ABOUT THE GIG CENTER
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 "band" sessions. Students may do either, or both.

Our Bands
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. 

Our Lessons
Our private lessons offer a traditional approach to vocal or instrumental study. Please contact us for details regarding scheduling.

Striking a Balance
 For our private students who enroll in a group session, your lessons may include, compliment and expand upon your band's material.

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
We're located at 1572 Post Road East (in the same building as Sharkey's Cuts for Kids). As of 2019, 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!

 

Gig Center Lesson Specials
Special Introductory 3-Lesson Package for $120 *

We are offering new piano, guitar, bass, and drum students 3 half-hour lessons for $120.00.

*Discounted 3-lesson pricing available to new students only.  Not applicable to voice lessons.

Special Enrollment for Voice Students:
For vocalists seeking help with audition preparation or live performances, lessons are available on a short term basis (without committing to a full semester). We're happy to tailor a program to help you in advance of audition dates, or to schedule lessons through upcoming performances.
CONTACT US: 203.292.8934     info@gigcenterwestport.com   

                        

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). 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.

 

Mondays   7:00p-9:30p  Rockin’ Solid Monday evening continues with a list of great rock songs the group will play. Artists include The Who, Warren Zevon, Prince and Linda Ronstadt.
Show Leader: Josh Auchterlonie
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Tuesdays 7:00p-9:30p   Ballads & Harmonies  This group is based on songs that vocalists and instrumentalists choose. Songs feature harmonies that are worked on in session. This session features selections by Bob Marley, the Lumineers, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Sheryl Crow and more.
Show Leader: Chris Cass
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Wednesdays 7:00p-9:30p  Psychedelic & Dead Set Live Wednesdays will feel like The Summer of Love all over again. Artists include: Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Beatles, Stones, CCR and Pink Floyd.
Show Leader: Mike Gurge      
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Thursdays 7:00p-9:30p  Soulful Rocking Our Thursday group continues their exploration of rock, alternative, country and horn driven songs. Artists include: Wilson Pickett, The Band, Tom Petty, Old 97's, Talking Heads, The Bengals.
Show Leader: Steve Sasloe
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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, ensuring a well monitored, efficiently run rehearsal. Songs may be moved to appropriate keys to accommodate the singers.

Fall 2022 KID GIGS 

Classic Picks: Rock On

Featuring a similar structure to our spring program, show leader Josh Auchterlonie will select the starting songs for the groups 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 scheduled for January.

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

Saturday mornings 10:00-12:00 : Kids (Placement based on age & ability)

Saturday afternoons 1:00-3:00: Teens (Placement based on age & ability)

Sunday mornings 9:30-11:30: TBD (Placement based on age & ability)

Live Shows in January 2023!

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.

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

 

If you're considering enrollment, please feel free to contact us regarding upcoming scheduling details and costs.

Click for playlist:      

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

For more information please give us a call at
203-292-8934 or send us an email: info@gigcenterwestport.com.

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