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Music School Rocks its Way into Albany - Grand Opening Sat., Sept. 14 from 1-5 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Music School Rocks its Way into Colonie

 School of Rock franchise Proves Rock and Roll is Here to Stay with New Location

Guitar Breaking Ceremony - Sat. September 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.



Colonie, NYSchool of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life, announced it will be opening its newest location on September 14 at 592 New Loudon Road in Latham, NY from 1:00-5:00 p.m. The official guitar breaking ceremony took place at 1:30 p.m. with help from the Colonie Chamber of Commerce.  

Residing behind the Newton Plaza, School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and on stage performing with their peers. Music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where music students of all skill levels are comfortable yet challenged at every turn. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and/or drums, students also learn how to jam with their peers in a weekly practice session. The team dynamic creates a supportive and motivating environment where kids feel inspired to excel.

Albany business owner David Bodie started playing music at nine years old, mainly as a drummer. With his father as a part-time wedding vocalist and guitarist and his grandfather as a former crooner, Bodie was raised surrounded by music. Developing a passion of his own, Bodie took private lessons and played jam sessions with his dad in his basement throughout his teenage years. In his junior year of high school, Bodie joined his first band and he’s been an active musician ever since. As a touring musician, Bodie played internationally for five years before getting married and starting a family. In 2010, Bodie stopped touring after his second child was born and became involved with a School of Rock in NJ. When the franchise opportunity opened up in Albany, Bodie jumped at the chance to bring the concept to his own community as a family business, with his father as a music teacher, wife as a Saturday studio coordinator, cousin as a weekday studio coordinator, and uncle as an investor. 

“When I first came across School of Rock in New Jersey, the first thing I thought was, I wish I had this when I was a kid,” said Bodie, owner of School of Rock Albany. “Ever since I started playing music, I always dreamt of becoming a touring musician. Now that I’ve achieved that dream, it’s amazing to think how I’ll be able to help local young musicians reach their dreams of becoming rock stars through School of Rock’s unique programs and performance opportunities.”

All School of Rock programs are performance-based and emphasize the message that music is not just about playing an instrument; it’s about teamwork, building confidence, and creating leaders. The first stage is “School of Rock 101”, teaching basic skills through 45-minute private lessons and 90-minute group sessions. Next, students reach the main program, the heart and soul of School of Rock – the “Performance Program.” This stage consists of 45-minute private lessons and a final show. The students are cast in songs and rehearse them in a 3-hour rehearsal each week, preparing for the big show. After 12-13 weeks, the students transform into rock stars in a blowout concert in front of a real live audience. Additionally, School of Rock also offers 5-10 day intensive summer, spring break and winter camps, involving rehearsals with a big show at the end. These 5-10 day intensive camps are guaranteed to transform a want-a-be into a true rock performer.  School of Rock also recently launched an adult performance program and a pre-school program called, “Little Wing,” designed to introduce toddlers to the joy of music.

Through School of Rock’s “Guest Performer Series,” students have the opportunity to learn from and jam with some of music’s most iconic names, including Jon Anderson, lead vocalist from the legendary rock band Yes, Earl Slick, David Bowie’s guitarist, seminal post-punk bass player, Mike Watt, and collaborator of the groundbreaking, pop-rock duo The Eurythmics, Dave Stewart.

School of Rock Albany will be open Monday through Wednesday from 2pm-8:45pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. For more information on the school, please contact Bodie by phone at (518)783-7625 or by email at

The music school your mom and dad wished they had when they were kids, School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and up and performing with their peers. With more than 100 locations in seven countries, the franchise proves that rock and roll is here to stay. For more information about the franchise opportunity, please visit

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