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: Guitar for Foster Girls

Aviva 2Create Now has been providing a number of arts mentoring programs at Aviva Family and Children’s Services in Hollywood for many years. They are a residential group home for 36 teenage girls who are in the foster system.

These girls come to Aviva through the Juvenile Court System or the Department of Children and Family Services, having experienced horrific physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse. Many have substance abuse issues, histories of being commercially exploited, or criminal records.

Aviva 3Many have substance abuse issues, histories of being commercially exploited, or criminal records.

Thanks to a generous grant from the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, we are providing an Acoustic and Electric Guitar workshop to some of these youth.

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Featured Program: Music Recording for Abused Boys

MusicRecording03-2015_01Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a large facility in Pasadena that provides  residential treatment for children dealing with mental health or emotional distress. A group of teenage foster boys from one of their units are currently enjoying our 12-week Music Recording Workshop every Saturday afternoon beginning in March, 2015.

The program started with a visit to the Grammy Museum where the kids got to see a new exhibit on rapper Tupac Shakur. Now they’re learning how to turn their own songs into professional demos with help from our teaching artist Eddy Lloreda.

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Read About Some of Our Previous Featured Music Programs

Guitars, Magic, and More! – 2015

Hollywood Guitar Workshop – 2015

Hip-Hop Global xChange – 2015

Guitar Workshop Expands at Linden School – 2014

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.