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June 2021
News That Rocks

  Because it's June!  

We've got a lot to talk about

It's Show Time! Live! and in Person!
This Spring 2021 performance program season is ready to take the stage! The Renegade will  be livestreaming our performance on June 5th so you can enjoy from anywhere you might be!  Our shows are a great way to see what our core Performance Program is all about.  *See* you soon!

Our Graduating Seniors!!!

We have a love/hate relationship with June.  It's the month when we get to rock the stage with our seasonal shows and kick off our amazing summer programs, but it's also when we have to send our seniors off.  Typically we spend many years with these students and have the privilege of watching them grow from littles to young adults and killer musicians.  We see them in all their teenage glory and love them so much. Truly. Here's to the very special class of 2021 - you did it! 

Cierra Mercer

What are you going to do be doing after graduation?
I will be going to the Maryland Institute College Arts (MICA) in Baltimore, majoring in game design.
What will you take with you from your time at School of Rock?

I will be taking my ability to adapt and overcome fears from my time at School of Rock.

James Eades

What are you going to do be doing after graduation?
After graduation I will be going to school in California to study Psychology 
What will you take with you from your time at School of Rock?  What I will take with me from my time in School of Rock is the memories of course but mostly how to properly play in a band with other people.

Kylie Norris

What are you going to do be doing after graduation?
I’m heading to the University of Pittsburgh with an undecided major.
What will you take with you from your time at School of Rock?
I definitely am going to take the countless memories of playing different kinds of music at rehearsals, skills I’ve learned from my amazing music directors and teachers, the friends I’ve made during my three years here, and the thrilling feeling of performing live shows. These memories have made me want to continue drumming in a college band, which I hope I’ll be able to do at Pitt. To Neel, Brooks, my bandmates, and all the other School of Rockers, I’m going to miss you guys so much!

Nora Slott

What are you going to do be doing after graduation?
I'm taking a gap year to save up. I think I'll be a really good barista.
What will you take with you from your time at School of Rock?
School of Rock taught me that improvement isn't  linear. Your best performance can come right after your worst. You can go seasons without seeing someone and then get along better than ever. It's never too late to try again, and it's never too late to try something different. Also, practice is super useful :)

Oliver Foley

What are you going to do be doing after graduation?
I am going to University of Maryland to study electrical engineering, where I hope to focus on music electronics and continue my passion for equipment tinkering and audio production. I intend to stay active in the local music scene and try my hand at student radio as well!
What will you take with you from your time at School of Rock?
The best skill I learned at School of Rock is the art of the Jam. The performance program and my  lessons with P'Nut and Jaime taught me how to improvise and groove with others, and nothing is more fun than jamming with friends. School of Rock gave me the tools to follow my own musical creativity, and I'll never forget how much fun it was. Thank you to all the amazing teachers and show directors I've had in my time at School of Rock! 

Rifka Handelman

What are you going to do be doing after graduation? I'm going to Emerson College in Boston.
What will you take with you from your time at School of Rock? Uh...knowing how to play drums? But also a lot of fun memories.

Stella Biles
What are you going to do be doing after graduation?
I'm going to take a gap year to work for City Year, an Americorps program. After that I plan on going to Montgomery College for 2 years then transferring somewhere where I can major in urban agriculture.
What will you take with you from your time at School of Rock?

I've been here for 5 years, so it will influence a lot of what I take away, such as my knowledge about all kinds of music. I've learned so much from so many different people that I will value for a long time. I'll also be able to take away my ability to jam with other people.

Note:  The second photo has incredibly special meaning to us all because it is of Stella’s first public performance after her car accident. She was  still using a wheelchair but was graduating to a walker. Her bandmates helped her to this chair so she could play the bass for this song. It marks an amazing milestone that we'll never forget.

Adult Rock 101

Our Adult Rock 101 class is  Rocking! 
It has been a couple months now since we started our Adult Rock 101 class and they are still coming to class entusiatic to learn and  excited to play.  Jaime, their Director, has expaded their song list they are working on to keep them challenged and to build on the knowledge they have.  Jaime is really pleased with how it's going. We do have some openings in the program this summer so reach out to us on the school line 301-589-7625 for an opportunity to take your playing to the next level.

Rock 101 Openings!

The graduation of a group of students mid season has created a great opportunity for other students to start their journey. Rock 101 is a core element of School of Rock where our beginner students grow into musicians and gain the experience needed for entering the Performance Program. Now that it's summer, if you think its time to add a group experience to help your child go to the next level in their musical skill, or if you used to be in a group before the pandemic and are considering coming back in person, let us know so we can explore the options.  Call Rose on the school line 301-589-7625.


Our Rookies classes are rockin! If you have a 6 or 7 year old and would like to experience a fun interactive introduction to music, this is your class.  Masks required! Call Rose on the school line 301-589-7625.  

Summer Camps Sign ups are here! 

Beginner to Advanced Players, Ages 7+
We are getting a lot of calls asking about summer camps.  Are they happening this year?  Can I sign up now?  Are they in person?  The answer is yes!  Some weeks are filling up fast so don't delay. Simply Click and Sign Up below. Or, if you need more information, you can call the school on 301-589-7625.
Sign Up For Camps Here

Sign Up for Our Summer Intern Program 

Woot!  Summer Camps are going to be in full swing which means our Summer Intern Program is too!  We will be mailing out the details next week, but basically this is a chance for our Performance Program Students to help out at camps over the summer.  It's fun, a way to up your musical skill and be a mentor to others.  Win win!  Check your inbox for details or call Rose.


with our Lead Instructor Brooks 
EAR TRAINING: One of the most useful skills a musician can have is learning by ear. While being able to read music is important, having a good ear is invaluable in most practical, real life musical situations. The best musicians can listen and adapt to any musical situation. Ear training allows you to learn songs quickly, make on the fly adjustments to your playing, and even keep your instrument in tune without a tuner. Work on identifying intervals, chord progressions, and rhythms by ear with your instructor this month. Remember that listening is the most important skill a musician has!

Mark Your Calendar

June 1st - Summer 2021 Show Season Sign Up for Performance Program
June 5th - Spring Show Performance #1 at The Renegade Arlington
June 12thSpring Show Performance #1 at Silver Branch Brewing Co 
Week of June 28th - Summer Show Season Rehearsals Begin
July 4th - We are CLOSED for the holiday but OPEN July 5th

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