What Immersed In Music Teaches

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With the new program year underway, it’s important to remember what Immersed In Music is all about. First and foremost, IIM is about having fun with music! If the process isn’t primarily enjoyable, musicians aren’t motivated to learn new songs, … Continued

Placements Are Not Auditions

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Each Rockers level student has now scheduled a time for this coming Monday or Tuesday for their Placement. It’s important that they understand that this 20-minute individual meeting with the staff is not an audition. The word “audition” suggests that … Continued

Music Being Distributed This Weekend

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Orientations are now completed, although Immersed in Music will continue to accept applications throughout the next few weeks for any course or class that still has space. With Orientations finished, Rockers students will be turning their attention to preparing for … Continued

Final Shows Are a Success!

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Immersed in Music closed out the 2017-2018 Course year with two shows at Londonderry School on Monday and Tuesday evenings. All 12 bands performed over the course of both nights, giving students one last opportunity to show off their talents … Continued

It’s Show Time!!

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The time has finally arrived for Immersed in Music students to hit the stage! Come out to the Winner’s Circle Saloon, located in the Holiday Inn, Granville, PA this coming Sunday, May 20 at 1 pm to enjoy the first … Continued

Bands Are Finishing in the Studio!

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This coming weekend, The Watergate, IIM’s longest operating band, will cut an album length set of original music with student engineer Henry Naguski sitting side by side with Rick Batley. Since January, Rockers, Rockers Prep and Drum Ensemble students have … Continued

Rehearsing On Stage!

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This week, many of the bands got the opportunity to rehearse their songs on stage, as staff members set up equipment and did sound checks in preparation for next week’s live performances. The overall effect in the view from the … Continued

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!!!!!

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ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN for the 2017 -2018 school year! If you register your student by July 31 they will receive a grab bag worth over $70 of stuff! How do you Register? 1. Click the link to register http://immersedinmusic.com/what-we-offer/register/ … Continued

LAST SHOWS WERE AMAZING!!

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What an amazing and wonderful week of live shows!  Immersed in Music bands rocked the house three days in a row in two different venues! This past Sunday, June 4, Young Rockers bands The Rocks and the Rollers and Bad … Continued

Week 32 5/9/17

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Week 32 Open House and Live Shows . . . We had a wonderful Open House on Monday, with visitors expressing interest in all of our programs, from this years’ summer camps, to next years’ full year programs in Young … Continued

Week 29 4/18/17

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Week 29 SHOW PREP, PICTURE PREP, CD PREP All bands are now hard at work preparing for their May/June live performances. Excitement is beginning to build as they try different configurations of their set lists to see which order they … Continued

Week 27 4/4/17

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Mixing, Preparing CD Art and Notes and Levels 3 and 4 Back in the Studio Level 1 and 2 Rocker bands are finishing their 3 songs in the recording studio and are now learning the process of mixing–listening to all … Continued

Week 25 3/22/17

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Adding Songs, and the Reality of the Studio The last several weeks have been extremely productive for a number of reasons. All the Young Rocker bands have chosen, and begun adding, a fourth song. As always, this can be a … Continued

Week 22 2/22/17

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Communication, Communication, Communication! The gelling of bands continued this week as Undecided hit the studio. They have struggled on several levels, but playing together in rehearsal on Monday and in the studio on Tuesday and Wednesday brought them much closer. … Continued

Week 21 2/15/17

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More new songs and coming together as a band! Young Rockers have been doing so well with their third songs that they are beginning to pick fourth ones. This is a big area where these bands learn how to gel … Continued

Week 19 2/1/17

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Next Phase in the studio begins. . . The Level 3’s&4’s are now starting on 3 days each week in the studio. They will rehearse on Mondays at school and then spend Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday recording at least 2 … Continued

Week16 1/11/17

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Practice. Practice. Practice. With a holiday next week, Level 3&4 bands are in the throes of songwriting and studio prep. All of the remaining 3’s and 4’s will begin recording during January and February and their challenges are turning out … Continued

WEEK 15 1/5/17

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New year. New songs. Young Rockers began the New Year reviewing their first two songs and selecting a third. The Cookies handily selected Snow by the Red Hot Chili Peppers but required a bit more deliberation to choose instruments. The … Continued

