The Old Town Music School continues to rock | Way of life
With roughly 400 students on its roster, the School of Rock School of Music at Elk Grove topped the charts of all of the School of Rock’s national franchises in the United States as the fastest growing.
School of Rock (SOR) is an international rock’n’roll music school that offers group lessons and rehearsals, and offers the opportunity to perform live in front of an audience.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Rock used the School of Rock Method app, an online tool for practicing music lessons at home that is only available to registered students.
Through the app, teachers can assign practices and the teacher can actually assess student performance by viewing the recordings. Many master classes have been taught online including a drummer and guitarist from Slipknot.
“They all just come in and talk to the kids, you know their life as a musician, as an artist and how they navigate the pandemic,” said Cecilia Kline, part-owner of the Sacramento area franchises.
Besides the Elk Grove location, Kline and her husband Jason own Roseville and Carmichael locations with two more underway in the Natomas area in Sacramento and one in Folsom.
With students aged 4 to 70 and over, skill levels and musical interests vary with most adults in the beginner stage.
We have a pretty large community of adults here, ”Kline said. “Some people just want to come in and learn certain techniques, or some just want to play, and some want to come here and play with others, like playing in the band.”
Their adult group has nearly 20 students.
“We teach music by playing music,” Kline explained.
Rather than learning a typical pentatonic, for example, students will learn it over an ACCD song, which she says makes scales more fun to practice.
As the Elk Grove site opened in 2017, current and former students have continued to master their craft by performing at wineries, breweries and outdoor events during the pandemic.
At the end of each four-month season, students perform in public.
“We normally have about 10 to 12 shows,” Kline said. “We always have a metal show; we always have an R&B show; we still have a punk show, a British pop-rock show and a pop-rock show too ”,
This year’s jazz show is already booked.
“I mean, it’s full of students. It’s just amazing how many kids come to Rock School who are interested in jazz, ”Kline said. “, we play all kinds of music here, and there are so many options for the kids that they normally choose a show they like.
“I think that’s what’s so great about our work here, you know, not just about keeping the music alive. We have really influenced our children to open up their musical world to enjoy all kinds of music; all kinds of musicians, all kinds of playing styles, you know, it’s fun, ”she said.
For more information on the School of Rock, call (916) 500-ROCK (7625) or visit www.SchoolofRock.com. Their location in Elk Grove is at 9045 Elk Grove Blvd. in the old town.