How small is your town? I'm in a little community of 800 people. It's my experience that rural taste is relentlessly mainstream... niches really don't exist. I played some CG at a benefit for a local teenage girl with cancer last month, and although we filled up the church I was in and everyone listened politely that had 100% to do with the cause, NOT the music I was playing. I think mostly people just had no idea what the hell they were hearing, or how to respond to it. Most of the comments I got later were about my PLAYING, not the music. The only exceptions were the k-12 choir director and a couple of afficionados.Stephen Faulk wrote: ↑Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:00 pmThanks nice post. I accidentally posted the non spell checked draft ..ooops..
When I lived in the US, where I'm from, I was involved with Girls Rock Camp as a 'roadie' and helper to schlep equipment and set up classes and stuff. I had a truck and friends be with kids in the program. The friends daughters began at age 12 now they are in the 2 nd year of college studying art and guitar and all kids are still in the same band they had at 12.
I won't be teaching rock this time, I'm quite certain kids will take to any music they like. The kids in the school system work in play koto, Taiko, piano, wind band etc. Plus folkloric group dances and cultural regional music
They will make it through 10 weeks of nylon string guitar. I can mix the right amount of serious teaching with goofing off and having fun to keep them engaged.
Later this might run a class to teach them David Bowie songs and other stuff that they listen to. Bands from Japan. I really can't stand J pop so I'll refrain from teaching it!!
I highly recommend the Girls Rock Camp. But I know flamenco inside and out, even though I don't practice much, I'll have to practice to by on top of teaching it. I also think the compas and palmas ( clapping) will not be wierd to them because they all have tried Taiko in elementary school.
I'm trying to attract classical guitarists to come to this small rural town to play in our new community center, the stage is fantastic. So getting the kids involved will spur the adults to fund concerts if I push on them.
Regarding the music kids will take to... I noticed something interesting when I was a college music major. You had lots of young people studying to be classical musicians, but none of them LISTENED to classical music. The only time I knew any of them to actually listen to a recording of a classical piece was if it was something they were going to be playing themselves. I knew of one or two exceptions besides myself. I found it bizarre, to put it mildly. Hanging out with friends, or in their dorm rooms relaxing, it was popular music all the way. My kid is like that, actually. She's working on classical guitar right now and by her own choice, but I have never known her to actually put it on as listening material of her own volition.