Our most popular EYS experiences encompass two full days of workshops and rehearsals, preparing for a high-energy, high-octane final concert on the evening of the second day (workshop-only experiences or extended residencies are also available – see Who Should Visit and Options and Length of Visits).
Prior to our arrival, we will provide you with enough material for a 60-90 minute concert featuring Mark and/or other members of our EYS team of Artist Mentors performing with your students. We create a unique web page just for your event that contains audio files and sheet music for the selected songs. The material is provided to you with enough time for you to incorporate the material into your curriculum. The musical selections are surprising – and include our exclusive arrangements of classic rock and contemporary music, along with a sampling of Mark Wood’s powerful compositions. Songs are selected based on the playing abilities of your students.
In our 2-day program, Day 1 includes a full day (4-5 hours) of workshop/rehearsal time. The workshop/rehearsal portion focuses on rehearsing the material we’ve provided to you, encouraging students to relate to the music as more than simply dots on the page, performance techniques, how to connect with the audience, and most importantly how to access their own creative potential.
Day 2 reinforces all the concepts introduced on Day 1 during a dress rehearsal (2-3 hours) followed by an evening (or afternoon) concert.
Profits from tickets sold to the event directly benefit the school’s music programs. For schools that want to go all out, Wood and his team will also design an accompanying program for the school’s choral and/or band department.
EYS will change students’ perception of what their instruments are capable of and enlighten them as to how they can access and express their creativity through them. By having students participate in real-life rehearsal and performance situations, EYS will help you create your very own Rock Orchestra. We will even bring one or two electric violins for selected student soloists and these students can show off the skills they acquire during the event.
With EYS, your entire community will be “electrified!”