Martini Rox: Here 2 Help Music and Mentoring ProgramWritten by Martini Rox | | email@example.com
The older I get the, more I do believe the words of the inspirational song made famous by the late, great Whitney Houston, “The Greatest Love of All.” When I was a kid it all seemed cliché, but now as an adult, Houston’s lyrics, “I believe the children are our future,” has become something I know to be true. Music and arts have always been the first cut in schools plagued by standardized testing requirements. In Michigan, Detroit’s School of Arts (DSA) is an art school battling the same fate, leading me to wonder, are there any schools left that hold the arts sacred? After all, if it can happen in a major city up the road, can it happen to us? Rising crime rates in any city reflects not only the lack of financial stability among individuals, and it also reflects the lack of outside extracurricular activities and talents geared towards youth and inspired by artistic/skill- based community school programs. I am excited when our community recognizes such a need and springs into action with programs like the Here 2 Help Music and Mentoring Program is for all children ages 7-17. Robert Campbell of Wall Music Group, a young local group of musicians known for their musical prowess ranging from vocals to production, wants to help our youth interested in becoming musicians.
Martini Rox: What led you to do this? When did you recognize the need?
Robert Campbell: I was inspired by conversations that I have had with young teenage musicians, and I have noticed a lack of skillful guidance throughout the community. The need has always been there, but the opportunity to present it is better now than before.
Martini Rox: Are there certain instruments in particular that you plan to teach the kids? If so, why those particular ones?
Robert Campbell: Yes, piano and drums. Those are usually the most needed and frequently used instruments. We are offering vocal training as well for kids that desire to sing.
Martini Rox: What are your desired end results for the participants?
Robert Campbell: To enlighten our future singers and musicians on the importance of exercising and expanding their craft, while keeping themselves grounded and focused.
Martini Rox: Any encouraging words to help parents get their children involved and a little about the importance of music education?
Robert Campbell: We have a team of professional music instructors. Recording artist and producer, Chris Byrd helping to instruct with piano, multi-talented singer and community activist, Jacob Bates helping to instruct with vocals, and I will be helping to instruct with drums. We will also have a host of different motivational speakers, musicians and singers coming each week to impart into the kids. There will be food provided at the program, as well as T-shirt giveaways. At the end of the program, there will be a recital for family and friends to come and enjoy.
Martini Rox: When does the program start & how long will it run?
Robert Campbell: The first day of the program is Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Precious Blood Church, 1836 Dorr Street. Registration begins at 11a.m. and classes run from 12:30-2:30. This is an 8 week program that runs every Saturday from October 5, 2013 through November 23, 2013.
To register your child for the Here 2 Help Music and Mentoring Program contact: Brittney Byrd: 419-509-0268 or myself, Robert Campbell: 419-932-5056. The can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration starts at 11am on October 5th, it is $1 to start and $16 bi-weekly.
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