Classes

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My daughter took 13 lessons on her guitar and then went right into a band. It’s been awesome. Eric’s a great guy and the kids have a lot of fun. They perform once a month. Great experience had by all!
— Marilee T.

 
 
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Minimum age requirements

musical instrument and vocal Classes

Guitar (ages 10 and up)

Bass Guitar (ages 8 and up)

Drumset (ages 7 and up)

Vocals (ages 8 and up)

Rock Keyboard (ages 8 and up)


Exceptions can occasionally be made for highly motivated students younger than these prescribed minimum ages so tell us your thoughts on registering your younger student with the Contact Us form or by calling (480) 907-4566.

 


Guitar programs offered by Garage Rock Academy:

Electric/Acoustic Guitar 101 (EAG 101): 12-week beginning instruction class for either electric or acoustic guitar.  Starts with basics such as proper plectrum (pick) grip and progresses all the way up to chord chart reading. Chords will be presented using the Garage Rock Academy method which accelerates learning and facilitates fretboard recall. Students will build a chord vocabulary and will have the foundation in place to be able to play complete songs using chord charts by course completion. Students will only need to bring their guitars. All cords and amplification will be provided through Garage Rock Academy.
Prerequisite: None
Cost - $25.00 per 40-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Electric/Acoustic Guitar 201 (EAG 201): 12-week intermediate instruction class for either electric or acoustic guitar.  Picks up from concepts introduced in Electric/Acoustic Guitar 101. Advanced rhythm studies will be presented. Chord chart reading skills are honed. In the final weeks of Electric/Acoustic Guitar 201, students will begin playing live with their teacher in an effort to prepare them for the Garage Band class experience. Once students complete EAG201 they will be eligible to enroll in one of three different advancing classes: Garage Band (GBND), Electric/Acoustic Guitar 301 (EAG301) or Advanced Guitar Techniques (AGT). Students will only need to bring their guitars. All cords and amplification will be provided through Garage Rock Academy.
Prerequisite: Electric/Acoustic Guitar 101
Cost - $25.00 per 40-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Electric/Acoustic Guitar 301 (EAG301): 12-week advanced instruction class for either electric or acoustic guitar. Uses the same platform from which chords were learned in previous classes as a framework upon which students will begin to learn to play more sophisticated playing styles. Fingerstyle playing is introduced. Students will learn the proper use of a capo, an indispensible tool of the guitarist for playing full ringing chords anywhere on the fretboard. Truly, a complete way for students to learn all that their instrument is capable of. Students will only need to bring their guitars. All cords and amplification will be provided through the Garage Rock Academy.
Prerequisite: Electric/Acoustic Guitar 201
Cost - $25.00 per 40-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Advanced Guitar Techniques (AGT): 12-week advanced instruction class for either electric or acoustic guitar. Students will study scale forms along with modes. Emphasis is on becoming an improvisational player. Lead playing techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and legato are employed by students in later classes to produce spontaneously composed and fully improvised solos over looped tracks performed by their instructor or by "free" jamming with other students in the class. All cords and amplification will be provided through Garage Rock Academy.
Prerequisite: Electric/Acoustic Guitar 201
Cost - $25.00 per 40-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Bass Guitar programs offered by Garage Rock Academy:

Bass Guitar (BG): 12-week beginning bass guitar instruction class for electric or acoustic bass. Starts with basics such as proper fret hand and pick hand positioning and progresses all the way up to chord chart reading. Students gain an introduction to playing both fingerstyle and with a pick. Students will only need to bring their electric or acoustic bass. All cords, amplification and effects will be provided through Garage Rock Academy. For students with acoustic basses not equipped with on-board electronics, microphones will be provided in order to amplify their instruments. This class is geared toward getting bass guitar students proficient enough to start up in a Garage Band class where the most rapid advancement will occur. Bass Guitar is a 30-minute, one-on-one class with an instructor.
Prerequisite: None
Cost - $25.00 per 30-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Drumset programs offered by Garage Rock Academy:

Drumset 101 (DRM 101): 12-week beginning drumset instruction class. Using The Garage Academy method of drum instruction, students will begin by learning basic sticking techniques. Sticking instruction will be conducted on snare drum only at first. In later weeks, elements of the rest of the drumset will be introduced one-by-one. Students will be playing to a metronome click as early as the very first class. All students are requested to utilize a metronome of their own at home during their off-campus practice time. No single tool of the drummer can facilitate effective advancement on the instrument more than a metronome. Students will only need to bring their favorite drumsticks (and maybe a few backups in case of breakage while rocking out).
Prerequisite: None
Cost - $25.00 per 40-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)    

Drumset 201 (DRM 201): 12-week intermediate drumset instruction class. Naturally builds from the foundation established in Drumset 101. Students begin to play more complicated patterns while learning to become intuitively aware of the "pulse" of the music they play. This is in an effort to develop a metronome "within their head" in order to permit them to gradually rely less on the actual metronome for their practice sessions and, ultimately, their live performances. At the conclusion of Drumset 201, drummers are ready to become the rhythm core for their band in the Garage Band class experience. Students will only need to bring their favorite drumsticks (and maybe a few backups in case of breakage while rocking out).
Prerequisite: Drumset 101
Cost - $25.00 per 40-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Advanced Rhythm for Drumset (ARD): This 12-week class is designed for drummers who have made it through DRM 101 and DRM 201 but want to hone their chops a little further before diving into the Garage Band experience. Lots of pressure always falls on the drummer in any band situation. With that fact in mind, ARD focuses on getting students more comfortable with playing live. Students will only need to bring their favorite drumsticks (and a few backups in case of breakage while rocking out).
Prerequisite: Drumset 201
Cost - $25.00 per 40-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Vocals programs offered by Garage Rock Academy:

Vocals (VOX): 12-week beginning to intermediate vocal instruction class. Vocal training which emphasizes proper breathing principles and exercises, pitch correction and note matching. Focuses on training singers for live performing through the use of techniques designed to increase breath control and to harness vocal power. Students will sing in a live environment while becoming accustomed to the use of a microphone. This class is geared toward getting vocal students proficient enough to start up in a Garage Band class where the most rapid advancement will occur. Vocals is a 30-minute, one-on-one class with an instructor.
Prerequisite: None
Cost - $25.00 per 30-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)

Keyboard programs offered by Garage Rock Academy:

Rock Keyboard (KEY): 12-week beginning keyboard instruction class. Rock Keyboard is designed to take beginning piano students and work with them on an electric keyboard in an effort to prepare them for the Garage Band class. This is not classical piano training. This is a focus on precisely what it would take to play in a true rock band setting. It's emphasis is on chords and chord construction, the necessary building blocks for becoming a rhythm feature of their band. Rock Keyboard is a 30-minute, one-on-one class with an instructor.
Prerequisite: None
Cost - $25.00 per 30-minute weekly class (tuition due monthly)