Albuquerque kids jam out at School of Rock

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Kids are learning how to rock out at a new school in Albuquerque.

It’s called School of Rock Albuquerque. It’s where kids of all ages are getting their first taste of playing in a band.

“Just play guitar, do instruments, learn about music and read music,” said 8-year-old Aiden Ortega.

Ortega is in the Rock 101 class at the school.

“It just feels good to be around people who know music as well as me,” said Ortega.

On Saturday, the growing band learned how to play Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’.

“They come alive with the music and that’s just the greatest thing to see,” said School of Rock Albuquerque Owner Robert Montoya.

Montoya and his wife opened the school in early August.

“We went and saw these 9 and 10-year-olds playing in an Irish pub and it was just the coolest thing. It really blows you away and that’s when you really get it and say this is really something I have got to get involved with,” said Montoya.

A musician himself, Montoya understands the positive effects music can have on children.

“Music just brings everybody together and it just really shows with the kids how much they enjoy it,” he said.

“When I get out of that room it’s just like yeah,” said Ortega.

School of Rock Albuquerque has students as young as 2-years-old and as old as 70.

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