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THE BAND EXPERIENCE
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Music Makers Premier Adult Band Ensemble Program will enhance your understanding of how a band works.  We’ll break down the songs in detail, stretch out, learn beginnings & endings, refine solos, rhythms, patterns & leads.  You’ll gain control over sound and technique, go over individual parts & combine them to create a better band sound.  Learn different ways to approach a song while gaining confidence as a player.  Play & learn from an advanced level instructor.  Each participant receives access to our student portal where you'll be able to access all class materials.  Performance workshops culminate in a Friday evening performance at The Bitter End, one of the most iconic rock clubs in NYC.  

Don't see the class you want?   Have a scheduling conflict?  
email musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com or call 212-239-7054.
We'll Make It Happen!
What does a workshop cost?  Three easy payments of $217.00!

 
 
Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
3/27, 4/3, (Skip 4/10 Passover), 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22
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This workshop covers a wide variety of rock & blues. Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! Learn band dynamics! Learn the ins and outs of what's going on in each song. Determine what key the song is in, how to solo over the changes, find the right rhythm to play and sing along with the other instruments. This workshop allows vocalists to feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song. Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. This workshop will get you ready for the next step, a performance workshop.
Monday 6:30 to 8:30
4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 (no class 5/29), 6/5, 6/12
Now you know the basics of swinging but still want to explore deeper the richness of Jazz? This 102 course is perfect for getting a deeper approach into the main elements of the genre. We will be exploring areas such as: Jazz scales, Minor and Major Blues, Rhythm and Changes ("I got Rhythm"), Jazz chords, new ways of comping in a swing situation and a deeper approach to the improvisation process learning how to fit each chord in your soloing. If you already had played jazz before and want to expand your knowledge in this genre, this is a great course for you!
Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00
4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
Now you are familiar playing Jazz and feel in the mood to go further and become an advanced/seasoned player? This 103 course is designed to take your abilities to the next level, exploring advanced elements of the genre. We will be exploring areas such as: Memorizing Jazz standards, Playing blues Variations, How to develop a solo over the tunes (more jazz scales and new chords), how to play Modal Jazz, Jazz Waltz and Jazz Ballads. If you want to continue to increase your musicianship and music skills, this will be a great course for you!
Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm
3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16
Are you brand new to your instrument? Would you like to learn how to play some easy 3 chord songs with others? Want to meet some fellow music enthusiasts like yourself? Our Absolute Beginner Ensemble Program allows you to develop your skills in a fun, non-judgmental environment. Our patient and experienced Ensemble Instructors will lead you on the path to developing your band skills. This non-performance workshop begins the journey toward a performance workshop.
Thurs 7:00 - 9:00
4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Students will explore the genre in a friendly, non-judgmental environment. This 101 course provides a first approach to the genre and its basic features. We will be exploring the most critical areas such as: Rhythmic feel, jazz harmonies, how to play along with the rest of the band (comping) in a swing situation and a brief introduction to the improvisation process. If you’ve never played the genre, this is a great opportunity for you to start!
Fridays 6:00 to 8:00 pm
3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19
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This workshop covers a wide variety of rock & blues. Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! Learn band dynamics! Learn the ins and outs of what's going on in each song. Determine what key the song is in, how to solo over the changes, find the right rhythm to play and sing along with the other instruments. This workshop allows vocalists to feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song. Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. This workshop will get you ready for the next step, a performance workshop.
Saturday 4:00 to 6:00 pm
5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20
Are you brand new to your instrument? Would you like to learn how to play some easy 3 chord songs with others? Want to meet some fellow music enthusiasts like yourself? Our Absolute Beginner Ensemble Program allows you to develop your skills in a fun, non-judgmental environment. Our patient and experienced Ensemble Instructors will lead you on the path to developing your band skills. This non-performance workshop begins the journey toward a performance workshop.
Mondays 6:30-8:30: 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 (no rehearsal 4/10), 4/17,
6:30-9:30: 4/24 & 5/1
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Performance Friday, May 5th at The Bitter End
Come play on all you favorite classic Southern Rock Hits by Allman Bros,Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker, Pure Prairie League, Outlaws, Little Feat. Instructor: Sergio Ortega

We understand its "spring recess" for NYC schools. Let us know if you have a scheduling conflict.
Tuesdays 8:00-10:00: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 & 5/2
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PERFORMANCE Friday, May 5th at The Bitter End
Throw it back Tuesday nights by reenacted the very first wave of the British Invasion.
Play classics by the Yardbirds, Dave Clark 5, Herman’s Hermits, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Spencer Davis Group, Zombies, Faces, The Animals. Instructor: Jon Glicksman

We understand its "spring recess" for NYC schools. Let us know if you have a scheduling conflict.
Thursdays 7:00-9:00: 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/5 (no rehearsal 4/13) 4/20
7:00-10:00: 4/27 &5/4
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Performance Friday, May 5th at The Bitter End
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blues! Hits from today and yesterday borrowing from the Blues form. We are leaving this wide open and allows us to cover great songs from the last seven decades. Instructor: Kelley Kelley

We understand its "spring recess" for NYC schools. Let us know if you have a scheduling conflict.
Wednesdays 7:00-9:00: 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12. 4/19, 4/26 & 5/3
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PERFORMANCE Friday, May 5th at The Bitter End
Brush off your white Capezios, get your skinny tie out, spike your hair and get ready to Ride the Wave..
Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Blondie, Talking Heads, Cars, Pretenders, Police, Clash, INXS,
Instructor: Nelson Montana

We understand its "spring recess" for NYC schools. Let us know if you have a scheduling conflict.
Perform on a Friday evening at a Premium NYC Venue
Not seeing the workshop of your dreams offered? Music Makers offers Custom Workshops. Here's how it works: You have 5 band members (required), a potential set list but need a band leader, rehearsals scheduled and a place to perform. Here's what's included: 8 weeks of rehearsal in a premium Music Makers studio, one of our fantastic Music Makers band leaders, a Friday night gig, full backline, and techs at the show. With the Custom workshop the band can select a bonus option: 10% discount for each band member or 15 minutes extra playing time at the show. You decide.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

We ask all workshop participants to please make every effort to attend all rehearsals.  If you're unable to attend any rehearsals, you are required to notify Music Makers NY via email musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com at least 48 hours in advance.  When registering, should you have a conflict with a rehearsal date, please make Music Makers aware of the conflict.  Not attending more than 2 rehearsals within an 8-week performance program can greatly affect the band as a whole.  This may result in mandatory withdrawal from the group without refund.

Cancellation Policy: Once you submit the registration form & authorize payment to Music Makers NY your slot is guaranteed and reserved exclusively for you, therefore, all fees are non-refundable.  

Instrumentalists are guaranteed a slot for their particular instrument, not a vocal slot as well.

Performance Workshops: All participants receive two FREE tickets to the Performance show.  We encourage everyone to take an active role in promoting the performance.  A large audience enables our organization to book shows at premier NY venues on a Friday evening.

Submitting the Registration Form & authorizing payment  to Music Makers NY means you agree to all of the above terms & conditions

Thank you.

CALL 212-239-7054 or EMAIL musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com with any questions about our Band Experience Workshops or any of the other programs we offer.