The Intonation Music Workshop empowers children to become rock stars on every stage in life through innovative music education. Using donated instruments and a unique pop-band curriculum, our after-school and summer music program provides kids age 6-17 in Chicago’s under-served communities with access to instruction and performance opportunities in a safe and positive environment, sparking for many a life-changing sense of accomplishment and belonging. Our students learn to express themselves musically, at the same time developing essential life skills such as cooperation, practice, risk-taking, and setting and meeting goals. IMW Instructors work closely with the students as they explore each aspect of the pop band format–drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals–before choosing their niche and forming a band with fellow students. The bands are then mentored through weeks of preparation for a community performance. This compilation is comprised of entirely original material, written and performed by IMW students, and ranges from hook-filled pop to soulful R&B jams and driving hip-hop tracks!