Class is in session at Boise Rock School. The kids in the band JKWI Rocks (the name is a combination of their first initials pronounced Juh-Kwee) are warmed up and rockin'.
While lead singer Welles Keating belts out the lyrics to the G-rated version of the Beastie Boy's classic You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party, drummer Jackson DiNucci bangs out a steady beat.
I like singing pretty much any song, said Keating.
DiNucci added, And it all just comes together, and it's pretty cool.
In the practice room right next door, a group of girls works on the new song they wrote called Potatoes. Its infectious lyrics go like this: Idaho Potatoes, french fry potatoes, hash brown potatoes and other common potato foods.
Nine-year-old drummer Esme Ringelstetter closes her eyes from time to time while playing and loses herself in the music.
Well, like if I get frustrated at school I can come here and play the drums and it will get it all out, and it's super fun, said Ringelstetter.
To the untrained ear the sound some of these bands produce may just be noise. To Ryan Peck and Jared Goodpaster it's the sound of kids falling in love with music.
Oh yeah, we hear it every day, said Peck. The look in a kid's eye when he first learns a riff it's like, yeah, this is awesome.
I think that's just a fantastic feeling to see a kid get it, and it's not easy to get, said Goodpaster. It's one of those things where you have to work at it.
The long-time friends founded Boise Rock School a little over three years ago. The entire first year of the program all of the equipment was in the back of my jeep, said Goodpaster chuckling.
But it grew quickly. Boise Rock School just moved into a new location at 1404 West Idaho a few weeks ago. It has four (pretty much) sound-proofed classrooms where 150 or so students learn to play and love music every session. A session is three months.
It's great because I get to wake up and play music every day and help other people and kids play music as well, said Goodpaster.
In a way, Jared and I are getting to relive this younger part of our lives, added Peck.
One of the ideas at the school is to instill the love of music in the kids at an early age and to get them to play a song as quickly as possible. The sense of accomplishment can keep the kids motivated and inspired. Goodpaster put it this way, the first is to get them engaged, to get them enjoying it, and then we slap them with the repetition.
They form the musicians into bands to teach them collaboration and teamwork. You can tell the teenage group called Control the Chaos has been working together for awhile. The as yet untitled original song they are crafting is coming together and sounding good.
It's so exhilarating, it's incredible said singer Nicole Beck.
I like how they put together kids to form kind of a family, said lead guitarist Atlee Hlavinka.
Goodpaster and Peck want as many kids as possible to feel that same exhilaration. So they offer scholarships for young musicians whose families can't afford the tuition.
I just can't imagine turning someone down from learning music, said Jared Goodpaster.
We don't want to turn anyone away. We want to be like 'Hey, check it out and maybe you'll dig it, said Ryan Peck.
In another practice room another young band works up a version of the Beatles' I Want to Hold Your Hand. Like just about every Beatles song, Boise Rock School appears to be a hit.
With the kids: If it was a zero and ten I would go up to a thousand. Like, I really like it, said 9-year-old Esme Ringelstetter.
And the parents: Because they're learning music, but also having a blast, said Welles Keating's mom Liz.
He's always excited when he comes home, said Jackson DiNucci's dad Scott.
It's pretty evident that the kids really do have fun at Boise Rock School and really do want to rock, but do they want to be rock stars? We had to ask, and as always, you never know what kids might say.
I'm thinking I might wanna be an animal cop, said bass player Kylee Walker.
Kinda. Since I really want to be a football player and a rock star. You could do both, said drummer Jackson DiNucci.
Hey, why not? At that age anything's still possible.
At the end of each three-month session, Boise Rock School puts on a big concert so the kids can go on stage to show what they've learned.
And for those of you grown-ups who still have rock 'n roll dreams, Boise Rock School does teach adults.