School of Rock’s unique brand of music education is coming to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, me. – In a few months there will be a new opportunity not only to learn a new musical instrument, but also to learn to rock.

The School of Rock Grand Rapids is slated to open near Breton Village on the southeast side of Grand Rapids in late December.

Gwen Bultema and her husband decided to buy into the School of Rock franchise network earlier this year. It was quite a process to get where they are now, but it’s already in the form of a massive guitar taking shape on the outside of your building.

“It’s not a musical venue, but we wanted to give the students that impression,” said Bultema on Friday.

“We didn’t just want to create a music education program, but a place where people can hang out and feel at home.”

The facility doesn’t look like your typical music store traditionally holding classes, and operates in a format that engages students with what they are doing and engages with the techniques they are learning together.

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“Our cornerstone would be one-to-one class with a teacher, and later in the week you would do a performance-based group class,” said Bultema.

“There you have someone on the drums, bass and vocals, and you study and sing songs together.”

Eventually, the student music groups will even have the opportunity to perform at local music events in the area.

“We’re really looking forward to cultivating relationships with local venues and opening up our kids to some of the bands coming to town,” said Bultema.

The program is aimed at children, teenagers, and young adults, but all ages are welcome. School of Rock specializes in working with students of all skill levels.

While they had already hired several main employees before the opening, they are still looking for around 10–15 additional employees. You can apply for a job HERE.

You can find out about all the programs on offer HERE and request information for your future music student.

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