music education

Denver's Junk Band Orchestra: for the youth!

Jun 26, 2014

  The Junk Band Orchestra builds their instruments from junk.  It's about young people redeeming broken things.  Producer Shawn Palmer and a couple of members from the band visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with news of their first CD release.

"We're out to prove you don't need a lot of money to make really good music," said Palmer.   "The music coming from the musician - that's the most important thing."

Kyle Etges and El Sistema are looking to empower children through music education. 



From humble beginnings in a parking garage in Venezuela, El Sistema has grown into a world wide phenomena transforming the lives of at-risk youth by introducing and fostering a life-long love for music. 


"El Sistema's core philosophy is passion for music," Etges said, "and when you teach that first, there's really no limit to what the kids can learn."


For Colorado Gives Day, KUVO celebrates music education and young musicians. To that end, we sought out a real jazz professor, acclaimed pianist Lynne Arriale. In an April 2011 column in Jazz Ed Magazine titled "Efficient practice," she calls a good practice "the highest priority" and "the foundation for musical growth and creativity." But she finds she has to unteach some bad habits before she can train her students in the good habits.