School of Rock music school comes to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — A music school that operates under the same name and style similar to the movie “School of Rock” is coming to Grand Rapids.

School of Rock was established as a single school in Philadelphia in 1998 and now has over 500 locations, including five in Michigan. The school will offer music education programs for students of all ages.

Renovations have begun on the future location of Grand Rapids School of Rock at 2505 Burton St. SE. Kentwood based First Companies Inc. is renovating the 4,100 square foot space, which is slated to open in December 2021.

“This is the music school we wanted for our little ones, but also the music school we wanted for ourselves,” Gwen Vryhof Bultema, owner of School of Rock Grand Rapids, said in a statement. “Music is a powerful learning tool, but also pure magic.”

Budding musicians ages 4 and up can attend weekly classes at the School of Rock and learn musical theory and techniques, participate in group practices, and prepare musical pieces for the public at local venues. Lessons will range from guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. The school is expected to be open year-round and will also host week-long camps during the summer and during holidays.

“The best part about music is that it is made in the community, working together to create a sum far greater than its individual parts,” Joshua Dreyer, general manager of the School of Rock Grand Rapids, said in a statement. . “That’s what excites me about School of Rock. Much of the emphasis is on group play, rather than just practicing as individuals. I look forward to bringing together students from all walks of life to make art and grow, not only as musicians, but also as human beings.

The Grand Rapids site plans to hire 10 to 15 music staff and teachers in the coming months.