We have three kickin’ programs:
After School Classes!
There are two options for our after school classes – Farm Bands and Session Bands. Both options meet at our space at 1404 West Idaho in downtown Boise, Idaho! These hour and a half classes are available at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. every weekday. We also offer Saturday classes.
- Farm Band:
Kids join Farm Bands if they want to learn the banjo and the washboard. JUST KIDDING! (Though Ryan can teach ya how to play the banjo and Jared is a master at the washboard). Kids join Farm Bands because they can’t commit to a session or they are complete beginners who may be unsure what instrument is calling them. Kids in Farm Bands still get an awesome mix of private and band instruction, it’s just a little less rigorous in scope and commitment.
- Session Band:
Session Band students form a band of their own, learn cover songs, write original songs, hone group problem-solving skills, and get really good on their respective instruments. A mix of band and private instruction, Session Bands run for three month sessions in the fall, winter, and spring.
Each session ends with a huge gig in Boise’s historic (and acoustically stupendous) Linen Building. Plus, bands from each session have the opportunity to play “reward gigs” if they’re behaving appropriately and doing their homework. These gigs occur at places such as The Knitting Factory, The Grove, Idaho Botanical Gardens, Bogus Basin, Julia Davis Park, and Ann Morrison Park. Once you are in a Session Band, you are committed for the entire session!
Click here to sign up for an after school class!
The Boise Rock School goes back to school through the Educational Outreach Program. We tailor these programs to fit each school’s needs. We currently work with a number of area schools to complement their arts and music curriculum, including Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, ANSER Charter School, and Riverstone International School. We also hit the road to do educational outreach in towns across Idaho such as Salmon and Twin Falls. If you represent a music program at your school and want to integrate the Boise Rock School concept, contact us for more details!
So maybe we’re not roasting marshmallows and skipping stones, but we are firing up some amps and throwin’ down some killer rock. We love camps! We offer camps during all school breaks, (including the extremely popular summer camp). During the course of a camp, kids form a band, choose a name, make a poster, learn a few songs, write a song or two, and give a concert at the end of the camp. For older kids, we also partner with Idaho Shakespeare Festival to offer an apprentice program.
Other Boise Rock School Options:
- Private Lessons
Want to get really good? Nothing beats one-on-one instruction!
- Adult Classes
You’re never too old to rock, and you’re never too old to go back to school! Grown-ups get the same stellar instruction, and gig at venues across Boise.
- Audio Recording and Engineering Classes
Taught by our in-house audio expert Casey Miller, these classes teach you what all the dials mean and where all the cords go. Join this class to master a soundboard.
And there’s more to come. As we grow, so will this list. Check back soon for new offerings such as hip-hop classes and a mentoring program to match students with local (adult) musicians.
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!