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Music is meaningful. That’s why the East End Arts & Music school is dedicated to helping adults and children to unleash their musical creativity and connect with fellow musicians to form a strong music-loving community in Riverhead and surrounding communities.
Under the Direction of Bakithi Kumalo
A 5-time grammy award winning musician playing with the likes of Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Susan Tedeschi Band, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, and many more. He is most well known for his bass lines on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland”, and more specifically his never before done solo on the Song “You can call me Al”.
The groups work together as a band. Students/musicians learn the basics: setting up their equipment, understanding a PA system, working a mic, harmonizing vocally, learning to play with other band members, learning to take solos; as well as the introduction to new genres of music.
Students/musicians work on mastering skills, such as playing together as a band, timing, and most importantly, performance and stage presence. At the conclusion of each session, students will perform to exhibit the growth of each student.
Creating a song and writing lyrics has been added to the curriculum The students will share the experience and record their original song in our Recording Studio.
All students/musicians are required to be proficient at an intermediate to advanced level in an instrument of choice in order to participate.: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, or keys (other instruments are also welcome).
Under the Direction of Corinne Minor
Our Children’s choir brings together our young community in song. Our director Corinne Minor is excited to lead this group. Each season ends with a performance in venues such as the Suffolk Theatre and other Community events. Fall/Winter 2022 has two shows planned with one at the famous Suffolk Theater. Corinne has been teaching privately since 2011. She has worked with all ages, teaching many different styles of music. She has a very forward, no holds back approach to her teaching. She loves to push her students forward and teach them to be Smart, Healthy Singers through Musical theatre, Classical and Pop. She wants to show her students the power of performance and song. She adores teaching and is always her students’ biggest cheerleader!
More Group classes being added in 2023: