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About School of Rock Ballwin

Welcome to School of Rock Ballwin—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Ballwin teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Ballwin. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Ballwin to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Ballwin
14560 ManchesterBallwin, MO 63011
Main Number
(636) 220-8930(636) 220-8930

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:45 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Ballwin's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Ballwin's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Ballwin is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Ballwin, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Ballwin students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Ballwin’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Ballwin’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Ballwin musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Ballwin can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Ballwin is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Ballwin, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Ballwin’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Ballwin’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Ballwin Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Ballwin’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • School of Rock Ballwin’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Ballwin.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

School of Rock Ballwin's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others. ...
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School of Rock Ballwin's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Ballwin's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Meet Molly Simms
      REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER
      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the tea...
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      With a background of two years managing Euclid Records, five years traveling with vintage clothing company Donnaland Vintage Variety, and ten years of playing music in Saint Louis, I joined the team at School of Rock Ballwin in September of 2015. I was inspired to join the team at School of Rock because of my experience teaching vocals at the school. I strongly believe in the value that comes from working in a group. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the development and growth of the kids during a show season. I love having a job where I can be constantly surrounded by music, and work closely with the amazing musicians who make our mission of inspiring kids to rock on stage in life possible. I front a 4 piece Rock 'n' Roll band under my name and I have released 5 records across two bands since 2012. It's exciting being in a thriving music community like Saint Louis, and watching so many awesome young musicians come up through School of Rock.
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    • Meet Jordan Heimburger
      REGIONAL MUSIC DIRECTOR
      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to ...
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      I've enjoyed teaching music since the early 2000s, and love being part of the School of Rock community. I've been with SoR since we first opened in the St Louis area in 2013, and have been able to see numerous students take their first steps on stage at a rock venue, conquer new challenges in music, and build confidence through their musical successes.

      I also work as a professional guitarist with Celebration Day and Street Fighting Band as well as original bands The Cree Rider Family Band, The Feed and The Incurables. St Louis is a vibrant music community and it's rewarding to be able to open doors into music and performance for the students at School of Rock.

      I would be excited to get to know you and the aspiring musicians in your family!

      -Jordan
      jheimburger@schoolofrock.com
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    • Meet Scott & Sheila Rinaberger
      OWNERS/ROCKER PARENTS
      We are proud rocker parents of two very talented children whose music education journeys took two very different paths with two different outcomes. Starting in 5 th Grade, our son learned t...
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      We are proud rocker parents of two very talented children whose music education journeys took two very different paths with two different outcomes. Starting in 5 th Grade, our son learned the guitar from a well-reputed local bass and guitarist in St. Louis. Josh would spend countless hours practicing in his room and in the basement with headphones on. While Marc would tell us how great Josh was progressing, we never could tell since Josh would never perform for us or let us hear him practice. It wasn't until three years after starting lessons that we heard Josh play the guitar at his middle school talent show. We were amazed at his talents and felt how much better he would be if he had more opportunities to perform. Abby, on the other hand, began to learn the guitar in a similar environment but she lost interest after a year and stopped playing because she needed to be around others in the learning process. Had she been able to start her learning process in a program similar to School of Rock's Music 101 and had the opportunity to perform on stage, we believe she would still be learning and playing the guitar. Each of our children's learning experiences led us to seek out School of Rock and bring your children the opportunity to learn music in a way we wish existed for our children.
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    • Meet AL HOLLIDAY
      KEYBOARD INSTRUCTOR
      Al Holliday is a soulful, genuinely ripened, keyboardist, guitarist, and singer from right here in St. Louis. Al first cut his teeth playing in punk rock, alt-country, indie, jazz, and bluegrass ba...
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      Al Holliday is a soulful, genuinely ripened, keyboardist, guitarist, and singer from right here in St. Louis. Al first cut his teeth playing in punk rock, alt-country, indie, jazz, and bluegrass bands while coming up as a youngster and junior rapscallion. For years after, Al was a member of Mizzou Big Bands and Jazz Combos while studying Jazz Harmony and Arranging and Jazz Piano at the University of Missouri. What Al is most recognized for, however, is leading and playing in the working Soul and RB group now known as the East Side Rhythm Band since 2007.Al also enjoys a career as a music educator. He has worked with private students, with students in a classroom aged Kindergarten to High School, and has also worked with Offender band programs as an officer with the Missouri Department of Corrections. Al's approach to music education is first based on empowering the student with fundamental musical knowledge and technique. A great component to this is listening to and learning songs by artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and especially artists that the student is interested in. The other essential component to this approach is that the student needs to regularly play and practice music in a group. This is the exact same approach that has been so successful for the School of Rock for years, and aims to produce students that "got the feelin' as sure as they're born".In Al's Words "My approach to music education is first based on empowering the student with fundamental musical knowledge and technique. A great component to this is listening to and learning songs by classic artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and especially artists that the student is interested in. The other essential component to this approach is that the student needs to regularly play and practice music in a group. This is the exact same approach that has been so successful for the School of Rock for years, and aims to produce students that "got the feelin" just as sure as they're born." Al's BandsAl Holliday and the East side Rhythm Band - Check it out!
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    • Meet Alex Bardon
      BASS INSTRUCTOR
      Being a teacher at School of Rock is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have. Observing a student succeed at mastering a riff or song is something truly humbling to me. I also learn a lo...
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      Being a teacher at School of Rock is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have.
      Observing a student succeed at mastering a riff or song is something truly humbling to me. I
      also learn a lot from being a teacher at SOR. There have been many instances that a student
      wants to learn a song or riff that I've never heard of, so when I teach them the new riff I'm also
      learning that riff, which is pretty cool considering we're both learning at the same time. School of Rock is more than just a job, it's a family, and I'm proud to be a part of it.
      I received my degree from Lindenwood University with a B.A. In music performance. My primary instrument is the bass, but I also enjoy playing piano and the drums. I played in the university's jazz band, orchestra, musicals, and jazz combos. A few bands I've played with around town are The Gorge, Beckon, The Greenhouse Effect, and my solo project The Know. I also enjoy recording and writing music with my friends.
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      • Bachelors in Music Performance from Lindenwood University
    • Meet Juan Luchini
      GUITAR/KEYS/VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I've played instruments for the past 16 years, starting as a drummer, and eventually moving on to guitar, piano, vocals, and bass. I have extensive performance and touring experience in Argentina a...
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      I've played instruments for the past 16 years, starting as a drummer, and eventually moving on to guitar, piano, vocals, and bass. I have extensive performance and touring experience in Argentina as well as in St. Louis, and have taught private lessons for several years now. I like to work with the students on their own tastes, interests, and desires within music and as musicians, and teach them about how so many professional musicians before us have organized their playing and performing in order to achieve the best sound/emotion.

