For more than 20 years, School of Rock has been teaching kids and adults how to channel their inner rock stars. As educators, we’re trailblazers with our performance-based model of music instruction. Today we’re an almost 300 unit global brand, boosting the lives of over 40,000 students in 9 countries. We continue to develop and open new schools across the world. The leadership team is comprised of a group of experienced franchise executives who are either musicians themselves or deeply passionate about music and music education.
Traditional music education approaches rarely teach students how to perform with other musicians, focusing instead on teaching music only through one-on-one lessons. The School of Rock Method is different. We combine one-on-one instruction with group rehearsals and live performances, starting students on their musical journey by teaching the songs that inspire them. This integrated SongFirst® approach teaches students techniques and theory while also helping them apply those skills when performing with other musicians. This method results in remarkable musical proficiency.
Whether you’re an experienced business executive looking to buy a franchise or a musician looking to build your first business venture, we’ve built up an incredible support team to provide you with everything you need to build your business.
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We understand what it takes to succeed as a franchise, and have a proven track record going back to the mid-’90s. Over the years, we have developed the techniques, the business processes and the franchisee-centric culture that provide you with a blueprint for your own success.
One aspect that sets us apart from the market is the proprietary School of Rock Method™. We combine one-on-one instruction with group rehearsals and live performances. This integrated approach teaches students techniques and theory while also helping them apply those skills when performing with other musicians. This method results in remarkable musical proficiency. Our Method includes our Method Books, the roadmap for our educational approach. The books outline musical concepts and techniques, and then connect them to classic songs for students to learn and play. Students will also find tips on rehearsing and performing with a band. And our revolutionary Method App is an invaluable tool for home practice. It contains all of the exercises from the School of Rock Method Books, along with transcriptions of over 1,000 songs. The Method App is used by our teachers to assign exercises and songs and to provide feedback and comments. Students can manipulate playback, tempo and backing track audio to help them learn. The Method App is patent pending and only available to students enrolled at School of Rock.
Besides that, owners will become a part of the largest education franchise in the world, with almost 300 locations in 9 countries and counting, with over 35,000 active students, and employing more than 3,000 professional musicians.
When running a business, you don’t always want to go it all alone. That’s why School of Rock provides franchisees with all the tools and guidelines needed for success. Our ultimate goal is to efficiently minimize the time it takes from signing on the dotted line to opening your doors.
For those who aren’t quite sure how to buy a franchise and turn it into a successful business, we’re going to tell you how it’s done and why we’re ranked among children’s franchises as the No. 1 Child Enrichment Program by Entrepreneur magazine.
With your staff of instructors, usually about 20 or so part-timers per school, you’ll be working day after day with professional musicians passionate about teaching their skills to children. And you will be afforded franchise training and support from industry experts who are just as connected to music as you and your staff are.
The conventional method of music instruction is that you must master musical concepts before you move on to play songs that actually inspire you. Our approach is different. You start by learning to play and perform the songs that inspire you, and through that process, you will develop mastery of music theory with the added benefit of knowing how to play with others. Our unique approach to instruction and our love of rock music help young, aspiring musicians find themselves, hone their talents and build the confidence they need in their lives. School of Rock is a safe place for kids to learn, develop friendships with other kids who are into music and carve out a niche for themselves in a world where they might never have felt a sense of belonging before. Whether you’re a musician looking to build your first business venture or an experienced business executive looking to buy a franchise, we’ve built up an incredible support system.
To help our franchisees manage their day-to-day operations, all franchisees are required to attend a four-day management course in Chicago where they will partake in an immersive training program that covers all aspects of what maintaining a franchise location entails. This includes marketing, employee management, IT overviews and more.
With a staff of instructors, usually about 20 or so part-timers per school, the franchisee will be working day after day with professional musicians who are passionate about teaching their skills to children. The owner will also be afforded franchise training and support from industry experts who are just as connected to music as you and your staff.
All franchisees are required to attend a four-day management course in Chicago, where they will partake in an immersive training program that covers all aspects of what maintaining a franchise location entails. This includes marketing, employee management, IT overviews and more.
The typical day for a franchisee varies a lot depending on many different aspects, such as how many business partners are involved, if the franchisee is an owner-investor or owner-operator, and the structure of the team of the school. An essential part of the due diligence process for School of Rock franchise candidate is to talk to current franchisees and learn more about their experience, and at this point, candidates will get more information about all of the aspects of the operation of the business.
School of Rock’s initial investment in a single location ranges from $271,500 to $494,100. School of Rock locations have 8% in royalties taken out monthly.
The qualified candidates can count on the help of our financial partners. The minimum requirements are $125k liquid assets, which involves cash and securities that can be converted to cash quickly, such as stocks, tax refunds, savings accounts with access to them, and 401ks available for a rollover. The minimum net worth is 350k and it includes long and short-term assets (money in investment accounts, the value of stocks or bonds, market value of the real estate, market value of the automobile) after the liabilities, such as loans, mortgages and credit card balances. Unqualified candidates will not qualify for financial assistance.
If you want to learn more about how these costs are allocated and take a look into startup costs or franchisee earnings, you can reach out to us and request a copy of the full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
According to the FTC, we cannot legally promise prospective franchisees how much money they can make. But we offer information on our business model, the opportunity to talk to current franchisees and our corporate executives so you can evaluate the opportunity and do your due diligence.
Our goal is to provide all of the resources needed to analyze all of the possibilities School of Rock offers. To find out more about buying a franchise, contact us or download our Franchise Information Report.
Usually, the opening of a new School of Rock happens approximately 3 to 4 months after signing the lease. There are many moving parts in the opening process, so the new franchisees work with a Project Manager who will assist them, taking all of the steps to keep the process on the track and on budget, and to keep clear lines of communication. We work together to evaluate and approve the site, and also provide a Design & Construction Manual, and assistance on the planning of the Grand Opening.
No need for music or business experience. Owning a School of Rock is a great career choice for anyone with a passion for music and a desire to work with kids. A willingness to learn is all that’s required. Our team will also provide training and support during the opening process to share with franchisees the expertise they need to run a successful school.
$271,500 - $494,100