The Rock Academy is a performance based, interactive music school run by Jason Bowman who brings more than 30 years experience as a professional musician and teacher to the table. Our staff are all working, professional musicians dedicated to keeping the spirit of Woodstock alive. We believe that the best way to teach most anything, and especially music, is with a hands on approach. Therefore, our entire school is dedicated to getting kids playing music in an as authentic way as possible.
The Rock Academy is a year round tuition based program. Students take a weekly 45 minute lesson in their primary instrument and attend weekly rehearsals when in season (roughly 30 weeks per year) in preparation for our seasonal shows.
Shows are chosen for their artistic and pedagogical merit and a variety is always offered to best serve the various skill levels and educational needs of our student body. At capacity, we stage 5 productions in the Spring, Fall and Summer semesters, with rehearsals for these shows occurring on both week days and weekends to accommodate the schedules of our students.
Seasons run as follows:
The Fall Season begins rehearsals in early October with shows in December and early January.
The Spring Season begins rehearsals in March with shows in May and early June
The Summer Season begins rehearsals in June with shows in August and September
A student’s primary instrument can be guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards. Vocals are not considered a primary instrument at the Rock Academy as we strongly feel that all vocalists should have at least a rudimentary understanding of an instrument as they move forward with their artistic pursuits. Vocal instruction is available in addition to ones primary instrument.
We require that all students performing in shows sell 10 tickets to that weekend of shows. This is a very important part of our program as it teaches the kids how to promote their art and guarantees a large and enthusiastic crowd for all of our performances.
The program as outlined above has been tested and refined over the years and has proven to foster students who are not only fine musicians but also learn the values of commitment and hard work which will be invaluable in everything they do in their lives.