On Stage (Band Program)
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Monday, April 16: Audition Materials Made Available
Monday, April 30-Friday May 4: Student Auditions
Wednesday, June 6: First Rehearsal
Wednesday, August 22: Final Rehearsal
Saturday, August 25: LIVE Performance


What is the On Stage Program?

On Stage is an audition-based program created to give students the opportunity to experience music as a member of their very own band. This 10-week program is designed to provide students with the ability to explore music through community, creativity, and live performance.

Audition Details

  • Auditions are open to any student (age 7+) that is actively taking private lessons at ROOTS.
  • Students can audition on following instruments: guitar, bass, drums, keys, and vocals.
  • Audition material will be made available prior to auditions allowing each student the same amount of time to prepare. Material covered may include the following:
    • performing a prepared piece of student’s choice
    • demonstrating techniques and styles
    • playing with other musicians or a track
    • improvising
    • sight reading
  • Auditions will be about 15 minutes in length.

How many bands will be part of the On Stage program?

One. While we do plan on offering more bands in the future, the plan is to start with one band and grow from there. However, if there is enough interest in the program, and the option to form an additional band (or bands) presents itself, every effort will be made to allow more students into the program.

Can my student audition for an instrument they aren’t currently taking lessons for?

Yes. Students may choose to audition for any instrument they choose. However, priority consideration will be given to those students who are auditioning for an instrument they are actively taking lessons for at ROOTS.

More questions regarding auditions? On Stage FAQ’s

Our mission is to empower creatives of all ages to reach their full potential through the study of music.

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What You Can Expect

ROOTS is a fun, engaging and safe place for students of all ages to learn the art of music. We are a performing arts academy that’s designed to teach with excellence and committed to empowering our students to do their best.

The ROOTS Philosophy

ROOTS was created to give students of all ages a chance to explore what’s possible in the world of performing arts. Whether it’s music lessons, dance classes, or summer camps, we build all of our programs around the same three foundations:

1. Creativity

We believe every student possesses a unique gift of creativity. Our mentors tailor each experience to help students to foster, uncover and explore their creative and problem-solving potential.

2. Discipline

Journalist and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. At ROOTS, we are committed to instilling discipline in our students to achieve their highest potential.

3. Performance

We are committed to teaching our students to perform at their best. Whether that’s in a recital, concert or a performance event, our students will be coached on self-awareness, presentation and audience engagement.

This is our philosophy and our promise to you.

Don’t take our word for it…


“As a musician, what and how my children are taught is very important to me. But as a parent, the mentorship my children receive is what matters most. At ROOTS, we get both from a Godly perspective, and we are so thankful!”
Krissy Nordhoff, Singer/Songwriter


“We love ROOTS! Our kids have taken lessons for years now and it’s amazing to see their musical roots really growing deeper!  They can’t wait for their lessons and are super inspired by their mentors…makes learning music extra fun!  ROOTS gives top quality instruction – a definite 5 stars!!!”
Phil Joel, Singer/Songwriter


“ROOTS Academy has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made for our kids. The staff is absolutely awesome to work with and they really know how to work with kids. We have our kids in drums, guitar and dance, and it’s a highlight of their week … If you’re looking for a safe, fun and uplifting place for your kids, you simply won’t find a better place than ROOTS. Period.” BJ O’Neal


The ROOTS camp staff includes a dedicated group of vetted and experienced teachers. Most are year-round ROOTS mentors, but some have been hired specifically for their camp because of their expertise in the summer camp topic.

All lessons, classes, and camps are lead by instructors that we purposely call “mentors.”

We take the responsibility of training the next generation seriously.

Each mentor is trained and empowered to develop the student’s gifts and talents, but also to build trusted and reliable connections. We believe that if the students trust the environment and mentor, they will thrive and grow faster.

Registration, Withdrawal, & Reimbursement Policy:

  • All cancellations made prior to 30 days before camp starts will be subject to a $25 fee.
  • All cancellations made less than 30 days before camp starts will be subject to a $50 fee.
  • All reimbursements, minus the cancellation fee, will be processed and returned in the form payment was initially received.
  • ROOTS reserves the right to cancel any camp that does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. Any and all decisions to cancel a camp will be made no less than 2 weeks prior to the camp’s start date and a full refund will be issued.
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