Join us for this school holiday rock music program!  If you already play an instrument or sing, or if you’ve always wanted to try drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and more, this program is for you.  You and your band will learn songs throughout the week, explore different music styles and instruments, and make a video of your performance!  All ability levels and all instruments welcome.

  • Two sessions: Oct 19-23 and 26-30
  • Two bands per session: 11h-12h30 (ages 8-11) and 13h30-15h (ages 12-15)
  • 195€ per week

Sign up here!  For more information, email

We are ready to rock!  Our studio opens for fall bands and lessons on Monday 28 September!  If you’re new to Rock U., or you need a refresher, we’d like to remind you of our procedures for public health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.  As always, we will conform to, or exceed, all public health and safety regulations in force for schools and public spaces in Paris.

Please read our ten rules below, and watch our video for a quick recap!

  1. Masks must be worn at all times at Rock U., even when singing.
  2. All participants will wash their hands with soap and water or sanitize them with gel (provided) on arrival.
  3. Only our band members may enter the studio.  Parents, caregivers, siblings, and friends, please remain outside when dropping off or picking up your rocker.
  4. If you’re sick, please don’t attend your Rock U. band practice!  Stay home and contact your doctor if you show any symptoms related to COVID-19.
  5. Whenever possible, we’ll use both upstairs and downstairs spaces in our studio to rehearse, in order to maximize distancing.  Please note that this may depend on the time of day, the number of people in the band, and other activities going on at the time of the band practice.
  6. We have clearly marked zones in our studio, allowing for the full band to play together while still maintaining a 2-meter distance between musicians in many cases, and a minimum distance of 1 meter.  Stay in your zones while playing!
  7. The Rock U. studio will be professionally cleaned and disinfected each day.
  8. Instruments and microphones will be disinfected after each use.
  9. Practices will end 15 minutes early to allow for ventilation and disinfection of the studio between each band session.
  10. Students are asked to leave Rock U. promptly after their band practice to avoid contact between bands.  Parents of younger rockers, please pick your child up on time!

Thank you!  With your cooperation, we can keep rocking safely.  Rock on!

Hey Rockers, it’s rentrée time, and Rock U. is ready to roll!  Registration for fall bands and lessons opens online on Tuesday 1 September, at 9 AM.  Bands and lessons start rockin’ on Monday 28 September!

I’m ready to rock!  How do I sign up?

For kids, teen, and adult bands:
  • If you were in a Rock U. band last year, and you want to stay in the same band, nothing could be easier.  Just sign up before Thursday 3 September and list your band as your first choice.  But remember, starting 3 September, band assignments will be on a first-come, first-served basis and open to all.  So don’t wait!
  • If you were in Rock U. last year, but you want to change to a new band this year, you’ll still get priority over new students as long as you sign up before 3 September.  We’ll try to put everyone in their preferred band, but first we have to see how many band members are returning to each band and how many returning students want to change bands.
  • If you are new to Rock U., you can still sign up online starting at 9 AM on Tuesday!  New students will be assigned to bands on a first-come, first-served basis, starting on Thursday 3 September after returning students have had an opportunity to reserve their spots.  So if you’re first to sign up on Tuesday, you’ll be first to be assigned to a band starting Thursday.
  • Whether you’re new to Rock U. or you want to change bands from last year, please select at least a first and second choice of bands.  You’ll receive your band assignment within a few days, and no fees will be charged until both Rock U. and the student agree to the band assignment.
  • The complete fall band schedule, including additional new bands and modified time slots, can be seen right here.

For private lessons:

  • The majority of our private lessons will remain online until restrictions due to Covid-19 ease or change.  However, we will offer some in-studio lessons on a limited basis.  Please be sure to specify your choice between online and in-studio lessons when you register.
  • Whether you are a returning or new lesson student, please provide as many choices as possible for your lesson time when you register!  We’ll try to put together a schedule that meets everyone’s needs.
  • You’ll receive an email offering you a specific lesson time slot and teacher within a few days.  No fees will be charged until both Rock U. and the student agree to the lesson assignment.

Rock U. is happy to offer a full slate of in-person and online courses for summer 2020! 

Record a song, join a ukulele band, dive deep into music theory, or learn how to mix and master your own tracks.  The choice is yours – pick one or do them all!  Rock U.’s summer courses will keep you moving forward in music, no matter where in the world you’re spending this summer.

More details here.  Sign up here!

