Fuel Your Talents
Keys to Life’s rock and roll program offers the following to students of all ages:
- Practice with your peers and grow as a group
- Play drums and/or sing in addition to playing your primary instrument
- Participate in fun and exciting public performances
- Learn about song arrangement and stage craft
- Delve into the mysteries of live sound, microphones, and amps
All UpStartRock students are required to take private lessons in their primary instrument (which can include voice) in addition to being in the band.
USR 101: Ages 5-10, Rehearsals on the East side
This level is perfect for kids who want something more than classical music and method books, want to play with their friends, and perhaps require extra motivation to practice. This level is also perfect for kids who love rock n’ roll and can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
USR 101 introduces young children to the intricacies of properly warming up, auditioning, learning by ear, playing to a common beat, helping one another, and much more!
The songs are chosen by the students with the guidance of their teacher and usually there’s one original song written by the group that they perform. The teacher arranges the songs to fit the skills and interests of the students. The name of the band is come to by consensus. USR 101 performs twice a year at a show open to the public.
Tips for Success in the Program:
Past experience with lessons and playing music at home will greatly assist students in their comprehension and technical ability. Students are also required to take concurrent private lessons and get additional help from their private teacher.
All USR students are expected to practice their USR music at home as much as possible. Though most don’t have drum sets at home, “air drums” or a make-shift set up are perfectly acceptable for helping students remember what they’ve learned on the drums.
USR 202: Teen Take Overs: Ages 10-18, West Side Rehearsals
Originally, KTL’s rock and roll program was just the biannual Teen Take Over rock show, which began in March of 2010. Every fall and spring our motivated tweens and teens gather for four rehearsals to practice as an ensemble and put on an amazing show!
Some features of the show:
- A unifying theme
- A student M.C.
- Student/Teacher combos
- Original music by the students
- Audience participation
- Costumes, surprising instruments
- Faculty band performance
Preparing for the big day: Rehearsals begin with comprehensive warm ups that include
- Breathing exercises
- Vocal warm-ups
- Moving to a beat and rhythmic exercises
Students then practice their songs with teachers and parent helpers in class rooms and on the main stage. Often, students, not just teachers, will listen to each other and give feedback. Practices last more than two hours. Students are responsible for their music, instruments, gear, and helping other students learn their parts if they’re lending a hand to a song.
Teen Take Overs have directly lead to students:
- Developing and promoting their own band
- Creating their own demo recording
- Learning to sing
- Making new friends
- Learning new instruments and new music
USR 303: Adult Rock Bands. Inquire about availability.
Who is 303 for?
- Adults who want a band to rock out with
- Bands that want to improve
- Parents of students that also want to play
KTL recognizes that adults lead busy lives and when it comes time to practicing they need the motivation of a band practice or upcoming performance to do it.
KTL offers case-by-case classes and performances for adults who want to rock out! We tailor-make the curriculum, create performance opportunities, and offer skilled instruction to all levels.