Stars in the Making
As you may have heard, this year's Foundry music class has had the opportunity to have Chris Henderson from 3 Doors Down as their artist-in-residence. (Thank you, Chris!) He has Skyped with them and offered advice to the students as they've worked together to write music, learn to play as a group, and perform in front of a live audience. This past week that opportunity was taken to a whole new level! Chris graciously invited Foundry students to his recording studio in Nashville to lay down the tracks of their original Foundry Song. Amazing, right?!
Students began their whirlwind adventure with dinner at the Nashville Aquarium. They stayed at a beautiful house overlooking the city, where I'm sure they got a restful night's sleep, hehe, before their day at the recording studio. As part of their documentary project on nineties music, three students were also able to interview platinum recording artist Chris Henderson. (Talk about project-based learning at its finest!) Later that day, the students were privileged to tour Belmont University in Nashville.
There are so many things I love about The Foundry, but if I had to sum them all up in one word, it would be "Opportunities." How many high school freshman have an opportunity like this one? And this is just one of many ways that The Foundry makes learning real, relevant, and fun for students.
Before I forget, we owe a huge thank you to Dana Lamb, founder of Creative Learning Studios and music teacher at The Foundry. Not only has Dana been described as a "musical Jedi," her connections in the industry are virtually unmatched in our community. It's because of Dana that Foundry students have unparalleled opportunities in the field of music. We appreciate you, Dana!