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THE BAND EXPERIENCE 
New Workshops Open For Registration

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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.  

Don't see the class you want?   Not sure which class is right for you?  Have a scheduling conflict?  
email musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com or call 212-967-6124.
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Keep the Jazz Mood - Open for Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keys, Harp, Horn
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00pm
6/25, (no class on 7/2), 7/9, 7/16, 7/23


Know the basics of swinging but still want to explore deeper the richness of Jazz? This course is perfect for getting a deeper approach into the main elements of Jazz. 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 better understanding of the improvisation process: learning how to fit each chord in your soloing. If you have already played Jazz and want to keep expanding your knowledge in this genre, this is a great opportunity for you! Musical Director Baden Goyo
Keep the Jazz Mood - <font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open for Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keys, Harp, Horn <br>
Inside the Blues Band - Open for Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keys, Harp, Horn
Tuesdays 8:00 – 10:00pm
6/26, (no class on 7/3), 7/10, 7/17, 7/24


Join this hot summer workshop and get to explore techniques, chord sequences, and rhythmic patterns to achieve an authentic blues-y feel using your instrument or voice! Vocalists, you will learn how to explore your vocal range and use different tone qualities commonly featured in blues. Bassists, will learn great patterns to groove within the blues structure and different time feelings such as playing behind the beat, shuffle or swing feel. Guitarists will develop a loose wrist to improve rhythm chops, i.e. when to mute, chicken scratch, or to sweep chords, how to use guitar, amp, and effect combos for different sections. Drummers, will learn how to develop a solid time feeling, when to play fills and how to use your instrument with dynamics and musicality. Keyboard players, let's explore how to play and switch between organ, piano and Rhodes, and we will also expand your chord voicings. Come join us and have fun in this workshop! Musical Director Baden Goyo
Inside the Blues Band - <font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open for Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keys, Harp, Horn <br>
80’ in Excess! - Open for Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keys, Harp, Horn
Thursdays 8:00 – 10:00pm
6/28, (no class on 7/4), 7/12, 7/19, 7/26

We’re rocking the 80’s! Join us in playing tunes from Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Blondie, Talking Heads, Cars, Pretenders, Police, Clash, INXS & more! In addition to your Musical Director selecting a few songs for the first rehearsal, we encourage every band member to bring two song suggestions to the first session as well! Your Musical Director will always take your suggestions into consideration. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will highlight the band's talents Musical Director Baden Goyo
80’ in Excess!   - <font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open for Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keys, Harp, Horn <br>
BAND 101: GUITAR AND BASS INTENSIVE WORKSHOP! - Wednesdays
Open for guitars and bass!
Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:00
6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25
In this 6-week workshop, we will boost your playing level and music understanding by exploring the different roles you can play in a band! This is especially valuable for guitar players who usually have to share with other guitars in the same group. You will learn the different parts/roles guitars can play in tunes (lead guitar, rhythmic guitar, soloist and bass lines as well!) and you will get to explore these different parts and switch roles within the band. This is a perfect opportunity to become a more versatile guitar player and also to explore playing the bass as the rhythmic and harmonic foundation of the band!
Musical Director: Sergio Ortega
BAND 101: GUITAR AND BASS INTENSIVE WORKSHOP! - Wednesdays <br><font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open for guitars and bass! </font>
BAND 101 - Thursday
with In-House Performance on Friday 6.29.18!
Open for vocals, guitar, bass and keys!
Thursday 6:30-8:30
5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14

Thursday 6:00-9:00
6/21, 6/28
Classic Rock & Blues tunes will be covered. Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! 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. At the end of this workshop, there will be an in-house performance in Studio A on Friday, June 29th!

Vocalists: feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song.
Guitar Players: learn how to use technique and effects to compliment or lead the band's sound. Bass Players: learn how to lay the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the band.
Drummers: learn to lay the rhythmic foundation alongside the bassist, driving the band forward with percussion.
Keyboard players: enrich the band's sound with an assortment of synthesized sounds.

Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. A wide variety of rock and blues tunes are covered. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The band will play the songs to determine where everyone is at musically. Musical Director: Sergio Ortega
BAND 101 - Thursday w/ In-House Performance on Friday 6.29.18! <br><font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open for vocals, guitar, bass and keys! </font>
CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE - Open for guitar, harp and horn!
Tuesday 6:30-9:00
5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12

Tuesday 6:30-9:30 on 6/19
Performance: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at The Bitter End
Are you into bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Journey, Guns N' Roses, & The Beatles?! Then this CLASSIC ROCK workshop is the one for you! Your Musical Director will select three songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will best highlight the band's talents!
Musical Director: Sergio Ortega

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE - <font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open for guitar, harp and horn!</font>
BEAT SEQUENCE - Open bass, keys, harp and horn!
Wednesday 8:00-10:00
5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13

Wednesday 8:00-11:00 on 6/20
Performance: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at The Bitter End
This JAZZ WORKSHOP will include the classic jazz artists and bands we all know and love! Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole plus many more! Your Musical Director will select three songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will highlight the band's talents.
Musical Director: Baden Goyo
BEAT SEQUENCE - <font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open bass, keys, harp and horn! </font>
90 PROOF - Open for vocals, guitar, keys, harp and horn!
Monday 6:00-8:30
5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11

