Musician Wants to Give Kids a Place to Jam

Brian Jones is organizing a series of live concerts for kids called Music Mashup.

A resident musician is trying to give kids a place to play music.

Brian Jones is working diligently to get local children to come together and perform on stage at local venues in a new series called Music Mashup.

Jones owns Good Vibrations Music and gives music lessons to area residents.

Jones has already organized one performance for Saturday, March 3 at . Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wayne Volunteer Organization Active in Disasters.

Jones started playing music live with his friends in a band when he was a kid.

“We had places where we could play and it kept us out of trouble,” the 10-year Wayne resident said.  “Kids don’t seem to have a place they can play anymore and that’s a shame. There are so many good, young musicians out there who just want a place to play.”

Jones’ passion is getting children to love playing, and creating, music.

His technique for teaching music begins with finding out what a student’s musical preferences are. He said that too often music teachers introduce students to music on the page with sheet music or by memorizing scales and cords.

“The first thing I ask people is: ‘Who’s your favorite musician and what song of theirs do you like?’ or someone will come to me and say that they want to learn how to play a particular song,” Jones said. “That’s the best way you can start because you’re already motivated because you’re learning to play something you like. And I’ve got your attention. It’s not being forced on you.”

Once they listen to a song and work with him on learning it, Jones said then he sprinkles in some technical know-how into the lessons. Then the real fun begins: students begin composing their own music.

Jones has helped everyone from adults to special-needs children in Wayne express themselves musically.

“I started working with one gentleman who said that he feels so much better after he walks out of here than when he walked in,” Jones said. Playing and creating music is therapeutic for a lot of people. That’s the power music has.”

Rev. Louis Kilgor, pastor of Franklin Lakes Presbyterian Church, said hosting the event on March 3 fits into the church’s vision.

“We’ve always supported the arts and we’re really excited about this,” Kilgor said. “We’ve been around for 50 years and from the beginning our mission was to be a place for the community to come and socialize. This event is just an extension of that mission.”

The church will provide chaperones for the event.

Jones is looking for young people to perform. Auditions won’t be held but those who want to participate need to send their music, or footage from a performance, to Jones. Submissions can be e-mailed to: learn@goodvibrationsmusic.net. Files of performances or links to them on social networking sites and YouTube will be accepted as well.

Space is limited. All submissions must be received by Feb. 17.

Frankie McKormick February 08, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I always wanted to learn how to play the Tibetan Mountain flute. Just never found the time.
stewart resmer February 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM
maybe you could rent-a-yak and take a ride, and learn to play Far Far Away?
Dominick Nizza February 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Whatever happened to those old Garage and Basement Bands of the 50's? Those baby boomers should start them up again.
Concerned Independent February 09, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Frankie - Just read a bunch of your comments. Not that I don't have a sense of humor but...You're just not as funny as you may think you are in your own mind. This article is about someone with a great idea to keep kids of the streets, involved in music and supporting a good cause (raising money for Wayne VOAD). Give it a rest. If we want infantile humor, we can find it elsewhere.
Al Scala February 09, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Domenick....as a baby boomer, I would love to start up a garage or basement band again. However, at my age, I can't remember wher I put my guitar? ( Only kidding LOL)
Kathy Russo February 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
This is a wonderful act of kindness by this young man, to keep kids involved in improving themselves and helping the community at the same time. As a member of V.O.A.D. we appreciate his efforts and so will the many residents of Wayne we help during disasters in town. Whether it be flood, fire or any other event that needs large scale help we are there to help and that take volunteers and a lot of money. He should be commended for his acts not made fun of.
Chris biancamano February 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Being a neighbor of Brians, it's great to see all the kids coming and going from his studio with smiles on. It's also nice when I hear a student that has been with him for a while jamming away with a good tune. Brian, when my daughters get a little older, I am looking forward to you inspiring them with music as I have seen you do with so many others.... Cheers to you.
Ellen Oxild February 09, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I have known Brian for years, and my son took guitar lessons with him. He's an incredibly talented guy with a huge heart who discovered a unique way to teach guitar to kids. Great job, Brian - to see you on Patch (finally) with one of your many great ideas to promote music, discover talent and have fun!
Natalie McDonald February 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I have also known Brian for over thirty years. I am thrilled to read about his latest efforts and his many contributions to the youth of the community.


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