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.
A Music for Aardvarks class is an informal, spirited class that is geared toward children 4 months to 4 years old and incorporates singing, dancing, musical storytelling, instrumental jam sessions and more. It's an interactive musical experience that the whole family can genuinely get excited about!
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.
Ken Benshish and Yi Qian started iSchool of Music and Art in 2005 to provide a positive, supportive learning atmosphere that takes into account each student?s personality and goals. Students aged 3 and older who can?t tell a drumstick from a plectrum and don?t even know the street value of a quarter note can learn piano, drums, guitar, or voice skills from scratch, then test their newfound skills with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Instructors host private classes or group students into their own rock-band performance troupes, and intensive camps culminate in field trips to Lincoln Center and a tour of a real recording studio.
The faculty members at the School of Rock believe that immersion is the best way to learn any new skill, which is why they don’t just teach students how to traverse the notes and rhythms of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals in isolation. In addition to teaching students the technical skills during one-on-one lessons, the professional music instructors push them to fuse their individual parts into songs during full band practices with fellow beginner rockers. This combination of one-on-one attention and cooperative group learning helps kids of all skill levels hone their craft while overcoming common pitfalls such as stage fright or playing off-tempo. As kids learn to shred riffs, pound out drum solos, and summon Ronnie James Dio by hitting the correct vibrato atop a silver mountain, the classes build their confidence and kick-start a lifetime of loving rock 'n' roll.