School of Rock Opens First School in Europe
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The pioneer in performance-based music education – School of Rock, has announced the establishment of its first school in Madrid, Spain, marking the franchise’s first foray into Europe. Paulo Portela, the master franchisee for School of Rock in Brazil, Spain, and Portugal, plans to build 28 schools in Spain and Portugal over the next ten years. 

With the opening of the Madrid school, School of Rock now has 15 countries operational or in development. There are 291 School of Rock sites in 11 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Australia, the Philippines, Paraguay, and Spain. Later this year, School of Rock will launch sites in Taiwan, Colombia, Ireland, and Portugal. 

The CEO of School of Rock – Rob Price, is thrilled to have the presence of this avant-garde institute in Europe to inspire and support the next generation of artists. He further noted that Paulo Portela, with his dedication to the School of Rock brand, is the best individual to manage this growth across Spain and Portugal. 

Luigi Lubelli, his wife Cristina Fernández, and her brothers Ángel, Marcos, and Alfonso will own this new school located at Pozuelo de Alarcón. 

School of Rock offers guitar lessons, drum lessons, bass lessons, keyboard lessons, and vocal lessons to students of all ages in an exciting and engaging learning environment. School of Rock students study theory and skills through songs by great performers such as Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, and Led Zeppelin, drawing on all forms of rock & roll. 

Students from all around the world have improved their instrumental abilities and confidence on stage as a result of the school’s distinctive performance-based learning methodology, with some going on to record agreements and larger stages like American Idol, The Voice, and Broadway. 

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