School of Rock
Think the School of Rock is just a Hollywood creation? Then you may be in for a pleasant surprise as Louisville Life checks out several Louisville variations on this musical theme.
The Byck Blues Band, from Jefferson County Public Schools’ Byck Elementary, is made up of 4th- and 5th-grade students and led by music teacher John Mann. The five instrumentalists and 20 singers practice for 30 minutes every day, learning to play and sing songs by artists ranging from Sly and the Family Stone to Los Lobos and Chuck Berry. The focus is on learning to play music together unselfishly, without the pressure to be perfect. Getting the feeling and the overall sound is the most important concept taught—not a focus on individual performance.
Students from the 5th grade audition at the beginning of each school year for spots on drums, bass, keyboard, and percussion. Students from both 4th and 5th grades are eligible to audition for parts as singers. Their blues band experience carries over into success in the classroom, providing lessons in commitment, focus, and—perhaps most importantly—fun and creativity.
But what about children who don’t attend Byck? The Rockschool at Mom’s Music can also put your child—even a child with little or no experience—in a band. The Rockschool meets for an hour and a half once a week for eight weeks. Then the session culminates with a concert for friends and family at a professional venue (past sites have included Huber’s, Jillian’s, and 4th Street Live). Rockschool is offered five times a year and is open to youngsters ages 8 to 18.
- Program 114
- TV trivia answer man David Inman, historic Farmington, local rock schools, and Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby of St. Stephen Church. (#114)