Through a generous grant by the Stillwater Area Schools Partnership Plan, and a recommendation by superintendent Denise Pontrelli, Discover Music was able to partner with the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center to put on a songwriting class that culminated in a live show at the school!
We had about 10 students perform out of the 17 that participated in the course. Some chose not to perform, and others weren’t there because they graduated (yay!). Whether they performed or not, each student who wrote a song dug deep and gave honest lyrics about their lives, their thoughts and feelings and really gave it their all. I’m really proud of what they accomplished and can only hope they continue to write in the future.
Here are a few video clips from the concert. I wasn’t able to get video of everyone…the camera ran out of memory part way through and it was very dark in there…
What I want you to pay special attention to in these video clips is the camaraderie in that room. These students were all enthusiastically showing support for their peers during a really nerve wracking task. These performers took a risk and their friends cheered them on every step of the way. This is a great example of what music can do for us all.