School of Rock is proud to announce the addition of its fifth DFW branch, located at 1600 W. Louisiana Street, just blocks away from historic downtown square. The new addition supports School of Rock’s continued mission of “Inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life” by bringing a new location to McKinney, a well-known arts community.
The entire community is invited to attend a celebratory official Grand Opening Bash for McKinney School of Rock on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 from 1:00PM-4:00PM at 1600 W. Louisiana Street, McKinney, TX 75069. The celebration and open house will feature a free concert, giveaways and a fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club of Collin County.
The Open House will feature tours of the newly designed school, and allow for parents and kids to meet the teachers and staff, jam on the new equipment in the lesson and rehearsal rooms, and take advantage of enrollment specials. The students playing the event represent a range of ages and ability levels from the other DFW School of Rock branches, including the The Frisco Dean’s List, which are a select group of students from the Frisco school who represent the most accomplished students, including several who have gone on national School of Rock tours and played stages across the country.
School of Rock in McKinney officially opened for business on Monday, December 19, 2011 and the excitement it has generated is amazing. Terry Longhway, Rose Carter and Dean Tarpley are the co-owners of the DFW based branches as well one additional school in metro-Detroit. Longhway, who serves as Chief Music Officer is thrilled to bring another school to DFW. “Its so exciting to me personally to see the growth that our students make both on stage and off, and I couldn’t be happier to bring a school to this great community. As a parent of two young children it is extremely important for me to ensure we have the best programs, teachers and staff and I am thrilled that McKinney will join the family of schools and be a part of what I know is an amazing, positive, educational and social experience for kids and parents alike.”
Classic rock rules at the School of Rock McKinney, just as it does at the 70+ branches that have sprouted across the country. Students at every school are learning to play some of the most intricate rock music with a keen focus on performing the music before live audiences in actual concert venues.
The students will be staging live shows every four months, and in keeping with their philosophy, who better to teach than real musicians with years of live concert experience! The Music Director of the McKinney branch is Carson Coldiron, a Texas-bred guitarist and performer who has spent the past 7 years actively involved in the Local Texas and National music scenes playing in numerous bands. Carson started with School of Rock as a substitute and was completely sold on the program. He quickly became a full time teacher and then served as the Assistant Music Director in Frisco.
“I wish there was a School of Rock when I was younger” says Carson. “The school provides an amazing motivator to creating a fun learning experience. Being involved with other students of all levels really creates a culture that bonds students together to all achieve a common goal of having fun and playing music.”
“School of Rock provides more than just music education. It becomes a staple in the student’s lives. The skills they learn, along with the memories and friends they make will carry with them for the rest of their lives and that is an incredible experience I am stoked to be a part of.”
For further information on School of Rock McKinney, call 214-856-4055.
About School of Rock
School of Rock is the original and premier performance-based rock music school in the country for students of all ages! Founded by Philadelphia guitarist Paul Green in 1998, School of Rock is the subject of several documentaries and has been featured on many nationally broadcast shows on channels such as VH1 and the History Channel. It also served as the apparent inspiration for the Jack Black hit comedy, School of Rock. Founded on the philosophy that the best way to learn to play music is by actually doing it, School of Rock program supplements weekly private lessons with group band practice in a highly challenging yet supportive environment. Dedicated to connecting the musicians of tomorrow to the classics of yesterday (students learn by playing classic rock ranging from the Beatles and Cream to Zappa and Zeppelin), School of Rock (www.schoolofrock.com) has expanded to over 6,000 students in more 70
branches including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Salt Lake City, Austin and Cleveland, with plans to further expand to across the country & internationally.