Steve Auerbach was the man who brought the Paul Green School of Rock Music to Utah, now he's on to a new venture, bringing music education to the masses.
Utah School of Rock founder, producer and musician Steve Auerbach's new organization, musicgarage offers musicians of all ages and styles rehearsal-and-concert services as well as satellite programs for digital music production in Utah public and private schools. musicgarage serves both youth and adult musicians and has presented concerts, workshops and summer camps since launching earlier this year. The performance-based, rehearsal-and-concert programs have names like summerjam, rockgarage and jazzgarage that enroll intermediate-to-advanced rock and jazz musicians (other styles are welcome) for both adult and youth sessions.
For $10 per hour, musicgarage organizes musicians by age and musical style into groups and pairs the musicians with a producer-mentor who runs 10 weeks of guided rehearsals climaxing in a public music venue concert. Musicians choose from a variety of producer-coaches as seasonal mentors while working with like-minded fellow musicians as part of the greatermusicgarage community. These sessions may serve as an add-on service to private music lessons and include a weekly free private teacher reporting service and teacher referral web pages.
On the musicgarage music production side, Sony Creative Software has sponsored musicgarage's in-school, computer lab digital audio production programs with musicstudio digital audio production software based on Sony's popular AcidPro platform. For schools with with Mac labs, musicgarage teaches on the Apple Logic platform using Apple GarageBand included in Apple's operating system.
One local music producer called musicgarage a 'band incubator' and while Auerbach's goal is to create new experiential learning and performance opportunities as part of a unique music community, if bands form and producer-artist relationships develop, Auerbach will be pleased. The new program touts an open invitation to bandleaders and producers to work with the musicians, forging new mentor-student relationships season-by-season, allowing emerging musicians a place to finding band mates and a producer, if desired.
Best known in Utah for developing and managing the 'School of Rock' in Utah, Colorado and Texas from 2005-2008, Mr. Auerbach served over 400 SoR students, producing over 200 SoR student concerts in the intermountain west and east coast. Auerbach's premise for opening musicgarage is that, "Not surprisingly, music schools exclude the community's private teachers and their students while limiting enrollment to those who can afford a $250-$400/month tuition. musicgarage offers a more inclusive and affordable, community-based model."
Steve Auerbach has been teaching pop, rock, jazz and electronic music composition, production and arrangement since he was a teenager in New York. Auerbach is the first to admit, "I am a far better teacher, coordinator and producer than musician. But over the years, I've been very fortunate; enough to have done curriculum development and facilitated classes for private schools, public schools, community education programs and university classes." Auerbach has taught individuals, groups, workshops, clinics and summer camps to students ranging from 6 year old beginners to famous touring and recording artists and producers with household names like Eddie Van Halen, Tito Jackson and Rick James. Mr. Auerbach is also an award-winning concert producer (John McLaughlin and Bela Fleck, to name a few) who's music production efforts for the Utah Department of Health TV spot, Smokerman helped win two Addy awards in 2009. Auerbach also ran a successful international booking agency, Planet Agency and a small record label, Uwanna? Records that released the CD, Ike Willis: Selected Works by the former Frank Zappa singer-guitarist produced by Auerbach and Grammy Award-winning Utah producer, Douglas Spotted Eagle.
musicgarage.org's first sessions are co-facilitated by Auerbach with local rock guitar guru, Terence Hansen and jazz-master, John Flanders. Sessions are currently open for enrollment through the end of August with a September 8, 2009 start date, capped at 16 musicians per session.
musicgarage provides the facility, drums, amplifiers, pa system, mics, keyboards, rehearsal space and producer. Auerbach adds, "One thing that I know for certain is that performance opportunities for all musicians are a results-driven catalyst for building teamwork, self-reliance, self-determination, musical and stage skills for musicians of any age or musical style."
A musicgarage all-student concert will be performed by Auerbach's two-week summer program students, SummerJam in partnership with the Park City School District this Friday, August 14 at 6 pm, hosted by O'Shuck's in the Quarry Village Center at Jeremy Ranch. Admission is all-ages, free and is open to the public.
CONTACT: Steve Auerbachsteveauerbach@hotmail.com
PHONE: (801) 577-2263
WEB: musicgarage.org and steveauerbach.net
WHERE: 360 W 2500 S, SLC