recognize texts from me too! I'm at your service!

School of Rock All-Stars Perform a Classic Song With Skip Marley!

Check out this collaboration from our School of Rock All-Stars with none other than the grandson of Bob Marley, Skip Marley! The video below shows Skip Marley and our awesome SOR All-Stars singing the classic song, Three Little Birds.  The Allstars didn't get to do their tour this summer but they did participate in a few recordings which we hope to see more of coming out soon.

Remote, Live Lessons Are Ongoing

School of Rock Remote is our online, one-on-one music education program that allows students to take music lessons remotely. School of Rock Remote furthers you or your child’s musical journey in a way that prioritizes well-being through social distancing. Weekly one-on-one online instruction is conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room. Students receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples virtual lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™.
Lessons available for students Ages 7 thru Adult,
Beginner thru Advanced Players
We will still be offering the remote option going forward, even after we are back in the building! Programs too!
If you would like to learn more or have any questions, click the button below or contact us directly at 703-858-0820 or email us at ashburn@schoolofrock.com!

Returning to the School!

We're preparing to return to in-school lessons as soon as possible. We've already had a few group rehearsals back in the building and have implemented new safety protocols to protect our students and staff, such as distance markers in the school, temperature and symptom checks, and barriers for our vocalists. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details! We will also continue providing Remote lessons for those who prefer it. 

Welcome to our New SORockers!

A big School of Rock Welcome to our newest students starting out on their musical journey: Alex F., Avi J., Saanvi K., Vihaan L., Georgia O., Akhil J., Jaashvi C., and Nayla M. - We look forward to all you'll accomplish!

Monthly Staff Picks!

Each month we like to give one of our teachers a chance to share with us some songs or albums they consider essential listening. This month, Living Bass Legend P-Nut gives us his picks for five essential songs every student should have on their radar.
1) Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin I know it's a tune that so many guitarists learn first but the arrangement is one of the best ever for a tune that is popular. This is a tune that's played on rock, r&b, country, jazz and all other genres.  Check out the version by Stanley Jordan and for the best live version, look at the live version Heart does at the Kennedy Center.

2) Roundabout by Yes
This is a tune that has everything from harmonics, cool bass line, good drumming and keyboards. If you want to get into Progressive Rock, this is a must learn tune and if you're not into Progressive Rock, it's still a must learn tune.

3) Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is a writing genius and this tune is one of many that shows this. Blues bands, Rock bands, jazz bands and even rubber bands (lol) cover this tune. It's a must know in your musical repertoire.

4) Until You Come Back To Me by Aretha Franklin
The studio version of this tune is like a magic trick, you hear it and say "cool tune"  but when you break it down to learn it , you say OMG!!! Tight interactions between drums and bass, tasty keys , guitar and angelic background vocals. It's more complex than it initially sounds plus it was written by Stevie Wonder!

5) Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
Yesss, another Stevie tune, lol. This is another tune covered by various genres of music. It has horn lines from Duke Ellington's era, the tune is dedicated to Duke, a bass line that's a funk and jazz mixture and one of the most memorable unison lines ever written. When you learn this tune,correctly, you have moved up to another level. 

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