Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Our year-long class in Mounds View is humming right along. This month the students were visited by a local legend, JD Steele. JD worked with the students on setting melodies to their chord progressions and on crafting lyrics to fit the songs. They really liked having him in class, especially after he led the whole class in singing an impromptu […]

Music Makes Us Whole

Music Makes Us Whole

MusicWorks MN is proud to partner with Music Makes Us Whole. Their mission: “Music Makes Us Whole is the initiative of several dozen Minnesota non-profit and for-profit organizations that believe every child deserves a rich music education. We advocate for this because of music’s intrinsic value in the human experience, and also for the whole-brain and whole-life benefits to the […]

2014 Summer Songwriting CD

2014 Summer Songwriting CD

This year we had some heavy-hitting young songwriters. There was a large variety in style. It ran the gamut from pop to rock, r&B, rap, country, folk…it was all over the place and that’s a good sign. This album features some great young performing talent as well. There are some guitar tracks by Dylan Salfer and many vocal tracks by […]

High View Middle School Songwriting Class

We sure had a great time with our first summer songwriting class in the Moundsview District! It was an intense 4 week course that covered the fundamentals of songwriting and music theory, featured a bunch of guest artists: Ann Reed, Joan Griffeth, Dan Newton, Kevin Gastonguy, and The Honeydogs’ Adam Levy. After 3 weeks of learning about songwriting we put […]

Mounds View Summer Songwriting Class Kicks Off!!!

We started a 4 week, intensive songwriting course with some of the middle schoolers in the Mounds View public school district. One of our MWM people is teaming up with Eric Stainbrook, the school’s orchestra teacher, to get this done. We kicked it off in a big way today by inviting two powerhouses of the MN music scene to give […]

White Bear Lake AP Music Theory Class Compositions – 2013

We set out to pilot the composition contest program at White Bear Lake Public Schools. To my surprise it actually went rather smoothly and it got the students to write above and beyond my expectations. These are people who have never written a piece of classical music before, and have also never played strings. It was both a wonderful artistic […]