Then we have those who are 21 and over, who have spent their lives dreaming about their music and trying to break into the music industry but have no support or music network to learn and interact with. You may be a great vocalist, but can’t find a band, a killer guitar player who needs a vocalist, you get the gist. LONE S TAR DIGITAL MEDIA These two groups are running the same program, but on different nights and times. INTRODUCTION: There comes a time for some talented people when music becomes more than a hobby. A time when that gift is ready to be shared. A time when that bathroom door must be flung open and you need to step onto the stage. Many things separate man from the animals, our ability to accessorize is one of them, and music is definitely the other. This is for those of you who feel your time has come. Lone Star Digital Media’s “Studio of Rock Program”, was created for people just like you. You have taken the lessons, made your fingers bleed in practice, and are ready for the next step. Here it is. Our Studio program was created for musicians just like you. It is manned by musicians just like you… and shared by musicians just like you. The Studio of Rock is not a school, nor is it a playground… it is a serious studio where serious musicians meet, collaborate and jam together to create music that’s ready to release. SO, WHAT THEN? Our group of 30 new members will have their first “get together” night in our sound stage. We will enjoy pizza, and get to know everyone. Our instructors, audio engineers, producers and videographers will all be there and will go over their role in the studio and how they will work with you. You will also be given a complete tour of the studios by the director of each studio. Then those that will coach you, will prove they have the skill by getting on stage and letting you see what they’ve got. Then you will do the same. You will stand up and introduce yourself, tell the group your skill, what you want to do with it, and if the mood hits you, just show them and take the mic or plug in and give a demo, the choice is yours. This first night will take about 3 hours. Hopefully by the end of the first night we will all have a better understanding of where we all want to be and then the producers take over and start to put groups together to create some magic. There are many great places you can go to take lessons; some will even put you on a stage to play in a mock band… The Studio of Rock program is the next evolution, and just as in the real world, here you have to earn your place. Paying a fee to join will not get you in the club, in fact you must audition in front of real musicians and producers to even be offered the opportunity to participate, and many will not make the grade. After that first night, we will all meet again every week for the same 3 hours in the studio. Some to play in the sound stage, some will record, some will Jam out on their own, others may be creating a video, or having cover art produced in the photo studio. The schedule will be long and full on. Each week you will spend 3 hours in the studio on one night, then 2 hours in the studio getting one on one from your coach on another night, or getting filmed or photographed. Commitment is the key to completing the Studio program. That’s 5 hours of studio time each week. HOW DO YOU BECOME A MEMBER? SO, HOW DOES IT END? Every 3 months we will have auditions to select 30 talented musicians, guitarists, bass players, drummers, keyboard players, and vocalists. From these auditions we will select a diverse mix of only 30 to join the Studio of Rock. Three months down the road you will have your first single or demo recorded, a music video will be created, your photo would have been taken and the final products will be released to the world. We will create a kickstarter program for each band or solo artist, post the video and audio recording on iTunes, and release you to the world. If you’re really fantastic, you may even end up with a recording contract. These 30 talented musicians will start down that next path on their musical journey. They will work with our Audio Engineers, our musician instructors, and our vocal coaches. Oh yeah, we mean work. You will learn music production, collaboration, enhanced training in your specific craft, in a real recording studio environment. The Studio of Rock takes place in a real studio. We have two complete recording studios, two practice or jam rooms, a full sound stage equipped for a band of 6 and enough room for 30 people to watch. We have a fully built-in 26 foot green screen cyclorama wall video studio and a full built in 26 foot white cyclorama walled photography studio, and two control rooms all acoustically treated and equipped with everything you need to practice, work and release that very first single, music video or album. SO, HOW DOES IT WORK YOU ASK? Its simple, first you send us a bio on you (a link to a selfie video is fine). Tell us what instrument you play (yes vocals is an instrument). You tell us how long you’ve been playing, tell us what your dream looks like, in other words, if you want to form a band, be a lead singer, or sit in the back and hit the skins. You email that along with a link to a video or sound cloud recording of you doing your thing, the first stage is that easy. Now comes the tougher part. We will review all the submissions, and then we will respond back to everyone, yes everyone with our decision. That may be “we want to have to come in to audition”, or We’re sorry, not this time”. But remember, rejection is a big part of the business, we all must learn to deal with the fact that sometimes we don’t make the grade or we are simply not what the producer is looking for, learning not to take it personally is as important as learning to master your instrument. This is when the best performers, dig in and try again, so don’t be despondent or give up if we say no this time. If you get the invitation to audition, you are on your way and have passed one of the biggest hurdles. There will be a date and time set for you to audition. You will be given 3 minutes in front of our panel… that’s it 3 minutes. You can use it all or if you can convince us in 2, great. In that time you have to convince our panel you are ready. As in real life, there are no do overs, no second chances, and no assistance. You will make it on your own, or you wont, so come prepared to do your best. Just a hint, messing up the lyrics, having an untuned guitar or being late, will prove to be a costly mistake. At the end of the auditions, we will notify everyone within a day or two, as to our decision, yes or no. If you don’t make it, you can try in another 3 months, if you do, now the real work begins. We will let you know the program dates and times, and schedule our first get together so you can meet the others that made the cut and those who will work with them. Is the program open to everyone at any age you ask… Well the short answer is yes, but there are two groups. One group will be for those aged 14-19. This is for those very talented younger musicians who have demonstrated they have a natural gift and want to expand their craft in a safe and managed kid friendly environment. Then to close out the program, you will have your live GIG. On a real stage, in a real venue. All 30 playing and doing their thing on stage in front of a real crowd. The lights will be shining on you. While you are doing your thing on stage, our video production team will be producing a concert video of the entire event. OK, WHAT DOES ALL THIS COST? So all this, every week, all these people, all this equipment and time… it must cost a fortune right? Yes it does, but fortunately, not for you. The total cost for a Studio of Rock participant is $400.00 per month for three months. That’s it. No hidden fees, no added surcharges, nothing. 