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Music Lab at Jefferson Center has created a model for the future - the dawn of a new era in arts education to better prepare young people and serve our community.
Music Lab represents an innovative model of experiential learning in music business, technology, and performance as an extension of the education area schools provide. We are preparing local youth for future education, careers, and interests in the music and entertainment industries.
After hours and on weekends, our state-of-the-art recording facility is open for commercial use.
We are developing a new model for molding the lives of youth as they grow not only as musicians, engineers, and performers, but as contributing members of our society, knowledgeable consumers, and engaged citizens.
For a membership fee of $100/year, teens in grades 6-12 can attend the Music Lab at Jefferson Center's Track 1 program to learn music production & recording, performance skills and music business. Scholarships are available to all students who may require financial assistance. Our facility offers our students access to multitrack recording studios, practice rooms, performance opportunities and what is most unique is the proximity to world-class artists that perform on Shaftman Performance Hall stage as part of Jefferson Center’s incredible programming!
Our outreach programs continue to engage young aspiring musicians from Kindergarten to 12th grade as well as underserved clientele throughout SWVA at schools and organizations around the city with fun, enriching music activities.
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Music Lab's Performance Bands allow students who wish to apply and audition an opportunity to collaborate with their peers, develop their creativity and sound within a band setting, professionally record original music and perform at various festivals and events throughout the region. Click any of the icons below to learn more about each group!
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On March 8th, 2013, Snarky Puppy and a host of special guests convened at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke VA. The dream, envisioned by Michael League, was to record a series of live performances in audio and video that would bring attention and benefit to the ongoing work of Jefferson Center's education programs, such as Music Lab.
As Snarky Puppy set up to record yet another live recording with the audience on the stage, special guests with an interest in supporting the project arrived. Lalah Hathaway, N'Dambi, Lucy Woodward, and Chantae Cann joined Malika Tirolien, Magda Giannikou, Shayna Steele and Tony Scherr in what was to become a legendary live session that celebrates the diversity and joy of live music. With the stunningly beautiful theater as a backdrop, the result is a masterpiece of Jazz, R&B, Gospel, and Blues music captured for the world to fully experience.
Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner will not only captivate, but will benefit Jefferson Center's education programs with every album sold worldwide. Additionally, the DVD features a series of incredible performances from Music Lab students, highlighting the best of what Southwest Virginia's young musicians have to offer, while putting the Star City on the map for world class offerings and arts opportunities.
Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner album sets a standard for future events and recordings. The concept of recording live with a limited audience intimately mixed with the artists is a testament to the creativity and positive energy of Snarky Puppy. Eight tracks appear on the CD, with additional tracks available on the DVD.
Music Lab Floyd is a pilot program that is adapting the existing program in Roanoke to work in a rural community. It meets twice a week at the Junebug Center in Floyd County. Contact Dylan Locke for details and applications at dlocke[at]jeffcenter[dot]org or (540) 343-2624 ext. 215
Take a tour of Music Lab and see what we're all about!
Music Lab is typically staffed on weekdays from 11am - 7pm. Call us at (540) 685-2309 and schedule your tour today!
BUKURU CELESTIN RELEASES NEW ALBUM FEATURING SNARKY PUPPY!
Music Lab student and singer/songwriter Bukuru Celestin has released his new album, Amkeni, featuring famed NYC jazz collaborative Snarky Puppy and recorded right here at Music Lab! Click here to access Bukuru's page and listen for yourself!
Questions? Contact Brian Mesko, Jefferson Center's Music Lab Education and Outreach Coordinator at 540-685-2309 or click here to send him an email.