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Objective: 1. Individuals will learn how to play music, sing and fully participate in a music educational/instructional program designed to improve their mental health, well being and interpersonal skills as measured by improved relationships with family and friends and an ability to become further engaged in society.
Objective: 2. Participants will perform at numerous venues employing not only their newly acquired musical skills but also by employing the ability to remove the barriers that have kept them from fully participating in society.
Objective: 3. Through mentoring, musical coaching and group dynamics, is measured by participants being less inclined to engage in destructive life habits, drugs and alcohol and improve self esteem and interpersonal, communication and socialization skills.
The Rock Club Music Is The Remedy
Through twice weekly meetings/practice/rehearsals, participants will be able to fully engage in the music program. They will have learned to sing/play or master an instrument, will be able to better engage in group
process, socialize and improve their relationships with family and friends. Pre and post testing is in the process of being developed but we have numerous testimonials from participants whose lives have greatly improved: "This program gave me a reason to live. "I no longer have thoughts of suicide". Jeffery Pollock, USAF (ret.) Rock for Vets participant.
Each participant is on a continuum of recovery. Some move along faster than others (some do not and some are not challenged enough) and each person develops and recovers life skills at a different pace. Many report that by performing for each other and in public to resounding applause, they are building their self esteem, compassion for others, are better able to interact in a group setting. By developing new coping skills, they now respect themselves and others.
Participants often find recovery in helping another individual on their journey. With the Veterans whom suffer PTSD and other physical and mental illnesses also benefit their home life as they are engaging in family events and including dining with the family together again and to say that they are not grinding their teeth anymore, that they are now able to engage in sexual relations again.
Participants also overcome their issues of shyness by being able to perform in front of the public and peers pride and confidence. The at-risk youth are doing better with grades and not being a social problem as in the past.
Some success stories include, Veterans getting jobs and feeling more confident to go into the interview process, two Veterans now have full scholarships to Musicians Institute, kids graduating and being a family again. This has instilled a sense of pride and the participants are teaching others the skills they have learned and some are now producing an income for themselves.
We have these music programs on offer:
VETERANS: The Rock For Vets Music Instructional / Education Program began at the VA Long Beach in 2010. We have helped hundreds of Veterans who suffer from PTSD, Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Blind Rehab and many other illnesses through learning a musical instrument or band participation which has led to Veterans becoming self confident with an increased self worth and being able to transition back into civilian life. Please thank the Scottish Rite for being our new home.
AT-RISK YOUTH: The Rock Club After School Youth Music Enrichment Programs. These are offered either once or twice a week and are tailor made on request. Some schools students are learning vocals/choirs programs where others are with musical instrumentation. Current school locations: Cabrillo High School Long Beach, Jordan Plus High School and Beach High School Long Beach. Past schools include Wilson High and teachers from the LBUSD. Commenced first school in 2008.
Choir/Vocal Programs: Taking It To The Streets with members of the Long Beach Rescue Mission and Villages of Cabrillo.
IMPR: Inmate music rehabilitation program for inmates in the LA County Jail system.
Long Beach Water Department and The Rock Club joined forces again in 2014, with water conservation as the message. Cabrillo High School kids auditioned for placement in a band. Each student had to write their own water conservation lyrics, play instruments and record their own water conservation songs, yes these are our youth performing below. With help from Head Coach Charles Fearing Jr, coach Charles Roche and Music Director Frank McIlquham, their music came to life.
To listen to the songs, please click on links below. Proud of the entire team. Thanks go to Mrs Gladstone, Mr May, Raylene, Ashley (Flutie), Leslie, Gabe, Kelvin, Ozzy, Efrain, Johnathon, Johnathan, Mr Holt, Daviante, Myra, Cabrillo High School faculty members, Melissa, Kimberly, Shaul and Tim.
Listen for these songs to be used of the Long Beach Water Department.
The Rock Club's Music Programs are often the first step in recovery because the participant begins with the safety of a musical instrument in a non judge-mental environment of peers. Recovery empowers the participants to take charge of his/her way of like and live a full and meaningful life. Our approach focuses on the individual's strengths and gives respect, honor, and hope to our nation's heroes and their families and the future in our youth today.
Coordinated care and multiple disciplines directed at participants as well as satisfying social interaction and being supportive are just as important to mental health as to physical health. The Rock Club's Music Programs is sensitive to gender & cultural issues - because the program is experiencial particpants understand military culture or school life, gender differences, and ethnic issues. We have become a life line in the survival of homeless, former substance abusers and participants who may not have anyone left in their life. We have become a family and provide emotional support along the journey while the participant becomes more confident through playing music that they have something to offer not only their loved ones but also society.