Arts & Entertainment

Jamming Out At the World of Rock in Summit

Paul Fessock, World of Rock founder Credits: Jason Cohen
Credits: Jason Cohen
Credits: Jason Cohen
Credits: Jason Cohen

SUMMIT, NJ - In downtown Summit, among the many luxurious shops and restaurants is a brand new business called Mondo Eat Shop Play. It is a four-story vertical mall of leisure time activities and in the basement lies the World of Rock.  

When founder of Mondo, Annette Dwyer, was looking for people to work there, she reached out to Paul Fessock, who used to give guitar lessons to her children.

Fessock, who has been in the band “Ampd” and taught physical education at the Brayton Elementary School in Summit for 12 years, jumped at the idea of teaching music. Growing up he loved Motley Crew, Kiss, Van Halen, Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

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The World of Rock opened in late summer and business has started to really pick up in the past couple of months. He has four rooms he uses to give lessons in guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. There is also a large space where bands can jam out.  Twice a month he holds live karaoke there, as well.

Children and adults of all ages from many towns come after school Monday to Friday from 3-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m.-5p.m.  He also sells instruments and accessories such as amplifiers and guitar picks. Even an ex-diplomat from the United States comes for lessons.

The majority of the clients at World of Rock come through referrals and advertisements, he said. It’s also really nice to see some of his students come, Fessock said.

“I think the kids are telling their friends about it and their friends are coming,” he said. “It’s great because the connections are already made.”

The majority of the children who sign up are new to music and are eager to learn, he said. He enjoys teaching them because it’s a challenge.  However, people with experience are taught by Danny Wacker, one his instructors who is a professional guitar player.

There has been a positive reaction to the World of Rock, Fessock said. Learning music is like anything else, but it has to be fun, he said. He stressed anyone who is serious about rocking out and getting a great music education should come by.

“You got to have a successful experience if you want to continue at anything,” Fessock said.

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