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About School of Rock Strongsville

Welcome to School of Rock Strongsville, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Strongsville that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2012, School of Rock Strongsville is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Strongsville equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Strongsville and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Strongsville
16888 Pearl Rd#4Strongsville, OH 44136
(440) 572-7655

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Wednesday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday - FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Strongsville'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 Strongsville'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!

  • School of Rock Strongsville’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Strongsville, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Strongsville’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Strongsville’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows 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 with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Strongsville’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Strongsville 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 Strongsville, 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 Strongsville’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 Strongsville’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Strongsville’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 Strongsville'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 oth...
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School of Rock Strongsville'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 Strongsville'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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Upcoming Events

  • September 12
    2:00 PM
    Strongsville SoR's Summer Shows at Brothers Lounge
    Rock & Roll Show of Apocalyptic Proportions
    Strongsville SoR's Summer Shows- 'British Steel' and 'Left of the Dial' take the stage of Brothers Lounge.
  • September 13
    2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Strongsville SoR's Summer Shows at Brothers Lounge
    Rock & Roll Show
    Strongsville SoR's Summer Shows take the stage of Brothers Lounge.

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Staff

    • Tommy Rich
      Music Director
      Veteran percussive engineer of the Cleveland music scene: American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen among the many local and national bands, tours, records to his credit. He'd been doing some music ...
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      Veteran percussive engineer of the Cleveland music scene: American Noise, Donnie Iris, Eric Carmen among the many local and national bands, tours, records to his credit. He'd been doing some music directing and house band gigs for the Rock Roll Hall of Fame when in order to get him out of their collective hair, they pointed Tommy towards the new SoR franchise about to open and that was that. Now we're stuck with him.
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    • John Koury
      General Manager
      Obsessed with music from an early age, John was given a drum set for Christmas when he was around 5 years old. Within a day, the kit was smashed to bits, thrown out on the curb and John was told by...
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      Obsessed with music from an early age, John was given a drum set for Christmas when he was around 5 years old. Within a day, the kit was smashed to bits, thrown out on the curb and John was told by his father that he would never buy him another instrument- EVER! Fifteen years later, John decided to learn how to play guitar and drums and started kicking around Youngstown's original music scene; writing songs and playing in bands such as the Infidels, Slack Jaw, and The Deadbeat Poets. His bands have shared the stage with many nationally knownartists and still hit the road for the occasional domestic and European tour. John has sat behind the drums with bands like the Dead Boys and Rick Derringer; played bass in Harper with members of the legendary NRBQ. In the 'real world' John managed a record store and was also a sales and marketing rep for the Warner Music Group for 15 years and had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the finest musicians in rock roll.
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    • Chris Hatton
      Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals Instructor, Show Director
