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MySchoolROCKS is thrilled to announce that thanks to very generous donations from our newest benefactors: The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation and The Sandbox Project, we are making plans to re-launch a revamped (and Covid friendly) version of R.O.C.K.S programming in the Fall of 2021!!
Together with outstanding partners at the YMCA of Oakville, the MySchoolROCKS team is ramping up plans to launch new interactive experiences with :
MUSIC and WELLNESS R.O.C.K.S '21
Keep visiting us at www.myschoolrocks.org for UPDATES !!
Thank you to the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation for believing in our R.O.C.K.S'21 programming !!
TELUS' very generous donation has allowed MySchoolROCKS to reconnect with our community and explore options to re-establish much needed youth engagement!
MySchoolROCKS is honoured and thrilled to be partnering with the outstanding team at The Sandbox Project !!
A BIG thank you to our outstanding community partner YMCA of Oakville.
We are relaunching ROCKS'21 with an after-school youth program!!
Please CLICK on the link below for registration and more information
R.O.C.K.S '21 music based activities have been re-tooled and participants can look forward to NEW activities anchored by our VERY user friendly BUCKET DRUMMING Workshops !!
What continues to make R.O.C.K.S unique is that participants are prompted during workshops to focus on both musical rudiments (rhythm, notes, sound) AND MORE SPECIFICALLY elements of mindfulness (being present in the musical moment), positive self-talk/re-framing negativity and reusable exercises that counteract anxiety while playing)
* Supported by our professionally created R.O.C.K.S pedagogy, our workshops intentionally model best practices in both music fundamentals AND essential elements of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and personal wellness.
As much as we enjoy LIVE programming, on-line learning continues to be a reality. Stay tuned as MySchoolROCKS explores easy and accessible ways to connect our revamped programs directly with YOU at school/classroom, at participating Youth Centres or at home !!
* We are currently developing easy to use resources delivered via virtual platforms and the MySchoolROCKS website to help enrich many classroom or extra-curricular activities !
MySchoolROCKS has reworked our original RockPro Bucket Drumming Workshops bringing back this clip form the ROCKS Archives. **Please click on this video and enjoy a session from 2014 demonstrating one class' awesome progression!
MySchoolROCKS believes that we have reached a critical juncture in Canadian education. The global pandemic, along with its collateral impact, has added palpable stress to the lives of young people and their families. Most troubling, educational disruption continues to marginalize an alarming number of vulnerable learners.
MySchoolROCKS has redoubled its mandate to form community partnerships that encourage educational stakeholders to refocus and re-imagine a YOUTH MENTAL WELLNESS STRATEGY that helps all young people move forward.
The MySchoolROCKS team is thrilled to announce that we are re-launching a ROCKS pilot project with our partners at the YMCA !! After-school program registration is now open!
Drumming to Wellness is a unique program that combines elements of music with strategies for personal wellness.
Starting October 19, join us at the YMCA as the MySchoolROCKS team invites youth to this engaging and interactive after-school program.
Beginning with kid friendly bucket drumming sessions, MySchoolROCKS instructors guide participants through elements of rhythm, beat, tempo, riffs and rolls and then enrich each session with activities that promote de-stressing, decompressing and calming strategies.
The fun continues with musical ensembles, playing along with contemporary songs, music and movement activities as well as opportunities to explore some special SURPRISE instruments!
Schedule: Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
MySchoolROCKS had the pleasure of participating in the short documentary "Art of Wellness: A Creative Path to Mental Health. The Art of Wellness shines an important spotlight on the life changing role the Arts play in people's lives as well as the positive impact that participating in arts-based programming has on well-being.
It was an honour to join medical professionals, health practitioners, artists, musicians and many talented creatives as the documentary explored the transformational power of Arts programming and how it may be used as a path to mental wellness.
Very special THANKS to Susan Ksiezopolski, Art of Wellness Producer, WriteWell and the Mississauga Arts Council for their role in bringing this project to life.
Click on the link below or follow via The Mississauga Arts Council for exciting news about the upcoming Art of Wellness Conference October 6th, 2021!
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MySchoolROCKS personifies the synergy between the musical arts, education & youth wellness.
