ACL Spotlight: The Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars

The Paul Green School of Rock is a rock music school that was first established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1998. The school caters to children between the ages of 7 and 18. There are many branches of the school around the country including a location here in Austin, TX. The program features seasonal shows, private lessons, group rehearsals, workshops, special guests, and a growing national festival held each summer. The school has even been featured in an article by The Boston Globe.

Instructors teach students how to play electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals while stressing the fundamentals of not only popular music, but music theory as well. Students are also encouraged to play other instruments not in the curriculum. The songs the students learn are played at live themed shows throughout the year. Students are required to sign up to play three shows each year. Past shows include: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd's The Wall, Van Halen, and even Radiohead. Read an interview from Austin Daze with Rick Carney, who is in charge of the Austin school.

The School of Rock All-Stars is the best of the best. Paul Green handpicks students in the program through auditions. Sounds pretty nerve racking if you ask me. These students play various venues throughout the U.S. and even play at the some of the biggest festivals in U.S. (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits).

If you'd like to learn more about The Paul Green School of Rock there is also a documentary entitled Rock School, and no it's the not the movie with Jack Black. You can watch the official trailer here.

[The Paul Green School of Rock Official Site]
[The Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars Myspace]
[Austin City Limits Festival]
[ACL Spotlights]

Here are the All-Stars performing Radiohead's "Paranoid Android".

The Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars at ACL (2 performances)
Friday, September 26 (3:30 - 4:00 pm)
On the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage

Sunday, September 28 (3:30 - 4:00 pm)
On the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage