WHAT DOES YBN OFFER YOUNG MUSICIANS?
Private LessonsPrivate Lessons are essential to personal growth, and the perfect way to discover if you have a true desire to become a musician. Here, you find out what it takes to learn and master your instrument. Lessons are custom tailored to each student through a semester action plan and weekly lesson plans. Private lessons are great for students of every skill level. Whether the student is a beginner or highly skilled, there is no subsitute for working with an experienced mentor one-on-one every week on technique, music theory and general music concepts. Privates are highly recommended for all of our students, especially those students in the Young Band Program.
RockLab ProgramNamed after a program that Lake Charles guitar guru Eric Sylvester implemented in the 90's, the RockLab program is for students who want to get a band experience but are juggling too many other commitments, OR for students who want to sample what it would be like to be in a band before commiting to our young band program. In their private lessons private lessons the students learn entire songs in addition to their standard lesson plan material. Meanwhile, other RockLab students are learning those same songs. Twice a semester, all RockLab students meet for a couple of rehearsals to bring their songs together. Then the play a real rock show with our other young bands!
Young Band DevelopmentThe Young Band Development Program is the final step on the journey we created for our students here at YBN, but we've designed the program to be accessible to intermediate level students as they continue to hone their skills in private lessons. Here is where our students put their knowledge and skills to the test, and where they learn lessons they could never learn in private lessons alone. Students experience working as a team which can bring about many social challenges and successes, and they learn that being a musician in a band requires a much broader skill set than just being a good at an instrument or having a good voice. We also implement projects where students learn about music business concepts, and working with professional audio.
WHERE IS YBN LOCATED?
2128 Hodges Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
A Bit More About UsHISTORY IN BRIEF
Young Band Nation started as an idea to bring the students of Baton Rouge Music Studios beyond their private lessons by grouping them into bands. The program began in 2007, labeled "Young Band Development Program" in the old BeBop music shop building on Government Street with about 15 student volunteers. The students began learning cover songs from Led Zepplin, Bon Jovi, White Stripes, The Police, The Foo Fighters, among other bands. The kids landed their first "gig" at Fest for All in the Children's Village and packed the place with friends and family. Founder Doug Gay played instruments and sang in most of the bands, since there were not enough students in the program to outfit each band with a complete line up of student musicians (this still happens today with YBN instructors). The experiment was a success and the educational benefits of this program were immediately apparent.
The students in YBN have a chance to utilize the skills they learn in private lessons as they perform with peers. When performing with a band, students feel the pressure of taking their learned skills and putting them to the test among peers and in front of an audience. A greater perspective is gained as the students see how their individual parts contribute to the whole. And at performances, they can't stop when something goes wrong, which teaches them more about improvising and problem-solving on the fly than they could ever learn in private lessons. In most cases, a huge transformation begins to take place within the students. They begin to feel more confident, and they begin to feel more like musicians rather than simply music students.
The benefits of a membership to Young Band Nation:
YBN has expanded from the old days of learning a couple of songs per semester with each band leading to one performance at the end of each semester. We now have bands performing around Baton Rouge year round at Festivals, Theatres, Fundraisers, and a myriad of other community events. We are seeing the results of our hard work, receiving phone calls regularly to provide entertainment in and around the Baton Rouge Area. In the past year, we've added a fully functioning multi-track recording studio with help from our friends at Presonus.
We now have fall and spring semesters, as well as summer camps in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.
YBN has a plan in place to refine our brand, streamline our program offerings, and secure a larger facility which will include an in-house performance venue.
The facility will also be equipped with multiple recording spaces, video taping and editing suites, and several large rooms for workshops and group classes.
YBN has expanded to Lake Charles and we are in negotiations with potential investors in the Shreveport area.
Our larger vision is to be the premier school of contemporary music education and performance in Louisiana, and to use our summer camps as a way for young musicians from all over the state to meet, connect, create, and perform together.
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