Sarnia-Lambton Rebound is hosting an open house this Saturday, January 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to show off its newest program Rebound Rocks.
Rebound Rocks is designed for youth ages 12 to 17 and will provide the full rock band experience teaching skills from event management and live sound production to songwriting and music composition.
Youth will meet with volunteers twice a week to hone their music skills by learning some of the greatest songs in rock and roll history, said Stephanie Hyde, a program coordinator at Rebound who helps organize Rebound Rocks.
“Our mission statement is to help young people in Sarnia achieve their full potential in both music and in life,” said Hyde. “By introducing them to their potential in music, they receive a clear message that they’re capable of anything if they work hard enough. A lesson that will support them as they become productive members of our community.”
To help run the program, Sarnia-Lambton Rebound was granted $15,000 though Lambton Country’s Creative County Grant program and the TD MusiCounts program gave Rebound $11,000 which Hyde said went towards purchasing new equipment such as guitars and amplifiers and renovating a jam space complete with a stage and P.A. system.
Hyde said the program will teach interpersonal skills through the collaboration needed to perform in a rock band.
“We really want the youth to gain the tools to be able to express themselves through music and songwriting,” said Hyde, adding that the program will include songwriting circles and recording original music.
Hyde said Rebound Rocks should be ready for community performances as early as June.
Registration for Rebound Rocks is available at the open house and Hyde said the program is ready to take in “quite a few” youth.
Ivy Armstrong completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Saskatchewan and wrote a thesis researching music lessons and at-risk youth. Part of Armstong’s research involved speaking with volunteer music teachers with the Heart of the City Piano Program in two prairie cities.
Armstrong said her research found that music lessons help develop self-confidence and self-expression.
“It’s a way to express what’s going on inside,” said Armstrong.
Aspects of learning a musical instrument such as self-discipline and daily practice can be valuable for youth, Armstrong said.
Armstrong said her research found that group music lessons similar to Rebound Rocks can help build a sense of community.
“When students were in group lessons [researchers] found that they had a sense of responsibility towards the group and towards each other,” she said.
Armstrong said while working on her thesis, she found research suggesting that students had a deeper interest in learning music they experienced growing up or music with a cultural connection.
“[Rebound Rocks] can be a great benefit to the youth that they’re serving,” said Armstrong.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer with Rebound Rocks or wants learn more about the program can contact Sarnia-Lambton Rebound at 519-334-2841.