The School of Rock (formerly known as The Paul Green School of Rock Music) is a performance-based music program for kids. This for-profit educational company operates and franchises after-school music instructional programs in the United States. First established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1998 by Paul Green, schools have opened in states including New York, Utah, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Delaware, Washington, New Jersey, and North Carolina, and internationally in Mexico. Education, The program consists of year-round, weekly individual lessons, as well as full band rehearsals for seasonal shows. Instructors are encouraged to stress the fundamentals of both popular music and music theory in their teaching. There are many teachers per school, all specializing in at least one instrument, often more. Instruction is available in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, and vocals. Students are encouraged to play other instruments as well, with instruction from other sources. Students learn songs from popular bands and artists like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, and music from genres such as 80s glam metal, punk rock, and grunge. Those songs are eventually played at themed live shows held throughout the year. There are occasional workshops featuring accomplished musicians, which include discussions about past experiences, songwriting, live performance, and handling fame. To be admitted, students generally must be between the ages of eight and 18. No musical training or experience is necessary to attend the school. Shows, The main purpose of the school is to get the kids onto "real rock stages, for real rock shows". The mantra for the audiences of the shows is "Don't come to watch kids play music. Come to watch kids play music well". Students of the program sign up for three shows every year. They are given two to five choices of different shows to be in per "season" (depending on the size of the branch). Although there are some shows that are harder to play, no matter what the age or skill level, students can sign up for any show (although approval by the show's director is occasionally required). These shows are themed either by band, genre, or time period, and usually consist of 20 to 25 songs chosen by the show's director (usually one of the teachers at the school). Three-hour rehearsals are held every week in preparation. The shows are played at local clubs twice, usually on Friday and Saturday nights; however, some of the schools do have their own venue for the performances. Tickets are usually $10 and the students are obligated to help sell eight of them to family and friends. Shows done in the past include Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, Metallica, The Allman Brothers Band, King Crimson, Jimi Hendrix, Devo, Van Halen, Pink Floyd's The Wall, Punk and Reggae, Thrash Metal, Radiohead, Rocky Horror VS. Hedwig, AC/DC, Best of the 80s/90s, Punk rock, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy, Iron Maiden VS. Judas Priest, Frank Zappa, Old School Blues, Women Who Rock, The Doors, Grunge, Guitar Gods, Yes, Progressive Rock, Rush, Prince, Green Day, The Clash, The Police, Talking Heads, Motown, and many more. About four songs from each show will usually get posted on YouTube. Every season, two of the best songs in each show from regionally located schools are played in a "Best of the Season Scholarship Fundraising" show, which is often held at larger well-known venues in the city. This event is used to showcase the best musicians, songs and performances in a season in a great rock venue with a great rock audience. Each school though has different values and uses different ways of organizing their shows. For example, the Boston School of Rock run by Bill Galatis and Anderson Mar does not have a best of season show. All-Stars, This section does not cite any references or sources., Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2010) The School of Rock All-Stars is a group of the best students from the entirety of the program, all across the country, handpicked through auditions. They go on tour to play such venues as B.B. King's in Times Square, The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles and New York City, The Roxy and Crash Mansion in Los Angeles, Stubbs in Austin, various Hard Rock Cafes and House of Blues, and many of the biggest festivals in the country such as Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits. They often tour and play with famous musicians from rock's past and present, such as The Butthole Surfers, Slash, Les Paul, Brendon Small, LeAnn Rimes, C. J. Tywoniak, Perry Farrell, Jon Anderson, Peter Frampton, Eddie Vedder, Alice Cooper, Adrian Belew, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Stewart Copeland, John Wetton, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Ike Willis, and Ann Wilson. Tryouts are held once a year, usually in September. The audition requirements include one Led Zeppelin song with a backing band, and one solo song of their choice. The All-Stars consist of five nationally touring groups. The film: Rock School, Rock School is a documentary about the School of Rock, as seen through the eyes of its founder, Paul Green. A New York Magazine film critic said "Paul Green is letting his students in on a secret of life that goes beyond school, even stuff that looks easy is hard to do well". In the film, Green shows off his wide variety of teaching tactics and also how the school affects the lives of the students that attend. Green is seen several times jumping up and down, screaming at kids, and kicking students, all in order to teach them. Manohla Dargis, writing for The New York Times, notes that "Mr. Green's pedagogic style appears predicated on the idea that if you spare the insults, derision and eardrum-piercing assaults, you spoil the child." NPR rock critic Ken Tucker said "I'd hand out DVDs of Rock School to everyone in the country with a teaching degree, and dare them to match this level of commitment." The Annual School of Rock Festival, In June 2007, the Paul Green School of Rock Music unveiled its first School of Rock festival. The two-day event at the Jersey Shore in Asbury Park, New Jersey, attracted almost 10,000 people. The festival consisted of 400 students from School of Rock branches across the nation on stages side-by-side with acts such as Ween, Bad Brains, the Benevento/Russo Duo, and the Bouncing Souls. Special events included a lecture from Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys and a shred contest sponsored by PRS Guitars. The 2008 festival was held over the course of three days from June 27 to June 29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The festival included themed shows from schools, as well as the now-independent bands of former students. The All-Stars performed before the headlining acts on each day. The first day was held at the Electric Factory, with performances by Andrew W.K. and the Butthole Surfers. The Festival Pier at Penn's Landing hosted the final two days, with The Hold Steady and Devo on Saturday and Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, and The Dropkick Murphys on Sunday. There was also a Shred Contest sponsored by Gibson Guitars.