Programs

Harmonica Workshop

Grades: 6-8
Description: A one day whirlwind of musical excitement. Students learn the history of blues music, how to play blues changes and jam on the harmonica. Each student gets their own harmonica to keep, along with resources for continued learning. The day ends with a performance and Q&A session by our Artist
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: No
Term: 1 day
Staffing: Led by DM community expert (for enrichment only)
Deliverables: Harmonicas for students, performance
Cost: $300/class (3 class min.) + $200/performance (multiple classes may attend performance)

Artist in Residence

Grades: 6-12
Description: An a la carte option for teachers to enhance their classes and reinforce their learning targets with the help of seasoned professionals from bands like: the Honeydogs, Prince, Semisonic, Badfinger, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Chuck Berry and more.
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: No
Term: TBD
Staffing: Led by DM Artist
Cost: $300/class

Rainbow Planet Workshop

Grades: K-5
Description: The Rainbow Planet Workshop is a cooperative adventure in creative expression for children and teachers. Songwriting, group singing and movement are explored through themes of friendship, nature, culturality and imagination. They range from one day to a weeklong residency. A one day program includes: Three 40-50 minute sessions divided by grade level –OR– two sessions with a culminating assembly. In a weeklong residency, Jim will meet with each group two to three times, depending on the size of the school. At the end of the week, Jim will lead a culminating celebration where grades or classrooms present their new songs with movements.

During the sessions, Jim weaves student’s creative writings into wonderful songs and leaves a recorded CD with the school. His ability to compose melodies on the spot amazes everyone! Then we sing and dance and learn sign language to other Rainbow Planet songs, many of which were created by children from different parts of the world.

An evening family concert is also a popular option. It’s a great opportunity to bring families together, create community and happy memories. Jim involves everyone singing and moving to Rainbow Planet songs, including some old favorites . . . Splish Splash, Hand Jive, Johnny B. Goode . . .
Term: One Week
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: No
Staffing: Led by DM community expert (for enrichment only)
Deliverables: Recording and concert performance of original student works.
Cost: TBD, Please contact us with your interest and discuss your school’s needs.

Musical Ambassador Program (International)

Grades: K-5 and 6-12
Description:
K-5 – RAINBOW PLANET WORKSHOP
The Rainbow Planet Workshop is a cooperative adventure in creative expression for children and teachers. Songwriting, group singing and movement are explored through themes of friendship, nature, culturality and imagination. Two 40-50 minute sessions divided by grade level with a culminating assembly where student’s songs will be performed in a school-wide concert! Additionally, the DM Instructor can weave student’s creative writings into wonderful, fully produced, songs and send a recorded CD to the school.

6-12 – SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
Using age-appropriate language and concepts, students learn how to write their own songs, even if they’ve never played an instrument before! One 2-hour session per grade level each day, with optional one-on-one mentoring after school, provides students with a crash course in creating their own music. They will have the tools they need to start writing right away.

The school can opt for the DM Instructor to take lyrics and rough recordings back to our studio and create a fully produced
school album with a studio rock band of professional musicians. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to write a
song and hear a group of professionals bring it to life!
Term: 2-3 days
Staffing: Taught in class with a Discover Music community expert
Deliverables:
Cost: TBD, Please contact us with your interest and discuss your school’s needs.

Songwriting Workshop

Grades: 6-12
Description: A 10 day workshop or residency to teach students the basics of songwriting; chord progressions, lyrics, melody, critique and performance. One on one songwriting coaching will ensure students complete the workshop with one completed original song.
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: No
Term: 10 days (in a row or over a semester)
Staffing: Led by DM community expert (for enrichment only)
Deliverables: One completed song per student
Cost: $2200

Career Exploration Workshop

Grades: 6-12
Description: A 4 day workshop or residency to teach students the great variety of musical careers available. A guest artist will share their experiences and work to create a realistic picture of music business from the perspective of someone who has found a sustainable living in the industry. Students will receive a local resource guide with organizations, individuals and opportunities to grow their musical career as well as career planning worksheets to use for assessing future opportunities or planning future projects.
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: No
Term: 4 days (in a row or over a semester)
Staffing: Led by DM community expert (for enrichment only)
Deliverables: Resource guide, planning documents, guest artist
Cost: $1200  

