Skills classes are semi private, small groups focusing on a single skill. They are all one hour in length and the majority of the time is spent growing specific musical skills such as piano, drums, voice, guitar, bass, ukulele, songwriting, or music technology. All classes incorporate theory, technique and practice drills to use at home. The classes will be goal oriented, but will not culminate with a performance. Students who wish to perform can audition for the Fall Showcase, the Winter Concert or for the Spring Fling. With the help and guidance of their teacher, they are welcome and encouraged to participate in performing but it is not mandatory. Students signed up for Skills Classes can take up to 5 classes each month.
New and existing students are welcome to audition for a RIOS band each quarter. Band members can take unlimited skills classes here at the studio. With the guidance of an experienced RIOS teacher and band mentor, they receive advanced instruction within their practice session. They also hone their live performance skills, and have fun with their friends! Students are placed into bands by ability level (beginning -advanced) are expected to commit to coming to band practices and performances within each quarter.
These are fun yet intensive sessions where students are encouraged to explore the full range of instruments and discover the connections between them. Ultimately, students are encouraged to learn at least 3 instruments, while exercising the rhythmic and creative aspects of their minds. The movement through the various areas of the RMP studio helps keep students engaged with learning and maximizes their exposure to the world of music. Theory, technique, and practice drills are woven into the lesson and sent home in their folder for home practice.