The Candyman Strings & Things Announces Dates for The 2012 Spring Rock School Program

Editor | - March 14, 2012

"In addition to the thrill of performing in a real rock concert, students will walk away with practical tools..."

The Candyman Strings & Things, founders of Santa Fe’s original Rock School program, is thrilled to announce the dates for its spring session of Rock School!

Classes begin with an orientation and first rehearsal on March 10th and rehearsals take place once a week for 6 weeks, running through April 20. The final student concert takes place on Saturday, April 21.

(Read a feature on the camp.)

Rock School offers young musicians a great way to beat the winter blues! Rock School is an ideal music program for students ages 8-18 (beginner, intermediate or advanced levels) who want an immersive ensemble and performance experience. Rock School welcomes all styles of music.

The two-hour weekly classes begin with an orientation on March 10 at 1 p.m. This orientation will cover general Rock School policies and provide a question and answer opportunity for both parents and students. Then, band assignments will be announced (students are placed in bands with others in similar age, skill level and genre preference) and each band will meet with their instructor for their first two-hour session where students will get to know each other, choose their band's name and decide the songs they want to play.

Students will then meet for two hours each week to explore the process of forming a band, focusing on rehearsing their songs, writing and rehearsing originals, developing their band’s logo and identity and learning the many elements of putting on a live show. In these classes, students learn to work with other young musicians under the tutelage of established music professionals who will share their experience and knowledge to help them improve their musical skills and to learn some of the options open to them in the music industry.

Classes are held once a week for six weeks from March 10 through April 20 (two additional dress rehearsal sessions will be scheduled as needed during the session). Rehearsal schedules are flexible, and will be determined based on parent/student availability.
The Rock School finale is an exciting live student concert at Santa Fe SOL, one of Santa Fe’s finest professional performance venues, on Saturday, April 21.

“There’s a scarcity of ensemble and performance opportunities for youth in our city, and Rock School is unique in that offers students the chance to perform at an actual concert venue,” explains Cindy Cook, co-owner of The Candyman Strings & Things. “We have received so many wonderful comments from parents about the many positive ways our rock programs have not only developed their child’s talents, but also increased their confidence and love for music. We strongly believe that the best way to learn music is to play music with others. In Rock School, we take students from the lesson studio to the stage while developing both their confidence and their skills.”

In addition to the thrill of performing in a real rock concert, students will walk away with practical tools, such as a deeper understanding of their instrument in a group context and working democratically with other musicians. Building basic music theory, individual performance skills (vocal and instrumental) and harmony are also a natural part of the curriculum.

Rock School has a tuition fee of $250 for the six-week term.  In addition to the weekly rehearsals and live concert finale, students will also receive a copy of the concert poster and band logos, access to rehearsal and concert photos, and a DVD of the concert.

“Enrollment is strong and we anticipate maximizing our studio capacity this session,” says The Candyman’s Director of Education, Mikey Baker. “So we recommend that those who want to sign up do so as soon as possible to reserve their spot (registration closes on March 5). Although singers, guitarists, bass players, drummers and keyboardists have been the basis for most of our Rock School bands, we’re always excited to add new instruments to the mix.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available and donations to The Candyman scholarship fund for these youth programs are graciously accepted. Businesses are especially encouraged to sponsor a student and take advantage of the unique business exposure opportunities that are included with sponsorships.

For more information about The Candyman Rock School or to register, please visit or call 505-983-5906.

Below is a video from video correspondent Betsy Ronel with Cindy Cook and the other Candyman Strings and Things' Summer Rock Camp organizers.