The Telegraph: Alton Illinois

Kidzrock Bands Show Their Stuff at Concert

First Posted: 5:40 pm – December 6th, 2015 Updated: 9:19 am – December 7th, 2015.

By Kelsey Landis –

guitar lessons in st. louisALTON — It’s Sean Stone’s job to teach little kids how to “rock out.”

Having fun and learning basic music skills is the goal of the Kidzrock program Stone directs through Halpin Music Company. Two bands of four showed off the skills they learned in the eight-week course at a concert Sunday afternoon in the Riverbender Community Center.

The kids, ages four to seven, get to pick their own band names. The Yellow Rock ‘n Trolls and The Rockin’ Rainbows performed songs such as “Anyone Can Dance Excitedly!” and “My Back Yard.” One Yellow Rock ‘n Trolls band member, Lizzy Lenger, 6, said she likes music because she gets to play in a band.

“We work together,” said Lenger, who plays keyboard and guitar, but says the guitar is her favorite.

Working together is a main lesson Stone said he tries to instill in the kids as they learn music basics.

“I ask them, ‘How does a band do stuff?’ and they have to reply, ‘Together’,” Stone said.

Though teaching small kids how to play rock music to herding can be likened to “herding cats,” Stone said, it helps them develop cognitive and motor skills, and helps them pick out an instrument they like early on in life.

That’s a key goal of the program, said Halpin Music President Mark Landon, who joined the business in 1980. He spearheaded the program a year and a half ago after learning about it from its founder, St. Louis-based Dave Simon of Dave Simon’s Rock School.

“This gets them thinking in terms of musical notation,” Landon said of the color-coded note reading system and modified instruments.

Band members rotate from electric guitar, to keyboard, to drums as they learn the basics of each instrument in the rock band. Kidzrock provides the instruments for the band.

The company’s website says the program’s mission is to “engage young children in music education by developing a program that combines basic musical concepts in the fantasy-filled environment of a performing rock band.”

For more information, visit or call 618-462-0666. Halpin Music is located at 2375 Homer Adams Parkway in Alton.

Reporter Kelsey Landis can be reached at 618-208-6460, Ext. 1396 or on Twitter @kelseylandis.

Mom Magazine: Check out Music Factory’s new Kidzrock!

by Mom Magazine

Debbie Lavdas

fb-post-drummer-boyIt’s never been quite so cool to be 4-7 years old. Because now your mini musicians can Kidzrock-out like the real deal—they’ll learn how to play an instrument in the setting of a rock band. The Music Factory, aka Orange County’s coolest music school (and located in Costa Mesa), just brought this amazing, national Kidzrock program to Orange County; they’re the first school west of the Mississippi to do so.

Band members will rotate on drums, electric guitar, and keyboard as they prepare to sing and play in an end- of- session concert. Each band sings and performs songs featured on the Kidzrock CD too.

Children learn also how to read color coded standard music notation while playing on modified instruments for smaller sized hands.

The Programs song book is composed of instrumental rock songs written specifically for the program. Easy-to-play songs allows these young rockers immediate access to performing and singing in a rock band.

In addition, the program creates a unique experience by combining instruments, theory, singing, ensemble performance and rock-and roll-fantasy—all rolled into one. All instruments are provided by The Music Factory and Kidzrock, and there are no practice expectations outside of the class. Sounds good to us!

What Your Child Will Learn In Kidzrock
• The basic mechanics of guitar, drums and keyboards
• How to read and play notes on the treble and percussion clef
• Improvisation
• Singing on pitch
• Musical dynamics
• Musical terminology
• How to play in a rock band
• How to rock out!

Be sure to also check out The Music Factory for kids of all ages for lessons in Drums, Guitar, Piano, Voice and DJ classes. You can start lessons and pay nothing for 30 days—risk Free. And, psst, 8-week sessions, summer camps and one-day fun day schedules are also coming soon the Music Factory. As they say, “Life is better when you play music.” More at and

The Music Factory
1125 Victoria Street,
Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 92627