Program Details

Band Class (Fall / Spring Sessions)

General Info

Fall and Spring Sessions

Plugged In’s ensemble band class is offered two times each school year

  • Fall Session:  September 24, 2018 – January 17, 2019
  • Spring Session:  February 25, 2019 – June 13, 2019

Class Details

  • Each band class consists of 4-6 students and 1 teacher and is comprised of drums, guitar, bass, vocals and can also include keyboards, and even 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 trained teaching staff.
  • Band sets can include original material and/or cover songs chosen by the students.

Class Times

  • Classes meet once per week for 1.5 hours and are offered 7 days a week.
  • Classes are scheduled at a time that works for the band members.

End of Session Performance

  • Students spend the 14-week session developing their sets and their skills in preparation for the benefit concert at the end of the session.
  • Every band performs in a 3-day showcase of talent that runs Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon.
Tuition and Payment

Tuition

Tuition for Band Class is $700.00.

Payment

  • Tuition is due at the time of registration.
  • Tuition can be paid via cash, check, credit card, or scholarship.
  • Registrants can submit payment online via credit card once they have submitted their completed registration form.
  • If you prefer to pay by check or cash please mail your payment to:

Plugged In – Band Class Payment
40 Freeman Place
Needham, MA 02492

Scholarship

  • Partial and full scholarships are available.
  • For questions regarding scholarship, or to apply, send an e -mail to .

Refund Policy

  • 50% of the tuition will be refunded if student withdraws prior to the fourth week of class.
  • Any student withdrawing on or after the fourth week of class will not be eligible for a refund.
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Registration Forms

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If you encounter any issues or have any questions regarding the registration forms, please email Plugged In at .

New Students

  • New student registration has two parts:
    1.   Registration Form
    2.   New Student Meeting
  • New students have not completed their registration until both their registration form and student meeting are complete.

New Student Meetings

  • New student meetings are scheduled by calling 781-444-1879 or by e-mailing us at .
  • This meeting is NOT an audition.
  • At this meeting we will get to know the student better to ensure proper band placement.
Community Engage Evening

Overview

  • The core mission of Plugged In is to empower our students to make a positive change in their world with music. 
  • Plugged In starts this process at our Community Engage Evening. 
  • This is an event where Plugged In students decide how they are going to give back to their community.  
  • Community Engage brings our students together to present and discuss different charities and causes they feel deserve to be recognized for the good work they do. 
  • At the end of the evening, students vote to determine the charitable organization that will be honored at the benefit concert at the end of the session.
Performances and Events

Community Events During Session

  • Typically there are between 2 and 6 performance opportunities throughout each session at events such as the Needham Business Association Street Fair, Needham Farmers Market, and more.
  • These performances take place throughout Needham and the surrounding communities and are the perfect opportunity for students to perform live. 

End of Session Concert

  • Each Band Class session ends with a Session Concert to benefit the charity picked at the Community Engage Evening.
  • The Concert is held over three days (Friday – Sunday). Each band member receives a T-shirt commemorating the concert.

Private Lessons

General Info

Lesson Details

  • Vocal, guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboard/piano lessons available. All skill levels welcome.
  • One hour or half-hour lessons scheduled weekly in 4 week blocks or 8 week blocks.
  • Private lessons can be started at anytime throughout the year.
  • Private lessons take place in one of our private lesson rooms at 40 Freeman Place, Needham, MA 02492.
  • Lessons are held seven days a week depending on each instructor’s availability.

Fees

  • $60.00 for a One-Hour Lesson
  • $35.00 for a Half-Hour Lesson

Plugged In’s goal is to provide access to all of our programming to any student regardless of their ability to pay.  Unfortunately there are currently no scholarships available for private lessons.

Sign up for 8 Weeks and Get One Week Free!

  • When registering simply select the 8-week option
  • The free week is reflected in the price of this option.

Benefits

  • Private music instruction is recommended for all musicians, regardless of skill level.
  • Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced musician, private lessons provide the personal attention that gets students playing better, faster.
Instructors
  • Students work one-on-one with one of our Berklee College of Music trained music teachers learning drums, bass, guitar, keyboards or vocals. 
  • Each of our Berklee trained Teaching Staff have years of training on their instruments and as private instructors teaching students of all ages and skill levels.  
  • Our Staff, chosen for their teaching ability and their adaptability, ensure all of our students feel comfortable yet challenged. 
  • You may select the instructor you feel would be the best fit for your student, or Plugged In will use its extensive experience to match you to the perfect instructor.
  • Visit the Instructors Page to read bios of our music instructors and to pick the perfect instructor for you.
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Overview

  • Vocal, guitar, bass, drum and keyboard/piano lessons available. All skill levels welcome.
  • All students participating in private instruction must register prior to requesting their first lesson.
  • Private lesson registration is always open and is independent of other programming.

Registration Steps

  • To request a lesson, first visit our Instructors Page and decide which instructor you prefer.
  • Once you’ve picked an instructor, visit our Online Scheduling Page.
  • Click on the link for your instructor and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

Ongoing Lessons

  • Private lessons students do NOT need to re-register at the end of each four week scheduling block.
  • Any student who ends private instruction with Plugged In for more than 3 months must re-register upon resuming.

