WHAT IS THE PAUL GREEN ROCK ACADEMY?
The Paul Green Rock Academy is a masters program in music from School of Rock founder Paul Green, designed for the ambitious young musician, age 10-18, who has both professional aspirations and a sufficient foundation of skills to qualify for the program.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM CONSIST OF?
- Weekly 3 hour rehearsals when in preparation for a show, group lessons when we are not (min. 48 sessions a year, mostly once a week)
- Monthly 1 hour group lessons for instrument sections
- Paul Green "office hours" designed for students to come in and talk to Paul about questions they have with their assignments
- Frequent homework assignments to teach listening skills, song arrangement, composition, and other key skills
- Independent study programs in songwriting and event production
- Frequent emails from Paul Green with listening, watching, and reading suggestions as well as links to great sources for increasing your understanding and ability to play music
- Paul Green will do almost all of the teaching personally, with professional musicians brought in for master classes
WHAT KIND OF SHOWS WILL THE PAUL GREEN ROCK ACADEMY BE PERFORMING?
- In keeping with the performance based approach that Paul Green founded, PGRA will be producing and performing a lot of shows. The difference is that our shows will aspire to professional level and be presented for a general audience rather than mostly friends and family.
- At least once per year, every student in PGRA will have the opportunity to work with an established musical artist, rehearsing with and performing a show or shows with that artist.
- Beginning in the summer of 2019, every student in PGRA will take part in at least one tour or significant trip per year. This is the single best teaching tool I had ever encountered and will be a big part of our program.
- Our core regional shows will be selected based on the educational needs and composition of the 2 PGRA groups. Over the course of a students study with us, we will endeavor to insure that they have experience working in many genres, in many different kinds of venues.
WHAT DOES PGRA NOT OFFER?
We do not give individual lessons. We encourage all of our students to take individual lessons at least until they reach a base level of proficiency, and can offer suggestions about where to take them if asked.
WHAT INSTRUMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Violin, Cello, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Marimba, etc.
- Pretty much any student on any instrument will be considered if we feel that they have the necessary skill set and that we can properly serve their studies and can incorporate them into our shows.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO JOIN?
- Students must pass an audition and interview for acceptance into the program. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- Tuition is $3000/year.
- Students will be required to sell tickets to 3 productions a year, but no more than 3.
- At least one parent/guardian from each family is required to volunteer in a key position, helping with everything from show lighting, to tour accounting, to equipment load in/load out.
- Beginning in our second year, it is required that PGRA be a students primary extracurricular activity, meaning that all conflicts of scheduling be resolved in our favor.
WHAT ARE PAUL GREEN'S CREDENTIALS FOR RUNNING THIS PROGRAM?
Paul Green is the founder of School of Rock (originally The Paul Green School of Rock Music). In this position, Paul:
- Oversaw the growth of School of Rock to a chain of 57 schools
- Was part of the production of 2 documentary films (Rock School, Woodstock: Now and Then)
- Was the (apparent) inspiration for Jack Black's Character in the School of Rock movie
- Produced two School of Rock Music Festivals
- Produced countless tours and trips for his students
- Changed the way music was taught in America
Since leaving School of Rock, Paul has:
- Worked on opening a college level program, Woodstock Music Lab, in partnership with Steve Vai and Michael Lang
- Been the music director for the Woodstock film Festival
- Hosted his own radio show, The Toolshed, on Radio Woodstock 100.1
- Managed, tour managed, and acted as consigliere for national musical acts
- Played bass in national touring band "Gene Ween Does Billy Joel."
- Produced and directed fundraisers and special events featuring such musicians as Joe Russo, Tracy Bonham, Scott Ian, Dr Know, Marco Benevento, John Medeski, and many others
- Is a partner in opening The Paul Green Rock Academy in Woodstock and Poughkeepsie NY, and now in Philadelphia PA
PAUL GREEN'S STUDENTS HAVE
Jon Anderson - Fred Armison - Adrian Belew - Jello Biafra - Alice Cooper - Stewart Copeland - Gail Ann Dorsey - Dr. Know - Donald Fagan - Perry Farrell - Peter Frampton - Gibby Haynes - Scott Ian - Ed Mann - John Medeski - Kate Pierson - Marky Ramone - Vernon Reid - LeAnn Rimes - John Sebastian - Slash Brendon Small - Sister Sparrow - Ronnie Spector - Eddie Vedder - Denny Walley - Gene Ween - John Wettom - Ike Willis - Ann Wilson
9:30 Club - ABC (Glasgow) - Austin City Limits - The Bearsville Theatre - BB Kings Blues Club - Brooklyn Bowl - Carnegie Hall - CBGB - The Chance Theatre - The Forum (London) - Irving Plaza - The Keswick Theatre - Levon Helm Studios (The Barn) - Lollapalooza - MADE Festival (Umea Sweden) - Melkweg (Amsterdam) - Meltasia Minnemeers (Belgium) - The Roxy - Summerfest - Mountain Jam - The Trocadero - Webster Hall - The Wildflower Festival - Zappanale (Bad Doberan, Germany)
Gone on to play with:
A.C. Newman - Arc Iris - Adrian Belew - Bad Brains - Baroness - Beck - The Bobby Lees - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Cirque Du Soleil - Cleric - Dr Dog - Fetty Wap - Gene Ween - Hollywood Ending - The Iron Maidens - Misstallica - Phony Ppl - Project Object - Striking Matches - The Skins - Theophilus London - John Zorn