Thomas Starr King Middle School

SLAM! (After School Music Program) - Application opens Thursday, 11/2, at 4 pm

It's time to rock!
King Middle School is offering free afterschool music classes through SLAM!
 
Wednesdays, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm, Room 211 (above Main Office)
Fall Session: November 8 to December 13
 
Currently offering classes in Guitar, Percussion (Drums), Voice, Music Production, and Rock Band.
 
 
There are limited spots available and applications are first come, first served.
There is a strict attendance policy - please only apply if there are no conflicts with other afterschool activities.
The application for the Fall 2017 session will open tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, November 2, at 4:00 pm. Click here for the application starting 4:00 pm on November 2.
Want more info?
SLAM! provides students from underserved schools with accessible, contemporary and tuition-free music instruction.  Our program is delivered through a network of volunteer college students, creating opportunities for mentorship and professional development through a shared experience of music. Our tuition-free programs offer a variety of classes at each partnering school, including Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Voice, Music Production and Rock Band.
 
Both students and parents have a responsibility in our classes. Over the course of the upcoming session, students will learn to practice and perfect their musical skillsets by working with talented college-age mentors. Every class builds on material covered in the previous week, and as such, regular attendance is expected.  Students will be allowed two excused absences (with prior notice given) or one unexcused absence (with no prior notice given) throughout the session and students must be present for the first day of classes during each session for which they are enrolled. Advanced classes (i.e. - Voice, Rock Band) require an audition during Week 1.
 
What is SLAM? How much does it cost?
SLAM! provides students from underserved schools with accessible, contemporary and tuition-free music instruction.  Our program is delivered through a network of volunteer college students, creating opportunities for mentorship and professional development through a shared experience of music.
 
What classes does SLAM! offer at King Middle School? What do I need to bring?
At KMS, SLAM! classes include: Music Production, Guitar, Percussion (Drums), Voice and Rock Band. All instruments and materials are provided.
 
When are SLAM! classes?
At KMS, SLAM! classes meet every Wednesday after school for 90 minutes, from 3:15 to 4:45 PM. The schedule follows the quarter system of the Musician's Institute. Fall classes will begin Wednesday, November 8, 2017 and continue until Wednesday, December 13, 2017. (There will also be a Winter session beginning in January and a Spring session beginning in April.)
 
How do I sign up?
Interested students and their parent/guardian must complete the mandatory Student Participation Contract below.
 
How do I choose my class?
Students choose their first and second choice classes on their contract. If students do not get their first-choice class, they may be enrolled in their second-choice class or join our waitlist. Please only sign up if your student will not be participating in an after school activity that will interfere with SLAM!
 
Where are students picked up?
At KMS, SLAM! classes are dismissed at 4:45 PM and students will exit through the back of the school. Please note that the front and side gates will be locked.
 
Can I miss class?
Perfect attendance is expected of all SLAM! students. Students are allowed one unexcused absence (with no prior notice given) or two excused absences (with prior notice given). For an absence to be excused, students must notify SLAM! staff anytime before their scheduled absence. Students with more than the allowable absences or absence on the first day of class may be dropped from our roster so that other students can enroll.
 
What are classes like?
Classes at KMS are taught by college volunteer instructors from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Classes include community-building games, music theory, and practical musical skill building through contemporary music.
 
How are volunteer instructors selected?
SLAM! college volunteers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. All volunteers complete a mandatory background check, TB test, and quarterly self-evaluation.
 
Who can I talk to for more information?
Please direct all questions, concerns, or suggestions to the SLAM! Program Staff at 424.265.7526 or info@slamprogram.org .