Headliners School of Performing Arts (formerly the Blues Underground/Sky High Productions), 165 Fraser St. (beside Mrs. Riches), Nanaimo, has launched Step On Stage, a program for kids who want to learn how to be in a band. This 12-week entry level program is designed to help build confidence in young performers on the stage and in themselves. The objective is to help musicians learn how to work together, hone new skills, perform live, learn musicianship, and be in a band. This unique opportunity is a great way to gain experience, meet other performers, and make new connections. Headliners does require that auditioning students have at least minimal experience (private lessons, self taught, or High School Band). All genres’ are welcome, beginner to advanced. During the program, students will have the opportunity to perform live in concert at Headliners.
Also at Headliners is Band Tweek, a 12-week program for young musicians who have found a dynamic set/group of friends or players who want to perform together. This opportunity is great for bands who are just starting out or groups who want to tighten up and take it to the next level. The experienced and knowledgeable instructors will help each band find its own unique style and sound. Headliners encourages duo’s, trio’s, or full piece bands to join them. This program will prepare players to perform live and hit the stage. This band experience focuses on performance and technical aspects. All genres’ are welcome. The maximum age is 26.
Rock On Band Beginners is a 10-week introduction to musical instruments for ages nine to 12. Only 12 spaces are available, Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 pm. This music discovery class is for young people who have the desire to discover and get introduced to musical instruments in a performance/band style venue. This program is designed to give young performers the opportunity to learn, play, and perform with others. Performers will learn different styles of music, beat, rhythms, grooves, and tempos. Discover bass, drums, guitar, vocals, and keys/piano. Students will be placed in a jam band.
Headliners is currently taking registration for Step On Stage, Band Tweek, and Rock On. Auditions and registration are from March 29 to April 9, 2010. They are also taking names for Adult Rock and Blues School and Private Lessons. For more information or to register please call 250-753-2323 or 250-616-6242 and ask for Manda Chelmak.