      Chris Hatton is a multi-instrumentalist that fancies himself pretty decent at bass, guitar, drums, vocals and electric kazoo. He believes that a music teacher must be a chameleon, able to change hi...
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      Chris Hatton is a multi-instrumentalist that fancies himself pretty decent at bass, guitar, drums, vocals and electric kazoo. He believes that a music teacher must be a chameleon, able to change his method of teaching to best fit each individual student. He can be seen around the are a performing his one man band acoustic loop shows, as well as screaming his lungs out in his band The Italian Sound Machine."
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    • Ed Sotelo
      Guitar and Bass Instructor, Show Director
      Edward Ángel Sotelo was born and raised on the West Side of Cleveland to immigrant parents from Argentina. Somehow he escaped the orbit of the Rust Belt, went to college out East, and came b...
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      Edward Ángel Sotelo was born and raised on the West Side of Cleveland to immigrant parents from Argentina. Somehow he escaped the orbit of the Rust Belt, went to college out East, and came back home, transformed (some say scarred) by the power of music. He joined Cleveland's thriving underground music scene of the late 90s, and began playing bass in punk bands such as The Conservatives, Viva Caramel, Proletarian Art Threat. He humped gear from one dive to another, wrote for zines, hung out and checked out some of that era's greatest bands at joints like Pat's In The Flats, The Euclid Tavern, and DIY venue Speak In Tongues. Call it a long rock n' roll internship.In the early 2000s, Ed joined Cobra Verde, a long-lived offshoot of legendary Cleveland rockers Death of Samantha. Almost immediately he was then whisked away on a series of tours with artists like J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fireHOSE), Evan Dando (Lemonheads), The Breeders, members of Detroit's MC5, and various others. During that time, Cobra Verde released a few albums that were acclaimed enough to get them and their music on the popular TV show, 'The OC'; in turn this lead to other current placements such as True Blood and Sons of Anarchy.During this time, Ed also toured with Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices) and Cleveland blues-punk trio New Lou Reeds. Back home, he recorded, performed, and in general got mixed up in all kinds of musical shenanigans in a wide variety of genres. A chance encounter with singer-songwriter Brent Kirby led to joining roots-rock band The Jack Fords, and entry into the world of being a session guy gigging at this region's seemingly endless watering holes. Currently, Ed's still playing with Brent Kirby, the Jack Fords, funk band We The People, The New Lou Reeds, and a variety of talented ne'er-do-wells and miscreants. Not a bad way to live, really.
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    • Jeff Koteles
      Drum Instructor
      Jeff (Jeffrah) is a drummer by nature. He started playing in the 5th grade concert band, and has since turned his education and experience into a professional music career spanning from marching wi...
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      Jeff (Jeffrah) is a drummer by nature. He started playing in the 5th grade concert band, and has since turned his education and experience into a professional music career spanning from marching with the Marion Glory Cadets drum corps (DCI Div III), to performing at nationally recognized events such as the Vans Warped Tour and Rocklahoma. He has played in many local bands, and shared the stage with many notable acts both in Cleveland, and around the country. When he isn't behind the kit, Jeff is behind the mixing desk. He has worked at many recording studios around the city of Cleveland, producing music ranging from rock, to hip hop, and beyond. Music is business, and business is good.
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    • Donald Pelc
      Guitar and Bass Instructor, Show Director
      Donald Pelc was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the city of Seven Hills. His interest in music sparked at a very young age. One day, he picked up a guitar, heard Black Sabbath for the first ...
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      Donald Pelc was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the city of Seven Hills. His interest in music sparked at a very young age. One day, he picked up a guitar, heard Black Sabbath for the first time, and realized he wanted to do just that, play music. At 12 years old (already with two years of noodling experience) he heard about this thing called the School of Rock Music in Rocky River. The young Pelc ultimately decided to become a student there, so he did.

