To educate, inspire and create opportunities to experience the life-changing power of music
We believe strongly in the power of education to transform lives, and so we dedicate ourselves to the task of delivering exciting, meaningful music education experiences in partnership with Minnesota schools. Our Songwriting programs have been a success for 5 years and counting. This is how we nurture a life long love of making music
Why re-create the wheel? There are so many great music service organizations doing so much good work. Our goal is to unite them in partnership, creating a stronger web of support for musicians, more opportunities for young people, shared resources, and a spirit of cooperation that will lead to mutual success both at home and abroad. The way forward is together and we intend to be a lighthouse organization that fosters this collaborative environment.
A community-focused recording, distribution and booking service that puts independent artists first. We believe the best way to succeed in this new music market is to band together, share resources, and create our own sales opportunities. Because we all win when we all win.
Our School Programs
Leading innovation in music education
Our main educational offering is the Discover Music Songwriting Course that works with middle and high school teachers to engage students in the experience of creating music for themselves.
Students learn advanced music theory, are exposed to popular music styles, and are challenged to write their own lyrics, chords, melodies and harmonies. Once complete, the students record their songs in a professional studio with a backing band. Along the way students learn about music history, music technology and the science behind it, writing skills, critique skills, and build confidence in their own abilities.
The classes are taught by local music educators and performers. The students will have the chance to work with some of the most influential working musicians in the state. It's an incredible opportunity.
While the students are learning all about songwriting, they also engage in self-discovery. Songwriting is an intimate and personal experience that is incredibly introspective and emotionally challenging. Students often confront situations in their lives through song and share them. This is so important.
One of our goals is to provide young people with a tool to deal with situations and emotions in a healthy way. Starting in middle schools, we believe that introducing a tool like songwriting to these students when they're young might give them an alternative to drugs, sex and alcohol as they get older. Some may be able to use it as a tool to fight depression or deal with social situations.
Ask any songwriter...music saved our lives. We believe that's something worth passing on.
Focuses on Life Skills
Education professionals know that teaching facts and figures aren't enough...we're preparing young people to be the responsible, well-adjusted adults that will inherit the future. With this in mind, Discover Music programs aim to educate the whole person, engaging mind, body and heart in the experience of creating music.
Blend of Theory, History, Skills and entrepreneurship
Music is a complex business. Success often means that you have to be more than just an artist. You must also understand the technology and science of your craft, marketing, design, finance, management, strategy, and planning. Students are introduced to these crucial professional skills in the context of music business and learn quickly what it takes to make their projects successful.
Powerful Studio Experience
Middle school students get the chance to write a song with some of MN's top music professionals, but that's not all. They get to have those songs recorded in a REAL recording studio, Essential Sessions, with a professional backup band, producer, audio engineer, and get to sing on the class album. There's something powerful about stepping into the dimly lit booth, putting on the headphones, and singing your heart out into that big microphone that sticks with you...it's a one-of-a-kind experience our students never forget.
Works with Existing Music Programs
It's a both/and thing, not an either/or thing. We're committed to working in partnership with the school districts we operate in to offer content that fits their schedule, accomplishes their educational goals, and involves any staff interested in working with us. Our curriculum is based on the fundamentals of the state standards framework. Educational content meets the requirements for classes to be offered for credit. Coming from a long history of consulting in public schools, we understand the territory and utilize an approach that engages administration, principals and teachers in guiding the learning objectives, scope and schedule of the coursework.
What People are Saying
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Sunday June 11, 2nd Annual Rock And Ride! Ride 12pm-3pm After party with live music on the patio 3-7pm Raffles, giveaways, food, drinks, and more! All proceeds benefit music education for kids via local 501c3 non prorfit, Discover Music. Opinion Brewery in Newport, MN https://www.facebook.com/events/1511549072189204/
This class was really a delight. We tried some new things this year. We delved into the science of acoustics and spent a long time on musical careers and industry. I think the thing I will remember most about this group of students is how much they cared about each other. I didn’t see impenetrable[…]
This class got off to an interesting start…it was the first year we tried doing the songwriting class year round during the day at this school. So instead of signing kids up we just decided to convert one of the 7th grade general music classes into a songwriting class…SURPRISE! Some were enthused, others were[…]
This class was an interesting mix of students who had taken the songwriting course for the second, or third, time and had a lot of experience to draw upon as well as first-time songwriters. I was surprised by the musical risks they were willing to take and the confidence they approached them with. Usually students[…]
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Discover Music is excited to team up with Jim Valley, former guitarist for chart-topping and international touring band “Paul Revere and the Raiders” and founder of “Rainbow Planet” to offer a songwriting workshop program for English-speaking or Bi-lingual International schools worldwide. Download the Intro Pamphlet for more information! Intro Pamphlet Jim and Tim Musical Ambassadors[…]
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This class was a new format. Songwriting was part of an introductory guitar and piano performance course. As the students were learning to play the instrument, they were also learning to write their own music…pretty cool. This class had a lot of nice hooks in the songs, and we even had two brave students who[…]