Boise Hard Rock School 

For a kid, band doesn't necessarily mean learning the tuba

If your kid is showing an interest in music, your first instinct might be to pick up a violin or clarinet and enroll him or her in band or orchestra at school. But maybe your youngster wants to be more like Eddie Van Halen than Itzhak Perlman. Organizations like School of Rock and Boise Rock School can give your burgeoning musician the skills to really rock.

Boise Rock School, which currently has an enrollment of about 150 students, works with young people ages 6 to 16. Kids need no prior experience and can learn to play guitar, bass, drums or keyboard or learn to sing. They also learn how to work together in a band and, equally important, how to perform.

Ryan Peck, co-founder of Boise Rock School, explained why he feels it's difficult for the local youth who want to play--and hear--rock 'n' roll.

"Boise is kind of a rough town," Peck said. "You have The Venue and The Knitting Factory and during the summer, you have outdoor shows, but other than that, it's not as easy for kids to see music. This is more of a bar culture. The fact that our kids can't go to places like VAC makes me scratch my head. [Kids] want to hear music and be exposed to people who are doing what they want to do."

Tough though it may be in Boise, BRS will continue to turn out rockers. The organization is in the process of a move to 14th and Idaho streets and an upgrade to "Rock School 2.0," which will include improvements to the curriculum, as well as a continued effort to bring in talented local musicians to teach classes, such as current instructors Daniel Kerr, Ned Evett, Thomas Paul and more.

BRS will celebrate the move and enhancements in September with a block party, so check Boise Weekly for updates.

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