Week 14 12/21/16

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…and THEY ROCKED! Congratulations on two stellar shows! Kudos to Rockers, Young Rockers, Sound Engineers and IIM Instructors for hard work and a job well done. Thanks to all IIM families for your time and commitment.  Best wishes for a … Continued

Week 13 12/14/16

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One last rehearsal… All bands rehearsed their sets on the sound stage in preparation for next week’s shows. Though the jitters are no-less real, mid-year performances are intended to show a work-in-progress. They serve as a learning tool for the … Continued

Week 12 12/7/16

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Live performance practice and into the studio… This week was about last minute adjustments and fine-tuning as bands ran through their set lists.  Young Rocker bands “The Cookies” and “Bad Direction” worked on holding their timing through transitions as well … Continued

Week 10 11/23/16

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With great freedom comes great responsibility. With two rehearsals remaining until performances, many bands are working hard on prep and polish. Within this process, several bands have hit areas of frustration that they didn’t foresee. For Level 1&2 Rockers, this … Continued

Week 8 11/9/16

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Midway to Mid-Year All bands from our youngest to our most advanced rockers are in the process of prepping for Mid-Year Performances. Many have settled on a band name, established their set list and begun rehearsing their performance order (including … Continued

Week 7 11/2/16

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Digital Sound Board and Drum Ensemble! Big changes were afoot this week as Sound Engineering students had their first opportunity to work with IIM’s new digital sound board. Sound Engineering students ran through the layers of the board including the … Continued

Week 5 10/19/16

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90% Perspiration… How do Rockers 3 & 4 bands go about writing original material? The process can be intimidating for any first time songwriter, and several bands are approaching their writing collaboratively. This week Rockers 4A  (“The Watergate”) spent some … Continued

Week 3 10/5/16

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Young Rockers: Name that Tune! This week all Young Rocker bands finished rough versions of their first songs and selected song number two. What songs are these hard-working young musicians playing in week three of rehearsal? Young Rockers A finished … Continued

Week 2 9/28/16

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How much does it cost to start a band? We welcomed several new band members this week with a smooth transition. Young Rockers continued to work on their individual parts and were able to put together the first verse of … Continued

Week 1

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And we’re off! It was an action-packed first week for all IIM bands. Young Rockers, who come to the program with little or no musical experience, spent the first half of their rehearsal hour reviewing expectations and listening to some … Continued

Tuesday’s show at The Midtown Tavern

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Tuesday 6/7, 6:30pm is our show at The Midtown Tavern!  (1101 N 2nd St, Harrisburg) This show will feature Rockers bands – Forgotten Souls, Sonar, and The Mango Marauders. And it’s wing night!    Come join the fun!

Monday’s show at The Millworks

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Our next show is Monday 6/6, 6:30pm at The Millworks!  (340 Verbeke St, Harrisburg) This show will highlight our Young Rockers (Silver Chains, Six Friends, and Quackers) and two of our Rockers bands (Sonar and Pangea). With a special event … Continued

By request – another summer camp!

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By request, we are adding another summer camp! Offered August 1-5, 12:30-3:30pm, “Singing and Performance” will combine highlights from our FUNdamental Singing and Presence in Performance camps.  Students will explore the basics of singing  (voice anatomy, tone, pitch, range, diction, … Continued

Performance this Tuesday 5/31

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And our next performance is…  Tuesday 5/31, 6:30pm at Londonderry School  (1800 Bamberger Road, Harrisburg). This show highlights our three Young Rockers bands and Forgotten Souls, one of our Rockers bands. Come on out and celebrate what these kids have … Continued

Artsfest! Sunday 5/29 at noon

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This Sunday at noon, come see Forever In Denial – one of our level 3 Rockers bands – on the main stage at Artsfest at Riverfront Park!  Though this band just came together in September, and the bass player was … Continued

IIM Rockers perform Monday 5/23

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Three Immersed In Music bands – Pangea, Look Out For the Train, and Forever In Denial – perform Monday 5/23, 6:30pm at the Midtown Tavern in Harrisburg.  Come on out and catch their great live performance!

