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Performance, Songwriting & Recording

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PERFORMANCE OR 'CREW' PROGRAM

SLAM's rock and pop performance program or    "CREW" program groups youth by age and ability for up to 18 others called a "Crew".      "Crewmembers"  participate in this twice-weekly program by taking individual lessons and attending weekly 2-hour rehearsals.  Each  Crew has 3 drummers, 3 bassists, 6 guitarists, 3 keyboard players, and 3 singers for a maximum total of 18 students per Crew. 

 

REHEARSAL

Crewmembers are rehearsed by SLAM's    Crew Coaching Team who guide the rehearsals in three rehearsal studios in a 'band-by-the-song model.    A 1:6 staffing ratio keeps students engaged from the moment they walk through the door.

SHOWCASES - Starting in 2023, crews now perform nearly twice as many shows: seven    shows per year  on these dates:

Crew T6 Spring Showcase.........March  10 

Crew T4 Spring    Showcase.........March 11

Spring Best of Season Show........April 15
 

Crew T6 Summer Showcase .....June 09

Crew T4 Summer    Showcase......June 10

Summer Best of Season Show....April 15

Crew T6 Fall Showcase....September 08

Crew T4 Fall   Showcase....September 09

Fall Best of Season Show......October 07


Holiday Showcase..............December 02

.Show dates are on our calendar

LIFE LESSONS - In addition to learning how to play in a band, Crewmembers are empowered with the life-lessons of self-reliance, time management, generosity, mutuality and teamwork.​​​​

INDIVIDUALIZED - Crewmembers learn at their own pace with more experienced musicians 'pull-up' less experienced ones.  No one is held back from achieving.  Each student is challenged to overcome obstacles, gain confidence and be inspired by students and staff while they perform quarterly showcases as they learn how to be good and reliable bandmates.

REPERTOIRE - When a Crewmember is confident that they can play the song from start to finish and want learn a new song, they ask to "pass off' on that song with our staff who let the Crewmember(s) know if they 'pass off' on that song correctly enough to earn a next song.

 

LEADERSHIP - Once a Crew reaches 18 members, the crewmembers with the most seniority will be offered a leadership opportunity to seed a new Crew on another day and time.

STAY INFORMED: GET THE SPACES APP AT THIS LINK - Because email, text, and social media are not scalable as SLAM grows.  And because not all social media is safe or friendly for younger kids, SLAM provides a safe online community that maintains parent, student and teacher privacy for:
 

  • Student/Parent-teacher discussion

  • Streaming or downloading learning materials

  • Video and music streaming

  • Arranging carpools, birthday parties, BBQs

  • Fundraising

  • Free Concert Tickets

  • Form Parent Chat Groups

  • Form Student Chat Groups
     

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS
 

  • Must be in lessons with any teacher.

  • Must learn at least 1 new song/month.  

  • We reward individual progress, not talent.

 

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AWARD CEREMONY - Each season, SLAM gives three student awards:


GOODNESS OF SPIRIT AWARD:   Awarded to the crewmembers who brings a great attitude, selfless service and 'good vibes' to the Crew.

MOST PROGRESS AWARD: Awarded to the crewmember who overcame the most obstacles in a season to make the most progress!

BEST STAGECRAFT:   
Awarded to the crewmember who helped turn a set list into a show the most in the last Showcase!


COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS: Each year, SLAM acknowledges our donors, sponsors and partners with public thanks and awards.

TUITION: $200/month with a $200 deposit for the last month on a month-to-month basis with a 30-day notice of withdrawal.  Offered on an income-based sliding free-to-fee scale.

FESTIVAL BAND PROGRAM

This professional training program is an audition based program that we want all SLAM ROCK Performance Program students to audition for.  The band is likely six students with no alternates.

The FESTIVAL BAND PROGRAM is a five-month audition-based program that runs from May-September.  

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Those who want to be in this program will commit to being available all of June, August and September with all of the month of July off from shows for summer family vacations, etc.

SLAM festival band performances are semi-professional performances that range from 25-60 minutes and will include crowd-pleasing favorites in classic rock, soul, funk, reggae and blues.  These songs will be assigned starting in fall (Aug-Dec) and spring (Jan-Apr) seasons. 

Festival band meets for a 1-hour rehearsal starting in May.  Likely on Saturdays.  Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 15 2023.  Festival Band is an add-on to the Performance Program.

TUITION: $75/month for May, June, July August and September.

SONGWRITING PROGRAM - Offered at the start of the summer, this hands-on 25-hour, 5-day intensive program is designed to help emerging songwriters find their creative voice.  9 am-2 pm, Monday-Friday.  Date, time, mentors and tuition TBA.

RECORDING PROGRAM - Offered at the middle of the summer, this hands-on 25-hour, 5-day intensive program ties in with the songwriting program above nicely!  Designed to help emerging songwriters actualize find their creative voice9 am-2 pm, Monday-Friday.  Date, time, mentors and tuition TBA.  Listen to  previous recording projects at slamslc.org/bands .

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