Photo: The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music® Kidz Rock Band program students shoot a YouTube video special in the school’s production facility.
STOP PRACTICING… START PERFORMING®
MUSIC FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCE
Come to Rock, Roll and Learn.
Our Studio. Their time to shine.
Our program is perfect for kids of all types. It provides some basic music ideas as well as a lot of insight into instruments, the recording process, and also teamwork and character development.
The program is a two hour program that consists of 3 parts. First we explain a bit about each instrument and play some for them. Then they get a chance to play each instrument. Second we go in our recording studio and talk about recording and what is possible with modern recording technology. Lastly, we record something ourselves! Usually this is a “singing” situation, as this is the one thing in which everyone can participate. We learn about listening back to ourselves and trying to do things as best as we can and Jason Gittinger, founder of the school, shares some stories about the world of music and it’s benefits to building character and teamwork.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
We can accommodate about 30 students and cost $350 per trip. We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking. We understand that this could be challenging for a small group. Some groups choose to double up with another small group from their school or area.
Patches of the cool DSRP logo for scouting troops or as souvenirs can be purchased for an additional cost.
We try to schedule trips either on a day you might have parent-teacher conferences, a day off of school, or on Saturdays. After-school can be a bit problematic for our building, as we have our band program rehearsing in the evenings Monday through Thursday, but we can sometimes accommodate evenings. During the summer months, we sometimes need to restrict trips to the weekends, as our facility is buzzing with music from morning to night with our summer camp program. With communication, however, anything is possible.
Some groups like to make it a full-out “party” with food or snacks. We ask that they bring all of their own utensils, cups and napkins. We can’t do any cooking except microwaving in our kitchenette. Also, we should take this moment to reiterate that the primary goal of field trip program is to be educational and participatory.
Trips are open to K-12 students. Each event can accommodate up to 30 students. We have lots of school groups, girl scout troops, church groups and young music students that have participated in the program.
The program lasts two hours.
Contact the school office through the “Contact Us” page on this website.
From school assemblies and in-school band workshops to full rock band programs for schools without music programs, The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music can offer custom programs for K-12 schools and other special situations. Contact us to see how we can get your students rocking.
CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS
SUMMER ROCKS! MUSIC CAMP:
GUITAR TONE WORKSHOP:
Join us and learn how to get the best out of your own gear with the staff of Metro Detroit’s best school for music experience. You don’t need to purchase more gear. Another boutique pedal is only one piece of the equation. You don’t need a superstar’s secrets. You just need some personal attention, a good overview, and a plan to make your passion come alive!
Bring your own gear and dial it in with the help of our staff!
9:30am – Load In – Breakfast Snacks (provided)
10:00am – Tone Discussion – 4 Areas of Tone Success
12:00pm – Setup / Research – Lunch (provided)
12:30pm – Individual Breakout Sessions
2:15pm – Indivudal Goal Setting Discussion / Wrap Up
There is limited enrollment for this experience. There will be some group exploration time during the day, so tell a friend!
Gear – We will have lots of gear available in the school, but we encourage each participant to bring the gear that they use regularly. (Guitar, Amp, FX Pedals) Please note that this experience does not have enough time to teach the capabilities of each and every piece of gear, so bringing 50 pedals might be a bit overkill. Multi-effects units are welcome, but each and every function of them may be beyond the scope of this workshop and require the individual mentorship of a private lesson.
Food – ($Included) We will have breakfast snacks (fruits, doughnuts, coffee, juice, etc.) at the morning meet and greet. We will also provide pizza for lunch. Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate individual food requests.
Tuition – $TBD
ENROLLMENT: Contact us for info about upcoming programs!
Weekly Recording Studio Experience for DSRP Students
Studio Circle is FREE for all currently enrolled students!
Having knowledge about how to record and document your own musical projects is a necessary skill for a modern musician. We want our students to be as prepared as possible. That is why we give each of them the chance to learn about recording with some of the best recording instructors in Metro Detroit.
Every private lesson student and band program member is eligible to come to Monday night Studio Circle at no charge! If you only want to attend the circle but aren’t in other programs, a nominal charge is incurred.
Circle Prerequisites: Students don’t need any specific knowledge ahead of time. Through weekly participation and discussions, they will gain knowledge of music recording, computer multi-track recording software (Logic Pro, Garage Band, Pro Tools, etc.), with which to practice techniques at home on their own.
Topics to be covered:
– Science of Sound
– Microphone Placement
– Digital Audio Recording
– Digital Audio Editing
– MIDI production
– Studio Procedures and Care
– Running a Recording Session
Contact us for more info.
“I have to say that although we travel 30 miles one way, bringing my son to The Detroit School of Rock of Rock and Pop Music was the best thing we ever did.”
- “My 13-year-old daughter has been enrolled for just a few months and she has already performed live at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Palace of Auburn Hills!!! No other “music school” in the area can generate these incredible opportunities for its students. Jason Gittinger and his staff have far exceeded my expectations. Long live DSRP!”
“Grownups are entitled to rock out, you know. But if you’re not in high school or college, and you want to play in a band just for fun, good freakin’ luck. Are you going to answer some ad in the Metro Times? Really? Jason’s DSRP provides the matchmaking, the facilities, the instruction, and the motivation to make it happen. I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone.”
