Rock 101: Local music school offerings
Kids aren’t so different from rock stars. Their daily demands often read like backstage riders: NO BLUE M&Ms, 3½ ice cubes in juice, oranges with all the “white stuff” removed. Here’s a roundup of music school offerings that will help your little one channel his inner rock god.
Off the Wall School of Music: Kids walk out of the first lesson able to play a little something to impress their friends. This school emphasizes making music fun. Private lessons include piano, guitar, drums, bass, voice and violin. A private 30-minute piano lesson costs $30. 206-407-9610. offthewallschoolofmusic.com
Rock School: This nonprofit wants to be a positive environment for creativity and artistic musical expression. Learn the skills necessary to be a professional musician, including recording, songwriting, marketing and music theory. Four days a week of lessons per month costs $150. Locations in Seattle and the Eastside.
School of Rock: Founded in Philadelphia in 1998, this franchise now boasts 140 locations. The school’s philosophy is that the best way to learn music is to play it. It offers a separate program called Little Wing for kids ages 2 to 5. The classes are filled with music and movement and exposure to skills such as song structure. An eight-week series costs $160. 206-417-7625. seattle.schoolofrock.com
Rain City Rock Camp: Sorry, boys: this camp is for girls only, focusing on playing an instrument, songwriting and social justice empowerment. The week culminates with girls performing their original songs with their band at a local live music venue. No prior music experience is necessary; instruments are provided. Sessions are July 20-24 and July 27-31. Cost is $400. 206-659-5471. raincityrockcamp.org
Meter Music School, Rock Choir: This is the place for kids to sing their hearts out. Work on vocal skills and sing rock, pop, jazz, showtunes and more. The choir, for ages 7 to 14, is a supportive place to sing with friends and meets Thursdays from 6 to 6:55 p.m. Schedule a short session to see if it’s a good fit. Cost is $18 a week. 206-792-9039. metermusicschool.com/seattle-kids-rock-choir
Mode Music Studios: The studio offers rock band classes, camp, group classes, Kindermusik and private piano, vocal, guitar, bass and drum. The school’s teaching style incorporates technique, ear training, sight reading, chart reading, composition, arranging, and singing and songwriting. Rock-band camps are held in the summer. 206-659-4018. modemusicstudios.com
The Music Factory: This school believes music is important to all walks of life. The Factory employs professional working musicians from the area. Classes are available in guitar, piano, voice, ukulele, violin, woodwinds, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums and flute. A week-long summer rock camp costs $350. 206-420-3896. musicfactorynw.com
Issaquah Rock School: Bills itself as the “Eastside’s original rock band program” and offers private lessons in diverse rock styles, including metal, punk and pop, on a variety of instruments. The school blends academics with real-world performance experience, and offers a girls’ rock band camp for ages 10 to 16, June 29-July 3 or July 20-24. The camp costs $350. 425-443-5033. issaquahrockschool.com
Seattle Drum School: Founded in 1986, this vocational music school offers instruction in drum set, guitar, bass, voice, piano, horns and musical studies. The school, home to an auditorium, recording studio and music venue at its Georgetown location, offers rock-band classes for $90 a month to students also enrolled in private lessons. 206-364-8815. seattledrumschool.com