Knox Rocks again!

Another Knox Rocks program, facilitated by the Rotary Club of Boronia, came to a successful conclusion at our Club meeting on 13th February, when we were privileged to listen to the amazing compositions created through the song writing workshops offered by this program.

We heard the very meaningful lyrics written by each of the seven participants, Zami, Mitch, Avery, Ash, Piper, Chloe and Justice performed by Emma Jury with musical backing provided by Noah.

Knox Rocks is a Rotary driven, youth focused initiative that provides opportunities for youth in our local community to learn about song writing.  The project vision is that youth engaging in the Knox Rocks program will gain a sense of personal mastery, increased confidence, a sense of achievement, and an enhanced sense of empowerment whilst developing musical skills.  Critically, we recognise the challenges that youth in our communities have faced over recent years in light of the COVID pandemic; the purpose of this program is, in part, to address some of these challenges.

The program itself consisted of a series of six workshops that enabled the participants to develop musical creations and culminated in a session at a professional recording studio during which the created songs were recorded and processed to provide the participants with tangible outcomes from the program.  All instruments, equipment and support materials were provided as part of the program.

Thanks, and gratitude goes to the program organisers, Rotarians Mark Smith and Melanie Karajas; song writing lead and mentor, Emma Jury; and backing musician, Noah as well as to Ivor and Lucy Santurini who made their studio available for the six workshop sessions.

The 2024 “Knox Rocks” Team: (from left) Noah and Emma; participants Piper, Justice, Zami, Avery and Mitch
(Ash and Chloe not present); and program initiator/convenor, Rotarian Mark Smith (in background)

 

February 2024

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