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Park Slope Music School Looking for Kids Who Want to Rock

By Leslie Albrecht | September 9, 2013 7:17am
 The Park Slope Rock School teaches kids how to rock out.
Park Slope Rock School Looking for New Students
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PARK SLOPE — Kids can trade writing book reports for penning rock songs at one Park Slope school this fall.

The Park Slope Rock School is still accepting students for a 12-week semester that kicks off Sept. 14.

Students aged 8 to 18 are divided into bands based on their schedule, age and ability. Each group will learn to perform covers of classic rock songs by groups such as the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads, as well as tunes by modern acts such as Radiohead and Green Day. Students are also required to write at least one rock song.

Classes are held at Complete Music Studios on St. Mark's and Vanderbilt avenues in Prospect Heights. At the end of the semester, students will show off their skills at a live performance at Rockwood Music Hall in Williamsburg. Tuition for the semester is $550.

Park Slope Rock School Students Performing
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Park Slope Rock School

Musical ability isn't a prerequisite, but a desire to learn how to work with others is, said founder Jason Domnarski, who started the academy in 2008 and has since added classes in Paris.

"One of the things that sets our program apart is that we put a lot of emphasis on creative collaboration between students," Domnarski said. "While it's important and fun for us to teach kids famous riffs from songs, it's more important for them to work together with other students."

He added, "[The school] is for kids who are looking to play music with other people rather than just in their bedroom."