October Student of the Month: Alex K.

Thirteen-year-old Alex began drum lessons at Music & Rock School nearly a year and a half ago. In that time, he’s gained a reputation as a student who jumps at the chance to perform and play with other students. Alex participates in the Master Class every two months and has performed in every concert since starting at MARS. He also played at this year’s Jazzfest in downtown Apex with his MARS student group, Feedbakk.

Drum instructor Clay Anderson now part of the M.a.R.S. team!

I’m excited to announce the addition of another stellar instructor to our teaching staff here at Music & Rock School.  Beginning in September, Clay Anderson will be teaching drums at M.a.R.S.  In addition to more than a decade of teaching experience, Clay has been a working musician for twice as long.  Among his many projects, Clay currently plays in Chapel Hill groups Puritan Rodeo, a roots rock/Americana band, and the funk/rock hybrid sounding, Honeychile.  Clay has studied at Berklee College of Music and is currently completing his music education degree at

M.a.R.S. and Apex Jazz Festival in Cary Magazine

Cary Magazine did an article about the upcoming Apex Jazz Festival, which will be Saturday, September 17th.  There is a mention of Music & Rock School in the article, as we have 4 student rock bands that will be performaing on the free, all-ages outdoor stage from 3:00-4:00 at the festival.  The bands have been hard at work rehearsing for this high-profile gig in Downtown Apex, so we're all excited!

M.a.R.S. Supporting the Arts in Apex

Of course we at Music & Rock School are fans and supporters of all things music.  But we try our best to support all musical and artistic endeavors in our community.  Two that have been brought to our attention recently that we'd like to make everyone aware or:

Beginner Bluegrass Jam

7-9pm, Every 2nd & 4th Thursday

Apex United Methodist Church, Music Building room 201

Contact: or

All skill levels welcome!


Teen Art Studio w/Kathryn Cook - Summer Intensive

M.a.R.S. featured in the Cary News & Southwest Wake News

On Sunday, May 8th Music & Rock School was featured on the front page of The Cary News and The Southwest Wake News.  We're really excited about the feature, and think the paper did a really nice job highlighting our Masters Program and capturing our philosophy here at Music & Rock School with quotes such as this one:

"The school is the ultimate iteration of rock 'n' roll in the 21st century, a real-life version of the Rock Band video game where everyone can strive for stardom."

Music & Rock School Student to Perform at Durham Bulls Game


We’d like to congratulate voice student, Casey Denbow, who was recently selected to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Durham Bulls home game.  Casey was one of nearly 150 people who auditioned to perform.  The Bulls only made this opportunity available for 17 of their home games this season.  So if you’re at the game on June 21st when the Bulls face the Buffalo Bisons, you’ll see Casey singing in front of about 5000 fans!  Huge congratulations, Casey!

2011 Summer Rock Camp Registration Is Open

Registrations for our 2011 Summer Rock Camp, Crash Course, is now open!  Camp is open to young musicians between the ages of 12 and 16 years old, on guitar (acoustic & electric), bass, keyboard, drums and voice.  Campers DO NOT have to be students at Music & Rock School to participate, but they should have prior experience playing their instruments (understand the basics and have the ability to perform complete songs).

New Videos and Masters Program Dates

The MaRS team has made a few updates to the website in the past few weeks.  We added a bunch of video clips from our Winter Concert on December 18th.  The students sold out the venue and performed to just over 150 people.  The new videos are on the video archive page.

Studio Session Program Up and Running

We recently launched our Studio Session program to give students the recording studio experience.  Students participating in the Studio Session learn a song in their weekly lessons, record it as a band, name their band, design album artwork, and produce a CD single.  Our first session was this past Saturday and we had two groups of students record the song "T.N.T" by AC/DC, and it was a huge success.  I wanted to share the CD artwork for both groups since it turned out so cool.

New, Larger Location for Music & Rock School

We have Moved!

Beginning Monday, September 20th, Music & Rock School will reside in it’s new, larger location at 132 Salem Towne Court.  The new studio is in the same building, but right next door to the previous location (134 Salem Towne Court).

With more room to rock, we’ll also see the addition of some new programs on the schedule.  Included are a second version of our already successful Masters Program, and an exciting new program providing weekly band rehearsals for students.  More to come!