Each semester we offer a series of workshops to give young musicians (8-18) an opportunity to dig deeper into specific topics and musical experiences. These 2 hour workshops, generally on Sundays, are free for kids in our Band Coaching program and cost $60 for others. Some level of experience is required for most workshops. Please call 212-235-7510 for more information and to enroll.
Music Theory Workshop – Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1-3pm
In this workshop we will learn the basic concepts of music theory and use them to analyze our favorite songs – hopefully getting a chance to rock out using our newfound knowledge of music!
We will begin by exploring the major scale, chords, and specifically the chords that come out of the notes within the major scale. These fundamentals will give us a deeper understanding of our favorite music. We will then listen, analyze, and play bits and pieces of music across different genres. Along with analyzing the songs in terms of our understanding of the major scale, we will also share our listening experiences. Did a chord progression or melody sound particularly sad, nostalgic, elated? Exploring these questions can help anyone become a better music listener, player and songwriter.
This workshop is open to those who already have some theory knowledge and those who don’t!
Pedal Workshop – Sunday, May 14, 2017, 1-3pm
Come to this workshop to have some fun with guitar pedals! We will take a look at some video & audio of guitar heroes and guitar-pedal mavens to learn how they incorporate effects pedals into their sound. We will then examine what sounds different pedals and their knobs can make and discuss how the location of these effects in the signal chain affect the overall sound. And last by not least, we will, of course, experiment and rock out with all these different effects and pedals. Come explore some killer sounds with us! This workshop is open to everyone (not just guitarheads).
Groove Workshop – Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1-3pm
Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip-hop… there are countless “grooves” that we know and love in today’s music. In this workshop we will pick a few of our favorite songs and discuss the ins-and-outs of the beats and rhythms they use to carry the melody and harmony. We will then get to the business of playing them as a group, and adapting them to our own instrumentation and vision. All instruments and ability-levels are welcome!
Percussion Workshop – Next Date TBA
Calling all drummers! In this workshop we will explore how drummers make the musical decisions necessary to move a song forward, lead a band as the foundation of the groove, and take steps out on their own to showcase their individual voice on the instrument. Along the way, we will get into some of the nitty-gritty of technique and rudiments and see how they allow us to boost our musicality in gratifying, yet fun ways. This workshop is the perfect chance for drummers to try out grooves and ideas they might not normally work on in band practice, and to learn something new! Open to all levels of drummers.
Instructors: John & Alex
Singing in a Band – Next Date TBA
This very special workshop will show you how to become a lead-singing, band-fronting, rock star! Sign up and you’ll get to play with a band of instrumentalists while learning the finer elements about how to effectively fit-in and guide a band with the following skills: How to cue the band during a performance, how to count off the beginning of a
song, understand music vocabulary to communicate effectively with musicians, leading the ‘groove’ of the band, as well as performance etiquette, microphone technique and more! This workshop is open to those who identity as singers and those who may secretly want to identify as singers!
‘Art of the Cover’ – Next Date TBA
Playing your favorite songs can be more than just great fun: it’s a chance to express your musical creativity in an original and personal way. In this workshop we will explore different methods to restructure and re-imagine different songs by changing their structure, feel, and maybe “genre” all together. Come learn how a cover can be just as vital as the original, and see how even a well-listened song can be reinvented through a few tricks of musical ingenuity!
Jam Workshop – Next Date TBA
Learn how to have a blast playing music with friends in the workshop on jamming. Topics covered will include ear training and instrument-specific techniques to find key centers, improvisation using simple shapes and scales, as well as strategies to participate in no matter what your experience level. Come to this workshop ready to use your ears and rock out! All instruments are very much welcome.
Lyric Writing – Next Date TBA
Lyrics can be a daunting task for any songwriter – from the true beginner to even the most experienced songsmith. And while there may be a glorified myth about the great troubadour plucking perfect phrases from the ether, waiting around to be struck by magic, there are, in fact, other ways to make magic happen. This workshop will explore some of the many different creative processes that anybody can use to generate ideas for good, meaningful lyrics. Along with playing some word and melody games and exercises, we will also share and discuss some of our favorite lyrics from our favorite songs.
Recording Workshop – Next Date TBA
With the availability of free, accessible recording technology, it’s never been easier to record your own songs. In this workshop, we will explore two such software platforms, Garageband and Audacity, to record guitar, bass, drums & vocals, as well as the digital instruments and samples that come bundled with those programs. We will leave the workshop with a full recording of a song, as well as an understanding of the recording studios that have been in our homes all along!
Instructors: Alex & Stefano
Creating Rock Workshop – By Request
In this three-hour Replay Music Studios’ weekend workshop, kids and teens write and record a song in a single intensive session. This is the ideal program to give kids a taste of the Replay Music Studios experience while they meet up with young musicians who share their interests. Contact us today to set up your own Creating Rock Workshop!