School of Rock Montclair has expanded their “Rookies” music education program to two days each week: a Friday group meets from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and a Saturday group meets from 11 a.m.-noon. The weekly classes introduce kids who are five to seven years old to learning and playing music in a fun, structured setting.
“Our ‘Rookies’ program gives younger kids a chance to play cool rock n’ roll hits, try out different musical instruments, and develop a love for music,” says School of Rock Montclair Creative Director Kevin March, who leads “Rookies” along with other School of Rock faculty. “Unlike other group music programs that require parents to participate, ‘Rookies’ is a kids-only activity. We work on rhythmic training, ear training, song structure, group performance, and play lots of exciting music games.”
Kids who sign up for ‘Rookies’ don’t need to bring any instruments or have previous musical experience. They work with School of Rock Montclair’s equipment as they take turns exploring the guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and singing. Kids in the class work together as a group as they try out the instruments and learn how they feel, work, and sound.
“Parents who thought we’d be teaching tunes like ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Bingo’ are thrilled with our awesome repertoire,” says March. “Hits like ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs, ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen, ‘Love Runs Out’ by OneRepublic, ‘TNT’ by AC/DC, ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ by Joan Jett, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, and many more are on our set list. Moms, dads, and caregivers loved to load these cool jams onto their iPods to blast at home for their kids to sing along to.”
“Rookies” is held weekly on Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon at School of Rock Montclair, located at 125 Valley Road. Class size is between eight and 12 kids, and new students can join anytime. For more information, call the School at 973.337.5296 or visit the “Rookies” page on the School’s site.