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Best Place to Train for the Center Ring of Rock 'N' Roll San Francisco 2013 - San Francisco Rock Project

Good parents wants their kids to be rock stars, right? Right — or at least they should. And there's no better place to sow a stage-strutting future for young Johnny or Sally than the San Francisco Rock Project, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching kids the musical skills needed to become the golden gods of the next generation. In a sense, S.F. Rock Project is your basic music school, albeit a louder one: Kids attend weekly private lessons on the rock instrument of their choice. But the difference here is the program's emphasis on live performance in an ensemble, which every student gets to do at least once per season. Playing with a group teaches kids timing, listening, and, importantly, stage presence. It also teaches them confidence. So even if you aren't hoping to raise the next Jimmy Page, San Francisco Rock Project might be a valuable experience for your offspring. It would certainly be an awesome one.

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