Music Gallery Academy

Focus on the Arts 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019 by Zachary Kidder | Community

Music Gallery Instructor and founder of SolJAMM LLC, Torin Hopkins, headed up an interactive jam session with about 30 students at this years Focus on the Arts event at Highland Park High School. 

This insightful event showed us how music is language by demonstrating the myriad conversational elements that take place in a jam session. Torin's interactive and ambitious approach caused the whole room to smile and experience music in a brand new way.

Thank you to Torin, SolJAMM LLC, and Focus Highland Park for allowing The Music Gallery to continue to take part in something that nourishes and inspires musicians. 

Highland Park Community

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by Zachary Kidder | Community

Children have a special curiosity that lets them become more automatic and free with music than some of us who study our whole lives. 

They listen closely and pay attention to how music makes them feel before they would ever worry about whether or not they are on the right beat or playing the right notes. They let their intentions dictate their choices, so we can hear what they mean and how they feel regardless of what notes they happen to land upon.

Our teachers visited Highland Park Community Preschool over the past few weeks to spend some time with the children and demonstrate the Ukulele and the Electric Guitar. It was tons of fun to experience these young people through music as we marched around the room with their home-made drums, answered their questions about music and instruments, sang, and danced until it was time for art class. 

We were reminded of the people throughout our lives that fostered and encouraged our love for music and how grateful we are to have those early influences. We would like to give a special thank you to The Highland Park Community Orange Room for allowing us to be part of their classroom, offering children space to explore the universal language, and helping our community become a slightly more musical place! ☺♫

Electric Guitar in Preschool classroom