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April 2020
News That Rocks

No April Fools, It's Online Rock School!

Welcome to School of Rock Remote!

Warm Greetings from All of us at SOR Ashburn!

Who could have predicted just a few weeks ago where we'd be today?  One thing we know for sure is that music has a special way of carrying us through difficult times and so we are thrilled we were able to figure out a way to keep the music going here at School of Rock.  We want to thank our AMAZING School of Rock Community for flexing with us, and especially their patience as we pivoted to a new platform and helped us work through tech difficulties and all the uncharted waters of remote lessons.  We are so proud of our students who are upping their game by practicing (woot!) and engaging and lifting our hearts and spirits.  It’s so great to see your faces! We are extremely grateful to our parents who are incredibly supportive for sticking with us through this time.  We sincerely thank you all and hope that you and your families are healthy and safe. 
With much love and appreciation,
Laura, Jess, Kevin, Joe, Keith, Tara, P'Nut, Bill, Audrey, Matt, Ben, Lena, Manuel, Kristina and Jojo

School of Rock Remote in Control! 

March definitely went out like a lion! But thanks to your patience and perseverance, and the incredible hard work and dedication of our teachers and staff, we had a great first week rolling out the School of Rock Remote lessons. It has been great to reconnect with our students and get back to the music! 
"Wait, I am a prospective new student, what is School of Rock Remote?"
It is our online, one-on-one music education program allows students to take music lessons remotely. School of Rock Remote furthers 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™.
If you would like to learn more or have any questions, click the button below or contact us directly at 703-858-0820 or Ashburn@SchoolOfRock.com

Special Offer!

Active School of Rock students will be receiving a special offer in their inboxes this month from Sheet Music Plus!  There is no better time to dive into your musical endeavors than RIGHT NOW so keep your eyes open for this email heading your way!

Tips for A Successful Remote Lesson from Kevin!

Our Lead instructor Kevin suggests having the following at hand for a super successful remote lesson:

1) Take Notes - Writing it down helps you remember what we're working on
2 ) Headphones - Headphones are essential for helping with audio feedback.  Your basic phone earbuds are fine, but if you can, upgrade to something better that will up the experience.
3) Playback device - For when we are using backing tracks, It's best if you have it set up to play into for your ears only.  Your teacher does not need to hear the backing track, just you playing or singing.  To accomplish this, plug your headphones into the playback device (like your phone) and have your lesson interaction on a separate device like a computer or tablet.
4) Metronome and Tuner - If you don't own physical versions, both can be found on the app store and are useful when practicing and in all lessons.
5) A good camera angle and even better lighting - Your instructors' expertise is no good if they can't see what you're playing!  If you can face a window during the day that helps, but just a lamp nearby will illuminate things and be very helpful.
6) Amp Placement If using an amplifier, make sure your amplifier is placed at least 5 feet from your webcam. Go to your audio settings on Zoom, watch the audio input. Play your instrument and watch the meter for your volume level. If you're too loud, move the slider to the left. If you're too quiet, crank it up until you can hear yourself clearly! 

Rookies Remote is Rockin' Too!

Our Rookies are having a blast in our LIVE Rookies classes.  Classes are currently being offered at 10AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with more sessions to come.
Description & Details:
All online Rookies Remote classes will be led by Senior Rookies Instructor, Chris Horton.
Each session Chris will be providing our young musicians with exciting and engaging classes that will involve things like:
  • Live instruction for at-home activities
  • Ongoing weekly assignments to keep everyone thinking (scavenger hunts, instrument “building” etc.
  • Fun adventures with other SOR Guest Instructors & pop-ins
  • Parent coaching & instruction to use throughout the week between sessions
If you have any questions or would like to attend a trial class, please give us a call at 703-858-0820 or shoot us an email at Ashburn@schoolofrock.com! 

Get Ready for Master Classes!

Our incredible staff has been working tirelessly to create AMAZING masterclasses for our Performance Program and Rock 101 students! We will also be tapping into our amazing School of Rock network to bring you some great sessions from teachers we know in other areas.  The classes will be rolled out later this week and will be on a wide range of interesting topics, led by expert instructors. We will be putting out a calendar via email this week.  Stay tuned!

