Thanks Mommy Poppins for mentioning us on their site as 'Coming Soon!'

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The Rock and Roll Playhouse team spent some time chatting with Erika Kuhn, a mom and NYC elementary school librarian, about music and books. 


How long have you been a librarian and what is the best part of your job?  

I've been a librarian for 15 years. The best part of my job is talking books with kids all day. It's such a thrill to match a child with the perfect book.


What are your favorite music-themed books for elementary age kids? 

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan is an amazing story about Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

For older kids, I really got a kick out of So Punk Rock: and Other Ways to Disappoint your Mother by Micol Ostow. Four suburban New Jersey students from the Leo R. Gittleman Jewish Day School form a rock band that becomes inexplicably popular.


Do you have any recommendations for our rock and roll parents?  

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Legs McNeil

The Love You Make: an Insider's Story of the Beatles, Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

High Fidelity, Nick Hornby


What is your favorite rock and roll moment?  

The Replacements show at Forest Hills Stadium was pretty epic.




What a little music can do

An inspiration for our Grateful Rockers class!


Fall Sounds with The Playhouse

We had so much fun rocking out with students, teachers and families at the Williamsburg Montessori School. We grooved to reggae tunes with the infants, jumped and jived with the toddlers and played a mean air guitar in our Yellow Submarine with the pre-k group. We can't wait for the next one! 

Classroom Supplies Arriving!

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A B C, easy as 1 2 3


We are so excited to share with you some of the classes that will be offered at The Rock and Roll Playhouse. Check out the descriptions on the new CLASSES page and get ready join us on a musical adventure! We are continually working on the curriculum and are still looking for talented and enthusiastic instructors. Please check out the JOBS page and keep sending us your awesome resumes.


School Days 

Fall is here and school is back in session! If you would like us to visit your school to teach a songwriting or music and movement workshop, please contact us at community@therockandrollplayhouse.com

For workshop descriptions, click here: Writing The Blues Workshop / Music and Movement Workshop


Summer Sounds with The Playhouse

The Rock and Roll Playhouse teamed up with Maple Street School, a preschool in Brooklyn, this summer to offer music workshops and concerts for children and parents. We kicked off the season with a concert for children, parents and teachers leading the group in songs from the RRPH curriculum. Devlin is continuing to lead Workshops each week with 3-5 year olds that include percussion, singing and movement.  It has been incredible to share our love of music with these little rockers and it has inspired some new and innovative approaches to our amazing curriculum.  RRPH looks forward to continuing our community outreach and getting back into the public elementary schools in the fall with our Writing the Blues Workshops.




One of the many reasons we are so passionate about our unique approach to music education for the whole family! For more of what makes us tick, check out the Inspiration page. 


The Playhouse is Taking our Classes on the Road!

We are so excited to share this incredible Blues song, The Freeing Hand Blues, written with a class of 4th graders. Take a listen!

The class incorporated Blues Music and Songwriting as part of their study on Colonial America. The integration of social studies and music is powerful. 


"I wish it were me, myself and I under the big blue sky. I wish it were me, myself and I under the big blue sky. So I could rule the land with one big freeing hand."



We were featured on the education news site Chalkbeat.org

 Chalkbeat Link


The Playhouse has launched our education outreach program with "Writing The Blues" workshops in NYC public schools. If you are interested in having RRPH visit a school, email us for more info at community@therockandrollplayhouse.com


Devlin working on the Reggae for Babies class with one of our littlest rockers!

We are currently accepting resumes for instructors and office staff. Click JOBS and email us at jobs@therockandrollplayhouse.com



We bought an old school bus, took it apart, and our fabulous design team is transforming it  into something amazing for our little rockers. A big thank you to Serett Metalworks in Gowanus for their help!

James cutting up reclaimed beams to use for the tables and interior.


April was "Jazz Appreciation Month."  This wonderful piano lesson given by the late, great swing pianist, Oscar Peterson on the Dick Cavett Show in 1979, demonstrates how surprisingly simple it can be to understand the fundamental concepts and nuances of music when taught by accomplished musicians, by way of the music itself.  We are very excited to start teaching and sharing music with you!