      My favorite part about teaching is realizing the moments of connection with the students, where my own insight as a passionate musician and student can be translated into their minds, so that they inherit the concepts and understanding necessary to become a professional musician.
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    • Meet Olivia Cross
      VOCAL INSTRUCTOR
      I am a singer, keyboardist, and composer, currently studying music theory at University of Missouri Saint Louis. I have worked with students of all ages through UMSL’s tutoring program and in pri...
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      I am a singer, keyboardist, and composer, currently studying music theory at University of Missouri Saint Louis. I have worked with students of all ages through UMSL’s tutoring program and in private lessons over the last two years. You can catch me regularly performing with my jazz trio and as a soloist and chorus member with several choirs in the St Louis area. I have released some of my own compositions online. My favorite genres include electronic, indie, and ambient.
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      • University of Missouri Saint Louis
    • Meet Mattie Schell
      When I was young, I knew for SURE I was going to be a Broadway star. Around 14, I figured out that being in a band was pretty cool too. I formed my first rock group that year, all girls of course...
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      When I was young, I knew for SURE I was going to be a Broadway star. Around 14, I figured out that being in a band was pretty cool too. I formed my first rock group that year, all girls of course! None of us had ever been in a “real band” before, but we quickly learned and grew together and I discovered a whole new world of performance that I knew I would be engaging in for the rest of my life. Since then, I have played in bands with talented friends all over the country from the Southwest to Nashville to North Carolina and back. I now play here in St. Louis with a folk trio called The River Kittens – recently named RFT’s “Best Americana” group. Throughout all of my travels and all of the interesting and passionate people I’ve played/sang with, I have learned that music will always lead you to where you need to go. Once you get there, as long as there is music…you’ll be home. Here’s to another new home and musical adventure with School of Rock! <3 MATTIE
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    • Meet Steven Scott
      Steve Scott has been a musician for over 30 years, a graduate of G.I.T. at Musicians Institute, Steve has studied with Shawn Lane, Carl Verheyen, Imrat Kahn and Jamie Glaser, performed live, tou...
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      Steve Scott has been a musician for over 30 years, a graduate of G.I.T. at Musicians Institute, Steve has studied with Shawn Lane, Carl Verheyen, Imrat Kahn and Jamie Glaser, performed live, toured and recorded with javier Mendoza, Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep, Groovethang, and many more, steve enjoys playing and recording a variety of music styles and has produced world music, blues, rock, electronic and metal.
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    • Meet Allie Vogler
      Allie vogler has been playing the guitar and writing songs for about ten years. Starting her music career in Little Rock, Arkansas, she played and sang on the sidewalks of downtown LR to fund her m...
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      Allie vogler has been playing the guitar and writing songs for about ten years. Starting her music career in Little Rock, Arkansas, she played and sang on the sidewalks of downtown LR to fund her move to St. Louis where she found and became part of the local music scene in 2011. Since then she's become a founder of the River Kittens band as well as maintaining her solo songwriting and being a session singer for many local bands.
      Her influences Include Paul McCartney, Alabama shakes, Shovels and Rope & Dr. Dog.
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    • Meet Jim Wells
      Always a student of the instrument, I love sharing what I have learned over the past 30 years of playing guitar. With expertise ranging from playing bass for a folk/country band, guitar for various...
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      Always a student of the instrument, I love sharing what I have learned over the past 30 years of playing guitar. With expertise ranging from playing bass for a folk/country band, guitar for various hard rock bands, and playing guitar, banjo, or mandolin for musicals. I have been in a wide range of musical situations. Currently I play guitar for 120 minutes, a cover band that plays early 80's new wave and alternative through the mid 90's. I also play guitar and any other fretted instrument with Take Two Productions, a musical production whose proceeds go to charity.
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Promotions

