Aspiring musicians of all ages come together to form real bands and ensembles for the unique experience of playing music with others and performing outside of the studio. Grouped by age, ability, and musical preference, these classes meet once a week for either one hour, or an hour and a half, depending on age and ability. These groups are led by MMDA master instructor(s).
We strongly encourage all rock shop students to take a weekly private lesson to harness their fundamentals skills and technique to then be applied in the group class.
Focus topics include: team work, stage presence, performance preparation, band/ensemble etiquette, and equipment preparation.
*Singers, guitarists, bassists, pianists, percussionists welcome*
Come join us in exploring the world of Jazz in a combo setting. This class will allow you to perform Jazz Standards and music from all eras of Jazz in a small group setting. Demystify the art of jazz improvisation. The class will begin with the blues offering techniques for students to begin enjoying musical creativity from the first lesson. Pre-requisite to the class is a competency in basic scales.
Jazz is one of our richest treasures; join us in exploring and continuing the tradition.
This class requires the student to have a strong working knowledge of their instrument. All instruments are encouraged and welcome; rhythm section, horns and vocalists!!
Our Pit Orchestra class is led by Broadway music director Nate Patten. He leads the class through classic Broadway show tunes, as well as new Broadway material that he has directly contributed to. All orchestral instruments are welcome to participate! In this class, not only do you get the opportunity to work with a real Broadway music director, but our Pit Orchestra students also get to master musical material as if they we performing in sync with a Broadway cast.
Private Music Lessons
Students meet with his/her instructor once per week, for either 30 or 60 minutes lessons. Private lessons run year round.
Adult Rock Shop
Come rock out with our Adult Rock Shops. Whether you want to finally play in a group setting, pick up that guitar you haven't touched in years, or just want o learn something new, this program is for you! This class includes 1 hour group sessions and a 30 minute additional private lesson. Performance opportunities available!
All levels are welcome, ages 18+.
We provide many performance opportunities throughout the year allowing our music students to showcase what they’ve been working on.
Group classes including rock shops, jazz house, adult rock shop, string quartet, & vocalists are eligible to perform at various shows throughout the year. These include local restaurant performances such as Asbury Ale House, Brielle Ale House, The Headliner, House of Independents, Langosta Lounge, Leggets, Rella’s, Reef and Barrel, River Rock, Tim McLoones Supper Club, and The Saint.
Students also perform at annual events including Wall Fair, Manasquan Firemen’s Fair, Big Sea Day, BMW Car Show, and Manasquan Candy Cane Hunt.
All students are invited to perform at our annual Spring Recital in June.