Return of Jazz Combo series
We are looking are restarting our Weekly Jazz combo program at the school starting the First week of April 2022!
The program will be either with Stephen Robb or Kris Bowerman on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at the school. Open to ages 13 to adult. Previous musical experience is required
If you are interested in this, please fill out the form
This Summer we will be offering two one week Drum Camps with Mike Michalkow.
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 Restrictions This program has been canceled
All Students will be refunded.
One page flyer about the camp (pdf)
Fee’s Include 4 days of Drumming Masterclasses with Guest Artists/clinics. Classes will run from 9-5 every day with a 1-hour lunch break at 12:00
- Each Student will have their own Yamaha Electronic Drumset to use during the week.
- Lunch & snacks/beverages are included with the Camp Fee
- Ages 19 and older
Here’s a Breakdown of what will be taught throughout the week:
- Daily Warmups-An In-Depth Understanding of Rhythm
- Improving Hand & Foot Technique
- Making your Grooves “Groove”
- intermediate to Advanced Independence
- Understanding Odd Time Signatures
- Learning to play with a click track or sequencers
- How to Quickly Learn Songs
- Rhythms from Around the World
- The Concept of Soloing
- An Introduction to Polyrhythms
- Famous Drum Grooves
- Drumming History and the pioneers of Drumming
- An Introduction to new Styles:
- Funk, Jazz, Latin, Metal
- Double Bass Drumming (for those who play it)
- Reading Exercises – Learning to Improvise
- Masterclasses by Guest Artists
About Mike Michalkow – Drummer/Percussionist/Author/Educator
Mike has been playing drums for over 30 years, and is a top graduate of the music program in 1994 at Grant MacEwan University. He Currently resides in Vancouver, BC where he performs with groups such asSupernatural (A Santana Tribute) John Cameron Entertainment (Orchestra Drummer in Edmonton, Alberta), Strangiato (A Tribute to Rush) Flow (A Tribute To Sade) and various other projects. He is also very active in the Vancouver Recording Studio Scene recording 2-3 albums per month.
Mike is the Head Drum Instructor at LCMS (Langley Community Music School), An Adjudicator for the Canadian Drumline Association (CDA) and one of the resident instructors on the popular online lesson site Drumeo.
He hosts Drum and Percussion clinics in Canada and the USA sponsored by Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Kelly Cajons and Pro Mark Drum Sticks.
Mike Michalkow has shared the stage with the likes of David Foster, Lionel Richie, Peter Cetera, Sarah MacLaughlan, Olivia Newton John, Nathan East, Larry Carlton, Mike Stern, The Tenors, Steven Page and many more.
Mike is the Author of Modern Drummer Award Winning Educational Book “The Total Rock Drummer, as well as he is the creator of “The Drumming System, The Moeller Method Secrets, The Latin Drumming System, The Jazz Drumming System, and the Drum Tuning System”
To learn more about Mike visit www.mikemichalkow.com
Jazz Ensembles Start September 17, 2019.
For more information go to our Jazz ensemble page
New Program for Fall 2019
Beginning Suzuki Violin classes with Angela Malmberg
Suzuki Starts – Suzuki preparatory class.
At this time there are not enough students to commence running the program. We may start the program at a later date this year. Please contact the school if you are interested.
These preschool classes for children ages 3-5 are the starting point for learning Suzuki violin. In these classes, children will meet the Twinkle Bunny family and begin to develop the correct playing posture and movements for holding and playing a real violin and bow. Rhythm and singing skills are developed through fun games and songs. No instruments or books are necessary.
This will be an intergenerational learning program, with classes being open to the residents of Augustine House. “Intergenerational learning programs are planned ongoing activities that purposely bring together different generations to share experiences that are mutually beneficial” Participants will experience the joy of music-making by participating together – child, parent, teacher, and elder.
Over 50 years ago in Japan, violinist Shinichi Suzuki observed that children of any background learn their native language through listening and imitating in nurturing environments. His idea that very young children could learn music, in the same way, became known as the “mother-tongue approach”. Suzuki music uses parental commitment, loving encouragement, repetition, and a rich learning environment to create conditions for success in music. This program is based on the successes of similar programs currently being offered in Australia and the US.
“Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”- Shinichi Suzuki