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Meet Burny Pelsmajer of School of Rock Broward County


Today we’d like to introduce you to Burny Pelsmajer.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory with a Jazz Performance degree in Saxophone and have lived in NYC from 2000-2007, where I made my living as a professional touring musician.

I started with the School of Rock Coral Springs back in 2008, as a drum substitute instructor. A month later, they asked me to become the Music Director, and I’ve been involved with the company ever since. I now work as the Regional Manager for the Broward SoR’s.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been a few struggles!

We are not business people by training, so a lot of that had to be learned as we went.

Proving the quality of the student’s performance and the viability of the product to rock club owners has always been a struggle, but in the past few years, people have come to see the value of the School of Rock performances at their venues.

Please tell us more about your school. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our product is music education for everyone, from ages 3-103.

We’ve expanded to four schools, but the entire franchise has grown into this giant company, and for good reason: School of Rock is simply the best music education system there is out there to handle all levels of students. Our systems of teaching are designed not just for the “talented” (a word I abhor), but for everyone who wants to learn music. Yes, we have had students graduate and become professional musicians, go to top-level music schools like Berklee, New School of Music, and Frost, and we have students who go on Multi-city tours every year. The point of SoR, however, is for everyone to learn to love music and to develop a work ethic and confidence one gets from earning esteem: being lauded for growing when applying oneself.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have so many of these, but every time I see a student blossom on stage and see their growth is the best moment.

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