IMW's "After School of Rock-N-Pop" gives hundreds of children the chance to learn new skills, make new friends, express their creativity, and find their niche by playing in a band. At eleven different IMW sites across Chicago, we provide our students with access to instruments, instruction, performance opportunities, and mentorship. We believe that by providing these services in a safe and positive environment, we can help young people to develop essential skills and values that will prove indispensable later in life.
Mission: The Intonation Music Workshop empowers children to become rock stars on every stage in life through innovative music education. Using donated instruments and a unique pop-band curriculum, our after-school and summer music program provides kids age 6-17 in Chicagos underserved communities with access to instruction and performance opportunities in a safe and positive environment, sparking for many a life-changing sense of accomplishment and belonging. Our students learn to express themselves musically, at the same time developing essential life skills such as cooperation, practice, risk-taking, and setting and meeting goals. IMW Instructors work closely with the students as they explore each aspect of the pop band format-drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals-before choosing their niche and forming a band with fellow students. The bands are then mentored through weeks of preparation for a community performance.
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