Music Arts 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. We bring them to professional recording studios where they can create demos of their songs. Also, through music mentoring, Create Now is able to match aspiring young musicians with professionals, opening new doors for troubled youth.

Featured Program: New Music Recording Program a Hit with Teens

Our first Introduction to Music Recording program has just been completed by four youth from Trinity Youth Services in El Monte. Trinity provides foster care and mental health services to children who have been removed from their homes by child protective services due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, unsafe living conditions and/or family instability.

Create Now staff has spent months collaborating with industry professionals to create a meaningful and practical experience in music production and recording for the vulnerable kids that we serve. Our goal is to provide them with skills that can lead to jobs and careers.

The workshop began on July 13th with a trip to the Grammy Museum led by recording industry pro Farrah Shah. The next week, Chas Castell led the first class. He’s the Senior Manager for Advertising Operations for Scopely. However, Chas is personally committed to changing the world, one song at a time. “I want to teach songwriting to at-risk children, perhaps with an emphasis on writing about social issues, in order to give more exposure to those issues in our society.”

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Featured Program: Guitar Workshop Finale

Create Now delivered acoustic guitars to emotionally troubled girls at Aviva Center in Hollywood for an 8-session workshop with guitarist Charles Rojas. The girls learned basic chords and strumming from a repertoire that included the Beatles. They then chose songs to record. Charles worked with them to prepare for our studio. Engineered by Cameron Halsey, the girls each came away with a CD of their songs.

Kiahna accompanied herself on a heart-rendering version of “Creep.” Andrea also played and sang her rendition of Belle and Sebastian’s “Piazza, New York Catcher.” Elisa, Libby and Paola collaborated on Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me,” featuring Elisa on vocals. The girls celebrated their accomplishments with a party and gift bags holding all kinds of treats. These souvenirs, along with their completed CDs, will continue to build their self-esteem.

Create Now thanks Avid and the Moe Life Foundation for this once in a lifetime opportunity for the girls of Aviva.

Read About Some of Our Previous Featured Music Programs

Rockin’ To a New Beat
Strumming From the Heart
Jazzing Up the Lives of Troubled Kids
Mentoring Through Music
Music Days with Mark Schulman
Music Days at Upward Bound House
A Beat of their Own at Upward Bound House
Guitar Workshop at Optimist Group Home

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.