The Rock Out Loud Lessons taught in Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums. Not Just a Lesson...an Experience.
A few years ago I walked into a music store. (Yea a music store. You know the kind. Instruments for sale up front, and lessons in a small storage area in the back). While buying a set of guitar strings I happened to see a drum lesson taking place. There was a drum instructor and student. Both were playing on practice pads. If you don’t know what a practice pad is, it is a pad most drummers use to warm up and play rudiments, or they are used when you can’t play too loud. Then I looked around and saw no drum set! If the only tools you had to learn to play drums was a practice pad or snare drum, how could you possibly learn coordination? You drummers know what I’m talkin’ about. You need to play the kick drum with your right foot, the snare with your left hand, hi-hats with your right hand, left foot holds the hi-hat pedal down. That’s a lot of coordination. How can you learn coordination by playing on a practice pad?
At Rock Out Loud we teach you to play drums ‘All’ hands (and feet) on!
While using a practice pad is important it should not be the only way to learn how to play drums. Our dedicated drum room has been setup to have the teacher play alongside the student. We feel strongly that all of our drum students get behind a real drum kit during their lesson to incorporate what they’re learning.
There is a lot that goes into our drum lessons. Besides learning how to play some great beats, there are certain things drummers must have. And that is perfect timing. When playing drums it is important you play with a metronome. The job of the metronomes is to provide you a constant beat in perfect time. This is how you will learn to play in perfect time. Without perfect timing, playing with other musicians can be very difficult. Remember, the drummer is the foundation of the band. Without the tools to provide that strong foundation, you’ll find it very difficult to play with others.
Performing is one of the most important parts of our music program. Each student has the opportunity to express themselves through a song and perform it live in front of an audience. This helps our students build confidence and self esteem. We pride ourselves in the ability to provide all of the tools necessary to prepare you for your live experience. For more information or to inquire about drum lessons, give us a call or click here.
There are a few ways to teach someone how to play piano. Most schools will focus on reading for almost a year before you actually learn how to play a song…not a song that you like, but a song from your music book. I know that’s not how I’d like to learn how to play the piano!
Learning an instrument should be fun. You should also learn to play the music that inspired you to want to play. When we teach you to play piano we will teach you to play the songs you want to learn. While teaching you songs we also teach you the music theory behind it.
Let me explain.
Let’s say you’re learning to play a song you just heard on the radio. While we are teaching you the song we are also teaching you the chords that are played. We will explain what chord is a major chord, which chord is minor. What makes the difference between major and minor chords? We’ll teach you the key that the song is in and what scales you can play in that key. I guess you can say we sneak in some music theory while you learn. We do this so you will be able to use these songs as a learning foundation. It is much easier to teach someone to play an instrument while learning something they like, then teaching them to learn something they don’t like.
At the Staten Island School of Rock we know there are a few options on what type of piano’s you can learn on. We prefer teaching on a weighted key piano. So what’s a weighted key piano you ask? Weighted keys are keys that are actually found on acoustic (grand piano/upright piano) pianos. It is a lot easier to build finger strength on a weighted piano then on a keyboard. We have found this to be the best approach to teaching piano.
What makes Rock Out Loud so much different than other music school? We teach our students what they want to learn, not what the teachers want to teach. We have yet to meet a student who was inspired to play guitar after hearing, ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’. Instead we focus on teaching our students to play the music that inspired them to pick up a guitar in the first place. Whether it’s Classic Rock, Blues, Pop or anything in between, we incorporate their own musical preference to their lessons. Here is how we do it…
We believe in having our students start playing immediately. We also encourage our beginners to start out on an Electric guitar. Not because Electric gutars are so cool, but because Electric guitars are so much easier to play. Acoustic guitars are generally 3 times bigger than an electric guitar. The strings on an Acoustic guitar are also very difficult to press down on, making it difficult for beginners to play a chord. Not only is this frustrating for the student, but it discourages them from practicing. Once they pick up an Electric guitar they usually start playing immediately. Our teachers simplify complicated chords so you are able to play within minutes. Very often our beginners will be playing one of their favorite songs before their lesson is over. But wait, it gets so much better!
All of our music coaches are trained to use Pro Tools. Pro Tools is todays ‘industry standard’ music recording software. We incorporate Pro Tools to most of our lessons we teach. Here is how Pro Tools helps you learn to play your favorite songs. Let’s say you want to learn to play Van Halen’s ‘You Really Got Me’. However, it’s a bit too fast and you haven’t quite got the parts down yet to play along with the song. We import all of the backing tracks into Pro Tools except Eddie Van Halens guitar part. Now you are the guitar player. Now that we imported the song we can slow it down so you can perform it with the band. Now that’s immediate gratification! And unlike other music schools your lesson isn’t over after 30 minutes. Because we integrate Pro Tools with your lesson we export the song you are learning and email you an .mp3. This way you get to practice what you learned all week.
We have found using this approach not only encourages our students to practice, but also builds their confidence. Imagine telling your friends you can play a Van Halen song after just one lesson?
We realize guitar lessons are so much more than learning songs. All of our teachers incorporate music theory, technique, ear training and performance into your lessons. We have been using this approach to teaching guitar for over 30 years and have seen incredible results with our students. For more information, please call us or click here. We look forward to meeting you!
Our vocal lessons are designed to cover all aspects of singing. Our voice lessons cover everything from recording to performance. Because we integrate the recording process into your lessons our coaches have the ability to teach you the proper recording techniques used when recording in any music studio. There are many benefits of recording your vocal lessons. For example, hearing your own voice played back is somethig music schools do not offer while teaching a vocal lesson. We have found this extremely helpful when working on your pitch. Proper MIC technique is also important to maintain the proper recording levels when in the studio or performing live. We are excited to offer you all of the tools you will need to get the most out of your vocal lessons. And it won’t stop there! Our experienced coaches also teach our singers how to write and record their very own songs! Because each music room is equiped with Pro Tools, the industry standard recording software, we have the ability to write and record songs you write.
To help you develop the right habits as a singer, your vocal coach will send you an .mp3 of warm up exercises in your key. Proper warm up techniques are essential in preserving your voice. We have also developed an Alexa Voice Skill called: Rock Out Loud which provides you vocal exercises to use when you are not around a guitar or piano. If you own an Alexa Echo or DOT, download our FREE Rock Out Loud Skill.
Performing is one of the most important parts of our music program. Each student has the opportunity to express themselves through a song and perform it live in front of an audience. This helps our students build confidence and self esteem. We pride ourselves in the ability to provide all of the tools necessary to prepare you for your live experience.
For more information or to inquire about vocal lessons, give us a call or click here.
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