There's lots of places that provide lessons and School of Rock does that well. What's different (and special) is the hands-on experience of my son playing in an actual band, once per week. My only regret is not getting my older daughter involved when she was younger. She took piano lessons (and had the occasional recital) for 4 years but her interest eventually dissipated. I doubt that would have been the case if she had been involved with SOR.
My son really enjoyed his experience in the Perform Program. He really enjoyed his private lessons as well as the group practices. As a parent it was such a joy to watch him perform with the band doing something he loves. I was so impressed with the kids and what they were able to do together.
The performance aspect of the program makes it so much more effective (and fun) than lessons alone. I have gotten to know some of the other teachers at the Atlanta facility lately and can see that the whole group is committed to bringing out the best in their students on and off the stage.
I rated the program an 8/10 on my last review because it seemed at the time there wasn't going to be another performance opportunity for my son for a long time. He is an advanced (and the only) keyboard player in Rock 101 but there are many in the performance group. This led us to believe we would either be stuck in 101 for awhile without an opportunity to play live or only get very limited time in the Performance group.
I am happy to say I was wrong. The 101 group will again be playing at the next performance and my son couldn't be more excited and motivated!!! Also, the teachers have really gone out of their way to work with him on increasingly tougher (and cooler) parts to keep him challenged.
Thank you to Tom and Doug for what continues to be a very meaningful and fun learning experience for my son.
If anyone ask me would I recommend the School of Rock, without hesitation, "yes of course". The Atlanta School of Rock has a phenomenal group of teachers and staff. They are encouraging to the kids and serve as positive mentors to them. What I like most is they are genuinely dedicated to the growth of the students musical abilities. I am proud to say my kid has progressed a great deal since joining the School of Rock and it's really evident when they get to the grand finale - the performance show that is.
Thumbs Up to the Atlanta School of Rock.
Tom is very positive and super well organized. Tom and the teachers, including Luke & Max, treat the kids like young adults. The program challenges the kids to work hard and work together. The program brings great passion for music. The kids are thriving.
We tried another "rock" music camp last year and it was a joke. The final performance was just the kids singing rockin robin... I could tell right away this was the place we wanted when my son came home on day 1 knowing a song on guitar.