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!

  • 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
  • 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!

  • Musicology 102 is an introductory band.
  • Classes are 1.5 hours. We also offer 1 hr classes for the 6-8 year olds. Classes are available every weekday at 4 pm and 6 pm and Saturday afternoons.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Little Rockers:

This class is for the little guys!

  • Students in the Little Rockers class are in a band with other awesome mini-musicians.
  • Enrollment in the “Little Rockers” is ongoing.
  • Class meets for 45 minutes each week.
  • Little Rockers get to play at the Session Gig!
  • Please check our Schedule/ Calendar for Little Rockers class times.
  • With the little guys, we utilize the Orff Method of teaching whereby instruments are often tuned to specific chord or key.

Camps:

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 and summer. During the course of a camp, kids form a band, choose a name, learn and write a few tunes and give a concert at the end of the camp.
  • We also offer recording camps, songwriting camps, string section camps and “little rockers” camps. Please check our schedule for availability.
  • Our camps are extremely popular. Hundreds of kids do our camps every summer. Camps fill up quickly, so please inquire  if you are interested.

Private Lessons:

At Boise Rock School we believe that students will excel more quickly if they are in a small group of their peers. As such, we don’t place an organization emphasis on private lessons. That being said, if privates are the main goal for your student, then we have great options. Please inquire and we will match your student with a teacher that best meets their needs. We can facilitate private lessons on piano, guitar, bass, drums, saxaphone, violin, voice, songwriting, recording, DJ classes and electronic music production.

Adult Program:

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. Besides private lessons we have two basic options for adults:

1) Drop in “jam sessions” facilitated by one of our awesome teachers. These jam sessions require no ongoing commitment. Drop in fee required. Please check our Schedule/ Calendar for current class times.

2) Ongoing “band” classes that function as our regular band classes. Inquire for details and check our Schedule/ Calendar for current times.

Recording Classes:

Believe it or not, we have a great little studio at our downtown space. We have a Mac running Pro-tools, Logic and Garage band. Conversion is done via a Lynx Aurora 16. For pre-amps we offer an API 3125k, a Mercury M76m, a Presonus Firepod and a large Mackie board. For a sample of songs recorded at our studio please check out: soundcloud.com/boiserockschool.

  • We offer specific recording classes that follow the class length and session length of regular program. Currently these classes are on Saturday mornings.
  • We also offer “drop-in” recording times to our current students. These recording times occur in 3-hour blocks. The recording times are supervised by our in-house recording engineer.

Songwriting:

Though many of many of our Regular Program students write original music in their classes, we also offer songwriting specific classes each session. These classes not only focus on the development of original songs, but also cover a wide array of songs from Motown to metal. Currently these classes consist of “Songwriting Saturdays” with David Gluck. David is a past professor of music at SUNY Purchase. David’s past songwriting students include Regina Spektor and Langhorne Slim.

Outreach:

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!

Other Special Offerings:

  • Birthday parties-let us throw a birthday party for your son or daughter. You supply the cake, we supply the music.
  • DJ classes
  • Adult Recording Classes
  • Corporate Team Building
  • We do workshops all over the Boise area. These workshops can be specifically tailored to the venue’s needs.

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!