Thanks to a positive outlook for the next stage of deconfinement, we are reopening our Rock U. Summer Sessions for ages 8-15! 

Two bands per week, with daily practices Monday through Friday from 11h-12h30 (ages 8-11) and 13h30-15h (ages 12-15).  Bands will learn songs during the week and then make videos on Friday to share with their friends and family.

Weekly bands 29 June through 31 July.  No bands 13-17 July.

Price per week: 195€

Sign up here!

Dear Rock U. rockers, parents, friends, fans, and families:

The Lads from Liverpool said it this way:

You know, if you break my heart I’ll go
But I’ll be back again

Rock U. got a piece of news this week that wasn’t unexpected, but still broke our hearts just a bit.  Our annual Rock U. En Seine festival, scheduled this year for 14, 20, and 21 June, has finally, officially, been cancelled.  Our wonderful venues La Javelle and Bal de la Marine tried as hard as they could to make this fantastic event work out, but it just can’t be done under the current rules and conditions.  So, with regret, we’ve accepted the inevitable, and there will be no Rock U. en Seine in 2020.

But, like the Fab Four, we know it’s not over.  We’re doing everything we can to make sure this year at Rock U. ends with a bang, not a whimper.  Here’s what we’ve got planned as the school year winds down.

Kids’ and teen bands
Our bands and teachers have been rocking hard all spring and are now putting the finishing touches on a bunch of great new videos and audio tracks.  Stay tuned as always on Rock U.’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud channels for our final releases of the year.  And mark your calendars – we’re already booked at La Boule Noire on 13 December 2020 for our Fall Concert.  And we can’t wait!

Summer offerings
We won’t be hosting our usual summer bands at Rock U., but instead we’ll offer an amazing lineup of online summer courses, ranging from group ukulele bands to songwriting workshops to one-on-one tutorials in sound engineering.  And best of all, you can take them from anywhere in the world.  Summer courses will be announced early next week, so stay tuned!

Adult bands
Our adult bands have returned to the studio after a long hiatus and are rocking some great new songs!  We hope to play them for you onstage near the end of July, watch this space for more.

Private lessons
For the first time ever, our talented instructors will be offering lessons throughout the summer via Skype and Zoom.  Private lessons work really well online, and it doesn’t matter where in the world you are as long as you have an internet connection and an instrument.  If you’d like to take lessons this summer, you can sign up here.

I just want to add one final, and personal, word of thanks to our amazing teachers.  They’ve worked harder than ever to bring the joy of rock ‘n’ roll to our students under unprecedented conditions, and have my deep admiration and gratitude for their efforts.  Thanks, Crew!

Let’s give Freddie the last word…

Empty spaces, what are we living for?
Abandoned places, I guess we know the score, on and on
Does anybody know what we are looking for?

The show must go on
The show must go on
I’ll face it with a grin, I’m never giving in
On with the show

Stay chill, hang tough, make music,
and have a great summer!
Matt and the Rock U. Crew

Why did Beatles guitarist George Harrison always travel with two ukuleles?  So he could play music with anyone he met, even if they had never played before!  Ukuleles are easy to play, sound great, and are inexpensive, small, and lightweight compared to guitars.

Become part of the Rock U. ukulele nation by learning how to play some of your favourite songs on your uke, with Rock U. teacher James Dempsey!  Rock U. is pleased to offer a third session of our very popular online ukulele workshop through May and June.  Absolute beginners are welcome, but more advanced players will also learn a lot.

  • What you need: A ukulele and a Zoom account
  • Dates and times: Thursday 16h30-17h30, 22 May-25 June (six sessions; class time week of 22/23 May TBD)
  • Fee: 115€
  • Maximum of 8 participants
  • Ages 10 and up
Sign up here!
Let’s rock… with ukuleles!  Please email with any questions.  For participants who don’t own a ukulele, they are widely available on Amazon or at, and good quality ukuleles cost as little as 35-40€.

Dear Rock U. rockers, students, and families:

Deconfinement has finally arrived!  We at Rock U. have spent several weeks planning for our eventual reopening by consulting municipal authorities, studying guidelines released by local and federal governments, and surveying colleagues, students, and advisors.  What we present below represents the outcome of that process and is the most detailed plan we can offer at this stage, since new information and instructions will likely emerge over the next several weeks.

As of last Thursday, 7 May, we have directly consulted the City of Paris, the Maison des Associations (the governmental office that oversees non-profit associations), and the Ministry of the Interior about reopening Rock U.  We have received their explicit assurances, in writing, that we may reopen for normal activities, subject to the physical distancing guidelines that apply to all public spaces.