IIM Open House TODAY!

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Join Immersed In Music Academy as we open our rehearsal space for an evening!  See Young Rocker and Rocker bands and our Digital Media program in action. Meet the staff, talk to parents, and discover more about our programs. – … Continued

Rockers performance on City Island!

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Four of our Rockers bands will have their first performance on Saturday 5/7 at the Londonderry School 5K & Fun Run on City Island! For details about the race, go to:  http://funrun.thelondonderryschool.org/ We’ll be ready to rock at 11:30am! 

IIM Open House on Monday 5/16

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Registration is open for our Summer Camps and Fall Programs and, in order to give interested families a first-hand look at what we do… We’re hosting an Immersed In Music Open House on Monday, May 16 from 4:30-6:30pm at the … Continued

IIM Complete Show Schedule

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Here are all your opportunities to catch the Immersed In Music bands performances! Saturday 5/7 – 11:30am Londonderry 5K and Fun Run on City Island, Harrisburg Mango Marauders, Forgotten Souls, Look Out For the Train, Forever In Denial Monday 5/23 … Continued

Upcoming Shows

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Our Rockers are finishing up in the studio and will soon have this year’s Rockers’ CD produced – and all our bands are actively preparing for live performances! Sonar already performed for the pep rally for Londonderry School’s upcoming 5K … Continued

Exciting times!

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It’s a very exciting time for everyone in Immersed In Music!  Young Rockers bands are learning their 4th song, while our Rockers are wrapping up in the studio.  Rockers 1&2 bands have finished their recording and rough mixes.  Rockers 3 … Continued

IIM is in full swing on Monday!

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Hello everyone, We hope you’ve all had a great spring break! Just a quick reminder that on Monday 3/28, IIM is in full swing as scheduled for regular rehearsals and studio recording: 3:30-5:15pm – Mango Marauders 3:45-4:45pm – Silver Chains … Continued

Big Progress!

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As we have continued rehearsals and studio recording sessions, much progress has been made, and lots of fun has been had!  Bands are refining their songs as they record them, and adding more as they prepare for live performances.  Events … Continued

IIM is ON today!

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While some schools were either delayed or closed today, Immersed In Music is operating as usual this afternoon:  Young Rockers (Quackers) from 3-4pm and Rockers from 4:15-6:15pm at Londonderry.  Sonar is in the studio from 4-7pm. We are anticipating that … Continued

Rescheduling today’s sessions

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Due to the expected snow and ice later today, we are rescheduling today’s rehearsals, classes and studio session. Regular rehearsals and the performance class are rescheduled for this Thursday 2/18: 2:00pm:  Presence in Performance class 3:30pm:  Mango Marauders 3:45pm:  Silver … Continued

Rescheduling due to snow

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Okay, so 30 inches on the ground didn’t stop us, but the current snowfall will… Due to the snow and schools closing early, we are rescheduling today’s sessions. Forever In Denial’s studio session will be on Wednesday 2/10. Young Rockers … Continued

Neither snow nor rain…

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Even the 30″ snow storm didn’t stop Immersed In Music from operating this week, and we were very pleased to see how many of our students broke out of their hibernation to come make music together. Mango Marauders and Forever … Continued

Jan 18-19

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Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday and parent-teacher conferences at Londonderry School on Tuesday, we did not have regular rehearsals at school this week. However, the Mango Marauders and Studio Engineering students got started in the … Continued

Jan 11-12

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Forever in Denial hit the studio this week. None of the members had ever recorded before, although Emily had been in last year’s Studio Engineering class (working on the other side of the boards). She was on the hot seat, … Continued

Back from Winter break

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This week, everyone got back to work, after a restful holiday break. The Young Rockers refreshed their memories of their 2-song sets and settled into their third song choices, once again changing instruments. The Quackers (Tuesday’s YRA band) has begun … Continued

Congrats! and rest well!

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Congratulations to all our bands for their wonderful performances, and to Wade Corbin’s Beat Street performers for their interpretation of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk!” Check out our Facebook page over the next few weeks to see shots of all the bands … Continued

Next week’s shows!

