Who can participate in Rock U.?
Rock U. is offered to English-speaking Paris-area students in grades 3-12 who already play an instrument. And we offer adult bands, too!
My child speaks some English but is not a native speaker. Will he/she be able to keep up in Rock U.?
Absolutely. Many of our students speak English as a second or even third language. Rock U. is a great way to practice English for non-Anglophone students.
When and where will the sessions be held?
Rock U. practices take place at our studio space at 22 ave de Suffren in the 15th arrondisement of Paris, just 300 meters from the Eiffel Tower! Rock U. concert performances are usually free and open to the general public, and occur at music venues in Paris. Rock U. groups practice once per week for 90 minutes during each three-month session. Click the “Sessions” tab above for details.
Which instruments are eligible?
The primary instruments in the Rock U. program are guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, ukulele, melodica, harmonica and percussion, but any instrument that can be played onstage in front of an audience has the potential to become part of the Rock U. ensemble. Past Rock U. bands have featured flute, trumpet, saxophone, violin, mandolin, kazoo and cello in addition to the instruments above.
My child sings but doesn’t play an instrument. Can he/she still participate?
Yes, we are happy to have some singers in the band! However, kids who ONLY sing may have fewer opportunities to participate than those who also play instruments. Interested beginners will have a chance to try out other instruments, at all age levels.
Will the Rockers learn how to play their instruments?
Rock U. is NOT meant as a substitute for music lessons, but works best as a supplement to other musical instruction. While the kids will certainly pick up some tips and tricks, the focus of the Rock U. experience will be in learning to play together as a band and putting on a live performance, not on individual technique.
What does it take to join the Rock U. audition-only groups?
Rock U. Jr. Varsity and Varsity bands are reserved for experienced musicians who want to attempt more challenging material, and participation is by audition or approval of the Rock U. staff only. If your rocker isn’t yet advanced enough to join one of these groups, but progresses to that point during the year, he or she can always switch at the start of the next session.