Archive for Music Educaton

I will be speaking on recording arts curriculum at NYU in June. Join the conference!

Association for Popular Music Education Conference. New York University.

Elisabeth Carlisle Band to perform at Music at SkyPark in Scotts Valley on Sunday, August 26th, 2:30 PM.

Concert is sponsored by Kiwanis Club to help raise funds for the Scotts Valley School District music programs.  Come on out and support music education in our schools!

Singing back up vocals for Swedish band EDWARD at Abbey Road Studios last week.

In a master class with Alan Parsons at Abbey Road Studios working with Swedish band, EDWARD.

With my recording arts students at KPIG Radio!

My music program won a GRAMMY Award in 2011 for the recording arts program I implemented and we were chosen as semi-finalists again in 2014 for the GRAMMY Foundation’s Signature Enterprise Award.

GRAMMY Scotts Valley High School

GRAMMY Scotts Valley High School

When I first started teaching music at Scotts Valley High I saw a lot of students that weren’t involved in Band or Choir. You know who they are….the rockers, the rappers and the songwriters!! Although some of them were in the performing ensembles, many were not. They were on their computers composing through GarageBand, Reason, Logic, and other DAWs. They were carrying their guitars on their backs through campus and sitting on the grass at lunch playing. I knew I had to give them what I never had in school….an education in the music industry! I proposed this idea to the GRAMMY Foundation back in 2011 and they awarded us a GRAMMY for music education and a $5500 grant. That helped me to purchase Logic, microphones, keyboards and a drum. Yay! Good start!

Next, I worked with our local business, Universal Audio (I know! We’re so lucky they’re in our backyard!!) and they came and built us a studio at the high school with ALL their software. It is so amazing! Then our local Rotary Club purchased us a studio computer. Studio was now set to go! One problem…the school district didn’t have the money to pay me to teach the class.

Soooo…being Taurus I don’t accept “No” for an answer (I’m very stubborn!) I found out that the county office of education had a separate funding program for “vocational/career” type classes. Because of my years of working in the industry I was eligible to apply for a CTE (Career Tech Education) credential, in addition to the California Music Credential I already had. This CTE credential allowed me to teach a class through their program. However, problem number two….they don’t have a Recording Arts class in their program and there’s none in the state! Of course that didn’t stop me, I compiled a list of local jobs in the audio and recording industry (helps living near the Silicon Valley!) and I proposed a coursework plan to teach the class. They approved it and the next year we launched the class! Whew!!

I’m just finishing up my second year and I can honestly say that it was worth every effort to launch this class. I tripled the number of students enrolled in music classes at our high school. Every year the students put out their own CD of original songs, recorded and mixed by themselves! As I always say….”Don’t you wish we had this when we were in school???”

Thank you to the GRAMMY Foundation for recognizing our efforts to be innovative in music education and bringing our program into the 21st Century. Our GRAMMY from 2011 sits in the front office and is the first thing anyone sees when they walk in. We are honored to be among 30 schools chosen from across the nation as a semi-finalist for this year’s award.

I encourage anyone that is in the music industry to get involved in your local schools and bring your talent and expertise to these students. Music teachers are very overworked and are most likely doing the job of 2 teachers. They can always use help, whether it’s money or instruction I would be very surprised if they turned you down. Investing in our youth is worth every second. You will walk away feeling that it is YOU that got the gift. I know that’s how I feel at the end of every school day.

Teaching a Recording Arts Class at Scotts Valley High School

Thanks to Universal Audio, Antares and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education I’ve been able to start up a new recording arts class at our local high school. My goal has always been to have a class like this, where I can share a variety of music and teach students the art of songwriting and recording. The class has received the Grammy Foundation’s Signature Award for Music Education, as well as been recognized by the NAMM Foundation for our community’s support for this kind of music program.

Here is an article about my students in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. They were amazing to work with!

Receiving a GRAMMY for Music Education

Scotts Valley High School Receives the Grammy Foundation Signature Enterprise Award

As the new music educator for Scotts Valley High School I was very excited to hear our school had received the prestigious Grammy Foundation Signature Enterprise Award for this year! They will present the award at our Spring Concert on May 17th at 7 PM in the the Scotts Valley High School student union. I never thought I’d receive my Grammy through teaching! I have to say, in hindsight, this one couldn’t mean more to me. Having worked with students now for 7 years I am constantly humbled by their talent, life stories, and their love and passion for the art of music. What a great daily reminder of myself and how I came into this profession. I hope kids are inspired and encouraged to continue to pursue a career in music. I know its been a blessing in my life!

Universal Audio and Antares to build studio at Scotts Valley High School

The crew; including, Antares CEO Georgie Hildebrand, Scotts Valley High School teacher Beth Hollenbeck, Director of Commercial Music West Valley College Jeff Forehan, Universal Audio President Matt Ward

Big day coming on Saturday. As the new music teacher at Scotts Valley High School one of my dreams will come true….a recording studio for my students. Local businesses Universal Audio and Antares are sponsoring it for us. They are providing all the equipment and will build it with two of my students on Saturday. All I can say is, I wish I had this when I was a kid!!!