Hello Lehigh Valley Rockers!

This blog will hope to educate and share information about music education. A little bit of disclosure here…the author is an owner of the School of Rock locations in Allentown and Easton., and provide instruction in guitar, bass, drums keys and vocals. Our students come from around the Lehigh Valley. The School of Rock is…


The Music Theory Song

This song, titled ‘Intervals Roasting’, with lyrics by David Rakowski, attempts to encapsulate the fundamentals of music theory in just over two minutes. You can download the sheet music here.  


How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

from http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term…


From Listening to Playing to Building Those Callouses

  Fender.com had a blast catching up with students at School of Rock in Scottsdale, Ariz., this summer and hearing what they each had to say about their journey learning guitar. In this clip below, we hear from 12-year-old Micah who really saw improvement once he joined the School of Rock program.  He also had…


10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE WHO LEARN MUSIC ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL

from http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-reasons-why-people-who-learn-music-are-more-likely-successful.html I have always been a proponent for music education, and thus am happy to see that more and more people are learning an instrument these days. I myself became a drummer at around the age of 11, and have played ever since. I am no savant, but I can play just about anything (except…


WHY DOES MUSIC GIVE US CHILLS?

from http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/02/why-does-music-give-us-chills-google David Shariatmadari I was going to start this article with Verdi. Until a week or so ago, my most recent experience of music-induced shivers down my spine, goosebumps, feelings of exhilaration – we’ll call them “the chills” – came during a performance of the Italian composer’s Requiem. It was the Dies Irae, one of…


Guitarists Can Sync Their Brains With Other Players, Forming A Giant Hyperbrain

from http://www.fastcoexist.com/3050215/guitarists-can-sync-their-brains-with-other-players-forming-a-giant-hyperbrain Guitarists perform a kind of mind-meld when they play together, syncing their brainwaves to the extent that they can anticipate each other’s moves. They also switch off the outside world while playing, leaving them in a tiny universe of them and their music. A study by researchers Johanna Sänger, Viktor Müller, and Ulman Lindenberger…


Fascinated with the Guitar?

Earlier this summer, fender.com paid a visit to the School of Rock in Scottsdale, Ariz. to spend some time with several of the students and learn about their journey on guitar. One of the kids we caught up with was eleven-year-old Dean, who started playing the instrument when he was just 6. “One day I just…


Stuff You Should Say on the Mic When Your Band is Performing on Stage

from http://stevewitschel.hubpages.com/hub/Things-You-Should-Always-Say-on-the-Mic-When-Your-Band-is-Performing-on-Stage If you’re fortunate enough to be a musician that gets to work in public, there is some business to take care of during your show. In general, it’s the lead vocalist that communicates with the crowd, but anyone in the band with access to a microphone can participate. A lot of these things…


The Amazing Positive Effects Singing Has on Your Brain

from http://thespiritscience.net/2015/08/24/the-amazing-positive-effects-singing-has-on-your-brain/ Have you ever noticed that people who are professional singers, or the people around you who enjoy singing, are always in a euphoric mood? This is due to the incredible health benefits that singing offers. Here are five reasons that will make you play your favorite song and sing as if nobody’s listening. 1. Improved…


5 Ways Being a Musician Helps in Other Areas of Life

from http://blog.sonicbids.com/5-ways-being-a-musician-helps-in-other-areas-of-life Songwriting, strumming on your guitar, and sending so many follow-up emails to venue bookers and A&R guys that your “sent” folder frightens you all seem pretty specific to being a musician. However, you may not have ever stopped to think about it, but being a musician and all it entails is actually bound to…