Academy group programming is designed for students who are already enrolled in 1-on-1 lessons, either through the Academy or a private instructor, and are a supplement to regular lessons.
Rock Band 101
It’s time to rock! Rock Band 101 is a ten week program which will explore everything that goes into creating, recording, and performing music with others. Students will rehearse weekly and have the mentorship of an experienced teacher, from vocals to soundchecks, and will learn the ins and outs of recording a single and performing it at a live gig.
Rock Band 101 is for students ages 8 - 18, with a minimum of 12 months of prior instruction in their chosen instrument. All instruments are welcome including Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard/Piano, Vocals, Winds, and Strings.
Taking students' individual practice to the next level, Rock Band 101 will tackle the process of writing original songs as a group, as well as studying and covering existing favorites. The program will culminate with the bands recording a track at our in-house recording studio, Rainy Day Recording Co., and then performing a live, all-ages gig alongside other local bands!
Students will learn:
• songwriting and arrangement
• elements of a performance
• collaborating with other musicians
• finding your voice, and expressing yourself through Music
• technical know-how and vocabulary; hands-on stage experience sound checking and performing
Registration Deadlines are in October and February of each school year, please contact us for registration forms and details.
We are pleased to once again be offering our string group programs! Connect and share with other musicians and find the joy in growing as a group. This program is intended for violin, viola, and cello students who have been taking lessons for a minimum of 12 months prior to joining, and who are able to play their instrument independently (without assistance from teacher or parent).
String groups will gain valuable experience performing in both recitals and our Academy Music Festival, and will learn the ins and outs of the studio by recording one of their pieces with Rainy Day Recording Co. at the end of the school year!
• Directed by Jacqueline Fetter
• Groups will be assigned by the director based on comparable level, age, and group experience of those who register.
• String groups will begin the first week of October 2022 and run through until the end of June 2023
• All groups will be scheduled for
45–60-minute slots; junior strings run on Saturdays 11:30am - 12:30pm, and senior strings run Wednesdays 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Registration Deadlines are in September and January of each school year, please contact us to register and for further details
Students who are pursuing exams with the Royal Conservatory of Music often require a deeper dive into the fundamentals of western music. That's where theory groups come in! Learn with other students who are preparing the same grade level, and benefit from the focussed theory and written time that there just isn't as much time for during weekly instrument lessons.
Theory class times are decided by the students in each class, and class sizes are 2 - 6 students at a time. Please contact us if you are preparing for exams and would like more information about upcoming group opportunities.
Masterclasses are a special space for students to share their current works in progress with other Academy students, practice performing in a supportive environment, and get feedback from a variety of Academy teachers.
Masterclasses are held roughly once per month in the following instruments:
Registration for masterclasses is available at the Academy front desk!