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Flower Mound School Encourages Kids To Rock

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FLOWER MOUND (CBSDFW.COM) - You aren’t going to find any quiet classrooms filled with studying students at a new school in Flower Mound. Instead, this campus encourages kids to get loud and rock out to some great tunes.

They’re cool, confident, and capable of making a big splash with their musical talents. Welcome to the School of Rock!

“We have a motto that we inspire kids to rock on stage and in life,” said Ray Kidd, the school’s music director. He explained that these students learn more than just how to play rock and roll songs. “Students learn how to sing, write and produce music, play instruments and, yes, rock out.”

The walls of the school are decorated with band logos and photographs. It certainly doesn’t look like a typical classroom.

“Kids want to learn bands that they listen to,” said Kidd, “like the Metallicas, the AC/DCs, the Zeppelins, and even the new stuff — the My Chemical Romances of the world and all that type of stuff. That’s what we do. And we encourage that. Kids learn faster when they enjoy what they do.”

The students also learn to be in tune with each other, by working together as a band instead of individually. And eventually, the bands take their talents to an actual stage. “A lot of the people here are misfits, for lack of a better term,” said student Joe Medina. “So, when it’s like a bunch of people who are different coming together, you instantly feel more accepted.”

School co-owner Darryl Williams opened the Flower Mound location after seeing how much fun his grandkids had at another campus. For him, this is a fun and rewarding gig. “I was at a point in my life where I wanted to do something I was passionate about,” Williams said, “and something where I could give back to the community, and this is just a great way to do that.”

“It’s something that helped me,” said Medina. “I was pretty shy and stuff, but I’ve gained a lot of confidence being on stage and stuff.”

There are more than 125 other School of Rock locations, including one as far away as The Philippines. The school offers lessions for a wide range of age groups, from toddlers to adults.

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