School of The Rock
"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
You’ll notice that this web page is home to a strange combination of articles about Christian living, Christian music, vintage saxophones, music in general, and Bible studies. Would it help to know we used to have articles about guitars and banjos and other instruments, but we’ve moved them to other pages?
Our site owner, Paul Race has been a Folk singer, a Rock saxophonist, a Jesus/CCM/Gospel musician, a church youth director, an associate minister, a long-time worship leader, a technical writer, and a Bible and Literature professor. In 2011, Paul was a worship team member, playing saxophone for the most part, though doubling on guitar or bass when needed. He kept encountering young Christians who were also musicians and who were wondering about God’s will for their lives and how to pursue a career in Music (even “Christian” music) without making choices that would lead to financial or spiritual disaster.
So Paul started The School of The Rock with the intention of making it a music and Bible training resource site for younger believers, musicians, youth leaders, music teachers, and worship leaders. However we started getting lots of questions about other subjects, as well. So we have written articles on a wide variety of subjects, including:
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.
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).
There 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.
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. .
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.
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.
All material, illustrations, and content of this web site are copyrighted (c) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 by Paul D. Race. All rights reserved.
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