We are very interested in helping our students play music. Now that you're taking lessons, here are a few resources for you to take advantage of!
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The Student Jam is a way for students to take what they've learned in lessons and apply it in the real world. You learn your respective part to a song and then get on stage and perform it! This happens on the fly without a group rehearsal (hence it's a "jam"). The shows always take place at professional venues where touring bands play regularly. Student Jams are free to anyone taking lessons at the Foundry.
We usually hold three recitals a year: spring, summer, and fall. The spring and fall recitals take place at Madison Music Foundry's recording studio, Blast House Studios, and the summer recital is outside at the Monona Farmers Market. Any styles are accepted.
This is for anyone looking to jam with other musicians. Whether you want to play just for fun, or want to start a gigging band, we'll help you connect with other likeminded musicians.
This list is for current students of the Foundry who are ready to perform. Solo or groups are welcome along with any genre. We frequently get requests for student performers, and so we want to be able to pass along gig opportunities to you.
- Jazz Ensemble - FJE plays at venues around the area. Past gigs have included, Jazz at Five, Concerts at McKee, Strollin’ Monroe Street, and the Cardinal Bar.
- Rock Band - For students who want to play more than just one song at the Student Jam. This group meets weekly and practices cover tunes. Like the Foundry Jazz Ensemble we will book this band throughout the year. Past rock gigs we have booked (including Rock Workshop bands) include Concerts at McKee, Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Madison Mallards, Concerts on the Square, and Atwood Summerfest.
- Roots Ensemble - In progress. Please email us to inquire about its status.
The ultimate band experience: write originals, record, play a gig. Since 2008, 90 bands have been formed in this award-winning program. Bands are placed based on age, ability, and musical interests. Any style is accepted including metal, indie, blues, punk, and classic.