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School of Rock Overland Park
9296 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212
(913) 642-7625

Location Specifics

On the corner of 93rd St. and Metcalf Ave. in the Regency Park shopping center.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Overland Park combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Overland Park, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly Group Class
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Overland Park, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Overland Park's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Overland Park have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Overland Park are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Overland Park who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 13-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Overland Park is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Overland Park Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Overland Park music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Overland Park's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Overland Park music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Overland Park's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Overland Park is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Overland Park.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Overland Park Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Overland Park.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 13-18

The School of Rock Overland Park House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Overland Park's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at KS rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Overland Park and the rest of KS. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Overland Park

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Overland Park, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Overland Park is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Overland Park guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Overland Park's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Overland Park, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Overland Park venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Overland Park offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Overland Park guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Overland Park is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Overland Park we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Overland Park, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Overland Park, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Overland Park. Unlike other Overland Park drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Overland Park, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Overland Park drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Overland Park offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Overland Park, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Overland Park teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Overland Park, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Overland Park.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Overland Park offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Overland Park and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Overland Park, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Overland Park students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Overland Park, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Overland Park. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Overland Park, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Overland Park area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Overland Park Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Overland Park area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Overland Park music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Overland Park, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Overland Park, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Overland Park’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Val Pena Guitar Teacher, Drums Teacher

Val is a guitar and drum teacher at School of Rock Overland Park. Val started playing drums at age six. He then later taught himself keys at age 10. Two years later he joined School of Rock Kansas City and his talent started to bloom. Val started learning guitar while playing in a thrash metal tribute show. Over the years he learned bass, vocals, mandolin and harmonica. He's opened up for Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Heart and Jason Bonham. He also has played at Kauffman Stadium, Starlight Theater, The Uptown Theater, The Community America Ballpark, Children's Mercy Park and even in Dallas, Texas. After 15 seasonal shows, Val graduated both School of Rock and high school. He now plays as Malcolm Young in High Voltage (A Tribute to AC/DC) in addition to teaching and directing at School of Rock Overland Park.

Jake Stone Vocal Instructor

Jake Stone, originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, was raised listening to rock music and has drawn influence from the genre ever since. At the young age of six, Jake entered himself in his elementary school talent show with “That’s Alright Mama” by Elvis Presley and has had a passion for the stage ever since. Throughout middle school and high school, Jake was heavily involved in choir, rock bands, vocal jazz groups, acapella groups and musicals. Jake also received All-State Choir honors during his junior and senior years of high school. He continued to follow his passion for music into college and received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Washburn University, where he studied classical music and operatic singing. It was during these four and a half years that he began to accumulate roles in operas around the Topeka, Kansas area and within the opera department at the university. Following his graduation from Washburn in December of 2015, Jake began to perform a solo acoustic guitar act at various bars and restaurants around the Saint Louis area, playing rock covers and original music from his EP titled "The Beginning." In the fall of 2016, Jake went on to begin a Master’s degree program at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. It was at Mizzou that Jake began to teach voice lessons to undergrad students as a graduate teaching assistant for the School of Music. In May of 2018, Jake graduated with his MM in Vocal Performance and moved to Kansas City, where he plans to continue to share his love and passion for music and performing. He could not feel more at home at School of Rock Overland Park as a vocal instructor and is beyond excited to teach the genre that first inspired him.

David Rice Music Director

David Rice is well-versed in all things music. He has been with School of Rock in the metro Kansas City area since 2006 and is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of musical educational experience. Presently David serves as the Music Director for School of Rock Overland Park. Starting out his musical journey in the school orchestra at age 10, David soon discovered rock 'n' roll and quickly branched out by adding guitar, bass, keys and vocals to his repertoire of instruments. In addition to his years of private study, David received formal training in his college years and is well-versed to teach many styles of music including, but not limited to, classical, rock, country and jazz.

In his spare time, David plays bass for the rock band Cimino with some of his fellow School of Rock colleagues. He also plays lead guitar for the horror-themed thrash metal band Full Metal Z that is best described as "The Walking Dead" meets Metallica. He also enjoys spending time with his family and studying science and history.

MacKenzie Reed Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

MacKenzie Reed is a pianist, organist, singer, composer, arranger, dancer, lyricist and performing artist. MacKenzie attended Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M., Piano and Organ Performance, summa cum laude) and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA, Performer-Composer).

MacKenzie started her career as a church organist at age 16, which she continues to this day. She also spent the early part of her career as a concert pianist and composer. She was a featured soloist at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute Keyboard Festival Concert and has concertized in the United States, Germany, Iceland and Japan. Around 2010, MacKenzie began to incorporate original compositions into her programs, which were largely influenced by the sonic textures created by death metal. She also collaborated frequently with guitarist Lars Panaro. MacKenzie is a former Charlotte Street resident and a current member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association and Mu Phi Epsilon. She is featured as a Listen Local artist for the Johnson County Public Library. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband and is a keys and vocal instructor for School of Rock Overland Park.

