Studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, playing with the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company, and recording with Rufus Wainwright are only a few accolades on the resumes of the instructors at Bach To Rock. In their musical studio, they lead private and group lessons for students of all abilities in instruments such as the guitar, bass, voice, drums, piano, and keyboard. Their professional recording studios are open to artists who want to lay down tracks for an album or fine-tune singles, and they also offer camps for all seasons, during which student gain real instrument-playing experience.
Nothing captures emotions quite like music. Whether it's the elation of "Ode to Joy" or the sorrow of "Adagio for Strings," music grabs ahold of the human experience and expresses it in a way that anyone can appreciate. The Williamsburg School of Music dedicates itself to sharing that experience with anyone who wants to create music. Its classes include private lessons in voice, guitar, piano, and orchestral instruments as well as rock-band experiences for kids aged 6–17. For very young children, Baby Rock with Craig Howe classes bring shakers, drums, and rhythm sticks into homes for a personal introduction to music. These classes involve rhythmic and tonal exercises and homework assignments that include banging on pots early in the morning.
Bach to Rock's teaching philosophy adheres to one simple belief: learning to play music should be fun. To that end, the instructors teach students to play the music they want to play, from classical solos to rock 'n' roll riffs. Individual classes cover drums, piano, voice, guitar, and bass, as well as string, brass, and woodwind instruments. Then there's the group classes and music camps, in which kids can join a rock band, become part of a glee club, or learn the fundamentals of piano, guitar, or drums in a social setting. More advanced classes cover music production and ProTools technology. The expert teachers can also help pupils prepare for the NYSSMA (a NY-state music test), or help students with special needs improve communication, social, and cognitive skills during adaptive music lessons.
Aside from classes, Bach to Rock offers music-centric birthday parties in which kids can explore how rock music is made, sing karaoke, or complete their long-awaited rock opera during a two-hour jam and recording session. Adults aren't left out, either?corporate parties help build teamwork skills by having participants form bands and perform classic songs from the likes of Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles.
In bright, sunny studios of Areté Music Academy, pupils take part in intensive curricula taught by professional musicians, discovering their abilities and dreaming of their futures.
The school culls its faculty members from schools including the Juilliard and Yale. Students—as young as ages two or as old as a cave painting of a drum set—take part in specialized courses and camps. Private and group programs focus on topics such as a particular composer, an instrument, or a specific genre. Performance opportunities abound, too, in the concerts and ensembles fostered by the school.