8-Week-Workshops

Welcome to BandWorks Year-Round Workshops for kids and teens! You can register now for our Fall 2017 Workshop. For questions please call us at 510-843-2263 or email us: info@bandworks.com.
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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 $425, or $375 when you take advantage of the early registration discount.
See Full Schedule Below

Student Concerts for the Fall Session will be held on Sunday, October 29th and Wednesday, November 1st for Oakland students and on Monday, October 30th for San Rafael students.

The BandWorks Youth Band Workshop is an 8-week session offering musicians ages 8-18 a chance to play in a rock band and perform live on-stage. Musicians can come in with friends, or they don’t have to – we’ll build the entire band from scratch! Every musician gets placed with a band carefully selected to match his or her age, 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 in front of a large audience of supporters.

The BandWorks Vocal Workshop in San Rafael is an 8-week session for singers of all ages. With the help of our instructor Carrie Souza vocalists will build a set of songs to perform as a lead singer in a band – popular music styles like rock, blues, pop, reggae, and funk. At the performance the singers will be accompanied by a professional band! All other parameters of the BandWorks Experience apply to this workshop too. It’s a blast, and a great way to get ready to lead your own band.

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
  • Receive mp3 recordings and Youtube video links of your concert performance
  • 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.

Registration Information

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.

Upon registering, you will receive an automated receipt acknowledging it. 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 your student will be able to meet with a band. Once their band is built, they 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 your child in a band.

DayPeriod APeriod BPeriod C
Monday 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm8:15 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
Saturday10:15 am – 12:15 pm 12:15 pm – 2: 15 pm 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Upcoming Sessions

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

SessionWeek Starting Early Registration DeadlineConcert Dates
Fall 20179/4/2017Friday, 8/25/17Sunday, 10/29 Oakland
Monday, 10/30 San Rafael
Wednesday, 11/1 Oakland
Winter 201711/13/2017
Friday, 11/3/17
Sunday, 1/21 Oakland
Monday, 1/22 San Rafael
Wednesday, 1/24 Oakland
Spring 20181/29/2018Friday, 1/19/18Sunday, 3/25 Oakland
Monday, 3/26 San Rafael
Wednesday, 3/28 Oakland
Second Spring 20184/9/2018Friday, 3/30/18Sunday, 6/3 Oakland
Monday, 6/4 San Rafael
Wednesday, 6/6 Oakland

Current Concert Information

Student Concerts for the Fall Session will be held on Sunday, October 29th and Wednesday, November 1st for Oakland students and on Monday, October 30th for San Rafael students.

Class LocationDateTimeVenue
San Rafael (Vocal Workshop) Saturday, 10/28/201712:00pm-2:30pm
HopMonk
Oakland (Kids)Sunday, 10/29/201712:30pm-8:00pm
Ashkenaz
San Rafael (Band Workshop) Monday, 10/30/20176:00pm-9:00pm
HopMonk
Oakland (Adults)Wednesday, 11/1/20176:00pm-10:00pm
The Ivy Room

Fees for Workshops

*Includes a $100 non-refundable deposit. Registrations received by the early registration deadline receive a $50 discount.

By Friday, 8/25/17 After 8/25/17
$425* $395*