Rock the Stacks! at Mason Square


A free, community-based after school music arts programming series for young people ages 6-14.
Wednesdays, December 2, 2015 through April 6, 2016
Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State Street

Come together and learn drumming at the library! Join the Mason Square Library and the Community Music School of Springfield for a six-week community-based after school music arts program. Youth ages 6-14 can learn an instrument and find new ways of self-expression, while promoting whole brain engagement, self-discipline, stronger math and language arts skills, and more.

Community Music School instructor Rick Marshall will lead the bucket-drumming program on Tuesday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m., as well as Tuesday, January 5 & 12, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to be a part of the bucket-drumming ensemble taking part in the community-wide Dr. King Day celebration at the MassMutual Center on January 18, 2016.

The bucket-drumming teacher, Rick Marshall, has been a force on the Springfield music scene for more than 30 years. He has toured the country with Matt “Guitar” Murphy of the Blues Brothers fame, and played and recorded internationally with numerous renowned musical groups. Rick teaches drumming and drumming history, leads drumming workshops throughout New England and leads several of Community Music School of Springfield’s Community Partnership programs.

Planned for January and February is a six-week Hip Hop program; and in March and April a six-week Latin Rhythm’s for Recorder program. All programs are free of charge and include all supplies, and snacks will be provided at every session.

“Rock the Stacks” is made possible through the generous support and partnership of the Association for Library Services to Children, Disney, and the Community Music School of Springfield.

Bucket Drumming

Wednesdays, December 2 — January 13

A six-week program teaching self-expression through music with bucket drumming, regardless of participants’ background or experience level. This program emphasizes self-expression and the benefits of learning a musical instrument; participants can be a part of the bucket drumming ensemble at the 1/18/16 MLK Day celebration at the Mass Mutual Center.

Program dates: (all programs from 4-5pm)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Hip Hop

Wednesdays, January 20 – February 24

A six-week program providing an introduction to self-expression by engaging young people and developing their unique voice. Participants learn to freestyle and rhyme, spit lyrics, and develop beats, working on their own music which they will be creating and recording.

Program dates: (all programs from 4-5pm)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Wednesday February 24, 2016

Latin Rhythms for Recorder

Wednesdays, March 2 — April 6

A six-week program teaching basic rhythms and musical literacy. The concept of rhythmic notation will be introduced to support mathematic skills, logic and reasoning. Programs will focus on elements of Latin music and celebrate Springfield’s diverse cultural roots, and will conclude with a gala public ensemble performance! Recorders will be provided to all students.

Program dates: (all programs from 4-5pm)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 

For more information, or to sign up, call Ted McCoy at 413-263-6853, or sign up online using our Event Calendar.


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