5 hours of studio time a week, a single, a video, photography, cover art, and a concert with video launched to the world on iTunes all for $400.00 per month. Now let’s all understand, you can buy more studio time, more video time, more anything. That’s up to you. If we have unblocked space in the studios and you wish to utilize it, as a Studio of Rock member you can at a substantially discounted rate. But that is totally up to you. NOW LETS MEET THE TEAM LSDM Executive Producer: David Mack David has more than 25 years of hands on experience in Marketing and Media production. As our Executive Producer, David is primarily responsible for the overall management of the studios and its programs. LSDM Music Director: Solomon Barr LSDM Video Director: Hobie Thompson LSDM Studio Director: Michael Woods LSDM Producer: Nick Zmuda LSDM Associate Producer: Shanna Jackson SOR Program Manager: Michael Womack SOR Vocal Coach: SOR Guitar Instructor: SOR Keyboard/Piano Instructor: SOR Music Instructor: SOR Audio Technician: As a side note, all our staff have been background checked, drug tested (and that continues at random) and vetted. We have a zero tolerance policy for any use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or profanity by any staff member when children are present or in the building. Also every area of our entire studio is monitored by video camera at all times the studios are in operation, and transmitted to the cloud for additional security. Now when minor children are not in the building, we may forgive some colorful language or the occasional tobacco break (outside) but that’s about it, after all we are talking about musicians and artists. STUDIO OF ROCK CURRICULUM LON E S TAR D I G I TAL M E D I A CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: STUDIO PRODUCTION & ENGINEERING 101–103 At the Studio of Rock, we understand the different types of artist and what they need to create their magic. It takes a special set of skills to bring out the best in a musician. In addition to technical and musical expertise, you must have experience in adapting to the various situations in a recording environment. The goal of “Studio Production” is to teach students to develop an expert ear for quality and learn how to achieve their full potential with some knowledge as to how to mix, eq and master recordings. This class will include Pre and Post Studio Basics, Gear Technology, Tracking Mixing and Mastering Basics that allows the students to form an educated opinion of their own work and what they feel is needed to improve it both during recording and in Post Production. We have instrument artists, vocalists and recording geniuses. Whilst the end goal and craft of these different type of artist are worlds apart, they do however share a common platform. We will teach and encourage each artist in their specific craft, yet will expand their skills by exposing them to the rest of the industry norms, and teach them how to navigate through the music production and release systems to be better prepared for a career in music. SONG WRITING 101–103 SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT MAJOR AND MINORS 101–103 The goal of “Song Writing 101–103” is to teach the proper techniques for composing a song that communicates your lyrics properly. It is also designed to help musicians understand the song structure and deliver the proper “Hook” (The part of a song that people remember) Here at “Studio Of Rock” as a musician you chose one instrument you major in but there is no limit to how many instruments you want to minor in. “Major and Minor Courses” will further your Talent in those specific instruments with the help of our talented teachers, coaches and those talented musicians here at The Studio Of Rock. EAR TRAINING 101–103 INSTRUMENT TRACKING & JAMMING 101–103 The goal of the this section is to help music students master the basic components of musical craft; to assist in hearing the music they are trying to write; and aid writers in notating music they have composed or arranged. It is also designed to help performers develop their musical vocabulary; and to assist listeners in understanding the music they are hearing. The goal of “Instrument Tracking & Jamming” is to teach the principles of multiple layer tracking, playing to click, tasteful writing and learning to work with other musicians to develop and record an album or single. VOCAL TRAINING 101–103 This simple but hands on program will teach the artist the ins and outs of preparing their work for public consumption. It will also teach the dos and don’ts. Using the television interview scenario, the artist will learn to work with media professionals. This program is designed to enable the artist to talk about and present their work comfortably and with ease. The goal of “Vocal Training” is to teach vocal fundamentals like proper breathing, control, proper warm-up, and vocal inflections for varying musical styles. STUDIO VOCABULARY 101–103 The goal of “Studio Vocabulary” is to teach the proper recording terms and procedures so that in any recording or studio environment the artist can understand what is going on and communicate their objectives and desires in an effective manner. VOCAL MIC’ING TECHNIQUES 101–103 The goal of “VMT” is to teach the different types of mics, their properties and the proper application and placement of the mics depending on the type of recording, the instrument, and location. PUBLICITY AND MARKETING 101–103 VIDEOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY 101–103 This program is quite self-explanatory. The students will work with our video and film crews to produce their first music video. This real-world experience will teach them the fundamentals of video production and studio photography sessions so they can become comfortable during future productions. This best face forward program is something every artist must master in todays video and image driven world.
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