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  • Free Music Program at Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center

    September 25, 2019
    Free Music Program at Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center

    The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department now offers a free after-school music program for junior and high school students at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, located at 600 South McClelland Street. The new program, which began Monday, August 19th, runs from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Local music teacher Joe Payne leads the program with group lessons in guitar, ukulele, keyboard, and hand drums.

    Multiple acoustic guitars, hand drums known as “cajons,” baritone ukuleles, and digital keyboards are available for students’ use. The program begins with teaching about the basics like chords and scales, and evolves into opportunities for collaborations via “jam” sessions that combine multiple instruments.

    “Some kids dream about guitars, others drum on pots and pans, and then there’s the aspiring concert pianists, but they all need a chance to learn and play,” Payne said. “I hope to help local kids discover exactly what kind of musician they are, build the skills to play for themselves, but also together, to start bands and write songs.”

    The program includes opportunities for more in-depth music education each afternoon, including listening sessions, music history, and music theory. Lessons also demonstrate how instruments apply to a wide range of musical styles, such as rock ‘n’ roll, country, folk, hip-hop, R&B, blues, jazz, and classical music.

    Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260

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