Yesterday was the School of Rock workshop #1 with the youth in the Sunrise Meadows 1st Ward. As a fun project, Tim and I are hosting a music mini-series to give the youth all the necessary skills to play their favorite songs. We began with some basic music / chord theory on piano and broke down some popular music to show how simple the progressions are. We had them playing songs like “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, “CrushCrushCrush” by Paramore, “Vida La Vida” by Coldplay and “Apologize” by Timbaland by the end of the afternoon.
They then had a chance to showcase their works in progress and perform songs they were learning or writing for everyone in a supportive atmosphere. It was a blast! We have incredible talent in our neighborhood!
Next week, Tim is going to focus on rhythm and drumming – a great avenue for teenage aggression! – and then record the kids playing and singing afterwards. It’s going to be great!