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2014 Music Courses

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The Rock Project: Becoming a Better Musician

July 28 — August 1, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall Poncho, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

The price of this class is $425.00.

Early Bird Discount Use the coupon code VZ22WH in the cart to receive a 10% discount on the total order. Early Bird Discount coupon code is valid until Friday, May 2, 2014.

  • Ages
    12 – 17
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Course Description
Students will work in large and small bands, and will have the opportunity to go beyond the basics and learn how to write and play rock and electronic music while incorporating elements of blues and jazz into their music.

Students will develop their creativity and thoughtfulness by analyzing songs together, while solving challenges along the way. The Rock Project instructors will help students learn real world skills and encourage creative, cooperative exploration through jam sessions, discussions, lessons, and ensemble projects.The workshop culminates with a Saturday concert featuring performances by participants for supportive family and friends.

Who should enroll?
Middle and high school students, ages 12-17, who have played guitar, bass, drums and/or keyboards for six months or longer.

Daily Schedule
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements
None. Open for enrollment to students, ages 12-17, without any audition.

Susan Palmer

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Susan Palmer

Susan Palmer is the author of The Guitar Lesson Companion and currently teaches guitar at Seattle University. She has led jazz, blues and rock groups throughout her career, and has spent the past ten years teaching adults and kids how to play the guitar. Many of her students are now actively performing throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 2006, Palmer published her unique guitar instruction method in The Guitar Lesson Companion and in accompanying online video lessons. Subsequently, teachers and students in over ten different countries, including at the Berklee School of Music, have adopted her book. Palmer is currently completing volume two in her guitar method series. Palmer studied with Dan Balmer, Paul Chasman, John Stowell, Dan Heck and Brian Nova. She studied music at Gonzaga University, and graduated with honors from Seattle University.