About Rock School
It's not just music lessons...
We realize the need for Developmental Assets in young people's lives and the sad truth is, that only 19% of youth reports having CREATIVE ACTIVITIES essential for success. This is the lowest % of 40 factors!
Our passion & goal is to strive to fill every kid and "kid at heart" with the love for music. Rock School provides an avenue where creativity can be developed within, offering an opportunity for young people and adults alike to hone musical skills, build relationships, learn values, and self perception, implementing many assets our youth need in their lives.
What we offer as developmental Assets:
-A caring school environment
-Adult role models
-Positive peer interaction
-Expectations for growth
-Planning & Decision making
-Peaceful conflict resolution
-Sense of purpose
-Positive view of personal future
What you Didn't know!
Music has been scientifically researched to show how it affects & influences the Frontal Lobe of our brains. At a deep level music stimulates activities of the amygdala, which regulates emotion, and even the brain stem, which is the center for many of the vital functions of our bodies such as breathing, heart rate and digestion. Music therapy has been widely used to help Depression, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons.
Start at a young age!
Performing & playing music at a young age improves mathematical skills: By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns.
Physical skills such as coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. Performance or musical instruments is great for high-energy kids.
Cultivates social skills: Group classes require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork, as children must collaborate to create a crescendo or an accelerando. If a child is playing his instrument too loudly or speeding up too quickly, he'll need to adjust. It's important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble.
Refining discipline & patience: Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece. "Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention for even 10 minutes at a time.
Building Self-Esteem: Children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism when performing with others. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence.. Group lessons, in particular, may help children understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement. "Presenting yourself in public is an important skill whether you become a professional musician or not. This also helps with public speaking!
Inside the doors
...Where the Magic Happens!
Owner, Teacher, Music Lover
With over 30 years of musical knowledge and over 17 years with Rock School under his belt, Lee Hartman enables his students to use the expertise they learn through his private lessons and transform that creativity into powerful peer performance within the Band style format.
First 3-6 months
We recommend a 3-6 month private lessons window when joining Rock School. This gives the student the basic understandings of how to use their instrument, perform basic chords, and the interworking of how to practice and work hard each week to strive towards being in a band. We offer lessons in: Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, & Drums. We teach both traditional and suzuki methods by natural ear. Learning both styles will initiate the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
6 months - 1 year
Before joining a band the student may feel like there is too much pressure to be in one. They also may feel scared of fellow class musicians or that they won't be good enough. We have formed a solution that allows for each student to grow to the best of their ability and at their own rate. Private instruction teaches the inter workings of how to be in a band, write songs, and stay up to speed each week with their current band. They will also visit with other bands and slowly integrate into one that they feel fits them.
Be in a Band: After 6 months
Our bands range from Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, & Master. This gives 4 levels of excitement and motivation for your child to work hard, make friends, write songs, and learn at a more advanced pace than they would in private instruction.
How old is the inner you?
Invite all your friends. This is where the fun begins. What's better than Pizza and music? Being able to have them both at the same time! Bring your friends for a real birthday treat. We have various packages that include food, cake, and music instruction within the group setting so all your friends can be in a band together!
Where these bands started...
Take a look and enjoy!
The World Outside: When Morning Comes
The World Outside's members all started here at Rockschool They have gone on to create music videos, open for bands such as All American Rejects, Fuel, Bowling For Soup, Cartel, and many more!
Road To Nowhere
All from Hamburg Highschool these guys came through Rock School as individuals and graduated as a team! Having performed from the Croc Rock to the Chameleon Club they've also won the Battle of the Bands in Reading, PA.
This all girls band was super unique all starting at this very Rock School! They have performed many shows across the county and have competed in many talent competitions.