Rock and Roll Prep School Teaches Kids More than Just Music

By: Amber Ogden | October 21, 2015
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Many kids dream of becoming a rock star when they grow up. Thanks to the Rock and Roll Prep School of Macomb, now they don’t have to wait.

The performance-based academy provides a creative, lively atmosphere where children ages 2 to 18 can learn a variety of musical instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, even vocals.

Rock and Roll Prep School, which began in 2012 with partners Joe Leone, Meaghan DeGrave and Krista Droege, divides its curriculum into age groups: the rockers (middle schoolers to high schoolers, grades 6 through 12) and the rollers (elementary school aged kids, grades 1 through 5).

“It’s just great to see the kids build their self confidence and come out their shell,” Leone said of his students.


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Each semester lasts about four months and focuses on the music of a particular rock and roll group. For the current semester, which started in August, bands include Green Day, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC for the rockers and Imagine Dragons for the rollers. The semester will conclude with a live show on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Leone, who teaches drums, is unsure of what next semester’s catalog will entail, but it is set to begin the first week of December. Rock and Roll Prep School offers open enrollment all year long, so you can enroll your child with ease.

The Rock and Roll Prep School’s varsity band plays all around the Metro Detroit area, including at the Grand Prix, Stars and Stripes music festival and Ferndale’s recent DIY Street Fair.

“Anything to do with creative art or music is good to have out there,” Leone said, explaining why he believes music is so vital to young people’s lives. He noted that Rock and Roll Prep School covers the entire rock spectrum, from classic to modern.

Next month, Rock and Roll Prep School will celebrate its three-year anniversary. Within the next few years, Leone hopes to franchise the school, opening new locations in different cities and states outside of Michigan.

For more information on Rock and Roll Prep School, visit the official website or Facebook page.