Since it was founded in 2007 (at Beautiful Music in Downers Grove), Garage Band U has provided its students with a critical learning experience that individual study cannot deliver: hands-on group performance.
Now part of the Hinsdale Conservatory of Music, Garage Band U holds classes in the historic Zion Lutheran School building at 125 S. Vine Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521.
Garage Band U creates a fun and supportive environment where musicians of all ages develop their skills by performing as members of a functioning rock band. Musical confidence and ability grow together and thrive at Garage Band U.
Semesters last 8 to 12 weeks, with an open enrollment policy. Students are grouped in small classes with musicians of the same age and experience level. Band size is kept small (usually 5-6 people) to ensure that everyone plays his or her principal instrument at all times.
Musical repertoire is determined by the band members; students are encouraged to submit appropriate song suggestions. Groups rehearse for 1 hour per week, culminating in a live performance at a public venue with a stage and professional sound system.
Garage Band U students learn what is expected of professional musicians, and they experience the thrill and pride of performing together as members of a real rock band. The Garage Band U program helps students:
• Set and achieve goals
• Work effectively as part of a team
• Tap their creativity
• Network with other musicians
• Make new friends
Garage Band U students also learn to
embrace important values:
• Self Esteem