JamSchool is very excited to to announce the addition of a fantastic new teacher!
Emma Bortolon-Vettor will be teaching piano, guitar and bass at the south campus on Mondays and Tuesdays.
See Emma's bio below:
Emma Bortolon-Vettor has been studying guitar for over 16 years and piano for 18 years. Emma's specialty revolves around blues and rock technique, modal applications, ear training, and composition. It is Emma's belief that everyone is capable of writing a song while exploring their instrument.
Emma has been composing and performing music with Red Rosary, The Folk, Bonnie Trash, and Natural Thirst. She has produced 2 full-length albums and 4 EP's. Emma recorded and produced Bonnie Trash's recent EP, "Ezzelini's Dead," which was released in June of 2017 and gained recognition in the Toronto Star. Her co-collaborator in all of these outfits is her twin sister, Sara Bortolon-Vettor. Together, they publish and perform under their FPOP production collective.
Emma currently holds a BA in psychology from Ryerson University, where she aided in creating musical paradigms for empathy training in youth with high-functioning autism. She has two years of study from Ryerson University's Radio and Television program and is currently completing a second degree in Music at the University of Guelph.
The JamSchool Band Program is busier than ever with shows every month including a showcase at Hillside Inside on February 10 at Planet Bean downtown. We would like to get even more musicians involved in this program!
We have openings for guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboard in a few of our bands and we are building new bands that we would like to start in February.
If you are ready for the next step in your development, please let us try to find a good band for you to join.
Here are some details that band attendees and parents will need to know:
The JamSchool Band Program costs $100/month for a weekly hour long band session unless multi-lesson discounts apply
After you have joined a band, please try to commit until at least the end of June (think of a hockey team losing their goalie before a big tournament)
Band Class Attendance
Please do your best to attend every week, especially when preparing for a show
You are able to cancel your attendance to a band class but no makeup credit will be issued unless the class is cancelled by the school (bad weather) or by the teacher
The band members need to make themselves available for some performances throughout the year, typically Saturdays
It is expected that every player in the band learn their parts independently
The band leader is there to teach the group as a whole, so there will be less one on one attention than you would receive in a private class
After the parts have been assigned, it is expected that each player work on their part at home
Don’t let your team down, practice your parts!
It is recommended that the student continue with private lessons when joining a band class. Group experience and live performance is supplemental to individual skills acquired through private lessons and will reinforce lessons learned.
JamSchool runs shows every month
All JamSchool shows are free to attend with two exceptions:
JamSchool Holiday JamBoree (December): Please bring a donation for the Guelph Food bank
JamSchool JamBoree (June) - this is a ticketed event held at the Guelph Little Theatre and Hanlon Creek Cafe
Band classes tend to play at 3 or more shows in a school year
Venues include: Van Gogh’s Ear, Guelph Little Theatre, Hanlon Creek Cafe, Gainfest, Guelph Multicultural Festival, Hillside Festival and some others
Please make yourself available for the shows that the band commits to
Please make sure to show up at the correct call time
Keep up to date with performance opportunities and other events by accessing your online portal
Gain resume building, leadership and teaching experience
Meet new music friends
Keep busy with music over the summer months
As you may already be aware, JamSchool has hosted an award winning Rock Camp in the summer since 2008. This is an intensive week long camp where kids aged 7 through 14 make a band, record an album and put on a concert.
This year, we are looking for volunteer Rock Camp counselors to help run the camps.
Camp counselors must be:
At least 14 years of age
Be relatively proficient on at least one of the following
Good with kids
We have open opportunities for counsellors for the following weeks:
Van Gogh's Ear will be doing renovations for the next few months so we will be running the next few shows at the Hanlon Creek theatre. Gainfest will be our last show at Van Gogh's Ear until their renovations are complete.