Give The Gift Of Music!

This holiday season, stop by BlackCat Music Shop for all of your musical gift giving ideas! Adam has packed the store with guitars, ukuleles, drum kits, and more, including all the accessories and added gear you’ll ever need.

BlackCat Music Shop is an incredible partner for our BCMC programs and is a leader in the area of community support.

BSHS Guitar Circle

The Berkeley Springs High School Guitar Circle under the direction of Steve Grigsby meets every Monday after school at BlackCat Music Shop. The club also meets two times a month during sixth period at the school. The Guitar Circle is open to established student players and students wanting to learn how to play.

Steve shares his wealth of knowledge with the group and lets the guitarists choose songs to learn and share. BlackCat Music Cooperative is continuing to install new programs for our youth with generous support from the community, fundraisers, and provided grants.

 

 

Music In Your Life

 

Grammy Award Winner, Brad Paisley has been giving the guitar off his back to an audience member during his shows. Brad will pick a child out of the audience and present him or her with a just played Fender Paramount acoustic guitar. Paisley will make his message clear to the young recipient: “Take this guitar and learn how to play it!”

Paisley said he loves the idea¬† of starting a kid down the right path just like his grandfather showed him. “He taught me that learning to play an instrument will greatly enhance your life”

 

 

Boys and Girls Club Guitar Club

November 1st was the start of our guitar club at the Boys and Girls Club in Berkeley Springs. A lot of preparation went into making sure this program would be a success from the get-go. Before we could get this club off the ground, we needed to approach the Boys and Girls Club about starting the program, find funding for the project, and search for a talented instructor.

Jason

We approached Chris Risinger, director of the B & G Club – Berkeley Springs branch – with our vision for the program. After some planning and logistics, we were ready to find funding and an instructor. A local guitar player and youth group leader in Berkeley Springs, Jason Hiles, expressed interest in teaching the lessons. With Jason on board, finding money was the next step. We applied for and received a grant from a generous donor through the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. This grant completely covered the costs to run the program for its first year, including the guitars and all the accessories: gig bags, tuners, straps and books. Our thanks go out to the family foundation who so generously funded this program.

Pictured above are the absolutely beautiful Cort brand guitars we purchased for the kids. They sound as good as they look! If the kids who signed up for the program stick with it, these guitars are theirs to keep after the school year is over. We are very excited to see how these kids improve over the course of the year, not only with their guitar playing skills, but also with their overall self-esteem and school performance. Stay tuned!