Ensemble Program

In our ensemble program students have the opportunity to participate in a teacher led group. The musicians meet once a week; at least once each season there is a live performance. The group will focus on one mutually agreed upon genre of music per session.

Within the jam sessions, each student is taught the fundamentals of the style of music they are playing, a brief history of the genre, how to follow a chart, stage presence, dynamics, solo ideas and how to work as a group.

Each student plays a crucial role in the band so it is very important that members commit to and attend each practice. Part of being in a band is having others relying on you to play your part. Even if a player has learned their part, being able to play with a band is another aspect of group performance.

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Student band “Tug and the Boats” perform at Opus Restaurant.

Adam Saylor, Lead Teacher, loves to share his knowledge and experience. Adam has played in bands for over 16 years in groups playing various styles of music, ranging from funk, jazz and classical to pop, rock and blues. He has made lifelong friends and has had the privilege to play with artists that were his inspiration.

Jeff LaFontant, Ensemble Instructor, enjoys working with bands to develop their own unique sound. His varied experience in bands and sessions has given him a great perspective from which to lead.

Ensemble groups meet for between one hour to 90-minutes weekly.

A live public performance will take place at a local venue at least once each session.

The group meets at our Salem location, 3 Pleasant Street, Salem, MA 01945