Castle Pines kids jam in local “School of Rock”
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Article and photo by Carin R. Kirkegaard
Dewey Finn, Jack Black’s, character in “School of Rock” has nothing on Rob Solomon, the owner and instructor of guitarKidz, a local music school that has been working with area children for the past six years in Surrey Ridge.
Solomon teaches both guitar and bass guitar and also works with kids interested in singing and song writing. A guitarist for the last 50 years, Solomon came to teaching 14 years ago when he started working with students at his brother’s school in Fort Collins and discovered he loved teaching and working with kids.
“Kids keep you grounded and keep you honest,” commented Solomon.
The school, guitarKidz, doesn’t offer the typical music lessons where students sign agreements for a certain number of hours of practice each week. Solomon’s approach is casual and nurturing. He feels that kids have enough achievement-oriented demands on their lives already.
“Music doesn’t fall into the same category,” said Solomon. “I want them to think that music is cool.” Along with the music, the beginnings of self discipline, self confidence and self esteem are all being taught,” continued Solomon. “I want to empower the kids.”
There are between 24 and 30 students taking lessons at guitarKidz. Solomon typically takes students between seven and 12 years old. The younger kids have one-on-one lessons while the older students get the opportunity for jam sessions. The singer/songwriter (think Taylor Swift / John Denver) and the rocker group (think Greenday) meet once a week for group practices.
Solomon started his career as a solo singer and songwriter in college when he made the decision to become a musician rather than going on to law school.
“You can’t do something for economics,” said Solomon.
He still performs live in local venues like the Rio Grande in Lone Tree and the Morrison Inn in Morrison. Solomon has also played for many private parties in the Castle Pines area. He plays everything from Marley to Cash, but says his own music is a mix of country rock and blues similar to the Eagles.
To find out about lessons with guitarKidz contact Solomon by e-mail or call 303-792-3070.
For more information about booking a private performance or upcoming dates where Solomon is performing, visit www.robsolomon.net.