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Cola-Music offers many programs throughout the year to get students involved in various activities beyond the classroom. Studies show that kids who participate in group or team efforts at a young age are more likely to succeed in school when teamwork and group projects begin to surface. Augment your private lessons by participating in one or more of the following programs:
Ever dream of being a rock star? Maybe you just wanted to be in a band? Now you can!
Cola-Music’s Garage Band Program!
In order for a band to sound good, all parts must play their lines correctly in the right time with everyone else. This is an intense study in teamwork. All students must work towards one goal. Teamwork is an important ideal that is necessary all around the world, in nearly every aspect of life. Discipline is also a necessary skill acquired through music that can be honed by participating in a band.
Come out to center stage – You’re the STAR!
Each year, Cola-Music will put on one fully-staged production of a Broadway Musical! As we grow, our aim is to expand this and do multiple productions each year. Students will audition in January through a series of auditions held at The University of South Carolina School of Music. All students who wish to participate will get a part!!! All ages are welcome including parents and adults.
We will spend weekends rehearsing and preparing for the show. We will need parents to volunteer to help with costumes, set design (carpentry), light design, and props.
No matter what time of the year it is, please fill out an interest form so that we may contact you as the audition process gets closer.
Let your soul be free – it’s time to learn to play jazz!
Learn Jazz Improv at Cola-Music!
One of the 9 South Carolina music education standards that are supposed to be taught in the public school system involves IMPROVISATION techniques. This is, by far, the most under-developed standard in the music education curriculum. When serious instrumentatlists find themselves in the college/university setting, most of the time they have to learn from scratch the art of improv. We encourage all trumpet, sax, trombone, piano, bass, and singers to take some jazz improv classes.
Classes are offered in group or individual settings.
Do you dream of writing your own music? Learn how to now!
For Beginning Songwriters:
Using an interactive approach, this workshop teaches the beginner student the basic principles of song-writing which include lyric writing and chord structures. Students will be given the opportunity to present their work at a monthly songwriter’s night at the Cola-Music Performance Venue and/or at Open Mic Night. Classes are offered by the session but discounted rates will apply to multiple sessions.
For Intermediate to Advanced Songwriters:
Using an interactive approach, this workshop teaches students the more advanced principles of song-writing which include song structure, form, and rhyming techniques. Students will be given the opportunity to present their work at the monthly songwriter’s night in the Cola-Music Performance Venue. This workshop is designed for songwriters who want to take their technique to the next level and make their songs more commercially viable. Student’s may register by the session and discounted rates offered for multiple sessions.
Private Sessions: Please call or email email@example.com for appointment
You’ve put in the hard work, now it’s time to SHOW-OFF!
Open Mic Nights!
Open-mic nights will take place every other Friday night during the school year at various locations. This allows all students to consistently have performance opportunities. If students choose not to participate in the quarterly Cola-Music recitals, they are expected to participate in open mic nights.
Dates: August – May
Times: Every other Friday night, 5 pm – 8 pm
Cost: FREE – $10 (depending on venue fee)
“Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.” Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System