LEARN ABOUT HARRY & LAVON WEBB

The Harry and Lavon Webb Youth Enrichment and Arts Education Center houses our Music Lab, practice spaces, and other important educational facilities where students are able to take advantage of inspirational learning by professional instructors and state-of-the art technology. Our facility offers our students access to multitrack recording studios, practice rooms, performance opportunities and what is most unique is the proximity to world-class artists that perform on Shaftman Performance Hall stage as part of Jefferson Center’s incredible programming!

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MUSIC LAB 2022 FALL SEMESTER

We are now enrolling for our Fall Semester that begins September 6th, 2022! In addition to our Open Lab times, this semester we will be offering: Bars and Beats – a look at writing better lyrics and making better beats,  Songwriting, and Production!

ENROLL ONLINE NOW

Please note: The Music Lab always follows the Roanoke City Public Schools calendar for holidays and closings. We also follow their decisions for closings due to inclement weather.
Their calendar can be found here: Roanoke City Public Schools Calendar.

Mon, TUES, THURS 6:00-7:00pm – OPEN LAB

After classes on Mon, Tues, and Thurs, the Music Lab will have an hour of Open Lab to work freely on their projects.

Monday 5:00-6:00pm – BARS & BEATS - HIP HOP

Students will be immersed in the art of hip-hop and see how it has evolved into modern rap. They will learn the history of the art form, obtain technical skills to help them succeed in the studio and live environments, and interact with local and international artists. Students will learn skills as a lyricist and as a beatmaker. We will alternate our focus on lyrics and beats each week.

TUESDAY 5:00-6:00pm – Songwriting

Students will also explore the art form of songwriting. This includes the compositional (instrument) elements as well as lyrical elements of songwriting.

No prior experience necessary.

THURSDAY 5:00-6:00pm – PRODUCTION

Students will learn about music technology for studio production (recording) as well as live audio (concert) applications.

No prior experience necessary.

TAKE A TOUR

For additional info, please contact:

Jordan Harman
jharman@jeffcenter.org
540.685.2309

ENROLL ONLINE NOWPAY MUSIC LAB TUITION

LESSONS AT
MUSIC LAB

Music Lab offers private instruction to any age on a variety of instruments. Private lessons through our Music Lab are a program of the Harry and Lavon Webb Youth Enrichment and Arts Education Center.
If you or your child are interested in setting up a lesson schedule at Music Lab with one of our instructors please email jharman@jeffcenter.org or call 540.685.2309.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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Asherah Capellaro – VOCALS

Asherah Capellaro is a soprano, conductor, and teacher who believes that music breaks down social barriers and empowers people to speak their truths. In her lessons, singers find the tools needed to access their authentic voices, establish a strong technical foundation, and incorporate mind-body awareness practices. Asherah completed her M.M. in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College, and a B.M. in piano. She has also studied musicology at the University of Arizona and conducting at Temple University. In addition to an active performance career, Asherah is a choir director at a number of schools and places of worship. In conducting and in private lessons, she is committed to an emphasis on vocal health, believing that a healthy, happy singer is more than just their instrument, and giving equal time for personalized attention to life experiences, personality, beliefs, and self-reflection. Asherah is a certified YogaVoice® teacher, which is an integrative method combining yogic principles and vocal science.

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ADAM CLARK – GUITAR, PIANO, BASS, DRUMS

Adam Clark has been teaching guitar, piano, bass and drums/percussion for close to 20 years and has recently moved back to the Roanoke area from Boston, MA. He is currently teaching at Virginia Tech as Adjunct Faculty of Percussion specializing in drumsets, and regularly performs with Master Guitarist Redd Volkaert.

Growing up in a family of musicians, Adam had his first musical training on piano, guitar, and bass. In grade school, he gravitated towards drumming and spent the next 15 years diving deeply into the rhythm universe. This culminated in a degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Contemporary Improvisation in 2005.

Adam co-founded Ostinato Sound Works and developed an iOS music education app called ProJammer. He currently spends his free time “woodshedding” electric guitar and studying the history and language of the early electric bluesmen including Freddie King, SlimHarpo, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix.

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P.J. GEORGE – Piano, Drums/Percussion, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle

P. J. George is a multi instrumentalist/singer/producer/engineer based in Nashville, TN. Since relocating to Nashville after college, he has toured nationally and internationally with various artists and bands including Lindsay Lou, Billy Strings, May Erlewine, The Wooks, The Sweetback Sisters, The Stray Birds, Nora Jane Struthers, Bearfoot and many others. He has performed at music festivals including Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Blissfest, Wheatland Music Festival, Stagecoach, Delfest, Merlefest, and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, as well as international festivals in Mexico, France, Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to touring, George works in the studios in Nashville, frequently hosting sessions on upright and electric bass, piano and organ, drums/percussion and whatever else is needed. He has played on well over 100 songs for various artists and appeared in many videos performing over the years.

During the pandemic, George started spending time learning to tune pianos and he continues to pursue that skill. Nonmusical activities and interests include golf, juggling, motorcycling, and ice hockey. George is well versed in many styles of music, plays multiple instruments proficiently, and carries a degree in Music Education from Radford University in Radford, VA.

