Hyde School Students Get Insider’s Tour of Nashville Music Industry

BATH, ME — On April 25, while tens of millions of viewers watch “American Idol,” 11 Hyde School students will be recording their own original songs in Nashville studios. The venture is part of a year-long music course offered by Hyde teacher and Maine musician Matt Newberg. Supported by Michael McDonald, former Doobie Brothers lead singer and musician, famed songwriter-producer Don Cook, and renowned singer-songwriter John Hiatt, the program is a growing success since its inception seven years ago.

The first section of the program was held on the campus over a four-day period in January, where students had the opportunity to polish up their songwriting skills with the three accomplished musicians. The week of music-making culminated with a school performance, radio and television showcases, and a concert in Portland.

In this final section of the program, the students will experience four jam-packed days of all aspects of the music industry, from songwriting, to recording, to understanding music as a business. The students will also get a tour of Sony Music Publishing Nashville and lunch each day with professionals in the industry.

The workshops are the brainchild of Cook, who was the chief creative director for Sony Music Publishing Nashville and has more than 30 years of experience in the music industry working with country music stars such as Brooks and Dunn, Alabama, and The Mavericks. Cook, McDonald, and Hiatt all live in Tennessee and are either current or alumni Hyde parents.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are musically driven and interested in pursuing a career in music to have hands-on experience,” states Newberg.

Hyde School, the national leader in family-based character education, has an unique approach to the education of each student where the student, teacher, and family are equally invested. With the fundamental belief that the family is the primary teacher, the forty-five-year-old boarding school works in partnership with parents to uncover the unique potential of each student.

“This workshop is a way for we parents who are involved professionally in the music industry to get involved more with the students and use what we know to teach Hyde’s character curriculum,” says Cook. “I love doing this. I look forward to it every year. It is a way for Mike, John and I to help the students express themselves in a unique way and learn something about ourselves in the process,” says Cook.

For more information about this event or other Hyde events, contact Laura Lokitis at 207-443-7111 or llokitis@hyde.edu .