      After joining the School of Rock, things took off. He started to develop (and still builds upon) a never-ending understanding of music theory and the whole feel of it all. Seeing the opportunity to join “The Headliners”, the School’s advanced group of musicians under the direction of Tommy Rich, he auditioned and succeeded. A few years later, he would do the same for the School of Rock Allstars (three years in a row, to his surprise).

      During his many years as a School of Rock student, Donald's musical taste and abilities continued to grow, while still pushing the envelope to this day. He credits all of the mentors and teachers he has worked with at the School for giving him the inspiration that drove him to grow as a guitar player and all around musician. Now a member of the School of Rock staff, Donald hopes that he can do the same for his students.

      Donald grew up listening to all of the great rock and heavy metal bands. Over the years he eventually got into other genres such as blues, funk, reggae, and more recently, jazz. His wide variety of influences are constantly changing as they continue to grow. He believes a good performance is universal, regardless of genre. Along with the guitar, Donald has dabbled at bass as well, and has also dabbled some at trumpet. On any given weekend you can catch him playing around town.
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    • Megan Herman
      Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar Instructor, Rock 101 Director
      Always reluctant to succumb to labels, Megan has been doing her own thing from the get go. From playing baritone/euphonium in the marching band to co-composing a musical featuring all guitars, she ...
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      Always reluctant to succumb to labels, Megan has been doing her own thing from the get go. From playing baritone/euphonium in the marching band to co-composing a musical featuring all guitars, she has been fascinated by music and began singing and playing the piano at the age of 5. Since then the passion for music has driven her to continue to pursue it in high school, college, and eventually as a career. Never one to turn down a gig, she has performed with The Free Improvisation Ensemble of Cleveland and several other local groups playing anything from Jazz, Theatre, Classical, Pop, and of course Rock. People and their personalities are diverse; therefore, different of teaching methods also exist. Megan prefers teaching in whichever method helps the student learn and grow as a musician. Being well versed in several types of music and instruments allows her to continue playing gigs, expand her base of students, and network, forever gaining more knowledge and experience along the way. You never know where she may end up or what she may be doing. So keep an eye and ear open'¦
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    • Chris Buhoveckey
      Drum Instructor
      Chris Buhoveckey started playing drums/percussion at the age of 11 and has not looked back since. He possesses a love for teaching, and even taught in the public schools for several years! Never tu...
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      Chris Buhoveckey started playing drums/percussion at the age of 11 and has not looked back since. He possesses a love for teaching, and even taught in the public schools for several years! Never turning down the opportunity to learn something new, Chris has studied under local greats such as Jeff Babinski (Plasma,7 Mile Isle) and Andy Herrick (Chimaira). He has studied and performed many different styles/genres of music; such as rock, metal, country, hip-­‐hop, rap, jazz, and more. Recently, Chris has joined local cover band greats, “Pop Fiction!” He encourages you to take a chance and try something new…because you never know what will happen!
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    • Steve Musichuk
      Keyboard Instructor
      Steve began his piano studies earlyon, beginning classical piano lessons at age four, and studying atBaldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music while he was still in junior highschool. His first gigs we...
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      Steve began his piano studies earlyon, beginning classical piano lessons at age four, and studying atBaldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music while he was still in junior highschool. His first gigs were before he was old enough to drive, playingat school dances and needing a ride to gigs from family or friends. Hehas played with countless musicians and travelled the Great Lakes areaperforming with notable bands including Jester, Fayrewether, TheFabulous Hipsters, Afterglow, and Cinema Show, at such diverse venuesas House of Blues and The Kent Stage, as well as local bars and stages.He brings all that experience to his position as keyboard instructorat The School of Rock. We feel lucky to have him here with us,mentoring the next generation of Rick Wakeman wannabes.
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    • Dylan Kendrick
      Guitar Instructor
      Growing up somewhere between the city where you turn left at the third tree on the right and where you take a left at the fork in the road, Dylan was listening to artists like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, ...
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      Growing up somewhere between the city where you turn left at the third tree on the right and where you take a left at the fork in the road, Dylan was listening to artists like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Tool, and being influenced by guitarists like Mark Tremonti, Zakk Wylde, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and last as well as most importantly Randy Rhoads. Dylan has been playing guitar since he was eight years old. On top of striving to be versatile and well-versed in guitar, he also learned how to play drums beginning at the age of 10, being influenced by drummers such as John Bonham, Danny Carey, Joey Jordison and many more.

      Dylan currently plays in the local cover bands Pop Fiction as well as an original project called Darkhorse.
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    • Erin Wing
      Vocals and Guitar Instructor
      Erin Wing is a primarily self-taught musician, with a wide range of musical interests. Starting with a love of musical theater, she soon realized that she’s a natural folk artist, with real big i...
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      Erin Wing is a primarily self-taught musician, with a wide range of musical interests. Starting with a love of musical theater, she soon realized that she’s a natural folk artist, with real big interests in jazz and rock and roll, too. Her main focus is on vocals and guitar, but she loves to always expand her palate with other instruments. Tommy found her playing at Herb’s Tavern and she’s been with School of Rock ever since then. You never know who could be watching!
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News

    • Progressive Auto Insurance features SoR student, Ryan McKendry

      “Turn that racket down!” Many of us heard this from our parents growing up—and many of us are now saying the same thing to our own kids. Not Special Lines Marketing Manager Jesse McKendry....
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      “Turn that racket down!” Many of us heard this from our parents growing up—and many of us are now saying the same thing to our own kids. Not Special Lines

