Date(s) - 10/07/2018
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mint Music Yonge & Dundas
RockBand Intermediate 1 Group A – Rehearses every Tuesday at 8:30-9:30pm
There are eight rehearsals in this session: July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st. August 7th, 14th, 21st
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 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 lasts 8 weeks and costs $20 per class provided participants prepay for the entire session in advance which costs $160.
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 $25 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 Rob Kirsch-Spring!
Rob is a drummer and composer, specializing in jazz, free music, R&B, funk and folk music. He has composed for and recorded with the likes of Bolete, Emily & the Mainlanders, Vulpis Vulpis, Sam Keshen and the Vybe Tribe. He is currently completing York University’s Bachelor of Education program, after which he will be a certified high school music teacher.
Rob’s approach to teaching uses the interests of his students as media for learning musical concepts and techniques. Together, he and his students extract lessons from a list of songs and genres that the student puts together. Rob develops his students’ “ear” for aural learning as well as their ability to work with written notation. Composition and improvisation are ongoing focuses of his teaching.