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Old elementary school beginning new life as college of rock and roll

Paul Green( left) talks with student Diggy Lessard at the Paul Green Rock Academy in Saugerties, New York. Green and Michael Lang have co-founded the Woodstock Music Lab, a rock school for college-age students, with hopes of opening the school in 2016. AP/Mike Groll

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — Many people want to be rock stars. A new school wants to teach them how.

Paul Green helped start the school. It is called Woodstock Music Lab. Young students will be able to learn music there together.

Paul is opening the school with other people. They bought an old elementary school. They will turn it into a rock school. The school may open next year.

Students Will Learn, Work Together

Students will work together. They will help each other. Say a student is making music. He needs help from a saxophone player. The saxophonist is practicing nearby. The saxophonist tells the student he will be right over.

Michael Lang started the school with Paul. Michael organized the Woodstock music festival. The famous festival took place in a muddy field. It is about an hour away from where the new school will be.

Dreaming About What This School Will Be

Not long ago Paul and Michael walked through the school. Its classrooms are empty now. Soon they will be filled with students making music The gym will be a recording studio. Huge bands will fit inside.

Students will go to the school for two years. They will learn to make and sell music. Michael wants to teach students everything there is to know about the music business.

Students who are between 18 and 22 years old can go to this school. Adults can go, too. Each student will learn how to play two instruments. Students can pick out one instrument. Teachers will pick the other.

Famous Musicians Will Teach Classes

Guest teachers will be popular. Some are famous musicians.

Students will often see Paul. He now runs a different school of rock. He gives younger students lessons after school. He acts silly. He sticks his head in classrooms and sings loudly.

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Based on the article, which of the following sentences is TRUE?

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Paul Green will be a teacher at the Woodstock Music Lab.

B

Anyone who wants to learn about music can attend this school.

C

Michael Lang will teach students about organizing music festivals.

D

The Woodstock Music Lab was named for a famous music festival.

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What is one reason why students might think Paul Green is a funny teacher?

A

He already owns a school of rock.

B

He wants students to learn two different instruments.

C

He helped start the Woodstock Music Lab.

D

He likes to stick his head into classes and sing to students.

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Read this paragraph from the article.

Not long ago Paul and Michael walked through the school. Its classrooms are empty now. Soon they will be filled with students making music. The gym will be a recording studio. Huge bands will fit inside.

What is this paragraph mostly about?

A

who will perform in the new studio when it is done

B

how Paul and Michael will fit in the recording studio to perform

C

what Paul and Michael see as the future of the school they bought

D

the changes that must be made to the school for it to become a school of rock

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Which sentences from the article are MOST important to include in a summary of it?

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They bought an old elementary school. They will turn it into a rock school.

B

Michael organized the Woodstock music festival. The famous festival took place in a muddy field.

C

Not long ago Paul and Michael walked through the school. Its classrooms are empty now.

D

Students will often see Paul. He now runs a different school of rock.

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