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School of Rock opens Lake Oswego location

by: REVIEW, TIDINGS  PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Carl Hinds, director of the Lake Oswego School of Rock, is has wanted to open a school in Lake Oswego for several years.

Want to be a rock star? Getting the training just got easier. School of Rock, a national performance-based music program, opened a second location in the metropolitan area. The first location is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Southeast Portland.

The second opened this week at 11830 SW Kerr Parkway, suite 212, in Lake Oswego.

“I’ve wanted to open a school here since we started. We are excited to get this going,” said Carl Hinds, director of the new location and former music director at the Hawthorne location. “Our summer camp program has always had lots of pull from Lake Oswego and West Linn,” he said. But the logistics of fitting in a 40-minute roundtrip commute for a weekly lesson was a deal breaker for many families.

When the opportunity arose to open a school in Lake Oswego, Hinds didn’t hesitate.

Hinds said that for more than decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. School of Rock students go from the lesson room to the stage, developing confidence, talent and teamwork skills with programs designed for all skill levels.

Students enrolled in the program get a private weekly lesson and a three-hour performance rehearsal. They start by learning the basics of their instrument — guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards or vocals — and then learn harmonies, musicianship and how to perform in an authentic rock show environment. When show directors deem the group ready to perform, they put on a show in a major venue in the Portland area. “We use the Crystal Ballroom, Wonder Ballroom, Hawthorne Theater and others, where they get to perform with real lights and staging. Some have audiences of 800 to 900 people! It’s a big deal for our students,” Hinds said.

There is a program for every age group. The Little Wing program takes care of the youngest rockers in the family and is designed to get children inspired musically.

“We have Mommy and Me classes for 2- and 3-year-olds, then 4- and 5-year-olds get an introduction to musical concepts like rhythm and appreciation and singalongs,” said Hinds.

You are never too old to rock and roll, and School of Rock proves that point with the adult version of its program, which Hinds calls Grad School.

“Adults are not left out,” he said. “Grad School is basically the same concept (of a weekly class and performance workshop). They perform at happy hours around town.”

To learn more about School of Rock and its programs, visit LakeOswego.SchoolofRock.com or call the school at 503-477-8589.