[At Elevate] you have the opportunity to get out of the classroom, out of your bedroom, out of the basement, and get on a real stage... with other musicians.
Fargo, N.D. (PRWEB) September 01, 2012
Elevate Rock School in Fargo, N.D. is excited to spread the word about their upcoming student showcase outdoor concert, which will take place outside of the business’ studio at 4480 23rd Ave. South in Fargo, N.D. The show will start at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 and will last approximately 5 hours. Admission is free of charge, and open to the public.
Founded in Nov. 2011, Elevate Rock School teaches more than 200 students, ages 5-50, in vocal, keyboard, drums, acoustic guitar and bass lessons. Students learn the fundamentals of their chosen instrument (just like they would in traditional music lessons), but every other week each student gets the opportunity to practice in a group and play in a band with other musicians. Students are grouped by age and learning level into bands that are made up of a drummer, guitar players, a keyboard player, and a vocalist. Three times every year, Elevate Rock School hosts a concert showcase during which each band plays their choice of songs on a live stage, in front of a live audience of friends, family and community members. These concerts are what all of the students’ practicing and lessons are built up to, and every single student enrolled in the rock school performs at each concert – no matter how long they’ve been taking lessons, or how advanced they are.
Bryce Niemiller, owner and founder of Elevate Rock School, makes it his main goal to make music fun for his students and give them an experience that makes them want to learn more and grow as musicians. Niemiller took his first piano lessons in kindergarten, and since then has taught himself how to play piano, drums and guitar. He played in bands for several decades, which led him to his last gig, playing guitar in the Johnny Holms band.
During his years taking lessons, Niemiller never found them inspiring, and found it hard to make a connection between what he was learning and what he loved about music. “If I would have had a teacher back then who knew what I needed, they would have provided me with an experience like Elevate,” Niemiller remembers. When he saw the same disconnection in the eyes of the students he’d taught in the past, Niemiller thought of a way to light up a passion for music in students of all ages.
After the realization that many music students were missing out on that group experience, Niemiller started bringing several instruments into the piano lessons he was teaching and jammed with his students during their lessons. The strategy worked, and soon Niemiller began the process of starting Elevate Rock School.
The school, which started out with 80 students who were recruited by Niemiller and fellow teacher Steve Stine, now has over 200 students and 5 teachers, with new students joining Elevate Rock School every day.
Niemiller cites the idea of Elevate Rock School as being successful because “you learn the fundamentals [of music], but you also have the opportunity to get out of the classroom, out of your bedroom, out of the basement, and get on a real stage where you can sit down and plug in with a real drum set, and actually interact with other musicians.”
The public is invited to watch the budding musicians of Elevate Rock School on Sun., Sept. 16th for an outdoor concert, outside of the business’ studio at 4480 23rd Ave. South in Fargo, N.D. The bands, will be playing on a stage with full production. Admission is free, and several restaurants surrounding the area will be open for dining.