Classes

Our Programs:

Please note that we overhauled our program schedule in March 2014. All classes except outreach classes and special classes (see below) meet at our space at 1404 West Idaho in downtown Boise, Idaho! Please check our Schedule/ Calendar to see when particular classes are offered!

Musicology 101:

If you are a complete beginner then this is your jam!

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  • Musicology 101 is our version of “private lessons” — but since we don’t believe in students learning music in solitude, we teach the basic skills on each instrument in small of groups of 2-5 students
  • Cost is $60/month.
  • Classes are 45 minutes
  • Curriculum is driven by student chosen songs which means students stay stoked!
  • Musicology 101 students can still play at the Session Gig!
  • Please check our Schedule/ Calendar for 101 class times.
  • If you are wondering whether we would categorize your student as a candidate for the Musicology 101 classes see below.
  • Sign up for 101 classes here.

Musicology 101 students will learn the following. If your student can’t do all of the following then they will have a blast in Musicology 101. If they can do all of the following then check out the Musicology 102 classes down below.

Guitar: Parts of guitar, string names, how to tune, how to read tab, how to hold a pick, how to count whole/half/quarter/8th and 16th notes, how to play a song using root notes and how to play power chords.

Bass: Parts of bass, string names, how to hold bass, how to tune, how to read tab, how to play with fingers, how to count whole/ half/ quarter/ 8th and 16th notes and how to play a song using root notes.

Drums: How to hold drumsticks, drum posture, RLRL rudiment, drum set vocabulary, bass drum basics, how to play a quarter note kick/ snare beat to song, how to read drum notation, how to play a rock beat w/ quarter note on hi-hat, ride or toms along with kick and snare, and how to play quarter/ 8th and 16th notes on snare.

Keyboard: The notes on piano, how to use both hands on keys, how to count whole/half/quarter/8th and 16th notes, how to play song using single root notes, how to add bass root notes with left hand, how to play basic triads in C major and how to read treble clef.

Vocals: Best posture for singing, be able to match pitch, know the basics of solfege, how to count whole/ half/ quarter and 8th notes, know how to warm up with neutral syllable, be able to sing a full song on pitch, the basics of vowel formation and breath support.

Musicology 102 (aka-your first band):

Your first band!

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  • Musicology 102 is an introductory band.
  • Cost is $125/month.
  • Classes are 1.5 hours. We also offer 1 hr classes for the 6-8 year olds (cost is $85/month).
  • Musicology 102 classes are broken up into 3 month sessions. Every 3 months we have a huge “Session Gig” at Boise’s historic (and acoustically stupendous) Linen Building.
  • Curriculum is driven by student chosen songs which means students stay stoked!
  • Please check our Schedule/ Calendar for 102 class times.
  • Musicology 102 students  play at the Session Gig!
  • If you are wondering whether we would categorize your student as a candidate for the Musicology 102 classes please see below.
  • Sign up for 102 classes here.

Musicology 102 students will learn the following. If your student can’t do all of the following then they will have a blast in Musicology 102. If they can do all of the following then check out the Band classes down below.

Guitar: All the notes on the bottom E and A strings, how to palm mute use, proper fret hand technique, open chords A, C, D, E, G, Am, Dm, Em and F, minor pentatonic scale, how to tune by ear and harmonics, basic strum patterns, simple rock licks and the major scale.

Bass: All the notes on the bottom E and A strings, proper fret hand technique, open string muting, how to play octaves, pick style technique, major scale, minor pentatonic scale and string crossing.

Drums: Know how to play high and low strokes (hands together, 2 inch, 10 inch), double stroke rudiments, rock beat w/ 8th note on hi-hat, ride or toms along with kick and snare, basic fills (crash cymbal on 1, quarter, 8th, triplet and 16ths), four on floor, paradiddle rudiments, flam rudiments how to count rests and how to play 16th note beats.

Keyboard: How to play song using fifths with right hand, understand sharps and flats, all major and minor triads in C major, C major scale, major triads in other keys, know how to switch between majors and minor triads quickly.

Vocals: The basics of vocal anatomy, how sing C major scale, how to sing basic intervals, ear training, how to sing with dynamics, smooth register transitions, diction/ articulation and tongue placement.

Band Class:

Get your rock on!

  • Band Classes are classes that function as a real band. In class students learn cover songs, write original songs, hone group problem-solving skills, and get really good on their respective instruments.
  • Cost is $125 month.
  • Creativity is the name of the game!
  • Band Classes are broken into 3 – 12 week Sessions during the school year. These sessions consist of a 1) Songwriting Session where students focus on the creation of at least 3 new original songs, 2) Recording Session where students record their original songs and 3) a Gig Session where students focus on playing extracurricular gigs all over Boise and subsequently learn the ins and outs of live sound, good tone and stage presence and etiquette. These sessions can be assigned by the teacher or chosen by the band depending on group goals.
  • The Band Class is a mix of private and group instructions. Class size is between 2-5 students and students are grouped by skill, age and musical interests.
  • We take great care in placing students in band classes. If your student has the “chops” for the class (they should be proficient at all of the Musicology 101 and 102 classes) (see above for skills) please contact us to schedule a drop in at our space.=

Our concerts are legendary.

Here is some video from the very first class we gave in the summer of 2008. The band’s name is Zap 5. Last we heard, they were touring somewhere in Japan. Rock on!