August 11, 2020

MG WELCOMES SH312 TO OUR REHEARSAL SPACES!

Music Garage Chicago Presents:
Synth House Chicago Museum PopUp Exhibit
Synth House Chicago Museum is a collection of high end electronic music instruments that are available for guests to use onsite at Music Garage Chicago. Think of this place as an interactive museum for electronic musicians and sound designers. We provide the synthesizers; you bring your headphones, recording gear, and your creativity.
ALSO, and don’t forget your mask 🙂 !

Below are the workstations you will have access to when booking an appointment!

Workstation 1: Minimoog Model D (Reissue)
Workstation 2: Moog Matriarch (plenty of patch cables)
Workstation 3: Moog DFAM (x2), SOMA LAB LYRA-8, and an audio mixer
Workstation 4: Fusebox by Analogue Solutions (plenty of patch cables)
Workstation 5: Roland Juno-6, Roland Juno-106, and an audio mixer

Hours: 11a-10pm
$12/hour

Online booking is available now on Schedulicity! Check out their FB and insta: @synth_house_chicago !

SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT HERE: https://tinyurl.com/ycwcwdgc

More questions, give us a ring!
312-997-1972

JAM WITH US! AGAIN!

We are very excited to be back open for your rehearsal needs. We have resumed out usual hours and cannot wait to see your beautiful faces !

SEE YOU ON THE 6TH!

MG WILL REOPEN 06.03.2020

In the wake of the COVID-19, some changes will be in place once each person enters MG. Here are some things to expect from the opening of MG:

  • Clients MUST wear a face mask upon entering the building; failure to do so will result in NO rehearsal until a mask can be provided.
  • Each staff member of MG will have a mask and gloves so don’t worry, we can look pretty together 
  • There will be a plexiglass wall at the front desk; this will make sure we are double protected from the spread of germs
  • We will be cleaning the rehearsal rooms 15 minutes before AND after each scheduled rehearsal; We are in the process of obtaining Ultra-violet wands to clean for each rented instrument, amp, microphone, microphone stand, soundboard, etc
  • There will be a limit of 6 people per appointment
  • There will be a limit of 3 microphones per appointment
  • Clients will be strongly encouraged to arrive at scheduled rehearsal time and go directly to their designated rehearsal room to avoid congregating in public spaces. One member of the band will be required to check in; this can be done via phone or in person. 

These are just some of the many precautions we will be taking once things start to open up. We are keeping an eye on the CDC recommendations and we will continue to comply with state and city ordinances to insure each staff member and customer is safe. Thanks and we can’t wait to see you soon!

Monthly Room Availability Update – February 2019

Happy 2019! Are you ready to focus on your music as part of the new year’s resolution kick? We currently have a few openings in our drum share rooms starting at $200/month and one space in a shared band room starting at $400/month. These shared spaces are all available to tour and move-in now!

Our private rehearsal rooms are in a bit more demand, as we currently have one private room coming available this week. Give us a call at 312-997-1972 or schedule a tour via our Schedulicity booking page to view and learn more information about our private room!

As always, we encourage interested clients to keep an eye on our monthly room availability page on our website. We update any rooms that are coming open soon and as they become available to rent as we receive notice from our tenants!

Music Garage Client Appreciation BBQ – 9/25/18

It’s time once again for our client appreciation BBQ! As we prepare to welcome autumn with open arms, we want to thank all of our clients for making this summer at Music Garage so awesome!! Please join us in our parking lot on Tuesday, September 25 for food, beverages, live music, networking, and community!

Get more details and RSVP on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/849634718573420/

Monthly Room Availability Update – July 2018

We currently have one drum share and one band share rehearsal spaces available NOW, and two drum share rehearsal spaces coming open next month! Give us a call at 312-997-1972 to speak to a manager for more information or to schedule a tour to check out the rooms.

Monthly Availability Update – June 2018

We currently have two drum share rehearsal spaces coming open at the end of June! Give us a call at 312-997-1972 for more information or to schedule a tour to check out the room.

Technical Issues – Click Here for Links!

Our website is currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our navigational links, so please refer to the links on this page to find more information about our hourly and monthly rooms. Our scheduling link on the homepage is still functional, so you can continue to book hourly rehearsals online or by giving us a call at 312-997-1972. Thank you!

About

Walking Contradiction: Rocking with a Degree

 by Bridget Stiebris

When you think of rock music, what typically comes to mind? If you’re my grandparents, you’ll probably imagine a sweaty stadium full of angsty punks, thrashing about and punching one another in the face. And if you ever attend a Slipknot concert, that’s probably what you’ll see. Is that really all that contemporary music has to offer the world? Think of the numerous recorded performances of Jimi Hendrix. With impeccable flowing movements and a precision so sharp it’s almost scary, Hendrix twists and bends the strings of his guitar as it wails through the night. And what about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band? A timeless performer, Springsteen fills the audience with pure energy and nostalgic delight as a saxophone solo captivates the room. To dismiss this as “dumb” or “reckless” simply wouldn’t make sense. After all, Brian May, the guitarist for Queen, holds a degree in Astrophysics and has worked with NASA on numerous occasions. Dexter Holland, vocalist for The Offspring, has a PhD in molecular biology and has penned multiple scientific research papers.

