School of Rock Hits the Hard Rock Café in Times Square

School of Rock is one of the most phenomenal music education organization for children everywhere this day in age. They are the leader in performance-based after school music education with more than a decade of experience and over 160 schools throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, and elsewhere. They were recently honored as an Entrepreneur Magazine Top 200 Franchise. Students get to learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly one-on-one lessons with structured group rehearsals. All of this culminates in a live performance in front of real crowds in real rock venues.

Sometimes these live events are even more special than others such as recently when lead guitarist and singer of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, made a special trip to School of Rock Frisco to work with the students on their instrument and performance skills. Mustaine was also accompanied by the talented students of School of Rock Fort Worth onstage where they performed popular Megadeth tracks together. Mustaine offered these kids an authentic rock experience from someone who has seen legendary stages around the world. Things like this are what makes School of Rock such a beautiful organization. Real world experience from legendary professionals is absolutely beyond reproach in any education system.

Last weekend there was a stellar red carpet event hosted by School of Rock at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. The event was a fantastic collaboration of School of Rock students and cast members from Broadway’s School of Rock the Musical! The talented kids provided mind-blowing rock performances for the crowd. Headlining the event was A-List drummer Mark Schulman, who has played with top artists including Pink, Foreigner, Cher, Billy Idol, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Simple Minds, Velvet Revolver and Destiny’s Child. Schulman was named one of the top three drummers in the world by Modern Drummer.

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In the spirit of musical education, net proceeds from the event went toward Let Them Rock the non-profit organization created by School of Rock founder, Joe Roberts. Let Them Rock funds scholarships for performance-based music programs, providing children of all backgrounds opportunities for quality musical education. Let Them Rock is definitely a welcome sight in today’s day in age where it is a constant battle to even keep music and arts education in modern school systems.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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