Music Franchise Amps Up Global Expansion in Seven Countries

BURR RIDGE, Ill., Oct. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After 15 years and over 125 schools open, School of Rock is creating the world's next generation of rockers, both in the U.S. and overseas. The performance-based music franchise is expanding outside the U.S. and opening its doors internationally throughout Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Panama, the Philippines, and Australia.

With over 120 schools in the U.S., the School of Rock franchise is beginning to establish itself internationally with locations in Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Panama, and the Philippines. As South America continues to celebrate and groove to classic '80s rock, the music franchise has development plans in Chile for 2013. Also this year, the School of Rock has plans to grow even further in London, as well as in Australia through a partnership with the music shop Big Music, which is heading their local program.

"We are committed to our purpose of inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life," said School of Rock CEO, Chris Catalano. "Our success in international markets validates the global desire to be inspired and to learn through performance based music education. We are thrilled with the progress that we have made in recent years, but we are even more excited to see the manifestation of the School of Rock experience throughout the world. Music is a cultural commonality and has the ability to bring us all together in a special way. If we can be even a small part of that, we are grateful."

School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and on stage performing with their peers. Music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where music students of all skill levels are comfortable yet challenged at every turn. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and/or drums, students also learn how to perform with their peers in a weekly rehearsal session. The team dynamic creates a supportive and motivating environment where kids feel inspired to excel and to help their team to "victory" at the big show.

As School of Rock expands internationally, the franchise also continues to grow within the U.S., particularly throughout Atlanta, Kansas City, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and other areas. For more information about School of Rock franchise opportunities, visit http://franchising.schoolofrock.com/.

ABOUT SCHOOL OF ROCK

The music school your mom and dad wished they had when they were kids, School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and up and performing with their peers. With more than 125 locations in seven countries, the franchise proves that rock & roll is alive and kickin'. For more information about the franchise opportunity, please visit http://franchising.schoolofrock.com/.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Stefanie Zimmerman, Fishman PR 847.945.1300 x 267, szimmerman@fishmanpr.comSource:School of Rock, LLC