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Don’t Stop Rockin’ Group Vocal

Overview

Weekly 50 minute lessons

$295 per (12 week) session

School year program

Ages 9+

6 student max per class

Our group vocal program is a school year program from late August through the end of May, that spans a total of six sessions overall.

Similar to our group guitar lessons, group vocal also incorporates video, audio, and graphics in a fun and interactive way.  The focus is on learning safe and proper vocal technique and applying new musical concepts as part of a vocal group.  Each student receives a custom supplemental hand-out for each of the 11 weeks, which covers the main sections of the lesson, not to mention plenty of instruction with a maximum of 6 students per class.

Often times during a session, the group will write and perform an original song at the BIG show!

Following the completion of the program, the singers are welcome to join / form bands or take private lessons.

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Tuition

Tuition for our group programs (vocal, guitar and band) are drafted every three months. We will send you a courtesy reminder of specific draft dates a couple of weeks in advance. Group vocal tuition is $295 per 12 week section of the school year program.

If you wish to split tuition over two payments, you will need to notify us of this by emailing james@dontstoprockin.com at least seven days before the draft due dates.

Draft Dates:

Fall: First weekend in August (pays for late August through early November session)

Winter: Second weekend in October (pays for mid November through mid February session)

Spring: Third weekend in January (pays for late February through mid may session)

Music

We use pop and rock music that is generally familiar to the majority of rockers and appropriate for their skill level. The group will also have the opportunity each session to collaborate on an original song, which they will be able to perform at The BIG show.

Is this the right program for my child?

99% of the time, YES!  The lessons are designed to be fun and fit the learning style of the modern young person. Those that come into the program with a musical background or an interest in music in general LOVE the experience.

Occasionally, the group dynamic doesn’t suit everyone and if this is the case we will direct you to a different class type or private lessons.

Age of the Rocker

Don’t Stop Rockin’ Group Vocal is reserved for children ages 9 and up. Even though there are certainly exceptions, we see the most success for them, when children join the group program once they are at least 9 years old. Under 9? See our private lesson page for details as 7 and up is a good starting age for private vocal lessons.

What gear do we need?

Nothing at all for group vocal

Practice tips and habits

Practice and perseverance is the foundation of what we do – hence, DONT STOP ROCKIN‘ and don’t give up.  We have found that the best way to learn, is to set aside 10 minutes or so every other each day for ROCKIN’

Help us to help you by working to schedule this daily time. It is a good habit to schedule practice time just before something else that they really enjoy, like screen time or a treat.

We don’t require your child to practice a specific amount of time each week to be able to understand or take the next lesson, however, it will certainly be beneficial and the more they practice the more confidence they will gain each week.

Each Rocker will receive their own customized weekly handout, which contains the information from the current weeks lesson.  

We also provide an online resource for the group vocal songs, providing the full audio and also an edit with the lead vocals removed. Your rock star can practice to this at home.

What if we miss class?

There are no credits or make-ups given if you miss a group vocal lesson. If they would like to schedule a 30 minute private lesson with an instructor (where available) you can, for the totally reasonable additional cost price of $15. You will simply need to email james@dontstoprockin.com to request a lesson time.

What if we have to drop?

Please remember our group vocal, guitar and rock band programs are school year programs and we expect that each student will be with us for the duration of each school year.

Leaving mid-school year negatively affects the rest of the group, just like if they were on a sports team and stopped mid season. If your rocker has to stop, the summer is the best time as it affords us the opportunity to find replacements for the following school year.

If the draft date for a session has passed (three weeks before the next one starts) and we have already drafted your account, you will not be eligible to a refund. We will however add a credit to your account which can be used for future lessons, group, private or camps. This credit is transferable to different students.

No refunds or credits will be given if you miss a lesson.

Holidays / Closures

We post our entire school year program, including performance dates on our live calendar in early August.

Dontstoprockin.com/live-calendar

Can I or a family member sit in on a class?

No. There’s not much additional room in the class, other people are a distraction and let’s face it, your face will likely melt. There’s a window in the door so you can check in as and when you wish to.

Performances

The BIG show is a celebration of what the rockers have learned in class.  It is FREE to you and your family and an amazing experience for all involved. There are no tickets to be sold.  In the event of bad weather, the event will be held in our performance room at Don’t Stop Rockin’

Do I have to stay during the class?

Nope. You are welcome to drop off and run errands. Don’t forget you can kick back in our lobby, check email or just hang out with your other kids. You may ask for the Rocker’s autographs but only after class please.

Why should my kid rock?

Middle school and high school students who participated in instrumental music scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests.

University studies conducted in Georgia and Texas found significant correlations between the number of years of instrumental music instruction and academic achievement in math, science and language arts.  – University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball;East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent

Engaging in musical activity for most of one’s lifetime significantly helps remember names, and enhances nonverbal memory, the ability to work based on what one sees, and mental agility during old age.  -Brenda Hanna-Pladdy and Alicia MacKay, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas

Confidence for the future

Through the application of guitar and ROCK, we strive to build self-confidence that our rockers will carry with them wherever they go in life. 

Our groups have a maximum of 6 students, with two instructors per group to ensure that each and every rocker has the opportunity to receive individual attention. 

The group environment encourages camaraderie and friendship with their peers.

At the end of the semester, the rockers get to experience The BIG show which is a live, full band performance with their group, in front of friends and family at a local music venue. Our feedback has shown that this experience can actually be life changing for them!