Starting a band is a very complex, and tedious process. Most artists don’t know the first place to begin looking for reliable, and talented musicians to join their vision. Teaming up with with the right band members is very important to establish from the beginning. After you have your group in order, keeping members happy, resolving band disagreements, sharing opinions, musical collaboration, proper rehearsal, stage performance, crowd interaction and preparing for shows are all major obstacles to overcome in the beginning.
When you or your band are ready to perform the first gig, booking the show is usually no simple task. Organizing your band into a presentable manner, getting over the “first show jitters”, and knowing how to negotiate with a club/venue promoter, are all essential tools you will need in making your first show (and the shows thereafter) run smoothly.
Most Music By Ross instructors have years of experience in not only playing their instruments proficiently, but also performing their instruments in front of a variety of crowds! Many of our instructors have performed with multi-platinum artists, and have had their music aired on radio stations across the U.S. At Music By Ross, we offer comprehensive and hands-on artist development classes that will give you or your band the necessary knowledge in:
- Stage Presence
- Audience Interaction
- Establishing positive rehearsal habits
- Tools for settling band disagreements
- Tips for talking to clubs/venues to help with booking/negotiating
- Marketing strategies
Sign up for Band and Artist Development Classes and jump start your musical career!
Why take lessons?
When you first start learning how to play an instrument, holding a note for a couple of beats or hitting a high pitch feels like an amazing achievement. As you practice and become a more experienced musician, making music enjoyable, not only to your ear but to others’ as well, is a very rewarding experience. Taking music lessons from an experienced instructor who knows how to assess individual skill levels and tailor your lessons to your particular ambitions will help you meet your goals much faster.
Here are some other ways you can benefit from learning an instrument:
- Studies show that learning an instrument increases self-confidence, memory, and has proven to relieve stress.
- Music lessons have been found to improve how the brain processes the spoken word. This finding could lead to improving the reading ability of children who have dyslexia and other reading problems.
- A study by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, as published in a 2004 issue of Psychological Science, found an increase in the IQs of six-year olds who were given weekly piano and voice lessons.
- Studies have shown that students who play instruments are often better in math and achieve higher grades in school than students who don’t. Source: Friedman, B. (1959) An evaluation of the achievement in reading and arithmetic of pupils in elementary schools instrumental classes. Dissertation Abstracts International, 20, pp.s 3662-3663.