| Herbie Hancock|
| United Kingdom|
| Educational Broadcasting Corporation|
8 (Series 1)
8 (Series 2)
Rockschool was a television series aired by the BBC and PBS on 1 November 1983. The series explored the history of rock music and gave instruction in popular performance techniques.
Aired in the United States by public television station WNET, Herbie Hancock was brought in to host the series for the American market. Hancock presented various topics in a studio classroom setting, interspersed with short lessons from the "Rockschool Band" and interview segments with well-known musicians.
The series was produced by the Educational Broadcasting Corporation and distributed in the U.S. by Lorimar Productions in 1987, as six volumes on VHS tape.
Rockschool Volume 1: Elementary Equipment and Basic Technique
Rockschool Volume 2: Blues to Heavy Metal
Rockschool Volume 3: Funk, Reggae & New Music
Rockschool Volume 4: Digital Age Hardware
Rockschool Volume 5: Melody and Soloing - The Lifeblood of Rock
Rockschool Volume 6: Arrangements - Putting It All Together
Two volumes titled Rockschool 1: Guitar, Bass & Drums and Rockschool 2: Electronics, Keyboards & Vocals were published in the U.S. in 1987 by Fireside Books (Simon & Schuster). Volume 1 was previously published in Great Britain by the BBC in 1984. The books were edited by series producer Chris Lent.
Host: Herbie Hancock (U.S. series)
The Rockschool BandGuitar: Deirdre Cartwright
Bass guitar: Henry Thomas
Drums: Geoff Nicholls
Keyboards: Alastair Gavin (Series 2)
Produced and directed by: Chris Lent
Guest demonstratorsTony Banks
The Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Pointer Sisters