Through the connective power of music, we inspire young people to embrace creativity, well-being and inclusivity as pathways to reaching their potential
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Please CLICK the button below to download our theme song -written by MySchoolROCKS Instructor and UFORIA front man Michael Ursini. Consider using it as your school theme song! Ask us about our vocal backing track version and how students can write their own unique lyrics describing why their school ROCKS!
Collaboration, problem solving and emotional intelligence are explored in our program "Music and Wellness R.O.C.K.S." Musical themes are used as catalysts to ignite the 21st century thinking needed to navigate today's interconnected world
Based on fundamentals of PROGRESSIVE music instruction, MySchoolROCKS unlocks creativity through contemporary songs supported by hands-on guitar, percussion, keyboard & music mixing R.O.C.K.Shops
MySchoolROCKS assists students in embracing a GROWTH Mindset by "Thinking Like a Musician" tapping into creative centres of the brain and applying social-emotional learning to re-frame negative thinking using age appropriate strategies
MySchoolROCKS teaches popular/ modern songs using innovative instructional methods reflecting best practices in Progressive Music Education. This hands-on approach acts as the " hook" that encourages students to exit comfort zones, take responsible risks and accept failure as a part of the learning process
Participants learn valuable skills that promote co-operation, team building and conflict resolution. Our 30 minute ROCKSHOP sessions touch upon youth friendly strategies for positive mental health.
Our Instrument Carousel Program is divided into 4 instructional sessions: Guitar, Keyboards, Drums & Sound LAB and consolidated with our teacher led Wellness ROCKshop. Participants rotate through each 30 minute activity learning rudiments by playing along with popular/ modern songs.
Participants will learn 3 easy guitar chords and will be playing along with Bruno Mars and The Black Eyed Peas songs by the end of the carousel session!
Our innovative keyboard instruction combines visual graphics with hands on music learning. As the session builds on skills, participants will be playing along with Adele, Drake and others!
Participants will learn the fundamentals of drumming and will be able to play along with almost any song on the radio!
Students experiment with cloud based interactive, user-friendly software programs that create music! Instruments, beats and special effects can be looped to compose unique samples of individualized music. Additionally, users can add personalized lyrics and record vocals to their creation.
Utilizing best practices in Respect Ed, Social Emotional Learning and youth mental wellness, MySchoolROCKS encourages participants to make the cognitive connection between learning music and developing a Growth Mindset. Key themes include: mindfulness, resilience and responsible risk taking.
How do you build solid foundations for POSITIVE relationships?
Learn the POWER of positive relationships!
Hold your head HIGH in all situations!
Learn about the profound impact of KIND words and actions!
Recognize how individual CHOICES can strengthen your community!
Parkfield Junior School in Etobicoke used our MySchool R.O.C.K.S program to write and record a wonderful school theme song. They also produced an awesome supporting video!!
A BIG thank you for outstanding teamwork on a job well done by the Parkfield Rock Stars
"..I wish we had this when I was in school..." -Teacher Participant
We would like to thank the students and teachers at Gandatsetiagon Public School, Pickering , St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School, St.John of the Cross, St. Raphael C.S and St. Angela Merici Catholic School for your outstanding program participation in Music and Wellness ROCKS Pilot Program!!
It was also a thrill to welcome The GLIMPSE kids from Parkfield P.S and participants form: Bristol Street Public School, Parkinson Centennial School Orangeville, St. Andre Bessette, St. Angela Merici and All Saints Catholic Elementary during our spring session. What an outstanding group of young musicians!!
A sincere thank you to teachers and administrators as approximately 1000 students visited our studio and engaged with the 5 elements of R.O.C.K.S programming.
A VERY big thank you to the Managers at the Oakville YMCA and the team at St. Bernadette C.S for helping us deliver some outstanding Summer ROCK Camps--WE Salute YOU!
The feedback from our participants is invaluable as we approach potential grant providers & funders with some compelling data supporting music based education!
If music is covered at your school and you need a boost with Character ED, MySchoolROCKS can arrange to have only our Wellness ROCKSHOPS visit YOUR class: