Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts is set to launch an exciting new youth program called RCA Rock School, which provides aspiring young musicians with the opportunity to develop their skills in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment. The program is designed for children who are passionate about music and want to take their talents to the next level. Participants will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment while being mentored by professional musicians.
According to Laura Schultz, marketing manager of the Rotary Centre for the Arts, this is an area of the music industry that needs attention. “We’re thrilled to be launching our Rock School,” said Schultz. “There doesn’t seem to be much of an all-ages music scene that supports and encourages youth to get on stage in a big way. We thought there was a chance to step up the game by providing youth with the necessary skills to start a band and allow them to perform live on our stage.”
RCA Rock School covers a range of topics, including music theory, performance skills, and songwriting. Andrew Stauffer, educational programming specialist at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts believes that playing in a rock band as a teenager taught him valuable lessons both as a musician but also as an arts organizer. He now wants to make what he had growing up more accessible for teens and youth who are looking to play music now.
The registration for RCA Rock School is open for youth, with classes starting in April and August. The school aims at providing young people with opportunities they may not have had otherwise.
To support this fantastic initiative by Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts, a fundraiser has been organized on March 14th at Mary Irwin Theatre from 6 p.m until 7:30 p.m. The Oot n’ Oots and Down the Lees will perform during this event aimed at raising funds ahead of its official launch. Tickets are available based on a pay-what-you-can model ranging from $10-$30.
The fundraiser will help purchase instruments that will support RCA Rock School’s mission statement of making high-quality music education accessible while removing any financial barriers or exclusions faced by young people today.
This new program offers many benefits beyond developing musical abilities; it promotes teamwork, communication skills, self-esteem building, leadership development as well as fostering creativity among young people – attributes essential in today’s society.
In conclusion, we applaud Kelowna’s Rotary Center for taking this important step towards nurturing young talent through their innovative program RCA Rock School. By offering affordable access to quality training resources such as mentorship programs led by professionals in their field alongside state-of-the-art equipment & facilities – they’re helping lay down foundations that could potentially shape Canada’s future musical landscape!