Skip's Music: Stairway To Stardom
WHAT IS STAIRWAY TO STARDOM?
Stairway to Stardom, now in its 41st year, is a Summer music program designed for young, non-professional musicians. Each participant is placed in a band of fellow students and coached by professional mentor where they will get to rehearse, write, record, and then perform on July 31st at premium Northern California venue. The program is designed to be educational, inspiring, and FUN!
Any young, non-professional musician (recommended ages 11-18) 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 on SATURDAY MAY 14TH 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.
Once the student is enrolled in the program, they will be given the specific dates and times (MAY 23-26) for their evaluations. This is a low-pressure demonstration of their current abilities - not a scary audition! If they have previously participated in the program, they may be able to submit a video - details available at the introductory meeting.
MEET YOUR BAND:
On Wednesday Evening, JUNE 1st, each student will meet their bandmates and have a meeting with their professional mentor who review the rehearsal schedule and calendar of events moving forward. Participation in this event is mandatory for all participants and mentors.
Each band will be scheduled for a weekly in-store rehearsal, supervised and coached by professional music mentor. In-store rehearsals will take place in a safe, dedicated (well ventilated) 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 recording session and concert.
ONGOING EVALUATIONS/DRESS REHEARSALS:
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 program mentors who will give constructive feedback/evaluations of the band's song and performance to better help them prepare for the recording session and final concert. 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.
Each band will have one of their original songs professionally recorded, mixed, and launched on all of the current major streaming platforms (including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer.) The recording sessions will take place on the week of JULY 17 during the band's normal rehearsal time.
During the eight weeks, a series of three group seminars will be presented. The Seminars will offer participants an opportunity to interact with students, mentors, and industry professionals while participating in important presentations of valuable industry advice and information. Scheduled seminars for this season include: SONGWRITING (JUNE 18th), PERFORMANCE (JUNE 25th), RECORDING (JULY 16TH). While not mandatory to attend, many students find these seminars to be the highlight of the program.
The highlight of the Stairway to Stardom experience is the Final Concert, this year scheduled for Sunday August 1st. All bands will perform 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.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Enrollment for the entire 8 week Stairway to Stardom program is just $399.
Deadline for enrollment is SATURDAY, MAY 21st.
You can enroll and pay here: ENROLL & PAY