With over 20 years of professional band experience, and raising my own kids in a musical environment, I have developed a system of teaching that differs from most traditional programs. In a 1 hour lesson, students are encouraged to learn at least 3 instruments. All students learn the same set of songs depending on their skill level, and then either weekly or monthly they all come together and play as a group. This is social musicianship, and encourages the kids to keep practicing while having fun with their friends.
I started this project to provide a place for kids to come and grow into talented musicians with a broad range of skills. I teach drums, bass, guitar, vocals, cello, ukelele and performance skills. In a typical one hour lesson, a student will play at least 2 of their favorite instruments. In addition learning their instrument of choice, all lessons include creativity exercises, rhythm training, listening skills and performance skills. Song choices are a combination of the students picks and some of my own that think will provide a opportunity for growth. For someone who has yet to discover their favorites, they will have a chance to try them all on for size.
Private 1 Hour Lessons
I lead these intensive sessions where students are able to browse the entire collection of instruments and receive instruction on any that catch their interest. I encourage each student to learn at least 3 instruments, while exercising the the rhythmic and creative aspects of their minds. Students bring their own songs to learn, and I help them discover their own style, eventually leading to them writing their own songs. They play cover songs they love, paired with some classics that I think will help them grow as musicians. After 8 private lessons, they are welcome to also join one of the Rios Music Project Bands with their age group and play with their peers.
Cost: $45/ 1 Hour Lesson
Sunday Music Class: 5-7 year olds/Families
Sunday Group Band Meet-Up: 8-9 Year Olds
Students who have taken at least 8 private lessons can join a Rios Music Project band . The 8-9 year olds will have a band meet-up on Sunday from 1-2:30. With the guidance of a teacher, they play cover songs, write their own original songs, play shows and more.
Cost: $30/group lesson
Weekday Band Meet-Ups: 10-13 year olds
Students who have taken at least 8 private lessons can join an after school band that practices once a week. The 10-13 year olds can choose to come either Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 5:30-7:00. With the guidance of a music teacher they play cover songs, write their own original songs, play shows and and more.
Cost: $30/group lesson
Adult Group Music Class: Thursdays 12:30-1:30
Grow your skills on guitar, bass, drums and singing. Instruments are provided or bring your own, and meet-ups are once a week. Optional showcase a fall winter an spring.
Private Lesson Cost: $45/hour
Split Lesson Cost: $30/each/hour
After School Group Lessons: $30/session
Adult Groups: $30/hour
How To Pay
Monthly Billing via Pay Pal
Cash payments for “Drop-In’s can be placed in a designated envelope in the band garage