The School of Rock isn’t just a film starring Jack Black from the early 2000’s, it’s now a real music program right here in Big Spring.
The School of Rock is a summer music program that was created by Big Spring ISD teachers Eddie Vasquez and Billy Daves. Both stated that purpose of the program was to teach students about rock music.
“It’s to get them to grow as individual musicians on their instrument, how to listen to a piece of music, evaluate it, and then hone in and rehearse that on their instrument,” said Vasquez.
“It’s not just playing [music], but the history of rock music, how to set up their equipment, [and] how to tune their own guitars, or other instruments, whatever they might be playing,” added Daves.
There are 12 students participating in the School of Rock and the only requirement was to have prior music experience. The program began on June 12th and will continue through August 11th. The students will have a showcase concert at the Train Car on August 11th at 6 PM.
When asked how they felt the program was coming along, Daves stated that he felt that it was going better than what was envisioned. (audio - “The kids are learning this music really good and they sound great so far.”) Vasquez added (audio).
Daves and Vasquez stated that they appreciate the help that the parents have provided and the community partnerships with Gary B’s Music, The Train Car, and KBest Media, as well as help from their mothers.