Music & Rock School at the Apex Jazz Festival


If you happened to attend the 2nd Annual Apex Jazz Festival last weekend, September 15, in Downtown Apex, then you were among the thousands of people from the triangle and beyond enjoying some great live jazz and blues performances throughout the day.  Music & Rock School was well represented at the festival this year.

Music & Rock School -- Voted Best Place to Expand Your Horizons in Cary Living Diamond Awards!

Cary Living Magazine 2012 Diamond Awards Best Place to Expand Your Horizons

We're honored to be featured in Cary Living magazine's 2012 Diamond Awards Issue.  Music & Rock School was voted "The Best Place to Expand Your Horizons"!  Here is a direct quote from the September/October 2012 issue of Cary Living, in which the Diamond Awards are featured:

Student of the Month: Cameron U.


14-year-old Cameron U. is one of MaRS’ promising up-and-coming bassists. Though his introduction to music came through playing trombone for a couple years in the school band, his decision to start playing the bass was inspired by one of the most iconic bassists in recent history – Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“I watched him play.” Cameron said. “That was all it took. My stepdad showed me a video of him and I just thought ‘this guy is absolutely ridiculous.’”

Back To School Lesson Special - 2 Months for $150!

Back to school time also means back to new activities! So we're offering a great back to school lesson special for new students.  Register for 2 months of guitar, drum, bass or piano/keyboard lessons for just $150 -- a savings of $50 off our regular tuition rate!  We have a limited number of openings, so this offer will expire once they are filled.  

To register call us today at 919-924-0425, or send us an e-mail here.

August Student of the Month: Matt D.

Eleven-year-old Matt D. plays drums, like a lot of kids his age.  But Matt also plays drums in a band that has a weekly rehearsal schedule, regular gigs, writes songs, and shoots videos!  At seven years old Matt began drum lessons at another area school, and credits his previous instructor, Jimmy, as his biggest influence.  As Matt progressed, Jimmy encouraged him to pursue playing with other musicians in a band setting.

Ukulele Workshop: It's just plain fun!


I’d venture to say that the ukulele is more popular now than it has ever been. The instrument is featured prominently in recent hits such as “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.  Artist like Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson, Ingrid Michaelson, and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) are also using the ukulele in their music.  What’s not to love, really?  The ukulele invokes images of island life, it produces a jovial tone, and it looks, well, just plain cute!

Student of the Month: Turner C.


16-year-old Turner C. came to MaRS for lessons in a rather roundabout way. “Some friends and I would jam together occasionally and we decided we wanted to start a real band. We had a guitarist, a drummer and somebody who played the banjo, which left me with the bass.” Figuring that he’d progress much faster with an experienced teacher as opposed to teaching himself, Turner started lessons with Music & Rock School instructor, Jacob, last July.

Summer Lesson Special - 3 Months for $225!

Summer Special - 3 months for $225

Looking for something to keep you, or the kids focused over the Summer? To start the season off on the right foot, we're offering a great lesson special to keep students focused on lesson until Fall!  Register for 3 months of lessons at just $225.  That's a $75 savings off of regular tuition.  We have a limited number of openings, so this offer will expire once those a filled.

To register, call us today at 919-924-0425, or send us an e-mail here.

May Student of the Month: Chris


14-year-old Chris came to us about 9 months ago as a self-taught guitar player and an aspiring singer-songwriter. Under the tutelage of Jacob, he’s come to be one of Music & Rock School’s most engaging and enthusiastic performers.

“I started writing a long time ago, when I first started playing guitar,” Chris says. “I did the same thing everybody does when they pick up a guitar and they’re like ‘Yeah I’m gonna write songs!’ and then you start and you’re like ‘Oh… I’m not writing songs yet.’”

April Student of the Month: CJ


With MARS celebrating its third birthday this week, we decided to shine our Student of the Month spotlight on somebody who’s been around nearly as long as we have! 13-year-old CJ has been a guitar student here for more than two and a half years, and in that time has more than taken advantage of our many performance opportunities. He has participated in all four of our seasonal concerts, one studio session and every Masters Program since enrolling.