ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Rock 101 is a music program aimed to empower ABQ’s youth through the raw power of music. Some of the students that attend Rock 101 are already proficient guitarists, drummers, bassists and vocalists. Others have never touched an instrument. Regardless of experience or talent, everyone in this program gains proficiency on their instrument and learns how to collaborate with other musicians in a band setting.
The two-week sessions were balanced with small group lessons, guest band performances and educational workshops such as audio recording and music video production. The most rewarding part of Rock 101 are the live concerts where the students get to proudly express themselves in front of a caring and supportive audience. For some, this opportunity is so positive that it inspires a lifelong passion in music. For others, it may be the experience they need to feel comfortable performing in front of large groups of people.
Understanding the benefits of music education and the positive effects it has on a student’s educational, the team chose to offer the program in conjunction with the school year to utilize their students’ full potential. The Rock 101 Academy was launched in September 2013, teaching nearly 100 aspiring musicians on a weekly basis.
Their summer sessions will kick off in a few months, but you can take advantage of their early sign-ups now. You can sign your kids up, ages 6-17, by going to Rock 101’s website.
Three of those musicians are the young ladies of the band, HISS. Bela Ceniceros, Camelia Ceniceros, and Beia Smith-Shaw have been with Rock 101 since their second summer session. Since they got together, they have played a number of shows all over town, including at venues like Sister Bar, Jinja and Red Door Brewery.