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Making Musicians in the Rock Skool

Instead of text books and backpacks, inside this school, you're more likely to find sheet music and guitar strings. Forty students, some as young as 7 years old, are learning the classics. But instead of practicing the piano or violin, they are crafting the classics that once graced their parents' stereos.

They get all their direction from master rocker Mark Ferguson. "So many people just take private lessons or don't play in a group they are almost afraid of stepping out and doing that," Ferguson says."A lot of people that start out here are afraid too but once they have a rehearsal or a live show, they are ready for anything."

Students of the Rock Skool take private lessons during the week and then come together for these jam sessions. And while they are picking up the basics of being in a band, these teens also take home a new kind of confidence and are made into musicians one guitar solo at a time.

"He does a great job showing us what we need to work on to sound better," student Alec Coffman says. "Just the whole environment in itself, we feel like a family here. We are all pretty close and we all just want to play music."

And for these kids, their next stop will be the Riverbend stage, something that even seasoned musicians count as a major milestone.

For more information on the Rock Skool of Chattanooga and Fort Olethorpe, visit their website by clicking here.

By: Latricia Thomas

Making Musicians in the Rock Skool

Friday, April 25 2014, 07:38 PM EDT

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