“What’s unique about our approach, our method of teaching is that we start with the music,” says Chris Catalano, CEO of School of Rock.

With over 100 locations in 7 countries around the world, School of Rock is putting the fun back in learning music. With the traditional way of teaching music, students end up hating music lessons even when they love playing. By contrast, School of Rock offers a performance-based approach to lessons that makes students more inspired to learn, more motivated to do their best, and more confident in themselves.

“I like to say that if you teach a kid theory, he’ll lose interest in music, whereas if you teach him how to play music, he becomes more interested in the theory behind it,” adds Catalano.

School of Rock teaches vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drums in an interactive environment, combining weekly private music lessons with group band rehearsals and taking students from the lesson room to the stage. Students get to perform on real rock stages before live audiences in an authentic concert setting, complete with professional equipment and a staff of experienced musicians.

Once a student has done a few shows, they can audition for the AllStars program. The AllStars represent the best of the best students from the School of Rock network and go on tour every summer. To date, the AllStars have performed at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Hangout Music Fest, among many others, as well as shared the stage with big names like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, Earl Slick, KT Tunstall, and more.

“We have more locations and more students than any other time in the history of our company and each day brings a new milestone,” says Catalano, who has served as CEO since July of 2010. “Our success and international development plans are proof that rock music is still very much alive and well.”