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 per 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. All styles are accepted.
- Foundry Soul Band - The Blue Dyes plays at venues around the area. Past gigs have included Jazz at Five, Concerts at McKee, Strollin’ Monroe Street, and the Cardinal Bar.
- Rock Bands - For students who want to play more than just one song at the Student Jam. These groups meet weekly and practice cover tunes. Like the Blue Dyes, we book this band throughout the year. Past gigs have included Concerts at McKee, Barrymore Theatre, Ian's Pizza, and Atwood Summerfest.
- Pop Band - Our newest group, Shakeout, plays everything from Pink to Lumineers to Twenty One Pilots. Gigs include Make Music Madison, AtwoodFest, and Concerts at McKee.
The ultimate band experience: write originals, record, play a gig. Since 2008, 109 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.
We offer a variety of classes regarding audio equipment and processes, from starter classes such as "Audio Basics" and "Amplified Sound for the Young Musician" to more advanced music production classes about live sound and recording & mixing techniques.