PSRS offers students ages 8-18 the opportunity to practice, perform, write and record music in a positive and exciting environment, regardless of ability level. From the first day of class through the end of the semester, our students are making music as a band, learning the basics of playing and performing rock music in a collaborative setting. Our curriculum incorporates various elements of rock composition and performance, with lessons focusing on rhythm, chord progressions, improvisation, instrument technique, songwriting and stage presence.
But it's not just about the music. As individuals, our students become empowered through creative expression, risk-taking and increased self-confidence; as band members, they learn to work creatively and collaboratively with other students in a goal-oriented setting. We see songwriting, live performance and recording sessions as a fun and effective opportunity for fostering both musical and personal growth.
In 2011, PSRS opened a second location in Paris, bringing our unique program to European students and creating new possibilities for cross-cultural collaboration: students have the opportunity to connect and even work on songs with their counterparts across the Atlantic. We are excited to be building this international community of parents and students and we are continually amazed by the passion and creativity that we see both in the classroom and on the stage.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
PSRS Founder and Creative Director Jason Domnarski has been an active member of the NYC music scene for over 9 years. As a pianist, he is at home in both rock and jazz clubs, regularly performing at some of the city’s top venues (Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub, Blue Note, NUBLU, Mercury Lounge) as well as touring with a number of rock bands throughout the U.S. and in Eastern Europe. His own trio, JDT, has released 3 albums of original music, including Inventing the Wheel, released on Ropedope Records, which garnered praise from critics and fans alike. Hailed as “jazz for the future” by Relix Magazine and a “promising young trio” by the New York Times, JDT utilizes acoustic piano, vintage keyboards, synthesizers, pedal effects and both live and electronic drum sets, blurring the lines of jazz, rock and electronic music. Jason’s recent projects include composing music for film (Silent House, Sundance 2011), collaborations in the art and fashion industries, and launching a new electronic solo project under the moniker Collective Memory.
As an educator, Jason has developed rock band and guitar programs for Wingspan Arts (an extra-curricular arts program serving NYC public schools), presented lectures for the Jazz Discovery Program hosted by the legendary Jazz Standard club, maintains a busy private lesson schedule and leads jazz history walking tours in Paris. Seeing a need for quality, independent music instruction in the Brooklyn community, Jason founded the Park Slope Rock School in September 2008. The program continues to expand with its students performing at major NYC rock clubs, winning Battle of the Bands competitions and recording albums of original music at a renowned Brooklyn studio.
In September 2011, Jason launched PSRS Paris, a sister school across the Atlantic. He is currently splitting his time between Paris and Brooklyn.