Rock Band Club

Grades: 6-12
Description: Discover Music can provide a mentor to facilitate an after school club for songwriting and popular music performance. Loosely structured, students are encouraged to explore musical concepts freely and determine what role fits them best. The goal of the club is to put on a school-wide concert at the end of the year. Students will produce, star in, market, plan and run sound/light tech for the show. A true rock band experience. Open to students of all levels of musical aptitude and interest.
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: No
Term: TBD
Staffing: Led by DM community expert (for enrichment only)
Deliverables: Student Showcase Concert
Cost: TBD (will vary depending on club meeting schedule)

Guitar Class

Grades: 9-12
Description: A course for beginner-intermediate guitar players. Students will learn to play chords on the guitar, as well as strumming and picking patterns. Advanced students will learn lead lines and improvisation techniques. Rudimentary songwriting is introduced to encourage student creativity. Weekly worksheets and assessments reinforce measured academic learning of music concepts and history.  Unlike most guitar technique pedagogy, this course focuses on teaching students pop/rock guitar playing fundamentals and stresses the ability to play by ear. Students are encouraged to work on songs they listen to. The goal is to give them the skills they need to continue learning to play guitar on their own after the class is finished. The course culminates with a real gig at a live music venue.
Term: Year Long/Semester
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: Yes
Staffing: Team taught with district teacher and Discover Music community expert for credit, or taught by DM community expert only for enrichment.
Deliverables: Regionally/Nationally recognized guest artists, Guitar performance instruction, Live show production of popular and original music. Toolkit for continued learning. Resource list and private instruction available.
Cost: $9000/Semester

Improvisation Class

Grades: 9-12
Description: A course for intermediate/Advanced musicians. Students learn major/minor/pentatonic and blues scales, how to read and write chord progressions, how to read and write song charts, and how to play improvised solos over the chord changes. While percussion is welcome, there is a focus on melodic instruments. Students will learn to play blues and rock progressions on guitar, bass, piano and harmonica, often switching between them. The class final is a real-live gig where students form combos and play original music in a club.
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: Yes
Term: Year Long/Semester
Staffing: Team taught with district teacher and Discover Music community expert for credit, or taught by DM community expert only for enrichment.
Deliverables: Regionally/Nationally recognized guest artists, Instrumental performance instruction, Live show production of popular and original music. Toolkit for continued learning. Resource list and private instruction available. Students receive a harmonica.
Cost: $9000/Semester + $150 for harmonicas


Songwriting Class

Grades: 6-8 (a more advanced version is available for 9-12)
Description: An exciting and creative course focused on the craft of songwriting. This flexible program gives students a project-based, holistic, engaging musical education. Students learn music theory, lyricism, melody/harmony, sound science, music history, audio production, music business, entrepreneurship, marketing and fundraising. The learning is centered around the creation of a studio album of original music. They learn to analyze and critique, create and perform their own songs with the help of some of the area’s most respected musicians. This course comes ready with assignments and assessments throughout the term, and is a wonderful addition to a school music program as an alternative to band, choir and orchestra. There is no expectation of musical proficiency.
Term: Year Long/Semester
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: Yes
Staffing: Team taught with district teacher and Discover Music community expert
Deliverables: Regionally/Nationally recognized guest artists, Studio album with professional backing band, digitally released album of mixed and mastered student work.
Cost: $14,000 /Semester, $22,000/year


Rock Star Class

Grades: 9-12
Description: A premium learning experience with a focus on audio production and career exploration. Rock Star Class guides students through the process of creating an album of original music with full production, graphic design, marketing, and press relations. Students will work with nationally an internationally recognized artists and producers. Student tracks will feature full production with string section, horn section, backup singers, and professional mixing and mastering. Students will learn about social media best practices for business, website creation, marketing tactics, copyright law, and will work with PR professionals to create individualized Press Kits. Students will receive one-on-one coaching and a list of industry contacts. When a student completes this course they will have all the tools necessary to start a performance career.
Term: Year Long
Meets MN Academic Standards for Music: Yes
Staffing: Team taught with district teacher and Discover Music community expert
Deliverables: Nationally/Internationally recognized guest artists, Studio album with professional producer and full instrumental production, mixing and mastering, Physical CD with full graphic design and copyright, Professional photo session, Press Kit (Bio, One Sheet, Headshot, Pitch Sheet, Press Release), Website, Career exploration coaching, Songwriting mentoring.
Cost: $50,000