      Marketing Manager Jesse McKendry. He beams with pride watching his son belt out Aerosmith classics on stage at the School of Rock, Cleveland. “I never even knew such a school existed, except in the movie,” says Jesse. “And there’s one location right here in Highland Heights.” Jesse discovered The School of Rock, Cleveland, while working on the International Motorcycle Show (IMS), which Progressive sponsors. He and his colleague, Marketing Events Specialist Todd Matthews, were brainstorming ideas to energize the show, which features all the major motorcycle manufacturers in the world. They realized rock ‘n’ roll was definitely missing from this event. “We knew we couldn’t afford to pay a rock band to tour with the show, but we wanted to find some way to incorporate that type of energy and excitement” says Jesse. “Todd suggested partnering with the School of Rock since they are the largest after-school music program in the country. With locations in most metro areas, they could bring in local students to perform at each of the 11 IMS shows. They were excited to get that kind of exposure—we provided the stage and they provided the music. It was truly a win/win.”

      Watching the budding rock stars perform at the IMS Show inspired Jesse in a more personal way as well. “The kids were amazing,” said Jesse. “And they were having so much fun on that stage. It got me thinking of my own son.” Jesse and his then 9-year-old son, Ryan, were taking guitar lessons together—something Jesse had always wanted to try. “We were doing this father-son thing and really enjoying spending time together,” says Jesse. “But I could see that Ryan’s interest in guitar was starting to wane.” That’s when Jesse had the idea to introduce Ryan to the School of Rock, Cleveland. “At first, I didn’t think he’d be into the performing aspect,” says Jesse. “But at his first group practice, they taught him how to play ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes, and from that moment on, he was hooked. Now he can’t wait to get back on stage after a
      performance!” Ryan started at the School of Rock by playing guitar in the 101 mgroup for beginners, but quickly advanced and now performs on a regular basis.

      “Some of his favorite songs to perform on stage have been ‘Rock mand Roll, Hoochie Koo’ by Rick Derringer, which he played at the Battle of Ohio Show,” said Jesse. “He also loved playing ‘Walk This Way’ in the Aerosmith Show and ‘Foxy Lady’ by Jimi Hendrix in the 27 Club Show"
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    • Cuteallica: A Lesson In Talent Management

      This is an article written by Attorney Jon Hyman for the Ohio Employer's Law Blog: Those of you who've been reading for awhile know that my 8-year-old daughter plays in a rock band. 'Band' might ...
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      This is an article written by Attorney Jon Hyman for the Ohio Employer's Law Blog: Those of you who've been reading for awhile know that my 8-year-old daughter plays in a rock band. 'Band' might be too ambitious of a term. She's taken guitar lessons atSchool of Rock, in Strongsville, Ohio, for a couple of years, and since January has taken part in its performance program, which is known asRock 101for the beginner musicians. For herfirst set of performances in January, she was the only student, leaving her to play guitarandsing on every song. That pattern continued for hernext set of shows in May, as the band added a drummer, but no singers. Norah performed her most recent shows over the past two Saturdays. This time, even though she was joined by two other singers, she still sang lead on three of the songs (while still playing guitar), and added a new instrument, bass, on the fourth.Needless to say, she killed it (again): So you don't think I'mjusta shill for my daughter, here are four talent-management lessons to take away from my rock star: 1. Let employees be who they are.'Cutetallica' was born out of the show director telling Norah that she sounds too cute when she singsFor Whom the Bell Tolls, which, after all, is about death and the Grim Reaper. Her guitar teacher, on the other hand, liked Norah's cute-sounding version of the song. Hence,Cutetallica. Your employees are who they are. If you want their best, don't try to force a round peg into a square hole. Instead, let them perform while being true to themselves and their talents. 2. Push your employees.School of Rock gets it. It knows how to push kids to their limits, and recognizes that, much more often than not, talent rises to the occasion. Let your employees rise and fall to their abilities. Push them hard, and take away the safety net. They'll surprise and delight you. 3. Age has no role in the workplace.Don't rely on age (youngorold) as a factor in your employment or staffing decisions. If School of Rock limited Norah's ceiling by her 8-year-old age, she'd still be playing one instrument, and would stay in Rock 101 for a few more years. Instead, they allow her to take off the training wheels and succeed by her ability, not the perception of her ability based on how many years she's been alive. 4. Talent is not a substitute for hard work.What impresses me most about how well Norah performs isn't the performance, but all of the time and effort she puts in to honing it. Yes, I can be the nagging parent ('Did you practice your guitar today?'), but she's the one putting in the time in her bedroom, making sure she's going to nail her solo inAbout A Girl, and guaranteeing that she won't forget any lyrics in the second verse ofFor Whom the Bell Tolls. Talent can sometimes leave you in the lurch, but hard work never will. This was Norah's last Rock 101 performance. She's graduated to playing with the older, more experienced kids. Four months from now, I'll be back to entertain you withthe music of Joan Jett, as strummed and sung by Norah Hyman, maybe with an HR or employment law lesson to teach along the way. If you're in the area, Cutetallica has one show left, this Sunday, September 21, at 4 pm, at the Strongsville Chalet, 16200 Valley Pkwy, Strongsville, Ohio, as part of theArts in Strongsville 'Day at the Chalet.'
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    • School of Rock Featured on The Sound of Ideas on NPR!

