TCAN Launches Partnership with School of Rock


19 January 2018

The Center for Arts in Natick is pleased to announce a new program partnership with School of Rock Natick, a team-based music school opening January 20 in Natick, MA. TCAN will host an ongoing series of public concert performances by graduating students of the School of Rock Performance Program, to be held on TCAN's main stage. The inaugural concert event is scheduled for May 20, 2018 and will feature rock music of the 90s.

Founded as a single school in Philadelphia, PA in 1998, School of Rock has become a growing international franchise operating over 200 schools in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Phillippines, Chile, Australia and South Africa. The School offers programs for all skill levels and has become a leader in performance-based music education for young and aspiring musicians. In the new Natick location at 217 West Central Street, eight experienced instructors will teach guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums to students as young as 5 years old as well as adults.

School of Rock Natick will be operated by Craig and Nicole Small of Framingham. Craig Small, a singer, songwriter and guitarist, studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music and has composed songs used in television shows including "The Amazing Race" and "Dawson's Creek."

"Everybody knows rock music and everybody likes some form of rock music,” said Craig Small, who also plays guitar and sings in a local twang pop band, Airport. “Playing music can give people confidence in public speaking and teach other important life skills. It’s the ultimate creative outlet.” "Rock music is an ideal teaching genre because it is timeless, recognizable and offers a variety of styles," adds Nicole Small, who is also a graphic designer. "Group music instruction provides a social and creative way for young people to thrive."

David Lavalley, TCAN's Executive Director, views the partnership as part of his organization's long-time commitment to young aspiring musicians. "Thousands of teen rockers have performed on TCAN's stage for friends and family, and we are excited to continue that tradition with School of Rock. Under Craig and Nicole's professional leadership we look forward to some great music ahead."

TCAN hosts a wide variety of community-based programs for audiences of all ages, including community theater productions, open mic events, visual art exhibits featuring local artists, student recitals, and family events for young children. 

The Center for Arts in Natick is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization founded in 1997, serving the MetroWest region by increasing opportunities to experience, participate in and learn about the arts.

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