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May 2020
News That Rocks

Hey,Hey it's May! 

We've got Remote Lessons, Recording Projects, New Music Releases, Master Classes & Steve Vai!!
Read all about it and more in this month's Rock School News!

School of Rock Remote is Going Strong!

It's been over a month since we began our remote lessons, and we are so happy to be able to continue staying connected with our School of Rock Family! It has been inspiring to see how music has been a real respite in all the change and chaos, not just for our students, but for us as well.  Here is some of the wonderful feedback we've received: 
"We noticed how proactive and careful you were to keep the lessons going and keep us informed.  We are so impressed by how you rose above and beyond to give the kids the additional resources such as the online music and guest musicians.  Wow! "

"SOR has stepped up and found so many ways to keep the kids engaged (master classes, guests artists, etc).  You have addressed issues proactively, communicated promptly and have made us feel that we are valued members of the SOR community."
THANK YOU so much to all of our Ashburn families for being our partners in this new way of creating music together and keep our community thriving.

Much love,

Laura, Jess, Kevin, Joe, Keith, Bill, P'Nut, Audrey, Kristina, Tara, Matt, Manuel, Lena, and Ben

You Too Can Rock Some Lessons with Us!

"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 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™.
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

Performance Program Update: Home Recording Sessions Start This Week! 

While we are still holding out hope that we will be able to perform this season's shows in a live setting, the focus of our Performance Program is shifting to Recording projects! In addition to giving our students the opportunity to continue collaborating with their bandmates and teachers, we are hoping that they also learn the practical skills and develop the confidence to record their own musical endeavors. How to get ready?
Step One:  Don't Worry! We'll teach you all you need to know and help you get up-to-speed - it's going to be a ton of fun!
Step Two:  Attend your rehearsal and the Pro Tools Master Class this week
Step Three:  Follow the advice from your fearless leaders:
Tara: "Save everything and make copies on an external hard drive. Also don't be afraid to try new things when it comes to mic placement, tones, rooms, anything! It's always worth experimenting and seeing what cool things come out of it."
Keith: "I'd say just like with regular recording, practice the song as much as possible to minimize the amount of takes. So do the hard work in the shed before pressing record.
Matt: "For guitar players and bass players, make sure if you're recording with your phone or computer mic, that you are physically behind your amp so that the mic is picking up more of your amp and less of your actual guitar. For drummers, having the mic further away from the drum kit is probably best to minimize the inevitable distortion it's gonna get from how loud you are.
Kevin: "Drummers, place your phone under your drum throne and see how the kick and snare sound. Vocalists, record yourselves in the bathroom, closet, the kitchen, and your car, see how it sounds and what you like!! Guitarists, move your amp to different sized rooms, if it's a small amp, try putting it up on a chair, notice the differences? Bassists, try laying your amp with the speaker flat on the floor. Keys players, you see that lil USB plug on the back of your keyboard? Use it!"

Master Classes are LIVE & In Session!

Many of you have joined in on the awesome Master Classes offered over the past month. They have been exceptionally fun, educational and motivating for both our students and staff! This week we continue with offerings for Beginner Thru Advanced students.  Check it all out!

As a reminder, each week the masterclasses will be posted under "Weekly Snapshot" - no need to register, simply click the link sent to you in your consolidated link email!

Steve Vai Visited Our Guest Artist Series!

The iconic Steve Vai needs no introduction. In addition to his successful multi-decade solo career, he was the ace guitarist for Frank Zappa, Whitesnake, and David Lee Roth, has won a few Grammys, and has collaborated with countless manufacturers to design musical instruments and equipment such as his signature Ibanez JEM. Steve Vai is a master of music theory and was keen to share his guitar playing secrets with our School of Rock Students! It was truly cool and inspirational to hear him talk about his musicial life.  Just wow.
A few of the inspirational messages we've heard from our generous Guest Artists recently.  You gotta attend these sessions.  No, Really.

New Music From Our Very Own Matt Burridge!

April brought us the latest release from Pulses., featuring Matt Burridge (Guitar instructor, show assistant and former Ashburn House Band member) on guitar. Pulses. is a four piece progressive post-hardcore band from Virginia that began in early 2015 after a couple of promising high school battle of the bands events. The music is rowdy and in your face with influences ranging from all over the genre spectrum funneled through sweet guitar licks and bumping rhythms. Speak it Into Existence is their second album, and features Max Bemis from Say Anything on the track "Sometimes Y." The album is available on all major streaming services. Congrats Matt!
Click Here to Stream/Purchase on Bandcamp!

Friday Night Music Trivia

Join us every Friday Night for a fun 20-questions on Music Trivia hosted on Facebook Live by our sister school Vienna.  Bring the fam and test your music knowledge!

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, Keith (Show Director and Drum Teacher Extraordinare) is giving us five albums he really loves. Check Them Out!
Brian Blade Fellowship - Brian Blade Fellowship

The debut album from Blade and his band. The music is folk-like and lyrical, and was a refreshing sound during the late 90s. Brian Blade is my favorite drummer ever but the whole band is great. Listening to Jeff Parker on guitar is a real treat.

Laughing and Laughing - Chris Morrissey

Morrissey is a mainstay as a bass player on the NYC jazz scene but is a great songwriter as well. This album features his songwriting, arranging, as well as his great electric bass playing. It is a nice rock record. Josh Dion is incredible on drums!

Upside Downside - Mike Stern

If you can get past the chorus effect, Mike Stern is an incredible guitarist. I love his playing on this album but what drew me in was Steve Jordan's playing on "Mood Swings." Before Steve became mega famous with John Mayer he was a great fusion player. Steve Jordan is a big drum hero for me because of his versatility.

Double Booked - Robert Glasper Trio

Chris Dave! My approach to playing drums was changed forever after hearing is playing on this album. Masterful drumming with a unique sound.

tryhard - The Band Camino

Deep down inside I'm a sucker for a well produced modern pop/rock record. tryhard is exactly that. Nice pop songwriting with interesting parts and layers. Sometimes four-on-the-floor is the best way to go!

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! 

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!

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