      We were so pleased to hear that the panel mentioned our Joan Jett group on WVIZ's Sound of Ideas morning show. The Rock Hall Induction ceremonies come rolling back into Cleveland this month, with a...
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      We were so pleased to hear that the panel mentioned our Joan Jett group on WVIZ's Sound of Ideas morning show. The Rock Hall Induction ceremonies come rolling back into Cleveland this month, with a strong dose of star power, ranging from the two living Beatles, to Stevie Wonder, Joan Jett and Green Day. The week leading up to the April 18 th celebration will be filled with community events and concerts, that will commemorate the 30 th annual induction, and the 20 th anniversary of the Rock Hall's lakefront building. Cleveland may be the home of the Rock Hall, but how much does Cleveland rock? Can a musician make a living here? Can the city support a music club scene? And how are changes in technology altering the landscape for making and listening to music? We lead off 'Rock Week' with an exploration of how the music business impacts Northeast Ohio. To listen to the entire show, click on... http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/how-rock-rolls-northeast-ohio
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    • School of Rock to Greet Rock Hall Marathon Runners

      A first-time event that blends the sport of running with one of Cleveland's signature assets, rock and roll roll music, is getting off to an encouraging start. More than 1,500 runners have signed u...
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      A first-time event that blends the sport of running with one of Cleveland's signature assets, rock and roll roll music, is getting off to an encouraging start. More than 1,500 runners have signed up to take part in the inaugural Rock Hall Half Marathon on Aug. 23, presented by Second Sole and Greater Cleveland XC.

      The race will start at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and will finish at Voinovich Park. There, returning runners will be serenaded by Rock Apocalpyse, a band comprised of all-stars from the School of Rock's three locations across Northeast Ohio.

      The half marathon, presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will begin at 7:15 a.m. A shorter race, the Rock City 5K presented by The Classic Auto Group, will follow at 7:45 a.m.

      Registration is open now at www.rockhallhalfmarathon.com. All race participants receive a finisher's medal, with the half marathon participant receiving a ticket to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, valid anytime.

      Race organizer Brian McCloskey of Second Sole said he is stepping into a void caused last year when another organization cancelled a similar race at the last minute, disappointing hundreds of local runners who had registered.

      "We felt it was an opportunity," he said. "Having a race start at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and getting them involved – we thought it was a neat idea."

      The rock and roll theme adds a special flavor to the race, McCloskey said. The public is welcome to come to Voinovich Park between about 9:15 to 10:30 a.m, to hear Rock Apocalypse performing songs made popular by this year's Rock Hall inductees.

      "It's a nod to the superstars of rock and the young kids who are trying to become superstars themselves. An opportunity for everyone to just celebrate Cleveland," McCloskey explained.

      The race expo and packet pick up, sponsored by the Lake Health Running Series, will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at The Rock Hall from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. There will be race day registration and packet pickup from 6 to 7 a.m.

