In ‘School of Rock’ style, Surrey students sing anti-war songs in another ‘Rockademy’ concert – Surrey Now-Leader

Some Surrey students have their own “School of Rock” type teacher.

Moses Myung is nothing like the character played by 2003 comedy actor Jack Black, but he is just as passionate about classic rock and loves teaching his students at Surrey Christian School all that guitar-based music.

He runs the school’s Contemporary Music Classes 12 and 11, better known as “Rockademy”, and helps organize Rock Fest concerts that showcase student-musicians.

The final, a war-themed concert titled “How Does the Grass Grow?”, features music from Pink Floyd, Bad Company, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Doors and several other bands.

A 90-minute video of the concert was posted to the school’s YouTube channel Thursday, Jan. 27, in a move online due to COVID concerns about an in-person audience.

This time, 18 students from Myung’s class took the stage at Rock Fest.

“The kind of music I teach them is mostly classic 60s and 70s rock, just because I think the musicianship of that period was very strong,” said Myung, who taught at Surrey Christian for 24 years.

“With the war theme, there were a lot of war songs, with the Vietnam War and also the Cold War. There were just a lot of good songs written at that time.

With 14 songs rehearsed since mid-November, Myung and the students recorded the concert a week before its January 27 YouTube debut.

“We also did a war-themed concert a few years ago, so this is the second we’ve given,” explained the professor. “We studied what the songs were about, and the students went out and interviewed people, war refugees and veterans, and those are also in the video – their experiences. These are fascinating stories.

It’s a history lesson for teenage students, about a different era and musical culture.

“With 18 students, it’s the largest class size so far, in 11th grade now,” Myung noted. “It’s quite popular, but you know what, not many kids play guitar, bass or drums. I don’t know how old you are, but it wasn’t like that years ago, because it was the right thing to do. Kids do other things now, usually something that requires two thumbs more than anything else. But when they find out about this program, sometimes what I call these hidden guitarists, the hidden drummers, they come out and try their luck in this class.

When asked about “School of Rock,” Myung doesn’t seem comfortable with the comparison.

“I think the idea for both is to inspire these students to play music and learn more,” he said. “When you watch the movie, he has a passion, although he wasn’t very honest about himself and so on, but he got young kids to play music.

“For me,” he added, “it’s really cool when kids sit down and start talking about bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. I mean, ordinary teenagers have no idea what it is. Some don’t even know who Christina Aguilera is, it’s funny – she’s totally absent, ancient history for these kids. So how would they know Deep Purple, right? »

Rockademy student-musicians featured in the final concert are JJ Antolin, Dorothy Cui, Sarah de la Rambelje, Briar Enggers, Kimberly Hofoss, Anna Jang, Alex Kim, Roy Kim, Elise Kruse, Seina Lee, Moses Myung, Nadya Nuyen , Hansel Park, Isaac Sachdeva, Genoel Taborada, Seina Van Tol, Tulivu Wamai, Ezekiel Westby and Kevin Yang. Stage manager Shannon Peng did the sound with Myung and also the camera work with Justin Zhu, and the lighting is by Victor Kind. Myung edited the video and mixed the audio.

Also posted on YouTube is “The Man Who Sold the World”, a Rocktoberfest concert recorded in 2020.



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