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School of Rock

Music education is vital for children's growth and understanding. The statistics don't lie. Children who study music have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills. Learning disabled children who can lose focus benefit greatly from music lessons. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory. Schools with music programs have a 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate. Schools without music average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.

Unfortunately music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets despite being so vital to students. That's where School of Rock comes in. While most people associate School of Rock with the 2003 Paramount movie starring Jack Black, it is actually a real life music program founded by Paul Green in 1998 in Philadelphia. School of Rock has had resounding success and is expanding across the globe with over 150 locations in the US. Most recently, schools have launched in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and more.

School of Rock is interested in promoting music for music's own sake. “We believe the best way to learn music is to play music,” says Phil Christie Owner/GM, School of Rock Woodland Hills. “We don’t teach music to put on shows, we put on shows to teach music.” School of Rock works with all skill levels, taking students from the lesson room to the stage. This develops both confidence and musicianship. Music not only inspires kids, it builds self-esteem through performance and greatly improves academic scores in math and science.

Phil has worked in film and television for the past decade and is an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist in his own right. His favorite band is the legendary foursome The Beatles – who in his opinion has influenced nearly everything we know today about contemporary songwriting. It's hard to argue with that logic!

Music greatly influenced his life. “I was a shy kid until I discovered music at the age of 7,” he says. “I started taking guitar lessons, and it changed the entire trajectory of my life. Music was how I communicated with other people and connected.” By launching School of Rock here in Woodland Hills, he hopes to give that gift to kids in the San Fernando Valley.

School of Rock teaches guitar, vocals, bass, keys and drums. They have a program for everyone. Little Wing is a for preschoolers ages 2 - 5, Rookies is for ages 6 - 7, and Rock 101 is ages 7 - 10 with no prior music experience. But the core program is Performance, for ages 10 and up where at the end of the season students perform shows at iconic LA venues such as the Whiskey or The Mint.

There is also an extensive summer/winter camp program built around the Rock 101 and Performance programs. All camps are $525. Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes:

Learning the nuts and bolts of \live performance

Studio/band rehearsal time Instruction and clinics with music professionals

Music theory and songwriting courses

Rock & Roll music appreciation

Interacting with other young musicians

A live rock show performance for friends and family


School of Rock is coming to Woodland Hills! Their grand opening is Saturday March 7 from 1 - 4 p.m. There will be activities for the kids, free demo sessions of the Rookies, Rock 101, and Performance programs, guided tours, and a live performance by the awesome house band from School of Rock Burbank. Call now for early enrollment specials! Details coming soon to book a spot in one of the free grand opening class demos.

Let your kids channel their inner rock star. Join the School of Rock!

School of Rock Woodland Hills 6727 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. (818) 659-7625 woodlandhills@schoolofrock.com http://woodlandhills.schoolofrock.com

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