Should my child sign up for beginning/intermediate or Select Rock Band?

Choosing the correct class for your child is an important consideration.  We have two classes available for students.  Most students will sign up for the Beginning/Intermediate class.  These students are new to the instrument or have very basic skills.  The Select class is available for students after an audition.  These students have developed skills on their instrument and can follow a chart.   The information on this page should help determine the correct placement. 

Guitar Players

1. Students considering the Select group should know how to play "power chords" and be able to shift them around the neck quickly and in time with the music.  Click here for an explanation of "power chords."

2. Select players should know the names of the notes on the 5th and 6th strings.

3. Select players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords.  Click here for an example.

4. Give your child the music to Louie Louie and have them play it with the video in the video section.  If this is something they can play, then they may be ready for the Select class.

Keyboard Players

1. Select players should know how to play all major, minor and dominant chords in root position and understand inversions.

2. While it's not essential that the student knows how to read the treble and bass staff, it is helpful since some melodic lines are written in standard notation.

3. Select players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords.  Click here for an example.  In this example your child should be able to play the chords along with the recording.  (see Youtube for a recording)  If this is something they can play, then they may be ready for the Select  class.

Bass Players

1. Students considering the Select group should know how to create bass lines to songs with a chord chart.  ie. This might be the root or 5th of the chord or a "walking bass" line.

2. Students should know the names of the notes on the all 4 strings.

3. Select players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords.  Click here for an example.

Drummers

1. Students considering the Select group should be able to play several basic "grooves" on the drum set.

2. Students considering the Select group should be able to play several some fills while keeping a steady beat.

3. 3. Select players should be able to follow a rhythm chart with chords written above the measures or a lyric sheet with chords.