Teen Music Lounge


Rock to the Future is proud to present our new 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, instrumental instruction on guitar, bass, drums, and piano, recording, digital music and technology, the influence and 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 a music-based skill or knowledge that you'd like to teach aspiring teen musicians? Rock to the Future is looking for teaching artists for monthly sessions at our new Teen Music Lounge. 

Teaching artists are paid for their sessions and can apply online. 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. 

Click the button below to learn more about being a featured teaching artist at the Teen Music Lounge. You will be contacted if your proposal is selected for the selection session.

Upcoming Deadlines:
December 5th for the January 5th selection date to teach during February - June.

Learn More & Apply

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

Poetry and the Art of Expression with Kina the Prophetic Poet





November / December
Music in World Culture with Kathryn Woodard

Kathryn Woodard is a world renowned performer and educator specializing in cross-cultural exchange in music. Website

11/3/17 - Counting Tintal: An Exploration of Musical Time -- An interactive lesson on Hindustani rhythms of Northern India.

11/17/17 - Nature and Sound in Siberia -- Learn about the throat-singing traditions of Asia and the science behind it, then attempt some basic techniques.

12/1/17 - Bells and Claves: Drawing Connections Between West African and Cuban Rhythms

12/8/17 - From the Balkans and Beyond – with Joe Tayoun, percussion -- Learn and practice complex meters from southeastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, and get to hear master percussionist Joe Tayoun.


Loops & Whoops! with Andrea Okorley

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

1/12/18 - Rhythm Nation: Use Ableton to make electronic drum beats.

1/19/18 - I Can Stand The Rain: Sample natural sounds found outside and use them to create music in Ableton.

1/26/18 - Cake Cake Cake: How Many Layers Can You Make? Teens will learn how to layer sounds and beats in Ableton.