Winter Workshop 2023

Welcome to BandWorks workshops for adults. You have found the fountain of youth! Whether music is a hobby or a lifetime obsession, whether you are experienced or a beginner, we can place you in a band. Our community of dedicated musicians is excited to continue sharing the power of music with new musicians. Our passion is only growing as we develop and discover new ways to communicate and connect.

You can register now for our Winter Workshop 2023.

Our next round of new bands will begin the week of November 7th

The BandWorks’ Workshop includes 16 hours of rehearsal offering musicians a chance to play in a band and perform live. You will have 10-11 weeks to get in 8 two-hour rehearsals. When you register you put all the times you CAN make in your form. Time options are 4:15 to 6:15, 6:15 to 8:15 and 8:15 to 10:15 Monday through Thursday, plus 10:15 to 12:15. 12:15 to 2:15 and 2:15 to 4:15 on Saturdays. You will arrange the schedule with your instructor, or coach. Musicians can come in with friends, or we’ll build the entire band from scratch! Every musician gets placed with a band selected to match their experience level and instrument. Then, for two hours each week, they work with our staff of professional musician-instructors in a fully equipped professional music studio. After honing their sets, the bands take to the stage and perform live at a popular local venue.  For questions please email us:


Over the course of 8 rehearsals, each band builds a set of songs to perform together – in popular music styles like rock, blues, pop, reggae, and funk. Students select the songs for each workshop and BandWorks helps them learn the tunes.  Students can peruse our extensive Song List for ideas, or suggest new ones. Here are just a few of the things you get from each BandWorks’ workshop:

  • Just show up and play – your band is already assembled, your studio reserved, and the gig is only a couple months away!
  • Work closely with a professional musician-instructor/mentor in an intimate setting with your band
  • Build self-confidence and develop your musicianship
  • Meet like-minded musicians interested in starting a band and playing music
  • Learn to read charts, play with dynamics, improve your soloing, and rehearse more effectively
  • Write an original song with your band
  • Get the real experience of playing in a band!

After weeks of rehearsal, it’s time to hit the stage! Each BandWorks’ workshop concludes with a concert performance at a popular local venue featuring all the current BandWorks’ bands. Always a super fun, rocking event, this session-ending concert gives students an opportunity to put together everything they’ve learned—and to show off a little for friends and family. We stream your performance live on Facebook where it’s archived for you to share later.


You can register now for our Winter Workshop 2023Once you’ve completed the online form, you will receive an automated receipt acknowledging your registration. You will receive email notification of your particular band placement a few days prior to classes starting. If we can’t place you this time, you can try again next workshop or get a full refund.

When you register, please indicate as many possible times that you will be able to meet with a band. Once the band is built, they will rehearse once a week for two hours, on the day, and at the time, that works for everyone. The more options you list increases your chances for placement.


There is a $100 non-refundable fee on all registrations cancelled for any reason. There are no refunds after the second class. No refunds for missed classes or for missed concerts.  If we fail to place you in a band we refund your full tuition or transfer you to the next workshop.

Families with two or more members participating in any classes during the same session will receive a $25 discount per each additional family member who signs up.

Bands meet based on the options chosen and availability of members and instructors. Please indicate all possible availability on your registration form to give us the most flexibility in placing you in a band. Make up rehearsals are scheduled at the individual instructor’s discretion.

Current Concert Information

Class LocationDateTimeVenue
All Youth & Teen BandsSunday 1/22/23
Tuesday 1/24/23
11am to 4pm
5:30 to 8:30pm
Cornerstone (Berkeley)
Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
All Adult BandsWednesdays 1/18/23 or 1/25/236pm to 10pm
The Ivy Room (Albany)

Fees for Workshops

Registrations received by the early registration deadline receive a $50 discount.

By Friday, 10/24/22 After 10/24/22
$450* $500*

*Includes a $100 non-refundable deposit.

We have been at this for almost 30 years! Check out this video from our archive.  How the Eyewitness News Team became the Eyewitness Blues Band with help from BandWorks.