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Wednesday April 14th

Music department's Rock Lab jams for finals at Local 506

For most UNC students, final exams means long, quiet hours spent studying. But John Brackett’s Music 158 class, the final exam is all about volume and star power. 

Music 158 is "Rock Lab," a spring semester course in which students learn the ins and outs of forming a rock band.

8:30 p.m tomorrow

Local 506

The class is in its fourth year at UNC. For Brackett, who also teaches "Intro to Rock," the curriculum is very much a labor of love.

“In just 12 weeks, I watch these students learn so much,” said Brackett. “It's very gratifying to see their creativity really blossom.”

This year, the class has four bands: Suzie Warthog; Identity Crisis; Blonde and a Half; and Peanut Butter and the Jellies.

In addition to learning cover tunes, students in the class are taught how to form, produce and promote a band.

Guest speakers from the music industry also give talks to the class, including label managers, producers and local artists.

The class culminates in a final exam performance, which showcases each band’s first original song. This year, the show is being held at Local 506 on Thursday night.

Leah Moore, a first-year and member of Blonde and a Half, said the class exposed her to different music. 

“I like this class a lot, and it’s really stretched my stylistic preferences,” said Moore, who is also a Daily Tar Heel staff writer. 

Casey Brecher, keyboardist for Suzie Warthog, shares Moore’s feelings. 

“Having a familiarity with each person's style and tendencies became our proverbial glue,” Brecher said.

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