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Vol State plans High School Music Day

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Many musicians enjoy learning new skills and finding creative ways to express themselves, and that's the goal behind the new High School Music Day at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., High School Music Day will offer an opportunity for high school students with musical interests to come together for a day of free workshops and fun.

Vol State instructors will lead the sessions, and topics will include Keyboard Skills for Basic Music Theory; Functioning Successfully in a Bluegrass Group; Contemporary Songwriting: Fishing for Hooks; The Do's and Don'ts of Music Row; From Recording to Mixdown; So You Wanna Lead Worship?; From High School Band to the Nashville Symphony; Not Just Country Music City; and Audition Prep: Musical Theatre vs. College Vocal Scholarship. Students will be able to pick two sessions to attend.

"We have an expert in voice, a hit songwriter, a former Nashville Symphony member, a Grammy Award-winning sound engineer, a veteran jazz and church music teacher and a professional bluegrass player, just to name a few of the talented musicians that will be running the sessions," said Vol State Music Department Chair Ben Graves. "It's a unique opportunity for high school students to get one-on-one with Vol State faculty members."

The workshops will feature the new recording and performance spaces in the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building. Students are encouraged to bring their instrument. Pianos will be provided. A few pre-chosen singer/songwriters will have an opportunity to record a song. Interested students should e-mail Graves at

Registration for High School Music Day is required and can be completed at

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