News

    • Summer 2017 Enrollment Starts Now!

      Perfect for kids 10-18 years old, our Performance program teaches music by playing music! Students perform at real venues in STL at the end of a 3 month season. Led Zeppelin I & II- Tuesdays 5:45...
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      Perfect for kids 10-18 years old, our Performance program teaches music by playing music! Students perform at real venues in STL at the end of a 3 month season.
      Led Zeppelin I & II- Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:45pm
      Bonnaroo- Wednesdays 5:45pm-7:45pm
      Weezer "Blue Album" vs The Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream"- Saturdays 11am-1pm
      Summerfest- Saturdays 1-3pm
      Call now to enroll!! 636-220-8930
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    • Adults Can Rock Too! Monday Night Jam with Jimmy Griffin and John Pessoni!

      Every Monday from 8-9:30pm jam with the pros at School of Rock. Our adult program is robust and well run. Jimmy Griffin and John Pessoni of local cover band El Monstero host this jam session. Th...
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      Every Monday from 8-9:30pm jam with the pros at School of Rock. Our adult program is robust and well run. Jimmy Griffin and John Pessoni of local cover band El Monstero host this jam session. The first one is free! Call now to set up your trial or tour! 636-220-8930
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    • Scouts Come To School of Rock To Get Their Music Badge!

      On April 6 a group of Girl Scouts came by to get their music badge! We had so much fun and every child got to try multiple instruments and identify what sounds they were hearing in popular rock so...
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      On April 6 a group of Girl Scouts came by to get their music badge! We had so much fun and every child got to try multiple instruments and identify what sounds they were hearing in popular rock songs. The kids got to sing on a mic, try the drums, guitar and bass guitar as well as keys! We often host similar events; whether they be field trips from schools or perhaps your Cub Scouts need to get their music badge! We offer competitive rates and have instructors who are background checked and safety trained professional working musicians to staff your event. Get in touch now to set up yours! 636-220-8930
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    • Announcing 2017 Summer Camps!

      Now announcing our Summer Camps! History of Punk, Beginner Camp: May 30-June 2, Songwriting Camp, Intermediate: June 12-16, Rock 101 Summer Camp, Beginner: June 26-30, Performance Summer Camp, In...
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      Now announcing our Summer Camps! History of Punk, Beginner Camp: May 30-June 2, Songwriting Camp, Intermediate: June 12-16, Rock 101 Summer Camp, Beginner: June 26-30, Performance Summer Camp, Intermediate: July 24-28. Call for early bird discounts! 636-220-8930.Read less

Testimonials

  • “Jordan and SOR Friends - Signing my son up for guitar at School of Rock has been one of the most satisfying decisions we have made as parents. He is in love with guitar and all that SoR has to offer. SoR has really assisted him with his transition into the teenage years. You all have helped him develop into a confident young man - he has always yearned for new experiences, but this past year at SoR has been the best yet! Our son has finally found his "select sport" - yea!!!! We look forward to his continued growth at SoR and just wanted you to know how much we all appreciate your tutelage.”
    — A Happy Parent, Ballwin, MO
  • “The kids get to play songs right away and get the experience of being in front of an audience, which is valuable experience no matter what their future career might be. Taught by skilled professionals. They let my son be himself. They are patient with him as he learns new skills. He has fun! He feels like he is a part of something special. Looks forward to it every week!”
    - Jennifer, Parent of student at Ballwin School of Rock
  • “Friendly and experienced staff. The ultimate goal of a performance is a perk and fun for the kids. ”
    -Maria, Parent of a student at Ballwin School of Rock
  • “What a quality operation! The opportunities these kids have to play with professional sound and lighting in amazing venues is something that countless times I hear parents say they wish they had had when they were teenagers! It's fast-tracking them into quality production, giving them a sense of entitlement that I find promote confidence for their passion. By stripping away the logistics of the performance and publicity aspect, their grit can focus on practicing and playing. ”
    -Sharon, Parent of a student at Kirkwood, Missouri School of Rock