Private Lesson Scheduling Page

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Scheduling Policy
  • All students are required to schedule 4 weeks of private instruction at a time.
  • At the end of 4 weeks, the student must submit additional payment and schedule their next 4 weeks of lessons.
  • To schedule a private lesson, visit our Online Scheduling Site.

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Cancellation / Refund Policy
  • If a student cancels their lesson MORE than 24 hours before their scheduled lesson, they can reschedule a make-up lesson.  Re-scheduled lessons will be scheduled as normal, based on the student’s and teacher’s availability.
  • If a student cancels their lesson LESS than 24 hours before their scheduled lesson time, then they will NOT be offered a make-up class.
  • No refunds will be provided for private instruction.
  • To make modifying or canceling a lesson easy, be sure to register your FullSlate account.
  • To modify or cancel an existing lesson, visit our Online Scheduling Site.

Summer Day Camp: “Music That Matters”

General Info

Description

Plugged In’s Music That Matters (“MTM”) Summer Day Camp includes all the most popular parts of our Fall and Spring Sessions, including:

  • Band Class
  • Songwriting Workshops
  • Offsite Events
  • Performance Opportunities

Ages

MTM is open to musicians ages 11 to 18.

Location

MTM takes place at Plugged In – 40 Freeman Place, Needham, MA 02492.

Session Dates

  • Session 1:  2-Week Session from July 8, 2019 to July 19, 2019.
  • Session 2:  2-Week Session from July 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019.

Camp Hours

Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition:  $1400.00 per student per 2-week session.
  • Late Pick-Up Fee:  $30.00 per hour (Available from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Monday through Friday).
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Registration Forms

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Camp Size Limit

  • Each Summer Session is limited to 25 students.
  • Registration closes when the 25-student-limit is met.

New Students

  • New student registration has two parts:
    1.   Registration Form
    2.   New Student Meeting
  • New students have not completed their registration until both their Registration Form and New Student Meeting are complete.

New Student Meeting Info

  • New Student Meetings are scheduled by calling 781-444-1879 or by e-mailing .
  • This meeting is NOT an audition!
  • At this meeting, we will get to know the student better to ensure proper band placement.
  • We encourage new students to complete their registration forms prior to their new student meeting.
Typical Camp Day

Band Class: 1.5 Hours Daily

  • Each band has 4-6 students and 1 teacher and is comprised of drums, guitar, bass, and vocals.
  • Bands can also accommodate keyboards and horns.
  • Teachers work with their bands on developing a set of songs to perform at the concert.
  • The material performed by the bands is chosen by the students, with guidance from the teacher.
  • Teachers help their students learn cover songs and/or develop original material.

Workshops: 1.5 Hours Daily

  • Workshop topics include:
    • Music Theory
    • Lyric Writing
    • Songwriting
    • Rhythm
    • Music for Social Change
    • Music Video Storyboarding and Editing
  • Workshops are taught by Plugged In’s expertly trained staff and/or special guest teachers.

Performances and Events: 2 Times Weekly (Duration Varies)

Students participate in performances and events multiple times during the summer session, including:

  • Community Engage
    • One of the most important aspects of Plugged In is the emphasis placed on using music to better the world.
    • Plugged In models this concept by turning the “recital” at the end of each session into a benefit concert for a charity chosen by the students.
    • Our students choose that charity at Community Engage!
  • Harvard Square Busking
    • Students bring their music straight to the public during this offsite performance. 
    • Busking gives our students a unique and fun performance experience.
  • Summer Benefit Concert
    • This is the performance we work so hard for each session! 
    • Students perform with their bands for friends and family while raising awareness and funds for the charity of their choice.

Movies/Media

  • We’ll also watch and discuss some important movies about music and social justice. 
  • We’ll even make a music video of our own from start to finish – all in ways that you can easily recreate when you need to make a video for your next band.

2-Day Songwriting and Recording Workshop

General Info

Overview

The Song Writing & Recording Workshop provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Learn Songwriting Techniques
  • Write, Perform and Record an Original Song for a CD
  • Perform their Original Songs at the Band Session Benefit Concert

Ages

  • Open to youth ages 10 to 18.
  • Open to currently enrolled Plugged In students as well as students not enrolled in the current Plugged In band session.

Location

  • Plugged In – 40 Freeman Place, Needham, MA 02492.

Session Dates

  • Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Sunday , December 30, 2018

Hours

  • Day 1:  1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Day 2:    2-Hour Shift per Group (between 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Tuition & Payment

  • Tuition:  $175.00 per student.
  • Payment Options: cash, check, credit card, or scholarship.

Details

Day 1:  1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • On the first day, a representative from the charity (which will be benefiting from the profits of the Benefit Concert) will talk with the students about their organization and its work. 
  • By acquiring a deeper understanding of the cause, the experience of performing in the concert often becomes more meaningful for the students. 
  • Later in the day, students will 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.

Day 2:  2-Hour Shift per Group (between 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) 

  • On the second day, we will spend time at Plugged In in a mobile recording studio, where a recording will be made of the students performing their original songs.
  • The recordings will then be sold to raise money for the charity.
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Registration Forms

Register Now by Check/Scholarship

Register Now by Credit Card

Registration Info

  • The fee for this workshop is $175 and is due at time of registration.
  • Payments can be made via check, cash, credit card, or scholarship.
  • Registration must be completed by December 28, 2018.