The Matthews House (Spring '21)
Our first in-person program since the shutdown, Colorado Music Bridge partnered with The Matthews House for our Modern Songwriting course. The partnership lasted for 4 sessions. Students all began on piano and later gravitated to other instruments that attracted their interest.
We were accompanied by local music educators to help facilitate the program, including Russick Smith and David Haralson. Russick deconstructed the instrumentation of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" to help students understand the elements of a song composition.
At the end of our 4 weeks together, the group had formed a small band with drums, keys, bass, and vocals joined by Aaron and Russick on guitar and cello. Students performed and recorded an original composition created using CMB's"democratic songwriting process," an activity where individuals in the group take turns choosing chords and rhythms to co-create an original song.