      WKYC is the media sponsor of the Rock Hall Half Marathon, which benefits Lake County hunger programs and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Participants are asked to bring canned goods to the packet pickup, to support the Lake Health hunger initiative.
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has been an amazing experience for my family. Norah started guitar lessons with Ed when she was only 6, and was up on stage with Rock 101 at age 7. It's been awesome to see her grow as a musician and into a performer, but it's also been awesome to see her develop deep relationships with her teachers (who we see as mentors and she sees as rock-star idols) -- Ed, Kayleigh, and Donald. Our son, age 6, has also now started keyboard lessons, and I can't wait to see him up on stage doing his thing in the future.School of Rock is a special place that brings out the best in its students. It's a safe, caring, "cool" environment. We are not "our kids have to have an activity to do each day" parents. We'd rather our kids have a interest they can nurture into a talent at which they can excel. I am so happy that we found School of Rock for our family.Added bonus for me -- no Top 40 music in the car. Instead, my daughter requests Ozzy's Boneyard. How can you beat that?”
    Jon Hyman, Strongsville, OH
  • “Our son has been at the School of Rock Strongsville since it opened over 2 years ago.The level at which he plays drums now is AMAZING to say the least. The ONLY way to truly get the School of Rock experience is to see them LIVE. Check out any of their performance programs live at many local clubs ,under the lights, up on stage and you will be convinced. ”
    - The Simmons Family, Strongsville, OH
  • “In my perspective SOR really made me a part of who I am today. The school of rock achieves in providing great knowledge with many teachers to guide you along your path of music and exposure for yourself and experience that is gained from over time presence at the school of rock. At the School of Rock you surround yourself with people who are in the school for the same reason you are: to learn, to experience, and to expand as musicians down the path that they are making for themselves. SoR opened up a new door to music that I was blind to such as theory and how it applies. SOR has also provided something a lot of teens or kids can't always get easily, the chance and opportunity to play with others. As a musician I can't stress the opportunity of playing with others enough, it's so important to do this. Playing in a band with others allows you and the people your playing with, to learn from one and other and grow; and for the SOR to provide that really seems unreal at first but becomes a dream come true. SoR teachers treat students as individuals and take them under their wing and supply them with knowledge to help them excel as musicians. What I admire about the SoR is that the teachers really move at a pace that is comfortable for you. What's also great about the SOR is the staff. They all have great stories about playing music and different experiences that they have witnessed in their life. As through tracking my progress as a musician I see how much I have excelled over a short period of time, and people around me notice too and it's really helped me become known as a musician and I owe it all to the SOR for opening my eyes and helping me get to where I am today. The SOR also has different teachers that actually will show you different things about the instrument even if you don't play that instrument. Before I joined the SoR, I only played the guitar; but thanks to the SoR, I now play drums, vocals, harmonica, and bass. Because of SoR, I've had the chance and experience of playing and meeting with different big name guitarists and have had multiple appearances on TV and other events thanks to the SOR. The SOR also teaches you about stage presence. I went from standing in the corner of the stage at a gig as nervous as can be at age 12. To being an experienced player at 16 standing at the front or center of the stage doing stage stunts and enjoying the music me and the rest of the group were making on stage. I've met a lot of friends through SOR and have developed connections and bands outside of the SOR thanks to their performance and lesson programs. All in all, if it wasn't for the School of Rock, I wouldn't be where I am today as an experienced and evolving musician, I would still be strumming in my room wondering what I could do with what I have. ”
    Scott, Strongsville, OH
  • “Just wanted to drop this note about how much School of Rock and the instructors there have meant to us as a family and especially to Scott. Prior to starting with the SoR, he was taking private lessons on guitar. We saw that he had a passion for it, but like many young kids he felt frustrated with the lack of progress he was making. We heard from a friend about SoR and decided to enroll him in one of your Summer Camps. WOW, the difference that 5 days made. Scott came out of his shell and got the fever. The performance based work the staff does with these kids is phenomenal. I still don't understand how or why this happened, but SoR has changed him in many ways, all for the best. Even his grades improved. Watching our son, and the other kids in SoR and the work you and your staff does just amazes me at what you can accomplish with them. The bonds and friendships they have made have even gone outside School of Rock. Keep up the good work. There are lots of kids out there can benefit from this program as much as Scott has. Don't ever let the music die. ”
    The Schlegels, Strongsville, OH