Summertime music lessons will help budding performers young and old gain skills and self-confidence
It took a year for her to open up, and now the talented
"Before, I wouldn't sing in front of people because I had some bad experiences," Schleinkofer, 15, said last week at Rock Work's
"This place has helped to grow my confidence a lot."
It showed as Schleinkofer sang the Demi Lovato ballad "Warrior" with help from fellow Rock Works student
Building confidence is the key goal at Rock Works, a "school of rock" that Albus started in 1982. The school, which accepts students of all ages (including adults), focuses on the five basics of rock music -- vocals, guitar, bass, drums and piano/keyboard -- and stresses the importance of public performances by staging shows.
"It's not so much whether you should learn the piano and become really good at the piano. It's more about you feeling good and you really liking the piano," Albus said. "These kids, you ask them if they like music, they go 'Yeah, I love music.' And that's what we want to maintain. The one wish I have is to not turn them off of music."
While the school is always accepting students, Rock Works is currently preparing for its annual summer camps. The camps are open to individuals 7 years old and above, regardless of experience, with classes two times a week for three to four weeks at both Rock Work's
The camps are split into three sessions:
The first two sessions, which cost
Classes are divided by age groups and students will learn not only the instrument of their choice -- most kids like the drums, Albus noted -- they will learn a couple others as well. Cycling through different instruments is routine at Rock Works to help students learn to share and work together.
Unlike traditional music classes, Rock Works dives right into playing instruments -- which means little to no emphasis on reading music, a process that takes time and, Albus said, is when a lot of youngsters lose interest.
"Did you learn to read first or to speak first?" he asked. "I always get the same answer whenever I ask that question. You always learn to speak first. So we teach them how to speak on the guitar, how to speak on the bass, how to speak on the drums.
"So this summer, we'll have kids in here and the very first day they'll be playing a song. Not a complicated song, but it's the coordination."
For more information on Rock Works and its summer camps, contact Albus at 953-7631 or email@example.com.
Event will be jam-packed with baby and family fun
The 17th annual New Baby Expo is back, bringing one-stop shopping and fun family events to the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on
More than 150 exhibitors will showcase baby products from futons to burp cloths and keiki fashion.
As usual, parents are invited to bring their little ones to the Hawaii Baby Crawling Contest, while expectant moms and their guests can participate in
Costumed characters including Curious George, Yoohoo from "Yoohoo & Friends" and Hooper from PBS Hawaii will be near the front entrance every other hour for photo opportunities.
There will also be a
The New Baby Expo, organized by Family Expositions, takes place from
Bunny tales hop to isle libraries
Coming soon to a library near you: Hono lulu Theatre for Youth's kid-friendly production of "Peter Rabbit and the Garden."
Many generations of American kids have grown up with
HTY has adapted two stories about Peter's potentially fatal adventures in
A free study guide with suggestions for story-related activities is available at www.htyweb.org.
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