November 28, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

School of Rock Jams On

By Sam Skopp

 

Kids looking to rock out, have a fabulous time, and get a brilliant education in all things rock ‘n’ roll can do so, right here in West L.A.

While the film “School of Rock” starring Jack Black was a hit in 2003, there was an actual school in Philadelphia open at the time with the same name that was established in the late ‘90s, teaching children skills in rock ‘n’ roll music and performance.

The screenwriter of the film claims that the similarities between the fictional School of Rock and its real-life predecessor are coincidental, with the school benefitting from the increased exposure of its brand name. School of Rock, the school, has since expanded internationally, with locations in nine different countries, including two local to the Westside: one on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, and one on Wilshire Boulevard in West L.A.

School of Rock opened in West L.A. in 2010, and in Venice in 2015. Ryan Schiff, the general manager for both locations explained that students are given truly unique opportunities to perform at iconic L.A. venues such as The Troubadour, The Whisky, Tommy’s Place, and The Mint, in addition to plenty of opportunities for private lessons and house jams with other young rockers. And there’s even more for those who take their rock music seriously.

“Our more experienced and dedicated students have the opportunity to audition for our House Band which is a free program that offers an extra weekly rehearsal and the chance to perform at local events such as charity benefits, grand openings, street festivals, and even radio and television shows. Past House Band gigs include at Santa Monica Pier, Brentwood Art Festival, Runway Playa Vista, Abbot Kinney Fest, Timewarp Music for KXLU’s “Demolisten” radio show, and even the Conan O’Brien Show,” said Schiff.

Different programs at the school encompass all ages, with a “Little Wing” program serving students as young as 3 years old, a “Grad School” program designed for adults, and a comprehensive lineup for those in between. Most students fall into the 7 to 18 year old age range.

“School of Rock offers a fun and safe place for all kids to learn music and meet new friends, regardless of athletic or academic inclination,” added Schiff.

Beyond learning how to be a rock star, School of Rock teaches team building and comradery, very much like touring bands need on the road.

“Besides learning the technical skill required to master an instrument, School of Rock students learn leadership skills like responsibility, respect for others, and reliability as a bandmate. School of Rock is a completely merit based program where stage time is earned through hard work and dedication to the craft,” Schiff explained.

For more information about enrollment in one of School of Rock’s educational programs, as well as upcoming performances by local School of Rock students check out: schoolofrock.com/westla or locations.schoolofrock.com/venice.

Photos: School of Rock.
Jade F. at The Mint.
School of Rock West L.A. at Santa Monica Pier.

Related Posts

Mid-Century Jazz: Bringing the Jazz Club to Homes

November 7, 2020

November 7, 2020

Local quartet bring classic jazz from the 1950s and 1960s to a live setting By Sam Catanzaro Concerts in Los...

Forma Expanding to Main Street: Westside Food Scene

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Westside Food Scene October 22, 2020 By Kerry Slater Forma Expanding to Main Street Popular Santa Monica Italian restaurant Forma...

Review: “Away”

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

“Away”Rated TV-14Season 1 – 10 One-Hour EpisodesReleased September 4th on Netflix In 2014 Esquire Magazine published a thorough article by...

Beloved Santa Monica Artist Passes Away at 99

August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

Venezuelan born artist surrealist artist Luchita Hurtado passes away  By Toi Creel For some in Santa Monica, the name Luchita...

Brock on Your Block: Saturday Morning Neighborhood Jazz

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

In the latest Brock on Your Block, Phil discovers an impromptu Jazz Concert by the neighbors – a great way...

Film/TV Review: Upload

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

FILM/TV REVIEWUPLOADRated TV-MA30-Minute EpisodesSeason 1,10 Episodes Released on Amazon Prime May 1st Upload has the guise of a cute rom-com....

Edify TV: Santa Monica Place Food Court Vacancies

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

Another restaurant has closed in the Santa Monica Place food court, adding to the number of vendor vacancies. Learn more...

Fried Chicken and Doughnut Joint Closes Santa Monica Location

March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

All Southern California Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken shut down By Toi Creel After an almost three-year-long stint, Astro Doughnuts...

Edify TV: Free and Affordable Meals for SMC Students

March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020

Santa Monica College has opened its first Everytable SmartFridge. Learn more about this program to make healthy meals affordable for under $5 (and...

Lazy Daisy Cafe to Reopen Doors With New Menu, Ownership

February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Feb. 28 soft opening By Toi Creel A popular Santa Monica eatery-once planned to be closed for good – is...

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival Returns

February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020

February 21st to 23rd – Edgemar Center for the Arts By Staff Writer Housed at the Edgemar Center for the...

My Own Academy Awards

February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

On May 16, 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an organization founded by Louis B. Mayer to...