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School Of Rock Opens In Nashville

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new school is setting the stage to bring an edgy beat to the already hip Belmont Boulevard.

The School of Rock is preparing to open its first franchise in Nashville, the second school in Middle Tennessee.

"I've been producing and composing my own music," instructor Tim Zimmerman said. "I've been touring since I was 17. So (I've) just kind of been doing rock music my whole life."

Professional musicians provide students with a different type of music lesson.

"If they like the Black Keys, well let's learn a Black Keys song. And we teach theory in that Black Keys song," owner Kelly McCreight said.

At his school, there's no such thing as recitals. Instead, students headline their own concerts in venues like the Franklin Theater, the Rutledge and 3rd and Lindsley.

"We have the lights, we have the fog, we have the haze and so we have a big crowd," McCreight explained.

"When I'm on stage and I play, it's like an out of body experience," Zimmerman said. "(But) when I watch (the student) it's like the exact same thing. I'm living it through them."

Owners say through base, guitar and vocal lessons students begin to find their voice. And it's all in the name of Rock and Roll.

"We've seen these kids come in not able to look you in the eye to four months later they're doing the windmill for the guitar," McCreight added. "Our theme is we inspire kids to rock on stage and in life."

Saturday, the School of Rock will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its location on 3201 Belmont Blvd, Nashville 37212. Students who sign up will prepare to perform songs from Pink Flyod's "The Wall" album at the War Memorial in February.

For more information about the program and fees: http://franklin.schoolofrock.com/

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