Teen Music Lounge

Join us for these upcoming sessions. All Philly teens ages 13 - 17 are welcome. No preregistration required.

Loops & Whoops! with Drue

Drue is a 2nd generation Ghanaian experimental hip hop producer. Website

1/5/18 - Rhythm Nation: Use Ableton to make electronic drum beats. Register

1/12/18 - I Can Stand The Rain: Sample natural sounds found outside and use them to create music in Ableton. Register

1/19/18 - Cake Cake Cake: How Many Layers Can You Make? Teens will learn how to layer sounds and beats in Ableton. Register

1/26/18  - Every Sample Is Somebody’s Everything: The art of sampling and the laws regarding it. Register

Shakina the Poet

Shakina Small, known as Shakina the Poet, is a poet and spoken word artist who uses her talent to engage today's youth to bring about a positive change in their lives. Website

2/9/18 -The Art of Creative Expression: Learn how to express yourself through words and performance poetry, and the difference between poetry and spoken word. Plus, acting and drama 101, featuring ad-libs, improv, and basic skit writing. Register

2/16/18 - Poetry and Therapy: Learn how poetry and the performance art can be used to help you express negative feelings. Register

2/24/18 - The Power of Words: Learn how words have power and how they can shape your life. Register


Rock to the Future is proud to present our free Teen Music Lounge! This weekly Friday program provides teens ages 13 - 17 with a safe and positive space to learn music, create their own projects, collaborate with other teens, and opportunities for monthly exhibitions. Each month will feature a different guest music teacher and exciting workshops on hip-hop, songwriting, voice and vocal improvisation, recording, digital music and technology, the power of music to make change, and more.

Teen Music Lounge takes place every Friday during the school year from 4 - 6pm at Rock to the Future, 2139 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19125. This program is free to attend.

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Do you have music-based skills or knowledge that you'd like to teach aspiring teen musicians? Rock to the Future is looking for teaching artists for monthly sessions at the Teen Music Lounge.

Twice each year, the Teen Music Lounge students will host an open session for teaching artists to present their proposed workshop, and then the students will make the final selection. Teaching artists are paid for their sessions and can apply online through the button below. You will be contacted if your proposal is selected for the selection session.

Upcoming Deadlines:
February 1st to teach during February - June.

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For Teaching Artists

Past Teaching Artists

Kathryn Woodard – musician and educator website

Shakina Small – poet and spoken word artist website