It’s undeniable that these artists, and countless more, have touched the hearts of millions across the world. It’s music like this that inspires, influences, and propels us through the good and the bad of each passing day. So how does the classical world continue to dismiss it as not “serious” enough? We talk of the brilliance of John Cage, a 1950s composer who created the prepared piano (filled with bolts and rubber bands to alter the sounds of the strings) and wrote the famous 4’33” (a shocking 4 minutes and 33 seconds of pure silence). We study the music of Henry Cowell, who composed a piece called “The Banshee,” which consists of a bow roughly scraping different areas of a cello. Yet, these examples are dubbed “avant-garde” and praised for their contribution to new ideas in composition and technique.

I must stress that my goal here is not to put down or ridicule classical music; only to compare its ideals with contemporary music, and question why it can’t be taken as seriously in our modern world as the pieces above. I am constantly trying to figure out the true purpose behind this definition of “smart” music, and music that is unworthy of this title. And so, in an attempt to answer this question, we must consider those who have a degree in formal music education, and chose to pursue contemporary music paths instead. There is so much we can learn from music school graduates, but above all, we can explore how they have come to fit into the contemporary scene with their formal degrees and years of training.

 

Kris Meyers:

Umphrey’s McGee (Meyers on right)

Drummer for touring jam band Umphrey’s McGee

Masters of Music, DePaul University

“There’s a learning curve with whatever artists you’re dealing with…how they want to learn songs. But the discipline you get from the rehearsal techniques, the pedagogy, your classes, and the programs –especially at DePaul — they teach you how to memorize things. They teach you about chart reading, about style features. You study all the artists from past, present, of that genre. Understand when someone is playing a certain way.  You learn to speak the language. Big band teaches you a lot about how to set up with the proper fills, how to set up rhythmic figures. DePaul is right in the metropolitan Chicago area, so you’re getting hands-on experience playing gigs, which is where you learn a lot of the real lessons in life.”

Catch Umphrey’s McGee at Union Park in Chicago on September 2.

 

Arcana (Clark on left)

Joe Clark:

Adjunct professor at DePaul and lead trumpet in local jazz band Arcana

Masters of Music, DePaul University

“One of the most valuable parts of getting a degree in music is being surrounded with a bunch of other people who want to have a career in music. Every member of Arcana has different degrees: Classical Performance (Will Russel), Music Education (Mark Hiebert), Jazz Performance (Dave Agee), and Jazz/Classical Composition (Me). We also all come from different states. If it wasn’t for DePaul University, I can’t imagine our paths crossing any other way. Additionally, our different backgrounds give us different viewpoints and areas of expertise which makes sure we don’t become an echo chamber of the same kind of ideas. Plus, many of our fans first heard about us through musical connections that started at DePaul.”

Find out more about the incredible jazz outfit Arcana here.

 

 

Bob Koutek:

Bassist for local rock group North of Eight, Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist

Bachelor’s in Music Performance, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

North of Eight (Koutek, far left)

“The formal aspect of my musical education technically began in high school when I joined choir. I had a phenomenal instructor named Debora Utley, who really made sure that music theory was a huge part of our curriculum. Fast forward to college in NYC, where I tested into Advanced Music Theory and was continually challenged to push the boundaries of my own understand of music and all its mysteries. Initially starting with a focus on musical theatre, our professor, by the name of Peter Susser, exposed us to many genres, from classical and jazz, to pop and everything in between. In no time the training I was experiencing inevitably bled into all forms of music I was performing or writing. It has helped me to communicate my musical ideas with other musicians clearly.

I cannot stress how important formal music education has been in my career. Learning music theory and more importantly being able to put it into practice has opened many doors that might have been previously closed. I believe it has helped me become a better musician and band-mate. I’ve played the clubs for nobody. The band has headlined the Metro and House of Blues here in Chicago. I’ve even I’ve sung and danced on Broadway. I truly feel as though I appreciate music more, even being out in the crowd just listening, having had musical education in my life.”

You can see North of Eight at the 4th Annual Homegrown Arts and Music Festival in Lisle, IL on August 6 and 7.

 

These artists are clearly not your average symphony orchestra members, yet they all praise their education for enabling them to perform better in the modern world. So if you ask the question, “how does modern music apply to classical?” You have your answer in their words.

Like it or not, all music is connected. The skills you need to sight-read will help you to quickly figure out a riff. The energy you deliver in an audition will prepare you for a sold out night on stage. Contemporary music has too much relevance in our world to be thrown away from the classroom. The concept of music education has such incredible potential to give students a comprehensive guide to the galaxies of art that await them in the world — and I say we let it.