Paul Green and rock academy students
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Woodstock, N.Y.-based Paul Green Rock Academy (PGRA) is opening its second of a planned six locations in October at the Liberi School in Hudson. There will be an open house for prospective parents and new students aged 8 to 18 on Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 5pm at the school, located at 3521 US 9 (near Bell’s Pond).
The PGRA team will be on hand, including Ed Mann, longtime percussionist for Frank Zappa, who will head up the teaching staff at the new school. PGRA Show Band students will perform, and prospective students can tour the school and meet teachers and students alike. Refreshments will be served. Financial aid is available.
The Paul Green Rock Academy, which has been operating for nearly four years in the Woodstock area, is a performance-based, interactive music school, based on a method honed over the past 17 years. Students are taught via a hands-on approach; the entire school is dedicated to getting kids playing music in as authentic a way as possible.
Jon Anderson of Yes working with PGRA students
Teachers at the academy are all real working rock musicians, and as such are able to relate to the students in a very direct way, offering valuable advice and guidance in the field. The shows are not just recitals for family and friends, but rather aspire to be real rock shows at real rock venues, with professional sound and, when appropriate, smoke machines.
The Rock Academy is a year-round tuition based program. Students take a weekly 45-minute lesson in their primary instrument and attend weekly rehearsals when in season (roughly 30 weeks per year) in preparation for seasonal shows.
Paul Green, the founder of the Paul Green Rock Academy, was the founder of the nationally acclaimed School of Rock.
Next weekend, the PGRA Showbands performs The Music of Prince at the Woodstock Playhouse.