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New School of Rock franchise opens in Latham

A Latham branch of School of Rock recently opened. The franchise focuses on getting kids comfortable performing rock music.

A Latham branch of School of Rock recently opened. The franchise focuses on getting kids comfortable performing rock music.

— “Then they get to see the purpose of what and why they are learning and they get that interaction with the audience,” said Bodie. “It builds confidence and gets kids up on stage after working on something for months.”

The Albany County School of Rock location will be a family-run business. Burt Bodie, David’s father, plans on giving guitar lessons, while Bodie’s wife and cousin will work as studio coordinators.

“I’m really excited,” said Burt Bodie. “I just retired, so this gives me the opportunity to teach something I love.”

The school will have special guest performers, like Earl Slick, David Bowie’s guitarist, and the program offers camps during school breaks that last five to 10 days.

“There are a lot of music programs having to shut down, and this could help take the pressure off or strengthen music programs that already exist,” said David Bodie.

The Albany business owner said he wishes he could have attended a similar program when he was a kid to help him be better prepared for performances later in life. Bodie said he’s seen the school help kids “come out of their shell” and the experiences last a lifetime.

The new school is located at 592 New Loudon Road. To learn more, visit albany.schoolofrock.com.

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