Guest Artist Series

We're super pumped to be able to offer our online LIVE Guest Artist Series where our students can join a live Q&A session with some of the best in the business.  Our first was with Jay Weinberg drummer extraordinaire with Slipknot who shared his musical journey, how he approaches songwriting and practicing and much more.  Active students, please check your email for the link to join these sessions!  

The Shows Must Go On!

Yes, the timing is up in the air, but we are operating under the assumption that we will be able to somehow, someway finish this show season.  This past week, we launched our online performance program rehearsals and they have been going AMAZINGLY WELL! We hope everyone has enjoyed reconnecting with their bandmates and directors. 
There's no denying that these circumstances are challenging, but we'll be working hard to keep the rock alive and elevate our shows. The most important thing is this: We don't have a show to come back to if we don't keep our material in tip top shape. Keep cracking away at your songs so that we can hit the ground running when we can finally get back in the rehearsal room! Go ahead and upload your videos of whatever you're working on in your groups so your directors and fellow bandmates can see what you are working on too. #moretimeformusic 

Hit Like a Girl Contest - Entry deadline Extended to April 29th!

Now in its 9th year, Hit Like a Girl is the global contest for female drummers, percussionists and beatmakers.  Their mission is to highlight the female drumming community and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age or ability.  School of Rock is a sponsor and we sure would love to see some of our amazing drummers enter!  There are categories for age so give it a shot!
Click Here for Contest Information

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, Joe (Show Director, JRHB Director and Guitar Teacher) is giving us an extended list of picks for essential listening for you to fill your free time! Here are 10 Albums from Joe!
Alive (2014) - Hiromi Uehara - Jazz, Post-Bop
Top 3: “Wanderer”, “Spirit”, “Life Goes On”
Additional Listening: Place To Be (2010)

Secret Story (1992) - Pat Metheny - Jazz
Top 3: “The Longest Summer”, “Sunlight”, “The Truth Will Always Be”
Additional Listening: The Road to You (1993) - Pat Metheny Group

Passion And Warfare (1990) - Steve Vai - Instrumental Rock/Metal
Top 3: “The Animal”, “For the Love of God”, “The Audience Is Listening”
Additional Listening: The Story of Light (2012)

Images and Words (1992) - Dream Theater - Prog
Top 3: “Take the Time”, “Metropolis - Part I: The Miracle and the Sleeper”, “Under a Glass Moon”
Apostrophe(‘) (1974) - Frank Zappa - Jazz Rock
Top 3: “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast”, “Apostrophe’”, “Uncle Remus” 
Wave (1967) - Antonio Carlos Jobim - Bossa Nova
Top 3: “Wave”, “Look To The Sky”, “Captain Bacardi”

Flood (1975) - Herbie Hancock - Jazz, Funk
Top 3: “Spank-A-Lee”, “Watermelon Man”, “Chameleon”
Additional Listening: Friends (1978) - Chick Chorea 

Transcendence (2016) - Devin Townsend Project - Metal
Top 3: “Stormbending”, “Higher”, “Transcendence” 

Blow By Blow (1975) - Jeff Beck - Instrumental Rock, Funk, Jazz
Top 3: “Scatterbrain”, “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers”, “Thelonius” 
Additional Listening: Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop (1989), Emotion & Commotion (2010)

Ahi (2016) - Taksim Trio - World 
Top 3: “Orobroy”, Joanna”, “L’Asila”

Summer Camp Update

For those who have signed up for summer camps, please hang tight!  We are not sure what the timelines are here but will work to add sessions and move sessions for all our campers when we have a better picture of what can be done.  We are even looking at some pretty cool online options. Thanks!

Summer Intern Program Applications 

Right now it's hard to imagine summer and summer camps but all will be on track before we know it!  We will be rolling out our Summer Intern Applications shortly and all active Performance Program students ages 12+ are eligible to apply.  Think Summer!

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