“The Detroit School of Rock and Pop has been a Godsend for my son, Dan (age 13). Jason and his instructors are able to see not only Dan’s talent and drive but also his future potential and they take the time to figure out what steps need to happen to get Dan there.When Dan leaves his private lesson he is so excited about what he has learned and can’t wait for more.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
There’s only one DSRP and our address is:
The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music®, 1109 South Washington Ave., Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
We draw the finest students from all over the Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Port Huron and Windsor region. Thus, we are conveniently located centrally in Royal Oak, just off 696 and Woodward Ave. For the beginning students committed to starting off on the right foot or the advanced students looking for a community of others like themselves, we are less than an hour away from everyone.
Our team is comprised of some of the finest music professionals in Detroit and generally they are all out playing music on the weekends. We wouldn’t want it any other way, as it’s through their shows and experiences that they gain insight to bring back to our students. Thus, all of our weekly scheduled activities take place on Mon-Thurs. The time and day is a mixture of your needs and our availability.
We have an amazingly diverse team who can help our students on many different instruments and styles:
- Electric Bass
- Upright Bass (Jazz Bass)
- Drum Set
- Latin Percussion (Timbales, Cowbells, etc.)
- Concert Percussion (Snare Drum, Concert Bass Drum, Cyms, Etc.)
- Hand Drums (Bongos, Congas, Cajon, Djembe, Doumbek)
- Electric Guitar
- Acoustic Guitar
- Jazz Guitar
- 12 String Guitar
- Slide Guitar
- Classical Guitar
PIANO / KEYBOARDS LESSONS:
- Jazz Piano
- Classical Piano
- Computer Production
BRASS / WOODWIND LESSONS:
- and more…
The first step in our enrollment process is to schedule a visit to the school to meet with the school Founder and Executive Producer, Jason Gittinger. Jason will go over all of the programs and services we provide our students as well as get a feel for what skill level you are at, what goals you may have and which people/experiences might suit you best. From there, there’s an official enrollment form to fill out and return to the office for scheduling. The normal timeline for this process is one to two weeks before you are enrolled.
At The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music® we strive to provide the best music lessons in all styles through professional mentorships and unparalleled experiences. Band programs, recording sessions, video shoots, studio circle and live concerts at the regions’ best venues and events are some of the fun activities that we use to get our students the best possible start to their musical life. All of it included in tuition!
Our lessons are $165 a month, for 4 weekly 1/2 hour lessons. Depending on the student and their needs for experience, some people participate in bands as well which, coupled with the lessons, costs from $230 (little kids under 12) to $330 (big kids 12+ and adults) per 4 week month. We never charge extra for concerts or events and never make you buy a t-shirt or costumes for a program for which you are paying.
The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music is proud to work with our partners at The Live the Music Foundation to help eligible participants in need to receive tuition assistance. In order to be eligible to receive a grant of tuition assistance the student must first be accepted to the program, show motivation to work hard in their studies, and show significant financial need.
Weekly Private Lessons – 1/2 hour per week.
Kids Band Program (Under 12) – 45 minute rehearsal per week
Student Band Program (12-18) – 2 hour rehearsal per week
Adult Band Program (Over 18) – 2 hour rehearsal per week
Jazz Band Program – 2 hour rehearsal per week
Monday night “Studio Circle” – 2 hour weekly recording session (Free for enrolled students)
Other live shows and special events take place at various times and places all over Metro Detroit.
We have a ton of instruments in the building if you forget one. But… if you want to make progress at home each week, we encourage you to have an instrument on which to practice. As you progress and get comfortable on your personal instrument, you will find yourself wanting to have your personal instrument in lessons and rehearsals to feel comfortable. The exceptions to this are drum sets and keyboards, which people do not bring each week to the DSRP. We provide them, along with amplifiers in all the practice and teaching rooms in the building and on stage at all the shows.
We do not. We believe that if we did, it would encourage us to sell you things you don’t need. We provide help and guidance only. We do however maintain relationships with some of the best music stores in the region (and country) so if you are in need of advice, we know who to recommend you to contact.
You. That’s it! If we need you to play something, we may ask you to play one of our instruments in the building. If you feel more comfortable on your own guitar or small instrument in order to best demonstrate where you are musically, we encourage you bring one. The building is full of drums, keyboards, and amps though, so there’s no need to lug those in to see us.
The first lesson for any student is generally spent: 1. getting a feel for any music history or background someone has had, 2. getting an idea of where the student wants to go with their music, 3. setting some goals for the future, and 4. starting to dig into the specific technical discussions that lead to musical growth on one’s instrument and planning a practice program for the upcoming week.
Drummers: (Sticks, Music)
Bass Players: (Bass, Music, Instrument Cable)
Guitar Players: (Guitar, Music, Instrument Cable, Capo or accessories)
Piano / Keyboard Players: (Music)
We have had students from age 3 to over 70 in the past. “How old?” is not so much the question, but “How much do they like it and want to learn?” would be a good way to frame things. We have had success with students under 4 before. Under 5, the lessons are spent mostly building a good foundation for later learning. It can be challenging to undo bad habits so we try to focus these years on strengthening the basics. In the beginning, they are generally focused on one-on-one private music lessons. After some progress, by 5 or 6 we have some kids in bands and making recordings and concerts happen! Adults of all ages are welcome at all times in our adult lessons and band programs. It’s fun for our team to be a part of their progress as well.
Yes indeed we take beginners. We actually prefer it! We love having the opportunity to build a solid foundation for later learning. Sometimes it can be challenging to undo bad habits, so getting someone into our program at the beginning of their music adventure helps them avoid some pitfalls.