Andover's school of rock will have a sequel.
Andover Youth Services and Boston Music Center's Andover studio teamed in July to offer a Youth Rock Workshop. The five-day workshop was successful enough that they've scheduled another workshop for the end of August.
"The kids had a wonderful time and their parents were amazed at what they'd been able to accomplish in just five days." said Bill Fahey, director of Andover Youth Services. "On Friday night the kids put on a show, playing songs they'd chosen and learned during the week."
Clips of the show are available on YouTube, links to the clips can be found on Boston Music Center's website and Facebook page.
"Just as we'd hoped, many parents told us that their kids were inspired to restart music studies they had quit due to boredom or frustration with traditional teaching methods. After all, if you can't have fun making music, why bother?" John McElfresh, Andover resident and founder of Boston Music Center, said in a release.
The next workshop will again be held at Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St. in Andover, starting Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Students can enroll on the Andover Youth Services website at a cost of $250 for the week. Once again, the workshop will culminate in a performance by the students. Residents are welcome to attend the show, scheduled for Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Free Christian Church. Admission is free.
Tuition from each of the workshops is shared with Andover Youth Services. "Our partnership with Boston Music Center has started strong. We appreciate Free Christian Church allowing us to use their facilities to provide this opportunity for Andover youth. We hope someday to hold we can workshops in our own Youth Center." said Fahey.