Rock & Roll Academy Concert at The Opera House ~12-13-08

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Hello Rock and Rollers, Once again last night demonstrated how amazing our children can be when they are given the opportunity to be their true authentic selves. The music was amazing but most amazing was the fearlessness the musicians demonstrated and the love given and received from that stage. I want to thank all the families for supporting the RRA program, your children’s love of music and this culture of music we are succeeding in creating together. I appreciate each and every student ... Read More

KID ROCK

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Forget classical tunes and marching bands. Telluride's Rock and Roll Academy teaches children to play—and fall in love—with music as if they were rock stars themselves. By Shari Caudron (published in 5280 magazine) September 2008 Juxtapoze is an all-girl band composed of four 13-year-olds who live in Telluride. Although the girls are generally polite and agreeable, like sitcom teens of the 1960s, they do have vociferous opinions where music is concerned. They think High School Musical is disgusting and painful to watch. They think boy ... Read More

Beginning Solo Guitar

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I first met Arnie Berle in 1988 when I went to study guitar with him at his studio in Yonkers, New York. AT the time, he was still writing for Guitar Player magazine and I remember being quite nervous driving to my first lesson. I know he was a famous educator and I had built up a sort of anxious anticipation over meeting him. At the first lesson, Arnie immediately put me at ease and brought a professional focus to our lesson ... Read More

Summer Rock School 2008

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The Rock and Roll Academy summer program is running full-tilt boogie... each week two bands work for five days to prepare for their Friday concert. This week Chaos Plan and Electric Slide took the stage in two convincing performances that had the audience screaming throughout the show. The overall feeling in the program is really good right now with students finding the music quickly and really listening to one another. Up next, Dog Days of Rock. Read More

A Common Vision

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Everybody knows that change is in the air. On every level we are being given the opportunity to decide what is important and what is not. What is real and what is not, what can be sustained and what must be discarded. Perhaps nowhere are these choices clearer, or more important, than when it comes to our children. In our educational system it is no secret that in our rush for accountability we have prioritized standardization over individuality and the sciences over the ... Read More

The Rock and Roll Academy

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The Rock and Roll Academy is, quite literally, a dream come true. A state of the art music facility nestled high in the Rocky Mountains where students of all ages can come and experience playing in a band. From the vibey, cool, musician feel of the rooms, to the supportive, free atmosphere that Director Mark Galbo creates, the Academy combines many years experience in the performance, production, recording and educational fields of the music business. A collection of beautiful Gibson and Fender electric ... Read More

A Voice in Contemporary Music Education

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Mark Galbo is an innovative music educator whose relaxed and spontaneous teaching method has endeared him to thousands of students all across the country. His books, which together have sold close to 100,000 copies internationally, have established Mark as a leading voice in contemporary music education. He is driven by his strong belief that music is “instant community” and, therefore, should hold a sacred place in everyone’s life. Read More