The Student Band Experience
Amplified is Texas Amps & Axes’s performance program, offering a fully encompassing and authentic band program for its students. The Amplified Program is a fantastic means of teaching students how to improv, ear train, & of course how to work with other musicians. Our band members work with a Director but ultimately, the band members control the direction of the group.
Our bands start with an audition! Just like in real-world band development, an audition does not guarantee you a spot in the band. Why not? Because in order to create a successful band, you have to ensure that all band members are generally of a matching skill level so the band can progress forward. Members who are selected by the Director are required to sign a contract, again just like in real life. This contract outlines the time commitment for both the rehearsals and the at-home practice that is required of each band member.
The Amplified Program consists of a weekly group rehearsal where students learn by playing a variety of songs (chosen collectively by the Band Director & Band Members) with a band composed of their peers. Band Director’s help band members navigate each song while helping each member learn any new skills/techniques needed to master the song – all while helping each member find their personal performance style!
Once the band is performance ready with a solid repertoire of 4-6 songs, the band starts gigging!
When the bands are ready for it, and under the guidance of the Director, members will begin working on original music to be recorded in their very own LP.