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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MusicLab is closed for the summer, stay tuned for upcoming news as we get closer to the fall!


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.

Monday 5:00-6:00pm – MUSIC BUSINESS

Monday 6:00-7:00pm – OPEN LAB

This course provides an introduction to the music business and its key players, revenue streams, and industry trends. Students will learn about music publishing, record labels and A&R, artist management, music licensing and sync, live performance and touring, as well as marketing and promoting music. The course also features a guest speaker from the music industry and a Q&A session with the speaker. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the music industry and its various facets.

After class, Music Lab will have an hour of Open Lab to work freely on their projects.


This course provides a comprehensive introduction to music theory for songwriting. Students will learn about notes, chords, scales, and keys, as well as time signatures, rhythms, and rests. The course covers major and minor scales, intervals, the circle of fifths, triads and seventh chords, chord progressions, and popular chord progressions in modern music. Additionally, students will learn how to analyze the chord progression of a popular song and gain an understanding of song analysis.


WEDNESDAY 6:00-7:00pm – OPEN LAB

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to FL Studio, a popular digital audio workstation used for music production. Students will be introduced to the fundamental tools and techniques used in FL Studio, starting with basic controls and gradually moving towards more advanced topics such as sound design and synthesis. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of FL Studio basics and be able to create their own music production projects. Later in the semester, students will also learn about ProTools. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced musician looking to expand your skills, this course is ideal for anyone interested in music production with FL Studio.

After class, Music Lab will have an hour of Open Lab to work freely on their projects.

THURSDAY 5:00-6:00pm – Recording Tech: Vocal & Instruments

Students will learn about music technology for studio production (recording) as well as live audio (concert) applications.
No prior experience necessary.

FRIDAY 5:00-6:00pm – Content Marketing Basics

FRIDAY 6:00-7:00pm – OPEN LAB

This course is perfect for artists and bands who want to learn how to create high-quality video content to reach thousands or millions of users online through content marketing. DaVinci Resolve is a powerful video editing software that allows you to edit, color grade, and add visual effects to your footage. In this course, you will learn the basics of DaVinci Resolve, how to use its tools to enhance your video content, and how to deliver your content to different platforms. You will also learn how to collaborate with others and share your projects. By the end of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to create professional-grade video content for your marketing campaigns and reach your target audience.

After class, Music Lab will have an hour of Open Lab to work freely on their projects.


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The Harry and Lavon Webb Education Center offers private lessons with several talented and experienced musicians.  Here you can learn some about our instructors, sign-up, and pay for lessons.  If you have any questions you can contact the Music Lab at 540-685-2309 or musiclab@jeffcenter.org.



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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 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, Slim Harpo, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix.

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Born on the island of Key West and raised in various cities in Ecuador, Jamiel Allen had a multi-cultural childhood. His father (a guitarist, bassist, and singer) and his mother (a boutique clothing and textile designer) always encouraged him to follow his artistic passions, which helped him venture out in many directions, artistically and spiritually. He began gigging on a regular basis around Key West’s local venues, private parties, and some bars at the young age of 15. His first group was formed with high school friends under the guidance and encouragement of their school band director and they began to get booked as a jazz/funk quartet (sometimes quintet) known as The Southernmost Jazz Revue. He has toured nationally and internationally with varying artist such as The Welch Ledbetter Connection, Ana Popovic, Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul, ALLiENS, and many more. He began producing albums with his own projects and eventually became a mixing engineer for his and others work. He's fluent in Ableton in studio and on stage, and plays many different instruments, but piano/keyboard instruments and singing are his main focus alongside songwriting and producing.

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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 father's 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 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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RYAN RATLIFF – Saxophone, guitar

A native of the Alleghany Highlands, Ryan developed an affinity for music at an early age. After learning saxophone he began learning guitar by ear and later with a teacher. Ryan was active in school music programs and played with bands, at church, and community events. At 16 Ryan began teaching guitar at Music Unlimited in Covington, Virginia. While earning his associate's degree he led the house band at the Golden Arrow Plaza in Wrightsville, Virginia with the help and expert advice of proprietor and mentor Dr. Calvin McClinton. He passed his audition and was accepted by the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music into the Music Production and Recording Technology program. Immersed in a nurturing and talented musical community that inspired him to play more than ever, Ryan decided to switch his major to Jazz Studies with an emphasis on saxophone performance and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in spring 2012. While at the conservatory Ryan played with several bands, most notably Ambrose and Jumptown. Ambrose consisted of music majors from Shenandoah and played regularly in Fairfax, Virginia. Jumptown where a rock and blues revue a la the Blues Brothers and still play and record in Hamilton, Virginia. About a year after graduation, Shenandoah invited Ryan back to play as an alumni guest for the Jazz Ensemble tour of the Republic of Ireland. Ryan taught saxophone lessons briefly at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy in Winchester, Virginia. Ryan can be seen (and heard) on stage and in the studio with area bands that include Mountain Walrus, the Ben Trout Band, Music Road Co., Appalachian Space Train, Charissa Joy and the High Frequency, and many more.


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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 Café Arts, West End Center, Gainsboro YMCA, and the Noel C. Taylor Academy.

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. 

Sponsored in part by Member One Federal Credit Union.

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




Masterclasses and Workshops are offered to our students prior to many of our performances. Previous years' 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.




Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Free Community Concert and Student Workshops

This seven-piece group is a community of adventurous and charismatic superstar musicians who are conservatory-trained but who have not lost their childlike wonder and awe for playing music. They pull people out of their solitary lives and put them in the moment with a bracing dose of joyful jazz performed with infectious theatricality. In addition to the free community concert, Sammy Miller and the Congregation will be leading TWO workshops with local students on the same day.



In June, 2022, well-renowned singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy did a three-part songwriting workshop with some of our active Music Lab students. Margaret proved to be a very insightful and adept teacher for the students and they each were able to finish the workshop with some great new tools for writing songs. Watch the video to hear key take-aways from students as well as some insights from Margaret herself.


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.


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.


For additional information on any of these or the above programs, please contact our education manager
Brian Waites: bwaites@jeffcenter.org



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 musiclab@jeffcenter.org and state what rate is possible for you.  Our priority is that students have access to the resources at Jefferson Center.


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.



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
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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Welcome to the All City Jazz Band (ACJB) - an exciting opportunity for high school musicians in Roanoke City! If you have a passion for jazz music and want to take your skills to the next level, this is the perfect program for you.

Experience Roanoke City's Finest Jazz Instructors

At ACJB, your child will have the chance to learn from the best jazz instructors in Roanoke City. Our experienced and talented instructors are passionate about jazz music and dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. They will provide valuable guidance and mentorship throughout the program.

Perform at the Jefferson Center

One of the highlights of ACJB is the opportunity to perform live at the prestigious Jefferson Center. This iconic venue has hosted countless renowned artists, and now your child can take the stage and showcase their jazz skills in front of a supportive audience. It's an experience they will never forget!Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity for your child to enhance their jazz music skills, learn from top instructors, and perform at the Jefferson Center. Sign them up for the All City Jazz Band today!


Signing up for ACJB is easy! Simply click the button below and fill out the form to register your child. The participation fee is $200, which covers all practice sessions, rehearsals, and performances.



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For any additional information, please contact musiclab@jeffcenter.org