Monday 6:00-9:00 on 6/18
Performance: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at The Bitter End
This CONTEMPORARY ROCK workshop will include music by artists like Maroon 5, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and more! Your Musical Director will select three songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will highlight the band's talents
Musical Director:Sergio Ortega

90 PROOF - <font style="text-transform: capitalize;">Open for vocals, guitar, keys, harp and horn! </font>
THE BOOTLEGGERS - Open for vocals, keys, harp and horn!
Tuesday 6:00-8:30
5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12

Tuesday 6:00-9:00 on 6/19
Performance: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at The Bitter End
This BLUES WORKSHOP will include a variety of blues artists such as B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Bessie Smith, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins plus MORE! Your Musical Director will select three songs for the first rehearsal. These are considered “get to know the band songs”. After the first rehearsal, your Musical Director will build the set list based on what songs will highlight the band's talents.
Musical Director: Baden Goyo
THE BOOTLEGGERS - <font style="text-transform: capitalize;"> Open for vocals, keys, harp and horn! </font>
FAB FOUR PLUS MORE - Performing December 8, 2017
Monday 8 - 10 pm 11/6, 11/13, 11/20
Tuesday 6:30 to 9:30 11/28 & 12/5

Performance Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
It's all about The Beatles. So many great songs to choose from we can't name them all here.... Hey Jude, Yesterday, Penny Lane, All You Need Is Love, Revolution, Come Together, While My Guitar Gently Weeps & More. Musical Director: Kelley Kelley
FAB FOUR PLUS MORE - Performing December 8, 2017
COOL CATS Performing Friday, December 8, 2017
Tuesday
8:00 - 10:00 11/7; 6:30 - 8:30 11/14, 11/21
6:30 - 9:30 11/28, 12/5
Performance Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
It's all about JAZZ. Challenge your musical skills and broaden your swingin' horizon with artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and more. Musical Director: Baden Goyo
COOL CATS Performing Friday, December 8, 2017
FEELING A LITTLE Performing Friday, December 8, 2017
Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 11/8, 11/15, 11/22
6:30 to 9:30 11/29, 12/6
Performance: Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
This workshop is all about the blues....BB King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Johnson, Rolling Stones, Junior Wells and many other blues legends. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The set list will be determined based on guidance from your Musical Director as to what songs will showcase the bands' talents. Musical Director: Baden Goyo

FEELING A LITTLE Performing Friday, December 8, 2017
URBAN CHAOS Performing Friday, December 8, 2017
Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
6:30 - 9:30 11/30, 12/7

Performance Friday, December 8, 2017 at The Bitter End
Kelley suggested this theme. Are you up for the challenge......Stone Temple Pilot's .Foo Fighters Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, Sublime, Third Eye Blind, Spin Doctors, Dishwalla, Beck. Musical Director: Kelley Kelley
URBAN CHAOS  Performing Friday, December 8, 2017
The Band Experience 101 w.Bob Elliott
Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00
11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21
Classic Rock & Blues tunes will be covered. Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! 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 does not involve a performance so you can focus on ensemble instruction and band dynamics.

Vocalists: feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song.
Guitar Players: learn how to use technique and effects to compliment or lead the band's sound. Bass Players: learn how to lay the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the band.
Drummers: learn to lay the rhythmic foundation alongside the bassist, driving the band forward with percussion.
Keyboard players: enrich the band's sound with an assortment of synthesized sounds.

Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. A wide variety of rock and blues tunes are covered. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The band will play the songs to determine where everyone is at musically.
The Band Experience 101 w.Bob Elliott
The Band Experience 101
with Jason Cohen
6:30 - 8:30
Tues: 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, & Thursday 12/14
Are you currently taking lessons? No experience or limited experience playing with others? This workshop is for you! 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 does not involve a performance so you can focus on ensemble instruction and band dynamics. It will get you ready for the next step, The Band Experience 3.0.

Vocalists: feel the songs & work on getting the right vocal accompaniment without having to rush thru each song.
Guitar Players: learn how to use technique and effects to compliment or lead the band's sound. Bass Players: learn how to lay the rhythmic and harmonic foundation for the band. Drummers: learn to lay the rhythmic foundation alongside the bassist, driving the band forward with percussion. Keyboard players: enrich the band's sound with an assortment of synthesized sounds.

Let's open that music door together. You'll have fun making music in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. A wide variety of rock and blues tunes are covered. Your Musical Director will select several songs for the first rehearsal. The band will play the songs to determine where everyone is at musically. Musical Director: Jason Cohen
The Band Experience 101 w/Jason Cohen

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 6 or 8-week performance program can greatly affect the band as a whole.

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:  We encourage everyone to take an active role in promoting their performance.  

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

Thank you.

CALL 212-967-6124  or EMAIL musicmakersnewyork@gmail.com with any questions about our Band Experience Workshops or any of the other programs we offer.