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July Student of the Month: Karen Campbell

Musical roots seem to run in the Campbell family, and Karen Campbell seems to be their inspiration! Karen Campbell has been taking guitar lesson at Music and Rock School for about a year, not to mention her husband who is currently in lessons, and two sons who have taken lessons in the past.

June Student of the Month: Jessica Tilley

Jessica Tilley is just 11 years old, but you would never know it by her retro taste in music. Some of her favorite artists include Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, and Bob Dylan. Jessica has studied both voice and guitar at Music & Rock School. Most recently, she is focusing on her guitar skills in her weekly lessons. Additionally, she's participated as a lead vocalist in our Summer Rock Camp, our 2013 Winter Concert in January, and will perform both as a lead singer and a solo acoustic performer at our Summer Concert this month.

April Student of the Month: Amber Leigh W.

16-year-old Amber Leigh is the total rock’n’roll package: the look, the attitude and the skills to back it up. She has been a student at MaRS for more than three years, first as a bass student, but eventually switching over to guitar within the last year. Leigh has also not been shy about trying her hand at all of our extracurricular programs; she’s participated in a few Masters Programs, a couple Studio Sessions and nearly all of our concerts.

March Student of the Month: Diana B.

As an adult student a Music And Rock School, Diana B. is taking full advantage of performance opportunities and special programs we offer here in conjunction with her guitar lessons. She also offers an interesting take on picking up a new hobby later on in life. “I played recreational guitar when I was a teenager, but it wasn’t until I got divorced that I realized something was missing,” Diana (who requested to remain ageless!) said. “I wanted to try something new. And the guitar was portable!”

February Student of the Month: Jessie B.

14-year old Jessie B. is one of MaRS’ first non-veteran performers to be featured as a Student of the Month, which just goes to show how much progress she has made in her short time as a guitar student here. She began taking lessons in May of 2012 and when our Winter Concert rolled around in January, she jumped at the chance to perform in it.

Is your music an expression of your playing, or a cyborg?

I had a group of 12 and 13 year-olds in the Music & Rock School recording studio this weekend helping them record the latest song they wrote together as a band.  We had just started tracking guitars when the guitar player said something like, “can I just do the verse once then use that for all of the verses?”  These kids are pretty smart, but I was shocked that their impression of recording music seemed like a cut-and-paste project where the engineer/editor, with a toolbox full of plug-ins, plays a larger roll in creating the song than the musicians themselves.

January Student of the Month: Amber M.

16-year-old Amber M. is the total package when it comes to performing: she can sing, play guitar, and dance. This past December marked her 3-year anniversary as a student at MaRS and in that time she has taken great advantage of our many performance opportunities. Over the past year, Amber has continued to grow and improve as a musician and expand her performance horizons even further.

December Student of the Month: Grayson S.

Guitar student Grayson S. holds the honor of being Music & Rock School’s longest-running student. Grayson, 12, began taking lessons in May of 2009 right after MaRS was first established, so when we say he has participated in all of our concerts and events, we really do mean all of them!

By The Numbers: Our Rock Band Program = More Rock For Your Buck

We are huge fans of performance-based learning here at Music & Rock School.  That is why, in addition to private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard/piano and voice, we offer rock band programs, like our All-Access program, and a number of similar band programs.  The objective is applying the knowledge a student gains in lessons into a practical setting.  Programs like All-Access also provide interaction with other musicians, a goal-oriented setting, and live performances.  The result is students tend to learn more, and at a more rapid pace, in these settings co

October Student of the Month: Ricky Y.

It goes without saying that one of our favorite things here at MaRS is watching our students learn and grow as musicians. But its another thing completely to watch as what was once a student’s simple passing interest in music grow into what can only be described as a way of life. Meet 15-year-old Ricky Y, a guitar student of nearly two and a half years.