Rock Scholars is an independent teaching and learning community for young musicians that want to play rock, pop, punk and other contemporary music styles.
Established in 2008 by musician and educator Em Burrows, Rock Scholars started as a small project driven by a passion for music and a desire to create a program that would give kids and teenagers the opportunity to play and learn about contemporary music in an environment that would support, stimulate and encourage them.
With early beginnings in Kalgoorlie, the Rock Scholars band program quickly built up momentum as word spread among local kids and parents about the fun everyone was having, learning to play in a band under Em's unique mentoring style. Relocating to Perth in 2010, we have been at our current premises in Osborne Park ever since.
In 2016, when Em decided to return to her own musical career full time, Karen and Sam Simmonds stepped in to ensure Rock Scholars kept going. Having watched Sam's son Billy progress through the band program with his own band Homebrand, Karen and Sam continue to do things the Rock Scholars way.
At Rock Scholars we use mentoring rather than teaching, giving kids the space to create and innovate with their music. We operate out of our own premises in Osborne Park which features three fully equipped and sound-proofed band rooms and dedicated teaching facilities. We use only professional, performance-quality instruments and equipment in our program. In our band rooms you will find Vox amplifiers, Pearl drumkits and Shure microphones.
We also have our own performance venue on-site featuring an elevated stage, a full PA with on-stage monitors, and a professional lighting set-up. Everything we do at Rock Scholars is designed to create an authentic music industry experience for our students.
We hand pick our mentors and tutors from Perth's vibrant music scene and currently have 15 young musicians on our teaching staff - Rock Scholars is proud to be able to provide paid working opportunities for these amazingly talented people who are so passionate about giving back to music, using their knowledge and experience to develop the next generation of WA musicians. Many of our teaching staff are former Rock Scholars students.
We are growing all the time. We currently have 25 developing bands and a further 80+ students learning their craft at Rock Scholars.
Rock Scholars provides an amazing platform for young people to launch their musical careers and we are proud to name members of Methyl Ethel, Figurehead, Love Junkies, Moth, Sly Withers, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, The Hunting Birds, Pot Plant House Party and Wooly Mammoth amongst our former students and mentors.
Yours in rock
Karen & Sam