The Real School of Music invites the public to the Grand Opening Celebration of its newest educational facility located at 3 Dundee Park Drive in Andover, MA. The Grand Opening Celebration includes a ribbon cutting at 4pm on Friday, April 5th with Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th filled with a variety of concerts, clinics and special musical guest appearances including Robin Lane (legendary founder of Robin Lane & The Chartbusters and founder of Songbird Sings) and 2012 American Idol Top-10 Finalist Erika Van Pelt.
The public is invited to drop by for a tour of this 10,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art music facility, which features over a dozen private lesson studios, soundproof ensemble rooms and rehearsal spaces, a recording studio, group lessons facilities, and even a 100+ seat live music venue.
Saturday, April 6th:
- 9a-3p: Open for Lessons
- 12p-3:45p: The Real School Experience - Ongoing performances by students and ensembles. Los Sugar Kings (a multicultural Latin band from the Boston area, including our own Mik Mersha) will be recording songs for their new LP in the onsite recording studio.
- 4p-6p: Songwriting Clinic hosted by Robin Lane (legendary founder of Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, and founder ofSongbird Sings, a public charity that helps transform women silenced by domestic violence to find their voice again through songwriting).
- 7p-8:30p: Special Musical Guest Performance by Robin Lane. Suggested donation of $10 cash at door, with 100% of proceeds going directly to Songbird Sings.
Sunday, April 7th:
- 9a-11a: Offsite Community Event - Run for the Troops 5K - Real School’s youth ensemble, 100 Decibelz, will perform for participants in this 5k run.
- 1p-2p: Various Student Performances
- 1:30p-2p: Special Musical Guests The Cranks (currently on televisions America's Next Great Family Band, and featuring Real School student, Alex Markoski)
- 2p-4p: Special Musical Guest: 2012 American Idol Top-10 Finalist, Erika Van Pelt - An interactive conversation and performance with Erika about her experience on American Idol, and the American Idol national tour. Erika will be accompanied by her band The Sultans of Swing, (featuring Real School instructor, Lou Ulrich, on bass).
Real School offers private and group instrument and voice lessons year round in a variety of musical styles, including contemporary, classical, and traditional. Students can enroll at any time during the year, and all new students are eligible for a free trial lesson.
The flagship location in Burlington, MA opened in 2008 and currently delivers over a thousand lessons each week, with hundreds of students of all ages, including adults, playing in their own bands.