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Make your plans to come to next week’s shows! The bands are ready and VERY excited (and a bit nervous) at the thought of playing in front of an audience. Monday bands will perform on the 21st and Tuesday bands … Continued

Week 11

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We spent time with all Young Rockers and Rockers bands talking about the need to prep for the December show. Many bands are now in active discussion about naming their band, or have already settled on one. YR bands are … Continued

Week 6

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As October winds down, we welcome Davin Keck, who has signed on as a Rockers 1&2 guitarist (with Eli, Hanna, Joshua and Ella), in addition to already being a Rockers 3 vocalist (with the band that is now called “Mango … Continued

Week 3

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Things have really come together with all the bands. We have added new people at all levels and everyone is now actively putting together songs. The Young Rockers A (Tuesdays at 3pm) are moving fast with Credence Clearwater Revival’s version of … Continued

Week 2

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All three Young Rockers bands are off to a strong start.  We were aiming to have them walk away feeling a sense of accomplishment on the first day – and it worked!   With guidance, each of the groups did really … Continued

Day 2

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IIM’s second day began with the third Young Rockers group (this one made up of 7 boys) who were challenged in finding a song choice they could agree on. It took a great deal of discussion and compromise, but in … Continued

Kick Off!

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Immersed in Music officially kicked off its third year tonight with an expanded Young Rockers program and a new Rockers 3 level of bands. Our Young Rockers course has become so popular that we have added 2 additional band options … Continued

Placements

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This week saw two nights of Placement performances. This experience is one of the most challenging parts that all students face as members of any of the Rockers’ bands. At their Orientation session, each student was given a packet of … Continued

For all Immersed in Music families

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For all Immersed in Music families from this past school year and summer camp programs: Please check your emails for 2015-16 application forms and releases.  Open enrollment for the coming year begins August 1 for all students outside of the … Continued

FUN-damental Singing

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FUN-damental Singing Camp students enjoyed their week of learning about voice training, warm up exercises, and stage presence while preparing for both individual and group singing performances at today’s showcase.  Also learning to deal with stage fright, the students did … Continued

More Summer Updates

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Our Studio Sound Engineering Camp operated out of Dave Kelly’s “Green House” studio and campers got to run a real recording session, as well as follow this experience with doing the mixing for the the session. At the same time, … Continued

Young Rockers Summer Camp

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Our Young Rockers Camp and Intro to Music Theory Camp had wonderful experiences this week. The Young Rockers’ band, “The Last Light” performed two songs, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars and “Ho, Hey” by The Lumineers that they learned during … Continued

Off to a great summer

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Our Summer Camps got off to a great start this week, as Rick Batley operated an Intro to Recording Camp, Dave Kelly offered a Live Sound Engineering Camp, and Wade Corbin ran a FUN-damental Drumming Camp. The week ended with … Continued

Week 10 Rockers

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The stress of the studio has set in! We have had more than few communication breakdowns this week. All is to be expected with the stress of the studio. We have continued to address the issues as they arise and … Continued

Week 8 Review

All of the bands now have their names chosen but one! The kids are more focused then we have seen them all year. An amazing cohesiveness has formed with all of the bands and most of them are really communicating … Continued

Week 4 in Review

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In our first four weeks this year we have already seen a lot of growth from the kids! We have had our normal amount of frustrations but every band is clearly focused on what they need to do! Week 4 … Continued

Week 1

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Hello everyone! We had a great week and all of the teachers were very impressed.  They kids started out being grouped, had a quick bit to eat and then moved into rhythm class.  After the 15 or so minutes (because … Continued

Here we go!

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So a lot has happened in the last few weeks so this could be a bit long (just a warning).  Since the last post we have done the orientations and they went very well.  It was really great meeting all … Continued

Getting Closer

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So many things have been happening over the last few days. From phone calls from staff members while they are on the road to considering how to add another band to the mix.  We are all very excited!  As you … Continued

Getting ready

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So today started quite early for some of us, we all met at the school and took inventory of what needs work and what we have.  Since we are growing this year we have needed to pick up a few … Continued

Looking Forward

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Hello all, we are all working very hard putting the finishing touches on your Orientation Packages.  In case you haven’t heard we have add a few staff members this year.  Hop on over to our staff page to get to … Continued