Rock To The Future students share Winter Jams album of original songs - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Rock to the Future‘s youth music programs have been virtual this year, but that didn’t stop its students from putting together two full albums of original tunes. Summer Beats came out in August, and they’ve followed it up with Winter Jams, out now on Bandcamp.

Students in third grade through high school worked independently, in groups, and with local musicians to write, produce, and record their own songs. They took online classes in digital music production, learning software programs, music structure and the history of digital music — and they did it all from home. Rock to the Future has provided virtual music programming for over 200 Philly kids and distributed more than 100 instruments since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown, all at no cost.

“My favorite thing about Rock to the Future is getting to learn about music, and getting to learn about music structure, how to make beats, and how to analyze music and and songs,” said student Tavis S. in a press release. “I think I got really good at beat making! If you don’t believe me, check out one of the beats I made in digital music class.”

You can check out Tavis’ and the rest of the students’ music below via Bandcamp.

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