Music Program


Our music workshops include classes in guitar, keyboards, drums and other percussion instruments, as well as music appreciation, record engineering and producing. The young artists are guided in their careers as their original music is developed.

The most popular workshops are 12-session Music Recording and Producing. Students develop an original song from inception with individual instruction by a professional engineer. They visit the Grammy Museum to learn about the history of music.

Guitar workshops can be either acoustic or electric. Classes take place at the youths’ facilities. For the last class, they get to record their songs at our recording studio downtown. We also provide them with the opportunity to perform publicly, such as at the House of Blues.

All music students receive an in-depth class from industry pros about how to break into the music industry. Every youth leaves the program with a demo tape to share with their family and friends, and the rest of world.

Featured Program: Hollywood Guitar Workshop


While Hollywood is one of the richest and most glamorous cities in the world, only 50% of the children there graduate from high school. Create Now has initiated the first of two 12-session Guitar Workshops at Ramona Elementary School in Hollywood on January 27, 2015.

Thanks to our partner Youth Policy Institute, through the “Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood” initiative.

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Read About Some of Our Previous Featured Music Programs

New Music Recording Program a Hit With Teens – 2013

Guitar Workshop Finale – 2013

Rockin’ To a New Beat – 2013

Strumming From the Heart – 2013

Jazzing Up the Lives of Troubled Kids – 2012-2013

Mentoring Through Music – 2011

Music Days with Mark Schulman – 2006-2010

Music Days at Upward Bound House – 2010

A Beat of their Own at Upward Bound House – 2010

Guitar Workshop at Optimist Group Home – 2008

Special thanks to the sponsors of our music program:

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Moe Life Foundation and Avid. We’re very grateful to all of our sponsors.