Mission Statement – The Mission of “Muzic School” is to educate, entertain, inspire, and to remind everyone of the power of music to make us laugh, sing, dance, play – and learn.
Mission Statement – The Mission of “Muzic School” is to educate, entertain and inspire, and to remind everyone of the power of music and it’s ability to make us laugh, sing, dance, play – and learn.
About Muzic School
Kerry Fenster wrote the tracks that ended up on “Songs About Us” over the course of a few years, roughly in 2011-2013, while still working at The Help Group Autism Center in Los Angeles.
He originally had about thirty different concepts that got boiled down to his ten best ideas for songs such as these. After he’d written those ten, he made very rough recordings of them on his phone. He was then on the hunt for an affordable studio where he could make a decent demo. Kerry got the name of a studio in Long Beach from a guitarist friend and he recorded three songs there that would become the demo of what was then initially called ‘The Autism Album’.
According to Kerry, it went something like this: “One of my students then was a young man with Autism whose name is Charlie, and who loves to sing and play drums. Every Saturday, I’d go to his house and we’d jam – him on vocals and drums, his Dad – Don – on backup vocals and bass, and me on backup vocals and guitar.” Hence – “Charlie Band”.
Then, one day, after playing the newly made demo for Charlie’s Dad – who is also a bassist in an Oldies cover band – Don said that he really liked the demo, and wanted to pass it along to a colleague of his, whose brother-in-law, Richie Gallo (www.richiegallo.com), happened to have decades of experience in the music and recording industry as an Executive both in Artist Development and in Sales and Marketing.
Kerry enthusiastically gave Don a demo to pass along to Richie. “After attending a performance by Kerry at the school and seeing the student’s response to him and his music, I knew he had something special to offer,” Richie said. “I told Kerry that we had to make a recording of these very special songs to share with the entire special needs community.” Richie then decided to assume the role of Kerry’s Manager.
“Muzic School” was subsequently formed by Richie Gallo, a long time music executive, and his wife Dawn (RN, BSN) in 2015. Inspired by Richie’s own personal relationship with his handicapped sister, Joan, it was designed to be a label and a home for artists and music that would look to help and to inspire those with Special Needs.
Kerry explains how he remembers this happening. “We set to the task of moving forward right away to figure out how to bring this new concept to the world of Special Needs Children. Richie brought in a colleague and friend, Joseph Gargano, who knew a lot about the inner workings of the music industry, as well, as he too had been around it for decades as a Creative Consultant, Attorney, former Concert Producer, and in Business and Personal Management.”
Joseph recalls how he initially became involved. “When Richie first described to me what he had encountered in experiencing the children’s reaction to Kerry’s live performance, and then played a short video for me which he had taken on his phone, I immediately responded, without a moment’s hesitation that I thought this should be pursued to fruition. I just felt intuitively that it was something that had to be further developed and disseminated.”
And thus, the brand and the concept of “Muzic School” was born, with the explicit purpose and mission to produce and deliver quality musical educational compositions, that convey both the intent and the spirit of this endeavor – To educate and to entertain Children and All Those with Special Needs with practical and useful tools in their regular interactions with others.
“We all then decided to record the songs in the demo anew, and to add a few more, including one cover song and two narratives recorded by Children with Special Needs (the Greeting and the Farewell) to book-end the tracks we had recorded.
Having had a lot of experience working with record producers, Richie recommended another colleague, Mark Mazzetti, who not only was very experienced but who also really understood the idea and the intention of the record, and who guided us in bringing it all together.
So now, with management, advisory, and a production team in place, we were ready to make the record! “
“Songs About Us” was then recorded in Hollywood, CA in May and June of 2015, becoming the initial release and the premier introduction to this concept from “Muzic School”. And with it, a promise to bring joy and inspiration to all of the children and others who embrace it, and the “Neurodiversity” it represents and embodies.
Meanwhile, Joseph, who has always had a propensity to engage in worthy causes, said that helping to create and develop “Muzic School” and “Songs About Us” was one that he could not resist.
“There is nothing more fulfilling to me both professionally and otherwise than to do something altruistic, and I felt it would be a privilege to utilize all of the experience I had accumulated in the music field to bring both Kerry’s dream and “Muzic School” into manifestation,” he explained. “So much attention is always focused on making hit records, but we decided here to concentrate instead on using our expertise, and song, to educate and to empower in a non conventional way for the benefit of those who have been largely overlooked by established formats.”
As Richie would later put it, “Muzic School’s goal is to remind all of us how powerful music is to the human spirit, and as Hans Christian Anderson once said, ‘When words fail, music speaks.’ At ‘Muzic School’ we live by those words.”
Moreover, as Kerry has clearly expressed, his feelings on this project are heartfelt and sincere. “It was a wonderful experience. The production team was amazing and we had a ball. I was truly impressed with how professional, efficient, and creative an environment they all established, both in and out of the recording studio. After we finished recording, the songs were sent off for mixing and mastering and with the audio complete, it was just a matter of creating some cool album art and a compatible website, and then we were good to go.
“All of this – my students, the songs, the music, and the management/advisory – consulting/production team – all coming together has been like a dream. All I’ve ever wanted to do is to make music that both adults and children alike will enjoy, and that I can be proud of.
“I can’t even describe my gratitude to everyone involved for being a part of this project and making it a reality. The impact this experience has had will be with me forever, proving that dreams do come true, and that with enough fire in one’s heart to make something happen, anything can.
“I now move forward with an emboldened sense of belief in my aspirations coming to fruition, and I look forward to what the future has in store next! “