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Skip's Music: Stairway To Stardom

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Stairway to Stardom is an eight-week Summer music program for young, non-professional musicians. Each participating student is placed in a band of fellow student musicians with a professional music coach and given the opportunity to create, develop, and perform at a professional level. The program is educational, inspirational, and fun!


Any young, non-professional musician can participate in Stairway to Stardom. Guitarist, drummers, keyboardist, bassists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists are welcome. The only prerequisites are basic instrument proficiency and the ambition to work hard for eight rewarding weeks. Designed for those considering a career in the music business, Stairway to Stardom teaches students the technical and artistic skills necessary to develop their careers.


The Introductory Meeting provides an opportunity for the Program Director to explain Stairway in detail, outline the summer schedule and answer your questions. There is no cost to attend the Introductory Meeting, however, those planning on attending should complete the pre-registration form on the left side of this page.


All participating students will receive their student packets, & evaluation schedules.


An opportunity for participants to meet with program instructors and coaches, and for the students to be evaluated for general music and instrument proficiency.


Each band will be scheduled for a weekly in-store rehearsal, supervised by professional music coaches. In-store rehearsals will take place in dedicated rehearsal space outfitted complete with professional rehearsal gear (sound system, amps, keyboards, drums). Additional out-of-store rehearsals will be discussed, all in an effort to prepare for the Final Concert!


Three ‘concert simulation’ Dress Rehearsals will be conducted during the eight-week program. Each Dress Rehearsal will require each band to perform one song before an enthusiastic and supportive audience of fellow participants. Attendance at these dress rehearsals is mandatory.


Each band is required to perform two original songs and one cover song for the final concert. (Bands are not required to perform a cover song and can choose to write three originals) Band coaches will provide songwriting guidance, and program-wide Songwriting Seminars will be presented to assist in musical and lyrical composition and arrangement.


During the eight weeks, a series of important group seminars will be presented. The Seminars will offer participants an opportunity to interact with students and coaches from other bands while participating in important presentations of valuable industry advice and information. Scheduled Seminars include: Stage Performance, Songwriting, and Music Business. All students are encouraged to attend the Seminars, however they are mandatory for students seeking school credit(s).


The highlight of the Stairway to Stardom experience is always the Final Concert, this year scheduled for Sunday August 2nd. All bands will perform one cover song and two originals, LIVE! on-stage before an audience of family, friends, peers, and music lovers. Professional concert-quality production – including concert stage, lights, sound, even roadies! – will enhance the experience for all involved. A panel of industry professionals will evaluate, and score, each band’s three-song set for performance, songwriting, talent, and overall presentation.


Enrollment in Stairway to Stardom is just $300.