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workshops, group classes, rock camp for all ages, band coaching, guitar theory, band jams, performances...

New classes - Winter 2024  

Groove Garden with Charlie Smith

Weekly gathering for adult musicians of all ages to play rock, folk, country, and R&B of the 1960s and '70s
Advanced beginners and up, music can be tailored to your level
Mondays 7:00-8:00pm
Session 1: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26 (Off 2/19 for Presidents' Day)
Session 2: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Band tuition: $140 per session (sign up for both sessions and save $10)

Charlie has a special place in his heart (and record collection) for '60s and '70s music and has played it extensively in several Twin Cities cover bands including Hannah and the Dangertones (rock/funk/soul), All Tomorrow's Petty (Tom Petty), Eleganza plays Exile on Main St. (Rolling Stones), Boot Cut (country), and Sunshine Committee (rock/soul). Bring your guitars and voices and join the band! Keyboards, amps, and drums provided.











Winter 2024 Rock U with Charlie Smith
Join a band, rock out and make friends! Students will meet with bandmates at the Lake Harriet House of Music for practice one evening a week and learn to play songs from a variety of modern and classic artists. Over the session, bands will perform a concert of the songs they've learned and make recordings of their band to share!

Rock U Winter Showcase at Driftwood Char Bar
Saturday March 9th, 6:00-9:00pm

Rock U 101 - *All spots filled
Ages 9-13
Mondays 6:00-7:00pm
Practice dates: January 8 - March 25
No practice: 1/15 (MLK Jr. Day), 2/19 (Presidents' Day)
Band tuition: $450

Rock U 301 - *2 spots available for guitar and vocals
Ages 13-18
Tuesday, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Practice dates: January 2 - March 26
Band tuition: $570

Rock U 201 - *All spots filled
Ages 10-16
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Practice dates: January 3 - March 27
Band tuition: $570

Rock U 201 - *Drums filled
Ages 10-16
Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Practice dates: January 4 - March 28
Band tuition: $570

To inquire, email Charlie@Smith-Music.com or call (612) 234-1770.

Bands are open to guitar, bass, drums/percussion, keyboard, vocals, and horns. Singing and trading instruments is encouraged. Space in each band is limited to 6 members. If you have any questions about which band is right for your child, contact Charlie for help. Registration is complete once the non-refundable band tuition is paid in full.


Teacher Charlie Smith has played with over 25 bands in the Twin Cities since 2007, performed at notable venues like First Avenue and on national television, and toured the country. He has a B.A. in Music and has taught at the House of Music since 2011. Visit smith-music.com to learn more.