Essex Music Hub partnered with MyBand to provide a fantastic Song Writing, Playing, Performing, Recording Holiday Course run over 2 days. Drums, Voice, Guitar, Bass, Sax, Violin, Trumpet, ALL instruments welcome.
Read on for more details on the course plus see some videos featuring young musicians from the Feb 2018 sessions.
Explore different music genres, Rock, Pop, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, there are no boundaries! Ability is not the criteria, but imagination having an open mind and passion are most welcome. You learn more than just about music!
WHAT IS MY BAND?
The thrill of being part of a band is a magical experience. My Band provided the opportunity for young people between the ages of 12-18 the unique experience of being in a band. At the intensive two-day course the students wrote songs, jammed, rehearsed, learnt how to express their own musical ideas and perform.
SONG-WRITING – The students learnt how to work through and develop their own ideas. The MyBand tutors were on hand to facilitate this process and were able to offer guidance based on their own experiences working with some of the most successful song writers in the world.
LEARNING A CLASSIC – Each group on the course were set the challenge of learning a classic tune proving there is a real skill in learning how to play an established song. The process gave students a deeper understanding on how modern music is composed and unlocks some of the secrets to some of the most famous songs ever written. Whether it be Hendrix, Coldplay, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Kasabian, Prince…There’s a world of great music out there waiting to be explored.
JAMMING – Students were taught how to have fun Jamming! Confidence comes with just rocking out! An important way to express yourself and come up with ideas but it’s also about learning to listen and enjoying the group sound.
RHYTHM SESSION – Rhythm is essential in music. There was a whole session exploring different rhythms from around the world from Rock to Funk, Hip Hop to Punk, Reggae to R’n’B, Latin American to Africa.
RECORDING SESSION – Each group had their original and cover song recorded ‘Live’ on the last day. Students were given a recording of their songs (mp3).
PERFORMANCE – Providing students with a goal is an important part of the course. Having the goal of the performance encourages practice, practice leads to improvement, improvement leads to more enjoyment. Stage presence and the art of performance are an essential element to being in a band. We helped the students to develop a band identity which will be unveiled at the performance on the final day.
Parents and friends were invited to the final performance.
A SPECIAL GUEST – A guest musician spent half a day offering advice and playing with the students. The guest tutors have played at festivals around the world, recorded and worked with artists such as Plan B, Paloma Faith Professor Green, Corinne Bailey Rae, and many more.
WHAT WAS NEEDED? – whatever you play plus amplifiers for electric bass, guitar and keyboards players.