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Open Mic Friday October 12th @ RVP Studios

Our next Open MIC night will be on Friday, October 12th 7 pm.

All ages, all performers welcome!

It’s Friday Open Mic Night!  BYO- Dinner, Snacks, Beverages! We love to share!
Fans & friends, make an evening of it. Share good times, great music, with some great people in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Perform on stage under the lights like a real rockstar! Cabaret style seating, fun relaxed atmosphere. venuecopen mic_n

Open to all ages- we have a great time!    $10 Door Charge. $5 for RVP Students!

RVP Studios Open Mic Night:is a safe, fun place for artists of all-ages to practice their performance skills. All music styles welcome: bands, poetry, dance, vocalists, guitar, drums, you name it! Full back-line. Improve your confidence and network with other performers. Challenge yourself! Increase your creativity! You won’t find a more supportive audience than at the RVP-Performance Plus community! 

221 Bull Hill Lane West Haven

Performance Plus Band/Lesson Package

Performance Plus Band Winter Band/Lesson Package

Come Join the band this January!  If you take lessons at Performance Plus, you can now join the band for a discounted rate – $230 per month for half hour lesson and weekly 2-hour rehearsals. (This price is way below other band programs!)

Come learn songs you love with other musicians and perform concerts on our awesome stage! Adult and Teen Options.

Call (203) 692-1171 or email

 Some of the benefits of playing in a band are:

Students learn teamwork. They get very good at working together. Team skills are a very important aspect of being successful in life.

It boosts self-esteem. Being in a band gives students a sense of pride and accomplishment and is good for their self-esteem.

It develops your social skills. Playing an instrument can be a great way to enhance your social skills. I have seen many kids come out of their shell through playing in a band. Weekly band rehearsals become an oasis in an often stressful and complex world and many times the friends you make in the band become like family.

It provides opportunities to be stretched. They learn to be stretched beyond their comfort zone, and in the process they put themselves out there and expand their knowledge of other instruments and learn what it’s like to be under pressure.

It teaches you to be a performer. One of the goals of practicing so much on your instrument is so that you can perform for others. The more you get up in front of people and perform, the easier it becomes and the more you will enjoy showing off your skills that you worked so hard to develop. Playing on stage in a band helps build confidence in yourself, and being prepared and really knowing how to play your part makes it much easier to get up and play for a crowd.

Call (203)692-1171 or email

Performance Plus Student Showcase- December 9th

Performance Plus Student Showcase Tickets-click here!
winter 2017 show

Saturday, December 9th

1pm, 4 pm, 7 pm

It’s your time to shine!

Performing is an important part of learning an instrument!

  1. A Goal– Having an outcome for all the hard work a student is pouring into their instrument is important. A performance is something a student can strive for and look forward to.
  2. A learning opportunity – Performing is learning. When a student is preparing for a showcase they are learning stage etiquette, audience etiquette, stage set up, how to deal with performance anxiety, how they personally react to being on stage, recovering from mistakes, listening skills, how to perform under pressure, and perform with others.
  3. A Record of Progress- Musicians can be highly critical of themselves. It can be difficult for them to hear their progress. Some students may feel that they are not progressing at all if they do not improve by leaps and bounds over the course of a week. Recording performances is a great way for students to hear their progress over an extended period time*.
  4. Encouragement- Performance time is always a good time for students to receive encouragement from teachers, family, and peers. This will give them more drive for the next performance and encourage them to seek more performance opportunities.
  5. And so much more!!!

*We can provide a professionally recorded and edited video of your student’s performance for only $25.00! Now you can sit back and enjoy the performance without watching it through a cameral lens or your phone!  Sign up now!

Open Mic Night October 27

Friday, October 27th @  7 pm 


 Open Mic Night @ RVP Studios the best place for performers in New Haven County!

It’s Friday Open Mic Night!  BYO- Dinner, Snacks, Beverages! We love to share!
Fans & friends, make an evening of it. Share good times, great music, with some great people in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Perform on stage under the lights like a real rockstar!


Open to all ages- kids to adults! We have a great time!    $10 Door Charge.

RVP Studios Open Mic Night: is a safe, fun place for kids and adults to practice their performance skills. You get more comfortable every time you perform. Improve your confidence and network with other performers. Challenge yourself! Increase your creativity! You won’t find a more supportive audience than at the RVP-Performance Plus community!

Hosted by Performance Plus Music Monday Night Performance Club.  All instruments and vocals welcome, all styles of music! Poetry readings and theater scenes welcome!

Any performer will tell you that you can practice for years in the comfort and privacy of your room, but it’s not until you take your act to a stage in front of live people that you’ll really hone your craft. If you’re not ready to book shows of your own, how can you get comfortable on a stage? Open mic events can solve the problem. Those who have come to RVP’s Open Mic consistently have seen great improvement in their performance skills. 

Here are 9 tips to rock open mic so you will be prepared to take the stage and get the most out of the experience.

1. Everyone at an open mic knows it’s an open mic. People there are not expecting a Lady Gaga production to walk through the door. They’re expecting a musician (or possibly a small group) to share some material that might be polished, or it might be the first time performed on a stage. Don’t stress about what people will think. They understand the spirit of the event.

2. Feel totally comfortable with your material. You’ll probably only have a few songs (many open mics are set by a song or time limit, usually about three songs), so make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. Just in case you get rattled on stage, make sure you know the tunes in and out.

3. Don’t stress about what to bring. Whoever is running the open mic will have equipment for you and they should be fully capable of setting you up with it. If you’ve never plugged in a guitar or sung into a microphone—don’t worry. They’ll make sure you do it right and that it sounds good.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask. Open mic beginners may think they are completely at the host’s mercy. Truth is, they’re hired to set you up and make you sound good. That said, if you can’t hear yourself, vocals are too loud, guitar is too quiet, whatever, by all means, tell them.

5. Don’t be afraid to trust. The host should understand their sound system very well, so trust that once you’re settled on stage they’re making it sound right out front. If you’re happy with what’s in your monitor sound, leave the rest to the sound guy.

6. Support other players. If you don’t want to be judged, don’t judge other people. Open mics are a place to try material you might not get to try on other stages. Celebrate the people who come to share their art.

7. Network. Open mics are musician hangouts—take advantage! If you’re looking to start a band or find musicians to see elsewhere, there’s a good chance they’ll be hanging out at an open mic.

8. Learn from the experience. Every time you walk away from an open mic, there is something to learn. How were you received? What feedback did people give you? Did you feel more comfortable? How did you compare with the other players? Honestly analyze the event to improve your performance next time.

9And finally, HAVE FUN! Open mics are meant, most of all, to be fun. Musicians get to mingle, everyone gets to play, and even if you have the biggest flub of all time—it’s all in the spirit of open mic. To take the stage at all is to win. Enjoy it, learn from the experience, and have a good time!

From MakingMusic, 2015