Grades 7-12

Limited to 10 students per semester.

During the Exchange Street Records program, participants will develop skills needed to learn, perform, and write popular music. Using guitar, drums, bass, ukulele, and keyboard, we will learn to play our favorite songs both solo and with a group. Students will study successful techniques in the areas of improvisation, stage presence, and live sound. We will also study songwriting techniques and song structure with the goal of composing our own songs for performance and future recording. Our semester will conclude with a live concert performance at the Auburn Public Theater. Following completion, participants will also be invited to showcase their new skills in the Perform 4 Purpose concert series.

Jim Van Arsdale

Jim Van ArsdaleJim Van Arsdale has enjoyed a career spanning over 25 years as a performer and educator. In 2001 his group, Spellbound, was voted Best Regional Band in a readers poll by the Citizen Newspaper. Jim has twice been nominated for a SAMMY award as the guitarist for Midnight Mood. He currently performs with the classic rock band Mixtape, along with writing and recording original music with his duo partner, Connie Patti. Jim is also the co-founder of the not-for-profit organization, Perform 4 Purpose.