Thank you for all of your support! We love reading your emails and can't wait to meet you. Be sure to sign our mailing list on our CONTACT PAGE.

“Looks like the Playhouse is going to be pretty cool for little musicians. I’m looking forward to checking it out with my little guy and maybe teaching the kids a thing or two!”.  - Olly Peacock, drummer in the band Gomez and Brooklyn dad.

"I'm a Park Slope parent of two and am thrilled THRILLED about what you are doing.  My husband is German, and we lived in Germany for three years when our kids were first born.  There are a lot of things that we miss, most notably public places where adults can do adult things and kids can do kid things SIMULTANEOUSLY."

"As a longtime resident of Carroll Garden/Gowanus, I'm thrilled to finally have a place like Rock & Roll Playhouse in the neighborhood. It's great for kids and adults. With its combination of indoor shows and outdoor green space, it's a year-round place that I'm excited to be able to hang out at. As a parent, I can't say that for a lot of places that are geared toward kids."

"Can you add me to the email list for when you announce your opening? I'm so excited and don't want to miss it!"


General Information

The Rock and Roll Playhouse (RRPH) is a new concept in family friendly entertainment, located in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The nearly hundred-year‐old building that the RRPH occupies is currently undergoing a complete renovation, scheduled for completion later this year. In renovating, it is our goal to preserve the historic details of this beautiful building, while making a series of improvements to create a safe environment for family learning and entertainment in accordance with the RRPH MISSION.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse will offer an inclusive, hands-on education program for adults and children in a fun and safe environment for all ages that includes exceptional performance and gallery spaces, an outdoor garden and a full service restaurant. We are committed to creating a diverse community connected through a shared love of music and art. We have partnered with our friends at Blue Ribbon Restaurants to offer a full food and beverage program in the restaurant, 7 days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. 


Daytime Programming

All of our programming is designed for children and their families. Parents and caregivers will play an important role in our programming and workshops. At all times children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver at the RRPH. Our education team has created developmentally appropriate programming for four age ranges:

Babies (under 2 years old)

Little Rockers (2-4 years old)

Rockers (5-7 years old)

Big Rockers (8-10 years old)

We are excited to offer over 20 different programs for these various age groups including: Beatles for Babies, Reggae for Little Rockers, Rock and Roll Storytime, World Music, Jazz, Drawing Rock and Roll, and Introductory instrument instruction in Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Keyboards and Singing and Songwriting.

The RRPH will host birthday parties for children 10-years old and under. Parties for our youngest children will have musical themes and older children will be able to make their own music.

The RRPH is designed to be a family-friendly space. Attention has been given to the stage height and other design details such as rounded corners on dining tables, all to make the space child-friendly. Bathrooms are equipped with changing stations and child friendly accessories such as step stools for our littlest guests.


Food by Blue Ribbon

The RRPH will offer breakfast service by Blue Ribbon. The Lunch menu will be available after 11:30am and Family Dinner will be served from 5pm-8pm. The Blue Ribbon menu will focus on healthy and hearty options that both children and adults will enjoy.

After our family dinner service, Blue Ribbon will continue serving dinner and a light menu to adult guests. We will continue to serve food into the evening to meet demand.

A thoughtful beverage program will be offered with 3-4 beers on tap as well as quality wines. We are looking to partner with local vendors to supply these beverages. While we will offer a full-service beverage program, we will not offer bottle service.


Evening Theater Programming

Music, lectures and other performances appropriate to the setting and MISSION of the RRPH will be held in the indoor theater and accompany the evening programming on certain nights. The theater is a seated venue set up with tables and chairs.

Our evening music programming will feature Jazz. Our acoustician (Technological Design Studios) is an important part of our design team, and has implemented a series of elements to minimize sound transmission.

The RRPH team is excited to become a valued part of the community and eager to be good neighbors. Please sign our mailing list and direct any questions to community@therockandrollplayhouse.com.