Frequently Asked Questions about our Brooklyn Band Program
How does it work?
We offer two 12-week semesters per year. Our fall semester runs from mid-September until mid- December and our spring semester runs from January to May. Each semester culminates in a final concert at ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL STAGE 2 in the Lower East Side. Classes meet once a week and each class is 90 minutes long. Our class schedule follows the NYC public school calendar, meaning we do not have class during the school vacations.
Each class consists of a « band » of 5-6 students. Bands are formed based on age, ability level, instrument, and schedule availability. While each band is different, most bands consist of drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
How much does it cost?
Tuition for our Performance Program is $725/semester. Tuition for our 6 day Summer Songwriting Session is $725.
Where is PSRS BROOKLYN located?
Our classes are conducted at COMPLETE MUSIC STUDIOS at 227 St. Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
What ages do you teach?
Our program is designed for children ages 8-18 years old. Of course, we also have our Adult Program...
Do you need to have any musical experience to join?
Although some previous musical experience is recommended, it is not required. For complete beginners, we may suggest our Bandmates Beginner Program (ages 8-10) or private lessons before joining a band.
Does my child need to have his/her own instrument?
Our studios come equipped with a drum set, keyboard, microphones, and amplifiers. While we do have extra guitars and basses that students can borrow, we strongly suggest that guitar and bass students have their own instruments, especially for practicing at home.
Do you teach music theory?
In general, no. Our students learn how to read and write a chord chart and, if necessary, we will write a partition for a particular keyboard melody or saxophone solo. We think of ourselves as either an alternative or compliment to the traditional conservatory pedagogy.
Do you offer a trial class, in case my child is unsure about joining?
While we are confident your child will love being in a rock band, we can accept that it's not for everyone. For that reason, we offer the first class of the semester as a trial class. Just let us know if you are treating the first class as a trial class.