Plugged In has a variety of programming options available. As we continue to grow so does our programming. Visit this page often for news on new classes, workshops and programs that fuse a love for music with a desire to good in the world.
Plugged In’s ensemble band class is offered two times each year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Each class has 4-6 students and one teacher and is comprised of drums, guitar, bass, vocals and may also include keyboards and horns. Students learn to play their individual instruments, develop a set list, perform in front of all sizes of audiences, and to work as a group, all with guidance from our Berklee trained teaching staff. Band sets can include original material and/or cover songs chosen by the students. Students are grouped based on age, skill level, musical interest, personality and availability. Classes meet once per week for 1.5 hours and are offered 7 days a week. Each band spends the 14 week session developing their sets and their skills all in preparation for the benefit concert at the end of the session where every band performs in a 3-day showcase of talent! Register Now
For detailed information about our ensemble band classes click here.
Plugged In is now offering private lessons! Students work one-on-one with one of our Berklee trained music teachers learning drums, bass, guitar, keyboards or vocals. Unlike our ensemble band classes, private lessons can be started anytime throughout the year. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced musician looking to take your playing to another level, private lessons provide an opportunity to get the personal attention that can be beneficial to a students growth as a musician. The mission of Plugged In informs our private lesson model, as students showcase their skills at their recital. These performances will take place at non-profit organizations, charity events and community groups throughout Boston and MetroWest. Register Now
For detailed information about our private lessons and to pick an instructor, click here.
In conjunction with each end of session benefit concert, we offer a songwriting workshop that benefits the charitable organization chosen by the students at the Community Engage Evening. The workshop is open to all Plugged In students as well as any youth ages 8-19 who are not in Plugged In. The workshop provides students the opportunity to learn more about the chosen charitable organization, learn songwriting techniques from professional songwriters, and write, perform and record an original song for a CD. On the first day of this workshop, a representative from the chosen charitable organization will talk with the students about their work. By acquiring a deeper understanding of the cause, the experience of performing in the concert becomes more meaningful for the students. Later in the day, students break into groups, led by professional songwriters, and write songs based on their reactions to what they have learned and/or on any subject of their choice. On the second day, we record the students performing their original songs and create a CD of these performances. Students also perform the original songs at the concert. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will be donated to the chosen charitable organization. Register Now
For detailed information about our songwriting workshop click here.
If your child could design their perfect summer, would it include new friends, music, fun activities, and new experiences? Are you looking for something constructive, empowering and musical for the young people in your life to do this summer? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then join us for our Summer Session!
Plugged In’s Summer Session programming helps young people build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition they often encounter during the school year. Our summer programming offers a relaxed, non-competitive environment and many diverse opportunities for both musical and personal growth.
We’ve taken the best parts of our popular Spring and Fall Sessions and condensed them down into a 5 week Summer Session packed full of all of the things that make Plugged In great. The Summer Session includes Band Class, Friday Workshops and several events and performance opportunities including our Community Engage Evening, Benefit Concert, Open Mic Night and the Needham 4th of July Parade.
For detailed information about our Summer Session click here.
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