BandWorks offers 8-Week Workshops throughout the school year in in Oakland and San Rafael. Students just show up and play in their own rock band – with their gig only 8 weeks away! Cost is $450, or $395 when you take advantage of the early registration discount.
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The BandWorks Adult Band Workshop is an 8-week process offering adult musicians a chance to play in a rock band and perform live on-stage. We take care of all the logistics — setting the rehearsal time, booking the rehearsal studio, picking songs, providing charts and mp3s, even arranging the gig — all you have to do is show up and play! Musicians can come in with friends, or sign up on their own to be placed in a group. Every musician gets placed with a band carefully selected to match his or her experience level and instrument. Then, for two hours each week, they work with our staff of professional musician-instructors in our fully equipped professional music studio. After honing their sets, the bands take to the stage and perform live at a popular local venue.
The BandWorks Experience
Over the course of 8-weeks, each band builds a set of songs to perform together—in popular music styles like rock, blues, pop, reggae, and funk. We select the songs for each band based on students’ song choices when they sign up, and make sure that when they arrive on the first day the songs are ready to go. (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 session:
- Just show up and play – your band is already assembled, the songs chosen, your studio reserved, and the gig only 8 weeks 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 rock band!
After eight weeks of rehearsal, it’s time to hit the stage! Each BandWorks session 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. Each participant receives professionally recorded mp3s and a youtube video link of their performance.
Ready to rock? Registration is now open for our Fall Session! Just click the Register button at the top of the page. Once 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 the week prior to classes starting.
Students are placed in our Rock Band Workshops in which we match students as described above. When you register online, please indicate as many possible times that you’d be able to meet with a band. Once your band is built, you will only meet once a week at the designated time.
Refunds and Discounts
There are no refunds after the second class of a session, for missed classes or for missed concerts. You will be fully refunded if we are unable to place you in a band.
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. This may not be combined with any other coupons or discounts except the Early Registration Discount.
Rehearsal Schedule – Rock Band Workshops
Bands meet once per week for 2 hours at one of the times listed below. Please indicate all possible availability on your registration form to give us the most flexibility in placing you in a band.
|Day||Period A||Period B||Period C|
|Monday||4:15 pm – 6:15 pm||6:15 pm – 8:15 pm||8:15 pm – 10:15 pm|
|Tuesday||4:15 pm – 6:15 pm||6:15 pm – 8:15 pm||8:15 pm – 10:15 pm|
|Wednesday||4:15 pm – 6:15 pm||6:15 pm – 8:15 pm||8:15 pm – 10:15 pm|
|Thursday||4:15 pm – 6:15 pm||6:15 pm – 8:15 pm||8:15 pm – 10:15 pm|
|Saturday||10:15 am – 12:15 pm||12:15 pm – 2: 15 pm||2:15 pm – 4:15 pm|
Registrations received by the early registration deadline receive a $55 discount.
|Session||Week Starting||Early Registration Deadline||Concert Dates|
|Winter 2019||11/11/2019||Friday, 10/25/19||Sunday, 1/19 East Bay
Monday, 1/20 Marin
Wednesday, 1/22 ALL Adults
|Spring 2020||1/27/2020 (Returning Bands)|
|Friday, 1/17/20||3/22 East Bay
3/30 & 3/31 Marin
4/1 & 4/7 ALL Adults
|Second Spring 2020||4/13/2020||Friday, 3/27/2020||Sunday, 6/7 East Bay
Monday, 6/8 Marin
Wednesday, 6/10 & 6/17 ALL Adults
Current Concert Information
The Adult Concert for the Fall Workshop will be held on Thursday, November 1st.
|Oakland (Youth)||Sunday, 1/19/2020||12:00pm-9:00pm||Cornerstone|
|Marin (Youth)||Monday, 1/20/2020||2:00pm-8pm||Sweetwater Music Hall
|Oakland and Marin (All Adults)||Wednesdays, 1/22 and 1/29/2020||6:00pm-12:00pm||The Ivy Room|
Fees for Workshops
*Includes a $100 non-refundable deposit. Registrations received by the early registration deadline receive a $55 discount.
|By Friday, 1/20/20||After 1/20/20|
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