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  • Are you tired of playing your instrument by yourself?

  • Have you ever wanted to play in a band but don't know where or how to find one?

If you answered 'Yes" then it is time to experience the thrill and excitement of playing in one of our summer band workshops! 

SUMMER '22 WORKSHOPS​​

We are offering two workshop programs this summer.

 

1. Our Jazz & Blues workshop is the perfect way for beginners to get started.

Blues is the foundation of jazz and rock and is the easiest kind of music to play while learning about the music that started it all. In this workshop, students will learn how to play over basic blues chord progressions and give them the opportunity to improvise (solo). Improvising is essential to blues, jazz and rock music. We guarantee that by the end of this program students will be able to jam over any blues song with their new found confidence!

2. Our Rock Band workshops are designed for students who want to play songs by their favorite bands or singers. The intention is to give them a sense of ownership of the band by letting them suggest songs they want to play. They get to create a (mutually agreed upon) name for their band and, after working on their set of songs, put on a concert at the end of the week. Though this workshop requires more experience (see Requirements below), it is often the first time for many students playing in a rock band.

DATES & LOCATIONS

Jazz & Blues Workshop: July 11-15

Location: Jewish Congregation Center, 30 N Chestnut St, New Paltz, NY

Rock Band Workshops: Aug 8-12 & 15-19

Location: Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland, NY

 

FEES

Workshop fee = $375 p/student*

Combined Rock Band weeks = $650

A deposit of $200 is required upon registration. The balance is due on the first day of the workshop.

* We offer a reduced rate of $650 if two students from the same family register for the same workshop

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Sign up before June 1st and pay only $350 for any of the workshops!! (Not applicable to Combined Rock Band weeks)

Payment must be made in full for the Early Bird Special

REFUND POLICY

This is fully refundable with a minimum of 14 days notice of cancellation and 50% refundable if cancelled within 7-13 days of workshop.

No refund if cancelled less that 7 days prior to start of workshop.

 

REQUIREMENTS & EQUIPMENT

Below are the minimum requirements for our Rock Band Workshops:

  • Guitarists must be able to play bar chords (major and minor) and ideally know how to read chord symbols (C major, D minor, E7, etc.)

  • Bassists must know where the notes are and be able to play a consistent rhythm

  • Drummers must be able to play a steady beat for at least 4 minutes

  • Keyboardists must know the notes and (ideally) know how to read chord symbols (C major, D minor, E7, etc.)

  • Keyboards and drums will be provided. All other musicians must bring their own instruments

​MOST IMPORTANT THING

We encourage all young musicians to take our workshops for a variety of reasons.

  1. We are all about equality and fairness

  2. Our support helps students build confidence and communication skills

  3. Students connect with others through music, often making friends along the way

  4. The experience they will gain will stay with them forever

  5. We give the musicians a place where they can turn up the volume and let loose!

BAND WORKSHOPS

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Our rock band workshops are open to anyone who can play the basics on the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or who want to sing. In our workshops, students will learn what it takes to play together as a team based on mutual respect and acceptance. They will learn how to play the songs they choose, develop skills and tricks on their instrument and learn how to work as a team. We believe it is important to give the students a sense of ownership and control in each band by letting them choose the songs to play and create a name for the band. The workshop ends with a performance on stage, complete with a professional lighting and sound system.

 

The experience of performing live on stage in front of an audience is like no other. The adrenaline rush is thrilling and the reward is life changing. The sound of an audience clapping and cheering with enthusiasm after performing their hearts out is the best reward one can have. The feeling of achievement and success will stay with every one of the band members forever! 

Our team of experienced instructors will guide the students as they journey through the trials and tribulations of working together, creating a cohesive and polished band ready to perform on stage. The performance will be videoed and a photographer will capture this memorable moment with a mix of 'live' group and solo shots while the band play. Highlights of the concert will be posted on our website, YouTube and other social media apps.

Please note that we accept no responsibility for 'unleashing the rock star' in our students!

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