"The Rock that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." - Psalm 118:22, Matthew 22:42, Acts 4:11
"Upon this Rock I will build my church." - Matthew 16:18
"Jesus is the Rock of my salvation. His banner over me is love." - Unknown
"Jesus is the Rock and he rolled my blues away." - Larry Norman



The School of The Rock began as a music and Bible training resource site for young believers, musicians, youth leaders, music teachers, and worship leaders.  However, things continue to evolve.  For example, Paul wrote an article about vintage saxophones, then got a bunch of reader questions, so he wrote another article, and so on.  So there are now a bunch of articles about vintage saxophones, something we didn’t expect when we started out.  In the meantime, a sister site targeted to acoustic, traditional, and singer-songwriter music has exploded due to reader questions over there.  So we’re going to be cutting back on the parts of this site that have become redundant. 

Regardless of how we structure things, though, our core articles will continue draw on our authors’ decades of experience studying and teaching Bible, as well as writing, performing, and teaching music.

Update for 2016

Indie Musician Resources Explode - In 2015, we placed a lot of emphasis on expanding resources meant to help young musicians in general.  Most of the new resources are actually not on this site, but in the Career and Performance section of the CreekDontRise.com forum pages

This year, we are going to try to better organize those resources into a format that is more useful for independent musicians.  We also wanted to be able to address the specific needs and concerns of independent Christian musicians.  To that end, we are starting a section called The Independent Christian Musician.  You don’t have to be a Christian to use our resources, of course - everyone is welcome.  We are also starting a companion forum on our discussion forum here.

Paul also tried out some of the advice he was linking to on that page, in case it was really bogus (yes, there is a lot of bogus advice out there, and a lot of people charging money for it.).  As a result, Paul has updated his personal music web page, started a Facebook page for his music, and even followed four people on Twitter.  :-)   No, he’s not rich and famous yet, or likely to be, but at least he has some idea about what works and what doesn’t.

Vintage Saxophone Q&A - Since posting his articles about vintage saxophones, Paul has been getting some good questions about specific horns.  Many of those questions and Paul’s answers are published in the Saxophone section of our discussion forums. 

Paul has also added an article about why unscrupulous vendors are describing any pre-WWII saxophone as a “ChuBerry.”

Christian Music and Musicians - Paul’s efforts this year have brought him into contact with many independent musicians, including a handful of independent Christian musicians who need content not provided by the generic “how to survive as an independent artist” articles and resources.  Consequently, some new content is under development, and some of our existing content is being reorganized into a section specifically targeted to “Christian Music and Musicians.” One of our new articles targets bad advice talented Christians often receive based on wrong interpretations of two Bible passages: “What the Bible DOESN’T Say about Gifts and Talents.

Acoustic Music Sections of This site Scaled Back - Because our CreekDontRise.com and RiverboatMusic.com sites have grown so rapidly, it is becoming apparent that certain sections of this site are redundant.  We plan to archive them to avoid breaking links, but if you are a singer-songwriter or acoustic guitar or banjo player, you’ll find more of what you need on CreekDontRise.com in the future.  I’ll also be honest, it’s a real pain to develop things like music  lessons using the software we used to develop this site - Corel’s version of NetObjects.  So any future music lessons we develop will be done on the other site which is mostly flat HTML.  Yes, that’s not “cool,” but there it is.

At the same time, that will give us more room to expand resources for Christian musicians, worship leaders, and saxophone players, whose articles are not being duplicated on the other site. 

Sister Sites - Our sister site CreekDontRise.com keeps growing as a result of reader questions about acoustic musical instruments, live performance, etc. Consequently, we’ve found ourselves dividing the music-oriented articles somewhat between folk and acoustic-oriented (CreekDon’tRise.com) and worship, electric, and wind-oriented (here). 

cdrtitl4There will be some overlap of course, and some articles will continue to be posted on both sites.   But if you’re say, a saxophone player or worship leader, you may tend to find more information you can use here.  And if you are a banjo player, you may tend to find more information you can use on CreekDontRise.com.

If that’s not confusing enough, we also have a site dedicated just to songs about trains - ClassicTrainSongs.com, and individual pages about music on some of our other sites as well. We’ve added some links at the bottom of this page to give you some idea of what the other sites offer.   mommadontlow_200

Music Newsletter - We are continuing “irregular” publication of our newsletter for listing updates to all of our music pages.  "Momma Don't 'Low"  reports on developments in home-made and Americana music in general as well as new articles on our music sites, including: SchoolOfTheRock™, Creek Don't Rise, and Classic Train Songs™.  .riverboatmusic_title_200

Expanded and Updated Buyers’ Guides - We continue to get questions about what kind of instrument to buy.  So we’ve continued to expand the buyer’s guides, especially the banjo section, since there is so little valid information on some topics.  

Discussion Forums - Our discussion forums are starting to collect some good questions and answers, especially about vintage saxophones.  The SchoolOfTheRock.com discussion forum is a good place to discuss all the topics you encounter on this site (not just the music ones).

  • To see the SchoolOfTheRock.com forum without signing up, click here.
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If you're interested in acoustic music, Americana, heartland history, and related topics, you may want to sign up for the Creek Don't Rise discussion forums. 

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More Articles Planned - Building a worthwhile web site when you have fifty other things going on takes time.  Also, sometimes things go in different directions than you expect, as reader demand, author availability, etc. change.  In the meantime, we have a number of new articles and resources planned under the various headings:

As you have a chance to examine any of our materials, please let us know what you like, what you don’t like, what you’d like to see more of, along with any other comments, complaints, suggestions, additions, corrections, or questions you’d like to send us.

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