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March 2014 Masters Program!

Hey folks! Wanna play in a band? Here is your chance! Listed below is the setlist for the March 2014 Masters Program. The theme for the month is "MODERN ROCK". All ages and skill levels are welcome! Hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday, March 8th

Time: 12 – 1:15pm

This month’s theme is:

Modern Rock!


Beginner set:

January Student of the Month-Sydney Andrew

         Sydney Andrew is one of few kids in this era of Pop music that has the passion and drive to perfect their craft.  She has been taking guitar lessons for half a year now and recently added singing to her arsenal.  Sydney's musical tastes are drastically different than your average teenage girl.  She enjoy's  a lot of 80's music and classic rock in all forms.  Some of her favorite artists include The Beatles, Journey, The Police, Rolling Stones, and Guns n' Roses.

Winter Lesson Special-2 Months for $150!

Hey folks! We’re running a  Winter lesson special for new students now through the end of January! 2 months of lessons for $150…save $50!

Call us to book a lesson time, and for full details! (919) 924-0425.

December Student of the Month: Jonah Pollone

The musical mindset of Jonah Pollone is absolutely amazing! Having taking lessons at Music and Rock School for 2+ years Jonah has grown into a mature seasoned percussionist. Jonah also plays the guitar as a secondary instrument.

August Student of the Month: Savannah Smith

Some of our favorite students to work with at Music & Rock School are those that come to us with prior musical experience, or have been labeled “musically gifted” at some point.  These students typically have a passion for exploring and learning about music on all levels.  That is certainly the case with our August Student of the Month, Savannah Smith.  At 15 years old she is already proficient on more instruments that most people will pick up in a lifetime.  Her talents include guitar, singing and songwriting, piano, drums, ukulele, mandolin, banjo and xylophone!

July Student of the Month: Karen Campbell

Musical roots seem to run in the Campbell family, and Karen Campbell seems to be their inspiration! Karen Campbell has been taking guitar lesson at Music and Rock School for about a year, not to mention her husband who is currently in lessons, and two sons who have taken lessons in the past.

June Student of the Month: Jessica Tilley

Jessica Tilley is just 11 years old, but you would never know it by her retro taste in music. Some of her favorite artists include Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, and Bob Dylan. Jessica has studied both voice and guitar at Music & Rock School. Most recently, she is focusing on her guitar skills in her weekly lessons. Additionally, she's participated as a lead vocalist in our Summer Rock Camp, our 2013 Winter Concert in January, and will perform both as a lead singer and a solo acoustic performer at our Summer Concert this month.

April Student of the Month: Amber Leigh W.

16-year-old Amber Leigh is the total rock’n’roll package: the look, the attitude and the skills to back it up. She has been a student at MaRS for more than three years, first as a bass student, but eventually switching over to guitar within the last year. Leigh has also not been shy about trying her hand at all of our extracurricular programs; she’s participated in a few Masters Programs, a couple Studio Sessions and nearly all of our concerts.

March Student of the Month: Diana B.

As an adult student a Music And Rock School, Diana B. is taking full advantage of performance opportunities and special programs we offer here in conjunction with her guitar lessons. She also offers an interesting take on picking up a new hobby later on in life. “I played recreational guitar when I was a teenager, but it wasn’t until I got divorced that I realized something was missing,” Diana (who requested to remain ageless!) said. “I wanted to try something new. And the guitar was portable!”

February Student of the Month: Jessie B.

14-year old Jessie B. is one of MaRS’ first non-veteran performers to be featured as a Student of the Month, which just goes to show how much progress she has made in her short time as a guitar student here. She began taking lessons in May of 2012 and when our Winter Concert rolled around in January, she jumped at the chance to perform in it.

Is your music an expression of your playing, or a cyborg?

I had a group of 12 and 13 year-olds in the Music & Rock School recording studio this weekend helping them record the latest song they wrote together as a band.  We had just started tracking guitars when the guitar player said something like, “can I just do the verse once then use that for all of the verses?”  These kids are pretty smart, but I was shocked that their impression of recording music seemed like a cut-and-paste project where the engineer/editor, with a toolbox full of plug-ins, plays a larger roll in creating the song than the musicians themselves.

January Student of the Month: Amber M.

16-year-old Amber M. is the total package when it comes to performing: she can sing, play guitar, and dance. This past December marked her 3-year anniversary as a student at MaRS and in that time she has taken great advantage of our many performance opportunities. Over the past year, Amber has continued to grow and improve as a musician and expand her performance horizons even further.

December Student of the Month: Grayson S.

Guitar student Grayson S. holds the honor of being Music & Rock School’s longest-running student. Grayson, 12, began taking lessons in May of 2009 right after MaRS was first established, so when we say he has participated in all of our concerts and events, we really do mean all of them!

By The Numbers: Our Rock Band Program = More Rock For Your Buck

We are huge fans of performance-based learning here at Music & Rock School.  That is why, in addition to private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard/piano and voice, we offer rock band programs, like our All-Access program, and a number of similar band programs.  The objective is applying the knowledge a student gains in lessons into a practical setting.  Programs like All-Access also provide interaction with other musicians, a goal-oriented setting, and live performances.  The result is students tend to learn more, and at a more rapid pace, in these settings co

October Student of the Month: Ricky Y.

It goes without saying that one of our favorite things here at MaRS is watching our students learn and grow as musicians. But its another thing completely to watch as what was once a student’s simple passing interest in music grow into what can only be described as a way of life. Meet 15-year-old Ricky Y, a guitar student of nearly two and a half years.

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.