Group Class Benchmarks

Want to join a group class but unsure which level is the best fit? Read to see if you are a Root, a Roller, or a Rocker! Enrolled in a group class and wondering what you’ll learn? Our benchmark sheets lay out the skills that are typically covered in each class level.

Classes have a set of repertoire that need to be achieved before moving on to the next level in addition to foundational skills.

ROOTS

Are you new to this instrument? Roots level classes introduce instrument basics and key foundational skills. Students can expect to spend, on average, one or two terms in a Roots class before moving on to the more intermediate Rollers level. 

ROLLERS

Have a little experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument? Rollers classes focus on intermediate level content and building consistent use of foundational skills. Students can expect, on average, to spend several terms at the Rollers level, often a full year as they grow and develop their musical strength and confidence. Enrollment in a Rollers class requires instructor recommendation. New students can request an assessment to determine the best level for their first class. Assessments can be scheduled by contacting us and typically take about 15-20 minutes.

ROCKERS

Have you been playing for at least a year and have a solid foundation on your instrument? Rockers classes move beyond foundational skills into more advanced mastery of a particular instrument and performance. The class also focuses on skills necessary for playing in an ensemble or band. Enrollment in a Rollers class requires instructor recommendation. New students can request an assessment to determine the best level for their first class. Assessments can be scheduled by contacting us and typically take about 15-20 minutes.