We will therefore, starting at the beginning of next week, begin the process of gradually reopening the Rock U. studio for our student bands, starting with our adult bands and slowly phasing in each successive age group over the next several weeks or more.  While any dates we offer now are subject to modification as developments dictate, we anticipate the following schedule for welcoming bands back to the studio:

18 May:         Adult Bands

22 May:         Older teen bands (Advanced Rock 2 and Varsity bands)

28 May:         Younger teen bands (Advanced Rock 1 and Junior Varsity bands)

TBD:               Rock 101 and Rock 202 bands

All youth bands will continue their current online learning until they are able to resume activities at the Rock U. studio.  Youth bands have been operating continuously since 27 March and the Spring Session will end as scheduled on Saturday 20 June.

Adult Band Semester 2 will be extended into the summer months, with an end date to be determined.

At this point, we don’t anticipate resuming private lessons at Rock U. before Fall 2020, although we will revisit this decision as events warrant.  Private lessons will continue to be held online as they have been since the end of March.

All Rock U. band sessions will be subject to the following health and safety procedures:

  1. Rock U. premises will be professionally cleaned and disinfected daily. The premises have been professionally cleaned and disinfected as of today, and our air conditioners and ventilation units were professionally cleaned and serviced last week, including filters.
  2. Students who are sick will not be permitted to come to Rock U. Any student with symptoms such as coughing, fever, and body aches within 48 hours of his or her Rock U. practice must NOT attend that week’s practice session and should consult a doctor.
  3. Parents, siblings, and friends will not be permitted to enter the premises for any reason. Please be prepared to wait outside on the sidewalk for your kids at dropoff and pick up times, and please observe physical distancing rules that would apply in any circumstance.
  4. Anyone who comes to Rock U. using public transportation will be required to wear a mask during their trip. This rule is already in place on metros and buses.
  5. Everyone entering the studio will be required to wash his or her hands immediately upon entering. We will also provide hand sanitizer, but handwashing is the most effective measure.
  6. We will maintain physical distancing at all times. In certain spaces where physical distancing is more difficult, instructors and students may be required to wear masks.  We will use the upstairs spaces at Rock U. as much as possible to ensure proper distancing.
  7. Microphones and instruments will be disinfected with disinfectant wipes after each use.
  8. We encourage students to bring their own instruments, snacks, and drinks. While we will continue to offer filtered water in disposable paper cups, unfortunately we will have to temporarily suspend the cherished tradition of cookie break.
  9. We will dismiss bands 15 minutes earlier than normal if they are followed by another band, to allow for ventilation of the studio and careful disinfection of all surfaces such as doorknobs, sinks, and handrails, in addition to instruments and microphones.
  10. Children who do not have permission to leave Rock U. by themselves must be picked up ON TIME by an authorized adult. Students who are permitted to leave without a parent must leave promptly at the end of the practice session.


We realize that some of our students are no longer in Paris, or for other reasons may not be able or willing to attend band practices at Rock U.  We will address these bands and students on a case-by-case basis and make every reasonable effort to enable these students to participate in the band’s activities.


Although nothing has been definitively stated yet, it seems very unlikely that we will be able to stage concerts for any of our student bands until the fall.  The bands will instead perform their songs through a combination of audio and video projects and livestreams from the Rock U. studio.


We will make a decision about our Summer 2020 sessions at some point after 2 June.  We will also be developing online offerings for the summer months.


If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please send an email to  We’re in this together and we welcome your input and suggestions.

We started confinement almost two months ago by thanking you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.  Nothing has changed.  We’re so grateful to you for being not just students, colleagues, and friends, but part of a community we value and cherish.

Thank you… and let’s rock!
Matt and the Rock U. Crew

Dear Rock U. rockers, parents, friends, fans, and families:


Maybe the Red Hot Chili Peppers said it best:

The world I love
The tears I drop
To be part of
The wave, can’t stop

At Rock U., we love to make music.  And after an unexpected interruption, we’re back at it again.  Starting now.

We’re proud to present the world premiere of five new videos by Rock U. student bands.  They drop here at 17h15 Paris time today.  Don’t miss it.

Listen to Chumbawumba.  They know what they’re talking about.

I get knocked down
But I get up again
You’re never gonna keep me down 

Stay chill, hang tough, make music,
Matt and the Rock U. Crew