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School of Rock Comes to Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS - Guitars driving, chords strumming, hair whipping - what looks like a classic rock performance is actually a class inside Nevada's first School of Rock.

After school hours, students go straight from the lesson room to the stage. Student Sage Collette, who transferred from a School of Rock in Oregon, has already learned a hard lesson.

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"We did a KISS cover show, and I was in the six-inch platform boots," he said. "I rolled my ankle on stage, because I stepped on one of the cables behind me. I had to play the next three songs with a rolled ankle."

Collete didn't give up. It's one of many life skills the school hopes to teach valley students beyond their bass, vocals, drums and keyboard classes.

"The self-confidence, the self-esteem - being able to stand up in front of people and talk and play your instrument and express yourself," School of Rock General Manager Cammy Warden said. "That's going to carry through their entire lives."

Warden says School of Rock focuses on many styles of music from Metallica to the Rolling Stones.

School officials hope to fill a void for artistic learners left by cuts in funding for some arts and entertainment programs in schools.

"When they start learning, their eyes will get big, and they start smiling, and it's like teaching magic almost," School of Rock instructor Jeff Carrico said.

Carrico hopes this often spell-binding art shows more young musicians what it means to rock on and off stage.

"I kind of see it as if you really put your mind to it, you can do just about anything," Collette said.

All ages are welcome, but the School of Rock focuses on students ages 7 to 18. Prices range between $45 and $75 dollars per week.

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