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MCCM Performance Workshops

Vocal Blues Workshop
Saturdays 2:00 P.M. ‐ 3:00 P.M. (Jan 11– Mar 14)
Sharon DuBois will take you on a journey to find your inner blues singer by exploring breathing, posture, ear training, and vocalizing techniques all while utilizing the blues scale and form! Have Fun and Unleash you inner Blues Singer! No experience necessary - Everybody can sing the blues!
  • Tuition: $175 per 10 week course including performance opportunities. 
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: Sharon DuBois
2nd and 4th Monday, 7 - 9 PM
Guitar Orchestra with James Clarkston
Mondays 5:30 P.M. ‐ 6:30 P.M. (Jan 6 - Mar 9)
This ten-week intensive guitar workshop will have you playing instrumental hits and holiday tunes with other guitarists.  Each piece will be broken up into parts: chords, melody, and harmony, so that different groups will be playing different parts.  Arrangements with chords and TABS will be provided.    
  • Tuition: $175 per 10-week course including materials and performance opportunities
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: James Clarkston 
Teen Rock Band Workshop
Saturdays 11:30 A.M. ‐ 1:00 P.M. (Ongoing)
This weekly band workshop is an opportunity for teens and tweens to learn to play music in a band.  Basic instruction is provided in a variety of instruments (including guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and saxophone) with a focus on staying in time polishing up a few selected works for public performance.
  • Tuition: $95 per 10 week course including performance opportunities. Scholarships available. 
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: Jeff Finley
Adult Performance Workshop
Thursday 7:00 ‐ 8:30 P.M. (Jan 9 – Mar 12)


The Mid-City Community Music Performance Workshop is a ten-week intensive seminar in playing in a band. This is an opportunity for musicians of all levels to improve their skills playing with others in a small ensemble, focusing on a few songs and polishing them up for a public performance at the end of the workshop.


It covers the technical aspects of sound equipment, the dynamics of playing in rhythm with others, adjusting sound volume to leave space for other band members, and communicating effectively with bandmates.


Participants of all levels and instruments (including voice) are welcome to apply to the workshop but they should have a basic competency with their instrument and some experience playing with others (i.e. jam sessions). Participants will be selected so that each group has a balance or instruments and experience.


To whichever extent is possible, a real-life band situation will be simulated.  Participants will be encouraged to find solutions within their group, just as band members do in real life.  As a result of this course, participants will be more comfortable and have improved confidence playing in a group.  Topics include:



Band Dynamics

  • Communicating with bandmates

  • Team Building Exercises

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Giving and taking constructive criticism


Technical Skills

  • Learning the basics of setting up and using a PA system

  • Balancing sound levels

  • Responding to unexpected circumstances in real-time

  • Using sound engineering vocabulary



  • Basic Improv Training

  • Leading others in musical compositions

  • Developing stage presence / engaging a live audience

  • Using a microphone as an instrument

  • $225 per 10-week course including performance opportunities. 
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: Jeff Finley