Duncan Dempsey Guitar Teacher

Duncan Dempsey grew up in New York's Hudson Valley and went to college for Music Performance. While there he learned basic and advanced music theory, history and other skills that he now looks forward to teaching his students as a guitar instructor for School of Rock Overland Park. He also met Vision Serpent, a groove/death metal band that he played with for a year. He left the band to move to Kansas City and focus on writing and recording his own original music.

Nick Cecil Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Nick Cecil grew up in a musical family and was exposed to live music from a young age. His family would often play instruments together at family events. This began to spark Nick's interest in music early on. Nick began strumming the guitar around the age of six under the instruction of his older brother and father.

Additionally, in the fifth grade, he picked up the clarinet and played in school bands through high school. Playing clarinet and bassoon in the top high school bands grew Nick's appreciation for musical education and theory. Currently, Nick plays lead guitar in local Kansas City funk-fusion group Gekko. With this group he has toured the Midwest and has played some of the region's top festivals such as Wakarusa, Backwoods and Cosmic Reunion.

Nick prides himself on musical diversity and strives to excel in all genres of music. Keeping a balance of musical structure and free-formed creativity is one of his strongest suits. Nick hopes to show his students as a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock Overland Park that music is a gift, and the ability to express yourself with your instrument is something that is irreplaceable.

Davis Ricker Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Davis Ricker is a guitarist, bassist, vocalist and songwriter based out of Kansas City. He has over a decade of experience playing professionally, both live and in studio sessions. He is the son of local Kansas City guitar legend Fast Johnny Ricker. He has won several songwriting competitions and in 2013 he was asked to delivered a Tedx talk on music, songwriting and sound in the natural world at the Nelson Atkins Museum. Presently Davis is a Rookies Director, Co-Director of Rock 101, Director of Performance Band and a guitar, bass and keys instructor.

Nico Manesh Vocal Instructor, Drums Teacher

Nico Manesh and his award-winning band Sidewise have toured nationally with bands including Sevendust and Godsmack. Sidewise performed at Kansas City's Rockfest in 2015 and 2017. Nico has won numerous awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year at Project Backstage Midwest Tock Awards, Outstanding Frontman by Banzai and Male Vocalist of the Year from "Heavy Frequency Magazine." He has been nominated for other local and regional awards. Nico holds a degree in Audio Engineering/Music Technology and has a background in music theory and music composition, earning a performance grant for vocal performance. Currently, Nico teaches as a vocal and drums instructor at School of Rock Overland Park.

Steve Uffman Vocal Instructor

Steve Uffman started out singing in his grade school church choir. Eventually, he quit because it wasn't the "cool" thing to do as a kid. He never considered music being a viable career track for him. Years later, he tried karaoke for the first time. After he sang his song a couple came up to him to compliment him on his singing. From that moment on he knew that he should pursue music for life. Steve went on to do karaoke competitions. He sang in the men's glee choir at Kansas State. He won a third place medal in the Barbershop International Competition, started playing guitar and filled out his school schedule with music classes. Steve found that after all of this, he not only has a love for music but a love for teaching. It is this passion that he puts in to work as a vocal instructor at School of Rock Overland Park.

Nicole Springer Vocal Instructor

Nicole Springer is a Pitch Music Award and Project Backstage Award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Nicole has made a name for herself with her three-octave range voice, her heartfelt songwriting and her obvious emotional tie to performing music.

Nicole has been singing since she was four years old and grew up performing in talent shows, pageants, weddings, musical theater productions and her church’s gospel choir. Nicole went on to excel in college in the Vocal Performance program. In Nicole’s mid-20s, she began exploring her abilities as a songwriter and taught herself to play guitar, piano and drums, which led her to forming her first band. As the founder, songwriter and front woman of local groups The Clementines and The Good Hearts, Nicole has performed at numerous music festivals and venues throughout the Midwest and beyond, opening for national touring acts such as The Spin Doctors. She has recorded a multitude of songs and albums, which have frequented “best of” lists from local music critics and radio personalities. She has been featured in articles for "The Kansas City Star," "KC Ink" and "The Pitch," and was recently selected to perform live on "Star Sessions" by "The Kansas City Star." She has garnered local success as a solo artist with her recent single release “Hell” and is booking shows all over the Midwest. Nicole is excited to bring her knowledge and passion for music to her students as a vocal instructor and Little Wing teacher at School of Rock Overland Park.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

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Reviews

Students Learn So Much!

School of Rock has challenged my children and raised their skill not just to the next level, but to the next five levels. Learning to play with other musicians has been a vital part of the experience.

The Teachers are Amazing!

The teachers always are positive and encouraging. By focusing on the joy of music rather than heavily on theory the students remain excited about music. They continue to enjoy learning.

School of Rock Makes Music Fun!

This is a great way to get kids excited about music (and practicing). My son started as a vocalist, but began learning guitar and drums on his own once he started School of Rock.

The Best Experience for Kids!

This has been an amazing program for our daughter. She has learned so much more about music then she ever could just playing one-on-one for an instructor. Getting stage experience is the best way to motivate them to practice.