Date(s) - 06/09/2018
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mint Music Yonge & Dundas
RockBand Level 3
Rehearses every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm for 1 hour from August 30th to October 11th, 2018
RockBand Sessions (Every Thursday)
September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
October 4th, 11th
Our RockBand program offers students a unique opportunity to play in a band setting, acquiring essential musical skills that can only be learned by playing individual parts in a group. RockBand participants must go through an audition process where they are assessed by a Toronto Guitar School instructor before being placed in an appropriate RockBand that matches their stylistic interest and skill level.
The Toronto Guitar School has beginner, intermediate and advanced level RockBands that rehearse on different days of the week depending on the availability of the members of each RockBand and their instructor. Each group normally consists of a drummer, bassist, two guitarists, a vocalist and keyboardist. RockBands rehearse on a weekly basis and perform three times a year at our student concerts which are professionally recorded and videotaped. Certain RockBands will also have opportunities to perform at additional Toronto Guitar School events such as the Yonge and Dundas Open Stage and at other Toronto venues and events. Some groups will have the opportunity to record at Mint Music’s recording studio as well!
Each RockBand session ranges from $20 and up lasts 8 weeks. Participants prepay for the entire session in advance. Cost for this particular RockBand is $30/person as it includes a professional drummer along with a Toronto Guitar School instructor who leads and prepares charts for the group. Course Cost: $240 (8 weeks x $30)
HOW TO JOIN
Once the RockBands have started people may attend any of the first 3 weeks of sessions and try out the group if there are any open positions for a fee of $30 per class provided they do a short complimentary audition 10-15 minutes beforehand with a Toronto Guitar School music teacher. The person will be notified by phone or email whether or not they were accepted by the group and if not what other groups or options are available to them.
All RockBand members expected to attend all weekly rehearsals and if they happen to miss an occasional class they should continue to work on the material covered in the class they missed (recordings and charts will be sent via email and/or Dropbox) so they can come prepared for their next weekly session. It is up to each member to make sure that they attend each class and keep up with the workload. If a member doesn’t keep up with practicing, consistency misses rehearsals or shows up late they may be taken out of the RockBand if their behaviour becomes disruptive to the groups’ progress.
Missed classes will not be refunded because the group will rehearse each week regardless. Every RockBand is supervised by a Toronto Guitar School instructor who oversees each session preparing charts and working out the parts with the members of the RockBand. Song selection, overall group direction and focus is up to the members of the group and their instructor.
This Toronto Guitar School Instructor for this RockBand is Andre Valerio
Brazilian multi-instrumentalist André Valério is in high demand as a guitarist, composer and arranger. André ‘s versatility has taken him around the world to perform in important music festivals and venues in Canada, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil. His interest in music began at a very young age after listening to Brazil’s most enduring musical genres, Bossa Nova. Inspired to compose and arrange since he was a teenager, for many years André studied classical guitar, jazz and Latin music among other styles. His deep passion for music led him to learn six instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin, cavaquinho, bass and electric guitar.