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School gets kids ready to rock

Latham franchise puts a focus on performance-based instruction

School of Rock recently opened in Latham, providing music instruction with an edge.

School of Rock recently opened in Latham, providing music instruction with an edge.

“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 school will have special guest performers, 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 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.

School of Rock is located at 592 New Loudon Road. To learn more, visit albany.schoolofrock.com.

School of Rock is sponsoring the following upcoming events:

• Excerpts from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” at 1 p.m. March 1 and 2, at the Low Beat on Central Avenue

• Colonie Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Wolf’s 1-11, 5:30 p.m. March 3

• British Guitar Gods Workshop with Andrew Mirabile, 1-4 p.m. March 9

• New rehearsal season — The Beatles — begins March 10

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