We are very excited to be able to provide this opportunity to our clients and have taken the time to answer some FAQs about the whats, whys and hows of our band coaching programme below!
Band coaching can take many different forms. We can help those with little experience to set up a new band, coach musicians writing their first original songs or help more experienced bands find a new direction.
The focus can range from playing together, tightness in timing, the sound of each instrument, your setup on stage, dynamics of songs and live sets, or simply how to write great music!
We can offer regular or ad hoc coaching sessions to groups of any age.
- Why do we offer band coaching?
At BDMA we believe that learning to play with other musicians is a crucial, and often extremely fun and rewarding, part of music education. We wanted to be able to offer that opportunity to our students despite being predominantly a private music lesson service.
We also offer workshops during holidays that encompass the same skills and ideals.
We first got the idea for band coaching in the Summer 2016 when we held our first ever Band Experience. A group of students spent three days learning about ensemble playing, balancing levels, exploring arrangements and putting what they were learning individually in their music lessons into some rock and roll action.
It even inspired some BDMA parents to form their own band, MLC (Mid Life Crisis) who recently performed out our Christmas concert!
And so the idea stuck!
Prices are £100.80 an hour (£84 + VAT) for a minimum of one hour. This is for 4 – 8 people and will rehearse round one of the members houses. Bands that rehearse regularly will be offered a performing slot at the BDMA Concerts.
- What if we don’t want regular band coaching?
We are also happy to run Band Experiences on request as we did in the Summer of 2016.
This is perfect for those who want to enjoy a more intensive band coaching course over 2-4 days during holidays or weekends without committing to regular or ad hoc coaching sessions.
We recommend booking three hours on two or three consecutive days with a 10 – 15 minute performance at the end (ideal for holiday time) or at the weekend during term time.
- Who runs the band coaching and Band Experiences?
All our band coaching is currently led by Ronald Maas, our lovely piano and bass tutor at BDMA who has a wealth of experience working with bands and has worked with both junior and adult groups. You can learn a little more about him on his website.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions regarding this or any of our services here at BDMA.