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WILLIS GREENSTREET – Saxophone, guitar, clarinet

Willis Greenstreet grew up playing all sorts of instruments at his fathers’ church in Roanoke, Virginia. At age eight, he began learning how to play the guitar. He studied with Cyrus Pace over the course of approximately two years. Willis played guitar with Judi Jackson, the French Jazz band Djangabond, and several other various bands over the years. Annually, he is contacted to play with the Cave Spring High School branch of the Jazz Café. He began playing saxophone when he was eleven years old (finishing his education under the under the guidance of Linda Pasquarell), played with his middle and high school bands, and has significant exposure in the Roanoke Valley. Willis works with bands such as The Color J, Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul, and Runaway Jones, and with musicians such as Ben Trout, Jonathan Barker and Elmer Coles. When he began playing the saxophone, Willis also took up other woodwind instruments like the clarinet and the flute. He has performed in productions for Roanoke College, Ferrum College, and Attic Productions. Willis enjoys teaching guitar and woodwinds at the Jefferson Center.

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For additional info, please contact:

Jordan Harman
540.685.2309

EMAIL JORDAN

Outreach Out Loud is a community-based program for 3rd-12th grade students that focuses on expression, literacy, self-esteem, and collaboration through music. This program relies on our partnerships with 21st Century and other area youth-based organizations and community groups like Boys and Girls Club, West End Center, and Gainsboro Library.

This program delivers the opportunities of the Music Lab directly to students who otherwise would not have access to our program. The creation of original music through Outreach Out Loud proves to be an effective means for children to address challenges like bullying, acceptance, and cultural differences. 

Financial aid is available for any students that may require it.

ANY QUESTIONS?

please contact:

Jordan Harman
540.685.2309

EMAIL JORDAN

MASTERCLASSES

Masterclasses and Workshops are offered to our students prior to many of our performances. Previous year’s classes have included instruction from Branford Marsalis, Melissa Aldana, and Maceo Parker. This innovative program no doubt provides unforgettable experiences to our students. Those participating in arts education programs throughout our community such as public school band programs, The Roanoke Youth Symphony and The Roanoke Children’s Theatre are also invited to attend sessions each year.

Orchestrating Beats with 808-Ray

On July 5, 2021, Grammy award-winning producer 808-Ray (Rayshon Cobbs, Jr.) returned to his hometown of Roanoke, VA to work with local high school students for a week-long residency at the Music Lab at Jefferson Center.

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Nate Smith Songwriters Project

In October of 2017, drummer and educator Nate Smith worked with students from our Music Lab during a multi-day residency. Smith, who also performed in our Jazz Club later that week, worked as producer, interacting closely with students on their original compositions, yielding three songs to be released in the summer of 2018.

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Additional educational programs have included Sisters of the Circle and There’s a World of Song. For additional information on any of these or the above programs, please contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator, Jordan Harman via jharman@jeffcenter.org.

FINANCIAL AID

OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE

Part of our mission is to ensure The Music Lab is accessible to all students regardless of their financial situation. We have tried to set tuition at a rate that is affordable for many, but we understand everyone has a different situation.  For an annual membership fee of $300 or semester fee of $175, teens in grades 6-12 can attend the Music Lab at Jefferson Center’s Music Lab program to learn music production & recording, performance skills and music business. If this tuition is not affordable for you, please email jharman@jeffcenter.org and state what rate is possible for you.  Our priority is that students have access to the resources at Jefferson Center.

RECORDING AT THE
‍MUSIC LAB

The Music Lab at Jefferson Center serves the music community as one of the premiere state-of-the-art recording facilities in Southwest Virginia.  The studio boasts up to 26 simultaneous inputs, a vast collection of microphones and preamplifiers, four isolation rooms, a spacious live room, and years of experience in both recording and mixing.

EQUIPMENT LIST

4     Shure SM57
2     Shure SM58
1     EV RE20
1     Shure SM7b
1     Sennheiser 441
3     Sennheiser 421
1     Audix D6
1     Shure Beta 52
1     Beyer M88
1    EV 635 A2     Audix SCX 25A (pair)
2     Neumann TLM103 (pair)    
2     Earthworks TC 25 (pair)
1     Earthworks SR25
1     Beyer M500 Cardioid Ribbon
2     Peluso R14 Ribbon (pair)
1     Peluso SR14 Stereo Ribbon
1     Yamaha Subkick
2     Cascade Fat Head II Ribbon
4     Neumann KM184 (2 pair)1    Bang and Olufsen Beomic 1000 Dynamic
1     Peluso 2247 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser (Neumann U47 Clone)
1    Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser (AKG C-12 Clone)
1    SE Electronics SE 5000 Cardioid Condenser (AKG C-12 Clone)

2 Channels   A Designs Pacifica
2 Channels   API 512c    
8 Channels   Focusrite Octopre (ADAT to system)
8 Channels   Mackie Onyx (ADAT to system)    
1 Channel     Presonus Eureka    
4 Channels   RME (onboard interface)
1 Channel     Universal Audio solo 610

2 Euphonix MC Mix
1 Euphonix MC ControlDigitalMac Pro 8 Core 3 GHz, 8 gigs RAM
Logic Studio 9
Many Plug-Ins including Antares Auto Tune EVO and iZotope Ozone 4
Hearback system with 6 hubs (independent headphone mixes for 6 players)

Nord Electro 2
Roland XP-30      
Taye Studio Maple Kit
Grestch Catalina Maple Kit
Bosphorus Master Series Cymbals
G&L SB-2 Bass
Bosphorus Gold Series Cymbals  
Taye Double Braced Drum Hardware
Peavey 412 4 Ohm Guitar Cabinet
Marimba
Yamaha Upright PianoGibson J-200
Fender Custom Shop Robert Cray Stratocaster        
Danelectro '56 Single Cutaway (reissue)
Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 22
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Gibson Les Paul Studio w/ EMG active pickups
Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket    
Egnater Tweaker 15w Head
Peavey Ultra Tube 212 Combo
Wurlitzer Upright Piano

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NEXT STEP?

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For additional info, please contact:

Jordan Harman
jharman@jeffcenter.org
540.685.2309