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ABOUT THE GIG
At the Gig Center
, music students work together and individually under the guidance of our outstanding faculty. We provide an educational, fun, supportive environment for kids and adults to foster their creativity and develop their musical skills.

Our Content
We offer both private lessons and group sessions; students may do either, or both. Each group session has a musical theme, so students have an idea of what they’ll be playing. We determine song selection and create playable arrangements that address the musical strengths and interests of our students. We’ll change keys to accommodate our singers, and we welcome brass and woodwind players in addition to students of all standard rock-band instruments.

Striking a Balance
Our private lessons offer a traditional approach to vocal or instrumental study. For students who enroll in a group session, your lessons may include, compliment and expand upon your band's material. Within our group sessions, students are musically engaged for a high percentage of the time at each rehearsal. Downtime is limited to breaks needed for social interaction and sustaining levels of attention, energy, and enthusiasm.

Our Schedule
Each Gig Center group session runs for about 16-20 weeks, and culminates in a live performance at a local venue. Students meet weekly for a two-hour rehearsal (2.5 hours for adults). Sessions will tend to run approximately from September through January, and February through mid-June. Similarly, private lessons are also offered on a semester basis. We offer summer programs as well.

Our Facility
As of September 2019, we are thrilled to be in a new location, at 1572 Post Road East (the former location of "Kidville"). We have increased the size of our main rehearsal area, and we also have spacious private-lesson studios. We invite you to come have a look!

For more information please give us a call at
203-292-8934 or

 

 

 

KID GIGS and GIG STARTERS

KID GIGS
Our Kid Gigs are for students ages 12-17. (For younger kids, see "Gig Starters", below.) No performance experience is required, but students are expected to at least have "advanced beginner" skills on their principal instrument. Bands meet on a weekly basis, for two hours. The sessions generally run for about 4 months (16 weeks). However, depending on start dates and other scheduling concerns - including what's convenient for our students - sessions might run anywhere from about 12 to 20 weeks. We'll have start dates, end dates, and performance dates for each session posted as early as possible. All sessions culminate in a live performance at a public venue.

An instructor (or "show leader") will help with song selection, lead the weekly rehearsals, and keep everyone organized with charts and other resources. Songs may be moved to appropriate keys to accommodate the singers. A second faculty member is on hand as well, ensuring a well monitored, efficiently run rehearsal.

 

SPRING 2020 KID GIGS

Classic Picks: Rock On

Featuring a similar structure to our fall '19 program, show leader Josh Auchterlonie will select the starting songs for the group and then create a final set list with input from the students.

If you're considering enrollment, please feel free to visit us during a Saturday session to see a Gig Center rehearsal in action.

The Gig performance is tentatively scheduled for mid-June.

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Call us or email for all the details. 203 292-8934
info@gigcenterwestport.com

Saturdays  11:30am-2:00pm
February 15 - mid-June 2020
June show date TBA

Gig Starters

 

 

 

GIG STARTERS
Gig Starters is a performance-based program for beginning students, generally ages 7-11. We know that playing in a group helps young people stick with learning an instrument, so these weekly sessions emphasize teamwork and introduce the basic concepts of playing in a band. Consider this program even if your child takes lessons elsewhere; it's a great companion to private instruction. When a student is ready, we move them to a regular Gig.

Bands meet on a weekly basis, for two hours. Just as with the "Kid Gigs" (above), the sessions generally run for about 4 months (16 weeks). However, depending on start dates and other scheduling concerns - including what's convenient for our students - sessions might run anywhere from about 12 to 20 weeks. We'll have start dates, end dates, and performance dates for each session posted as early as possible. All sessions culminate in a live performance at a public venue.

An instructor (or "show leader") will help with song selection, lead the weekly rehearsals, and keep everyone organized with charts and other resources. Songs may be moved to appropriate keys to accommodate the singers. A second faculty member is on hand as well, ensuring a well monitored, efficiently run rehearsal.

For the Fall 2019 program:
Show leader Josh Auchterlonie selects the starting songs for the group and then creates a final set list with input from the students.

SPRING 2020 GIG STARTERS SCHEDULE
Saturdays  9:00am-11:00pm
February 15 - mid-June 2020
June show date TBA

FALL 2019 GIG STARTERS SCHEDULE
Saturdays 9:00am-11:00am
September 21- December 2019
Ages 7-11
Show date: Saturday, Feb. 8
12:00 at Fairfield Country Day School Auditorium

If you're considering enrollment, please feel free to visit us during a Saturday session to see a Gig Starters rehearsal in action.

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Call us or email for all the details. 203 292-8934
info@gigcenterwestport.com

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     ADULT GIGS

 

 

ADULT GIGS
Our Adult Gigs are for students ages 21 and over. No performance experience is required, but students are expected to at least have "advanced beginner" skills on their principal instrument. Bands meet on a weekly basis, for 2.5 hours. The sessions generally run for about 4 months (16 weeks). However, depending on start dates and other scheduling concerns - including what's convenient for our students - sessions might run anywhere from about 12 to 20 weeks. We'll have start dates, end dates, and performance dates for each session posted as early as possible. All sessions culminate in a live performance at a public venue.

An instructor (or "show leader") will help with song selection, lead the weekly rehearsals, and keep everyone organized with charts and other resources. Your show leader will also assist with changing keys to accommodate vocalists. Additionally, a professional drummer is provided to handle all the drumming, or personally assist student drummers.

For spring 2020, we're offering three different evening Gigs, each with a different show leader and its own musical theme. See below for specific details regarding Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night Gigs. Each meets on a weekly basis, from 7:30-10:00.

Coming soon: info regarding daytime/afternoon Gigs on Wednesday and Sundays!

SPRING 2020 ADULT GIGS

Redux: Rock and Roll Will Never Die.  

Mondays 7:30-10:00p February 10-June 22, 2020
SHOW DATE: TBA

The spring session starts with dusting off some of the 250-plussongs that we've played since fall 2017.  From there, it's the Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. We're also going to do a couple of Tina Turner classics. Show leader: Josh Auchterlonie.

 

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Ballads and Singer-Songwriter Picks  

Tuesdays 7:30-10:00p February 11-June 23, 2020
SHOW DATE: TBA
Tuesdays continues the focus on ballads and singer/songwriters, with some rock and bluesy soul elements as well. Think Beatles, Dawes, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Tedeschi-Trucks, etc. Check out the Spotify list for an idea of where we're headed. Final song selection will reflect a collaborative process with input from everyone in the group. Show leader: Chris Cass

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Redux: "Any Given Thursday" Band

Thursdays 7:30-10:00p February 6-June 18, 2020
SHOW DATE: TBA
Like Mondays, the Spring Session starts with dusting off some of the plus 250 songs that have been played since Fall 2017. We add some very unique and special songs from Jason Isbell, The Coors, Don Henley, Steve Wonder and The Stones. As with every Gig, the vocalists and the band fine tune the list of songs. Show leader: Steve Sasloe

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